Re: Another MVP for Mauro Gomez
posted at 12/26/2012 7:30 AM EST
In response to Softlaw1's comment:
Most of the weak CYA bs on this forum seems to emanate from you softhead. Loney? Are you serious? He couldn't hit his way out of a paper bag. Nice fielder, but he seems to have no idea what to do with a baseball bat. As far as Gomez goes, I love the way he handles his stick, but he has a hard time fielding his position. So your idea for first base is to play two guys, one who can't field and another who can't hit. What do we do play one on O and the other on D?
Carnie, you are as incompetent as Cherry. My plan for first base has been repeated many times, and Loney and Gomez were the final value and fit fallback option:
1. Offer the Tigers 2 farmscraps outside the Red Sox internal top 6; if they say no
2. Offer Napoli 2 years and base 10; if he finds a sucker
3. Offer Loney 2M and 1 year MLB contract (with an option @ 2M and .5 buyout)
And for dimwits like you, Loney starts most of the time. When Gomez starts, if the Red Sox have a lead in latter innings, Loney pinch hits and/or comes in for defensive purposes for Gomez. Have you never managed baseball at all. Obviously not.
v. RP Loney BA .294 OBP .351 SLG .441 OPS .792 (career for young Loney)
v. RP Napoli BA .250 OBP .365 SLG .496 OPS .861 (2012 for old and injured Napoli)
Napoli's no better v. LP than Loney or Gomez in his current age and physical state as evident from 2012
Loney is a better fielder than Napoli.
Loney and Gomez cost 2.5M on a one year commitment
Napoli costs 13 million on a three year commitment
Do the math! If Napoli was 2 years and 10M, since he can backup catch and provide more lineup flexibility, he would be good value. At double that, they need to pull the plug on it and with the new hip issue news, they need to limit the offer to one year and an option with a total commitement of no more than about 15 to 16M.
Stats can be read almost anyway one wants to show them. I agree with you that the Napoli hip issue is troublesome, but that seems universal from the scraps of info we have. There is one reality that you haven't mentioned, though, as you try to balance the field in your view. Loney has no where near the numbers in Fenway that Napoli has. I haven't done a city by city comparison, which really would be moot since Loney has only spent half a season in the AL. While trying to figure out what happened to Loney's bat the last two seasons, when his BA dropped 30 points below his lifetime average and over 50 points below his lifetime as a Red Sox, Napoli has had numbers that spell high power and run production at Fenway. It is the sole reason I can see his attraction to the Red Sox. He is neither a good defensive catcher or 1bMan ...
If Loney had come here and shown some proficiency with his bat, there would surely be more speaking up for him.
Now, back to Gomez - I hope he is given a chance and proves himself here.