Re: Range factors into Iggy's error...
posted at 10/15/2013 9:11 AM EDT
The only caveat in the plan is that Bogey is probably a better 3Bman than SS, Middy a better 1Bman than 3Bman, and Iggy could have been the FT SS for many years to come, so the future Bogey vs Iggy comparison will not tell the whole story, just as it isn't necessarily Iggy vs Peralta, since Peralta can and has been moved to LF, so both can play at the same time.
Thank you. This is what I've been saying all along and you managed to capsulize it into one paragraph.
When that is combined with the lower salaries of the three IF'ers (excluding) Pedey going forward it's obvious that the Sox decided to go all out to win it THIS year. It's not the decision I would have made, but they didn't ask me.
Since we have Peavy for 2 years, it's not all about "going all out for this year". Peavy helps us for 2014 as well.
The financial argument is strong. Keeping Iggy and moving Bogey and Middy to 3B and 1B would have saved a lot of money, especially when subtracting Peavy's contract, but we'd still have a gaping hole in that all important playoff 4th starting pitcher slot.
The improved defense argument is strong.
However, the fact is, Ben and John seemingly were never going to give Iggy the FT job. I don't agree with that call, but once we all accept it for what it was (and would have been), then trading a utility IF'er for a top 30 or 40 MLB starting pitcher with 2 playoff cycles of team control can be viewed as brilliant. I know that initial supposition is the hard one to come to terms with, but it was the central factor of the trade decision.