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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Red Sox don’t deserve No. 1 pick in draft, and here’s hoping Rob Manfred doesn’t give it to them

Considering the owners barely wanted to play this 60-game lice infestation of a season to begin with, it hardly seems fair to award the top pick based solely on 2020. That’s especially true of the Red Sox, who have reached deep into the recesses of baseball-reference for pitchers like Mike Kickham, Robinson Leyer, Mitchell Godfrey, Andrew Triggs, and James Conyers, and yes, I made two of those names up, and no, I don’t expect you to know which.

Even accepting that no one anticipated Eduardo Rodriguez missing the season to a COVID-related heart condition, the Red Sox never approached this season with anything resembling a will to win. Ownership tied the hands of chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom all winter, which is how Martin Perez and Jose Peraza end up being the big splashes in free agency.

The entire purpose of the last 11 months has been to cut salary, primarily by trading Mookie Betts and David Price. Had J.D. Martinez opted out, he’d be gone, too. Trying to compete in 2020 never entered the equation.

And yet the Red Sox could be rewarded for it. Manfred, baseball’s commissioner, holds the power to order the 2021 draft however he sees fit, but he’s yet to reveal his intentions. If the order is based simply on 2020 record, the 12-25 Red Sox would currently pick third behind the 10-24 Pirates and 12-25 Angels, losing a tiebreaker with L.A. thanks to a better 2019 record.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 02:17 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, draft, red sox

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Clueless Red Sox tweet captures everything wrong with baseball in 2020

The Boston Red Sox have gone out of their way to make themselves wholly uninteresting in 2020. Between making pitcher Martin Perez their biggest free-agent acquisition and trading away homegrown superstar Mookie Betts and 2018 World Series hero David Price, the team begged fans to look away and watch something else in 2020.

But for one brief and regrettable moment Tuesday, the Red Sox captured the attention of the baseball world. They did so with this incredibly dumb — and now deleted — tweet…

The tweet is a take on a meme that usually features a person hitting the “upgrade” button on a keyboard. The Red Sox replaced the word “upgrade” with “reset.”

The text on the tweet read “iykyk,” which stands for, “If you know, you know.” The Red Sox were referencing the team resetting the luxury tax in 2021. By not spending much in the offseason and offloading a few players at the 2020 deadline, the Red Sox were able to reset the penalty the team would pay if it exceeds the luxury tax — also known as a the competitive balance tax — in 2021.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 02, 2020 at 09:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, August 31, 2020

Rockies To Acquire Kevin Pillar

The Rockies will acquire outfielder Kevin Pillar and cash from the Red Sox for for a player to be named later and 2019-20 international slot money, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

This season has been a major letdown for the Red Sox, but Pillar proved to be a good investment during his month-plus in their uniform. After signing a one-year, $4.25MM contract in the offseason, the former Blue Jay and Giant slashed a respectable .274/.325/.470 with four home runs over 126 plate appearances. Pillar also lined up at all three outfield positions as a member of the Red Sox, though he primarily played right field.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2020 at 04:16 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin pillar, red sox, rockies

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Padres acquire Mitch Moreland from Red Sox for 2 prospects

he San Diego Padres picked up slugger hitter Mitch Moreland in a trade Sunday with Boston.

In exchange, the Red Sox acquired a pair of prospects from San Diego, outfielder Jeisson Rosario and infielder Hudson Potts.

Moreland adds even more power to an already explosive San Diego lineup.

The Padres are making one move after another in pursuit of their first playoff appearance in 14 years. On Saturday, they bolstered their bullpen by acquiring Trevor Rosenthal in a trade with the Kansas City Royals.

Moreland, who turns 35 on Sept. 6, was leading the Red Sox with eight homers, 21 RBI and a .328 batting average. He’s made 19 starts at first base this season and three more as a designated hitter.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 30, 2020 at 02:03 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mitch moreland, padres, red sox

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez could move before deadline, says MLB insider Jon Heyman

Appearing on the Big Time Baseball podcast with Tony Gwynn Jr., Heyman pegged the chances of a Bogaerts trade at 20% and said there’s a 25% chance Martinez is dealt. Considering how the Red Sox still say they’re aiming to contend in 2021, it appears the club would have to be blown away with an offer to trade either 2019 All-Star.

“I would say Xander Bogaerts has a shot to be traded,” Heyman said. “I’m going to put that at 20%. I’d say that J.D. Martinez, who also has an opt-out and makes $19 million a year—that’s a tough contract for a DH, even though all the teams use a DH this year—I think it’s not going to be that easy to move him. I would say it’s a greater likelihood. 25%, I’ll put for J.D. Martinez, (Bogaerts’) teammate, to be moved.”

