Sunday, October 9, 2011

Conor Says... Sign Willie Bloomquist

After a spending spree last offseason, the Red Sox cannot be quite so free-spending in the 2011-2012 offseason. However, there are a couple of holes that the Sox do need to plug. They could kill two of those holes with one move- signing Willie Bloomquist. Bloomquist is a very versatile player who can play more or less every position on the diamond. The Red Sox would likely use him to platoon with Josh Reddick in right field and possibly compete for a starting shortstop job. This past year with the Diamondbacks, Bloomquist had a solid year, going .266/4/26, along with stealing 20 bases. Bloomquist would likely be cheaper than more reliable options such as Jason Kubel, Michael Cuddyer, and Josh Willingham, and I think he could be a good fit for the team. Bloomquist could probably slot in around #8 or #9 in the batting order and would add a shot of speed to complement Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, and Carl Crawford. I think this would be a low-risk, high-reward move that would be worth doing; comment what you think!

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