February 9th, 2012
So, let me get this straight: Pitchers and Catchers in less than 2 weeks, Roy Oswalt still needs a job, the Sox still need a starter.
Uh, so what is the problem here? Why can’t Sox Management get this done? Apparently part of the problem is Oswalt thinks Boston is too far away from his house in the Midwest.
Honestly, if someone told me they would give me MILLIONS of dollars, I would live in a cardboard box down by the river in the middle of Bumblef**k Egypt if that is what they wanted…
And if they cannot get Oswalt, they can’t find someone else? Would it kill them to offer Tim Wakefield a deal? Really? I am not saying Wake is the Messiah by any stretch–but he is a known quantity to the Sox, not like that rag-tag pile they have assembled…
We all know that the reason the Sox crashed and burned in September started and ended with pitching–and yet the Sox plan on going to camp with no major changes to the starting rotation–unless you include the addition by subtraction of John Lackey, out for 2012 to recover from Tommy John surgery.
That leaves us with 3 front of the line starters, 2 maybes in Aceves and Bard–and a bunch of pitchers no one else really wanted…
While the Skanks have what? 8 starters? And Tampa Bay has 6 or 7?
Rumor has it Big Papi’s arbitration hearing is next Monday the 13th–he is still holding out for a multi-year deal with some teeth, or the $16 million and change he asked for..Holy Buckets, this needs to be resolved before the hearing, or we are going to have to deal with a sulking Ortiz all year–who is mad because of what is going to be said at that hearing to justify the smaller salary…UGH
And shockingly, (NOT) the Theo Epstein compensation issue has not been resolved by the commissioner’s office–what was the deadline again? Oh yeah, NOVEMEBR 1st…WHAT a cluster….
Scott Atchison, who was designated for assignment to free up a spot on the 40-man for Cody Ross, has clear waivers, and been assigned to Pawtucket. He will be in Florida for Spring Training, and could quote possible win a spot in the pen that way….
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