Re: options at first base
posted at 11/8/2012 10:24 PM EST
In response to notin's comment:
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i'm trying to compile a list of options for first base from in-house guys to trades and FA options. feel free to suggest names. outside the box options are welcome.
In-house: 2 options here in Jerry Sands and Mauro Gomez.
Sands - aquired in the mega-deal from LA, marginal skills. in 70 games in the majors over the past 2 seasons (only 9 games in 2012) hes hit .224/.325/.376 he walks a fair amount and has power but not too sure about the other parts of his offensive game and i know absolutely nothing about his defensive game. AAAA player if you ask me
Gomez - another AAAA player, I like Mauro better than sands but hes also not the ideal guy i would slot into first base all season long. in 37 games for the sox last season he played reasonably well, well enough to deserve a shot at ST but my guess is he just gets used as depth. In pawtucket last season he hit 24 HR, .310/.371/.589
Salty - with Lava needing more experience behind the plate maybe its time to make him the full time catcher?? salty could be moved to first base.
Free agency: the list of FA for first base is riddled with old players well out of their prime so i will include the names many have been talking about these past few weeks.
Adam LaRoche - 33 years old and coming off a career year with the Nats. will surely be looking for that retirement contract worth decent to semi-big money for 3-4 years. good defensively and has a swing suited for fenway. its the contract that is a deal breaker for me.
Mike Napoli - has good numbers at fenway, can catch/DH when needed to. would be willing to overpay on a short 2-3 year deal for him
James Loney - HAHA JUST KIDDING!!!
Nick Swisher - very versatile, spent a decent amount of time at first base since Tex was bang ed up. switch hitter, has more power from the left side which isn't ideal for fenway but he could still do some damage for us. seems like a good clubhouse presence and always has a smile on his face. which is a plus. hard to say what this guy is going to get on the market... i doubt it will be 100 mil like he wants but teams are sure to be bidding on this guy so who knows how it turns out.
YOUK - personally, i don't think he is an option for us but you never know. crazier things have happened.
Trades: no one seems to be off limit so this could be anyone
Ike Davis - only 25, in arbitration years until 2017. no worrisome injury history, pretty good bat, has lots of power but also strikes out a lot. in 2012 he hit .227/.308/.462 with 32 HRs and 141 SOs. lots of potential here
Corey Hart - 30 years old and been with the brewers his whole career. played in the OF most of his career but since prince left to the motor city he has taken up 1st and played over 100 games there last season. has good power but also strikes out a lot. in 2012 he hit .270/.334/.507 (right on target with his career averages. very consistent) with 30 HRs and 151 SOs. he is a FA at the end of the season so he won't cost a lot to aquire and can play OF in a pinch
Billy Butler - signed through 2014 with an option for 2015. Mainly a DH but has some experience at first base (about 20 games a season) when he has played there hes done alright from a defensive standpoint. i wouldn't call him a liability. the real reason would be for his offense. in 2012 he hit .313/.373/.510 with 29 HRs and 107 RBIs. would give us an insurance policy if papi goes down too.
Paul goldschmidt - pre-arb years. doesn't hit FA until 2018 so he is very young, cost controlled and could be a powerhouse at fenway. the price to get him would be steep, but considerably less than J upton and is my favorite option so far. in 193 major league games so far in his career he has hit .278/.353/.487 strikes out a bit much for my liking but at such a young age it is expected as he matures he will become more disciplined at the plate.
I think the Sox should check with the Dodgers to see if Adrian Gonzalez might be available!
I feel Gomez is similar, in many respects, to Butler. I think, given an opportunity for an entire season, you would see similar results to what Butler would provide. Gomez makes good contact: his slugging percentage was .422 and his OBP was .324 in 37 games. Sands may be a good backup at 1b and in the corner OF positions.
If you go outside I would try to sign LaRoche--I think he has the ideal swing for Fenway.
Gomez is similar to Butler in that both are carbon-based bipedal life forms and neither one can play the trombone with his feet. Beyond that, the similarities end.
Butler is a desrving All Star. Gomez is an AAAA player who got to live a little dream this past season. He should have no place in the future, and certainly not as a corner stone. First of all, Gomez was not exactly all that great last season, posting a whopping .746 OPS. And even as medicore as those numbers appear, he still needed a .347BABIP to schieve them. The guy had a .355 BABIP ON GROUND BALLS!! A .355 BABIP on ground balls is reasonable if you are a left-handed hitting cheetah with a jetpack. However, as Mauro Gomez is not cheetah, does not own a jetpack and actually bats right-handed, I am going to say no way is that remotely sustainable. Given normal splits - which he WILL regress to - Gomez would normalize down to hitting .221 / .271 / .319 slash line. He would finish with an OPS of about .590. No position player in MLB with enough plate appearances to qualify put up an OPS as low as .590 last season. (Jemile Weeks was the bottom with a .609.) What Butler were you comparing him to? Dan? Rhett? Billy Butler can put up those splits batting left-handed while wearing a ski mask backwards.
Oh, and Gomez whopping 2 HRs in 111 plate appearances translates into about 11 over the course of a full season. As he is already older than Butler, chances are slim he will improve enough to ever catch up.
Forget Gomez. The Gomez you saw last season was a mirage, and not even a very good one.
If the Sox want to gamble on a longshot with an actual chance, there are two of them in Seattle, one of whom really does have a pretty good Fenway Swing...
Good stuff, Notin..