Red Sox, Francona Part Ways

4:21pm: The Red Sox announced that Francona won't be back.

8:38am: The Red Sox and manager Terry Francona will part ways, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (all Twitter links). Francona's three-year, $12MM deal included club options for 2012-13 worth $8.75MM in total ($750K buyout) and the Red Sox could announce their decision to decline the options today.

Francona, 52, has led the Red Sox to two World Series Championships this decade. The Red Sox won it all in 2004, their first season under Francona, and again in 2007. The Red Sox have a 744-552 record in eight seasons under Francona. They finished the 2011 season with a 90-72 record and missed the playoffs by one game after an extended late-season slump.

The White Sox are looking for a manager, but Heyman hears Francona isn't high on Chicago's list of candidates.


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280 Comments on "Red Sox, Francona Part Ways"


Martin M.
3 years 11 months ago

This is the right decision.

3 years 11 months ago

No, it isn’t.  It is, however, a perfect example of a knee jerk reaction that will hurt them in the long run.  Terry Francona is an excellent manager who brought them two world series after HOW MANY years without one?  This is a knee jerk reaction to please the fans, nothing more, nothing less.  Boston did not make the playoffs because the players thought that they had a playoff berth wrapped up from day one.  They took their foot off of the gas pedal in september and they really, really blew it.

sourbob
3 years 11 months ago

There are some rumblings that Francona hasn’t been approaching his job with the same verve and dedication, though… talk that he’s letting arrogant veterans run wild and that he himself seems to feel above criticism. (See “AL East Notes” on MLBTR from 9/28/11.)

IF that is true, it’s pretty damning.

Also: supposing you’re right that the problem is that the players felt like they were a shoo-in and quit pushing for the playoffs… if you were to pinpoint one person in a clubhouse whose responsibility is to prevent such attitudes, who would that be?

I’d say the manager.

Francona is a fine manager. He’ll go down in Red Sox history. But maybe for his sake and the Sox’s, a change is needed.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

Yeah but put him on a short leash and identify the problem players. W/o hesitation I would say that the players NOT giving him a problem are probably Pedroia, Agonz, Crawford, Ellsbury, Beckett, Lester and Salty. Youks is probably still a team first kind of guy. Everyone else is questionable as well as expendable. Francona should probably be the last guy to go this year.

chico65
3 years 11 months ago

I actually think Gonzalez might be one of the problems.  Tito had a team meeting in TOR where one of the topics of discussion was supposedly players’ complaints over the team buses they were using.  Everyone’s already heard Gonzalez publicly whining about travel issues (timing of games on getaway days), it wouldn’t surprise me if he was one of the ones involved in busgate. 

Toss in the “my shoulder wasn’t fully healed” crap after he insisted throughout the  the year that it was, and the “god didn’t want us to win”, and maybe Agon’s 7- year contract was one of the influencial factors in Tito’s decision.  Pedroia has a screw in his foot, and you don’t hear him complaining about it or travel-induced fatigue now, do we?  

3 years 10 months ago

AGon was a leader and solid citizen for years in San Diego. Now all of the sudden he’s a clubhouse problem?

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

San Diego isn’t Boston.  Assuming that what constitutes “leadership” in San Diego somehow equates to a market like Boston or NYC is like comparing apples to wax oranges.

Joe Valenti
3 years 10 months ago

way to name the whole team. the only one id guarantee is pedroia on that list. everyone else seems to have a huge ego…especially beckett (i agree he’s competitive but i’m not sure about team first)

MaineSox
3 years 10 months ago

Crawford has said that he deserves every bit of criticism and didn’t complain about hitting in a different spot in the lineup every other day; Lester, as far as I can tell, has never done anything to suggest that he has a huge ego, or doesn’t have the team’s best interest in mind; Ellsbury took a lot of criticism last year and still came back without a cross-word about any of it and played his heart out every play of every game; Youkilis has always been willing to do whatever was asked of him, he’s hit everywhere in the lineup (including lead-off), he’ll play any position they ask him to (and switch back and forth multiple times during a season) and is the first one to call out teammates who turn into prima donnas (ask Manny); Salty is still trying to earn a starting spot so it’s highly unlikely that he has a huge ego or is causing a problem.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 10 months ago

8 out of 25 is the whole team? 

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

Yeah but put him on a short leash and identify the problem players. W/o hesitation I would say that the players NOT giving him a problem are probably Pedroia, Agonz, Crawford, Ellsbury, Beckett, Lester and Salty. Youks is probably still a team first kind of guy. Everyone else is questionable as well as expendable. Francona should probably be the last guy to go this year.

Rabbitov
3 years 11 months ago

You believe everything you read? 

sourbob
3 years 11 months ago

Nope. No telling if it’s true or not from one article.

Hence the words “rumblings,” “supposing,” “if” and “maybe.”

You understand anything you read?

Rabbitov
3 years 11 months ago

You believe everything you read? 

3 years 11 months ago

These players are men, not children.  If they can’t try their hardest without someone holding their hand for the entire season, then they don’t deserve to earn millions and millions of dollars. 

sourbob
3 years 11 months ago

The players absolutely share the responsibility.

But you’re not seriously arguing that clubhouse atmosphere and a team’s drive to win (or lack thereof) AREN’T a key part of a manager’s job, are you?

Arguably, they’re THE biggest part of the job.

MaineSox
3 years 11 months ago

That’s the one area that Francona has always been regarded as one of the best at managing, if he couldn’t pull it off with this group of guys I don’t know that anyone could have.

sourbob
3 years 10 months ago

Could be. I’m not trying to present myself as an expert on Francona or the Sox. I’m just saying that something went wrong there for him to leave like this and that article posits one possible reason why, which, if true, would make sense.

ReyesRulez
3 years 10 months ago

But even if the article were true, that isn’t cause to let him go. This culture created by 24-hour sports media coverage of having to assign blame and find scapegoats immediately is responsible for this, but it’s juvenile nonsense. We seem to forget as fans that sometimes people do their jobs poorly, sometimes they have a bad run. It doesn’t mean a change needs to be made, it simply means that person (or those people) had a bad year. 

If players can, why can’t managers?

At the end of the day, no matter what anyone says about poor performance, the Red Sox got taxed because of all the injuries. Period, end of story. The increased stress on just two of their starting pitchers because of those injuries are clearly responsible for their failings down the stretch, but their failings aren’t even most of the reason things went south. When you don’t have the lineup you thought you were going to have, the outcome can change. Sure, every team has injuries, but when you have them to the extend the Sox did, you better have depth…but they didn’t, and that isn’t Francona’s fault. 

hawkny1
3 years 10 months ago

It comes down to this….(taking into account all the media talk both now and in future years (perhaps decades)…..either Francona had to go, or Epstein (who built this team) had to go.  Take your pick. 

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

option 3: nope, shutup all you spoiled and ungrateful fans

ReyesRulez
3 years 10 months ago

But even if the article were true, that isn’t cause to let him go. This culture created by 24-hour sports media coverage of having to assign blame and find scapegoats immediately is responsible for this, but it’s juvenile nonsense. We seem to forget as fans that sometimes people do their jobs poorly, sometimes they have a bad run. It doesn’t mean a change needs to be made, it simply means that person (or those people) had a bad year. 

