Re: Are the Red Sox that Good Where Jackie Bradley, Jr. Shouldn't Be Starting the Season as the LF?
posted at 3/18/2013 4:17 PM EDT
Here we have a narrative about whether Bradley can be on the active roster and whether the Red Sox will have to pay him more as the year approaches 2020. If they can blow 10 million to control a needless bum like S. Drew, they can stop making roster decisions worrying about having to pay more to control Bradley, Jr. a half a decade from now. Absurd!
"Tolerance" is a word perverted by the Left, along with "hater". It comes down who subjectively claims what is tolerant and what is hate, and what isn't. It's pure subjective nonsense, as is this term "narcissist". The Left possesses all the prideful sins of wrath and envy, and does not tolerate a plurality on the issues associated with their agenda.
The issue of Bradley being on the opening day roster is clear cut. It's not whether he should be, it's the subjective nonsense that "it's because he needs more time in the minors" or "we need to pay Drew 10 million but make sure we try and save 10 million on Bradley a half a decade from now".
For those who think Bradley has "a hole in his swing", so does Ellsbury. It's called making a good ptich. For those who think that active roster spots at the beginning of the season need to heavily facton in "another year of lower cost a half a decade or more from now", make sure you understand that it cost 10 million and 13 million a year to control Drew and Shane. Don't pretend that this euphiemism "control" only involves CBA labor hands who aren't arbitration or FA's.
The only legitimate basis to send Bradley back to the minors is because:
A. The altnernative skill sets are able and as good or better
B. Bradley's spring straining performance raises a reasonable doubt that he's ready for MLB starting service or that he lacks the current poise and physical maturity to keep from being overwhelmed by the increased level of competition of the big league
Bradley passes part A, because Gomes isn't a full time player and is truly a bench guy and Shane is short on power and Gomes should be the pinch hitter and backup for the time Ellsbury and Shane and Bradley should sit, which will amount to, at least, 40 to 50 games.
No one can keep a straight face and mention the names, Carp and Nava et al as better alternatives to making Bradley the starter and Gomes the 4th OF'er/pinch hitter
Bradley clearly passes Part B, because his spring training was so strong on both sides of the ball that there is no doubt he's ready for MLB starting service and has the current poise and physical maturity to keep from being overwhelmed by being a MLB starter.
What competent management would do, if they are going to incompetently not trade Ellsbury and pay Shane 13M a year and sign Gomes for 5 million a year, is the following:
Launch a PR campaign that warns fans not to have high expectations on Bradley, stating that he's pressed in duty early because of circumstances. They should state that he's raw and will need a couple of years of MLB experience to mature and begin to reach his full potential levels. They should state that he'll have to learn to make adjustments as pitchers find current weakness, and that he will struggle at the plate. He also will makes some rookie mistakes in the field because he'll be playing in parks that he's not familair with. At the same time, he will provide a lot of excitement with his speed and has a great attitude about team baseball and has been a champion at every level he's competed. The statement should conclude that fans need to enjoy the excitement and attitude he brings to the team, but they need to be patient and allow him room to make mistakes and learn from them.
After that, they should put out the folloiwng OF depth chart:
LF Bradley Gomes (5th emergency outfielder from bench utility guy)
CF Ellsbury Bradley
RF Shane Gomes (5th emergency outifelder from bench Utitlity guy)
Given what Cherry has done, he needs to assemble the team to play to it's strengths, which will not be adjusted for park factor SLG. Thus, a stong run prevention OF that will feature an OF that will make it very difficult for anything but the hardest driven placed balls and homers to hit the turf in the OF.
Iglesias should be the starting SS, with Ciriaco being the UIF'er and ermergency 5th OF"er before a call-up can be made if required.
Once S. Drew comes off the "unable to perform" list, they need to hope that he comes back soon enough before Ortiz returns and he hits well enough to try and dump him on another team who's had an early injury to a SS. If not, they should not DFA/wiaver Ciriaco and put Iglesias on the bench, but use an option on Iglesias for enough time to try and get rid of Drew before the trade deadline and permanently put Iglesias in as the starting SS.
Salty should DH until Ortiz returns, with Ross starting at catcher. Lavarnway should be on the roster until Ortiz returns. With Salty, foget Carp. The emergency 1st base at the beginning of the year should be Salty, and Ciriaco should be the emergency 5th OF'er.
Given what Cherry has done, the best defensive team is what should be the tipping point for roster decisions. With Iglesias and Bradley, the Red Sox become an elite defensive OF and up the middle defensive team. Very important to start Ross, not Salty, at catcher.
I think they need to move Middlebrooks to 1st base, for 2014, with what is in place on the farm. No doubt about that. Had they not gone 2 years on Ortiz they could have signed Napoli to a one year deal to be the DH/1B/emergency catcher. Oh well.