Re: Sorry, but I don't like it
posted at 8/1/2013 9:15 AM EDT
As the dust settles around this trade let me say that I'm Sox fan and don't see any way I'll ever be anything else, but that doesn't mean that I like everything that gets done within the organization.
I'm also a "defense first" kinda guy and as such I have what may be an unusual appreciation for gifted defensive players. I've always subscribed to the notion, "If they don't score more than you do they can't beat you", and one of the best ways to keep them from beating you is by having a better defense.
I also believe that there are certain defensive positions you build your team around and they fall pretty much along the defensive talent spectrum; SS, 2B, CF, Catcher. Solid up the middle, as it may be. Any better-than-usual offense you get from those positions is a plus. You then build the power offense around the remaining positions, the corner positions, and of course in the AL, the Designated Hitter. (I've always wondered if I'm not a NL fan at heart. :-) )
Going into this season I saw the Sox as a ~.500 team but building for the very near future. I'm of the opinion that the FO sold us on that idea with the intent of having us NOT have high expectations for the 2013 season. And I bought into it. Short term pain for long term gain. And I had seen just enough of Iggy to believe that he was going to be the SS of the future. The talk a cost-controlled IF of Bogarts, Iggy, Pedey, and Middlebrooks with Chiccini (sp?) as our fallback plan should anything unforseen happen. And I liked it. Very much.
Then as the season progressed things changed. The FO got greedy and the fans got greedy. We wanted that championship NOW, not forsake this year for a long term plan. So we no longer have our slick-fielding SS and instead we have a pitcher and the team has gone to a "Plan B" for the future. (I'm still of the opinion that just as this team doesn't have enough talent to be where they are, the only way they'll win a WS is the same way they've gotten to where they are - through team chemistry. Is that going to be enough to carry them? Wait and see, I guess, but were I a betting man I'd bet against it. But I could be - and I hope I am very wrong.)
I'm frustrated that the FO has weakened the left side of the defense in mid season- I'm a defense guy, remember? - but I have to tell myself that this is going to work out, if not this year then next. I'm still not sure who's going to play that cost-controlled 3B either this year or next and I would MUCH have perferred to see Bogarts prove that he can play at the ML level before we traded the guy he's going to replace. I'm not saying he can't, I'm just saying that it's not unreasonable to SEE it.
The upside of this trade as I see it is that we now have a pitcher for at least 1 1/2 years who, while not a TOTR pitcher, is someone whom we can expect to get the job done. I'm still concerned about this .428 ERA this season and whether that's really going to help us, but he's at least experienced and those two things together shouldn't hurt us.
I also like the fact that IF Bogarts is as advertised he's going to give the team power at one of my defensive positions (SS) which will make the Sox a better team in the future.
Obviously it's not a trade I would have made but OTOH I don't have much money invested in it so I don't have a say. I'll probably grumble a bit about it but life will go on. When I see a SS not get to a ball in the hole or not throw someone out I'll probably grumble to myself, "Iggy woulda had it", and I'll also say what I said last night when Snyder hit that double to left-center, "Iggy probably wouldn't have hit that".
It's baseball. It's not life or death, only baseball, and life goes on.
There's my rant for this morning. "As you were", ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for reading it. :-)
Having the right to do something doesn't make it the right thing to do.