Last week, Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom refused to label any of his players as untouchable but said he considered Bogaerts and third baseman Rafael Devers to be “core players” who are vital to Boston’s future. Bogaerts, who signed a $120 million contract extension last spring, can opt out of his deal after the 2022 season and will have a full no-trade clause kick in shortly after the deadline.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2020 at 09:10 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, xander bogaerts

Monday, August 24, 2020

First To Worst: How the Red Sox Went From 2018 Champions to 2020 Disaster

On the other hand, the Red Sox have come by their awful start honestly, thanks in large part to one of the worst pitching staffs the game has ever seen. Boston hurlers have given up the most runs in the majors (160), resulting in a run differential of -43 that’s third worst in baseball, and have a ghastly ERA of 6.01, putting them in a virtual tie with Detroit (6.03) for last place, and in the running for the worst team ERA of the modern era. Only the 1996 Tigers, who put up a 6.38 mark en route to 109 losses, and ‘99 Rockies, who posted a 6.03 figure, have done worse in the last 85 years. The Red Sox are tied for San Francisco for lowest WAR among pitching staffs (-0.6), have given up the second-most homers in the league (43, alongside the Giants), are third in walks allowed (107, tied with — you guessed it — the Giants), and rank 24th in Win Probability Added (-2.69).

It gets uglier. Owing to injuries, trades and an offseason they more or less skipped, the Red Sox have already used 11 different starters in just 26 games, and those guys have been lit up for a 6.50 ERA in 101 innings (their staff FIP is an only modestly better 6.16).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2020 at 01:08 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Friday, August 21, 2020

Phillies acquire relievers Brandon Workman, Heath Hembree from Red Sox for Nick Pivetta, Connor Seabold

After watching their bullpen implode twice in Thursday’s doubleheader loss to Toronto, the Phillies made two trades Friday that they hope will improve that battered unit.

The team acquired right-handed reliever David Hale from the New York Yankees for minor-league reliever Addison Russ.

Later Friday night, the Phils acquired relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Boston Red Sox for pitchers Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold.

The Phillies also received cash in the deal with Boston. That should help keep the Phillies under the luxury-tax threshold. The Phillies will also acquire a player to be named later or additional cash.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2020 at 11:33 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon workman, nick pivetta, phillies, red sox

Monday, August 17, 2020

Boston Red Sox executive Chaim Bloom says team has ‘a lot of work to do’

The Boston Red Sox are in rough shape and chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom knows the challenge ahead.

“This isn’t what any of us want,” Bloom told the Boston Globe on Sunday. “There’s a lot of work to do.”

The Red Sox (6-16) have lost seven straight and have the worst record in the American League. They have started 11 different pitchers in just 22 games this season. That roster instability was evident early on.

Boston lost ace Chris Sale to injury, presumed Opening Day starter Eduardo Rodriguez to COVID-19 complications and dealt David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a deal that also sent out MVP outfielder Mookie Betts.

“Obviously the results have not been what we wanted,” Bloom said. “We knew that we were down a couple of pitchers and that this was going to be an area of our team that was a work in progress and certainly we’ve gotten really poor results so far.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2020 at 08:38 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Friday, July 24, 2020

Eduardo Rodriguez’s health complication comes into light

According to a source, Rodriguez is dealing with a condition involving his heart.

There seems to be a strong possibility the specific affliction is called “myocarditis” which involves the inflammation of the heart muscle. Myocarditis is a situation that is often brought on by a viral infection and can affect your heart muscle and your heart’s electrical system, reducing your heart’s ability to pump and causing rapid or abnormal heart rhythms.

It explains the need for rest with victims of the disease not able to engage in any sort of activity that would accelerate the heart’s functions.

Treatment includes medication and rest, allowing the inflammation around the heart to subside.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 24, 2020 at 01:51 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, eduardo rodriguez, red sox

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Chaim Bloom’s first Red Sox rotation is a mess

Here’s the projected Red Sox’ starting rotation, and their career ERAs, with Opening Day on Friday: Nathan Eovaldi (4.54 ERA), Martin Perez (4.72), Ryan Weber (5.04) and Brian Johnson (4.74).

This for a Red Sox team with a payroll around $186 million.

Asked about the rotation on Friday, Bloom said, “It’s definitely more unsettled than I think you would want.”

Unsettled is one way to describe it. Disaster is another. Embarrassment might be pushing it, but only because we don’t know how the season will play out.

