Personally, I like the move for the bullpen. Bailey and Melancon are both solid. The question now is what to do with RF. They have Kalish, but who knows what he'll be like coming off his injury-plagued 2011 season. There are still some interesting free agents out there, however.
- 2011: .209/.325/.389/.714, 94 ops+ .... So that's not too good. But the two years prior he was pretty solid: 792 ab, 38 hr, 137 rbi, .266/.331/.470/.801, 111 ops+. Plus, he hits lefties pretty well. Career vs. LHP: .281/.375/.501/.877, 39 hr, 128 rbi in just 770 ab (projects to 28 hr, 91 rbi in 550 ab). So he'd make for a pretty good, and inexpensive, platoon partner for Kalish.
- 2011: .247/.356/.495/.851, 122 ops+, 13 hr, 33 rbi in 190 ab. 2011 splits vs. LHP: .286/.384/.540/.923, 8 hr, 25 rbi in just 126 ab.
- 2011: .237/.310/.363/.674, 90 ops+. Not very good, obviously. However, from 2008-2010 he put up this: .273/.344/.489/.833, 121 ops+, 76 hr, 279 rbi in 1514 ab.
- 2011: .210/.283/.305/.588, 52 ops+. Triple yuck. However, in 2010 he put up: .279/.360/.437/.797, 102 ops+. His career vs. LHP: .273/.357/.443/.799. So again, not a bad platoon partner.
So I think the Sox could put together a reasonably productive, and very inexpensive, RF for 2012. Let's not forget, to improve upon last year's RF production, the Sox don't really need a whole lot. Here's what the Sox' total RF production was last year: 584 ab, 68 r, 136 h, 14 hr, 58 rbi, .233/.299/.353/.652. That .652 ranked them #29 (out of 30) in all of MLB. So while some folks might be unhappy with this trade, the reality is that the Sox got a dynamite relief pitcher and gave up production at a position that, frankly, it won't be very difficult to replace.
EDIT: Just realized that the Sox also got OF Ryan Sweeney in the deal. 26 years old, LHB, stats aren't terribly impressive.
Edited by ivanvamp, 28 December 2011 - 05:11 PM.