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Ben's credit for patience
Posted 29 December 2011 - 11:08 AM
e.g. Kelly Shoppach is a C the Red Sox knew, having developed him in the organization, someone who along with Justin Masterson brought significant value, Victor Martinez, even Indians' Manager Eric Wedge played Victor a lot at 1B so Kelly could catch and then Joe Maddon used Kelly effectively again this past season.
At the moment, if Ben only has steady RF in Spring Training depending on Ryan Kalish's health, Ryan Sweeney demonstrating more power and the team getting a look at Juan Carlos Linares, to compete for the RF position and other righthanded hitters, Darnell McDonald in the organization, Ben has done a good job, not at times at the pace the media or fans would like, but Ben is focused on bringiing the best team he can to Spring Training, not meeting our time suspenses.
I think if Ben continues to subscribe to the policy of not having the media and fans set his agenda, the Red Sox will be in good hands.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 04:11 PM
Posted 29 December 2011 - 04:26 PM
One other thing to mention on Sweeney addition ( I have no idea what kind of contribution he will make or who will be in right field) is Sweeney is a fairly high OPS guy as well.
A career .720 OPS is considered an "OPS guy"? I'm sure he can grow in that category since he is entering his prime years but for what he has done so far in his career, he has been pretty average. His OBP numbers are a positive but his SLG leave alot to be desired.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 10:53 PM
MR Albers Atchinson Jenks
7th inning: Aceves
8th inning: Melancon
9th inning: Bailey
Right there I would rate that on paper as the best pen in the division at the very least. You have to hand it to Ben here, Bard is moving to the rotation if he converts well then I think they have absolutely upgraded the staff. I don't know if Ben goes the route of grabbing Oswalt or not but a guy like Harden is still out there and could probably be had for cheap. I'm not the biggest Bailey fan in the world but for the package that was given up its tough to say that the trade wasn't worth it. Both Bailey and Melancon are cost controlled relievers which is huge for the sake of continuity. I think at the very least this is the most interesting off season since 2003.
Posted 02 January 2012 - 08:52 AM
Edited by rglenmt, 02 January 2012 - 10:38 AM.
Posted 02 January 2012 - 02:45 PM