Boston Red Sox: Should They Put Will Middlebrooks in the Outfield?

Christopher Benvie@CSBenvie81Correspondent IIMay 9, 2012

BOSTON, MA - MAY 6: Will Middlebrooks #64 of the Boston Red Sox rounds first base after hitting a grand slam in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park May 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Orioles won the game 9-6 in extra innings. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
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Settle down.

I already know what you're thinking and no, I'm not an idiot.

Rumors have been circling that upon the return of Kevin Youkilis to the Boston Red Sox lineup, the team could entertain placing Middlebrooks in the outfield.

Of course, this scenario would be for the short term and really used as a last resort should Middlebrooks continue to tear up major league hitting.

Obviously, the team needs to bring up Kevin Youkilis' trade value if that is the route they so desire to go with him.

Leaving Middlebrooks up in the majors can only help his development. He has already proven that he has the capacity to handle major league pitching.

Again, stop right there all of you naysayers that will come at me with "it's been five games, I could hit that well in five games."

I call shenanigans. If you could do it, you would be doing it.

I'm not denying that the average Major League Baseball player can have hot streaks and then run cold. Would you not agree that the hot streaks are indicative of what a player can do?

I digress.

Moving Middlebrooks to the outfield would certainly be an experiment for the Sox. 

Middlebrooks has never played a game in the outfield as a professional ballplayer. 

He never played the outfield in high school, either.

While he does have solid arm strength and athleticism, the transition to the outfield can be an awkward one for a player. 

Just ask Adrian Gonzalez, or Kevin Youkilis.

If the Sox should decide to make this drastic move, Middlebrooks would have to play left field.

As I mentioned, this would be a drastic decision. But, for a team that is in need of all the offense it can get, Middlebrooks' bat is a necessity.

Lord knows the pitching staff isn't winning the game for you right now.

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