If Napoli falls through:
On top if LaRoche & Swisher in FA there is:
A Berkman/Sands platoon could be more productive than LaRoche and much cheaper (so we could afford a SP?). Berkman would struggle to play over 100 games in the field, but coming off the bench as a PH/1B replacement and being pinch hit for could lower his load a good deal.
Thome wants to keep playing, he's right at the end, but by all accounts a great teammate, and should come cheap. So Thome/Sands is also possible (but only 8 games at 1B since the start of 2006) means he'd likely be quite poor with the glove (nice Ortiz insurance).
The advantage of these two moves is that they are cheap (Thome was paid $1.25M last year; Berkman $12M but he's coming way down this year if he even gets an offer), and we get to see iff Sands can harness his power and be a real hitter.
Napoli has no leverage here, so whatever happens is for the best at this point. He isn't the only option out there.
I'm all for Berkman.
Could he not play a little left field as well? Even if he was only relied upon for 10-15 games out there? Kind of a super sub at 1B/LF/DH/PH.
There's nothing to question about signing this guy at all other than his 'drive' to play for 1 more season.
Last edited by Bo Sox Fan; 12-21-2012 at 02:52 PM.
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His power is still there. 2012 too small of a sample size to say his power went with his legs IMO.
HR% & SLG starting with 2006, general decline overall as could be expected, but big drops in 2010 and 2012 matched by a drop in defense since 2009.
7.0% - .621
5.1% - .510
4.4% - .567
4.4% - .509
2.9% - .413
5.3% - .547
2.1% - .444
OTOH his OBP remained much more constant:
He'll be 37 in February. No more .567 or even .510 SLG for Berkman IMO, but very possibly a .381 OBP.
I mean even if they were through the language I would be all for signing Berkman for LF anyways, and to spot 1B every now and then.
I am not nearly as high on the Kalish/Gomes Platoon as everyone else.
I hope Napoli can get worked out and that it isn't something major. I really think he can beast in Fenway. He is like Ross on Roids in Fenway
Jackie Bradley Junior.... that is all
The Napoli deal would've fallen apart by now if it were destined to. Both sides obviously want each other and despite the hiccup, we shouldn't worry. Unlike most other situations similar to this, there has (immaculately) been very little info leaking out of each party, there fore, the intrigue is sky-high. At the same time, too much blabber from Sox or Napoli and who knows where we are today?
Whether it be waiting for Doctor's or re-working contract wording...It's all gonna be good in due time.
Bye bye Swisher - 4 years $56M to the Indians.