Friday, October 3, 2008

Hardy Thinks He Is Gone

According to Ken Rosenthal:

The Brewers' J.J. Hardy is realistic about his future with the club,
knowing he likely will be traded to make room at shortstop for Alcides
Escobar, one of the game's top shortstop prospects.

In fact,
Hardy recalls being impressed by Escobar the first time he saw him,
when Hardy was rehabilitating a shoulder injury at the Brewers'
spring-training facility in Arizona in 2004.

"(The Brewers) had
brought over a ton of new kids from the Dominican and Venezuela, all 16
and 17 years old," Hardy says. "I picked out Escobar out of all the
guys. I didn't even know he was a shortstop. But he was having fun,
smiling, laughing. I gave him bats and gloves. The next thing I knew,
he was the shortstop who was going to take my job."

though, should be in demand. He led National League shortstops with 74
RBIs, ranked fourth among all shortstops in on-base/slugging percentage
and was third overall at short in the plus-minus defensive rankings at
Bill James Online.

This would be a giant error. Hardy/Escobar should be moved to second. While obviously Hardy brings a better return than Weeks, he is also exponentially better at baseball. While I can see why Hardy would not necessarily want to do it, he'd really have no choice. By all accounts Escobar is an excellent defensive shortstop, and clearly neither of them is going to make the Brewers worse defensively at second.

The Brewers have the means to plug a giant hole in their lineup, but it seems as though they are unlikely to do so.


DannyNoonan said...

This would really upset me. They could move either of them to second OR third. Having two very goof infielders shouldn't be a problem since we have more than two infield positions we need to fill.

E.S.K. said...

We already have three goof infielders (Counsell, Hall and Weeks) I don't want anymore.

DannyNoonan said...

ha ha. I meant to say "good." Obviously.

Next year I want an infield of Fielder at 1st, Hardy at 2nd, Escobar at short, and Cirillo at 3rd.

PaulNoonan said...

This would be stupid. Hardy is one of the top performing short-stops in all of baseball year-in, year-out. Escobar would likely be a downgrade.

You're both right. Jettisoning Weeks is the way to go.

E.S.K. said...

Danny is more right because he brought up the greatest JC in history.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Rillo has another year or two in him. How old is he? Didn't Melvin basically tell him there wasn't room for him on the Brewers last year or the year before?

E.S.K. said...

Before this year Cirillo basically begged for a chance. Melvin told him to fuck off.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see Hardy get a chance at third and keep Escobar at short. Its not like we have anybody we feel comfortable with at third. I've about had it Weeks but I think our third base situation is worse than our second base one. Plus Hardy's strong arm would be put to good use at third.

Anonymous said...

Put Escobar at second for a year or two. It would be a fantastic middle infield.