So Papelbon has left the team and they still don’t have a manager. Their current free agents are as follows as well as my opinion on the guys:
Brought in as the starter they’d need down the stretch to help pitch them into the postseason. Well, coming off injury he didn’t go deep in his starts. He was shelved for a period and didn’t do what he was supposed to; win. So chalk it up to another Theo disaster and he won’t be back.
Speaking of Theo disaster/man crushes. Thanks for the grand slam in 2007, it was your only hit I remember in between countless trips to the DL and even more countless excuses from the front office and manager. Don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split you. Don’t really care what replacement is in right field, has to be better than this turd and his .200 average last season.
Bet you didn’t even know he was with the team. Quick, what position did he play? Exactly. He was a backup first baseman. Maybe they sign him to a Pawtucket deal if he’ll take it but I don’t think he’s a cog in the team’s plans going forward.
Speaking of guys in AAA, that’s where this guy was after August 30th when the Sox snagged him of the waiver wire scrap heap. A 38 year old junk ball left hander, not really in the team’s plans.
Ah, the first real free agent. I differ from other people’s opinions with this guy. In my head, the Sox are a fourth place team next year (with Toronto leap frogging them). I don’t think Ortiz is going to have another bounce back year like he did this past year. I don’t know if he was on HGH or what, but you can’t expect him to get better. Now, if the team is planning to deal Youkilis this off season, I’m OK with re-signing Ortiz. But Youk is going to need probably 30 games minimum at DH since his body can’t do a full season at third.
So to recap, trade Youk and re-sign Ortiz, I’m OK. Keep Youk, sign a third baseman and let Ortiz walk.
Bye. Thanks for your years of service, thanks for being the *ahem* captain, but you can follow JD Drew right out the door. We need to see what kind of catchers we have in the system and the only way we see if they’re the real deal is if they play. And they won’t play with Varitek still on the team. I view some (repeat some) of the pitching problems on and off the field on Varitek. A real captain steps in and holds them accountable. Just saying. Again, bye.
A huge distraction last season as he STRUGGLED for his 200th career win. Not even his 200th in a Sox uniform. Let Roger Clemens and Cy Young stay tied at the top of the Sox leader board. Let Wakefield go back to the Pirates where he started and put a bow on his career. Thanks for your years of service, but you’re no longer needed. Just like Varitek, I want to see some of the young guys throwing. Let’s see if we have talent in the system or not.
Seriously? I guess if you’re looking to have arms in the pen you bring him back but he’s Manny Delcarmen except not from Hyde Park. He’s your junk sixth inning we’re down five guy.
So far, I’ve resigned myself to the fourth place idea (no manager, no closer, broken rotation, bickering clubhouse, immovable contracts). Nothing on the free agent market has me excited pitching wise. Would I like a Mark Buerhle to eat innings, sure. But I think the roster really needs some shaking up. Trade Beckett and see what you can get for him. Trade Youk and bring in Aramis Ramirez (just throwing names). Or trade Beckett to the Mets and bring in David Wright. Not sure the Mets make that trade, but throw it out there anyways.
Bottom line in Cherington needs to earn our trust. The only way to do that after the embarrassing debacle of this past September is to take a page from Da Guy’s playbook and SHAKE IT UP!
Back tomorrow with football Friday.