>>"DJ said last night, "Desi comes back, he's a guy that hasn't led off, I'll let him lead off." "
What is Davey talking about? That doesn't make sense, Desmond led-off in two different stints last year, the first one a failure under Riggleman, and the second one for about the last 5 weeks of the season when he did well and salvaged his season, and then again to start THIS season for about the first 5 weeks before dropping him to 5th and later 6th after Werth got hurt and Lombo started paying full-time in LF and he took over leading-off against righties and Espinosa led-off against lefties.
So that's been tried, he's too much of a free-swinger and doesn't take enough walks, so his OBP is too low for the lead-off spot. He's better-suited to the 5, 6, 7 spots, where his RBI ability is better used.
>>"And why do you assume that Desmond will return to shortstop and Espinosa will move back to second?"
You're kidding right? That's a given.
Desmond has more range than Espinosa, and virtually the same cannon for an arm. Also, Espinosa has proven that he can play 2B, whereas Desmond has never played there. Desmond is entrenched at SS, the only time he won't be there is if he's hurt.
>>"Wasn't he referring to letting Werth lead off?"
Yes, he probably was.
>>>What is Davey talking about?<<<
Dave: Dunno. I just report what the man said. I thought it had been tried and failed, too. But Desmond wasn't as hot then.
DJ doesn't cotton to the idea but statwise there is little diff between Desmond and Werth. What there is favors Werth:
Player -- OBP -- OPS
Desmond -- .322 -- .825
Werth -- .400 -- .836
Didn't DJ josh about a 6'5" leadoff giant or something like that? I suspect he has a mind tic over Werth at leadoff.