posted at 5/12/2012 1:16 PM EDT
In Response to Reddick-ulous
[QUOTE]The Sox braintrust traded Josh Reddick and two minor leaguers for Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney. The often injured Bailey is out until at least July. Whlie Sweeney is hitting ~ .350 he only has 2 HR's and 2 SB's in 2010, 2011 & 2012 combined. Meanwhile the 25 year old Reddick, who looked to be a promising major league OF when he was first called up in 2010, is batting .292 with 8 HR's (tied for 10th in MLB) and 6 SB's in Oakland; a .500 team that's dead last in MLB batting average and 20th in runs scored. You can't tell me Reddick wouldn't be a better OF choice than Sweeney, Nava or McDonald. I would have been happy with an outfield of Ellsbury, Reddick and Ross. What a horrible trade. Was this a Theo parting gift or the beginning of the Ben era? Either way this trade is disgusting even if the two minor leaguers never make it to the show.
Posted by teibore1[/QUOTE]
I agree that Reddick is a good hitter, albeit very streaky, with good pop, and a decent OF'er. BUT..... I love the way you brush past SWEENEY's numbers!!!
This kid has been THE MOST CONSISTENT hitter on the Red Sox, save Papi. Yes! We know the kid's hitting style is completely inconsistent with hitting for power. It's a trade off! We've got plenty of pop on this team!!!!! WHAT WE ARE SHORT ON IS EXACTLY WHAT SWEENEY GIVES YOU IN SPADES! CONSISTENCY!!!!!!!! UNBELIEVABLE CONSISTENCY! .350 WITH A +500 SLUGGING PCTG.
I love guys like you! Sure, it's fair to compare some trades, but you can't even appreciate a HUGE SURPRISE like Sweeney, because everybody isn't talking about him!!! WHICH THEY SHOULD BE, but he's been lost in this horrific season.
This KID is having an unbelievable season, yet fly by night fans like yourself can't appreciate him because you're so easily distracted by little shiny objects.
As for Bailey, I wasn't thrilled about letting Paps go! However, given the FACT that Paps was in no way anxious to stay in Boston! He wanted to go elsewhere! He made that very clear to the organization. I think they could have wooed him into staying, but it would have cost BIG MONEY! I'm not sure it would have mattered, as he would have simply used our offer to push up his contract elsewhere! Having said all this, I'm not convinced Bailey will ever pan out???? Especially given our current penchant for stepping into bad luck with picking up guys who are fragile!!!! There is definitely a strong argument that the Sox absolutely need to stay away from guys who have a solid injury prone history, in a predictable, if not insane, bargain hunting strategy.
Whatever the case may be, it's clear that your fascination with the shiny object we let slip from our pocket has BLINDED YOU if you can't fully appreciate SWEENEY! WE NEED TABLE SETTERS! Wake up!