If players can, why can’t managers?

At the end of the day, no matter what anyone says about poor performance, the Red Sox got taxed because of all the injuries. Period, end of story. The increased stress on just two of their starting pitchers because of those injuries are clearly responsible for their failings down the stretch, but their failings aren’t even most of the reason things went south. When you don’t have the lineup you thought you were going to have, the outcome can change. Sure, every team has injuries, but when you have them to the extend the Sox did, you better have depth…but they didn’t, and that isn’t Francona’s fault. 

hawkny1
3 years 10 months ago

These players a mostly rich men with big egos…

3 years 11 months ago

These players are men, not children.  If they can’t try their hardest without someone holding their hand for the entire season, then they don’t deserve to earn millions and millions of dollars. 

sourbob
3 years 11 months ago

There are some rumblings that Francona hasn’t been approaching his job with the same verve and dedication, though… talk that he’s letting arrogant veterans run wild and that he himself seems to feel above criticism. (See “AL East Notes” on MLBTR from 9/28/11.)

IF that is true, it’s pretty damning.

Also: supposing you’re right that the problem is that the players felt like they were a shoo-in and quit pushing for the playoffs… if you were to pinpoint one person in a clubhouse whose responsibility is to prevent such attitudes, who would that be?

I’d say the manager.

Francona is a fine manager. He’ll go down in Red Sox history. But maybe for his sake and the Sox’s, a change is needed.

iamsynecdoche
3 years 11 months ago

Except it isn’t pleasing the fans. Polls I’ve seen on Red Sox fan sites overwhelmingly want Francona to stay. I don’t see many people who are blaming him—there are a few but they’re overwhelmingly the minority. If there’s a clubhouse problem, okay, but the fans aren’t talking about that. They’re pointing the finger (right or wrong) at Lackey and Crawford and Theo for not pursuing pitching depth.

iamsynecdoche
3 years 11 months ago

Except it isn’t pleasing the fans. Polls I’ve seen on Red Sox fan sites overwhelmingly want Francona to stay. I don’t see many people who are blaming him—there are a few but they’re overwhelmingly the minority. If there’s a clubhouse problem, okay, but the fans aren’t talking about that. They’re pointing the finger (right or wrong) at Lackey and Crawford and Theo for not pursuing pitching depth.

hawkny1
3 years 10 months ago

It was the wrong decision because it wasn’t done soon enough.   He should have been gone months ago…

3 years 11 months ago

If only the Braves would fire Fredi Gonzalez as well.

DutchTiger
3 years 11 months ago

The Braves situation is a lot different. They achieved to their level and the rookies made great strides forward and gained valuable experience. The team needs tweaking and than they will improve and reach the post-season in the next couple of years.

Red Sox, however, underachieved with much more established players. I think the chemistry between manager and players is gone and then the manager is the easiest to replace. 

3 years 10 months ago

and go after Francona? Brilliant.

3 years 11 months ago

if this is the only thing they’re going to change, we’re not going to have any better season next year.  Do some laundry and find a way to get rid of Lackey, he’s pure poison.  Royals are looking for a starter, lets backfill our farm system with some of their prospects.

Ortiz?  bye
Scutaro – we have options, but they won’t exercise them.  They’re interested in filling seats with names, not good players.
JD – bye thank goodness
Tek – make him the pitching coach
Dice – is his contract up?  Man I hope so.

Put me in as manager, I’d be a great fit 😉

I do agree tho, they have to make some serious changes and build the team around solid players.  Crawford was a mistake, but if they handle it right in the offseason, he may come around.

soxfan0928
3 years 11 months ago

IMO – Offseason moves to be made

1. Sign Dennis Eckersley as Manager 
2. Sign either Papelbon or Valverde as closer
3. Move Aceves into set up role
4. Make Bard a starter
5. Trade John Lackey (3/45.5mm) straight up to Mets for Bay (3/49mm). Garbage for Trash trade, but both players would be better off.

Pete
3 years 11 months ago

Lackey for Bay is actually a good one, agreed!

Joe Valenti
3 years 10 months ago

not a chance in hell. I’ve said I’d trade Bay for a bag of balls but you couldn’t pay me to take Lackey. They both suck but at least Bay is a great clubhouse and culture guy. He’s a quiet leader who is going to give you 110% every time out. Bay is not worth the money but he doesn’t suck. Lackey sucks

hawkny1
3 years 10 months ago

Keep Ortiz.  Mayor Menino likes him…..

Pete
3 years 11 months ago

Lackey for Bay is actually a good one, agreed!

Boonert
3 years 11 months ago

How would Lackey be better off in New York?  You really think that the spotlight and pressure would be less in New York?  He’d be better off in Seattle or Pittsburgh.

soxfan0928
3 years 11 months ago

First off, I don’t think the spotlight is that great with the Mets. But regardless, the bigger issue is that Lackey would be better off throwing against NL teams and in an absolutely enormous park. He needs to throw in a pitchers park. 

Bay needs a bandbox of a park. He needs to be on an AL team where he can split time at DH and in the OF, as well. He’s had success in Boston, too. Given, he’s not the same player as he was in 2009, but I still think it would put both teams in better situations than they are in now. 

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

They plan to move the fences in next year and one of the biggest problems with the Mets has to do with attitude and while I don’t think Lackey is a “cancer” kind of personality he certainly hasn’t come off of as a “team first” guy who can block out distractions very well. If he went ballistic because of a mild personal scandal (divorce) with the Boston media then how will that play in NY where scandals are to reporters what crack is to a crack head? 

Pete
3 years 11 months ago

I’d say theres about a 1/8th of the pressure playing on a rebuilding Mets than a contending Red Sox.

Joe Valenti
3 years 10 months ago

not a chance in hell. There is no such thing as rebuilding in NY. NY is NY no matter what team you are, what your record is, or who you are.

Russell Mania
3 years 11 months ago

Mets wouldn’t do this.

Russell Mania
3 years 11 months ago

Mets wouldn’t do this.

3 years 11 months ago

“First off, I don’t think the spotlight is that great with the Mets” hahahaha Seriously?  Millions of angry fans disagree…

redsox4434
3 years 10 months ago

Each team (except the Marlins) has millions of fans…

3 years 10 months ago

Yes, but they’re not in NY.  The Mets have just as much media coverage as the Yankees, although it’s almost completely negative.   Think Red Sox pre 2004…

Not now due to the playoffs, but it’s a common misconception around the country that the Mets are an afterthought here.  They just suck… that’s a totally different thing than nobody caring.  NY is still a national league town…

CowboyJames
3 years 10 months ago

Mets fans think they are equal to the Yankees just because they are from “New York”…HA

hawkny1
3 years 10 months ago

Send Lackey and 50% of his salary (prorated for the rest of his contract) to San Diego for Kyle Banks. 

