In response to RedSoxDOrtiz's comment:
In response to youkillus' comment:
To be a solid winner, an old axiom in baseball is, that you must be strong up the middle, the 2014 Soz will be changing their starting C, SS and CF. I believe I once read , no team has ever won a WS with all new players at those positions in the same year. Not signing Drew, means we are challenging that convention.
Nobody ever came back from 3 games down before in the playoffs... how did that work out?
In CF we have a gold glove caliber defender. Both AJP and Ross are superior defenders to Salty. The only position that we lose out a bit of defense with is short, but his offense is at least as good with the upside of league best.
I like our chances
JBJ may end up being a gold glove centerfielder but not next season I would almost bet anything on this. Anyone who watched the PS also knows rookies regardless of whether they have an outstanding year are prone to make mistakes in big games until they mature. We saw it with Iggy and Bogy when we placed him at SS for a brief period. My guess is JBJ will make more mistakes learning CF in different ball parks and possibly in the PS as well.
Rookies can look poised but they rarely get over the jitters over night in real pressure situations, this is where guys like Jacoby, Drew and Ross excel over Salty, Bogy and probably JBJ as well initially.