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It is a little perplexing. I mean, the last time the guy was an above average hitter was 2009, and he missed the last 2 seasons.
You'd think he'd have a very short leash.
I'm not sure if there's any precedent for a hitter to get the early Roy Halladay treatment to overhaul his swing mechanics, but it looks like Bradley needs it.
If Sizemore is DFA'd what are the odds the Phillies pick him up?
I like the Torres signing. He and Sizemore can form a useful platoon:
Sizemore vs R: .246/.314/.365
Torres vs L (2013): .291/.342/.376
EDIT: That would be something like a 95 OPS+ with average defense.
I think the Sox are close to demoting Bradley. They might have signed Torres to platoon him with Sizemore until Victorino returns.
Sizemore can still be useful. It seems he's at the Eric Chavez/Andruw Jones stage of his career where he's just poopy against same-handed pitching.
Torres' base stealing
In 3 years as the Red Sox GM, Cherington has built 2 losing teams and a WS winner.
I'd put a lot of the blame for 2012 on Valentine,
I would much rather have this than three teams that made it to the postseason and did nothing there.
All you can do is get your team into the playoffs as often as possible.
I'm not a huge fan of Cherington, but  seems a bit harsh. For one thing, I'd put a lot of the blame for 2012 on Valentine, and a lot of the blame for hiring Valentine on Lucchino rather than Cherington.
I agree with this. Teams with top 5 payrolls carry with them the expectation that they're playoff caliber year in and year out. This is the "burden" of the large market teams. Whether a large amount of luck was involved or not, 2013 was awesome and will always be awesome, and Cherington deserves a great deal of credit for that. But based on 2012, and if 2014 continues along these lines, I don't know that his leash should be any longer than 1 more year.
In 3 years as the Red Sox GM, Cherington has built 2 losing teams and a WS winner. All 3 years he had a budget that was basically capped at the luxury tax cap level. That's a pretty shitty overall record, unless you're willing to credit Cherington for 90% of breaks going the Red Sox's way in 2013, both in the regular season and the playoffs. While the 2013 team was a solid baseball team, I doubt they win 97 games and the WS again if you go back in time and play the games all over again; they were not really a dominant team. And then his other two teams are a disaster so bad they had one of the biggest mid-season fire sales in history and a team that only looks better than that because the 2014 Rays are even worse.
The biggest blunder Cherington made this off-season, and I said it at the time, was to have no fallback position behind Middlebrooks at third. They were awfully thin there and counting on him to be productive or they had to go to Herrera. Once WMB started the year poorly then got hurt that put a gaping hole in the lineup that was exacerbated by poor years elsewhere.
Agreed. The OF construction was pretty much the same as 2013 - throw a bunch of players out there and hopefully some work out. Injuries have been a big issue, but I also think Farrell is not very good at setting up platoons. I would like to see set rotations - Gomes playes against X, Nava plays against Y, Sizemore plays against Z...but never 3 days in a row. Seems like Farrell is a lot more scattered than that.
I got nothing really that no one else has mentioned. At this point in 2012, the team was 30-32. And if I recall there was actually a teeny point where they looked like they had a chance to claw their way back. Then I think either Ortiz or Pedroia or both got hurt, and that was that.
This team....hoo boy...so little power. So hard to watch.
Also, the Sox are missing what Iglesias contributed on the field and at the plate. In a way, Holt is filling that role I suppose.
The biggest blunder Cherington made this off-season, and I said it at the time, was to have no fallback position behind Middlebrooks at third.
In his tenure he has given away decent players (Lowrie, Reddick - both of which were moves I supported), acquired a series of relief disasters that were entirely predictable (Melancon, Hanrahan, Bailey, Mujica) and his draft record is uninspiring albeit in early returns. I really worry that the lesson he got from 2013 was "never sign a big money player" when the Sox DO need some kind of stud right now.
Also, the Sox are missing what Iglesias contributed on the field and at the plate.
Wasn't bringing Drew back essentially the fallback?
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