Crucisnh
3 years 10 months ago

I don’t want Bay.  It’s not that I dislike him.  Yes, he’d probably benefit from playing in Fenway again.  But I think that he’d almost have to play LF, due to his lack of speed, and that’d probably mean moving Crawford to RF.  While I don’t have a huge problem with that, because I see CC’s speed and good defense as being a bigger asset in RF (than in LF) than his weak arm as a weakness.  After all, his speed and good OF D would come into play far more often than the need for a good arm as a RF-er.

Regardless, I’d also see Bay as needing to be a DH quite often, which could be a problem if Ortiz was re-signed.  Or if Ortiz was not re-signed, Bay would be yet another player who would be fighting for DH time along with Youkilis and Lavarnway.

No, if Lackey was going to be traded, I’d rather see something other than Bay coming back in return…. though I do concede that the bad contract for a bad contract aspect of it does have some logic.

jondogg2010
3 years 10 months ago

Doesn’t matter, just get Lackey’s dopey as$ out of here! As far as Bay, he’s proven he can play in Boston. You’d have a backup DH for 2012 and maybe even 2013 depending on if Papi is back. Either way, yes his glove isn’t Gold Glove caliber, but Bay’s swing is tailor made for Fenway.

JacksTigers
3 years 10 months ago

He spent his whole career in Los Angeles before going to the Red Sox. I don’t think the spotlight is the issue.

Joveoak
3 years 11 months ago

I like your fifth step, but who will man left field for the Mets?  Any answers involving Daniel Murphy will be ignored:  he played that position and didn’t do a good job (see 2009).

soxfan0928
3 years 11 months ago

Well, unfortunately I’m not all that familiar with the Mets farm system, so I’m not sure who is ready to make the next step.

Regardless, though, if there isn’t someone ready, I could see someone like Coco Crisp playing the OF (I’d love to see him back with the Sox to be honest), or maybe a guy like David DeJesus. 

Fangaffes
3 years 11 months ago

Left fielders are easy to find.  You want Reddick?  He could be part of the deal.

jondogg2010
3 years 10 months ago

Reddick+Lackey+5 MM for Bay..? Sounds good to me!

NickinIthaca
3 years 10 months ago

Thank god Sandy Alderson is in charge of the Mets then….

Fangaffes
3 years 11 months ago

Left fielders are easy to find.  You want Reddick?  He could be part of the deal.

Anthony223
3 years 11 months ago

According to Cot’s Baseball, Lackey has three years left at about $16 million per while Bay has two years left at $18 per with a $3 million option.  That is $48 million versus $39 million and I don’t think the Mets would want to tie up an extra year at $16 million.

soxfan0928
3 years 11 months ago

Ah. You’re right. I thought it was a player option, not club. So $45.5mm vs $35mm.  So Lackey + $10mm for Bay would make more sense. 

DutchTiger
3 years 11 months ago

Who says Valverde is available? I think the Tigers will pick up his option.

soxfan0928
3 years 11 months ago

Easy DutchTiger. 

The point of step 2 was to lock up a closer, in order to make Bard available as a starter.  Heath Bell would work too. I think they’ll get Pap back, though.

DutchTiger
3 years 11 months ago

No worries, I understand everyone wishes Valverde was a free agent after such a season. 

Whoever they sign as a closer, the main thing for the Red Sox to address is their starting rotation. Even if they move Bard to the rotation successfully, expect a reduced performance late in the season. Think Ogando here. So you still need a decent swingman to give him a bit of extra rest now and then. 

Whowonthe2009WorldSeries
3 years 11 months ago

Not everyone wishes Valverde is a free agent after this year.

DutchTiger
3 years 11 months ago

You are right. I forgot about myself and most other Tigers fans :-)

DutchTiger
3 years 11 months ago

You are right. I forgot about myself and most other Tigers fans :-)

DutchTiger
3 years 11 months ago

No worries, I understand everyone wishes Valverde was a free agent after such a season. 

Whoever they sign as a closer, the main thing for the Red Sox to address is their starting rotation. Even if they move Bard to the rotation successfully, expect a reduced performance late in the season. Think Ogando here. So you still need a decent swingman to give him a bit of extra rest now and then. 

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

I can’t believe this is coming from a Sox fan. Do I know your players better than you? Bard pitched 22 games as a starter, all in low A leagues, waaayyyyyyy back in 2007 and was shelled to the tune of a 7.00 ERA. He is basically a two pitch pitcher. What have you seen in him that makes you think he can be a viable starter? And yes, control was his major issue (78 walks, 48 ko in 75 IP) and while that may have resolved there would have to be so many issues resolved to prepare him for a starter that it wouldn’t be worth it unless he GAVE you MAJOR reasons to think he could be a #1 or #2 type starter. If he figures to be less than that then it’s not worth it. 

Lester, Beckett and a healthy Buchholz gives you a solid front end rotation. Bard, Aceves and either Paps or his replacement give you a solid back end bullpen. While the market for starters isn’t great for front end types you can certainly find solid #4’s and #5’s that won’t create problems elsewhere.

Arrowmaker69
3 years 11 months ago

Bard was a starter when he threw a very flat fastball and had no slider. He could transition to starter again and would likely post a mid threes ERA. He gave up 4runs his first appearance this year then gave up 5runs from April 5th to July 31st. 50.1 innings. Gave up 4 runs in august 12 innings but it was in two games he gave up the four. Then gave up 12 runs in 11innings in September. He seems to have lost his feel in September and allowed 9 walks in 11 innings. He only gave up 13 free passes April through august in 62 innings. I think he could definitely start. Needs a change up or cutter to throw a few times per game is all.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

Again….big difference between coming into to throw to 3 hitters and throwing to 21+. he’s a two pitch pitcher who has NEVER given anyone any reasons to try him as a starter. That would be like the Yanks deciding to make David Robertson a starter. The Sox are not broke. They can find a suitable #4 or #5 elsewhere.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

And you’ve offered ZERO intellectual reasoning to conclude that Bard would post a ERA in the mid 3.00s. Lester finished with an ERA in the 3’s and he’s been one of the best over the last 4 years. Seriously doubt he would be anywhere near that kind of a pitcher.

Arrowmaker69
3 years 10 months ago

There are several successful players who moved from relief to starter. The most exceptional (and I’m not saying the outcome would be similar) is Johan Santana who was a reliever for 3 1/2 years then transitioned to starter. Hardball times had the best review of relief -v- starter numbers and looked at 291 pitchers who had at least 75 innings at each. As a starter their ERA was 8% higher than as a reliever. It included guys like Lowe Smoltz Doyle Alexander and is very in depth. So Bard’s career ERA is 2.88 add 8% that’s 3.11. This year’s ERA was 3.33 add 8% that’s 3.59. So, I’m not just blowing intellectual smoke you see.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 10 months ago

Santana gave you several reasons to suspect he might be a succesful starter.

a) he pitched almost all of his minor lge career as a starter and was at least familiar with that role.

b) he started 41 mlb games before becoming a full time starter in 2004 and had EXTREMELY good numbers in his 32 starts in 2002 and 2003. 

There was reason to make the transition and to expect success. Can’t say the same with Bard.

