Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Right Field Conundrum

As the year wears on, it becomes painfully evident that the RF position is a huge problem for the Red Sox. A grand total of 10 RBIs have come out of the position—with J.D. Drew seemingly playing out the string on his Boston contract. His predictable weak ground-outs to second have become laughably inevitable.

So, what's the solution? Talk has centered on trades for Houston's Hunter Pence (.314, 8 HR, 43 RBIs) or NY's Carlos Beltran (.288, 9 HRs, 32 RBIs). Of course, the internal options are a combination of Kalish and Reddick, or (the worst of all worlds) a continuation of the current Drew/Cameron quasi-platoon.

It seems clear that Boston needs to do something different. Whether they have enough in the system to land Pence or Beltran is questionable. But they need to try.