Re: Middlebrooks will be moved @ the winter meetings ..........
posted at 12/7/2013 9:07 PM EST
Drew might end up wishing he took the QO.
I'm not for trading Middy just for the sake of dumping him. As I have said a couple hundred times over the past 2 years, I prefer a better SS with glove & range and Bogey moving to 3B, but I'm okay with the left-side IF as is, as long as we get a better utility guy than Holt and Snyder.
I liked Rajai Davis at first, but the more I hear about his so-so defense, I'm not high on him anymore. In Fenway, you need plus defense in CF. Davis does hit lefties well, but so fo scores of other ML OF'ers and we may want someone who platoons with JBJ.
Now that Napoli is signed for 2 years, Cecchini & Middy's not moving there for a while barring injury to Naps. If Papi retires after 2014, Napoli could play some at DH depending on Middy's defense at 1B or if we pick up someone else at 1B.
I am also thinking Cecchini may be pushing the bigs by May or June. We can hold of on trading Middy until July, if that comes through. For now, I'd go with Middy and Bogey at 3B and SS, but trade Dempster & Gomes for a decent compliment to JBJ in CF and a decent left-side utility IF'er. Or, we could trade Peavy for the same. The salary relief could help us now or in July.
I'm okay with finding a SS and moving Bogey to 3B, but Drew would cost too much, and I've fallen in love with the comp picks in next year's deep draft. If there is someone else available, I can see it happening. Then, we could trade Middy for the CF'er insurance and keep the pitching depth until a July trade or all year, if needed. I'm not trying to dis Middy, although I clearly have less faith in his projections than some here. I think it is more out of my love for Cecchini. I have been very high on him for 2 years. Another possibility is to trade Carp or Gomes for a CF'er or left-side IF'er or both.
I like our team as it stands now. Hats off to Ben. Last winter, I had hoped he'd do more for the longterm future, and I got a bit testy at times, but I always said, this team only became truly his with the Dodger trade, and he deserved a chance to prove himself. He did just that!
It will be fun watching JBJ and Bogey. I hope Middy fields like 2012, can keep his OBP near .310 and shows us that power we haven't seen at 3B since Beltre.
I am really looking forward to 2014.
+1 Well put, nice post.