Arrowmaker69
3 years 10 months ago

As I said, I wouldn’t expect the same from Bard. Santana had better numbers as a starter than as a reliever but even with the anticipated drop of 8% or even make it 12% Bard still looks to transition just fine. You can, of course, discount the other 290 pitchers from that article on some grounds I suppose, age, opponent, era they played etc.

MaineSox
3 years 10 months ago

There are reasons some guys are relievers; Bard as a late inning reliever can thrive with only two pitches, especially since in short stints he can really throw gas.  As a starter, having to go 6-8 innings he would likely sit more around 94-95, and would only have a slider to go with it. 

You can’t simply say “well on average relievers who converted to starters added 8% to their ERA, so Bard would too.”  If that were the case Rivera should have been a starter, he could just go up there and throw cutters for 9 innings, and he’d probably throw 8-10 shutouts a year.  There are reasons that certain guys are relievers, and one of the major reasons is if they only have one or two effective pitches (like Bard).

Crucisnh
3 years 10 months ago

I agree 100%, MaineSox.  I get tired of people thinking that every good reliever will automatically become a good starter.  There are very, very few starters who are successful with only two pitchers, and it’s usually because they’re so utterly dominant with those two pitches that they can get away with it.  

Furthermore, I think that it’ll be easier to find respectable back of the rotation starters than it will to find dominant closers or set-up guys.  Why throw away a perfectly good dominant 8th inning guy just to create a questionable 4th/4th starter?  Seems highly questionable to me.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

And you’ve offered ZERO intellectual reasoning to conclude that Bard would post a ERA in the mid 3.00s. Lester finished with an ERA in the 3’s and he’s been one of the best over the last 4 years. Seriously doubt he would be anywhere near that kind of a pitcher.

Arrowmaker69
3 years 11 months ago

Bard was a starter when he threw a very flat fastball and had no slider. He could transition to starter again and would likely post a mid threes ERA. He gave up 4runs his first appearance this year then gave up 5runs from April 5th to July 31st. 50.1 innings. Gave up 4 runs in august 12 innings but it was in two games he gave up the four. Then gave up 12 runs in 11innings in September. He seems to have lost his feel in September and allowed 9 walks in 11 innings. He only gave up 13 free passes April through august in 62 innings. I think he could definitely start. Needs a change up or cutter to throw a few times per game is all.

hawkny1
3 years 10 months ago

The Sox cannot pitch Bard and Papelbon every day.  The team needs a quality second closer and another quality 8th inning set up guy.  Aceves is #1 from inning 5 thru 7, Albers is #2. A solid lefty specialist and a #3 middle inning guy(Tazawa or Bowden?).  The club also needs a pitching coach who, from the very start of the season, can get all of his starters prepared to pitch 7 innings+ every outing.  The starters burned out the Sox relief corps before labor Day this year.

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

“The team needs a quality second closer and another quality 8th inning set up guy”

amazing. how many teams have those, and how many have ever needed them in the history of baseball?

no idea why francona would want out of this market

Crucisnh
3 years 10 months ago

I don’t think that the problem was a lack of quality in the bullpen.  The real problem was the problem you identify in your final sentence… the Sox BP was burned out … due to the weak starting pitching they had.   The Sox starters were simply not pitching deep enough into games often enough and thus, the BP was getting over used.

I won’t say that a couple more decent BP arms wouldn’t be welcome, but the real key is to have starting pitchers who are getting into the 7th and 8th innings much more often than this season.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

I can’t believe this is coming from a Sox fan. Do I know your players better than you? Bard pitched 22 games as a starter, all in low A leagues, waaayyyyyyy back in 2007 and was shelled to the tune of a 7.00 ERA. He is basically a two pitch pitcher. What have you seen in him that makes you think he can be a viable starter? And yes, control was his major issue (78 walks, 48 ko in 75 IP) and while that may have resolved there would have to be so many issues resolved to prepare him for a starter that it wouldn’t be worth it unless he GAVE you MAJOR reasons to think he could be a #1 or #2 type starter. If he figures to be less than that then it’s not worth it. 

Lester, Beckett and a healthy Buchholz gives you a solid front end rotation. Bard, Aceves and either Paps or his replacement give you a solid back end bullpen. While the market for starters isn’t great for front end types you can certainly find solid #4’s and #5’s that won’t create problems elsewhere.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 11 months ago

1) What?
2) Bring back Paps.
3) No, he did great in his role this year.
4) What? He was god awful as a starter in the minors, he din’t get things together until he went into relief.
5) No, give Lackey a chance to turn it around.

soxfan0928
3 years 11 months ago

1. Eck doesn’t sugarcoat anything. He’ll tell Youk, Albers, Lackey, etc that they’re fat and need to get in shape. He’ll rip the team when they underperform, give them credit when they do what they’re supposed to do, and make sure the fundamentals are important.

2.  Paps is fine, I agree with this.

3.  Ace would be a perfect 8th inning guy, which enables Bard to start.

4.  I don’t care how Bard threw when he was 22 and throwing in A+ ball. That’s a horrible argument. Stretch out Bard and make him a starter. Look at how it worked for Ogando this year. You’ll need a couple spot starts toward August and September, but he could be a huge piece to this SP puzzle.

5.  Lackey has ruined his chances in Boston. It’s not just his performance. It’s his attitude every time he gets pulled. It’s throwing  his arms in the air everytime his defense doesn’t make a web-gem play. It’s his press conferences after a game where he goes 3.1 IP, 8 ER, and he says “I don’t get it. I felt like I threw well”.  Lackey has never thrown well at Fenway, and the trend has continued through his stint playing for Boston. 

redsox4434
3 years 10 months ago

To be perfectly honest, I think Ace would be the better starter than Bard.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 10 months ago

I agree. He WAS a starter when he came up with the Yanks. health is his only concern. But if healthy he can be a solid #4 or #5 guy (150 IP @ a 4.30 FIPish line).

hawkny1
3 years 10 months ago

I have bursitis in the hips.  Let me tell you, it does not go away.  And, it is very painful, like a tooth ache.  My doctor told me any more than 4 shots of cortisone in a year and my hip bones will begin to deteriorate.  Cortisone is a steroid.  I had a shot 3 weeks ago, my hips hurt ever stinking day…..even with a shot.

Youkilis is through as a 162 game regular infielder in Boston.  He has bursitis of the hip(s).  He might be able to get through a season as a DH/3B but he has to lose 35-40 pounds first, to take the pressure off his hips.  I kid you not! He has no other choice if he wants to stay in baseball.

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

kevin youkilis might, possibly, theoretically have access to slightly better physicians, trainers, masseuses, and hookers

soxfan0928
3 years 11 months ago

1. Eck doesn’t sugarcoat anything. He’ll tell Youk, Albers, Lackey, etc that they’re fat and need to get in shape. He’ll rip the team when they underperform, give them credit when they do what they’re supposed to do, and make sure the fundamentals are important.

2.  Paps is fine, I agree with this.

3.  Ace would be a perfect 8th inning guy, which enables Bard to start.

4.  I don’t care how Bard threw when he was 22 and throwing in A+ ball. That’s a horrible argument. Stretch out Bard and make him a starter. Look at how it worked for Ogando this year. You’ll need a couple spot starts toward August and September, but he could be a huge piece to this SP puzzle.

