Re: The Red Sox Have No Backup Outfielder
posted at 1/28/2013 10:18 PM EST
In response to SonicsMonksLyresVicars' comment:
In response to LR3683paw's comment:
In response to Beantowne's comment:
Some would argue that the Sox have 5 bu outfielders on the roster....not sure that our teams fortune rest on how good our 4th or 5th outfielders are...
Ells in center 150 games, Gomes in left 120 ish Victorino in right 150 with Sweeney and Nava as backups...that means we'll need about 60 games or so from the reserves...not all that big a deal...
I'm in complete agreement. There is no big problem here. Just another thread with false concerns.
I don't think they are false concerns, but they are relatively minor ones. Still, we want the best roster possible 1-25.
Would Nava & Sweeney be such a terrible backup duo? Gomes and Victorino both struggle vs RHP and Gomes is not a good fielder. Nava has a high OBP vs RHP, Sweeney is a (pop-less) .750 OPS vs RHP and Sweeney can field all three OF positions well.
How many cheap backup OFs are (ever) available that field well and hit well? My memory tells me that Pods was brilliant last year....but a quick check reveals that his OPS was .674 (1 HR in 216 PA) and Sweeney's was .675 (0 HR in 219 PA). And being 9 years younger at 28 Sweeney must have more upside.
Yup, I'm not quite sure why posters think there is such a huge difference between Kalish and Sweeney. If I wanted someone to start in the OF for the next 5 years, I'd pick Kalish. If I need a #5 OF, Sweeney is probably slightly better than Kalish. Here's a choice for you-
Player A .275/.333/.366/.699
Player B .290/.326/.373/.699
Those stats are over three years, so it isn't a tiny sample size. And one of those two players will be our #5, and one of them will be the NYY starting RF.