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.

11 Responses to Cafardo On Cabrera, Dodgers, Santana, Hardy Leave a Reply

  1. Ben 1 year ago

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

  2. Ben 1 year ago

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

    • Riaaaaaa 1 year ago

      Victorino, Saltalamacchia, Nava, Carp

      • Ben 1 year 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 ago

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

          • Ben 1 year ago

            Most generally when people talk about career years its offense.

          • Riaaaaaa 1 year ago

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

  3. Ben 1 year 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 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.

  4. Riaaaaaa 1 year 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

  5. dc21892 1 year 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?

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