5.  Lackey has ruined his chances in Boston. It’s not just his performance. It’s his attitude every time he gets pulled. It’s throwing  his arms in the air everytime his defense doesn’t make a web-gem play. It’s his press conferences after a game where he goes 3.1 IP, 8 ER, and he says “I don’t get it. I felt like I threw well”.  Lackey has never thrown well at Fenway, and the trend has continued through his stint playing for Boston. 

jondogg2010
3 years 10 months ago

I’d love that! Only if Bay could play RF tho. I think we need to be patient with Crawford. A fire has been lit under his as$ (hopefully) and will come back with a solid (but not historic) 2012 season. I would go as far to throw the Mets TEN, yes TEN million to make it happen.

jondogg2010
3 years 10 months ago

I’d love that! Only if Bay could play RF tho. I think we need to be patient with Crawford. A fire has been lit under his as$ (hopefully) and will come back with a solid (but not historic) 2012 season. I would go as far to throw the Mets TEN, yes TEN million to make it happen.

redsox4434
3 years 10 months ago

This. Since Reddick positively collapsed after July, make Bay the right fielder.

Although I’d at least call up Kirk Gibson after the playoffs are over for the managerial position, and I’d add “make Tek the pitching coach”, because Curt Young blows.

JacksTigers
3 years 10 months ago

Just like in the ’80’s, Gibson is not going to Boston.

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

Actually, Gibson went to Boston many times between 80-87 with Detroit

MaineSox
3 years 10 months ago

Bay is not a right fielder.  He’s hardly a left fielder.

JacksTigers
3 years 10 months ago

There is no way that the Tigers don’t bring back Valverde. Not even the slightest chance.

Lyndsay Thompson
3 years 10 months ago

Lackey should have taken a leave of absence when it was apparent that the off-field issues were affecting his performance. And how could they NOT? I think an LOA would have been a selfless thing to do…unfortunately, I don’t think Lackey was thinking of what was best for the team this year.

Also…man, the Eck as manager? The players would need a dictionary to decipher his language. But I like it nonetheless.  Pedroia may get jealous though of the man-crush Eck seems to have on Buchholz.  I don’t see Eck giving up his cushy spot in the NESN studio for that grueling schedule – no way. 

hawkny1
3 years 10 months ago

Eck belongs behind the microphone, as a color man, day to day.  Jerry Remy needs to retire before he kills himself…he is a sick man, despite whatever he may say.

$1529282
3 years 11 months ago

The Royals wouldn’t give up prospects for Lackey, nor would any other team. He’d be a salary dump, and even if the Red Sox picked up most of his contract, he’d still return almost nothing in the way of prospects.

Joe
3 years 11 months ago

KC is not going to trade prospects for Lackey. And Dice-K has 1 more year left on his contract, but he’ll be out a good part of next year recovering from his surgery.

hawkny1
3 years 10 months ago

Dice-k is as good as done.  I hope his contract was insured by Lloyds of London…

RobA
3 years 11 months ago

lol, what? You think anybody would take Lackey and his horrible contract if you simply GAVE him to them? Let alone the laughable idea that any team would give up any prospect to do so?

The only way you’re getting rid of Lackey is to trade one horrible contract for another. Lackey for Zambrano, for example. Which I would do in a second, if I were the Sox. I’d rather have an idiot that can pitch then an idiot that can’t.

Lyndsay Thompson
3 years 10 months ago

Wait so, you think Lackey’s got an attitude problem and we need to ship him…for Zambrano??? HA! I really hope you’re joking. I think I would rather have Manny Ramirez back than Carlos Zambrano. 

Mike M
3 years 11 months ago

why do you want to get rid of Ortiz who just had his best season in years?  And if you think the Royals would want Lackey, let alone give up prospects for him, you are on crack. 

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

I think Ortiz has been one of the personality issues on the team. Not saying he’s a cancer but his grumblings about his contract and his public second guessing of Francona’s choices certainly weren’t conducive to a team first attitude. Great historic player for the franchise but there are plenty of bats on the market that might come with a little less baggage or feeling of entitlement.  

johnsilver
3 years 11 months ago

Am with you in the Ortiz and his personality could have been a problem. He let his ego take over and there was no one to rein him in as should have been, though IMO Youk did try as he did with Ramirez.

hawkny1
3 years 10 months ago

But, Mayor Menino likes David. He said so.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

a) Sox would have to eat 75% of what is owed.
b) Royals aren’t ready to compete yet so why trade valuable prospects to get a mid-back rotation performing starter?
c) Lackey isn’t very good right now on the field and seems distracted. What kind of prospect package do you honestly think you’re going to get in return?

Answer……Royals aren’t going near Lackey.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

a) Sox would have to eat 75% of what is owed.
b) Royals aren’t ready to compete yet so why trade valuable prospects to get a mid-back rotation performing starter?
c) Lackey isn’t very good right now on the field and seems distracted. What kind of prospect package do you honestly think you’re going to get in return?

Answer……Royals aren’t going near Lackey.

3 years 10 months ago

1) They will not get prospects for John Lackey, unless they literally pay his his entire salary and more.  
2) Why would you make a catcher a pitching coach?
3) You realize they played BELOW their talent level and missed the playoffs by literally one game?

All they need is a good #3 starter to give some depth.  Their farm system got 1 more year of experience.  They have the best lineup in baseball, they just need starting pitching depth, and they need to stay healthy.

Whoever is in charge of strength and conditioning is the one who should get fired.  Also, the players need to be serious about offseason workouts (clearly Pedroia and Ells were doing something right).

redsox4434
3 years 10 months ago

Dave Duncan is a former catcher and one of the best pitching coaches in the league. I think Tek wouldn’t be too far off that mark.

MaineSox
3 years 10 months ago

Part of a catcher’s job as a player is to practically be a pitching coach, it’d almost be like he wasn’t even changing jobs, he just wouldn’t go out on the field anymore.

hawkny1
3 years 10 months ago

Let Tek coach Lavarnway and serve as the bullpen catcher…  He can actually work with each pitcher that way….also spend some time with top talent in AA and AAA giving pointers, etc..  Groom him to be a coach/manager

alxn
3 years 10 months ago

just spit water all over my screen from the idea of the Royals giving up anything of value for John Lackey

Eat his entire contract and maybe they’ll throw in a C level prospect.

hawkny1
3 years 10 months ago

Keep Veritek as Lavarnway’s personal coach and bullpen catcher.

Crucisnh
3 years 10 months ago

Let’s go through your points.

DiceK:  No, his contract is NOT up.  One more year.  But it doesn’t matter because he almost certainly won’t be back from his Tommy John surgery until late in the season, and probably won’t be ready to pitch in the majors.

Tek:  I see him more as a bench coach.  😉

JD:  Gone.

Scutaro:  I see him being brought back.  The Sox aren’t going to spend huge bucks on SS when they’ve got some SS prospects in the minors.  Besides, Scutaro’s decent.  The guy gets the job done and is a very respectable hitter for a SS.

