Re: Source: Drew leaving Red Sox
posted at 11/14/2013 11:00 AM EST
In response to ADG's comment:
Ruiz???? Assuming for the moment that Ruiz is available and signable by the Sox, have you considered the following.
ESPN reporting that he will get at least a 4-year deal and that Sox not willing to go that far.
Good. We have flexibility and we get a first round/sandwich pick. We will also get one for Ellsbury.
Offer the Marlins the following for Stanto: Take 4 players from this group:
Renaudo, Barnes, Betts, Vasquez or Swihart, Marrero, Middlebrooks
The only untouchables: Bradley and Cecchini.
I'd take my chances with Victorino, Pedroia, Ortiz, Stanton, Napoli, Ruiz, Bogaerts, Middlebrooks/Cecchini, Nava.
a) In his first 4 seasons Ruiz had ho-hum stats followed by very impressive stats in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
b) Then he was busted for prohibited drugs (amphetamines) and suspended 25 games. This had to be Ruiz's second positive test for a stimulant. An initial positive for a stimulant does not trigger a suspension, only that the player must undergo follow-up testing.
c) This suggests that he was using, not only in 2012, but earlier as well.
d) Following his suspension, and presumably without the use of drugs, his numbers in 2013 plummeted back to his earlier ho-hum level.
Do you still want to 'take my chances' with the inclusion of Ruiz?