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  • January 27th, 2010

    January 27, 2010:
    Theo 8, Arbitration Bound Players 0

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:22 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    For the 8th time–which is every year since Theo Epstein took over as the GM of the Boston Red Sox, he has avoided arbitration hearings, always getting everyone signed before the time came.

    The Sox have reach an agreement with the lone holdout Jeremy Hermidia yesterday, signing him to a 1-Year $3.345 million non-guaranteed contract–just about right in the middle of what he asked for ($3.85 million) and what the Sox wanted to pay ($ 2.95 million). And a pretty nice raise from the $2.25 million he made last year, considering his numbers were less than stellar in 2009: .259 BA with 13 homers…

    From Jeremy: “I’m just happy to be [with the] Red Sox, to be honest with you. My role will be what it is. I’ll come into Spring Training and I’m going to work and prepare myself like an everyday guy. You never know what happens throughout the course of a season. So that’s my job. And if it’s being the fourth outfielder on Opening Day, I’m going to work at that and be the best I can at that.” Hopefully he can return to the numbers that made him the 11th overall pick in the 2002 Draft…

    The season has not even started yet, and the murmurings are already starting about whether or not the Sox will exercise the 2011 team option for David Ortiz (it’s worth $12.5 million–with no buyout) or even sign him to a longer contract. Uh, can we wait and see how he fares after an offseason where he was actually able to train (Reports are that he is in excellent shape) and not be coming off an injury?

    More Hardware: Tim Wakefield, known not only for his dancing knuckler, but for his extensive community activities, was awarded the Bart Giamatti Award at the Going to Bat for B.A.T. (Baseball Assistance Team) Dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York. Given to a player who “best exemplifies the compassion demonstrated”, the award is named for the late Major League Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti, who was only the commissioner for 154 days when he died of a heart attack on September 1, 1989.

    Joining Curt Schilling (2005 Award Winner) and Mo Vaughn (2006 Award Winner) as the 3rd Red Sox player to receive the award, Wake’s community activities include The Wakefield Warriors Program, established in 1998, where Wake hosts patients from the Franciscan Hospital for Children and The Jimmy Fund before each Tuesday home game. In addition, he has hosted a celebrity golf tournament for the last 17 years which benefits the Space Coast Early Intervention Center in his hometown of Melbourne, FL.

    For more info on B.A.T, you can check out their website

    Speaking of Wake, he made a detour to Boston on his way to NYC to check in with the Red Sox medical staff with regard to his back woes. He checked out perfectly, and is currently on his regular off-season throwing program, and ready for Spring Training: “It’s been a long road. Right after the surgery I was in rehab five days a week for an hour and a half a day. It’s been a long road, but it’s gotten me to the point where I can get back on the field and compete and for that I’m thankful…Last year I was on my way to pitching 200 innings and then due to circumstances beyond my control – I didn’t hurt my shoulder, I didn’t hurt myself pitching, I hurt my back swinging in interleague – it didn’t happen…Yesterday’s visit (with the doctors) may have gotten rid of some question marks they have. Hopefully they respect me enough to give me the ball when we get to spring training as a member of this rotation. I think I’ve earned the right to be a full-time starter and go from there.”

    Wake is currently 18 wins away from being the winningest Red Sox pitcher in history. The title is currently held by the 2 players who have won 192 games–and you may have heard of: Cy Young and Roger Clemens…

    Finally, I was reading today about how CC Sabathia’s teammate protect him from the pressures of his contract. 1st of all, WHO CARES??? And 2nd of all, he signed a $428 SKATILLION dollar contract–he should feel the pressure…Boo freakin Hoo…

    Coming up: 22 days to pitchers and catchers…tick tock tick tock…

    One Response to “January 27, 2010:
    Theo 8, Arbitration Bound Players 0”

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