Skin Blues wrote:I've read in a couple places that this allows Iglesias to take over at SS. Do these people realize he had a .554 OPS in a full season at AAA last year? He shouldn't even be in the picture for another couple years if they want to compete, which they obviously do. They could end up really missing Lowrie's bat. It's a pretty high price to pay for a mediocre relief pitcher with very little track record.
Scutaro is the SS for 2012. They have him on a one year deal. Yes, Iglesias needs more time in the minors to improve his hitting. However, according to scouting reports, Iglesias could be one of the best defensive SS in MLB. Ozzie Smith potential fielding wise. Better than Andrus.
mkultra wrote:I wonder if the BoSox just gave up on hoping Lowrie can stay healthy. Melancon does seem a bit like a desperation move, though. Why they don't keep Bard in the bullpen, though, is beyond me. Melancon was okay last year, but I can't see a closer with a 1.2 WHIP and a K:BB just over 2 as "able to survive in the AL East". Maybe he's taking over Bard's setup role and they're still in the hunt for a closer?
I'm pretty sure they did. Lowrie had flashes of greatness, but could never put together a string of even a few successful months.
Melancon may be the closer for now, but Madson is still out there and will probably be on the Sox. Having Melancon drives the price down for Madson too. As the Sox were probably the only team at this point who A) needed a closer and B) could come close to his asking price.
Bard is going to be in the rotation. If he wasn't, the Sox would have signed CJ Wilson or Buehrle to a contract as they only have 3 starters without Bard.