Red Sox Sign Jesse Carlson

The Red Sox signed lefty reliever Jesse Carlson to a split contract with a spring training invite, his brother told Robert Mayer of the local online newspaper the Berlin Patch in a story published yesterday.  Carlson, 30, had rotator cuff surgery in May and was removed from Toronto's 40-man roster in November.  Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com first tweeted the near-agreement yesterday morning.


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63 Comments on "Red Sox Sign Jesse Carlson"


StanleyHudson
3 years 8 months ago

Big, big splash!!!!!!!! Atta boy Ben!

Karkat
3 years 8 months ago

Glad this is what he’s spending his time on -_-

Tyler Sekula
3 years 8 months ago

World Series champions.

Devern Hansack
3 years 8 months ago

Dude, comments like these are so old and unnecessary.

diesel2410
3 years 8 months ago

Yet they are still funny!

3 years 8 months ago

I believe his point is that they are not actually funny. 

diesel2410
3 years 8 months ago

My point is that they ARE still funny. 

Fangaffes
3 years 8 months ago

They’re actually as tired and lame as ARod will be at the end of his contract.

TapDancingTeddy
3 years 8 months ago

He seems tired and lame already.

philliesfan136
3 years 8 months ago

You are one among few in that opinion, my friend.

mike292929
3 years 8 months ago

It’s ok… some people need attention in life and this is their only way to gain it.

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

Minor. League. Champions.

That would have been funnier , better luck next time though!

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

Minor. League. Champions.

That would have been funnier , better luck next time though!

Brian Jud
3 years 8 months ago

Jesse Carlson from Berlin, CT

Josh Cornwall
3 years 8 months ago

No one likes your stupid town

GoAwayNow
3 years 8 months ago

State*

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 8 months ago

Cool

$5427573
3 years 8 months ago

I hope they use him against the Jays.

Howard
3 years 8 months ago

 I’m hoping the Jays can stray from swinging at the nasty slider, but I think Carlson could stand his own with some of the line up.

mike292929
3 years 8 months ago

he has a nasty slider when it breaks out of the strike zone… most of the time for him, it breaks right through the middle.

Howard
3 years 8 months ago

 by nasty i meant great…

FowlofCanada
3 years 8 months ago

I hope they use him against Posada again.

GoAwayNow
3 years 8 months ago

Are they gonna use him as security at the gate?

Rcsully
3 years 8 months ago

more fuel for the duck boats

BVHjays
3 years 8 months ago

I’ll never forget the time he punched Jorge Posada in the face. Red Sox’ fans will like him.

3 years 8 months ago

This is a nice depth move. It is a good thing the GM doesn’t think like fans where anything but a big splash is a waste of time. 

PWNdroia
3 years 8 months ago

So you’re saying it’s always good to make a big move even if the best interest of the team isn’t to make a big move? 

3 years 8 months ago

Nope.

PWNdroia
3 years 8 months ago

Okay, sorry I misinterpreted it.

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 8 months ago

No, he’s saying the exact opposite…read it again!

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

Decent possible lefty specialist for the Sox, he’s got a nasty slider , but not much else. I’ve watched him since he started with the Jays a few years ago, he can be serviceable if used properly.

johnsilver
3 years 8 months ago

They already have Rich hill, 12 months back from TJ at the end of ST, franklin Morales, Andrew Miller, Felix Doubrant (out of options and won’t be released) as lefties in the pen. Every one of them are out of options also, so think that makes this pickup odd, unless he can be stashed on the DL to start the season or has options left.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Split contract. They can stow him in the minors as depth. Doubront and Miller stunk out loud this year and Morales had some ugly peripherals. If they all stink out loud or get injured and Hill doesn’t recover well, THEN we’ll see Carlson.

johnsilver
3 years 8 months ago

Cheers and thanks.. Missed the split part…

man i hope Morales is one of the 1st guys removed from the 40 man… we are allowed hope?????

3 years 8 months ago

Hopefully we sign Madson soon or get Bailey.

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

 Why would you want madson for 40mm when you have Bard? Huge waste of money that could be spent better elsewhere.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

I wouldn’t want Madson for $40MM, but I’d take him for anywhere from $24-30MM, which doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility at this point given the way this offseason has gone. Fielder and Madson are basically the two biggest FA’s left and is anyone actually still looking for a closer other than MAYBE the Red Sox?

Given, I believe Bard could close given the opportunity, using him as relief ace or converting him to a starter while using Madson as closer would be more valuable to the team overall.

Redsoxn8tion
3 years 8 months ago

I agree, but Bard is supposedly transitioning into a starter. So we’ll see

Redsoxn8tion
3 years 8 months ago

I agree, but Bard is supposedly transitioning into a starter. So we’ll see

RPK3113
3 years 8 months ago

I think people sort of forget who Madson really is. He has great stuff, but has had a history of being a head case and really slumping because of it.

