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Monday, August 31, 2020

Job Done!

And as the trade deadline passes the Boston Red Sox have had their most successful and important day of the season.

No, I’m not talking about the trades they did or did not make (more on that coming).  I am referring to the fact that based on the agreement between MLB and the MLBPA with the passing of the trade deadline all luxury tax calculations are reset* and the Sox have accomplished what they wanted back when they traded their best homegrown player since Yaz (and arguably before that).

* per Alex Speier

Look I’m not going to sit here and pretend this is all sunshine and roses but for the rebuilding Red Sox this is the job of 2020.  Everything else that has happened, is happening or will happen is secondary.  If the luxury tax were not reset that would have been a genuinely catastrophic outcome.  I love Verdugo and I’m keen on Downs and Wong but even so, the Mookie deal was made to reset the luxury tax and if that hadn’t happened, well that taste of bile we all have would have gotten worse.  Now we can start moving forward.

With that in mind let’s turn to the moves made and not made.  We may as well start with the highest profile non-deal, that of center fielder and 2018 ALCS MVP Jackie Bradley Jr.  This has all been mildly amusing to me.  I think we can look back at the tenure of Jackie Bradley Jr. and acknowledge that the Sox have managed him about as well as humanly possible.  For all the hubbub about using up service time in 2013 that has never become an issue.  They now reach his walk year and hold all the cards.

So why not deal him?  Well, presumably they didn’t get a decent enough offer.  JBJ is a link to glories past and while he is not a star I think there is a real chance he is in Boston in 2021.  The expectation obviously is that he will go as a free agent this winter but I think given the weirdness of this year and financial uncertainty around the league a one year pillow contract might be in the offing.

Why would the Sox do that though?  Well why not?  The plan that exists presumably is an outfield of Benintendi-Jarred Duran-Verdugo.  But Benny hardly qualifies as a someone to be confident in and while he’d be a sell low candidate if the Sox get an offer they can consider it.  On top of that while Duran looks intriguing he is no certainty.  Bradley himself struggled badly in 2014, Jacoby Ellsbury found himself dropping back behind Coco Crisp in 2008, young players take time to develop and JBJ would give manager Carlos Febles* some flexibility to give Duran the odd break if necessary.

* you heard it here first, well probably not but that’s my guess.

OK, enough on JBJ.  I’m not going to insult you and pretend I know a damned thing about the guys they got. I will say that I will miss Mitch Moreland, his three run homer in game four was probably the single biggest hit of that World Series (which had its share).  On top of that he seems to be a genuinely good dude, he took over the Brock Holt role as Jimmy Fund Guy and at least publicly never complained as he watched Steve Pearce take at bats in the post-season (deservedly so but that doesn’t stop guys from complaining).

Kevin Pillar will also be missed.  It was an eventful month for Pillar.  NESN just showed a little series of clips with him making 7 or 8 catches while crashing into the wall which is kind of a silly frequency for a dude who was here a month.  The one non-move I’m surprised, and admittedly mildly disappointed in, is Matt Barnes.  I’m not a fan of Barnes who just doesn’t throw enough strikes for my liking.  I’m not at all surprised at Vazquez or Martinez not being moved and the Bogaerts stuff was just “let’s see if we can get someone to be stupid” feelers.

The deadline keeps my optimism regarding Chaim Bloom in place.  I know there are those who will feel the Sox should have just dealt anyone any good.  I don’t like that approach. If you get a deal you like then you make it but don’t just capitulate and give them away.  Bloom continues to look like a guy approaching things with a plan in place.  I think a reasonable expectation for the Sox is to contend in 2022 and I have seen nothing in this deadline that makes me revisit that.  To the contrary, the approach looks like it’s moving in the right direction and resetting the luxury tax, while not the sexiest thing in the world, is a step in the right direction.

Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: August 31, 2020 at 07:15 PM | 48 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: August 31, 2020 at 10:03 PM (#5973546)
So much there that I care so little about
   2. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: August 31, 2020 at 11:51 PM (#5973578)
Thanks for reading! Your input is appreciated!
   3. Darren Posted: September 01, 2020 at 11:49 AM (#5973642)
From what I understand, the Sox are currently under the limit by something like $20 mil, which for the shortened season would prorate down to something like $12 mil. Would it make sense for them to try to lock up younger players and include 2020 as part of the contract? That would minimize the luxury tax impact for 2021 and beyond. The two best candidates coming into the year were probably Devers and Rodriguez, and then maybe Benintendi. These guys don't make sense now for various reasons. But what about locking in Verdugo for a year past arbitration with maybe an option or two?

