Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What 1B Through "Yonder" Window Breaks?

San Diego 1B Yonder Alonso
While starting pitching is priority #1 for the Boston Red Sox this off-season, there is another glaring hole that needs to be addressed—first base. The trades of Kevin Youkilis and Adrian Gonzalez have moved Boston from having a surplus of first basemen to having—essentially—none. The team could re-sign James Loney, but the prospect of the light-hitter, slick-fielder being around for a full season is bleak at best. Unfortunately, the crop of available first-sackers is as limited as Joba Chamberlain's IQ. So, unless Boston wants to take a run at the likes of Adam LaRoche, Mike Napoli, Ike Davis, or (heaven forbid!) Nick Swisher, they need to get creative. We suggest re-kindling the still-warm trade embers with San Diego.

Last year, they gave Anthony Rizzo to Theo to free up first base for newly acquired Yonder Alonso. The 25-year old Alonso is an intriguing case. He was a first round draft choice of the Reds (#7 overall) in 2008. He's generally under-performed in parts of three seasons in the bigs—but does sport a career OBP of .349. He is one of those "up-side" guys still young enough to take a chance on. Padres GM Josh Byrnes (late of the Carmine Hose) loves young prospects. Let's send him a few and get a possible diamond in the rough in Yonder Alonso to play first.