A couple weeks ago, Pete Abe wrote a piece whose thesis was pretty much that Mark Teixeira is the only Yankee position player who doesn’t have a big question mark surrounding him. I can’t disagree that the Yankees have a lot of guys that have some kind of question regarding what they’ll do this year, but seeing that the Red Sox just released Josh Bard, I’ve got to say this: doesn’t everybody? Let’s look at the Red Sox questions surrounding their lineup this year:
Catchers who can’t hit anymore: Jason Varitek
Players coming off of career years that are likely to regress to the mean: Youkilis and Pedroia
Older players coming off of major injuries last season: Ortiz and Lowell
Young players who haven’t proven they can hit Major League pitching yet: Ellsbury and Lowrie
Left fielders who can’t actually play left field: Jason Bay
Players who are injury-prone and can’t ever seem to string good seasons together: J.D. Drew
These are two of the elite teams in baseball, maybe THE two best teams in baseball, and they both have questions about almost every, single position. If you dig even a little, almost everyone has question marks about them. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Baseball is all about probabilities. As a GM, you bet that the guys you have will probably give you enough to be successful. Questions are okay, as long as the answer to the query is something along the lines of: he’ll probably provide average to above average production for the position. For the most part (except for Varitek) the answer is yes.
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