(Also, I think Duke meant that the team is not worth caring about, not your writing. I hope so, anyway!)
   4. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 01, 2020 at 01:08 PM (#5973674)
I think if you can get them signed you do it. Just given the guys you mentioned;

Rodriguez - I think it's going to be tough to reach an agreement right now with EdRod. The Sox would rightly want a discount for the lost season (and questions regarding how he comes back after a heart problem) while Rodriguez would rightly feel like he has established his value over several years.

Devers - This is the most likely one I think simply from the ease of it standpoint. Presumably the Sox and Devers recognize he is an elite player so unless Devers is determined to follow the Mookie route a deal could get done.

Verdugo - Probably just behind Devers. Verdugo is young enough that you can buy out a year of his FA time (2026 season) and you have him through age 29. That still leaves Verdugo hitting free agency before age 30 and even if all you do is sign some kind of cost certainty that probably is useful.

Benintendi - I imagine this is a long shot. Given his down 2019 and the lost year of 2020 he is a huge gamble unless the Sox are getting a massive discount which if I'm Benintendi I'm not touching.
   5. Darren Posted: September 01, 2020 at 01:54 PM (#5973683)
I pretty much agree with those except that I don't think there's agreement on what type of player Devers is. He's got 1,500 plate appearances and 5.1 bWAR. Sure, 2019 was great, but everything else has been really bad. Is his future at 1B or 3B?

Do you give him a deal like Bregman's? Moncada's? Acuna's?
   6. Darren Posted: September 01, 2020 at 01:59 PM (#5973685)
Wanted to also chime in on JBJ. He's the only black player remaining on the team after they dealt their two others, including the team's best player, last offseason. And he's seemed to take on a leadership role in general and in terms of issue of race specifically. This seems like one case where he's valued well beyond his playing abilities.
   7. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 01, 2020 at 02:10 PM (#5973688)
I think Devers is a guy you don't read too much into this season. He's a guy predicted to be a star who showed star ability and basically had a bad week to start the season. His August line (.269/.315/.500) works nicely. The Sox probably believe he's a lynchpin. I think he's a 3B long term, the range is just too good to dismiss over there. I firmly believe he can follow the Boggs path defensively and even if you don't believe Boggs deserved the Gold Gloves he won he certainly became a much better defender over the years. I think the fact that you can dismiss the Acuna deal just because he signed it with far less experience than Devers has now. The Bregman deal may not be a perfect comp but I think it's a reasonable starting point for a discussion.

I 100% am in agreement with JBJ. I thought about making a note on that but then decided to just leave that for others to discuss but I think that is something this ownership group (which tends to be PR conscious) is aware of.

   8. pikepredator Posted: September 01, 2020 at 03:16 PM (#5973694)
I'm not favor of much more trading/tear-down stuff, particularly of position players and ERod. I would've been fine with them trading JD but am happy to keep him for the next few years, too - the rotation is full of question marks and they definitely need hitters so they can outslug teams. I like Devers' ceiling as a reason to keep him.

I'm glad they traded relievers; I think there is a lot of opportunity in taking relievers who have performed well for a couple or three years and trading them. They are so finicky and unpredictable, but teams in need are happy to pay for ones who have a good track record.
   9. Jay Seaver Posted: September 01, 2020 at 08:15 PM (#5973754)
We may as well start with the highest profile non-deal, that of center fielder and 2018 ALCS MVP Jackie Bradley Jr.  ... So why not deal him?

Somebody has to actually play the outfield, especially if Benintendi is not close to returning and there's going to be an infielder in left field most of the time (he says as Lin Tzu-Wei makes a legit great play off the wall and nearly gets an outfield assist at 2nd). Given that people generally seem to respect the heck out of him and he might not be so easily replaced, why not resign him, especially if he's willing to potentially be a fourth outfielder ?

