Red Sox Notes: Cherington, Valentine, Bard, Cook

A look at the Red Sox following last night’s ugly loss to the Yankees..

  • Saturday was the symbol of an organization that has made too many poor decisions in recent years, both under Epstein and new GM Ben Cherington, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  The club shouldn’t be blamed for failing to match the Phillies’ offer for Jonathan Papelbon, but they can be faulted for failing to find adequate replacements for him and Daniel Bard, knowing that they planned to make Bard a starter.
  • After last night’s game, Cherington, president Larry Lucchino, and principal owner John Henry met with Bobby Valentine.  Not much was said after the meeting but in a brief phone interview with Sean McAdam of, Henry said “This is not a 14-game problem, this is 41-game problem (including the Red Sox’ 7-20 mark last September). Our pitching has been terrible over the last 41 regular season games.”
  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe thinks that the Red Sox should put Bard in the role of closer and recall Aaron Cook from Triple-A to fill in the back of the rotation.  Cook can request his release if he’s not on the 25-man roster on May 1st and again on June 1st.
  • Cherington hopes that Marlon Byrd will turn over a new leaf in Boston, write Peter Abraham and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. “He’s been a good major league center fielder for a long time and is off to a tough start,” the GM said. “But our hope is that a change of scenery and maybe a new environment may get him going.”

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