Red Sox Notes: Manager, Ortiz, Papelbon

The Red Sox declined their club options on relievers Dan Wheeler and Scott Atchison today. Here are more details on the Red Sox, who have formally begun their managerial search…

  • Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin interviewed for Boston's managerial opening today and told reporters, including Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, that he's hoping for the job. "The way I look at it is, who wouldn’t want to manage the Boston Red Sox?”
  • Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum will interview for Boston's managerial opening Wednesday, according to Lauber (on Twitter). Boston hasn't yet asked for permission to interview others.
  • Red Sox GM Ben Cherington hopes to name a manager by Thanksgiving, according to Rob Bradford of (on Twitter).
  • Cherington doesn't expect to reach a deal with David Ortiz or Jonathan Papelbon before the players hit free agency on Thursday, according to Lauber (on Twitter).

19 Responses to Red Sox Notes: Manager, Ortiz, Papelbon Leave a Reply

  1. Dave Martinez…

  2. Mike Sivo 4 years ago

    i like the things this guy said, i can easily see him managing this team. lets get him!

  3. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    I didn’t hear much being made of this comment:

    “David Ortiz is unhappy with the drama that is coming with the Red Sox right now. He’s so annoyed, in fact, that he’s talking about potentially moving on from the team that he became a star with.
    Ortiz spoke with ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez, and the slugger didn’t shy away when giving his opinion on what has been going on in Boston in the last few weeks.
    “There’s too much drama,” he told her. “I have been thinking about a lot of things. I don’t know if I want to be part of this drama for next year.”

    Doesn’t that pretty much kill the idea of him coming back to Boston, or is it me? 

    • jordan 4 years ago

      he the statement says he wants to stay with sox

    • stl_cards16 4 years ago

      You must have missed that day on here.  That was like 3 weeks ago and there was plenty made of that comment.

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

        My bad. It DID say Oct 13. Not sure how I missed that.

        • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

          he took it back a week later, but his type A status means i’d be happy to see him move on

          • johnsilver 4 years ago

            Exactly.. 3 reasons for me.. 1st and foremost is the obvious that Youkillis should be able to stay healthy by rotating in and out of the DH slot. 2nd is that Ryan Lavarnway would probably finally get a MLB shot and be the other P/T DH. 3rd is that Tek would be bid good riddance for good, with Lavarnway as the backup catcher.

            Ortiz walking does the team more good than even if he COULD somehow match the stats he put up last year and really don’t think he can.

    • $$$ talks, nothing else

  4. Snoochies8 4 years ago

    *Insert anti-red sox all caps lock rant*

  5. SixAces 4 years ago

    “The way I look at it is, who wouldn’t want to manage the Boston Red Sox?”

    wait…I think they forgot /sarcasm

    • commenter3346 4 years ago

      Who wouldn’t though? I mean, everyone who wants to manage will manage wherever they can & it’s a team with that payroll & an ownership who’s actually committed to the team, regardless of the drama that’s been going on. There’s enough talent on that team that if the manager to can manage the players egos they could make it pretty far (although I still don’t think they are a championship caliber team). They are always in contention.
      They’re still the Boston Red Sox, regardless of everything that’s happened.

  6. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    ben knew very well what this thread would look like when he chose that quote for the post. perfect set up

  7. johnsilver 4 years ago

    We were chatting the other day about Atchison’s option pick up being just about a foregone conclusion.. WOW and they need relievers.. It was only 600k range, or league min + 200K for a guy who can go 3+ innings in the swing role.

  8. JoeSeadog 4 years ago

    How about Ron Washington, whom a rumor says will be asked to move on for not pushing Rangers over the WS edge 2 years in a row. It’s been done before, but isn’t Wash the perfect fit in Texas? Rumor came out of a clubhouse in the AFL, Wash out, Tito in, in Texas.

  9. The more I hear about the different scenarios regarding Pap and Papi the more I’m intrigued with the possibility of not re-signing them.  I like the idea of using a rotation of players as DH to spell them from fielding duties and giving them a “day off”.  The Sox could use that money for Pitching.  With Pap, I’ve been reading about his inability to close out games if he doesn’t have 2 or more runs to work with.  If I remember correctly, it does seem like more than a few times he does give up a run before closing out the game.  And as good as he is, he still made me nervous.  Again,  maybe get someone cheaper that’s still decent and use the savings on more Pitching.  Hmmmm…..

    • Pucky 4 years ago

      The stat heads will tell you he’s one of the best closers in MLB history, and in the prime of his career.

      The reason he makes you nervous is the Red Sox Factor which is a negative mod applied to every Red Sox player’s performance. It is inversely proportional to the Yankee Factor.

      Imagine what Paps would look like on the Padres… He would be a heck of a lot better than Heath Bell. It takes an incredible talent to survive the Red Sox Factor and still be a stud these days. Give him 3/45 if that’s all it takes. We’ll be paying 10/year for someone else anyway (not Bard)

    • 0bsessions 4 years ago

      “With Pap, I’ve been reading about his inability to close out games if he doesn’t have 2 or more runs to work with.  If I remember correctly, it does seem like more than a few times he does give up a run before closing out the game. ”

      You remember incorrectly. He was rotten in 2010, but that was about it. As I’ve noted before, there was a point this season where he went over two whole months without giving up a single run. This year, he limited opposing batters to an OPS of .489 in one run games (For comparison’s sake, Mariano Rivera’s OPS against in one run games was .600) and .290 in tie games (A reminder, that’s OPS, not OBP).

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