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  • January 25th, 2012

    January 25, 2012:
    The Cody Ross Era Begins!

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:13 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Holy Buckets! After so many years of stone-faced JD Drew, can I just tell you how nice it will be to have a passionate player manning right field? Yay!

    But can I just tell you how incredibly stupid I think it was for the Sox to trade Marco Scutaro, who would have made a measly $6 million dollars in 2012 to “free up payroll” Not only was he one of the most productive players in the horribleness that was last September, he stepped up and played hurt…and he is also, very quietly, one of the better shortstops in the game…But at least he won’t have to deal with Bobby Valentine…

    Because, really, is $6 million dollars matter in a payroll of nearly $200 million? And I reallyREALLY hope that “all this savings” goes somewhere USEFUL, like a starter, cause the Sox kinda need one of those…

    And what I find pretty amusing (and more than a little sad) are the folks that think that, now that Scutaro is gone, the Sox are going to go out and get Hanley Ramirez. Not only does me make almost twice was Marco made at $11 million a year, he is an immature malcontent. Thanks, but the Sox could do without any of THAT nonsense…

    Oh, and in case you were wondering: Since 2004, the Red Sox have had 24 different shortstops, with Alex Cora playing the most games at the position with 301….Thanks to Billy-Ball.com for the info…

    I love all the positive spin folks are trying to put on this team for 2012, like how signing all the bargain bin guys worked for the Skanks last year, so it’ll work for the Sox this year. Or how competition is good, keeps people from getting complacent…blah. blah. blah…

    And what is also troubling is that none of our Top 3 starters have thrown 200 innings in a while. Jon Lester and Josh Beckett came close in 2011 with 191.2 and 193, respectively, But Jon hasn’t hit 200 since 2010, and Josh hasn’t since 2009–and Clay Buchholz never has, the closet he got was in 2010 with 173…

    That’s could be a problem–a big one…

    So the Tiger, reeling from the loss of Victor Martinez, who blew out his knee, signed former Milwaukee Brewer Prince Fielder to a 9-year $ 214 million dollar contract. Everyone is talking about this is destiny, because Prince’s father, Cecil, played for the ballclub. So now the club has 2 heavyweights (in more ways than one) 1st basemen, in Fielder, and Miguel Cabrera–interesting to see how THAT all works out…

    Speaking of working out–pitcher Jamie Moyer, who will be turning 50 this year, as been offered a spring training invite by the Rockies. No word on whether or not he will accept…but pitching at 50 for a non-knuckleballer? Holy Buckets!

    And speaking of knuckleballers, there is still NOTHING on Tim Wakefield–anywhere…

    Jorge Posada officially retired yesterday at a presser at The Stadium, after 17 seasons with the Skanks. He was a 5-Time all-Star, a career .273 hitter, and Jason Varitek had this to say about him: “After hundreds of head-to-head games during the regular season and the postseason, I can’t say I respect and admire anyone at our position more than I do Jorge. The hard work and preparation he put into catching is a huge reason he has five championships on his resume. He is a true grinder.” As for me, I will not miss him. At all…

    Also retiring is Davis Eckstein. Despite offers to spring training, the fireplug shortstop, who did not play at all in 2011, has decided to call it a career after 10 seasons…

    And then there were 2: Only Alfredo Aceves and David Ortiz remain in the arbitration sweepstakes, as the Sox have agreed with Daniel Bard on a 1-Year non-guaranteed (!) contract for $1.6 and change, which is just about in the middle of the 1.4 the Sox offered, and the 1.825 he asked for.

    The Sox also agreed with Andrew Bailey today to a (surprise surprise) 1 year contract worth $3.9 million, which is a bit higher than the arbitration $’s of 3.35, and lower than the $4.7 he asked for…But the contract also includes up to $100K in incentives, so that doesn’t hurt as well

    Could you imagine having a hundred thousand dollars in incentives at your job?? Me either…

    Coming up: 25 Days to Pitchers and Catchers, and 3 Days to the Ticket Vigil…and who know how many days until the Sox do something REALLY special…

    One Response to “January 25, 2012:
    The Cody Ross Era Begins!”

    1. Lauren says:

      I’m so happy to read you’re excited about this! It makes me excited.
      Alex Cora? Really? Wow.
      Optimism. I shall have optimism.

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