The Drew Quandry for 2014

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    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:

    www.overthemonster.com/2013/9/18/4744656/cuban-free-agent-jose-dariel-abreu-red-sox

     
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    Re: The Drew Quandry for 2014

    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:

    www.overthemonster.com/2013/9/18/4744656/cuban-free-agent-jose-dariel-abreu-red-sox



    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. 

     
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    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.

     

    We also have Carp, but Carp and Nava both hit just righties real well.

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    Middy in reserve is not going to happen either.  If there was a chance of middy being in reserve, boggie would be playing more now. Third base belongs to Middy and if drew wants too much then the sox will go with boggie at short. I think the offers for drew will open up and most likely he will go back to an area that he likes better than Boston.

    I get that.

    I'm not so sure Ben is 100% sold on Middy as out longtime 3Bman or 1Bman. Afterall, he demoted him this year.

    The big decision for the Sox is to offer or not offer QOs to napoli or Drew. I doubt both, unless they plan on trading Middy or Bogey (Stanton?).

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    Re: The Drew Quandry for 2014

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    Middy in reserve is not going to happen either.  If there was a chance of middy being in reserve, boggie would be playing more now. Third base belongs to Middy and if drew wants too much then the sox will go with boggie at short. I think the offers for drew will open up and most likely he will go back to an area that he likes better than Boston.

    I get that.

    I'm not so sure Ben is 100% sold on Middy as out longtime 3Bman or 1Bman. Afterall, he demoted him this year.

    The big decision for the Sox is to offer or not offer QOs to napoli or Drew. I doubt both, unless they plan on trading Middy or Bogey (Stanton?).

    Sox4ever

     




    It is going to be an interesting off season.

     



    The Ellsbury decision is, of course, the number one issue (and how to replace him if he bolts). Since Shane can play CF and JBJ is in the wings, we could siggn a RF'er to boost the OF.

    Salty is the next most important decision. I seriosly doubt we enter 2014 with Ross/Lava/Vazquez/Butler as our only ML catching options.

    Since Bogey can play SS/3B, Middy 3B/1B, and Carp or Nava 1B, there are a lot of options to re-signing Drew and/or Napoli or neither.

    Interesting off-season indeed.

     
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    Salty is the #1 Red Sox veteran with no contract for 2014 issue. 

    You mean our "back up profile catcher"?

     

    Cue: revisionist history lesoon #4,914.

    Sox4ever

     
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