Re: Jacoby/Bradley/Nava question
posted at 7/2/2013 6:56 PM EDT
In response to craze4sox's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
The re-signing Ellsbury debate has been raging for months and months.
It won't be easy finding a cheap .360+ OBP solution to the CF position next year, but I hope we don't pay the market rate for Ellsbury.
I think next year's OF might look like this:
LF: Carp/Gomes (Nava)
Longshots: Hazelbaker, Hassan, Jacobs, or de la Cruz
I doubt Napoli comes back either.
We have Carp, Nava, Snyder, and probably a converted Middlebrooks for 2014. (Assuming Bogaerts is groomed to play 3B next year, or we we pick up a bridge 3Bman or corner IF'er.
Further down the road, we have Cecchini (who may push Bogaerts to 1B or be moved their himself), Almanzar, and longshot Travis Shaw (Player of the Week).
Thats a pretty questionable OF next season moon, especially the way Victorino gets hurt. Trying to re-sign Ells might be a good idea but I'm thinking some team will offer much more than we will if he finishes strong. I wouldn't have given Ells leaving a second thought a month or two ago.
It would be nice but probably wishful thinking to hope Brentz and/or Bradley contribute enough without taking a step backwards. One "short term" alternative may be a guy like McLouth if he's available but outside of that a trade might be necessary.
I think we'll sign an OF'er this winter- one that can play CF. It just won't be Ellsbury. Perhaps I am in a minority, but I have faith in Bradley being ready next season, at least as a back-up.
I think a lot depends on our 1B/3B situation. If we get a top quality hitter there, then maybe we can suffer a decline in our OF.