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    October 31, 2011:
    And Now the Work Begins…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:10 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (3)

    So its the 1st full week of no baseball (107 days to Pitchers and Catchers, and 157 Days to Opening Day, for those of you playing at home…), and the Sox are already hard at work, with 2 interviews scheduled so far this week to try and fill the impressive shoes of Tito Francona…

    Phillies’ Bench Coach Pete Mackanin and controversial former 3rd Base Coach Dale Sveum are the 1st on tap, with Mackanin interviewing today, and Sveum, later in the week.

    Don’t know much about Mackanin, but I know plenty about Sveum, and while I understand Sveum was an aggressive 3rd Base Coach, I really think having him helm the Boston Red Sox is an uber bad idea. If he couldn’t get it right at freaking 3rd base–I fear what decisions he would make that affect the whole team…

    In addition to the interviewing duties, newly minted GM, Ben Cherington still needs to work with Theo on his service package, and had better get it done, or Bud is going to step in. They have until to tomorrow to do so…

    But we definitely DO know that the Lounge Lizard will not be heading to Boston. Tony La Russa, fresh off the Cardinals’ 11th World Series win, announced his retirement today. He ranks #3 in all-time wins as a manager, with 2,728, and a .535 win percentage in 5093 games. He has guided his teams to 14 postseason appearances, and 3 World Series Wins–2006 and 2011 with the Cards, and in 1989 with the Oakland A’s…

    In a move that surprises no one, The Sox picked up the $6 million option on Marco Scutaro yesterday, on his 36th Birthday. The plan is for him to do the starting shortstop thing, until phenom Jose Iglesias is ready for the bigs…

    For the 1st time this year, players no longer have to “file” to become free agents–it’s an automatic thing, and today 148 players became “unemployed”. This is the time where they can exclusively negotiate with their current team, and then can sign with a new team as early as 12:01am on Thursday….

    The Sox currently have 8 Free Agents: Pitchers Erik Bedard, Trever Miller, Jonathan Papelbon and Tim Wakefield, and J.D. Drew, Conor Jackson, David Ortiz, and Jason Varitek. I expect Bedard is gone, and JD Drew will probably retire, not sure how things will go with Trever Miller and Conor Jackson, as their bodies of work were pretty limited. Wake will probably be back, as he can eat up innings, and still be effective. If the Sox decide to go with Saltalamacchia and Lavarnway, Jason Varitek has caught his last game as a member of the Red Sox…

    I think the Sox will make decent offers to both David Ortiz and Jonathan Papelbon (Big Papi want 3 years, Papelbon wants CC Sabathia money…), but we all know from past experiences that they will not hesitate to let them go if a reasonable offer cannot be reached, although I think the Sox are in more of a need for a closer than they are of a DH…

    Coming up: The Sox will focus on the managerial search, and start laying the groundwork for a very productive off-season–hopefully…

    But I think I can speak for many when I say that since Ben has already gotten rid of John Lackey (at least for the forseeable future), he is doing a BANG UP job so far…

    3 Responses to “October 31, 2011:
    And Now the Work Begins…”

    1. October 31, 2011: And Now the Work Begins… » Boston Red … | bostonredsox.sportsblogstoday.com says:

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    2. Lauren says:

      i hope they sort out the papi/papelbon dilemma! i think you’re right about tek catching his last strike. makes me very sad…

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