Posted on: November 10, 2009 1:13 pm

Red Sox as 2009 ends

So 2009 was a disappointment.  What's new for 2010 (or Old)?

We start with the old (players).  Red Sox are bringing back Tim Wakefield for 2 years, $5 million.  Still servicable, but not a solid option.  #5 rotation at best.  At this rate, he may pitch till he can collect social security.

Declined, the option for Jason Varitek.  No surprise here, as he has become a liability.  After a good start, his hitting woes didn't just fall back to 2008 levels, they dropped below as the season dragged on.  The team did however, express interest in signing him to be Victor Martinez's back-up.  Ouch!  Can he still wear the C on his Jersey in that role?

Declined, the option on Alex Gonzalez.  This one troubles me, as iot was only $6 million.  The teams intent is to sign him, but for less money.  His bat is weak, but he offers solid defense, which the team has proven they need out of that position. 

Still a potential issue is Left Field.  With Jason Bay on the free agent market, there are no gurantees.  The Sox will make a strong bid to keep him, but will it be strong enough?

The New.

The team needs hitting, and another solid starter.  Jos Beckett, John Lester, Clay Buchholz are the clear 1,2,3, with what looks like Daiske Matuzaka and Tim Wakefield as the 4, and 5.  Some how I am just not thrilled.

So what's available?  Hank Blaylock (29 years young) jumps out as a 1B/DH hitter.  Would remove Mike Lowell from every day play, but he is barely that now.

If Bay can not be retained, the Sox have to get Matt Holliday.  There is no other answer, other than a one year bandaid approach for 2010.  Someone like Jermaine Dye.

Then pitching, what's there?  John Lackey (?)  Randy Wolf (?)  Erik Bedard (?).  Who out there confidently replaces the Diceman?  Not sure the Sox make a big move here.

Long way to go, but unless the Sox want to sign a bunch of free agent senior citizens, there are very few top tier options.
Category: MLB
Posted on: April 22, 2009 6:30 pm

The end of Papi? or just Rust?

O.K., this is a painful post for me, but here goes.  Not liking the sinking stats for David Ortiz this season.  I know, I know. its only April and he will heat up in the warm months.  But what if he does not?  Seriously.  Last season's .264/23/89 numbers were disappointing, but the ALCS .154/1/4 with 9 strike outs was terrifying.  So now here we are in April of 09, .196/0/6 with 15 strikeouts.  As of today, only 14 total bases, that is less than his K's.  Worse, only 3 extra base hits.  Trend?  I know, I know, no reason to panic right? 

So here is my case, ready Sox fans.  The Wrist.  What injury basically ended Nomar's career.  Well, the part of his career worth mentioning that is.   For a power hitter, this is as bad of an injury as one can sustain.  They claim it is "repaired", but do we really know?  Watching him at the plate one has to question it.  Slow swings, inability to drive the ball.  Something is not right.   Again, all in my head right?

His age.  Could it be that Big Papi is just a tad older than he claims?  We have seen it before with Dominican players and fudged ages.  Is David maybe just a little closer to 40 the we think?  His physical battles seem to indicate that maybe there may just be some merit to this claim.  34 years old and does not play the field is hardly strenuous on the body.  38-40, a bit more so.  Impossible, of course?

In summation I am sure summer will come and these fears will be proven false.  That they are just the April kinks getting worked out, much like Sabbathia and his slow start.  But as a Red Sox fan, I am not liking what I am seeing from the 3 hole.  Not hitting the panic button, but am concerned that maybe things will be a bit tougher than forecasted.  I am sure Sox fans will hammer me for this, LOL.



Category: MLB
Posted on: March 26, 2009 11:04 am

Trot Nixon released.

the title says it all, Trot Nixon  released.  A player for whom it once looked like the sky was the limit, now can't even make it as a reserve.  After 8 full seasons with the Boston Red Sox, where he achieved solid numbers, he now seems unable to even put the ball in lay. 

After signing a big contract with the Sox, Nixon was plagued by a mysterious back injury (injured while on the plane flying to spring training?), and has been on a systematic decline ever since, seeing his batting average fall 10-15 points per season.  Worse, his once 30 homer, 10 steal potential is all but evaporated.  In 2007 while playing for the Indians, Nixon could only amass 3 homers and 0 steals in 307 at bats.  So low was manager Eric Wedge's confidence in him, he sat him on the bench during the ALCS against his former club.   He was on the Mets roster in 2008, but that is about all you can say about 2008.

Summation, Nixon was once a fan favorite for Boston, always seeming to come up with big plays against the Yankees.  Those days however are long gone.  Judging by his spring training performance with the Brewers before he was released, 4 for 38, it seems his only course left is retirement.  His 12 season totals stand at .274, 137 homers, 555 RBI, but the past few seasons have been almost embarrassing.  Time to hang up the cleats and give golf a try Trot. 

Posted on: November 12, 2008 12:58 pm

Bailing out everything else, why not a franchise?

So we moved from mismanaged Banks, investment firms, now automakers.  Why not the Raiders, or the Tigers, or the Royals?

I mean, really, what would people rather see?  More retirement packages, vacations, quail hunting trips for execs who have sunk their companies or saving sport franchises in their cities?  These companies failed themselves, and should not be saved with tax payer money.  Let them sink and new companies, new competition, take their place.  Use the bailout money and buy some of these franchises that are dying due to mismanagement.  I mean after all, wouldn't buying the Royals be a public interest.  I don't think those poor fans can take another 100 loss season (sorry Royals fans).  Maybe even buy up lots of tickets to be distributed in local communities.  Put the scalpers and ticket agencies out of business.  Make a trip to the stadium affordable for the kids of America.

I think you can pick up my sarcasm here.  But we are just throwing good money away with these bailouts.  If we are going to piss it away anyway, why not save a franchise?  Save a fan?  Save a team?

P.S.  Some teams may be beyond saving, sorry Cubs Fans, LOL, Maybe next year.

Category: General
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