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.


  1. Vlad might be an interesting option, especially since he could be used at DH against lefties, which would be nice. How much is he going to cost, though?

  2. It wouldn't surprise me to see Vlad sign a 1 year, $5 million deal similar to what Abreu had to settle for last year. His production has really been in decline. Vlad does have one advantage over Jermaine Dye though - he's a type B free agent and Dye is a type A.