In response to ampoule's comment:
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
In response to MadMc44's comment:
Rome's burning guys andJBJ hasn't cut it--he can't hit, he can't bunt and he doesn't know how to steal bases.
It's like the kid's getting a free ride--he needs to go back to the basics. MAKE HIM EARN HIS SPOT IN THE MAJORS OR CUT YOUR LOSES.
You mean to tell me there is no outfielder in the Red Sox System that can play the outfield, hit, bunt, steal bases?
There is a guy playing out of position at 3 B that can play the OF-Xander--show us what you got Baby Jeter. Start by not being so predictable at the plate like Nap and JBJ---occasionally swing at first pitches instead of getting down in the counts at 0-1, 0-2, etc. Yes, I understand Ortiz hit a 2-2 count for a HR and Nap hit a 1-2 count for a HR---good pitchers beat good hitters on those counts.
We have a plethora of infielders in the system and apparently NO OUTFIELDERS: who ever heard of such a thing--we might have to make one. Xander is the guy. He's a baby version of Stanton. He will be Stanton in two years. Move him to the OF now---he's had 9 errors between short and third. Herrera, Cecchini, WMB, Ryan Roberts in AAA.
There is no such thing as a system without holes. I think you are right though, we will have to make one. The Sox love up the middle infielders because of their versatility and ability to move off position. You never hear about 1B, or LF moving to SS 2nd, but you do here about it the other way around.
People in the Sox system who are close to the majors who could become outfielders: Betts/Cecchini. We have some good outfielders in the system but they are too far away to realistically help this team or even have a high level of certainty that they are MLBers. But I think Betts will be in Boston soon, and I also think we will trade for an outfield bat as well. I'm not an advocate of moving Bogaerts to LF but if we did we could trade for Stanton and sign HanRam in the off season. Again, I'm not saying this is what will or should happen, but the Sox could easily make something like that happen.
Imagine Betts/Bogaerts/Ortiz/Stanton/Pedroia/Napoli all at the top of the lineup. I really don't think that offense would generate any complaining.
Sign HanRam?? I don't know about you, but I'd prefer to have the team cancer-free. Ramirez is a bad apple and probably the reason he was traded in the first place.
In my defense I specifically said that I don't necessarily agree to that, just that the Sox have the tools and the assets to make additions like that next offseason. They are flush with cash and prospects.