December 7th, 2011
I saw something amusing from @FenwayNation last night on Twitter, and it’s really not that far from the truth: “Are the Red Sox aware that the Winter Meetings are THIS week?”
Because if after this week, all the Sox manage to do is sign Andrew Miller, I don’t think I will be the only Sox fan who will be more than a little bit underwhelmed–And the fact that David Ortiz will more than likely accept arbitration doesn’t count–he had to do that anyway…Frankly, I am a bit surprised that he will. Yes, he will get probably about $16 Million for 2012, if it gets to arbitration, but what happened to all these teams who were offering all these years and all this money?
In any event, I am glad he should be back, and that the Sox did not overpay for him. So welcome back, Big Papi. You looked super fit and trim in the photos I saw of you at your golf event last week, so, hit those batting cages and you should be all set for the 2012 Campaign…
And I wonder if Ben will continue Theo’s tradition of never going to arbitration? I know he wants to find his own way and all, but this is one tradition he might want to keep…
Guess it’s pretty clear why Brad Mills and Terry Francona are best friends–they both have the same snarky sense of humor. When asked about Tito’s new gig on ESPN, this is what he has to say: “Every time I talk to him now I say is this off the record or on the record. I’ve always told him, too, that if he’s on TV he might have to spend two hours in makeup just to be on. But you know what, all that aside, you know how much I think of him and how great a job that he did there in Boston. And he’s going to do a great job with ESPN, as well.”
While I am ok with the Sox possibly not signing Jason Varitek, as I think the young ‘uns are ready to assume the mantle, I am deeply saddened that the same may happen to Tim Wakefield. I think the Sox need pitching depth, and Wake can be that guy, for very little money (He made $2 million last year) He can spot start, or work from the bullpen, and the Sox desperately needed him last year, when everyone’s arms started falling off, and the Theo didn’t get them someone else (I dont count Erik Bedard, as he was injured more than he contributed….). But the reality is that both may have played their last games as members of the Boston Red Sox…Ben’s statement: “We’re not ready to commit to anything. I have a great deal of respect for both. If there’s not a real role on the team, I’m not sure it’s fair, I’m not sure it’s the right thing for them or the team. We haven’t gotten to that point yet. I’ll talk to them when we get closer to that.”
And how bout those freaking Marlins? Just a couple of years ago, they had a $30 million dollar payroll (yeah, TOTAL) and now they are signing Jose Reyes to a six-year, $106 million contract, are hoping to sign Mark Buerle, and supposedly have an offer on the table to Albert Pujols for 10 years and $20 million! What is up with that???
Finally, fellow BBA-er, Michael from Old Time Family Baseball has compiled a holiday shopping guide, filled to the brim with some rather quirky ideas for the baseball lover in your life–nearly snarfed my drink when I saw the Jim Thome board game…Check it out!
Coming up: One more day of Winter Meetings…ho hum….and 120 days to Open Day…UGH…