Want to know a secret? We already have that pitcher. His name is Daniel Bard.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

nah, madson’s a legitimately excellent reliever. it’s just that excellent relievers are hugely overvalued

RPK3113
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, he’s good. But doesn’t he routinely slump? He sort of goes through a month after a couple bad outings?

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

“slump” in the sense that he goes from phenomenal to merely good. FIP by month

1.53
2.10
3.88
1.53
3.53
1.49

he had 4 meltdowns in all of last year. for perspective, papelbon had 4 and bard had 11. over the last 3 seasons, madson has had 22, papelbon 18, bard 27

i don’t want madson, but it’s not because he’s anything less than excellent

RPK3113
3 years 8 months ago

Fair – What about the year before? I could have sworn that when he initially took the closer job after the Lidge injury, he struggled.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

last year

4.75
2.30
0.95
3.54

less impressive for sure. but not any worse than this:

4.66
5.28
4.90
2.21
1.86
2.37

which was papelbon’s 2010

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Doesn’t seem that way.

This past year, he had an awful August at first glance. Eight ER in 10 IP, ouch.

A closer look tells us six of those runs were in one bad outing against the Nationals. The other two were against the Dodgers, a run a piece on back to back nights and he still got the save on both.

He’s had one bad month in each of the last three years, but all of them were the result of a couple ugly games, no real instances of him falling apart for a month after a bad outing and no legitimate evidence of him being particularly streaky. In fact, after that six run outing against the Nationals, Madson only gave up one run for the entire remainder of the season, game three of the NLDS (Which he got the save on). He only even allowed more than one baserunner four more times (Including the postseason), so it’s not like he went into cardiac mode either. He’s no Papelbon, but he’s an an entirely adequate closer.

RPK3113
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, he’s good. But doesn’t he routinely slump? He sort of goes through a month after a couple bad outings?

parkdav
3 years 8 months ago

Take that Angels.

3 years 8 months ago

UCONN Represent!!!!

3 years 8 months ago

UCONN Represent!!!!

Rcsully
3 years 8 months ago

I am sure Albert wants back to the NL with this move. All kidding aside, It does add depth and they do need a lefty for the pen. This move is a decent under the radar move.

Rcsully
3 years 8 months ago

I am sure Albert wants back to the NL with this move. All kidding aside, It does add depth and they do need a lefty for the pen. This move is a decent under the radar move.

T&S
3 years 8 months ago

What is a split contract?

mike292929
3 years 8 months ago

they pay the player different salaries while in MiLB/MLB. So if he doesn’t cut it in the bigs, the red sox aren’t stuck paying him a big league contract.

T&S
3 years 8 months ago

Thanks

3 years 8 months ago

Worked with Bob Mayer before, and it’s good to see he landed on his feet. At least he won’t have to go as far to cover Carlson (back when we were at the same paper, he drove up to Fenway just for a Jays/Sawx series along with Berlin’s sports editor to write about him… lucky bastards).

chee1rs
3 years 8 months ago

wow , so …. exciting

coolstorybro222
3 years 8 months ago

Red sox sign another broken arm pitcher now. 

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 8 months ago

Well no one cares about the West Coast.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

I’m pretty sure the Eveland trade trumps this by a wide margin.

mkflannery
3 years 8 months ago

Uhhh… Dude… PUJOLS?!?!?! WILSON?!?!?! Are you clueless!!! people these days… I am saying this in advance so that people without sarcasm detecors will spare themselves

commenter3346
3 years 8 months ago

Depends on how many teams need closers.

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Under normal circumstances, yes, but the caveat here is that while Madson’s the only closer left, the market has all but dried up. Going into the offseason, the list of teams potentially needing a closer was Boston, Cincinnati, Toronto (Santos), Minnesota (Capps), San Diego (Street), Florida (Bell), Baltimora, LA Dodgers, Mets and Rangers (Nathan).

We’re left with Boston, Cincinnati, Baltimore, LA and NY. Baltimore, LA and NY will almost certainly not compete this year and are highly unlikely interested in offering a multiyear deal to a reliever right now.

That leaves us with Boston and Cincinnati. Now sure, the two of them could duke it out, but ohoho, another wrench in the works: K-Rod accepting arbitration has basically ruined the Brewers’ offseason plans and with Pujols leaving St. Louis, the Central just got a lot more winnable without Fielder, meaning they’ll be desperate to ship him out if they can save some money.

So basically, we have two teams left on the market who need a closer and two closers availbale. Amusingly enough, both represented by Boras.

So yeah, there’s an extremely limited supply of closers, but the market for one is wafer thin. Now, Boras has made it well known that the best interest of his other client is to close, so either Boston or Cincinnati can basically come in and play hardball with Boras by pointing out that, should Madson’s demands get too high, K-Rod can probably be had for basically no prospect cost. Additionally, the Sox have the benefit of being able to point to an extremely viable in-house candidate in Bard. So either Madson’s getting below what his anticipated value was or Boras can shop him to the Yanks as their seventh inning guy.