Re: The Drew Quandry for 2014
posted at 9/20/2013 1:49 PM EDT
In response to dustcover's comment:
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
Next years 1B is up in the air, but Boagerts is your SS.
I believe the Sox will offer Napoli a Q.O.
He might accept a Q.O. and I think the Sox would be happy to pay him 14 million for one year and punt the 1B position for the future until 2015.
Some think the Sox may be interested in Abreau. I still think the Sox bring Napoli back if they sign Abreau, if for nothing else to at least stash him in patucket for half a year and let him adjust to advanced breaking pitches.
Respectfully, it's Jose Dariel Abreu. And he is a free agent that I have some enthusiasm for as a potential acquisiton 1B candidate for the 2014 Sox. Frankly, I'm not in favor of a 'bridge year' 1B candidate stashed in Pawtucket for another year and Napoli returning. If Abreu is not seen as a legitimate MLB-ready first baseman, than I'd much prefer to see Nava at 1b with the acquisiton of a legitimate power hitter in LF to replace Napoli (and his SO's) in the lineup. However, as to Abreu, I am not without reservations as suggested in this article:
I'm sorry ABREU! I don't want to mispell the mans name. Yes I have my reservations about him as well. I've heard good, and I've heard bad and there is very little scouting or video to go around on the guy so who knows who is correct. I'm sure the Sox will do their due dilligence. From what I've heard he's a legit power threat guy with average bat speed. He will put up decent numbers but may struggle against good pitchers. Yes most hitters have some drop off against good pitching but if those convictions are true then he seems more like a #6 hitter and not a real middle of the order bat. Now there is nothing wrong with that and if he is just that he may be a bargain at under 10 million per year.
But if he doesn't work out I'm not comfortable with Nava at 1st. The offensive bar is much higher there and I don't know if he has the pop for it. I like his AVG and OBP and I like him as a back up but not a full time 1B type. Nava is best suited for LF, especially with Gomes there to platoon with him. Although in a year or two I would like to see a big bat corner outfield type who can slow in with Bogaerts in the middle of the order and take pressure of JBJ's bat in center.
I think the ideal of "bridge year" player is often mis understood. You wouldn't go out and sign a multi year deal for a SS knowing you have one of the games top prospects at the position (e.g. 2013 Drew/Bogaerts). Bridge year or Bridge players don't mean the team is not going to compete. Mike Napoli is a fine first baseman for a year, although I do like Morales.