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  • January 3rd, 2012

    January 3, 2012:
    It never fails…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:36 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    I take a much needed vacation from both work AND the Boston Red Sox, which is the exact time that Ben Cherington actually decides to DO something in this slower than molasses offseason–He trades for a closer.

    The good news? Andrew Bailey came cheap (Probably get about $3.5 million in his 1st year arbitration eligible), is young (27), hungry, has worked with Bobby V before, and more than likely comes with A LOT less baggage/attitude than Jonathan Papelbon.

    The not-so-great news? Ben had to trade the best right fielder the Sox had–Josh Reddick….

    And this would have been OK if Ryan Kalish had recovered from his lost 2011 campaign, and not had to have labrum surgery in November, which means he will not be back until at least June…He weighs in: “It’s not the easiest rehab in the world, and we’re only a few weeks into it. I’m working to get my range of motion back and will go from there. Nobody has told me a timetable, but I know it will be a while.” So, as of right now, the Sox options for right field for Ryan Sweeney, who was part of the Bailey trade, Mike Aviles, and Darnell McDonald–none of which are optimal.

    I guess my question is: Kalish was out of commission for most of the season because of this, and his neck injury (for which he has surgery in October) WHY were these procedures not done earlier??? It’s not like he suddenly hurt his shoulder…

    After not offering him arbitration, the Sox have resigned lefty Rich Hill to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training. Part of the “group discount” Tommy John Surgery convoy in June, he probably will not be able to pitch until sometime in late May /early June, but has had good deal of success, albeit limited, the last 2 seasons, throwing 12 scoreless innings in 15 outings, making him the only player in the organization to do so–EVER. He also walked 3 and struck out 12 in that span…

    So there is a rumor out there that the Sox are still considering making an offer to Jason Varitek. Ya know what? Throwing him a bone, and then having him sit, or releasing him later is not the way to go. The Sox have 2 catchers who could be starters, and Ryan Lavarnway should also be in the mix–there is no place for another catcher, even if he was the Captain, and is still in great shape. The most respectful thing they can do for him is tell him: We are going in a different direction, good luck, and godspeed…

    There are still tickets left for the Boston Baseball Writers Association annual dinner. Held at the Westin Copley Hotel on Jan. 19 at 7 pm. Tickets are $175 each and can be purchased by sending a check to Rusty Sullivan, c/o The Sports Museum, 100 Legends Way, Boston 02114, or online.

    This year’s emcee is ESPN’s Karl Ravech, and many folks in and of the game will be honored, including Tony LaRussa, who will receive the Judge Emil Fuchs Award winner for long and meritorious service to baseball. Other award winners: Ryan Lavarnway, Joe Maddon, Ben Cherington, Miguel Cabrera, Jon Daniels, Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Josh Reddick, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, John McDonald, and Janet Marie Smith…

    Finally, it’s only the 3rd day of 2012, and I have already heard the most ridiculous statement of the year. Someone actually asked if now that Tito and Theo are gone, could the Sox re sign….wait for it…Manny Ramirez…Good to know there are still COMPLETELY DELUSIONAL folks in the world…Honestly, what does Manny have to do for people to NOT fawn all over him…He quit on the Sox, he cheated, not once, but at least TWICE, he quit (“retired”) to avoid having to serve his punishment, he allegedly beat his wife…Holy Buckets!!!

    Coming up: Less than a week until the BBWAA announce their selections for the 2012 Hall of Fame Class–Let’s hope they voted SOMEONE in…

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