A Red Sox better off with or without him look
Jul 20, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino (18) slides to make a catch during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Red Sox – Shane Victorino
Team rank is 12th in AL RF with 1.1 WAR. Team: .236/.306/.341 9 HR 59 RBI
Victorino in Boston for 2015: .245/.324/.298 1 HR 4 RBI
Former Red Sox – Josh Reddick
.282/.331/.453 13 HR 60 RBI
That could be Brandon Moss as a former Red Sox and for Boston it could be Brock Holt or Jackie Bradley or Rusney Castillo since that slot apparently is and has been in flux all season. So I will go with Victorino based on the fact that manager John Farrell declared the position to be Victorino’s back in the spring.
Reddick was part of that triumvirate of promising Red Sox outfielders from ten years ago and all have eventually contributed. Moss has had a productive career, Ellsbury was a key contributor on two championship teams and Reddick has finally lived up to his projected potential.
In Boston Reddick was a spare part and in parts of three seasons slashed .248/.290/.416 with ten home runs and 37 RBI while playing all three outfield positions. Reddick also picked up a Gold Glove in his first season in Oakland so he can certainly be depended upon with the glove.
Victorino is a gamer. The problem is the wheels (legs) are starting to fall off. The in and out of the line-up situation has provided little in the way of stability in right field. Time off the field creates rust when one returns – especially with the bat.
EDGE – Reddick