Re: What about Granderson?
posted at 9/17/2013 11:41 AM EDT
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
In response to dustcover's comment:
If the Sox fail to sign Ells, I just do not see penciling in Victorino to play CF. His continued back and hamstring problems worry me. Perhaps over the winter he'll heal up and his lower body strength will return, but that being said, I'd leave him in RF where he did more than a commendable job this season, in spite of his nagging injuries; a true warrior in my book.
From what he showed in Spring Training and his exposure on the big club this season, I still have big hopes for Bradley Jr. I think we will all see a more mature and MLB-ready player in the person of JBJ come 2014.
And trade acquisitions over the winter aside, I do like the previous mentioned idea of Bogaerts at 3B, Drew at SS, and Middlebrooks at 1B.
However another alternative, which I've been pushing for right along, would be to acquire a true right-handed power hitter to play LF, with either Ells or JBJ in CF, and Victorino in RF. (perhaps Stanton or Abreu). And then go with Middlebrooks at 3B, Bogaerts at SS, and Nava at 1B. (I truly believe Nava as the regular, everyday 1B would have an outstanding season in 2014, both offensively and defensively.) The power-hitting LFer would make up for the loss of Napoli (and his record-breaking strikeouts).
So you want to buy an MLB unproven Cuban superstar who plays first base and put him in LF, then take a left fielder who's defense has a sharp drop off at first base and put him on first base?
If you want to advocate Abreu being signed then why move him off position to left field when his defense at first base is already questionable???
Good pickup CT, my bad. What I really meant or should have clariifed was Stanton or another established right-handed-power-hitter in LF and Nava at 1B. In the case of Abreu, and thanks for pointing this out to me, the Sox should and obvioulsy would play Abreu at 1B and leave Nava in LF.
And as you, and many others could reasonably point out, Abreu is unproven at the MLB level. However, after looking at Abreu's numbers in Cuban baseball and given the recent success of Cuban players such as Yuniesky Betancourt, Yoenis Céspedes, Aroldis Chapman, Yunel Escobar, José Iglesias, Kendry Morales, and especially Yasiel Puig, I would certainly be willing to take a flyer on this young talent if he is available, and naturally for the right price. Particularly, with a Plan B of Nava or Carp at 1B if things don't work out.