Monday, November 16, 2009
An interesting note
There are several options for the Red Sox in the outfield, and I've outlined several before. One thing I just noticed is that once you get past the top two outfielders, Bay and Holliday, who are both right handed, nearly all the other options are left handed. Normally I don't worry too much about lineup balance, but signing a left handed hitting free agent would mean that the top 5 outfielders in the Red Sox system (the free agent, Ellsbury, Drew, Hermida, and Reddick) would all be left handed. Carrying 5 left handed outfielders would kill roster flexibility, especially for a team that likes to sit Drew or Ellsbury against tough left handed starters. After Bay and Holliday the next best right handed corner outfielders are Jermaine Dye and Vlad Guerrero, if you're willing to believe he can still play the field and hit at the same time. For comparisons sake, left handed hitters such as Matsui, Damon, and Ankiel are available this offseason.