In response to notin's comment:
Jonny Gomes has the third highest OPS for alll outfielders in MLB vs LHP with at lest 500 PA over the last 3 years. THAT is how we know he will outhit Linares. Got any evidence Linares would be among the top 3 in MLB at anything?
YOU are the one who keeps bringing up the 3 years for Napoli. Who cares how anyone feels about a non-existant deal?
I did say I would have taken McCarthy over Demsper, butthis does not change the fact thatMcCarthy has along history of injury.
Still waiting for why you think you know the abilities of Ciriaco, Gomez, and Linares better than the Sox. I can admit they clearly like Gomez more than I do as I would have released him months ago. The Sox and I appear toagree on Ciriaco (utility infielder at best) and not so much on Linares, who I think is pprobably a waste of AAA roster space and unlikely to ever see more than very limited MLB action.
Again notin, I never claimed, or do I think I know as much as the FO. What I do know is we have only had a few kids come out of the farm and stick since 2007. Gomez would be a risk but "for a one year trial" I would have been willing to risk it other than sign Napoli for 3 years. I'm happy with the one year contract with Nap but still feel we should pursue a trade for a young 1B. Why you would release Gomez I have no idea, he would probably reach base and play as goog or better 1B Nap unless we platooned Mike.
Ciriaco? which ever way you want to look at it will probably be backup SS nod as he should unless Iggy has a great ST. Iggy, is lucky to be in the organization in two years if his bat doesn't improve, especially if Bogy can play the position.
As for Linares I would have given him a shot before now, he has hit righties very well at the lower level and yes I have seen him play at least a half dozen times anyway which I agree isn't a large sample. How would that transform in the majors? Who knows but he would be another hungry youngster looking to prove everyone wrong like Nava did for a stretch last season.
Finally, outside of "possibly" clubhouse chemistry we are no more talented than last season. Do we have more depth? Possibly but only if we can stay healthy because our overall talent just isn't tas good offensively or defensively. In short, we are no better off for the future except for the salary dumped because nothing was done to help solidify our long term needs. You can debate it all you like but until a couple of our youngsters break the lineup and we fill other long term voids we are what we are.
In the mix, the very least we could have hoped for this season to sell tickets.