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  • December 14th, 2016

    December 14, 2016:
    OK, so now what?

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:18 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Some random thoughts as I consider the best way to wrap my kid’s presents when she has suddenly decided to be allergic to sleep…

    Apparently, David Dombrowski tried to move That Clay Person in a trade to the Marlins. And the Fish said no thanks. Interesting, because he is reasonably inexpensive at $13.5 million for 2017, and he would probably be less of a headcase there. But then again Jeff Loria owns the team, and sometimes I think he actively makes bad decisions….

    But here is an interesting piece of Red Sox trivia–That Clay Person is the 2nd longest tenured member of the Sox as they are currently constructed. The first? You might have heard of him: Dustin Pedroia…

    Despite the fact that Stephen Wright seems to have been around forever, he still has 4 YEARS (yep, 2021!) before he is eligible for arbitration…

    The 11 (Yikes) who ARE eligible this year are: Fernando Abad, Xander, BrockStar, Drew Pomeranz, JBJ, Sandy Leon, Joe Kelly, Josh Rutledge, Robbie Ross, Jr., Brandon Workman, and Bryan Holaday. Of course, the Sox have the option of not tendering a contract to any of them, so that number should decrease (Like Fernando Abad, anyone??) However, the Sox have not went to an actual hearing since 2002, when they and Tim Wakefield could not come to terms, so will Dave Dombrowski allow that trend to continue?

    The Sox have 7 legitimate starters going into 2017. Good problem to have and we all know you can never have too much pitching. I am thinking keep them all for now, unless someone really impressive can be had for one of them….

    For giggles, let explore the concept of Davis Ortiz coming out of retirement to play in 2017. I doubt it will happen, but let’s go there for a minute. The Sox did exercise their $17.2 million option for The Large Father, so if he did come back, it would be as a member of the Red Sox. HOWEVER. Because he did file his retirement papers, he would not be able to play for the first 60 days of the 2017 Campaign. That is part of the deal in voluntary retirement. It makes me wonder, is their INvoluntary retirement? Like I said, probably not going to happen, but Big Papi for the last 4 months of the season? The Sox could do worse…

    How about this? You know how on the last road trip of the season, teams make all of their rookies dress up in costume/women’s clothes/something embarrassing? And then make they go out in public/to their next destination like that? Well, apparently, Major League Baseball has banned the use of women’s clothes, but the rest is OK. Not really sure why. If you’re gonna ban the practice, ban the whole thing, why only get rid of a part of it. I always thought it was pretty funny and harmless fun, but apparently the new Commish who doesn’t look like a used car salesman thought this was the thing to do. Because obviously this was an issue–to someone…

    Finally, good friend of Boston Red Thoughts, eTruePolitics, reached out to us with an article written by Hall Fame Communication Specialist (and fellow Red Sox fan in a family of Yankee fans) Alex Coffey on World War II and Baseball. Great read–check it out!

    Coming up: Christmas, and then 2017! Where we stil have to wait until April 3rd (!!!) for the season to begin. But I have a good feeling about this. As long as Chris Sales and his malcontent-edness do not become a thing…

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    OK, so now what?”

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