Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Quick Word About Chris Gomez...

Since the signing of Ty Wigginton, the composition of the expected three-man bench has been kicked around, specifically the future of Chris Gomez. Sure, this Wigginton signing probably means Gomez doesn't make the team but who will back up Cesar Izturis at shortstop?

My response: Who cares?

You may want a defensive specialist who can play short on your bench if you have an offensive shortstop with some fielding deficiencies (Miguel Tejada). But the O's already have a defensive specialist as a full-time starter. You're not lifting Izturis late in the game for a defensive specialist. And if you pinch hit for him, stick Freel out there if necessary for an inning. One inning won't hurt.

Izturis blows out his knee? Stick Freel there for a game, then call up Jolbert Cabrera or Donnie Murphy (or someone of that ilk) from Norfolk.

Backup catcher I understand. Backup shortstop? Why keep a guy who would ONLY fill that role on a three-man bench? Not thick enough.

Gomez should not make this team barring injury or an expansion to a four-man bench. Period.

5 comments:

Desert O said...

I'm just happy to have a decent hitting bench. Freel/Wigginton is a HUGE upgrade over Payton/Fahey or whatever from last year.

Heath said...

No argument there...

the wayward o said...

i guess the only real derivative question from all this is .... is pie a lock to make team?

if not then gomez may have important role.

Heath said...

All evidence seems to point to Pie being given the LF job and let him develop.

If Pie does not make the team...well, that was a really horrendous trade. Pie may flame out but I think everyone expects him to break camp.

But yes, if Pie (or Mora or Jones or Scott) gets injured during Spring Training, Gomez is a nice guy to have available.

Desert O said...

Blue Jay fans can enjoy a Millar/Fahey bench this year.