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  • January 5th, 2011

    January 5, 2011:
    Boston Red Thoughts…

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:02 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Random Stuff I have been thinking about in the 1st few days of the 2011 campaign, as we wait the 38 days until Pitchers and Catchers, and the 86 days until Opening Day…

    It’s been 8 years since Theo Epstein took over as the GM of the Red Sox (remember all the jokes about how young he was?) And in that time, NONE of the players who were arbitration eligible have even gotten to a hearing. The closest was with Wily Mo in 2007, with his agreement being struck pretty much just before they walked into the hearing.

    Can he make it #9? If there was every going to be a break in tradition, this year could be it. The reason being? The 2 players who are arbitration eligible this year are: Jacoby Ellsbury, who is a Boras acolyte (never a good thing) and is probably still a bit bitter about how the how “is he injured, and just how bad” stuff that happened in 2010…and the other is Jonathan Papelbon, who might be a bit cranky that the Sox tried to sign Mariano Rivera, and actually DID sign former White Sox Closer, Bobby Jenks…

    Papelbon made $9.35 million last year, Jacoby $496,500. Papelbon will probably get a bump into the $11 million range (nice to get a 10%+ raise as a reward for a crappy year’s work) and Jacoby around $2-3
    million…

    Sox Management and the players have until January 18th to submit their numbers, then hearings will be scheduled the 1st 3 weeks of February…And while I think Theo will be able to hold his record, but I certainly won’t be doing any Sports Betting at BetUS about it…

    I am sort of surprised that the Sox have opted to sign Okajima again–he has been going downhill every year since his All-Star year in 2007, and has DOUBLED his ERA in that span (from 2.22 to 4.50). Final details on the dollar amount have not been released yet. But it will be less than the $2.75 million given to him last year and hopefully will be full of incentives…

    So the Rangers are going to pay Adrian Beltre $16 million a year for the next 6, or $96 million for that span. Personally, I think they are NUTS–he made $9 million last year–and I would be VERY surprised if he put up the numbers he put up at Fenway in Arlington…and when the contract is over, he will be 38…UGH…Then again, the Rangers are well know for overpaying for Boras players–But I’m Probably Pretty Sure It Will Work Out For The Best… At least for anyone not named Michael Young…

    From the home office of “It’s about time”: After being denied by the narrowest of margins last year, Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame! Alomar, his 2nd year on the ballot, was elected in a landslide of 90% of the vote–a huge jump from the 73.65% of last year. Blyleven, in his 14th election, garnered 79.7% of the vote, up from his 74.21% from last year… Congratulations to both players on their well-deserved honor! The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Cooperstown on July 24th, 2011…

    Speaking of Dates, I was looking at the Calendar for the 2011 season, and noticed that the World Series does not begin until October 19th–two days earlier than last year….Guess we should be glad its not 2 days later…

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