Re: There is a log-jam in the outfield, TRADE.......
posted at 4/5/2014 11:17 AM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to georom4's comment:
you dont trade anyone this early....isnt shane already missing 15 games? you keep them playing by juggling the lineup and pinch running and fielding .....this is a managers problem, not a GMs...plus who do you think these average players at best are going to bring in a trade by themselves? the only one worth anything is JBJ because of his potential
You are missing the issue. When Vic comes back, JBJ has to go back to AAA or someone else has to go on the DL or be traded. If JBJ goes back, we have no decent back-up in CF for when Sizemore needs his days off, which should be plentiful, at least early this year.
We can't bring JBJ up for one game a week to rest Grady. The roster doesn't work that way.
I think we have a few concerns and deceisions that need to be made but its still very early to make any drastic changes.
#1 Leadoff, Gomes and Nava although they are known for hitting one type of pitcher have very little speed. At the monent neither are hitting which hurts the team even worse. The natural leadoff guys on this team should be Grady & Shane with Bogy getting consideration but I have a feeling he may become a great middle of the order bat. JBJ? Just not ready but could turn into another Ellsbury at some point.
#2 OF depth, If Gomes, Nava and Carp can come close to last years stats we have a shot but only if Grady and Shane stay in the lineup otherwise we have a major concern. If Gomes, Carp and Nava dont hit enough JBJ should obviously get the first shot along with someone getting traded. Another option and one many of us feel has been needed for quite some time is to trade for that big RHH LF. I'm talking about another guy who can play every day, has a good glove and can maintain a decent OBP long term for us.
#3 Middy, A guy who could probably hit 30hrs but in my opinion will probably always struggle to maintain a decent OBP so he might be a good supporting player at best or eventually surprise us. If we trade Middy it leaves another hole at SS if Bogy moves to 3B. Maybe Herrera or Marrero could fill the SS spot adequately enough for now. Cecchini needs more time to improve at 3B in my opinion. Betts is very intriguing prospect who could move up the ladder as quickly as Bogy so I might try converting him into an OF, 3B or SS ASAP, rather than keep him at 2B. 2B is a lot easier position to fill and Pede isn't going anywhere at the moment.
Farrell and Ben are both bright guys with little patience for underachievers as we all saw by their quick fixes last season when things didn't work out so I'm not too concerned.