Olney On Offseason, Athletics, Red Sox

ESPN's Buster Olney dishes hot stove opinions and rumors…


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  1. BoSoxSam 5 years ago

    Curt Young sounds good to me.

    • Yeah, he does. But, Curt Schilling sounds better to me. Curt Schilling is going to make a hell of a PC someday, much like Tek will make an amazing skipper (but, I think that’s much further down the line).

      • BoSoxSam 5 years ago

        Schilling sounds good to me too. I’m liking the proof we have with Young, with Oakland’s success with their young pitchers, but Schilling knows what he’s doing.

        And Varitek is going to be amazing at anything he chooses to do in baseball. I hope to see him stick with Boston for a long time, in various coaching positions.

        • 0bsessions 5 years ago

          “And Varitek is going to be amazing at anything he chooses to do in baseball.”

          Except bat or field his position.

      • Besides the fact that Curt Schilling has gone on record multiple times saying he doesn’t want to coach, why would he be an “amazing skipper”? He isn’t an easy guy to get along with, is very emotional, and he loves to hear himself talk. Just because you are a great player doesn’t mean you will be a great coach…I think he would be a horrible flop. Sure, he kept great notes on hitters and prepared well for every start, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to coaching. He seems like a guy who would have a hard time keeping things in house, wouldn’t know how to manage personalities, and would have a very hard time managing within the moment.

  2. corey23 5 years ago

    Going to miss Curt Young, don’t blame him for leaving… Can only stick around so long and watch your team not spend money, and not win a championship because of it.

  3. Tim- I think you have to look at the free agent market by position, something that MLBTR does an excellent job of analyzing, and see where the market is very thin. Starting pitching, third base, outfield, and shortstop are all very, very thin. Relief pitching and DH are pretty deep this season. When the Tigers look at what’s available, you don’t get too far down the list at 3B before you see the guy that you’re about to let walk. I don’t think his deal is all that unreasonable, given his fairly average offense for 3B, and above average defense (which they believe will get better since his knees have improved). They may even pick up Peralta’s option at 7 MM, rather than give him two years, although I’m sure they’d like to work out an alternative. There just aren’t that many other options out there this winter.

    I could easily see Boston picking up Papi’s option with all the money that they have coming off the books. His OPS was the best in the league vs RHP’s. The Twins almost surely will pick up Kubel’s 5.25 mil option as well.

  4. 04Forever 5 years ago

    I nominate Bill “Spaceman” Lee for the pitching coach job!

    • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

      You just wanted to say “Spaceman” didn’t you…

      • 04Forever 5 years ago

        Yes i did, totally worth it! lol. I think that would be hilarious to see Lee be a MLB pitching coach, he would get “random” drug tests alot thats for sure

  5. BoSoxSam 5 years ago

    Hey out of curiosity, who else is an option for the Red Sox right now as a pitching coach? I know, I know, the possibilities are huge, but I mean who is even available, who might be due for a promotion, etc.? I’ve never been very good at keeping track of coaches/possible coaches, so some insight here would be really helpful.

    • Mike Cather, who I think would be the best choice. The only downside is he does a great job developing pitchers at the minor league level, and you would lose that. However, I think the main job of a MLB pitching coach is to develop young pitchers and make sure the veterans mechanics are sharp. The Red Sox don’t need their pitching coach to re-invent project pitchers a la Dave Duncan.

  6. NYPOTENCE 5 years ago

    Young is going to the Yankees

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