Barring a miracle, the Red Sox will have questions to answer for putting together such a crew.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 19, 2020 at 06:34 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Former catcher, longtime coach Mike Ryan dies at 78

Mike Ryan, the backup catcher on the Boston Red Sox’s 1967 “Impossible Dream” team during a 35-year career in professional baseball, has died. He was 78.

The Red Sox said Ryan died in his sleep on Tuesday in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

A native of Haverhill, Massachusetts, Ryan appeared in 636 games with the Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates from 1964 to 1974. He was Boston’s backup catcher for the American League championship team in 1967, going hitless in his only two World Series at-bats when the Red Sox lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 12, 2020 at 11:26 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mike ryan, obituatries, red sox

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Baseball Reliquary: 2020 Hilda Award Recipient: Jeff Boujoukos

Jeff began by collecting the players he knew and, after finding those, he decided to set a goal of collecting a game-used bat of each Red Sox non-pitcher who had an at-bat for the Sox from 1960 to the present. Why 1960? Because that was the last year for Ted Williams, and 1961 would be the first year for Carl Yastrzemski, his favorite player. “It was an undertaking that I frankly never thought I would complete and as of today amounts to over 525 different players,” Jeff remarked. “With the advent of eBay and networking with a number of fantastic collectors, and with the support of players, I have been able to collect a bat from every player except one, Ken Poulsen.” The bats can be viewed on Jeff’s Boston Game Used Web site.

Collecting things of one sort or another never appealed to me, but the commitment necessary and the ancillary benefits are often, like here, fun and admirable.

Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: May 27, 2020 at 10:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: collecting, red sox

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Worth It? Does MLB’s reaction to Astros, Red Sox tainted titles mean cheaters can prosper?

And now, some commentary on the major baseball news of the day:

The 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros are cheaters. We already knew that.

The 2018 World Series champion Boston Red Sox cheated a bit too. Less than the Astros, but enough that MLB on Wednesday docked them a draft pick and suspended one of their staffers for the year.

And for the second time, no players were suspended.

So much for the sanctity of the game, right?

 

QLE Posted: April 23, 2020 at 12:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dirty rotten cheaters, red sox

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

MLB Pins Red Sox Violations on Staffer (sub. required)

Major League Baseball’s ruling on the Boston Red Sox’s illegal sign stealing in 2018 determined the primary culprit was not the front office, manager Alex Cora or the players, but the team’s video replay system operator.
The league, in findings that will be released Wednesday afternoon, suspended the operator, J.T. Watkins, and docked the Red Sox a second-round pick in the 2020 draft. It also suspended Cora through the conclusion of the 2020 postseason, but only for his conduct as Astros bench coach in 2017, not as Red Sox manager in ’18, when the team won 108 games and the World Series.
Following a January report from The Athletic on the Red Sox’s conduct, Commissioner Rob Manfred found that Watkins, on at least some occasions during the 2018 regular season, illegally utilized game feeds in the replay room to help players during games — an undertaking less egregious than the Astros’ famed 2017 sign-stealing scheme.
The league did not find that Boston’s impermissible conduct continued during the 2018 postseason or 2019 regular season.


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Ranking the Red Sox Interviewees In The Past 15 Years

So, if there wasn’t this pandemic going on a typical day at the ballpark would start at 3 p.m., when the clubhouse usually opened to the media. That lasts for about one hour, with players and media milling about before the access ended, sending reporters up to get de-briefed by the manager.

The second wave of opportunity for the media when it came to accessing the players is on the field, just before or just after batting practice. And finally, there is after the game, although that availability and willingness to converse can get a bit dicey considering how just transpired on the diamond or how much of a pull there is from the players’ families to get home…

1. Mike Lowell: Yes, I did a book with Lowell so suggestions of my bias are in play, but going through that process is a big reason I am confident in this selection. Nobody was better at giving you the exact quote you needed to drop in a story (or a chapter) than the former third baseman. He was a machine. Eighty-percent of our 70,000-word project was done in two, four-hour interview sessions in his former high school guidance counselor’s office because he knew exactly what it was going to take to fill the pages with good stuff.

Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 14, 2020 at 11:06 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: media, red sox

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Deal revived, Rockies acquire 2B Marco Scutaro from Red Sox

Il Milione Man March heads west…

The Rockies have agreed in principle on a deal to acquire Boston infielder Marco Scutaro for pitcher Clayton Mortensen, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks.

The Rockies’ earmarked Scutaro as a target when the offseason began, seeing him as a starting second baseman and potential No. 2 hitter in the lineup. The deal went on life support Friday, but was revived today when the Rockies were able to work through some financial issues to take on Scutaro’s $6 million contract.

