Merloni, McAdam: What to do with Middlebrooks?

Merloni, McAdam: What to do with Middlebrooks?
July 20, 2014, 9:45 pm
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How does Will Middlebrooks fit in with the Red Sox?

The third baseman may be getting closer to a return to the big leagues, but the left side of the infield is currently occupied with Stephen Drew at shortstop and Xander Bogaerts at third base.

On The Baseball Show, Sean McAdam discussed why he doesn't believe the Red Sox should be in a rush to bring Middlebrooks to the Major Leagues.  

"To me you don't get pushed into a deal for [Carp or Gomes] just to clear a roster space for Will Middlebrooks," said McAdam. "You don't know what you're going to get out of Will Middlebrooks. You like the fact that there's power potential there and that's a really hard thing to come by in the game. 

"When he's healthy and going right, we've seen what he's capable of doing especially in [Fenway]… you don't move things around to accommodate Will Middlebrooks at this point."

Lou Merloni believes the 25-year-old could fit in somewhere.

"You know that power outfield bat we were talking about that this organization misses?" said Merloni. "I don't care where Will Middlebrooks plays, he was never a gold glove third baseman in the first place. Who says he is a third baseman in the big leagues? It would be different if he was Jose Iglesias."

Bob Neumeier suggested Middlebrooks could become a trade chip for the Red Sox. Sean McAdam disagreed.

"I don't  see any way that they trade Will Middlebrooks," said McAdam. "Everyone's looking particularly for right-handed power. He has shown in small spurts that he has it. To me, you don't give up on that."