Originally Posted by ZombieRob
That's what I'm trying to say. It basically comes down to this. In a pinch hit situation and you need baserunners. Who would stand the better chance of reaching base? Konerko, based on last years stats? L Garcia slap hitter with speedy and can come in late in games and play some OF? Semian, Who bats RH speed, can steal you a base late in a game, can bunt? IMO I'd rather have the young fresher legs available on the bench who barely has warning track power.
Unless this is an alternate universe, I don't know how L. Garcia and his .198 career batting average is a better pinch-hitting option than Konerko, even in Paul's declining state.
L. Garcia is your pinch-runner, not your pinch-hitter.
And, if Semien is in a bench role in Chicago, somebody needs to be fired. You let him play every day, either with the Sox or with Charlotte, and see if he can build upon the steps forward he took last year.
And, once again, Semien's status is not affected at all by the Konerko signing. They don't play the same position, and Konerko is now a bench player, not a starter. Semien is a starter, not a bench player. It's just a matter of what level Semien will be starting at, the majors or AAA.