Should The Boston Red Sox Overhaul Their Outfield?
The Boston Red Sox have been struggling so far this season. One of the reasons is because they haven’t had right fielder Shane Victorino at all so far this season; it should be a boost when he returns to his usual position. The question is, should the Red Sox make some outfield changes once he returns?
Because of the Victorino injury, Jackie Bradley Jr. has been with the team since the start of the season and has played very well. As a matter of fact, he has been as advertised playing center field, and he is as good as Jacoby Ellsbury with a better arm. There were a couple of throws that he made during the New York Yankees series that were absolutely amazing, and he may already be one of the better centerfielders in the MLB.
Grady Sizemore has been quite the comeback story. Offensively, it looks like he has picked up where he left off after not playing for two seasons. Defensively, however, it looks as though he may have lost a step or two somewhere. If he was moved to left field, with smaller space to cover, he could do very well, if he could learn to handle the Green Monster. With those three in the outfield, that could be a very strong outfield defensively.
What roster move could Boston make to keep Bradley and Sizemore? Daniel Nava, who has been struggling, does have options, but it might be really tough sending down a guy who has great OBP skills. They could also get rid of Mike Carp, who has had a handful of at-bats all season long, but is a power threat off the bench.
Maybe someone will have a fake injury that will put them on the disabled list for a length of time, making the decision easier for Boston. I hope they consider this overhaul, because it really could make a huge difference for them.
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