Red Sox hitters to buy or sell
July, 22, 2014
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Michael DwyerIt's definitely time to trade struggling second baseman Dustin Pedroia, if you can find a buyer.The fourth-most owned Boston Red Sox hitter -- and seventh-most owned Sox player -- is Brock Holt. Think about that for a minute. These are the defending World Series champions, a team that scored by far the most runs in baseball in 2013, and Holt -- a spunky, versatile overachiever who was never really a prospect -- has forced fantasy owners to love him, as much of the team's offense has disappointed. The Red Sox, meanwhile, throttled the slipping Toronto Blue Jays 14-1 on Monday night for their fifth consecutive win, and the offense looks somewhat rejuvenated. Or is it?
Designated hitter David Ortiz and second baseman Dustin Pedroia are the lone Sox owned in 100 percent of leagues. Pedroia did nothing Monday, while Big Papi homered twice and knocked in four. It's hard to complain about Ortiz, on pace for 36 home runs and 111 RBIs, but Pedroia has been a major disappointment, on pace to combine for 10 home runs plus stolen bases. The third-rounder and No. 3 second baseman off the draft board isn’t among the top 15 at his position on the Player Rater, and it's fair to wonder if he has become overrated and is living off his reputation. Perhaps a bruised right hand remains the main issue at the plate, but that doesn't explain him being a brutal 2-for-8 on stolen base attempts. I'd try to sell on Pedroia's name if you still can, but definitely buy a big second half on Ortiz.
It's possible the Sox demoted their best outfielder to the minor leagues over the weekend when Shane Victorino was activated off the disabled list. Yeah, I think Mookie Betts is going to be a terrific big league hitter.