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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Aloha Means Goodbye




Shane Victorino was traded yesterday. It was the right move to make as the Red Sox go into 2016 preparation mode. The trade ends Victorino's career in Boston. While he was injured often the last two years nothing can take away the 2013 season where he was one of the most important players on the eventual World Champions. His career in Boston can be summed up best by the 7th inning during Game 6 of the 2013 ALCS. The Sox were down 2-1 and the bases were loaded. Victorino walked to the plate as Bob Marley's Three Little Birds blared over the speakers. The fans began to sing along and Victorino went deep sending the Red Sox to the World Series. Everything truly was going to be alright. Aloha!




Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Red Sox Missed Out on deGrom




Jacob deGrom lowered his ERA to 2.18 last night as he beat the Washington Nationals. He is the kind of pitcher the Red Sox need. Sadly, he was real close to being on the Red Sox. According to the great Peter Gammons, Ben Cherington wanted deGrom when having trade talks with Sandy Alderson back in 2012. The Mets needed a catcher and wanted Kelly Shoppach. Cherington had his eyes on deGrom. Alderson was fine with the deal until he checked with some of his minor league scouts. The scouts were pretty clear that deGrom wasn't a guy that should be traded. Alderson took the advice of the scouts and the Mets ended up getting Shoppach for Pedro Beato. Beato would throw just 21 innings after the trade and is now out of baseball.

This news does give you confidence in Cherington's eye and while mistakes have been made it makes you wonder if the mistakes are those made by Cherington or those made by John Henry and company? Ownership screwed up the Jon Lester talks and he easily could still be with the Red Sox if he wasn't low balled in the spring of last year.

With a little luck and common sense the Red Sox rotation could be Lester, deGrom, Clay Buchholz, and Eduardo Rodriguez. What about the fifth guy? How about Cole HamelsYesterday we posted why the Sox still need to trade for Hamels and in this scenario he would definitely make sense.

Even more impressive is how inexpensive that rotation would be. deGrom and Rodriguez make the league minimum and are under team control, Clay makes $13 million and Lester could have been signed by the Sox for $20 million a year for six years or the same deal the Sox were willing to give Rick Porcello. (Sorry if that makes you vomit.) Hamels would round out the rotation adding $23.5 million to the payroll rotation. $57.5 million for a rotation of Lester, Hamels, deGrom, Buchholz, Rodriguez. The current Red Sox rotation is right around $46 million. You have my permission to vomit now.




Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Red Sox Need to Buy at Trade Deadline





The 2015 Red Sox season is over in mid July once again. This makes the Red Sox sellers but do the Red Sox have anything to sell? I think Jared said it best on twitter:

Do the Red Sox have to be sellers? The Red Sox need help for next season. They need pitching and the best way to get pitching for next year is going to be at the trade deadline this year. They must trade for Cole Hamels. How much will they have to give up? It is a given that the Phillies will want at least one guy from the group of Eduardo Rodriguez, Brian Johnson and Henry Owens along with the next tier of prospects to complete the trade. It is desperation time for the Sox. If Hamels gets traded elsewhere the Sox will then have to overpay in the offseason for Johnny Cueto or possibly David Price. Cueto looks like he is on the verge of breaking down and I think he is going to be a disaster for any team that signs him in the offseason to a long term lucrative contract. I have this awful feeling that team will end up being the Red Sox. It will be a move that stinks of desperation. We have seen moves like this in the past and it never ends well.

  Price is a very good pitcher, a much safer bet than Cueto but it is no guarantee he will make it to free agency and he will still command much more money then Hamels has left on his deal. Throw in the fact that you have no idea how Cueto or Price will adjust to being in a market like Boston and Hamels looks even better. If you can pitch in Philadelphia you can usually handle the atmosphere in Boston. See Curt Schilling.

Sellers? These Red Sox need to be buyers and they better hurry. Next season and seasons to come depend on it.