Re: Trade for Justin Ruggiano?
posted at 12/12/2013 10:03 PM EST
Or maybe they are okay with moving Shane to CF and Nava to RF, if JBJ struggle mightily.
Unlikely. If Bradley gets hurt, yes.
But if he struggles early, he probably plays through it as the FO knows that growing pains do not necessarily mean the deathnail of his career.
Yes, I didn't mean to imply JBJ would be on a short list. I agree he will be given a long look, but at some point, if he is struggling very badly by July or August, and we are in a playoff race, the move could be made, or a trade could be made to replace JBJ or compliment him with a platoon player (assuming he is doing OK vs RHPs and fielding well).
Yup, he'd have to be terrible before they'd give up on him. And Carp and Nava were part of a great bench last year. We weren't going to break that up. A switchhiter with a .831 OPS at minimum wage, and a 1B/LF with good splits with a .885, and 3 control years left?
Why would anyone want to break that up?
It is a very nice group of 3, however the Nava/Gomes LF platoon didn't really work out as planned in 2013 in a number of areas.
1) The two of them only started in LF 121 times combined. Nava had to play RF and 1B a number of times. The plan was to hope for 162 games.
2) Nava played against LHPs more than expected, and Gomes played against RHPs more than expected due to injuries to Ellsbury and Victorino.
3) Gomes did not do as well as expected vs LHPs. He had been superb vs lefties in recent years, Surprisingly, he actually did better than expected vs RHPs. Nava did very well vs RHPs as expected.
4) Nava, Gomes or Carp in RF were scary defensively.
5) Victorino is fine in CF, but I think it's best to keep him in RF as much as possible.