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Monday, March 29, 2021

The Roster of Who The Hell Knows

I remember in 2013 just before the season opened Will Middlebrooks suffered a minor injury.  It was one of those where it could have been a lot worse and MCoA said it kind of felt like a litmus test for the season.  A healthy WMB meant the baseball gods were with us, if it was serious we were in for another difficult year.  I was thinking of that this weekend as we watched COVID descend on the Sox clubhouse, Eduardo Rodriguez came down with dead arm and Christian Vazquez took a throw to the melon.  At the moment the 8 players in the protocol are not being revealed (save Matt Barnes and Matt Andriese) and the general prognosis for EdRod and Vazquez is pretty good.  Still the roster is suddenly in flux.  With that in mind I figured I’d play around with what the roster might be looking like in 75 hours.

INFIELD: Bobby Dalbec, Kike Hernandez, Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, Christian Arroyo, Michael Chavis, Marwin Gonzalez

Dalbec (finger) and Arroyo did not play yesterday.  The Dalbec issue sounds more precautionary than anything.  Arroyo didn’t play yesterday and doesn’t look to be in the lineup today so I wonder if he is one of the eight.  Everyone else played yesterday.  Jonathan Arauz is on the 40 and has looked good this spring so I won’t be shocked if he gets the call in the event Arroyo or someone else can’t go.

OUTFIELD: JD Martinez, Alex Verdugo, Franchy Cordero, Hunter Renfroe

All four guys played yesterday and/or today so the outfield looks pretty set to go.  Cordero seems to be ramping up quickly (he hit a long homer yesterday) and this looks like the group ready to start the season.  It’s potentially a little thin in theory but the infield depth covers the outfield with Hernandez and possibly Gonzalez able to move to the outfield.  If Cordero can’t go Yairo Munoz would seemingly be the guy.  I wouldn’t bet on it but given his strong spring and the May start for minor league baseball I think Jarren Duran getting out there for a few games has to be considered possible.  But I’d expect it to be Munoz.

CATCHER: Christian Vazquez, Kevin Plawecki

Vazquez is expected to be ready for Opening Day.  Roberto Hernandez and Connor Wong both are guys who don’t seem to be ready to go yet so unless there is something substantial at work on Vazquez I’d expect him to be on the Opening Day roster.  If he can’t go my guess is the Sox would squeeze either Jett Bandy or Chris Hermann who both have MLB experience onto the 40 man to act as Plawecki’s caddy.

STARTERS: Nathan Eovaldi, Martin Perez, Garrett Richards, Nick Pivetta

RELIEVERS: Adam Ottavino, Josh Taylor, Darwinzon Hernandez, Hirokazu Sawamura, Garrett Whitlock, Kevin McCarthy, Austin Brice, Colten Brewer, Philips Valdez

The pitchers are in flux. From the reporting I read this morning it looks like Rodriguez will skip his first turn in the rotation but the Sox are not planning to go with openers.  That opens up spots in the bullpen and Brewer and Valdez are already on the 40 so until Barnes and Andriese are cleared (and/or Ryan Brasier is ready to go) I expect they’ll be here.  Tanner Houck starts today and if he pitches well it wouldn’t stun me to see him added particularly if the Sox have concerns that neither Andriese or Rodriguez would be ready to go when a fifth starter is needed.  Connor Seabold seems to have been getting some good praise this spring but only has one official appearance.  Don’t sleep on him.

Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 29, 2021 at 11:00 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 29, 2021 at 03:25 PM (#6010586)
Or not. Barnes and the others are apparently back in camp today; asymptomatic and passing tests so that's good news.
   2. The Mighty Quintana Posted: March 29, 2021 at 06:53 PM (#6010610)
Well, I hate to say it....but this is not a good defensive team. Martin Perez might be in for a rough year.
   3. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 30, 2021 at 10:31 AM (#6010676)
According to SoxProspects Cordero has been officially activated and Chavis sent to Worcester. Colten Brewer also optioned so Philips Valdez is on the roster. I'm a bit perplexed though since I already had Cordero on my roster so the pitchers;

Barnes and Andriese in; Brewer and presumably McCarthy out. Simple enough.

