Originally Posted by balke
I don't think it's being dismissed. He can hit homeruns (apparently only at first base). What value is that to the Sox? He's not a very good first baseman. He's extremely streaky, and hits anywhere from .159 to .239.
I think there's value for a contender, which is what the Sox thought they'd be when they got him. But, if he can't be a DH, then what's the point? Kinda the same feeling I had when the Sox signed him.
His value to the Sox is he is one of a couple players in the lineup who aren't allergic to RBI's. And that not a good first baseman argument is weak because there have been a lot of good hit no field first baseman , Big Hurt was mediocre at best but who cares when you hit like that. You can hide those deficiencies at first base. Do you think anyone cares Miguel Cabrera is a butcher at 3B? And that's a much more critical position.