Both in question here are good if not great ball players but I have a knock for both of these guys. For Ellsbury it is health. It isn't that he is injury prone the guy plays all out every play from what I have watched and read. It seems every other year he faces an injury that sidelines him significantly. And that isn't going to get better with age. With Choo my knock on him is that his game relies so much on his legs. Wasn't this a concern with Michael Bourn? The older a player gets he isn't going to get faster. So if it was a concern with Bourn then it should be one with Choo.
If you are reading this you probably want to know what my brilliant solution is. Well here goes. Robinson. Jose. Mercedes. Cano. He hits for power, drives in runs, decent on base percentage, plays a good second base and knows the city and its market and how their media operates. With him at second then maybe Ike or Duda can relax a bit and not pressure themselves so much.
That leaves us with what to do with Daniel Murphy. I love how he plays and what he brings to the team. He is best suited as a corner infielder and David Wright certainly isn't moving and he doesn't have the power numbers that a typical first baseman does. I think you could package him in a deal with Wilmer Flores and a pitching prospect like Montero or DeGrom and get that OF power bat you are looking for. Or worst case maybe look into free agency again for a Hunter Pence or someone like that. Another decent pitcher and we could be in business. Heck, Adam Rubin even suggested on Twitter last night bringing back Kazmir. Maybe he was kidding.
Yes, I just spent a truckload of the Wilpon's money and I don't care. You build teams around guys like Wright, Cano, Harvey, Wheeler, and Parnell. And if Syndergaard lives up to the hype? WOW.
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