• About
  • Batterymates
  • Blog Disclosure Policy
  • Contact Us
  • Privacy Policy
  • February 17th, 2014

    February 17, 2014:
    Baseball has begun!

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:46 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Baseball is here! Whoo Hoo!

    On Saturday, the Red Sox 2014 Campaign officially begun when all pitchers and catchers reported to Fort Meyers for the start of Spring Training.

    And then on Sunday, Ryan Dempster made the announcement that he was taking 2014 off, citing health and personal reasons as the basis for his decision. As a result, he will be placed on the restricted list, which means the Sox will not have to pay him for the $13.25 million they were on the hook for in 2014. He weighs in: “I don’t feel like I am capable of performing to the ability and standard that I am accustomed to. I feel it’s in the best interest of both the club but most importantly myself to step away from playing baseball at this time. The time is right…I’m not saying retirement but I definitely won’t be playing this season.” In his first year of his 2-year contract with the Sox, he had an 8-9 record, with a 4.57 in 32 appearances last year, 29 of them were starts. He also was 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in the postseason.

    As I mentioned on Facebook yesterday, this is the reason you can never have too much pitching. Yeah, he was probably the 6th starter, as Felix Doubront came to camp in great shape this year, and the #5 job is his to lose. But last year, Dempster had to make 29 starts last year, as a result of That Clay Person being off for like 3 months. And while Clay says he is healthy and ready to go, you never know what’s gonna happen; he’s a skinny kid who gets hurt a bunch…

    So as it stands, the Starting 5 are: John Lester, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, Jake Peavy, and Felix Doubront. Certainly works for me. But they need to go out and get themselves another starter. Or get one of the young ‘uns ready–Rubby De La Rosa, Matt Barnes, Allen Webster, Henry Owens and Anthony Ranaudo are all compelling possibilities. Because the bottom line is the Sox need more pitching…

    And there is still no word on Stephen Drew. He is still a free agent. Supposedly, the Sox and the Mets have deals on the table. And Scott Boras is doing nothing. Uh, Stephen, first full squad workout for the Sox is Thursday. Make a freaking choice and move on already…or you’re gonna find yourself stuck playing for the Mets, or not at all…

    Dustin Pedroia was in camp yesterday, and announced that his thumb is 100%, after playing all of 2013 with a torn UCL, and having it surgically repaired in November. Ironically, he played more games in 2013 (160) than he did in 2011 (141), and with the exception of his home run total 9 vs 15, his numbers were not lacking. But without the nagging injury, I expect we will see even better numbers this year.

    In the arbitration lottery, once again the Sox will not be having any hearings, keeping the 12-year record going. The last player standing, Andrew Miller agreed to terms with the Sox over the weekend. He will be paid $1.9 for 2013, which is where everyone expected it to be….

    There are 17 not-roster invitees in camp for Spring Training. Should be interesting to see if any of them stick. Most notable on the list are pitchers Matt Barnes, Rich Hill, infielder Brandon Snyder, and catcher Blake Swihart…

    Coming up: Position players are due to report tomorrow, with the first game of the 2014 Campaign being played next Thursday the 27th. Yes, it’s only the massacring of the kids of Boston College and Northeastern. But the first game of the Grapefruit League kicks off against Mayor’s Cup rival Minnesota on Friday the 28th.

    Leave a Reply