Re: Boras on Drew
posted at 11/17/2013 9:33 PM EST
In response to SonicsMonksLyresVicars' comment:
In response to Ergoetal's comment:
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
But OPS is a very simple stat.
Drew's BA was only .253 - fact.
But because he drew a lot of walks his on-base pct. was a respectable .333. He got on base one-third of the time.
More importantly because of his extra-base hit power, his slugging pct. was a much more than respectable .443 - higher than Pedroia's, for example.
It's also very true that he was streaky, but when you look into it many, if not most, hitters are.
Pedroia is anything but a slugger. He hits the odd home run and a few doubles. Good hitter, but he shouldn't bat 3rd. Second, or first, but not third.
So you'd like to see Drew starting SS this year rather than Bogey?
The issue is not that simple i.e.:
- Length of contract
- Alternative position (3B) available for Bogaerts
Ignore the horse-and-buggy nonsense about Drew's 2013 regular season batting average and his SSS batting failure in the post-season. In WAR terms, he massively outperformed his salary in only about 130 games and was the starting SS for the national champions of the continental United States and Toronto.
For SS/3B in 2014, I think only Drew is certain to deliver a high performance. Bogaerts is likely to, IMO, but who knows?....And Midds is a crapshoot at this point.
I don't think it's absurd to think Midds might continue to regress.....and while I'm a long term buyer of Bogaerts, I don't think he's a slam dunk to excel in 2014.
....the defending champs with a 21-year old (super) prospect and a guy demoted to AAA last year as the left side of our infield? Hmmm.
I'd much rather go into 2014 with a 21 year old "super" prospect at SS who has already started for a team that won a World Championship along with a 25 year old player with the best right handed power I've seen come up through the system since Jim Rice, before I give Stephen Drew a 4 year deal. I loved the Drew signing last year and thought he had a solid season, but I'm not going over 2 years & he's getting at least 4.
Middlebrooks had a bit of a sophomore slump that a wrist injury may have been a factor in and maybe he started reading his own hype after a great rookie year, but I can't believe how many fans want to trade this guy for a bag of balls. Middlebrooks deserves another look at 3rd and he's going to get it.
The Sox Front Office isn't trading him this off season, but if they ever did and he went on to hit 40 home runs for another team next year, the same whiners that wanted him traded will whine about "Ben" trading him.