Re: Red Sox have lack of depth in the infield..
posted at 1/30/2013 5:34 PM EST
In response to SonicsMonksLyresVicars' comment:
In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:
Gomez and Ciriaco are AAAA players, the former a disaster at 3rd and not much better at 1st . Iggy has not proven he can hit well enough to be a full time player. Holt has 72 MLB PAs. That's pretty weak. It'd be nice to have a decent, veteran UIF.
Gomez is serviceable at first and a potentially big bat.
Ciriaco is not Iggy. Ciriaco is no wizard on D, but also serviceable, and his bat is decent and "timely" too. Pedro "Yankee Killa" Ciriaco. I would personally rather have him as our UIF than "decent, veteran" Nick Punto.
If you are referring to the 2012, 34-year old Nick Punto, I agree, though I don't think even Ciriaco's modest 2012 of .705 OPS will be sustained. Certainly the 2011 Punto and several other of his seasons far exceeded anything Ciriaco is likely to do.
BTW, Punto OPS for the Dodgers in 2012 was also .705.
No disrespect to Nick Punto Sonics. My point is that rare is the roster that has starter talent in backup infielders. The Sox had something like that maybe when they had Jed Lowrie in his fleeting moments of health. But generally you are going to get Punto or Ciriaco and their swollen .705 OPS's. Punto had some quality years, but the reason he signed with the Sox as a back-up is because hisbrief starter days were long behind him. Ciriaco hooked on with the Sox because the Pirates deemed him an easily expendable prospect who probably wasn't going to get a shot with the big club. More or less six of one and half dozen of another.
I understand if you mean that, of the mediocre pool you get for a UIF, you would rather have veteran presence. I like veteran presence. But i also like youthful energy (Ciriaco). But at the end of the day, there aren't really going to be options that make one go YEAHHH!!!! at UIF and backup 1B.