Re: the 2014 infield
posted at 9/22/2013 11:01 AM EDT
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
In all the discussions about retaining free agents Ellsbury, Napoli, Drew, and Saltalamacchia, it has become increasingly clear Ben C is unlikely to keep both Napoli and Drew and likely to keep one of them. My money is on Drew because he has actually been a pretty good defensive SS. Not as good as Iglesias, of course, but solid. And a better bat and a lefty bat at that. So I agree last night was probably a preview.
However, Ben C has demonstrated that he develops lots of options before committing, so I'm thinking it is possible Drew and Napoli both leave, which will leave an opening at 1B.
Max, why do you think it's become increasingly clear? Other than Boegarts' mediocre start, I haven't seen any signals. Budget permitting, I don't see a big problem keeping both. With a week to go in 2013, these are the games missed by:
- Napoli - 20
- Drew - 37
- Middlebrooks - 68 (obviously inflated by his demotion)
- Ortiz - 24 (less a few for interleague games)
So assuming Boegarts is able to play at MLB level going forward and a similar health standard among the above 4, and assuming Midds has 10 missed games next year, that is around 90 games available.
If Boegarts tears it up, we can deal one of the others mid-season. If he fails, we have a strong IF. If he's not quite ready, we juggle him with the other 4 and he gets 90 or so games in.
And if one of the other 4 suffers a major injury, we have him as an option.