The Boston Red Sox recently picked up Ryan Roberts. He does solve the problem of Boston lacking a major league everyday third baseman now that Will Middlebrooks is on the disabled list, however, it makes one wonder how injured Middlebrooks is.
Roberts signed a major league deal with the Red Sox, which seems to signify that he is on the roster for quite some period of time. They certainly wouldn’t have only signed him for just a week to 10 days. Why even bother in that case if Middlebrooks was coming back soon? They could live with a platoon of Brock Holt and Jonathan Herrera if it was a very temporary fix. No, I think Middlebrooks is going to be out for a lot longer than they are saying.
Boston must also have realized that they have some glaring lack of depth at the third base position, so they had to go outside of the organization to get a replacement. Roberts is a decent player and he did hit 17 home runs a few seasons ago, but he doesn’t have the occasional prodigious opposite field power that Middlebrooks has. Having him bat ninth in the lineup gave the batting order a lot of depth.
My guess is it will be at least a month or so before we see Middlebrooks back on the field, and it looks like the Red Sox are going to go with a platoon of Herrera and Roberts. One has to ask what happens to Roberts when Middlebrooks comes back. It might have just made more sense to keep Holt up here.
It is good to see Boston trying to fix an issue, but it just makes the lack of third base options in the organization that much more glaring.
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