Ortiz:  Great as the guy is, he’s getting up in age.  Also, Lavarnway is ready for the bigs and if the Red Sox re-sign Ortiz, it’d block Lavarnway, since Lav’s best position is DH.  Furthermore, Youk got seriously beat up playing 3B this year and could probably use some days off DH-ing, but that wouldn’t happen if Ortiz was still on the club.  So, great as Ortiz is and as nice a year as he had this season, I’m thinking that it’s time to move on and look to the future.  (And the same will be true for Youkilis after next season, when Middlebrooks is likely ready for the bigs at 3B.)

I agree that Crawford was a mistake.  The root cause of the mistake was in not getting Holliday for LF.  I’ve said for a couple of years that Crawford would be a bad fit for the Red Sox as a LF-er.  Sox LF-ers should be first and foremost, mashers in the Yaz, Williams, Manny, Rice mold.  Big time bats first, and whatever defense you can get is very secondary.  But now the Sox are stuck with this guy for another 6 years.  I don’t think that Crawford is a bad player by any stretch.  Just not a true Fenway LF-er.

As for Lackey, I don’t see anyone stepping up to take him.  Still, I think that he might benefit from a trade to the NL, maybe to some NL West pitcher friendly park.

ultimate913
3 years 11 months ago

If he promises that he’ll play Montero instead of Posada during this series, I’ll have Girardi fired in a second.

Joveoak
3 years 11 months ago

As catcher or as DH?  If it’s the former, I have to disagree with you here.

Whowonthe2009WorldSeries
3 years 11 months ago

Montero > Posada.  It’s not close.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

what? where does this come from?

MaineSox
3 years 11 months ago

“I’ll have Girardi fired in a second.”

Who the heck is this guy?

johnsilver
3 years 11 months ago

Yeah.. It’s like.. “give that man a cigar” here the last 2 days.. The walls are oozing users that words describing cannot be typed..

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

what? where does this come from?

JacksTigers
3 years 10 months ago

Apparentley I didn’t see the article where Cashman was fired and the Yankees hired ultimat913 as their new GM. You have no power.

soxfan0928
3 years 11 months ago

It was time.  Francona did a good job of being balanced regardless of the situation (down 0-3 to Yankees, down 1-3 to Indians), but sometimes you need to chew the team out and flip a post-game spread. He never was that guy. Have to get your team in shape too.

bonestock94
3 years 11 months ago

This seems like a stupid move. Even as a Yankee fan, the guy seemed like a total class act and seemed to keep dumb lineup moves to a minimum. Let’s face it, all coaches do them but he wasn’t bad in that respect. Seems silly and reactionary to ditch him.

Joveoak
3 years 11 months ago

I think it was both Francona and the Red Sox front office who came to this conclusion.  It’s still silly and reactionary but it’s not just Red Sox front office who wants to turn the page here.

tonyny
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah, but there’s mutual and there’s mutual.  We’ll never know for sure, but did Francona sit down and have a heart to heart with Theo and company and say “listen, I’m just not feeling it anymore” … or … did he offer to fall on his sword (as ritual would dictate) and then end up surprised that the Sox took him up on the offer?

disgustedcubfan
3 years 11 months ago

I hope the Cubs are on the phone with Francona as we speak.

Joveoak
3 years 11 months ago

I’m sorry to disappoint you but he’s probably talking to the White Sox.  They have a vacancy at this moment, in case you missed it.

disgustedcubfan
3 years 11 months ago

I agree. The sox have a GM who can work the phones and make decisions.
The Cubs have nobody in charge during this crucial 2 week period.
However, the notice did go out to season ticket holders that the deposit deadline is getting moved up.
Good to know some changes are being made.

Joveoak
3 years 11 months ago

I’m sorry to disappoint you but he’s probably talking to the White Sox.  They have a vacancy at this moment, in case you missed it.

soxin10
3 years 11 months ago

If true, the move is sad but needed. Francona is clearly a player’s manager, but it seems the clubhouse (according to scuttlebutt) my have gotten away from him.

If this is false, I can also live with it as the players (except lackey) respect him.

No matter what, Whoever is the unidentified poison in the locker room has to be identified, shot, hung, castrated, and quartered.. ..regardless of money owed, friends, etc.

Arrowmaker69
3 years 10 months ago

Lou Merloni who is close to the team and probably knows more of the clubhouse talk than any regular member of the press (being a recent active player) and certainly more than any of us says it’s a bad move because Francona was able to keep a lot of BS out of the press and calm in the clubhouse. If that’s true, look for a media circus next year.

3 years 11 months ago

Only reason he’s being let go is because of the pressure by the fans. What a joke. Red Sox fans are a joke. He brought you TWO World Series as the manager there and before that you hadn’t won a world series 86 years. Francona doesn’t play the field folks, the players do. 100% of the blame goes on the players. Red Sox fans are an absolute disgrace!!! 

Minorityfanbasewannabe
3 years 11 months ago

Sounds like he told the Red Sox to let him go. I don’t think its fair on the Red Sox fans  since very few of us actually wanted Terry to leave.

3 years 11 months ago

I’m sure all managers would asked to be released from a contract that would pay you $ 9 million over the next few seasons. This was a front office move made from the pressure of the fans. Francona was by far the best manager the Red Sox ever had. This is ridiculous.

John DiRienzo
3 years 11 months ago

the guy’s rich enough and will clearly get a similar contract elsewhere. and stop pointing fingers, because you look like a moron. i am sure i speak for the other level-headed Sox fans when i say that no, we were not calling for this guy’s head. it was the media creating a circus out of the collapse.

then again, i’m sure you have like 10 million friends and they’re all probably red sox fans, so you’re clearly informed on the matter.

i agree with that other guy when i say go buy yourself a clue

johnsilver
3 years 10 months ago

You know.. The Red Sox have had some really good managers in the past.. Joe McCarthy, Dick Williams, even Joe Cronin. Yeah I only remember Dick Williams, but mcCarthy was no slouch (223-145) and Dick Williams with his discipline *1st* theory took a last place Red Sox team to the WS and heart breaking 7th game loss in ’67. Not to mention was the one credited with getting Yaz’s career on track.

Mike M
3 years 11 months ago

you have no idea what you are talking about

3 years 11 months ago

I’m dead on the point buckwheat.

Mike M
3 years 11 months ago

there is no pressure from the fans.  go buy yourself a clue

3 years 11 months ago

Hahaha no pressure from the fans? Can I have some of what you’re smokin?

East Coast Bias
3 years 11 months ago

Aren’t you in California? Stop being lazy and go get it yourself lol

3 years 10 months ago

Its not as strong as what this kid’s got.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

There is absolute pressure from the fans for SOMETHING to be done and for someone to be blamed. Not saying they are calling for Francona’s head but clearly they want someone to pay for the collapse.

MaineSox
3 years 11 months ago

Most of the fans I know actually like Francona and actually don’t want him to leave, even the ones who “think it might be time” aren’t calling for his head and don’t blame him for the collapse.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 10 months ago

I didn’t say the fans wanted him gone just that they want someone to point and say “There goes the bad guy”. 

