Friday, July 18, 2014

Is Will Middlebrooks Left-Fielder Of The Future?

Your Next Left-Fielder?
During the 1990 season, the Oakland A's claimed Willie McGee off waivers from the Cardinals. Then Red Sox GM Lou Gorman was asked why The Carmine Hose did not put in a claim on him as well. Gorman's infamous reply was, "the way those guys (Tom Brunansky, Ellis Burks, Mike Greenwell) are playing, where would we play McGee?" Will Middlebrooks is no Willie McGee, but he is a power right-handed bat—something the Red Sox desperately need in their order. There has been much speculation recently about moving Middlebrooks (once healthy) to left-field. The rationale is, since the left side of the infield is pretty much set with Xander Bogaerts and Stephen Drew, Middlebrooks is a good enough athlete that he can 'easily' transition to left field. While we're not sure about the easiness of that move, it is probably a good idea. Left field has been a bit of a black hole this year, and handing Middlbeooks the permanent job might just be enough to get him rolling again. He has offensive talent, and we need need it badly. So, let's not ask "where would we play Will Middlebrooks?", put him in left!