Anyway, I must say that this whole exercise has kind of sucked; I've talked to friends before about how being an A's or Rays fan must be less fun in large part because you can't get attached, and it's been no fun being in that position, no matter how much you think it might pay off later.
   10. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 01, 2020 at 08:49 PM (#5973757)
Yeah, that’s the bad part. If I can’t get attached to Mookie, it’s tough to get fired up for anyone else. It’s definitely frustrating.
   11. karlmagnus Posted: September 01, 2020 at 08:52 PM (#5973759)
The long 45-year bull market for baseball talent had to turn sometime, and Covid-19 may mark the turn -- certainly no clubs will make money this year. Given that, you want as few long-term contracts on the books as possible when the vicious bear market hits -- short-term and renew at a lower rate should be the objective. If that is indeed a reasonable market projection, then the Sox are very well positioned, and the Dodgers and Yankees are in deep trouble.
   12. Jay Seaver Posted: September 01, 2020 at 10:15 PM (#5973784)
I would love to be in the Dodgers' sort of deep trouble.

Starting to get into "fire Ron Roenicke, make Alex Verdugo player-manager" territory. The latter's at least aware there's a baseball game going on.
   13. Jay Seaver Posted: September 01, 2020 at 11:22 PM (#5973807)
^^ Posted before Roenicke apparently said the team did a great job because they didn't get blown out until the late innings.
   14. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 02, 2020 at 10:15 AM (#5973841)
Roenicke isn't doing anything to make me think he's part of the solution. As I noted in the piece I expect Febles to be the guy next year. I think handing the reins to Roenicke this year was the right call. We all knew what was coming and if he winds up doing a good job then that's great but if not it's not a huge loss. Don't sacrifice a potentially good and long term manager in Febles (or someone else) to be the guy brought in as an emergency hire after Cora.
   15. villageidiom Posted: September 02, 2020 at 01:37 PM (#5973877)
I think handing the reins to Roenicke this year was the right call. We all knew what was coming and if he winds up doing a good job then that's great but if not it's not a huge loss. Don't sacrifice a potentially good and long term manager in Febles (or someone else) to be the guy brought in as an emergency hire after Cora.
I'm going to disagree, maybe?

I mean, in some sense it didn't matter who they handed the reins to this year, from the perspective of fans who were likely to give up on the team before the season started. If people gave up on the team before opening day, then the fact that for most of this season the roster was, almost to a man, failing to do what they were good at didn't matter. The team not playing like they were worth watching didn't mess up the plan not to watch, y'know?

But in terms of getting this team to play like it matters, this has been a spectacular failure. And that's a huge part of the manager's job. This should have been an audition year for Roenicke, and he has simply failed the audition. If they hired him to keep the seat warm, I'm not sure he's even achieved that.

And that's where I disagree the most. If they wanted Febles to be the manager of the future, then they should have given him the audition this year. Yes, the team likely would have been mediocre at best in 2020, but that was the expectation going in. Can he meet that expectation? Beat that expectation? Completely fail? This would have been a great year for them to find out.
   16. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 02, 2020 at 02:14 PM (#5973882)
I don't think you are wrong about why giving Febles the chance this year would have been a reasonable idea. I think they would have seen it as a bridge too far though. It's one thing to take over a team not expected to be good but with everything that was surrounding the team and the circumstances of why the job opened up I think they would have felt it was excessive.

I do think they probably saw it as an audition for Roenicke though. I think the perfect scenario is the Sox to look some variant of competent and Roenicke guides the team for a couple of years helping to develop the kids. But that hasn't happened and I think that sets Febles up going forward. I don't think the Sox WANTED Roenicke to fail (or expected him to) but given that is what has happened I think that makes Febles the guy who is on tap.
   17. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: September 02, 2020 at 03:27 PM (#5973901)
Blaming Roenicke for this year's results is like blaming Joe Biden for the # of COVID cases in America.
   18. The Mighty Quintana Posted: September 02, 2020 at 03:44 PM (#5973909)
I have to say, I was enjoying having Pillar and Bradley in the outfield together, aesthetically speaking. Having said that, these are all moves you have to make, so that's good to see. I still like Devers long-term future, and hopefully he can keep the weight off in the coming years.
   19. Jay Seaver Posted: September 02, 2020 at 04:38 PM (#5973922)
Blaming Roenicke for this year's results is like blaming Joe Biden for the # of COVID cases in America.

