Originally Posted by Lip Man 1
To bench Dunn... is a question that has been coming up on the boards in some threads.
I'd like to think he does, but given his salary I can't say this with 100% confidence. There's a chance that he'd be 'over ruled' by the powers that be in my mind.
For what it's worth I asked this question to a source in the media who sees the Sox regularly. In their opinion they feel Robin does have the power to bench Dunn at anytime without fear of being over ruled. They said that Robin has more latitude under Rick Hahn then he would have under Kenny.
Again take the comment for whatever you will.
The next question then would be if he does bench him who do the Sox have to replace him, given the injury list and the lack of talent in the minor leagues?
You've touched on an important issue that the Sox are facing, Lip. Many on this board have clamored for Dunn, Viciedo, and others to be replaced due to lack of production, but this assumes that a suitable replacement is available. The Sox do not have MLB caliber talent at the highest levels of their minor league system that can step in and provide an upgrade over Dunn (as scary as that may be), and aren't likely to for the foreseeable future.
There are experienced hitters currently not employed by a Major League organization. One such person is none other than Vladimir Guerrero, who's currently playing for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. Without knowing what his salary demands would be, it may be worth the Sox reaching out to him, as he would almost certainly provide production that surpasses what Dunn brings to the table.
ESPN published an article
about Guerrero and Dontrelle Willis signing deals with Long Island earlier this month. Guerrero says he'd like to play in the Major Leagues again.
Originally Posted by Vladimir Guerrero
"I grew up with the Montreal Expos and played there for almost 10 years," Guerrero said in a statement. "The fans [in Quebec] are my friends. However, my ultimate goal is to make it back to the major leagues and attempt to reach 500 home runs as soon as possible."
He's not what he used to be. At his peak, he was the best player in baseball in the eyes of many, and I think he could help a club needing an extra bat (as the Sox do now). Were I in Rick Hahn's shoes, I'd contact his people and see if something can be worked out.