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Adam LaRoche? Mike Napoli? How about Jerry Sands as the Red Sox first baseman

Nov 13, 2012, 9:19 AM EDT

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While Boston gets linked to every conceivable free agent out there, Sean McAdam of notes that it’s quite possible that the Red Sox’ next first baseman is already on the roster:

General manager Ben Cherington said at last week’s GM meetings that Jerry Sands could be a platoon option at first base.

Sands was the player to be named later in the blockbuster trade with the Dodgers last season. He only has 251 plate appearances under his belt, but he certainly does have a pronounced platoon split. Against righties, he hits .204/.301/.289.  Against lefties: .316/.372/.532.

There’s a chance he still may figure it out against righties too — he’s a career .289/.376/.562 hitter in over 2000 minor league appearances overall — but even if he turns out to be a AAAA player as a full time guy, he could have some value in a platoon role.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Napoli had an OPS of .861 against right handed pitchers and .706 against lefties last season, so a first base platoon of Napoli and Sands might work. However, Napoli would not likely go for it.

    • dodger88 - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      If Napoli also plattons behind the plate he could get close to a full-time equivalent in at-bats.

  2. Joe - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    I don’t think you make a decision like that based on one year. Napoli for his career hits lefties better than righties (911 OPS vs. 847), but that line against RHP suggests a guy who doesn’t need to be platooned.

  3. paperlions - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    The problem with Sands MiLB numbers is that his AAA stats were accumulated while playing in the uber hitter friendly PCL as a member of the Albuquerque Isotopes..who play in a launching pad. His AAA number are nothing special within the context of his home park and league.

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