Re: Anyone read or believe this note on Drew?
posted at 2/9/2014 3:04 PM EST
Once again Moon, Cecchini is slated to start at 3b in AAA. even if xander is going to play 3b, hes going to do it in MLB IMO. If they are comfortable starting him in the post season, why on earth would they start him out in AAA?
1) Like I have said, I do not want Drew, and I'm fine with Boegy at SS and Middy at 3B.
I know Moon and we agree. I also agreed that I might not be a bad idea for Xander to be in AAA to start. Its just not practical considering the situation.
In the context of signing Drew, it makes more sense to me than trading Middy while his stock is down or trying to find 500 PAs for Drew, Bogey and Middy.
2) If we sign Drew, it makes more sense to me to get Bogey another year of team control by starting him in AAA. THAT IS THE MAIN REASON. But, it also gives him a chance to learn 3B better, and for Middy to prove himself or up his trade value by playing 2 months at 3B in MLB. Of course, if Middy looks terrible in ST and Bogey looks good, they could play Middy or Cecchini at 1B in AAA and the other at 3B.
Again, while I agree with team control, after his performance in the Championship, its just not practical to send him back. Especially with Cecchini there now. If they trust him enough to start in the WSC theres no looking back for him now, regardless of keeping another year of control. By the time hes arb eligible, the Sox will have plenty of $$ to sign him long term if he wants to, and another year of control should not even be considered. Xanders time has come.
His WS was not all that great: it was just better than all but Papi- which isn't saying much. I agree that Bogey is ready now for the bigs, but holding him back a couple of months, especially since he does not have muchg experience at 3B would certainly be a "consideration".
Xanders time is now, whether its 3b or SS. Ive been saying all along I dont think it will be an issue since I believe the Mets or NYY will sign him to a 2-3 year deal. Maybe even another team is involved. With xander, Middy, Marrero, andCecchini, Drew for more than one year doesnt make sense to me.
I agree, but it also doesn't make sense to me for the Mets to sign him either. I think his price going down will make Ben consider signing him. I hope not, but I still think the possibility exists.
I agree that they are still considering Drew, and I also agree that I would rather have the pick. It just seems that signing Drew will complicate a lot of things. ie; prospects that are ready now or about ready, payroll, having to make a corrisponding move to make it work. I loved the Drew signing last year and Im a big fan of his. With that said, to me, re-signing him doesnt make sense without having created more headaches. I certainly do NOT agree with playing guys all over the Infield just to find them AB's. Most guys dont perform well doing that unless youve been a UI before or have experience spurratic playing time throughout your career. Im sure Ben has his plan A-Z already worked out though. Should be interesting how it all works out.
Last year Iggy was moved between SS and 3B. Bogey played some SS and 3B as well. With Bogey's defense at SS in question and Middy's defense at 3B in question, it makes sense to me to at least give them some time at their probable eventual position (3B for Bogey and 1B for Middy).
Like I said, I am not for signing Drew, and if we did, my first choice is not trying to keep eveyone on the 25 man roster all year, it would be to start Bogey in AAA, unless Middy looks awful in ST.
However, I do not see this plan below as jerking people around any more than they might otherwise be (as with 2013):
Drew 550 PAs (525 at SS vs all RHPs and some LHPs + 25 at 2B when Pedey rests)
Bogey 550 PAs (125 at SS vs LHPs and 425 at 3B vs RHPs)
Middy 400 (250 at 3B, 100 at 1B and 75 at DH)
Nappy 600 PAs (550 1B and 50 at DH)
Papi 600 PAs (575 DH and 25 at 1B in NL parks)
Yes, Middy is jerked more than last year, but everyone else is pretty set at one position.
Last year, these were the total PAs per slot:
My guess is Bogey might bat 6th or 7th, Middy and Drew 7th or 8th, Papi 4th, and Napoli 5th. There may be less PAs per slot, if our offense does worse than 2014.