Re: If Iggy hits?
posted at 3/17/2013 12:50 PM EDT
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
In response to dgalehouse's comment:
The signing of Drew was probably the most inexplicable move of the off season. Time to admit that it was a mistake and cut our losses. Iglesias should be the shortstop. Ciriaco should be the backup infielder. Bogaerts should be the future third baseman. Middlebrooks would then move to first. The other option would be for Bogaerts to move to left field. The Sox need to resist the urge to sign stop gap mediocre veterans.
While I generally agree with the majority of this I just want to say that I think we overestimate how often and soon prospects will be able to contribute at the MLB level. Prospects also don't always reach the ceilings we assume they will or they bust. Kalish, Bowden, Place. Anyone remember Lar Anderson? Don't look now but Xander Bogaerts has mashed it up until now, don't accuse me of Blasphemy but if he severely struggles this year his career will oddly resemble Lars up until then. You sign the stop gap player because you don't want to commit long term and block a top prospect. Also very often top prospects do become good valuable players but it takes them some time to develop, like Clay Buccholz. Just because a player has nothing left to prove in the minors doesn't mean he won't struggle off the bat in the bigs. Sometimes they are still developing and need to make adjustments.
Too many fans are impatient in letting young players develop. I'd rather sign a stop-gap veteran to give the young player an extra few months or a year to develop, rather than sign or trade for a high-priced veteran and losing that young player.
How much better would the Sox be had they signed a stop-gap veteran to give Anthony Rizzo the extra year to develop instead of trading him for A-Gon?
If Iggy gets the chance to start the season and doesn't look lost at the plate, I'm all for keeping him.
Young players who mash in the minors don't always pan out so it is sometimes of a crpshoot on which ones to stick with and which ones to trade. The Red Sox have done quite well for the most part in choosing which ones to stick with and which ones to trade.
In Rizzo's case, I don't think they gave up on him. They just didn't want to wait so they went and got A-Gon.
Anderson, David Murphy and Brandon Moss were all right calls. Yes, Murphy is a nice player but at the time, there was no room and he's hardly an All-Star. He's a very replaceable type of player. And to me, the jury still is out on Josh Reddick. He hit 30 homers last year but most of his other stats were medicore or poor. It will be interesting to see if he build on last year or turns is just a flash in a pan.