- Aug 12, 2017
The way Hanley has hit with the Red Sox - if the Sox were to invest $230m, I can't see why the Sox would justify giving Hanley more at bats to start the season other than platoon. See how he hits. IMO Hanley needs to prove himself if the team is going at $230m. He shouldn't be "rewarded" with significant playing time to start the season. Nor should he be "counted on" to perform well. See what he can do 1st as a platoon.It is tough to justify platooning Hanley, presuming he is healthy. His career OPS R/L split is .838/.897. Last year he had a reverse split: .769 OPS vs RHP and .679 OPS vs LHP.
Now if they acquire a player or two in order to have a rotation set up between 1B, DH, and some other position (say 2B with Pedroia's situation) where Hanley can be sat down every 3rd or 4th game for the purposes of resting/maintaining his shoulder (and others involved get rest or get to avoid certain pitchers), it can probably be sold to him (and the others involved) fairly easily. Somebody like a Moreland or Adams in combination with someone like Nunez (or some other swiss army type who can move around the diamond as needed)...that could work. But I can't see bringing in a LHH (be it Adams or whoever) with the express purpose of sitting Hanley down against even half the RHP the team faces.
Hanley has hit like a platoon player in 2016 and 2017 for the Red Sox. If the team is investing so much, to start the season he needs to be treated like the platoon player he has performed to be the past 2 years.