Friday, May 18, 2007
The Sox should look into Todd Walker and Craig Wilson because a club can never have enough quality major leaguers. Currently, the Sox only have room for one of the two (Javier Lopez could be optioned to RI) on the 25-man.
Walker should be approached first for a number of reasons, in order of importance:
1. In an emergency, he can play or rather man first, third and second base. Wilson is more like Kevin Milar playing first and the outfield corners. The Sox outfield is deeper than deep.
2. Neither player is an auto out, but Walker has a better history of keeping big innings alive. PECOTA pegs him at 268/345/402. Maximizing the number of plate appearance for the meat of the order is the Local Nine’s offensive game plan.
3. Some MFY blogs are talking about bringing Walker into the fold. Wilson already bombed in the Bronx.
4. Walker is more likely to sign because he may not be playing for his next contract/looking for playing time. Talk of retirement has been making the rounds so Walker could be all about winning in his final year. Being four years younger, Wilson is probably looking for a situation where he can win a job or platoon. That is not happening in Boston. The Olde Towne Team's roster is essentially set.
5. We have some history. Walker was critical in the 2003 A.L.C.S. Without Walker, Shady Grady Chicken Little might not have been fired.
Theo, go out and get Walker because a team can never have enough insurance, even the overpriced supplemental Ben Aflac insurance.
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