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

“did you hear he divorced his sick wife? let’s throw stuff at him”

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 11 months ago

You’re a yanks fan right?

Want me to remind you of the last days of Torre?

Lloydxmas
3 years 10 months ago

Torre wanted more $$$$$$$. Thats what Joe was about. The $$$$. He wanted a significant bump from his $5 million a year. 

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

… They offered him a pay cut and made part of it conditional on playoff wins.

MaineSox
3 years 10 months ago

And he wouldn’t take it!?!  What a jerk!

Lloydxmas
3 years 10 months ago

Not a pay cut. Torre was offered a base of $5million dollars. (Highest paid manager in mlb) plus another 3 million dollars in playoff bonuses. Doesn’t sound like a bad deal to me. So in no way was it a pay cut. His base salary was to be the same as it was the previous year.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

Previous year’s contract was $7.5M base. I’d say that qualifies as a pay cut.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 10 months ago

Don’t let facts get in the way of you trying to make a point.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 10 months ago

No…he just didn’t think he deserved a pay cut and felt it was an insult. HUGE difference.

3 years 10 months ago

Nope, hate the Yankees.

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

“He brought you TWO World Series as the manager”

if this is the case, then it’s his fault they didn’t make the playoffs the last two years

in reality, neither is the case. so stop saying both

GoAwayNow
3 years 10 months ago

How dare you use classical logic on the internet!

GoAwayNow
3 years 10 months ago

You have no idea what you’re talking about.

Pete
3 years 11 months ago

If anyone ever doubted the A’s have the worst luck in MLB, consider that they just signed Bob Melvin for 3 years BEFORE this happened. Francona would be perfect for Oakland and was their bench coach before jetting to Boston, this is so frustrating.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

That’s not luck it’s stupidity. There was no need to sign Melvin that quickly.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

That’s not luck it’s stupidity. There was no need to sign Melvin that quickly.

3 years 11 months ago

i think we need the king of strike outs and that is roy halliday 

redsox4434
3 years 10 months ago

I think we need the kind of commenters who A) don’t say stupid things, B) don’t say things that will never happen, C) use proper grammar, such as capitalization and punctuation and D) actually learn how to spell the name of the player they’re recommending.

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

I think what you’re trying to say is that this board is rife with idiots

redsox4434
3 years 10 months ago

Exactly what I’m trying to say.

mypoorbuccos
3 years 10 months ago

Wordplay! Delightful.

3 years 11 months ago

Buck becomes GM of Orioles, hires Francona as manager. You heard it here first

Lunchbox45
3 years 11 months ago

That’s like breaking up Eva Mendes to date Britney Spears

JohnSZ55
3 years 10 months ago

i didn’t know buck was that sexy

Lunchbox45
3 years 11 months ago

That’s like breaking up Eva Mendes to date Britney Spears

tampayankeefan
3 years 11 months ago

Actually he won them LAST decade…this decade began January 1st. Personally Francona wanted to leave because he knew they GM is leaving and he will have a “rebuilding” year or two.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

Hahaha….Sox are not going into rebuild mode. They have a couple of hundred million invested in last years pickups in Crawford and Agonz, they have Ellsbury who is coming into his prime and all-star caliber players in Pedroia and Youks. They also have a solid front rotation of Beckett, lester and Buchholz. The motivation should be to shore up the holes, build depth and hope for a healthy 2012.

I simply don’t think teams like the Sox and Yanks are afforded the time to rebuild.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

Hahaha….Sox are not going into rebuild mode. They have a couple of hundred million invested in last years pickups in Crawford and Agonz, they have Ellsbury who is coming into his prime and all-star caliber players in Pedroia and Youks. They also have a solid front rotation of Beckett, lester and Buchholz. The motivation should be to shore up the holes, build depth and hope for a healthy 2012.

I simply don’t think teams like the Sox and Yanks are afforded the time to rebuild.

tampayankeefan
3 years 11 months ago

Actually he won them LAST decade…this decade began January 1st. Personally Francona wanted to leave because he knew they GM is leaving and he will have a “rebuilding” year or two.

3 years 11 months ago

   Looks like the Sox players just cost their manager $8 million.

rockfordone
3 years 11 months ago

Usher in the Booby Valentine era – he has all the answers

Roy Munson
3 years 11 months ago

That operation is a mess up there… No body is going to handle that media or those ego’s in that clubhouse the way Tito did. As a Yankees fan, I loved seeing what happened to the sox, but hated how they treated Francona. He’ll catch on somewhere quick

Dan Gorgone
3 years 11 months ago

The question is who replaces Tito? And will it be someone who sees eye to eye with the Sabermetrics philosophy of Theo… or will Theo even be around?

Some thoughts:
– Ortiz: I bet they bring him back for a fairly affordable price (2 years?). Only reason to ditch him is to move A-Gon to DH, but that won’t happen (yet).
– Scutaro: Gone. Great work filling in while waiting for Iglesias… but is he ready yet?
– Drew: Gone.
– Tek: Gotta wonder. I love Tek, but Salty seems ready to step up on his own, and they could promote Lavarnway to platoon against lefties (Salty hit .209 vs LHP). Or they may want Lavarnway to start in Pawtucket.
– Dice-K: 2012 is his last year under contract. He will be rehabbing all year. We more than likely won’t have to see him start as a Red Sox ever again.
– Papelbon: Bet they will make a token offer, but let him walk. He’s been good, but personally I feel like he’s had one foot out the door for a couple of seasons now with his 1-year deals. Let him go to be Mo’s apprentice with the Yankees, and give Bard a shot – he’s earned it.

Sox need a RF unless they commit to Reddick. I bet they give him opportunity to start next year, and let Iglesias challenge Lowrie for starting SS role. Aviles will still be around to get plenty of playing time around the infield too.

John DiRienzo
3 years 11 months ago

stopped reading after you suggested moving one of the best fielding 1st basemen (who, by the way, never misses a game) in the entire MLB to DH.

John DiRienzo
3 years 11 months ago

stopped reading after you suggested moving one of the best fielding 1st basemen (who, by the way, never misses a game) in the entire MLB to DH.

Ned Gold
3 years 11 months ago

I hope you’re wrong about most of those moves.

Ortiz: Let him walk- open up the DH spot for Youk/someone else (lavarnway) who can platoon the field.
Scutaro: Bring him back- solid player top to bottom.
Drew: Chase him out the door.
Tek: Keep him on as part of the staff, but not as a player. Somebody mentioned earlier to make him Pitching coach. Intriguing idea.
Dice-K: Agreed.
Papelbon: Bring him back- elite closer, only 3 blown saves this past year. Bard hasn’t earned it yet, and the one two punch of Bard/Pap is lights out if they’re pitching well, and just about as good as any set up man/closer combo in MLB.

I’d simply let Kalish/Reddick roam RF- though it sucks they’re both lefties. Then again, letting Ortiz go opens a slot for another RH bat in the lineup.

We need to go hard after pitching in the offseason.

Ned Gold
3 years 11 months ago

I hope you’re wrong about most of those moves.

