With additions of Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig, what will Red Sox outfield look like?
|07.31.14 at 10:20 pm ET|
With the addition of Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig, the Red Sox outfield is a crowded one.
In addition to the newly acquired players, the team still has Shane Victorino, Jackie Bradley Jr., Daniel Nava, Mike Carp and super-utility guy Brock Holt.
General manager Ben Cherington gave some clarity to how that will work when speaking Thursday night, as he said Cespedes will play right field, despite never playing there in the majors, and Craig will man left field.
“As far as the alignment goes, it looks like right now [Victorino] is going to miss some time,” Cherington said. “He is still fighting some back stuff. Since he is probably going miss some time, we will use that time to try and acclimate Cespedes to right field. Even though he hasn’t played there in the major leagues, he’s played there in the past in Cuba, but not in the major leagues and more likely Craig in left field. We are not writing anything in stone where that goes in the future, but we’d like to get both guys acclimated in that way and we will see where we are.”
Holt, who has played every position except pitcher and catcher this year, will continue to play the super-utility role, just not as much corner outfield.
“I think that’s something John [Farrell] will decide, I think you’ll see him used much the same way he has, moving him around, playing a lot,’ Cherington said. “Outfield, infield, that’s something John will figure out. He’s earned a lot of playing time. I expect he’ll continue to get it.”
With Victorino likely headed to the disabled list, Bradley Jr. should expect to see the same amount of playing time in center, with Holt filling in to give him an occasional off day. Nava, who has hit much better from the left side, .288 compared to .122 from the right side, could be used to give the right-handed hitting Craig or Cespedes a day off here and there. Carp, who returned July 8 from a broken foot, has only started in games at first base since. There is also a chance the club could look to make a waiver trade or even DFA him, as he requested a trade prior to the deadline.
No matter what happens, there will be plenty of excitement in the outfield as Cespedes and Bradley Jr. have two of the best arms in baseball as the two each have 12 outfield assists on the year, which leads both leagues.
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