He's not the biggest problem, by a long shot, and he's mostly just not been up to an impossible challenge, but on a game-by-game basis, he seems to be making things worse - as bad and patched-together as this pitching staff is, the sheer number of games that have gotten completely out of hand quickly is pretty darn alarming. I also don't know if you can lose the clubhouse without having an actual clubhouse, but that certainly seemed to be the case earlier in the year. Maybe the team just needed a lot more time than its opponents to adjust to the situation.

For all that we knew this year was going to be bad from the start, and weird when spring training got put on hold, I don't think anyone predicted it would be this miserable. Remember early in the year, when the talk was that the Red Sox would wind up playing a bunch of 8-7 games and maybe they'd get lucky and come out on the right side of a few? Instead, they've lost a bunch of 10-3 games, the same way they did at the start of the season, and it doesn't feel like they've learned anything or made any adjustments beyond selling off the movable pieces. It's not just that the team is worse than expected, but the way in which it is, which makes me feel like something is not right at the center. I probably gripe about Roenicke too much, and I kind of suspect that Bloom is getting a lot more benefit of the doubt than the results deserve, but I can't help but feel that it didn't have to be this bad.
   20. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 02, 2020 at 05:13 PM (#5973934)
. . . as bad and patched-together as this pitching staff is, the sheer number of games that have gotten completely out of hand quickly is pretty darn alarming.
How is the pitchers pitching poorly on Roenicke? Poor pitch selection or bullpen usage could be be managerial problems, but I was under the impression that most thought lack of talent was the 2020 Red Sox pitching problem.
   21. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: September 02, 2020 at 05:22 PM (#5973939)
I was under the impression that most thought lack of talent was the 2020 Red Sox pitching problem.


It is, 100%. Losing Sale, Price, and ERod (and even Porcello) doomed them. To expect the bullpen not to fall apart is stunningly unfair to Roenicke. When Nathan Eovaldi is basically your only starter that is better than the average #5 starter on most teams, you're screwed.
   22. Jay Seaver Posted: September 02, 2020 at 06:15 PM (#5973951)
To a certain extent, my impatience is based on how surprised the folks calling the games often seem to be at how things are playing out, and how it often seems that pitchers with nothing will be left in to take a pounding before anyone else is ever up in the bullpen. Like I said, I probably blame him too much and I acknowledge that this is a uniquely challenging year, to put it mildly (I'd add McHugh to the list of lost starters), but watching the games, the team always seems to be a step behind even taking that into consideration. I'm not usually one to put too much on intangibles and general feelings, but that's certainly the feeling this team has been giving me night in and night out.
   23. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: September 02, 2020 at 06:57 PM (#5973960)
pitchers with nothing will be left in to take a pounding before anyone else is ever up in the bullpen.


What difference does it make when the next guy is gonna take the same pounding? Every game, just about, is a bullpen game, and no bullpen can sustain any level of competence when they're called upon to pitch as much as they have been. I really have no idea how good (or bad) some of these new guys really are. It isn't fair to judge them on this year's results. They're throwing too many innings.
   24. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: September 02, 2020 at 08:13 PM (#5973977)
And it continues. It's a parade of minor league pitchers facing major league hitting. How is this Roenicke's fault?
   25. Jay Seaver Posted: September 02, 2020 at 08:41 PM (#5973982)
Man, I never say it's entirely Roenicke's fault. I just don't see any sign that he's a net positive .
   26. karlmagnus Posted: September 02, 2020 at 09:39 PM (#5974026)
If the Cunning Plan was to suck so badly in 2020 they get a #1 draft pick, then maybe hiring Roenicke was part of the Plan.
   27. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 02, 2020 at 09:41 PM (#5974031)
I’m with Jay in 25, it’s not that Roenicke is the only or even largest problem, but I just haven’t seen much from him that makes me think he should be the guy going forward.
   28. villageidiom Posted: September 02, 2020 at 10:27 PM (#5974062)
How is the pitchers pitching poorly on Roenicke? Poor pitch selection or bullpen usage could be be managerial problems, but I was under the impression that most thought lack of talent was the 2020 Red Sox pitching problem.
If it were just the pitchers pitching poorly, they would be losing games 8-7 instead of 10-3. The hitting has been worse than expected. The fielding has been worse than expected. They're one more loss away from having a team meeting with a doctor to tell them that losing is a disease, as contagious as syphillis.

Last week I'd posted the fWAR of all players who weren't at their projected level. Only 7 were positive. 20 were negative. The total fWAR over projection of those 7 positive players was more than offset by the fWAR under projection of just Devers, Martinez, and Benintendi.

