Skip to main content

Playing Pepper

Let's just run through some of the hot topics in Red Sox Nation these days shall we?
  • In no way does the signing of Stephen Drew hurt the Red Sox.  He is a very good major league player and it's not really my money so I don't care what he is paid.  Even if his oblique injury lingered for months, the Sox are not worse off for signing him.  Not only is he an excellent shortstop with decent hitting ability, but he's popular with the other players.  Xander Bogaerts is too good of a player to be bothered by moving to shortstop.  The reality is that if Bogaerts fills out as one might expect as he gets older and hits with more and more power, he won't be at shortstop long term anyway.
  • Speaking of Drew, let's stop all this irrational hating of JD and Stephen Drew.  Disliking players for not being emotive is really just weird.  From what I've heard, teammates like both these plays.  Ok, Philadelphia can hate JD, but not Boston.  The fact that they don't look like they are playing hard is a testament to their talents and refinement, not proof that they don't play hard.  I also do not like when players are disparaged for getting hurt.
  • Mookie Betts will not be a significant factor on the 2014 Red Sox.  He may see some time in the bigs, but it is unlikely to make a huge impact.  At best, he plays a little toward the end of the season and earns a full time spot if we were to make the playoffs - a la 2013 Bogaerts.  The fact is that he is not ready yet.  I expect he will come up in August at least for a cup of coffee then spend all of September with the big club.  Next year, he will fight for the centerfield spot.  At that point, if JBJ starts hitting, I could see Bradley playing rightfield against righties and Betts playing most of the time in center.
  • Grady Sizemore probably should be released or, ideally, he would accept an assignment to Pawtucket to see if he can really get his swing back.  It seems like he needs to play as much as his body will allow if there's any chance that he becomes a good player again.  I suggest that the Sox call up Corey Brown to replace Sizemore.  Brown has a low average and strikes out a lot, but no more than Sizemore.  He can legitimately play center, perhaps better than Sizemore.  But mostly he has real power now.  He leads the PawSox in homers and has major league experience.
  • Clay Buchholz will be in the rotation if he's anything close to his normal self so there is no debate there.  If Workman keeps pitching as he has been, he might have supplanted Felix Doubront.  That said, if Doubront is healthy, there is a lot of value to having another lefty in the rotation.  I do expect this to work itself out.
  • The Sox are going to have to give John Lackey an extension with a decent annual salary.  Right now, he is due to make the league minimum next year because of his missed Tommy John year.  He deserves to not be embarrassed in that way and I do think he would retire rather than make Alex Wilson money.  That said, he agreed to a contract and the Sox did pay him $15.25 million in 2012 when he didn't pitch a single inning.  They should give him a new 2 year contract with a decent annual salary and he needs to accept that the Sox get him on a discount because they would be helping him save face.  I would go with 2 years at $10 million.






Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Hanley Exits Stage Right

Hanley Ramirez has been released by the Red Sox.  With Pedey coming back, this had occurred to me as an option but a very unlikely one.  It seemed like having three catchers was a luxury they couldn't afford, or they'd send Brock Holt down temporarily or put Nunez on the DL just because he really is always injured so why not.

In the end though, they realized keeping Hanley didn't make sense.  If he came out of his slump, you're likely going to get stuck with him for next year or have a conflict with him and the fans when you bench a productive player.  But it was more likely he'd have good moments but never be all that good.  He's been terrible for about 3 weeks now.  Cutting bait with Hanley means you have more money for next year (Kimbrel & Mookie perhaps), you don't have the headache of however he's going to act if/when you bench him, and you keep other options on your roster.  As for the money, you're already spending it either way so don…

JD Martinez and Red Sox Depth

The Sox have signed JD Martinez; so, that's good.  His track record, personal reports on work ethic and attitude (aka lessons learns from Panda mania), and the fact that he's seen most of his success in the American League point to this being as sure a success as you can have in free agency.  He is getting a hefty pay check while the Sox aren't locked down for 6, 7 or Hosmer years.

Taking as a given that Martinez will be an outstanding hitter in the middle of the lineup, this signing - along with the signing of Eduardo Nunez earlier in the weekend - gives this Red Sox offense the most depth they have had since the 2013 champions.  That team taught us that it makes good baseball sense to go a few players deep at each position if you can, and to not obsess with how you'll find at bats for everyone.  Here we go again with that approach.

The 2018 Red Sox are remarkably deep and flexible.  When someone gets hurt, the likelihood is that that player will be replaced in the l…

Opening Day & Possible Unlikely 2018 Contributors & Breakthroughs

It's opening day and the Sox are playing the Rays.  While the beauty of baseball is that any team can beat any other team on any given day, the Sox should - and need to - dominate the Rays this season.  The Rays are going to try a 4 man rotation (a very good idea btw with the way the game is trending) - but then they lost one of those four.  Rumor is that they are close to signing Charlie Hough.  Their best player is Kevin Kiermaier whose very solid, but essentially their best player is Jackie Bradley, Jr.  Even if Wilson Ramos returns to All Star form and C.J. Cron finally becomes decent, this will be a pretty bad team.  They'll get a jolt when star SS prospect Willy Adames arrives but otherwise the Sox need to feast on the Rays this year if they hope to win the division.

The Sox opening day lineup meanwhile has a couple of sorta-surprises from where we started spring.  Hanley is starting at 1B over Mitch Moreland despite a righty starter, and Christian Vazquez is catching Chr…