Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
I think the Gomes-Napoli-Ross signings were primarily about character. They like the RH power, I know, but my sense is that they're desperate to get rah-rah blue collar guys, and Stubbs doesn't fit there, either. Problem with Bradley is that he'll be ready while they would still control Stubbs for a couple years. I really think the Sox would want to maximize the pitching return for Ellsbury, or get a legit catching prospect.
I think the Sox think those moves are about character or market value or flex retention or an appreciation for their Strat cards (Dave Ross is Strat magic). Yet deep down in their collective subconscious it's RH power - sweet, sweet RH power. Wouldn't be surprised if some folks in the Boston front office were kicking around stopping Victorino from switch hitting: "But look at all the power he's got when he hits right-handed!"
The sad thing is it will never fill the void that Manny left.
As for Bradley, I think he might experience some growing pains in 2013.