POLL: Which five outfielders stay?

Decisions, decisions.

The Red Sox have Jacoby Ellsbury slated to return on Friday, and Carl Crawford is not that far behind. That means some difficult decisions have to be made. There are reports Boston is looking to trade Ryan Sweeney to alleviate the situation, and Darnell McDonald was already the first casualty. I disagree with trading Sweeney myself, but let’s hear from everyone. Who are your top five outfielders for the squad the rest of the year?

Oh, and the results of the previous poll? It asked who the permanent No. 5 starter would be. Right now, the Sox have a six-man rotation they’ll go through once play resumes again Friday, but after that it will be winnowed to five starters. The vast majority picked Franklin Morales, and I’m right there with you. You have to try to capitalize on the potential Morales has shown in the rotation so far.

So why does something tell me the starter will be Aaron Cook and later Dice-K?

Who should be the permanent No. 5 starter?

  • Franklin Morales (52%, 99 Votes)
  • Aaron Cook (33%, 64 Votes)
  • Other (9%, 18 Votes)
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka (6%, 11 Votes)

Categories: Brent Lillibridge Carl Crawford Cody Ross Daniel Nava Jacoby Ellsbury Poll Ryan Kalish Ryan Sweeney

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3 Responses to “POLL: Which five outfielders stay?” Subscribe

  1. Steve H July 11, 2012 at 1:59 PM #

    Crawford should get the elbow surgery now. He's not going to make the difference this year. I'd rather have him healthy for next year.

    • Mike July 12, 2012 at 12:08 AM #

      I agree. The Sox should know better than trying to make him play with the elbow that could blow up any second (see: Pedroia, Ellsbury). Kalish should be sent down – he hasn't been doing too well either. Podsednik could be useful in the short run, but I doubt he can hold up what he's been doing in the long run.

  2. DezoPenguin July 14, 2012 at 10:34 AM #

    Ellsbury and Ross are obvious. Crawford…it depends on the medical situation; I'm not a doctor, so I'll assume that he should stay if the medical staff is saying it's appropriate for him to do so. Nava's earned the right to be the 4th OF with the bat. Lillibridge is probably the best remaining fit due to versatility: he's excellent defensively, has good speed, and can also play IF positions in a pinch, all of which suits the job of a 5th OF. Too bad he can't hit a lick. That leaves Sweeney the odd man out (and, given his adequate performance thus far, part of a trade package), unless Crawford can't go, which leaves Nava in left, Ellsbury in center, and the Ross/Sweeney platoon back in right. Kalish hasn't done anything to suggest he should stay; he hits better than Lillibridge but not better enough to actually take his place, while Podsednik's performance says "fluke" more than "new level of skill" and selling high on him might be the way to go.