Re: Ben, please embrace their youth movement for 2013!
posted at 3/3/2013 2:11 PM EST
In response to softlaw2's comment:
They will get next to nothing in return right now. They would be better off waiting until the trade deadline. He was available all winter an obviously BC wasnt given a good enough offer, if at all, to let him go.
False. With the nearly certain draft compensation at season end, plus a full season, Ellsbury will net a top tier prospect that is more advanced than waiting on the future draft compesnation.
A. Move about 10 million off the 2013 books
B. Put Bradley, Jr. in CF where he belongs, and allow his offense time to develop and enjoy his winning attitude and solid defensive play
C. Net more value now and better team leadership than the absurd notion of saving pennies in a half a decade on a player who will be years removed from his youth
We all know that Cherry and InEpstein have turned down numerous opportunity to get rid of Ellsbury, who has been the face of loser team baseball since he was named a season starter in 2008. We also know that the fans' wet panty factor is part of the reason management has hung on to this overrated prima donna.
Silly to be talking about platooning Bradley, Jr. in a corner OF position or parking him in minor league baseball. It's called merit! It's called planning!
Cherry could have easily been totally planned and prepared for Bradley, Jr's maturation question by signing R. Johnson for 2M, with minor league contracts to Pods and/or Sizemore. Then, if Bradley did what he's done in spring training, more on defense than offense, he could have easily moved most or all of R. Johnson's 2M and put Bradley, Jr. in CF. He also could have acquired J. Upton or netted a top tier prospect for Ellsbury.
Instead, here we are, with a virtual certainty that Bradley, Jr. will take his confidence from spring training and be told "you aren't quite ready and here is your ticket to AA or AAA ball and some things to work on". That will not help Bradley, Jr.'s confidence or his development.
Competent management would have already planned in advance to sieze on this opportunity if it presented itself, and then let the fans know that patience is needed for the inexperienced Bradley, Jr. who will need time to mature offensively but will provide great leadership and excitement as an excellent defensive CF'er.
Not going to get into it with you..Its obvious that no other team values Ells' compensation pick enough to even offer close to a top prospect this winter when he was made available. If he does well, he will have more value to a team on the cusp of a WSC. Then, and only then will some team offer something close, if not, a top prospect.
Your disdain for Jacoby has thoroughly clouded any possibility for even a remotely realistic and knowledgeable post involving him...