Re: The Amazing Jose Iglesias
posted at 8/17/2013 7:50 AM EDT
We get that Iglesias is young and a talented defender, and I was hoping he would start at SS in 2012. In fact, unlike most I was not deterred by his .118 BA last year. I would have preferred the team deal Middlebrooks, move Bogaerts to 3B and keep Iglesias at shortstop.
And his age and state of development were a big part of the reason the Sox were able to deal him for some much-needed pitching. Like Peavy or not, we dealt 2 A-ballers and Iglesias and received a 31yo former Cy Young winner with a Triple Crown to his credit, AND control him for 2014 as well. Iglesias might turn into a superstar. Maybe the Sox dealt the next Omar Vizquel, or maybe they dealt the next Adam Everett / Cesar Izturis. Either way, fans are acting as if there is some sort of guarantee he was the key to a championship. Even if he is the next Vizquel, Omar retired with no rings, and that was in spite of playing on what was one of the best offensive lineups in recent MLB history. (Why didn’t Cleveland win in those years? That’s right – poor pitching!) Add to the fact that the surprising Sox have very realisitic chance to win this year. Iglesias could be here for 10 years, and never be on a TEAM good enough to win anything.
In fact, this barely indicates any of the so-called shortstop turnover. Iglesias was not playing SS in 2013, so just as much stability can be achieved with his replacement. Bogaerts is definitely an eye-popping prospect, although why some suggest he move to 1B is beyond me. Will the sox be a better team with Bogaerts at SS and even a league average 1B, or with Iglesias at SS and Bogaerts at 1B? Using Middlebrooks at 1B is a laughable alternative; please do not suggest it ever again. Fans hate Napoli. So his ideal replacement will be a guy who still has 90% of his strikeouts, and only 30% of those same pesky walks? Not to mention, the Sox duid find themselves with a lot of depth in the upper minors on left side infielders, with Iglesias, Bogaerts, Middlebrooks, and Cecchini all either ready or expected soon, and still only two positions to play them. The Sox had left side depth. Granted, I prefer Middlebrooks be odd man out, but I was happy to see the Sox get a needed pitcher while dealing from depth.
The dark horse is all of this the for-some-unknown-reason-unmentioned Deven Marrero, whose defense is comparable to that of Iglesias, and whose offensive track record has been superior in the minors. Marrero, recently promoted to AA, is, playing at minor league levels at an older age than Iglesias did, so a direct comparison is not fair. But if Marrero pans out, that even further clouds the left side. And I can promise you that if Marrero, Middlebrooks, and Cecchini had been dealt in place of Iglesias, half of Jose’s fans would instead be lamenting how they will miss Middlebrooks, or had been looking forward to Cecchini or Marrero for years, etc.
We got someone good and traded someone good to get him. That is how it works. Deal with it. You can’t keep building for the future forever. Teams that constantly look forward to 2015 or 2016 more often than not find themselves building for 2018 or 2019 when those initial years come around…
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