When Dave Dombrowski was named Red Sox President of Baseball Operations last August, the prevailing notion was that the administrative change was a step in the right direction. Dombrowski has had a long history of building contending teams as a baseball executive, and there was no reason why he wouldn’t be able to replicate his Florida and Detroit success with a team that had more resources than many, if not all, of its competitors. Yet beneath the surface layer of cheers, there were dissenting whispers bringing up the dark side of a Dombrowski reign. “Oh, you like your prospects and organizational depth?”those whisperers said. “Well don’t get used to them. They don’t call him Dealin’ Dave for nothing”. We were warned. This is what Dombrowski does; he cashes in minor league assets for major league talent (leaving the farm system cupboard completely bare), crafts a playoff team full of All-Stars, forgets about the bullpen, and condemns the team to a cycle of near-misses in October. Continue reading
Some quick thoughts coming up about this week’s Sox-A’s bloodbath right after I make sure professional baseball still exists in Oakland… Continue reading
We’re just over a week away from Opening Day (mercifully, I might add). You know what that means? Time for some crazy, random, polarizing predictions about the upcoming Red Sox season. Here’s nine of them, one for every minute that Clay Buchholz takes to deliver a pitch from the stretch:
It’s pretty damn fun to dream, isn’t it? During the course of the past two seasons, last offseason and now this offseason, as a Sox fan, I’ve done a lot of it. I constantly find myself thinking, “Man, wouldn’t it be great to go get so-and-so?” and of course, it never happens. Last year it was the dream of signing back Jon Lester and going to get Giancarlo Stanton (before he signed for over $300 mil). Then it was the dream that the Sox would make a playoff push behind the bats of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, and a pitching staff with “a lot to prove.” During the 2015 season, it was the dream that the young guys would exceed expectations and make the Red Sox buyers at the deadline. Then, Boston would land deals for guys like Johnny Cueto, Craig Kimbrel (which ended up working out last month) or Tyson Ross, and somehow find their way into the playoffs.
The Red Sox made their first real foray into the free agency market today, signing outfielder Chris Young to a multi-year deal, per Ken Rosenthal. There’s a lot to like about this move. Some quick thoughts: