Cafardo On Cabrera, Dodgers, Santana, Hardy

In today's column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe ranks the top managers in MLB.  Red Sox skipper John Farrell comes in at No. 1 thanks to his communication skills, ability to delegate responsibilities well, and, of course, his 2013 World Series ring.  Bob MelvinTerry FranconaBruce Bochy, and Joe Maddon round out the top five.  More from today's column..

  • There have been no talks concerning a contract extension between the Indians and Asdrubal Cabrera.  Cabrera can become a free agent at the end of the season, but it appears the Indians want to see how he rebounds from a down season.  Cafardo sees the shortstop as a potential target for the Yankees next offseason.
  • The Dodgers outfield surplus should work in their favor to start the year with Matt Kemp on the mend, but that doesn't mean GM Ned Colletti won't consider a move later in the season.  One National League special assistant believes that Andre Ethier would work out very well with the Red Sox.  “He needs someone to kick him in the butt, that’s why he would be perfect in Boston with [Dustin] Pedroia. That’s his buddy, and Pedroia would get the most out of him. He doesn’t have anyone like that in L.A.,” said the exec.
  • Don't be surprised if the Yankees' efforts to land Ervin Santana intensify in the coming weeks.  Even after landing Masahiro Tanaka, the Bombers could use one more solid starter to round out their starting five.
  • J.J. Hardy is in the final year of his contract with the Orioles and they would like nothing more than to keep him.  Baltimore will have to pony up some serious cash, however, as he could demand a deal of at least five years, possibly in the $15-17MM range.


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11 Comments on "Cafardo On Cabrera, Dodgers, Santana, Hardy"


Ben
1 year 6 months ago

Then why do they have a manager of the year award????

Ben
1 year 6 months ago

Ok other than Koji name me one player on the Red Sox who had a career year????

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

Victorino, Saltalamacchia, Nava, Carp

Ben
1 year 6 months ago

HR R RBI AVG OBP
2013 15 82 61 .294 .351
AVG car 14 94 64 .277 .342
I don’t think he had a career year a good one yes

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

Victorino had a war of 6.2, his highest ever. Defense also has to do with it.

Ben
1 year 6 months ago

Most generally when people talk about career years its offense.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

Doesn’t matter, WAR proves his best overall year was last year.

Ben
1 year 6 months ago

Red Sox had injuries too we were down to our Forth closer. None of our pitchers had an outstanding year. No body really did actually

Mike
1 year 6 months ago

And yes, Farrell did a great job handling the closer concerns, but it pales in comparison to having no legitimate first baseman, an outfield of aging scraps, and no catcher. At least the Red Sox had a (mostly) healthy offense.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 6 months ago

The Red Sox also outperformed too. Many had career years/years that were much better than their usual ones. Luck was definitely on their side as well

dc21892
1 year 6 months ago

I’m not blaming just Tito. The players are at fault to, but the number one leader is the manager. You can’t have players that are respected more than a manager leading the way. If that’s the case, why even have a manager?