Re: Drew against McFarland last night
posted at 9/20/2013 3:12 PM EDT
In response to RedSoxFireman's comment:
With Bogaerts and Iglesias given away for a salary dump, managment has played it's hand sometime ago. Drew won't be back for 2014, and shouldn't have been here for 2013. Iglesias has proven he was the better value and fit, same OPS and Iglesias makes Drew look like a lumbering 1st baseman.
Bogaerts is still on the Sox. Iglesias was traded for a frontline starter, Peavy. The Sox invested a lot in Iglesias--he had a $10M minor league contract--but no doubt were worried by his abysmal hitting at Boston late last year. A small sample, granted, but they went after Drew because there was no evidence Iglesias could hit MLB pitching. This spring he hit well, but Drew still got the job and Iglesias went to AAA then returned because MBR wasn't hitting and Iglesias took over 3B. In July three key things happened: 1) the Sox showed they were definitely contenders; 2) Iglesias stopped hitting; 3) Buchholz stayed on the DL with few signs of coming off.
So, with the August 1 trade deadline, the Sox let go of one of their three viable SS's--Iglesias, Drew, and Bogaerts--to get a solid starter. If you say Iglesias was and is still the best SS--including fielding and hitting--I won't disagree. I would have liked to keep him too. But Drew has fielded well and lately hit well and is certainly affordable for the Sox. Bogaerts is a good choice for the future. Plus Drew is on a one year contract, so he can be let go or given a QO.
In an earlier post you point out Farrell keeps winning with or without Ellsbury, et al, but you left out one key player, Iglesias. With Iglesias gone, the Sox have actually played better, a .622 winning percentage, without Iglesias than when he was here.
The problem with keeping Drew isn't that he isn't capable of being a solid SS in Boston. He has already demonstrated he can. For one thing, his WAR is about double Iglesias's. The problem is other teams are going to bid on him, so it's good to have Bogaerts standing in the wings.
This thread started with a discussion of the need to pinch hit for Drew against lefties in late and close games. Guess what? The Tigers are already doing that for Iglesias--pinch hitting for him against righties in late and close games. This despite the fact all of us, plus the Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers, agree Iglesias right now might be the best fielding SS in MLB or close to it. His hitting improved from last year to this and could improve again next year. Meanwhile, it is a concern for anyone without blinders on. That said, moonslav has made the case that Peralta will be shifted next year to make room for Iglesias to stay at SS.
Argue all you want to, but the evidence is overwhelming that Drew was a smart investment for one year and well within the Sox 2013 budget, which is well under the luxury tax threshhold. And, as much as I would like to have Iglesias back at SS, it is unarguable the Sox are playing better without him. Peavy helps. But so do Middlebrooks and Bogaerts, both of whom were in AAA when Iglesias was traded. Drew helps too, in the field and at bat.