Re: BEN, changes are coming .......
posted at 4/29/2014 12:19 PM EDT
In response to JimfromFlorida's comment:
What changes would you make right now? Make sure they are doable and do not throw away salary/players that burden you later. Doable is any trade you offer is possible for the other team to accept.
LOVE my Red Sox, Bs, Cs, Pats and enjoy the ride every year.
This is a fair question given what's happened thus far in the season.
I like the OF with JBJ in it. I'd even continue to play Sizemore in LF if only for his defense. Gomes is the team's good luck charm and while he's not my favorite player he does have a knack for timely hits. A week ago it would have come down to Carp & Nava as the 5th OF'er but the FO solved that problem. But I WOULD be looking for a trade partner for Mike Carp.
The pitching staff has enough promise that I'd not do too much right now, but I'd have Dubront on a short leash in Boston and I'd be telling Brandon Workman to keep a bag packed.
The IF is where I'd make the changes. I'd sign Drew tomorrow to any kind of a reasonable one-or-two year contract. I'd then move Bogarts to 3B. He seems to have no trouble with balls hit at him. His issues arise when he has to move laterally, and 3B doesn't require as much lateral movement. 3B is more about quickness than speed and range.
I'd then send Middlebrooks to Pawtucket with a 1B mitt in his hand. I've long maintained that if someone can play 3B they can play 1B. It's the same distance from the plate and the ball comes off the bat at the same angle - only a mirror image of that angle. After Middy reaches his apogee at 1B the decision has to be made as to whether to trade Napoli or Middlebrooks and I'd deal with that at that time.
I understand this isn't a perfect answer. Drew isn't as good a hitter as Middlebrooks but this would shore up what I see as a major weakness - the left side of the IF. This team may not need an AS SS but it DOES need a SS who's dependable and with decent range if they're going to make the playoffs.
Having the right to do something doesn't make it the right thing to do.