- Mar 11, 2007
I really hope if JDM leaves (I think it's more likely the Sox ink him to a 4/$100 deal) that they'll address that through better means than Dalbec.I would say his best case is Dan Uggla hitting with Pedroia's defense.
I think you meant that the last 11 games have looked more like the first 26. This is largely due to fluctuations in home runs, which are rare events. It will be telling to see whether the next 15 games resemble the first 26 or not.
Regardless, the larger question is whether Chavis can adapt. My primary concern isn't just the current trajectory, however, its that Chavis has a glaring weakness for high fastballs in the strike zone. Until he can demonstrate an ability to make contact with high fastballs, I don't see him adjusting very far.
In any case, you are right that Chavis has demonstrated more predictive value than Dalbec. Much of that value resides in Chavis being able to hit well. However, Dalbec generates value with merely a league average bat.
This is a really good reason not to do anything yet. I don't think trading Chavez nor Dalbec at the deadline would be selling high.
EDIT- I'm not sure who will be FA's that could come close to replacing his bat for $25M per season. And while a lineup with Devers as the future anchor, Betts (at least for one more season), Bogaerts will be pretty dangerous even if Dalbec is his (JDM's) replacement in the lineup (which I highly doubt)..... more likely he'll be (if anything) JBJ's replacement in the lineup and yes, Benintendi's replacement in LF (10D moving to CF).
EDIT2- Only FA's I'm seeing that the Sox could use to address JDM wanting to play elsewhere, opting out and and looking for ridiculous money still....Anthony Rendon? Marcel Ozuna? Josh Donaldson? Puig? Abreu? Castellanos?