To mix metaphors, or maybe not, this team is sucking on all cylinders. It's truly a team effort to be this bad. On paper, pitching aside the talent on this team is supposedly good. They haven't shown it this year. (Verdugo and Bogaerts have; Moreland and Pillar had.) When fingers can be pointed in all directions, the manager might not have caused the problem; but if he can't solve it he becomes the problem.
   29. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: September 03, 2020 at 07:54 AM (#5974186)
Maybe someone should send Roenicke the magic wand that will make this .333 team a .375 team.
   30. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: September 03, 2020 at 08:04 AM (#5974188)
JD has been bad. Roenicke's fault. JBJ hurt his wrist and has had a typical JBJ season, so far. Roenicke's fault. Devers got off to a slow start. Roenicke's fault. Devers has started to hit. Roenicke gets the credit? I doubt it.

Managers put the best lineups they can on the field, given the circumstances of any given day, and the rest is on the players.

They are looking to the future and have conceded that the present is going to be painful.

They're averaging 4.75 runs a game. Good Red Sox teams average 5 runs a game. Come on. Their offense has not been the problem.
   31. Nasty Nate Posted: September 03, 2020 at 08:41 AM (#5974193)
Joe, your defense of Roenicke could be used for any manager of a .333 team. Presumably a lot of managers of .333 teams are not doing good jobs.

"The team is playing terrible" might not be as good a rationale for keeping the manager as you think.
   32. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 03, 2020 at 08:52 AM (#5974194)
Look, I don't think Roenicke is doing a good job but let's turn this around for a minute. What can we give him some credit for?

- Verdugo has settled in nicely. That's good and it's important for this organization.

- He's not a star in waiting or anything but he seems to be doing well with Rule 5 pick Jonathan Arauz. He looks like he might have some chance to help out long term.

- While I think his overall handling of the pitchers has been poor I think he's done well with Martin Perez. Whether he's pitched well or poorly I think Roenicke has handled him right.

- I don't know if he deserves credit for Phillips Valdez but the dude has been genuinely impressive and Roenicke hasn't been shy about using him.

- I think he's done well to get guys they've called up into games. For better or for worse they've taken a look at a LOT of pitchers and young players have gotten a chance when they've come up.
   33. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: September 03, 2020 at 09:01 AM (#5974196)
Nate, it isn't just that they're playing terribly. It's that their ceiling isn't much higher than their record, with that pitching staff. I think it's unfair to not give Roenicke a chance next year, when they will presumably have Sale and ERod back, as well as whoever else they bring in to strengthen their pitching.
   34. villageidiom Posted: September 03, 2020 at 10:06 AM (#5974199)
Nate, it isn't just that they're playing terribly. It's that their ceiling isn't much higher than their record, with that pitching staff.
Preseason projections had them in the neighborhood of a .500 team, with that pitching staff. Some were more optimistic, but hadn't factored in Rodriguez's COVID complications; others factored that in and were less optimistic. But all around, Boston was not expected to be nearly this bad.

Like, they're on a 52-110 pace. In nearly every season in your lifetime, at least one team has had as bad a pitching staff or worse, and definitely worse hitters on paper, and not played as bad as Boston has this season. There is no way Boston's "ceiling isn't much higher than" a 110-loss team in a full season.

Again, we don't know Roenicke is the cause, but he's not been the solution.

(EDITed to make the last big paragraph clearer.)
   35. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: September 03, 2020 at 10:45 AM (#5974213)
It's unlikely the projections took into account all the innings burned by minor league pitchers. And I forgot to mention they traded their best bullpen arm. I'm surprised they didn't trade Barnes, as well.
   36. villageidiom Posted: September 03, 2020 at 12:01 PM (#5974229)
Updated ZiPS, with post-trade rosters and injuries and everything else we know about this team already, expects Boston to play near .500 (11-12) the rest of the way. The projections expect minor-league pitchers to suck, and they don't expect Martin Perez alone to pick up the innings for Sale, Rodriguez, McHugh, etc. Most of those players, and most of the hitters, are expected to do better than they have actually done. That's why their ceiling is much higher than their record.

