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  1. I do believe you’re missing the one thing that sets Ross apart from these other platoon options: At least per UZR, he can play CF. Sure, he may be a glorified platoon bat, but being able to play a premium defensive position makes him slightly more glorified.

    Comment by GP — August 20, 2012 @ 9:03 am

  2. Ironical thing I half-expect: that after blowing a 95+% playoff chance last year, the Red Sox will somehow cash in on a <5% playoff chance this year.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — August 20, 2012 @ 9:30 am

  3. Payroll should be a consideration for the Sox, considering the luxury tax concerns they have.

    Comment by BX — August 20, 2012 @ 9:41 am

  4. Andruw Jones also fits well in the category of lefty bashing, cheap alternatives. He’s currently on a 1 year, $2 million contract and is in line to get a similar offer this offseason. I have to imagine he’ll remain in NY though.

    Comment by Brad Johnson — August 20, 2012 @ 10:30 am

  5. One of the things the RS need to get back to is thinking smaller and cheaper. They should’ve traded for Willingham rather than sign CC. He was a much better fit at a much cheaper price. I like Ross, but would trade him now and seek a platoon partner for Kalish on the cheap.

    Comment by Joebrady — August 20, 2012 @ 11:02 am

  6. “Unlike Ross, Gomes is viewed as a defensive liability, even though his fielding marks don’t usually back up that assertion.”
    What part of a career -13.2 UZR/150 doesn’t back that up?

    Comment by Will — August 20, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

  7. You forgot Jeff Keppinger, unless you’re assuming the Rays bring him back. I figure another team will give him a bigger deal, but I’ll defer to your brilliance.

    Comment by Sandy Kazmir — August 20, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  8. I do have to wonder about the rumor that the Braves made him a multi-year offer before this season that he turned down. How much money do you think he made himself with a big year in a high profile city? Probably on the order of $10 million or so.

    Comment by Bronnt — August 20, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

  9. ross is not suitable to play CF full-time. I think his value there would be less than denorfia

    Comment by brendan — August 20, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

  10. How about Juan Carlos Linares?

    Comment by sj — August 20, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

  11. Well, getting past unnecessary sarcasm, I was focusing more on outfielders. Keppinger is definitely a platoon option, but I think of him more as an infielder/DH.

    Comment by Eric Seidman — August 20, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

  12. I’m pretty sure Denorfia can play CF at least as well as Ross. He’s also from Southington, Conn., hometown of Rob Dibble and Carl Pavano. :)

    Comment by Walt in Maryland — August 21, 2012 @ 8:40 am

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