Re: BenC you've seen all but Xander at the MLB level, now's the time...Today...this weekend.
posted at 8/16/2013 7:10 PM EDT
In response to MadMc44's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
In response to MadMc44's comment:
Hey hold on to the pooch--I'm primarily saying bring up Xander send Holt back to AAA and release Beato so Xman can be added to the 40/25 roster.
XBo can do more plus things than Holt plus it gives them another Rhanded bat.
Say what you want about WMB---I'm saying--many were all over Iggy because he was getting bloops, bunts and seeing-eye grounders. The hits that WMB has had since coming back up have been of much the same variety. A little friendly competition never hurt a major league player. It worked well for the Iggy/ Drew situation. We found they both benefitted. By the way Iggy is playing great defense but his hitting continues to free-fall. He will soon be in the .299.
JF is not cutting any pitchers from the current pen---Beato is at AAA.
Bailey is still on the 15-day DL and could be switched to the 60-day to make room for Xander so we dont lose a good bullpen arm thats under control for a few years. Or the Sox could just wait until the rosters expand. Remember, with Middy doing very good since returning going 7-18, they dont need to rush Xander. I dont think they want to put their top prospect in a position that puts to much pressure on him right now anyway, like some here want them to do.
WMB has hit some solid line drive and getting good wood on the ball. Nothing like the little seeing eye grounders that Iggy was hitting. Also, Why create competition during a playoff run? Middy is hitting good right now. you have to let him know you have confidence in him, not threaten his job with Bogey right now then he might start pressing and then ultimately it would be counterproductive.
There wasnt a competition with Iggy and Drew. It was Drews job. period. His spot was never in doubt or threatened. Thats why Iggy switched positions.
Patience Mad. We will see Bogaerts when its his time. Theres no need to make a panic move after a couple losses. The Sox will be fine.
Southie I have been saying right along I want the best 25 players in the system in the dugout and on the field--Holt may be a better player than WMB right now but Xander is better than both of them.
Xander has been better while facing AAA pitching/competition. Thats not to say I dont think he can do it, but it guarentees nothing. And Holt, although a good UI, is not better than WMB right now.
Re. Iggy, the competition , as I remember it, was between Drew and Iggy--you're right but they then found Iggy was better defensively at 3 B than Holt and Snyder and he was still batting in the .340 range.
There was NO competition between Drew and Iggy. If Middy wasnt struggling Iggy would have been the UI or sent back down. The competition was more between Iggy and Middy because Drew was going nowhere.
I don't want to argue these issues--Beato is probably 6/7 on the PawSox depth chart. He is not a mystery. BenC just can't handle the Roster---he has a difficult time making personnel moves. Let's see the trouble he has with Snyder when he comes off the DL. He will have to make a decision which should be very easy DFA Snyder--he won't, he will demote Holt who has options, for a player that plays 1 B and 3 B and has no future with the Sox. Ben has had two weeks to find a trade partner for Snyder--it won't happen--he can't cut the cord.
Beato is a good BP arm. Besides I already told you that we can put Bailey on the 60-day DL opening up a roster spot so we dont have to get rid of anyone. Snyder will probably have to be sent through waivers and parked in AAA IF he makes it through. You cant trade a player whos on the DL, which is why Ben hasnt found a trading partner for Snyder. I really dont understand what you mean Ben cant handle the roster. hes done a pretty good juggling act with all those arms in the pen as well as bringing guys up that are needed. The I-95 shuttle has been quite active this year. Trading Iggy was not an easy decision, but a move that needed to be made to better prepare this team for a playoff run. It shows me he will make a tough move, or "personal" as you put it, if it betters the team.
If BenC does the right thing he will not have a problem--if the Sox lose two of three to the Yankees and the Rays sweep--you have a dead heat. Baltimore is charging and the Yankees will be 6.5 back and the Sox going West for two tough series.
I agree. We need to at least win the series, with a sweep being the ultimate goal. LAD and SF are going to be tough. remember though, the Rays have a 10 games west coast trip coming up in another couple weeks. I enjoy debating back and forth with you Mad, dont take me disagreeing with you personally. I like your enthusiasm for the Sox and think you are a good poster on this forum.