Perhaps their ceiling with Roenicke is the same as their record, in which case he should go. Or maybe it has nothing to do with him. But even "collective team performance has nothing to do with Roenicke" is very much an indictment of Roenicke.
   37. Darren Posted: September 03, 2020 at 01:25 PM (#5974253)
I'm not sure what you're arguing and who you're arguing with, Joe. Is your point that the team would be bad with our without Roenicke's? If so, no one is disagreeing. Is it that the results on the field are up to the players? If so, there's no point in having a manager or caring about a manager.
   38. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: September 03, 2020 at 01:57 PM (#5974262)
Yeah, by and large, managers are there to take Pedro out when he's gassed, not leave him in when they need a fresh arm to close the door. Things like that. Roenicke hasn't proven that he's incompetent. I don't give a #### about the projections. This team sucks and (add name of your favorite manager here) couldn't make a difference this year.
   39. Jay Seaver Posted: September 08, 2020 at 07:52 PM (#5975153)
The Sox have two second basemen(*) in the outfield for the second game of this doubleheader and Andrew Benintendi isn't coming back this year, which makes me seriously wonder if calling up Rusney Castillo would still push them over the luxury tax threshold. I don't know if they even bothered to bring him to Pawtucket, but, yikes, this team is almost as short on outfielders as starting pitchers.

(*) Lin's actually looked pretty good out there. Crying shame he doesn't appear to be a major league hitter.
   40. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 08, 2020 at 08:11 PM (#5975160)
I think having Lin and Peraza run around out there isn’t the worst option. Figuring out if one of those guys can be a poor man’s Brock Holt for next year and 2022 isn’t a bad use of 2020.

But you’re right, the outfield depth isn’t a strength. Duran isn’t on the 40 and they are a bit tight on room there at the moment so they aren’t going to push it.
   41. villageidiom Posted: September 09, 2020 at 01:03 AM (#5975244)
The Sox have two second basemen(*) in the outfield for the second game of this doubleheader and Andrew Benintendi isn't coming back this year, which makes me seriously wonder if calling up Rusney Castillo would still push them over the luxury tax threshold.
Whether it does or doesn't push them over the threshold, they don't have room on the 40-man roster. They'd have to cut someone to add him. I also wonder about his contract... Players like him who aren't on the 40-man contract aren't having their salaries pro-rated this year, so if they add him does he get a pay cut? Since he's probably already received around $12 million of his salary, and his pro-rated 2020 salary would have been like $5 million, would he owe them money?

FWIW, Rusney Castillo is getting paid $5 million more this season than Chris Sale. This year is weird.
   42. Jay Seaver Posted: September 09, 2020 at 10:20 AM (#5975287)
Does Benintendi going on the 45-day IL not free up a spot on the 40-man?

I think they had a similar issue with McHugh - the money he got from the advance at the beginning of the season was more than he would wind up making over the year.

As you say, this year's weird, and I should probably reduce my hopes to "maybe the Red Sox will actually send me the giveaway from Peanuts bobblehead day".
   43. Darren Posted: September 09, 2020 at 11:14 AM (#5975312)
I thought that they had left Rusney off of even the alternate site squad, meaning he isn't even playing baseball right now. I would have liked to see him get the call too, though.
   44. Darren Posted: September 09, 2020 at 11:15 AM (#5975314)
I've had my doubts about Dalbec, but if he can hit a HR every game, I am thinking about reconsidering.
   45. villageidiom Posted: September 09, 2020 at 01:36 PM (#5975349)
Does Benintendi going on the 45-day IL not free up a spot on the 40-man?
They're already at a full 40-man with Benintendi on the 45-day IL. They made a couple of waiver claims (Deivy Grullon from Philly, Christian Arroyo from Cleveland).
   46. The Mighty Quintana Posted: September 09, 2020 at 01:40 PM (#5975350)
Getting serious Nick Esasky vibes from Dalbec...
   47. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 09, 2020 at 02:02 PM (#5975359)
Figuring out if one of those guys can be a poor man’s Brock Holt for next year and 2022 isn’t a bad use of 2020.
Boston could have had real Brock Holt for the pro-rated minimum salary after the Brewers released him. Since then, he’s hit .400/.438/.533, for a .971 OPS, with the Nationals. Small sample size, of course, but if he can maintain anything close to that for just a couple more weeks, he could land a MLB roster spot next year.
   48. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 09, 2020 at 02:20 PM (#5975362)
I like the Esasky comp. I would be thrilled if he could be a modern day Nick. He was damned good for us for a year.

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