Re: JBJ being sent down
posted at 4/19/2013 12:30 PM EDT
In response to softlaw2's comment:
He was a prospect promoted to take over for an injured player. When the injured returns, prospect returns to his normal gig.
Joe, earth to Joe! Bradley wasn't promoted to take over for an injured player. In fact, he started in LF instead of Gomes or Nava. Those two are the ones who took over for the injured DH player. When Ortiz returns, the decision is who to remove from the active roster. They chose to bean count and demote Bradley with an option because that their original plan was not bean count Bradley in the minors until later in the season.
They could have:
DFA Carp (and now that Nava has proven to be a more versatile option and Carp has a tiny sample that looks good they could and should have traded Carp, let him go through waivers, or since it's early and few teams have injuries and needs this early they might have been able to get Carp through waivers and send him back to AAA)
Bradley would then start and provide the best defense with Gomes to start v. LP until Bradley adjusts and Gomes would pinch hit for Bradley, while Nava would play backup 1st and also pinch hit for Gomes when he starts or come in to pinch hit and the situation goes back to that slot v. RP.
In other words, instead of the bum Carp, you have Gomes and Carp in the regular use bench roles. It's not likely that Ortiz is going to be productive for the rest of the season, so I do not see any valid reason to change the roles that were used for the first few weeks.
Right now, managment should be planning on writing down Drew's contract when he starts slugging past girls softball league, then recall Iglesias and forget Bogearts as the future SS plan.
They should also begin the process of having Ellsbury play LF v. RP starters and put Bradley in CF. This is the best defensive lineup and also begins the important process of Bradley getting MLB experience as the Red Sox permanent CF'er of the future.
Bradley brings defense, enthusiasm and a lot of talent to the Red Sox. Carp does not. And if managment likes Carp so much, they should simply option Nava back to AAA until Ortiz goes back on the shelf.
Carp, the guy you call "Dumpster profile" has just as many hits in 1/3 of the At-bats as Bradley. You have seriously gone off the deep end with your Man Love for JBJ softy. Let the kid go down and Work on some things. Its pretty obvious that we can win with or without JBJ.