Re: What are your expectations of Xander offensively and defensively?
posted at 2/17/2014 11:19 PM EST
In response to redsoxdirtdog's comment:
I'm not for signing Drew either, but I seriously doubt he gets $14M/1 or even $25M/2.
In response to moonslav59's comment:
PLEASE! Let go off the Drew signing! There is a reason nobody is scooping him up!!!!!
Yes, primarily it is the lost high draft pick, but I'm sure his injury history and high salary demands and years are part of the reason as well.
I completely agree. Don't get me wrong. I like the guy, & would love to have him as a utility backup infielder on short money. But that ain't gonna happen. It's gonna be circa 14M & loss of the DP. Not a good cost / benefit ratio. I appreciate the hell out of what he gave us, & I don't see us winning in 2013 without his steady hand At SS. It's simply time to move on with the youth. BUILD for the future. Time to find out if WMB can gain some consistency at the plate, & XB needs to grow into the position. Sitting here listening to Pedey talk him up as I type, confirming exactly what I'm seeing in the kid. We sign Drew for 14M, we are married to him full time, moving XB to 3rd, & WMB is a part-timer once again. We can't keep stunting his growth. Time to get off the pot or shhhhhhhhi_, as it were, with respect to WMB. His power potential from the right side of the plate has TOO MUCH UP SIDE to keep dixcing about.
Let's roll with the kids!
I don't want to give up the draft pick and budget space even if we could get Drew at $8M/1 or $15M/2, but it's pretty close.
BTW, when have we "stunted" WMB's growth? He's been given every chance under the sun to keep the 3B job. Injuries knocked him out in 2012, and injuries combined with subpar play did so in 2013.
As I said, I'm not for signing Drew, but if we did, I could see this being the set-up:
1) Bogey starts at 3B in AAA until he gains the extra year in team control.
2) Bogey starting in AAA gives Middy a long look at the FT 3B job, while Bogey learns the position in a better environment.
3) When Bogey gets called up, he plays SS vs most LHPs, 2B when Pedey needs a day off here and there, and 3B vs many RHPs. Bogey still gets about 600 PAs between MLB and AAA, Middy gets over 500 PAs, and Drew gets 500-550.
4) If Napoli or Papi gets hurt, Middy plays 1B or DH, and there's room for everyone. If Drew, bogey, or Middy get hurt or struggle mightily, the other 2 get total FT status. If Pedey gets hurt, soemone plays 2B and opens a FT job for everyone.
I still think we can do better, but adding Drew would help us in 2014. I just don't want to sacrifice the advanced future (Draft pick) and budget flexibility we may need during the 2014 season.