Re: Any day now
posted at 9/10/2013 11:32 AM EDT
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
One of the funniest comments you hear about Iglesias is that 'the Red Sox never really saw him as their future shortstop'. Just one of those amazing feats of mind-reading people perform.
All they did was sign him way back in 2009, pay him $2 million a year and put a lot of time into his development.
But no, this was all with the intention of using him to get a pitcher in a deadline deal in 2013.
Of course they felt he could be the future SS when they signed him. But it's fair to say that in the past year or so they have had second thoughts. It's obvious that they weren't wedded to the idea enough to not trade him because afterall, they traded him.
A couple of other thoughts based on what I've read on this trade.
The comparison to Bagwell isn't off because the Sox had Andersen for just the rest of that one year, while Peavy has another year. And it gives the Sox extra starting pitchers for next year, which gives them flexibility in the offseason.
The trade will have nothing to do with the Sox's ability to re-sign Ellsbury. That's a huge stretch, and I don't understand how that connection is even made. Instead of having Iggy at SS, they'll have Bogaerts. Both young and cheap. Middlebrooks has pretty much solified 3B, another young and inexpensive player. If the Sox don't re-sign Ellsbury, it will be because Boras is demanding a ridiculous contract that it wouldn't have mattered what happened.
And in no way was trading Iggy something that showed the Sox was risking the future for the present. Yes, this was a "bridge" year. But the Sox had the best record in the AL. You don't simply ignore that. Who knows what will happen in the future. The Sox made a decision that with Middlebrooks and Bogaerts ready and other players in the minors that they had an extra player on the left side of the IF to trade. As Iggy is defensively, they made the decison that Bogaerts all-around ability made him a better choice at SS than Iggy.
As for keeping all three (Middlebrooks, Iggy, Bogaerts), just because fans keep saying that they could have moved Middlebrooks to 1B about move Bogaerts to 3B, it doesn't mean the team felt that was an option it wanted to explore.
And while I liked the job Workman was doing, the trade for Peavy has hleped in an number of ways. Workman has picked up meaningful innings in the bullpen and he might end up being better in the pen than any arm that was available.
Peavy also has helped the pen in another way. He's gone deep into games, which has helped keep the pen fresh. There's no guarantee Workman would have kept it up. And with Doubrant hitting a wall and Dempster inconsisent, how would the staff looked if Workman stayed in the rotation but hit a wall himself. Instead of having too many starting pitchers, this would have been a repeat of 2011. The Sox would have had to dependable starters at the to with Lester and Lackey, hoping Buchholz will come back strong and scrambling to fill the back end of the rotation.
And if Workman went bad in August, the entire staff could be in shambles right now with a burnt out pen.
So the trade is working out for the Sox so far. And Iggy is doing well. It's not a crime for a player you trade away to do well if you fix your needs and get what you were looking for. It remains to be seen what Iggy is down the road.