Tagged: Ben Cherington

Red Sox Extend Dustin Pedroia for 8 Years


English: Dustin Pedroia bats against the Balti...

English: Dustin Pedroia bats against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Today the Boston Red Sox announced an 8 year $110 million contract that runs from 2014 to 2021. The Red Sox said in a press release today:

 

The Boston Red Sox today signed All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia to an eight-year contract beginning in 2014 and continuing through the 2021 season. Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.

 

Known for his gritty style and dirty uniform, Pedroia, 29, joins Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Thurman Munson, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Albert Pujols as the only players ever to have won a World Series and Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and Rawlings Gold Glove awards. He is the Red Sox’ most accomplished second baseman since Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr.

 

This shows commitment from both sides, the Sox taking a leap of faith giving Pedroia a contract that runs through his late 30s, Pedroia not forcing the Sox to break the bank like many other franchise players would. Pedroia is the perfect guy to give this kind of deal to. He’s a grind it out player who will give 100% effort day in and day out. His game isn’t based on power or speed, which deteriorate over time. As long as he is able to stay healthy he should be able to maintain a high level of play throughout the life of the contract. Obviously when he’s 38 he won’t be playing like he is now, but there’s a good chance he’ll still be a top second baseman in the league. This deal benefits both sides, and appears to be a near perfect deal for all parties involved.

 

 

 

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Could Ben Blow it Up?


Yesterday I wrote a post talking about how the Red Sox can turn it around this year. Today I’m going to look at the negative side to it. It’s obvious that there are problems with this team, but can they be fixed is the question. If the answer is no then it would be time to say goodbye to some of your favorite Red Sox players. Now Ben Cherrington has not been one to make a huge move so far, so whether or not he’s ready to do something like this remains to be seen.

To start off this wonderful rebuilding process, you begin with the obvious. Dump off Kevin Youkilis somewhere. There would be a lot of salary eaten and there wouldn’t be a very large return, but it would at least take Gonzalez out of right and get Middlebrooks in everyday. Now this would be a simple trade and could get done really quickly and should be done regardless of where they stand.

The next guy I would move may surprise you, but it would be the best thing the team could do. Trade Jacoby Ellsbury. Now that seems radical, but in reality it would be great. Everyone wants Ellsbury locked up after one good year, but why not trade him when his values at an all time high. When his value is this high GMs will turn a blind eye towards his injury history which has cost the Red Sox a lot of games.  Also his attitude and commitment to the team have been put into to question before, so there’s also a clubhouse factor in play as well. I good match up would be the Washington Nationals with their search for a center fielder and plethora of prospects would work perfectly.

The next guy yo go would have to be Jon Lester. Lester has been a huge part of the Red Sox ever since he took the mound for the first time at Fenway, but it might be time to say goodbye. He’s a guy who could produce a very nice return and could help almost any contender. There isn’t a true perfect trade partner for him, because he can go almost anywhere.

With a complete rebuild, David Ortiz would have to go too. An impact bat whose off to a scorching start is sure to generate some interest. I don’t think he’d get a huge return, I’m sure at least one impact prospect would be part of the deal. Papi’s loved in Boston, but Boston loves the team itself more, and in a few years they’d be happy with who they got.

Catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kelly Shoppach are nice trade chips as well. Salty’s off to an amazing start to what could be a career year for him. That just makes him more valuable. Shoppach has been screwed out of playing time and could be traded for a hit or miss guy which wouldn’t be bad. All in all these 2 guys could pick up 3 or 4 prospects.

Daisuke Matsuzaka could be a name floated around as well. It could be a similar trade with what the Sox got with Erik Bedard. Nothing spectacular, but enough to say you got something worthwhile. He, like Lester could help almost any contender.

Many other guys could sent out also, like Alfredo Aceves, Mike Aviles, Nick Punto, Matt Albers, Vincente Padilla, Cody Ross, and Josh Beckett. Come August Bobby V might be throwing out a line up looking something like this.

DH Daniel Nava

2B Dustin Pedroia

1B Adrian Gonzalez

C Ryan Lavarnway

3B Will Middlebrooks

LF Carl Crawford

RF Ryan Kalish

CF Ryan Sweeney

SS Jose Iglesias

All in all it doesn’t look too bad of a lineup. I had to stick Nava at DH, because with a full outfield and no DH he fit in right there and Bobby V always finds a spot for him. Rebuilding could be good or it could be bad we just have to trust Ben to make the right choices.

Aviles the Starter?


It seems like we may have found a winner in the starting shortstop race. Mike Aviles has had a terrific spring and based off of recent reports it seems like he’s won the job. So far this spring he’s batting .333/.333./.468 in 14 games. Evne though Bobby V said he thinks Jose Iglesias is ready for the big leagues, Cherington and Co. want him to get a little more seasoning in the minors before they hand over the starting job. Despite Iglesias’ improved hitting, I think Aviles is the right call. If he can translate his spring average into the regular season he’ll be a force at the bottom of the lineup. so far it’s looking like this season is going to be a good one.

Sox Sign Carlson


Today it was annoucced that the Boston Red Sox signed Jesse Carlson. Carlson is a left handed reliever whose spent all of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s coming off rotator cuff surgery and he hasn’t pitched since 2010. I don’t really understand the move. He’s not needed and he’s not healthy. He might not even make the roster and I doubt he will. So far Cherington hasn’t impressed me with anything he’s done.

Offseason Ideas: Will the Sox Go After Yu?


Nathan Conley said:
@thebestsoxblog
 Bobby V Wants “Yu” | bit.ly/vkgFDd
Will the #RedSox
 pursue Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish? via @ArmchairReport

Yu Darvish is a phenomenal Japanese pitcher. He does have some character issues but I don’t think they’d translate over into America. The only problem is he might not get posted.

Pros: Bobby Valentine has seen him throughout most of his career and knows how talented he is. Also Darvish would be most comfortable with the Red Sox considering they have Valentine, Dice-K, and their past history with Japanese players. That being said he’d thrive the most in Boston, but there are some issues.

Cons: Darvish won’t sign unless he gets more than Dice-K. He considers it an insult if he doesnt, which I think is a little ridiculous. Also Darvish fears he won’t adapt to the MLB and ruin his career like so many other Japanese pitchers.

Verdict: Darvish would be a positive for the Sox. Sadly his price might be too high. The posting fee plus the contract would be a huge payroll hit. I don’t see it hapening, but Cherington may surprise me.

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Papi’s Coming Back


David Ortiz is going to accept arbitration. So unless they trade him (which is highly unlikely) he’s back. Offering him arbitration was just flat out stupid in my opinion. Cherington put Papi in the drivers seat rather than him. Now there’s no way out of overpaying a guy whose status is an enigma. Nobody knows if he’ll hit over .300 or under .250. He might hit 30 home runs or 10. He might even put up an Adam Dunn type year. I love Papi, but there’s a point where you have to draw a line and mine’s been drawn, but obviously the Sox haven’t. Hopefully he’ll prove me wrong but I don’t know if he has that in him.