Re: Anyone read or believe this note on Drew?
posted at 2/18/2014 6:48 PM EST
In response to Flapjack07's comment:
For me it's definitely not a question of Drew being unworthy, or not worth the money; I liked the original signing, valued his contributions last year, and have defended him here on numerous occasions.
Some of the main factors at play, in my opinion...
1. The comp pick. Yes, I admit I lust after draft picks and hope Ben continues to hoard them when at all possible. Teams are treating these comp picks like gold right now, and for good reason. If you doubt what a great draft can do for a franchise, look at 2011, which netted us Barnes, Swihart, Owens, Bradley, Betts, among others. (The Red Sox actually would have had the #24 pick as well but forfeited it for signing Crawford; the Rays would take righthander Taylor Guerrieri, a future BA top 100 guy, with that pick.)
2. What do you do with Middlebrooks? Some may brush this one off, but I believe the potential is still there and he could have a breakout season if healthy. If Drew is signed and Xander moved to third, do you stick Middy on the bench or in Pawtucket? He should be playing every day at the major league level, IMO. You could trade him, and I suppose the wild card here is what could you get in return, but it's likely that his value is at an all-time low after his 2013 results. With righthanded power in such short supply right now, giving up on him makes little sense.
(and a distant third), the proximity of other prospects for SS/3B. This is not so much a reason to let Drew walk as it does make the thought easier. We may gamble on Middlebrooks and lose, but Cecchini could be ready by later this season. Marrero is on the horizon as well. Not all of these young kids will turn into good major leaugers, but that's what makes the Red Sox' depth of talent in the farm system so valuable.
All things taken together, I don't think Drew provides enough of an upgrade over the team we already have to justify the cost - but that's mainly a philosophical thing on my part. I have no qualms about rolling the dice with the kids, but I can also understand why someone would be hesitant of that. Bottom line, Drew is a very solid player, and if he ends up coming back, I won't be complaining either.
I agree. I thought having Drew last year was the right thing.
Middlebrooks is a RH power-hitting 3B. That's hard to find nowadays, so let's see what he can do. Remember, take away the postseason -- no one hit and Drew was worse than Middlebrooks -- Middlebrooks' struggles last year was at the beginning of the year. When he came back, he showed a lot of improvement. So to me, that's enough to build on.
And if Bogaerts is the fututre SS, put him out there and let's go. So I wouldn't worry about Drew.