Re: I'm ready to gamble...
posted at 6/20/2013 9:29 AM EDT
Apparently some responders did not take the time to read my original post in its entirety or missed some of the prequalifications. Or perhaps I was not explicit enough. So just to clarify my premise:
"Sooo, suppose the Sox send Middlebrooks to AAA to regain his swing and confidence, get 100% healthy and strength back in his wrist, AND give him a 1B mitt and top tutor to learn the position. Then, play Iglesias at 3B, day-in-day-out, and see if he's the real deal, while also playing Xander Bogaerts regularly at 3B at Pawtucket."
Then, and I emphasize 'then', after the All Star break, perhaps the beginning of August, if everything comes together,"
As for Middlebrooks learning a new position midseason, just look at what is happening in Atlanta. The recent return of Brian McCann to the Braves looked like the end of Evan Gattis's bid for Rookie of the Year. Yet now Gattis is learning to play the outfield on the fly.
Making "the big move" is predicated on the evaluation of the success and performance of Middlebrooks, Iglesias and Bogaerts. Just as decisions were made regarding Machado, Myers, Goldschmidt, to name but a few young players from other teams that have burst onto the scene, the Sox would have to see some explosive performances via this trial balloon before making "the big move".
That being said, it seems to me to be a 'low-risk, high-reward' strategy.
And the upside is, (or downside, depending on your perspective) if 'this dog don't hunt', then you go with the hand that was dealt ya', namely Drew and Napoli.