But since I had Cordero on the roster who takes Chavis' roster spot? From what I've been reading it might be Houck as they may be lining him up to take EdRod's turn in the rotation. Man, 14 pitchers, 12 position players. Ugh.
   4. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 30, 2021 at 10:57 AM (#6010680)
But since I had Cordero on the roster who takes Chavis' roster spot? From what I've been reading it might be Houck as they may be lining him up to take EdRod's turn in the rotation. Man, 14 pitchers, 12 position players. Ugh.


MLB is showing 15 pitchers, 12 position players on their active roster.

Brasier, Andriese, Barnes, E Rod

no Brewer, no McCarthy, no Chavis
   5. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 30, 2021 at 11:25 AM (#6010685)
Yeah that's right. Brasier is going on the IL when the season starts and assuming Rodriguez does also then Houck will be taking his spot.
   6. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 30, 2021 at 12:42 PM (#6010701)
If Cordero can’t go Yairo Munoz would seemingly be the guy. I wouldn’t bet on it but given his strong spring and the May start for minor league baseball I think Jarren Duran getting out there for a few games has to be considered possible. But I’d expect it to be Munoz.


Wouldn't Marcus Wilson be the guy to get called up? He's already on the 40-man, whereas adding Munoz means someone else has got to go.
   7. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 30, 2021 at 01:13 PM (#6010704)
That makes sense but I just don't hear a peep about Wilson anywhere. Munoz is playing more than him (and raking) and obviously was adequate last year during his call up. You raise a good point though. Going through the 40 man roster there is no obvious "that guy is just a holding pattern" with the possible exception of Wilson himself so maybe that's the route they would go.

I think it's a bit moot at this point with the Sox going 14 pitchers/12 hitters instead of 13/13 as I laid out. Given the current set up it's pretty clear that Chavis would be the first call if Cordero can't go though that also no longer seems relevant.
   8. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 30, 2021 at 03:25 PM (#6010736)
Jarren Duran wraps up his spring with a double, scores on a line drive single to right, then in his final at bat cranks a solo homer to right.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 30, 2021 at 03:50 PM (#6010742)
Sox going 14 pitchers/12 hitters . . .
I can remember when it was said that the only reason you’d go with 11pitchers is that you didn’t have 10 of MLB quality, although that comment may have been about playoff rosters. Still, with all the early season off days, you wonder why teams can’t get by with 12 pitchers for a bit, and add a superior defensive player or platoon bat. The 3-batter rule should also disfavor expanded bullpens, although that seems like a minority view so far.
   10. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 30, 2021 at 04:11 PM (#6010751)
It's definitely the evolution of the game I like the least. I'd love to see a 10 or I guess 11 man staff. 14 guys on the staff is insane and I suspect it is probably the norm (or close to it).
   11. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 30, 2021 at 04:22 PM (#6010754)
the Sox going 14 pitchers/12 hitters

Good Lord....

MLB: Let's add another roster spot.
Baseball fans: Yay! More bench variety!
Baseball teams: Yay! Ten-man bullpens!

I really hate what contemporary Major League Baseball has become.
   12. Mike Webber Posted: March 30, 2021 at 06:53 PM (#6010784)
When they first went to this they limited to 13 pitchers, but I guess that's out the window. Maybe for this year with everyone so concerned about year over year innings increases allowing 14 makes sense, but I hope they cut it back to what they originally instituted.
   13. sunday silence (again) Posted: March 30, 2021 at 07:32 PM (#6010788)
yeah what the hell is this? I thought the whole idea with 26 man rosters was to make it 13 positional and 13 pitchers. Why the hell have we gone through this whole thing of defining who is a pitcher if there are no restrictions on the roster now?
   14. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 30, 2021 at 08:01 PM (#6010790)
On the Sox broadcast today they said the requirement to identify pitchers is not happening this year. Anyone can pitch at any time.
   15. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: March 30, 2021 at 10:34 PM (#6010803)
Sox signed Hector Rondon.
   16. Jay Seaver Posted: April 02, 2021 at 01:58 PM (#6011254)
Just realized that the 2021 Red Sox have regulars wearing #0 and #99, and that range is a record that won't be broken for a while.

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