In response to 808soxfan's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
If Naps stays, then the infield is set with Bogy at SS and Middy at 3rd. Only way to offer Drew a QO is to trade Middy.
How are we "all set" with Middy at 3B, when he lost the job twice this year?
Hmmmm.... You added "ALL" which I certainly did not. Chnages what I meant entirely. I do not think that we are ALL set with Middlebrooks.
My point is either play Middlebrooks or trade him altogether, I favor the latter option.
Fair enough. Sorry for adding the "all".
Similar to my argument last year with respect to Iggy, I would rather have the SS and 3rd positions fielded by SS quality defenders for purposes of an effective shift. I advocated for Iggy at short and Bogy at 3rd. As I said in another post, I was happy with Drew although I admit to doubting him from the beginning of the season.
I would be happier with an infield of Naps/Carp - Pedey - Drew - Bogy than I would with Naps/Carp - Pedey - Bogy - Middlebrooks.
I do not agree with others that Middlebrooks at first is a good option. He did not lose his job at 3rd because of his glove, so why should his bat be better at 1st?
I'm not handing him the 1B job either. My point is about Bogey. Bogey will be handed some job next year, and I'd rather have it be 3B than SS, so I am going from that point forward. That leaves three choices:
1) Trade Middy
2) Make Middy the back-up 3B/1B/DH and indirectly SS as Bogey can slide to SS if our SS gets hurt.
3) Give Middy a shot to win the 1B job vs Carp, Nava & Papi by not signing Naps.
(I guess a 4th option, which I mentioned last winter could be to move Bogey to 1B, but that has about a zero% shot.)
If Naps and Drew pass on offers, then I would have to think about a 1st/3rd solution as I do not think that Middlebrooks is a long-term solution.
Middy may turn out to be our longterm 1B or 3B option, but in no way do I feel comfortable planning on him to be our FT anything next year.
I also feel we need to look at making our second best power hitter someone other than a 1Bman. Playing in the NL park this World Series shows what happens. I'd like to see us get a guy like Stanton, move Victorino to CF, and maybe keep Drew. Then, we can absorb a decline at 1B with Middy, Carp, Nava and Papi (at NL parks) fighting over 1B PAs. Bogey will learn 3B quickly and be about as good as Middy in no time (IMO).