There has been a ton of talk about the Red Sox' third-base controversy. To me, there should be no controversy. Panda should start and Travis Shaw should be used as a role player, which is what he is.
The real issue is left field. It's a disaster!
Rusney Castillo, being paid $72 million, isn't good enough to play the position the Sox have been holding for him. So Brock Holt and Chris Young will deal with the Monster while a monster of a bust either sits in the dugout or gets his swings at Pawtucket.
This sets the Sox back big time. With Holt and Young playing left field, they're out of their very important utility roles. Holt, as we know, can play a number of positions and Young is the perfect fourth outfielder.
Financially, the Red Sox -- as we know -- can afford to take the hit. They print money in the Fenway basement and can write off whatever mistakes they make. But they need a solution for this mistake. Using Holt and Young isn't an efficient solution. They need a true, full-time left fielder . . . and they don’t have one.
That's the real controversy with the Sox. Or maybe we should say tragedy.