Monday, March 30, 2009
Let's say that there's a talented Center Fielder who just lost his job to a younger up-and-coming. He's young (24), has already had success in the bigs (two very solid seasons in 06 and 07), and has shown that he has the capability to succeed in various roles on a team. Oh, and he's really looking for a chance to start - did I mention that?
Needless to say, Melky Cabrera is a lot of things that this club could use right now, and is, essentially, Brian Anderson with success at the Major League level. This doesn't mean I'm jumping off the Anderson-For-CF bandwagon (how could I?), but it does mean that I don't want to see this DeWayne Wise silliness go on any longer than it has to.
If Anderson can't get it done this year, we need to have a backup option in tow. Wise is the Timo Perez of the bunch - a guy to fill in and replace the real starter when he needs a rest. If Wise becomes the every day CF, we have a serious problem. Cabrera, on the other hand, could spell Anderson (if Anderson can figure out a way to carry over his success everywhere other than the regular season), or replace Anderson if the going gets rough.
Unlike Wise, who has put on a good face but ultimately just gotten hot a few times to stay on the roster, Cabrera is young enough to learn and put it together. He shouldn't be too hard to come by via trade (Wassermann?), and would likely provide the Sox with a reliable option in the future - especially if something happens to Quentin or Dye (an outfield with Anderson AND Wise is horrifying to say the least).