Ortiz: Let him walk- open up the DH spot for Youk/someone else (lavarnway) who can platoon the field.
Scutaro: Bring him back- solid player top to bottom.
Drew: Chase him out the door.
Tek: Keep him on as part of the staff, but not as a player. Somebody mentioned earlier to make him Pitching coach. Intriguing idea.
Dice-K: Agreed.
Papelbon: Bring him back- elite closer, only 3 blown saves this past year. Bard hasn’t earned it yet, and the one two punch of Bard/Pap is lights out if they’re pitching well, and just about as good as any set up man/closer combo in MLB.

I’d simply let Kalish/Reddick roam RF- though it sucks they’re both lefties. Then again, letting Ortiz go opens a slot for another RH bat in the lineup.

We need to go hard after pitching in the offseason.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

– Ortiz: I bet they bring him back for a fairly affordable price (2 years?). Only reason to ditch him is to move A-Gon to DH, but that won’t happen (yet).
**Why in the world would Agonz at age 28-29 need to move to DH anytime in the next 5 years? Ortiz should not be expected to perform anywhere near what he did over the next two years and it’s quite clear that he’s probably part of the old guard that should probably go. His bat can be replaced.
– Scutaro: Gone. Great work filling in while waiting for Iglesias… but is he ready yet?

** If the question is, “Is Iglesias ready” then the answer is no (see .554 OPS @ AAA). Being that he’s even a question then why not bring Scutaro back unless they are willing to commit to Lowrie or into bringing in a guy like Reyes (doubtful).
– Drew: Gone.***Agreed.

– Tek: Gotta wonder. I love Tek, but Salty seems ready to step up on his own, and they could promote Lavarnway to platoon against lefties (Salty hit .209 vs LHP). Or they may want Lavarnway to start in Pawtucket.

** Gone. Salty’s bat makes him the starter and Teks defense, aside from game calling, isn’t good enough to keep him around. Maybe they sign a back up C to keep a spot warm until Lavarnway is ready.
– Dice-K: 2012 is his last year under contract. He will be rehabbing all year. We more than likely won’t have to see him start as a Red Sox ever again.
**Agreed

– Papelbon: Bet they will make a token offer, but let him walk. He’s been good, but personally I feel like he’s had one foot out the door for a couple of seasons now with his 1-year deals. Let him go to be Mo’s apprentice with the Yankees, and give Bard a shot – he’s earned it.

**Probably will keep him if the price is low enough but might be better off to let him walk along with the memories of game 162. Yanks don’t need Paps (see Soriano and Robertson) and I guarantee you he isn’t signing with the Yanks, especially not to be a set up guy.

johnsilver
3 years 10 months ago

tek showed his game calling mattered very little the last month of the season. Hopefully that punched his ticket out of town for good as an active player with his games caught being no better than anyone else’s. Let Lavarnway at least hang around as a backup/platoon vs LH pitchers, nothing else the man can hit and throw and for those not paying attention?

lester did a decent job with Lavarnway and Beckett was no worse with him either.. time to get off the Tek train.. that car is off the rails..

YanksFanSince78
3 years 11 months ago

– Ortiz: I bet they bring him back for a fairly affordable price (2 years?). Only reason to ditch him is to move A-Gon to DH, but that won’t happen (yet).
**Why in the world would Agonz at age 28-29 need to move to DH anytime in the next 5 years? Ortiz should not be expected to perform anywhere near what he did over the next two years and it’s quite clear that he’s probably part of the old guard that should probably go. His bat can be replaced.
– Scutaro: Gone. Great work filling in while waiting for Iglesias… but is he ready yet?

** If the question is, “Is Iglesias ready” then the answer is no (see .554 OPS @ AAA). Being that he’s even a question then why not bring Scutaro back unless they are willing to commit to Lowrie or into bringing in a guy like Reyes (doubtful).
– Drew: Gone.***Agreed.

– Tek: Gotta wonder. I love Tek, but Salty seems ready to step up on his own, and they could promote Lavarnway to platoon against lefties (Salty hit .209 vs LHP). Or they may want Lavarnway to start in Pawtucket.

** Gone. Salty’s bat makes him the starter and Teks defense, aside from game calling, isn’t good enough to keep him around. Maybe they sign a back up C to keep a spot warm until Lavarnway is ready.
– Dice-K: 2012 is his last year under contract. He will be rehabbing all year. We more than likely won’t have to see him start as a Red Sox ever again.
**Agreed

– Papelbon: Bet they will make a token offer, but let him walk. He’s been good, but personally I feel like he’s had one foot out the door for a couple of seasons now with his 1-year deals. Let him go to be Mo’s apprentice with the Yankees, and give Bard a shot – he’s earned it.

**Probably will keep him if the price is low enough but might be better off to let him walk along with the memories of game 162. Yanks don’t need Paps (see Soriano and Robertson) and I guarantee you he isn’t signing with the Yanks, especially not to be a set up guy.

3 years 11 months ago

this is a HUGE mistake, I would blame the GM – how can they win with that pitching – it’s just not possible

redsox4434
3 years 10 months ago

They HAD pitching. Just most of it got injured, and those who weren’t either sucked down the stretch or were Alfredo Aceves.

thegrayrace
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah, who could’ve possibly predicted Erik Bedard would get hurt?

Arrowmaker69
3 years 11 months ago

This is ignorant. No way they should let him go. Terry brought two championships to Boston. He knows how to manage personalities. If anything they need Bogar off third base. He ran into outs a number of times and held guys when they should have gone. He’s just not suited for the role. Hale was a great base coach. Really knew everyone’s arm and accuracy and made good decisions. It’s just that bench coach us seen as the step before manager and Terry feels demarlo deserves a shot to manage somewhere. I think we lose a lot of clubhouse chemistry now and see egos and personalities flare with him gone. So long Terry. Thanks.

Russell Mania
3 years 11 months ago

Terry didn’t bring them championships.  They rode on the back of steroid users like Manny and Ortiz.  How many comeback, dominating wins did they get because of those two roid heads?  Lets get real here.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 11 months ago

Are we really going to play that game?

Tell you what, name me one team in the last two decade that didn’t have several suspected steroid users.

3 years 11 months ago

The Rays.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 11 months ago

They had Jose Canseco…

miamiroc
3 years 11 months ago

That was weak…they didn’t have Canseco in his juicing youth

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

Canseco was all juice, all the time.

miamiroc
3 years 11 months ago

That was weak…they didn’t have Canseco in his juicing youth

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 11 months ago

They had Jose Canseco…

3 years 11 months ago

The Rays.

Russell Mania
3 years 11 months ago

No its no game and I don’t care about other teams.  Suggesting Francona had more of an impact than the juice is ridiculous.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 11 months ago

Which seems to be the central theme of a lot of your posts on this board.

I think when you have Tito’s playoff record and for that matter his World Series record it’s “ridiculous” to diminish it and claim it’s all because of only 2 players.

Russell Mania
3 years 11 months ago

No its no game and I don’t care about other teams.  Suggesting Francona had more of an impact than the juice is ridiculous.

0vercast
3 years 10 months ago

Who juiced on the Twins?