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The Mike Miller Conundrum

The Sox called up Mike Miller yesterday and you have to feel happy for the kid.  He appropriately calls it "a dream come true."  He's a 26 year old, 5'8", 170 lbs, 9th round pick middle infielder with no power, limited on-base skills but presumably can handle the glove respectably.  He sounds like the kind of kid we'll all root for, but might not see the majors much - if at all - beyond this sip of coffee.

To add Miller to the major league roster, they had to first move him onto the 40-man roster.  The call up of Miller was prompted by the fact that they had just optioned their top minor league utility option, Deven Merrero, back to Pawtucket two days before so they couldn't recall him, and Brock Holt wasn't ready yet.  That is, Boston needed a body who could play middle infield and options #1 and #2 were not available, so they brought up Miller.  (Not exactly a ringing endorsement of Marco Hernandez's glove which has looked to be less solid than …

Promotion Pecking Order Isn't Just About Talent or Impact

It's that time of the Major League season: the time when injuries being mounting up for every team, ineffective play forces teams to cut bait, and trades start becoming possible.  The Red Sox have some choices to make and here's what they should do:
They should send young infielder Marco Hernandez back to Pawtucket and, a la Swihart and Betts before him, have him play mostly leftfield.  Clearly the Sox like his bat in the majors now.  He's not going to play regularly on the infield with Brock Holt, Josh Rutledge, and - at shortstop if Bogaerts were to go down - Deven Merrero are all ahead of him as backups. With Swihart down for a while, Holt hurt and struggling with the bat, there is room for Hernandez as the lefthanded sub for Chris Young in left.  Otherwise, I don't see the value in having him on the roster.When they send down Marco, bring up Bryce Brentz.  He's hitting well in Pawtucket, 27 years old, taking up a 40 man roster slot, and seemingly healthy.  He ca…