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Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:04 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 2:05 pm
Bobby Valentine was thrilled to get the job as Red Sox manager. But did he know he might be going to spring training without a starting shortstop and only three set-in-stone starting pitchers?

Young, bright Ben Cherington had to be excited to ascend to the Red Sox GM job. But did anyone tell him he'd have to operate like a small-market club?

With little more than a week to go before things start getting under way in the spring camp of the historic team, their starting shortstop is Nick Punto. If it isn't Mike Aviles. And their rotation is one big puzzle. At least 40 percent of it is.

Red Sox management has found a novel way to change the story from the chicken-and-beer parties to something else. Of course, the Valentine hiring helps, because there is no better manager at getting his team positive and interesting publicity. But how to cover the fact that they have major questions in three key spots and their owner has apparently decided to spend his resources on soccer instead?

The hiring of Valentine was a brilliant stroke, even if it did take a nudge from team president Larry Lucchino and upper management. And the wise trades for Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon satisfy the question of how they'll replace Jonathan Papelbon in the bullpen. But now, what are they going to do for a starting shortstop and two starting pitchers? (They have made an offer to Roy Oswalt, but it appears he will sign elsewhere.)

It's obvious poor Cherington was given pennies to try to compete with the Yankees and Rays, perhaps the two best teams in baseball, following the departure of his legendary mentor Theo Epstein. Epstein got $18.5 million from the Cubs and Papelbon got $50 million from the Phillies. But the biggest free agent signing Red Sox owner John Henry authorized was that of Valentine, whose contract isn't known. But we'll assume over his two years, he beat Cody Ross' $3 million (though that's on a one-year deal) and the eminently scrappy Punto's $3 million (two years). The other free agents, Vicente Padilla and Kelly Shoppach, were even less money.

Cherington showed some ingenuity in landing both Bailey and Melancon for the pen, reinforcements that will be sorely needed with a rotation that appears highly questionable. Beyond Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz, who incidentally is returning from a back injury, the Red Sox will hope reliever-turned-starter Daniel Bard can fill one of the remaining rotation spots and that someone from Padilla, Carlos Silva and a host of similar possibilities can be the No. 5 man. Cherington was also made to save money to allow him to make even the cheapie moves he did execute, leading him to trade starting shortstop Marco Scutaro at a $6 million savings.

Boston's total outlay of cash was less than $10 million (not counting Valentine). Henry hasn't explained the sudden frugality. But here's one guess: He overspent on soccer.

Henry's outlay of loot for his Liverpool soccer team was $179 million this year, or about 20 times what he spent on the Red Sox. Forward Andy Carroll got 35 million pounds ($54.7 million), forward Luis Suarez got 23 million pounds ($35.9 million), midfielder Stewart Downing 20 million pounds ($31.2 million), midfielder Jordan Henderson 16 million pounds ($25 million), midfielder Charlie Adam 7.5 million pounds ($11.7 million), defenseman Sebastian Coates seven million pounds ($10.9 million) and defenseman Jose Enrique got 6.3 million pounds ($9.8 million).

That's all great for Liverpoool.

Now, can any of them pitch or play shortstop?


Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:57 am

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

I have been frustrated by the lack of movement by the Sox in trying to upgrade the team. But, things may work out better than I imagine. The rotation looks questionable but it could work out just fine. They don't seem to have a real shortstop but that may not be a problem either if these temporary fillins can just hold their own for a year. There are a lot of questions but this is still a pretty good team, not great but they might surprise a few people. I had no idea about the investment in soccer. That is both puzzling and disturbing to someone like me who loves baseball and finds soccer the best sleeping pill on the market.

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 10:19 am

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

Liverpool FC hoisted a trophy yesterday.   Maybe John Henry knows what he is doing.

West Coast Guy
Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:51 pm
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Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:35 pm

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

Where is this any different than the Sox?

October. Remember when you guys used to be apart of that month.

Do you really think that Cano and Granderson a scary lineup makes.

Me thinks those two very scary lineup makes.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:07 am

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

I don't know why all those execs are smiling.2012 will be a horrible season for Boston & I can't think of a team that deserves a bad season more than the Red Sox.Last year was a disaster so what do they do-Ditch the GM & manager who not only broght Boston 2 WS wins, but didn't take the field once in 2011.
As a recovering RS fan I would love to see them lose 100 games.Considering all the players,except for Dustin & Jacoby,care about how much money they can make a lot more than if they win or lose.They know Fenway will be sold out every game so why bother hitting,catching, or pitching.I hate to wish for bad things to happen to anyone, but Kevin useless could keel over tomorrow & I'd have    a block party.In my book Satan ranks slighty higher than useless.He talked BS about Jacoby when he was badly hurt & that's the main reason Ellsbury will be gone in 2 years.He should be close to 40-40 this year & in 2 years he should command a salery of at least 25Mill.Boston may pay that much but another team may offer him 30M or more.
How is anyone expected to be a loyal RS fan when the owner pays his soccer team 20 times more than his baseball team.Lots of FA will be leaving Boston in the next few years & there will still be morons chanting-Wait 'til next year!For me it's been about 45 years,the vast majority of them sucked!I'lll choose another team by mid-may.I may even take my talents to South Beach where something interesting is bound to happen almost daily.

Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 3:00 pm

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

Really, the yankees are that much better off?  A-Rod is now fading and they are saying he will be dh'ing alot this year?  Jeter isnt what he used to be.  Tex's numbers are on a gradual decline.  Gardner not getting all those sweet pitches like he was when he was seen as one of the weaker links a few years ago.  Do you really think that Cano and Granderson a scary lineup makes.  Someone mentioned the Sox not being scary from 6-9...where are the yankees scary there?  Martin/Cervelli, Swisher(which doesnt really scare anyone anymore), Nunez/Pena, Jones?  Pitchers 4-5...Kuroda in the AL East?  Burnett if not traded?  Hughes or Garcia?  Where is this any different than the Sox? 

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:51 pm

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

Again, a little club is central Florida is quietly puuting together another ball club, and they stay off the radar of sportswriters. Don't be surprised if they get back in the playoffs, mabye with another AL East pennant. Writers are all about the big clubs most of the time. Down here we love it like that, off the radar, then into the tourney.

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:50 pm

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

A season without Lackey, is like a season with 25 - 35 fewer runs scored against! All Sox fans will stand up and cheer that he won't be on the mound this year. Now if we could just unload him, and his bloated salary! Still, a lot is riding riight now on Aceves, and the unknown - Daniel Bard. If one of those two can perform decently, I think that the Sox offense will keep them in games.

As to the shortstop hole...I simply quit wondering about a Red Sox shortstop. They haven't had a great shortstop since Nomar, and since they moved him, they have never had a quality replacement...only been searchng for one. Nothing new there, and Scutaro was not exactly the top SS in the game!

Interessting year to me. Sox could finish anywhere within the top three in the East. It all depends on many factors, some no one can see coming right now!  Looking forward to the season...

Play Ball!!

Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:39 am

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

before the season even started weei the boston red sox flagship station was already telling people this was a rebuilding year. thank god lackey got hurt and wont play this year. a year without lackey is a better one with him

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 7:49 pm

Lots of holes in cost-conscious Red Sox

SS is a blake hole, Punto is terrible and he`s the leading candidate.  Poor Cherington is right.  Really gets screwed by Theo mania. Maybe they`ll cart Julio Lugo back out at SS since they`re still payin him. Poor defense at catcher, SS & LF isn`t good. Wherew as the article going soccer fa $???  What next how much the Drop Kick Murphy`s will make at the Fens or Sawx Appeal??  Get ready to grip it all year Sawx fans.

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