I was super excited to read yesterday that the Sox are getting calls on Josh Beckett. The clubhouse leader in all the debauchery last season has been a relative failure this season. Sure he has 10/5 rights (10 years in the league 5 with the same team) which means he can veto any trade, you’d think he would welcome the change considering no one likes this guy.
But this weekend is going to be the barometer for the Sox. They’re a game below .500 and sitting in last place. Yet the stupid ownership group thinks that they’re “still in it” and will be buyers at the deadline. After being swept by Toronto and losing the series in Texas, they limp into New York for a series against the Yankess.
So I’m thinking that even the jackasses in the front office would have to admit that the Sox would need to be sellers if they’re swept this weekend.
Luchino has said that Cherington has full authority to make a “bold move”. I’m sure he does. Just like he was allowed to hire the manager of his choice.
So the question I have is, can they be sellers and buyers at the same time?
Meaning can they make a bold move like trading Beckett but still go out there and pick up players?
I think the team has several pieces that would help them win now and in the long term but I think it’s an attitudinal problem. So guy rid of the jackass with the biggest attitude and see how the rest of the team steps it up. And if you can trade for another decent starter to help you long term, go for it.
But this is the 2012 Red Sox. They’ll likely stand pat, keep Beckett (who the fans HATE) and race to last place. Have another inept winter where they make little changes, fire Valentine, and try again next year with the same last place squad.
Thank you Patriots for starting…