It will become official shortly as the players involved are notified.

...Mortensen is an extreme groundball pitcher, relying heavily on a sinker. He went 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA, splitting between between the bullpen and rotation.

With Scutaro in the fold, the Rockies will enter spring training with one of their deepest lineups in franchise history. He will join outfielder Michael Cuddyer and catcher Ramon Hernandez as key acquisitions, completely reshaping the lineup around Carlos Gonzalez and all-star cleanup hitter Troy Tulowitzki.

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2012 at 06:33 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rockies

Friday, January 20, 2012

Shaughnessy’s Faux Rage: I’m Not Buying It

Firebrand Joe Morgan-like.

If you heard a loud thumping noise a few minutes ago, that wasn’t your imagination.  It was me bashing my head against the desk as I was reading Dan Shaughnessy’s latest opus.  Like all Shaughnessy articles, he channels his most emotional nerves to convince us that the Red Sox ownership (or whomever his target du jour might be) is wronging us. That their “cheap” ways are depriving us of a championship that we’re entitled to experiencing.  Clearly, he does it for attention and notoriety, and perhaps we should all be immune to his shtick by now.  For some reason, I can’t let go.

...Terry Francona, Theo Epstein, Jonathan Papelbon, and Heidi Watney are all gone, and we just learned that Carl Crawford had surgery on his wrist, which isn’t going to make things easier for his big bounce-back season.

I can live with all of the above – even if we won’t have J.D. Drew to kick around anymore – but I can’t stand talk about payroll limits and luxury tax obligations.

While Heidi Watney’s presence will be missed, I’m not sure how this will impact the team’s on field performance.  If anything, I think the horny old baseball writers, like Shaughnessy, will be the ones missing her most of all.

Crawford’s wrist injury probably won’t make his bounce back season any easier, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be successful.  The good news is that only the cartilege was torn in the wrist.  Had he broken a bone, the outlook on his season would’ve been much less rosy.  Recovery from such a procedure typically lasts 6-8 weeks, which would put him about 2-4 weeks behind in terms of Spring Training readiness.  He seems to be a pretty quick healer, so he could be back even sooner.  I don’t see any reason to panic until we’re given an actually reason to do so.

Repoz Posted: January 20, 2012 at 04:01 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, red sox

Boston Globe: Abraham: Red Sox reorganize medical department for 2012

Thus narrowly avoiding the scheduled sessions in the Tub O’ Leeches for players wishing to treat an inflamed saltalamacchia by purging of harmful humors…

“There were areas of our players’ physical maintenance and care that we thought could improve from 2011,’’ general manager Ben Cherington said yesterday.

Some of the changes were made quickly, including the removal of Dr. Thomas Gill as medical director. Cherington also looked deeper in an effort to create what he termed “the best possible environment’’ for players.

The Red Sox created two new positions, hiring Mike Boyle as their strength and conditioning consultant and Dan Dyrek as a clinical consultant.

[...]

[Boyle] will be with the team at spring training and at home games while providing “mentorship’’ to new strength coach Pat Sandora and members of the minor league conditioning staff.

Rick Jameyson, who was with the Indians for 20 seasons, was hired as the head athletic trainer. Brad Pearson was promoted from the minor league staff to be his assistant.

Mattbert Posted: January 20, 2012 at 01:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Orlando Cabrera To Retire From Baseball

OH NO, EXPO!

Last season, Orlando Cabrera batted .238 with the Indians and Giants, posting a 61 OPS+. The season before that, he posted a 76 OPS+. The season before that, he posted an 85 OPS+. Orlando Cabrera has been declining, and just turned 37 years old. As a free agent, Cabrera didn’t drum up much interest, which I’m guessing is why he’s intending to hang ‘em up. Enrique Rojas:

  “Orlando Cabrera to retire from baseball, he said in Colombia radio station. Thanks for memories!”

Cabrera had a long career that’ll be difficult to forget. He debuted with the Expos in 1997, and remained there until the giant Nomar Garciaparra three-way trade in 2004. That year, with the Red Sox, Cabrera won a World Series. He wound up with the Angels, earning the unfortunate nickname “The Wizard of O.C.”, and then he wound up with the White Sox, and the A’s, and the Twins, and the Reds, and the Indians, and the Giants ... He remained a shortstop to the end, and collected 2,055 hits. He will always be remembered as a pest. An absolute pest.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 09:06 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, expos, giants, indians, red sox, reds, twins, white sox

Red Sox Legend Jim Rice in New Best Buy Commercial to Promote “At Fenway”

Brian Evans should have made the Basketball Hall of Fame before Jim Rice made the…huh? wha??

