Stopgap Shortstop Solution

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I was under the impression the glove is lacking at SS, but I'm happy to be proven wrong. The guy does have a .524 OBP in Worcester -- 22 walks in 63 PA.
I don't think it's lacking, it's adequate. He brings a bit more robust offensive profile to the table than Chang that might though, so it's probably a break even proposition. But we're also only talking about a few weeks in which he'd be sharing MI duties with Kike and Arroyo. If Chang isn't back in a short time, there's still Mondesi and Story getting closer and closer. At least one of them ought to be ready by Memorial Day or so. It might not be worth the cost for what might be a minor upgrade at best over what Goodrum (or Hamilton or Valdez) can bring.
 

walt in maryland

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Story started throwing last week, will start hitting next week. What’s the timeline after that? I can’t imagine it will take him until July to be ready like the earliest reports projected. Hopefully third week of May if everything goes to plan?
That strikes me as a VERY optimistic timeline. It will likely be at least a month longer than that.
 

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If Chang is out for a while, do they call up Valdez/Hamilton or swing a minor trade for some other version of Chang sitting on someone's AAA roster?
Short term, they likely promote Valdez today. But if Chang is out long-term, they need to acquire someone who can play SS more or less regularly until Mondesi is back.