Re: What to do at SS?
posted at 12/12/2013 2:55 AM EST
In response to BMav's comment:
One thing I brought up that I think is more possible then people realise is the idea of Xander starting the year in AAA.
First, I have now heard Cherington talk about whether Xander is going to start the year in the majors next year twice. Both times he was non commital. When Farrel was asked about whether Bogaerts would be the starting SS next year, he seemed somewhat hesitant to me aswell.
The one thing I have learned the last few years is the organisation is now extremely conscious about adding value. What might be the best way to add value to the Red Sox? Sign Drew to a 1 year deal for under the QO. Keep Xander down long enough to add an additional year of control. Would love to know how long that would be btw. Hopefully some writer finds out for us, especially if we sign Drew. Trust me, the value of an additional year of control in the prime of Xander would be worth millions. Maybe 20-30 million. All for the sacrafice of April this year? Seems worth it to me. Bogaerts was awful this season in April in Portland. He blamed it on the cold. We might not miss much that month in performance from the Aruban. Xander could play every day in AAA.
We can then sign some scrub like Kawasaki or go with Holt while we play Middlebrooks and Drew every day in the bigs. They will hopefully be able to increase their trade value while also getting their AB's. Then in May or June, up comes Xander to take somebodies place or have Drew-Middlebrooks platoon if they are failing and we just cut or drop our back up.
We could increase the trade value of Middlebrooks and Drew. We alow them to fail, giving an easy excuse to platoon. We might get a QO pick from Drew next year if he has a good year. And we get another year of control with potentially the next Machado. Whats the harm? I am much more worried about the team in October then April and Bogaerts will be playing in October.
You mean like how Doubront missed super 2 status by 2 days? Yeah, I'm sure they thought about it :-D
Good point that I never honestly thought about... the possibility of Xander at short was an assumption in my mind.
Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront missed the cutoff for salary arbitration eligibility by two days.
The major league service time required for arbitration this offseason was 2 years, 122 days, according to calculations by the commissioner's office and the players' association.
Under the labor contract agreed in November 2011, the top 22 percent of players by service time with at least two years but less than three are eligible for arbitration as long as they had at least 86 days this year. They join the older group of 3-to-6 year players