Re: Iggy optioned
posted at 4/10/2013 3:00 PM EDT
You have a link?
You'll spend hours composing 2023 Sox line-ups, but you're too lazy to Google Bob Melvin quotes?
I googled Bob Melvin Stephen Drew and went through 3 pages and found nothing other than Bob saying, "he's a good player". Maybe I missed it.
I'm not doubting Bob said it, I'm just saying he might (notice I said "might") not fully mean what he said about a plyer he was obtaining or just lost.
Drew's UZR/150 numbers were improving over his horrid start. I could easily use his careerb fielding numbers like some are using his career hitting numbers to call him one of the worst fielders in MLB, but I won't because I do not think it is true. The same way I do not think Iggy has magically become an offensive weapon over one winter. Drew is probably an average fielder when healthy. There are a lot of very good to great MLB fielding SSs today, so this is not norever was meant to be a slam on Drew.
I might not value his offense from 2006 and 2008 as much as from 2009-2011 or 2009- 2012, and maybe we disagree on what we project from him on offense, but I do not think it would be by much.
I think I projected something .280 15 70 (with 45 2B+3B) in 150 games played.
I'd probably project .235 2 45 (with 30 2B & 3B) by Iggy over 150 games.
The extra 20-25 hits by Drew, all of which would be XBHs is substantial, but I do not feel it outweighs the 60-100 more plays I feel Iggy would make on defense. Our staff needs all the confidence building, shortened innings, and outs it can get from the guys behind them, and the SS position is the best place to start, IMO.