Re: Farrell has the last word on the Reddick-Bailey trade
posted at 12/27/2012 1:57 AM EST
In response to Schumpeters-Ghost's comment:
In response to notin's comment:
Trading away Reddick was at worst like trading away Phil Plantier yet SG is convinced he is another Ruth or Bagwell.
No need to exaggerate - I don't ver rate the guy. I just think he is a 25 year old OF who was better than ANY OF we played last year. Oh, and he picked up a Gold Glove in RF.
That is not a platoon player and it is really funny to see people irrationally calling a gold glove award winner who hit 32 bombs a "platoon player"
These are the same people who say the Red Sox must sign Napoli and Drewski even says that the Sox with Napoli will go from 85 wins to 89. Napli is worth 4 wins? And Of cousre Reddick wouldn't even "start" because we have Gomes. That is waht Drewski is peddling.
But at least drewski writes thoughtful posts. There are some insane people on this site - literally insane people. (you know who you are, now take your meds).
After getting attacked for an entire baseball season by the Bailey fans - I just thought it funny that the Sox manager knew immediately to demote Bailey. When you trade a 25 year old all star, 32 HRs, and gold glove guy for a closer who never actually closes....
Is that not a bad deal?
Without Napoli we are relying too much on guys like Stephen Drew and Middlebrooks. While Middlebrooks has displayed a ton of raw power and an ability to adjust on the fly, he does have a long swing which makes him prone to strikeouts. He has a ton of minor league Ks to show for it. He could also learn to command the strike zone a bit better. He really didnt have many AAA at-bats. I think he'll be a very good player; however, Im expecting a bit of regression in 2013. Sophmore slump is B. I think expecting anything above .270, 22 HR , .810 OPS is optimistic.
So...without Napoli who hits #4 behind Orti?. Pedey isnt a middle of the lineup guy. If you look at the 2012 top offenses , you will notice that the Yankees were something like sixth in batting average, first in homeruns, first in runs scored. This is usually the trend, as RBIs are more correlated w HRs than anything else. HRs in the middle of your lineup are crucial, and Napoli's .iso and HR/PA show that he has 30+ HR power (assuming health). Granted, there may be an issue w his hip; however, his righty power is so badly needed that we should only walk if there is a real and untreatable injury. The fact that we havent walked yet suggests that there isnt.
Napolis value isnt the position he plays, its where he hits in the batting order and the righty power that we so desperately need. This is the difference between mediocrity (85 wins) and contending for the second WC spot (89 wins)