How do you like this guy as the Red Sox Left fielder for 2013?
WAR 7.1 , 6.2 …Can play 3b, 1b and OF…Won two Gold Gloves in OF…
|Career stats: BA .269 || |
|SLG 439 OPS|| |
And the year, age, cost:
|$12.5M Team Option|
|Earliest Free Agent: 2016|
HINT: 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2005 amateur draft.
HINT: Kansas City Royals
But what would the Royals want for Alex Gordon?
If they are willing to deal the 28 year-old Gold Glove OF, it would indicate they are looking for prospects; who would they want?
With their #1 prospect Wil Myers [OF] ready for prime time in 2013 and their #2 Bubba Starling [OF] due to arrive in 2015, the Royals might want an OF in the deal.
With 2b Johnny Giavotella batting a disappointing .232 and no-power Chris “As Good As He” Getz pushing 30, and no 2b in their pipeline, the Royals would be looking for a promising prospect.
Although they acquired veteran starter Ervin Santana from the Angels, they have lost faith in Luke Hochevar as a starter and the other rotation fillers are questionable, [F. Paulino, L. Mendoza, W. Smith, J. Odorizzi, C. Volstad,] so the Royals would be wanting a rotation prospect.
What the Sox could offer:
OF Ryan Kalish, ETA 2012-13
Brandon Jacobs, ETA: 2014
Sean Coyle, ETA 2014
With Anthony Rizzo and Lars Anderson traded, the Sox do not have a projectable prospect for 1b and the Future outfield [Brentz, Bradley with a 2013 ETA and Jacobs with a 2014 ETA] will not be completely in place in 2013. While Middlebrooks has All-Star level talent at 3b, a veteran backup would be prudent.
Alex Gordon, who can be a regular at 1b, 3b, or OF is an elegant fit for the Red Sox plan for 2013 and beyond.