Re: This is Why Iggy Was Traded
posted at 8/26/2013 10:44 AM EDT
In response to ThefourBs' comment:
So, I'm curious.
How long does Peavy have to sustain his current lever of performance (2-1/ 3.31 ERA/ .098 WHIP), or how much better does he have to get, before the rabid Iggy fans think it was a good deal for the Sox?
And skip the "If they don't win a ring..." BS.
There so many things that have to go right, for a team to win it all.
It's unrealistic to lay it at the feet of one player.
I wish I could stay away from this topic, but I can't. :-( Since I'm allegedly one of the "rabid Iggy fans" I'm going to take it upon myself to respond - from my POV.
This isn't completely about Iggy. It's about the future. It's about having money to spend on FA's and where it'd going to come from. It's also about putting a good team on the field in 2014 and beyond.
I've been a proponent all along of an IF of XBo, Iggy, Pedey and Middy. The only question marks I see in that are XBo's defense and Iggy's offense. Pedey is what he is, and I've always believed that if a person can play 3B he can play 1B even better. And Middy is a decent 3B who is now showing good hitting ability.
XBo's ML skills have yet to be determined (although I have to admit that the past couple of days have begun to put to rest my concerns about his offensive skills). Iggy's offense is what it is today and I think it'll get better with experience, and even if it doesn't I'm willing to live with ~.230 and Iggy's defense at SS. Especialy with the offense of XBo, Pedey & MIddy in the IF and Ells in the OF.
That's a pretty cheap IF which leaves money for other positions. Like.... CF. NOBODY is saying that JBJ is going to be replacing Ellsbury on both sides of the ball. That's why I want to sign Ells. Ells very simply is a better all-around player than JBJ. I see JBJ as either the heir-apparent to RF or as trade bait for a GOOD position player or a pitcher.
This trade has completely s-d the pooch on that. We now have to either sign a FA SS (think $$) or give the position to someone untried and hope it works out. Middy can remain at 3B, but what do we do about 1B? Another FA? Maybe Carp. Will Carp be > Middy @ 1B? I personally doubt that. But whatever happens at 1B it'll be more expensive than Middy, leaving less money to sign Ells.
I was looking at a young, talented, cost controlled team in 2014 & beyond. The kind of team the Yankees built back when Jeter, Bernie Williams and Posada were young. One that would carry the franchise into the future, but now I don't see that. I see the Iggy trade as costing the Sox both Iggy and Ellsbury and allowing them MUCH less payroll flexibility than they would have otherwise had.
It's not entirely about getting to watch Iggy play - although that's a part of it. It's also not about Peavy and how good he has to get. It's about the future. Which is why I was - and am - opposed to that trade.