Links: Some more Papi reading and trade rumors analysis
June 10, 2009 2 Comments
The David Ortiz conundrum is reaching national status. His eyes checked out, so there’s not many reasons left for his decline. Either he’s way older than we thought, or there’s something wrong with his head. Last night’s long homer and the seven game hitting streak notwithstanding, we still have to have some doubt as to when and how much Papi will rebound. Here’s one exit strategy, given by Craig Calcaterra at THT.
Even the home runs that Ortiz has hit (before last night) were not exactly rockets. Hittracker indicates that Papi just isn’t hitting the ball like he used to, and his distance on batted balls leaves much to be desired. The shiny new HITf/x has some preliminary results on who hits the ball the hardest. The top three? Ryan Howard, Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols. That should be no surprise.
Shortstop continues to be a painful position to watch, but I agree with Tito’s decision to bench Julio Lugo. He’s not hitting AND he can’t field. At least Nick Green is hitting, and putting out the effort in the field. The Sox have considered a lot of options, including reaquiring Orlando Cabrera, but want to try to wait this out until Jed Lowrie returns in a few weeks. If they could get Omar Vizquel in here on the cheap, I’d be in favor of dumping Lugo for a glove man.
A recent trade rumor has the Red Sox reportedly asking about Colorado’s Ryan Spilborghs. Spilborghs is a young player who can play all three outfield positions, and hits just enough to be useful. He is extremely patient at the plate, but is only a fair contact hitter with fair to average gap power; seems like a fastball slap hitter. He would make for a very nice right-handed 4th outfielder type, but I can’t imagine the Sox spending much to get another Rocco Baldelli, unless there’s an injury we don’t know about.
Jacoby Ellsbury has run into some injury trouble here recently, but he looks to be just fine. That’s very good news, because we don’t have anyone who can provide plus defense in CF for any extended period of time. Hopefully the walks will be easier to come by lower in the order for him.