Boston Red Sox legend Jim Rice, a member of The Baseball Hall of Fame, has just completed a new TV commercial which will promote the new single “At Fenway,” now on sale at Best Buy and Amazon.com.

The song, written and recorded by crooner Brian Evans, was produced by multiple Grammy Award winning producer Narada Michael Walden…

After debuting at #3 on Amazon.com, astonishing given the single was released in November, during football season, the commercial was filmed last Monday at The Groveland Diner in Groveland, Massachusetts.

...“Red Sox Nation is everywhere. This has truly been a D2F (Direct to Fan) campaign at this point, and we’re blown away at the response to the song,” says Evans.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 04:35 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: media, music, red sox

Geek Out!: Curt Schilling the dragon-slayer

“This is not a vanity project” The Chakram Bullshiit Launcher is fully loaded, sir!

Schilling is, and has been for the past 31 years, a gamer. He honed his controller skills on an Intellivision video game system. His first favorite game was - surprise - “Major League Baseball.”

“I was at the right age for consoles, when ‘Pong’ was the ‘Need For Speed’ of the day,” Schilling said. “(‘Major League Baseball’) was like the greatest baseball game ever. If you had a consistent playing partner like they do in ‘Starcraft’ now, every game was 1-0, and you had to hit a home run down the left field line.”

...Schilling is now the chairman and founder of 38 Studios, a video game company that is getting set to release its first title, “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning,” on February 7.

“Gaming, outside of the Lord, baseball and my family, was always my thing,” he said. “I took this very much as I did my baseball career. I scouted the industry for about five or six years, and I took notes and I went to a lot of lunches and a lot of meetings with people that were in the industry and just get a feel for what I was up against.”

...“I’m a very routine-oriented guy. Deep down inside the game dev process, there is that routine, but the wins and losses are much farther between. And they are different. When you win a game against the Yankees on Monday and it’s on ESPN and all over in the newspapers, there is immediate instant feedback. This is very different. You have to find wins and losses in different ways.”

“I don’t miss anything I did for a living. I was born to do it for a long, long time. The things I got to see and be a part of, I’ll be forever grateful, but I’m looking for the new schedule, the new playing field, the new World Series. That’s been the challenge is to find where and when and how those things happen here.”

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 09:20 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: business, fantasy baseball, media, red sox

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wrist Surgery For Carl Crawford

Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford had surgery on his left wrist in Arizona today. GM Ben Cherington said Crawford should be recovered to play “the bulk” of the season…Crawford felt soreness when he started his offseason hitting workouts around Jan. 1. He had an MRI that showed cartilage damage and arthroscopic surgery was recommended.

...Cherington did not rule Crawford being eligible for Opening Day. But it sounds like he could miss the early part of the season…we’re optimistic Carl will be progressing in baseball activities as we get into spring training and be in a position to be active and our left fielder in our lineup for the bulk of the regular season.

Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: January 17, 2012 at 04:13 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, January 16, 2012

Red Sox Sign Franklin Morales to 1-Year, $850K Deal

The Boston Red Sox have signed left handed pitcher Franklin Morales to a 1-year, $850 thousand deal according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. The deal allows both sides to avoid arbitration.

Morales, a 25 year old Venezuelan reliever, has a career ERA of 4.61 but was able to post a 3.69 ERA throughout 2011, part of which was spent with the Colorado Rockies. He spent four seasons with the Rockies but was traded to the Red Sox in May of 2011.

Thanks to Flora Gibbs

Repoz Posted: January 16, 2012 at 10:57 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: business, red sox

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Bobby Valentine thinks Yankees additions “probably” an upgrade

The Name Of The Game! Yee-hah…Valentine’s day!

Don’t count Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine among those impressed by the Yankees’ late-night moves on Friday.

At a Jimmy Fund charity event on Saturday morning, Valentine didn’t seem too concerned about New York’s additions of starting pitchers Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda.

“They’re probably an upgrade from [Bartolo] Colon and [Freddy] Garcia,” Valentine said. “Probably. I don’t know. It seems it.”

He did talk about the potential flaws for each pitcher.

“Pineda, when I saw him the first half, he looked unhittable. Second half, he looked OK,” said Valentine. “[The Mariners] saw a lot of him and they traded him.

“Kuroda is a good pitcher—a year older than he was last year, pitching in the American League and not the National League, pitching in not a great pitcher’s ballpark from a great pitcher’s ballpark.”

Repoz Posted: January 14, 2012 at 03:33 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

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