posted at 8/2/2013 1:11 PM EDT
In response to Soxdog67's comment:
In response to dannycater's comment:
It's like ever since Beltre was not retained, the Sox have tried to figure out what to do with third base...If there was one guy who did everything you wanted--defense, offense, power--it was Beltre. It was fun watching him as a Sox. So even now with the Sox in 1st place, there is a void on the left side of the infield...although Jose pulled in Peavy for Sox run, and he played exceptional defense in his time there. Youkilis fell apart when he moved to 3b. I still hated that the Sox didn't make an effort to sign Beltre long-term. But they had their heart set on AGon, and I guess in the scheme of things it helped return the Sox back to quality one year after being a laughing-stock.
This post is totally using 20/20 hindsight to state a case...
First off, 3rd base has not been at issue at all until this year (2013) and Middlebrook's underacheivement.
Here's a recap of reality:
- In 2010, Beltre was replaced by AGon, PLANNED!
- In 2010, Youkilis moved to 3B. PLANNED!
- In 2012, Youkilis was replaced by Middlebrooks, as PLANNED! Maybe this happened a year earlier than expected, but this was the team's planned expectation for 3B
- In 2013, Middlebrooks slumped creating the exposure to this position that is being addressed today, UNPLANNED!
As much as I like Beltre, and with hindsight being 20/20, The Sox would have re-signed him rather than acquire Gonzalez which takes me back to my original statement paragragh.
I agree, but I'll go one step further. I would have gotten a stop-gap corner infielder instead of A-Gon and instead of re-signing Beltre, put Youk at 1B or 3B depending on who came in at the other corner, then wait for Rizzo and Middlebrooks to be ready.
Middlebrooks slumped this year and Rizzo has been up and down (17 HR, 62 RBI, but just a .245 BA and that's after raising from being in the .230s recently. So I'm not saying I'd be right in the long run -- who knows what Middlebrooks will be -- but I like giving the home-grown kids a chance, rather than always going out and signing veterans in their 30s (or about to be 30) to long-term contracts.