It’s that time of the year again. The only things heating up around MLB are trade rumors and gossip. So here are a few burning questions on the minds of Sox fans as we enter the frigid New Year:
Q: Can Tyler Flowers be an everyday major league catcher?
A: His stats seem to say no. In 273 at-bats with the Pale Hose since 2009, Tyler is hitting a whopping .205 with .695 OPS. Once thought of as a defensively liability, that tag has faded, but he also won’t be wowing anyone behind the dish. He is entering his age 27 season … so there is a chance we have yet to see the best the former Braves prospect has to offer. The fact he’s following a guy that banged 27 homers however might lead to some discontent if he doesn’t get his swing fixed by June.
Q: Will Brett Myers be back next year?
A: I haven’t heard his name mentioned. In all likelihood Myers has thrown his last pitch on the Southside. He’ll be 33 next year and is looking for a starting gig. That’s one area Hahn and Ventura won’t need any help with in 2013.
Q: Last year you picked the Washington Nationals as a surprise team and they won the NL East, any surprises this year?
A: I really like what was done in Toronto as a win now measure. They should improve upon those 73 wins from a year ago. The AL East is always scary, though. Invest at your own risk.