If the Red Sox offered
to pay half of their salary, do you think any team in baseball would trade for
Pablo Sandoval and/or Hanley Ramirez right now?
Maybe you’d get one or
two takers, but the Red Sox would probably also have to include a prospect in
Yet two players who can’t
play defense at all are in the first year of multi-year contracts. Those are
what you call bad signings by a general manager.
That is why the Red Sox
should thank GM Ben Cherington for his part in winning the 2013 World Series
before telling him to not let the door hit him on the butt on his way out for
fielding a last-place team in his other three years on the job. The 2015 Red Sox are a
complete embarrassment. Jerry Remy wondered “is this rock bottom” as the Red
Sox blew an 8-1 lead and lost 13-10 Friday night.
Here’s how to know if
it is indeed rock bottom: If you’ve asked if this could be rock bottom more
than five times, it is not rock bottom.
Asking if the Red Sox
of 2015 have bottomed out is like a pilot, spinning uncontrollably straight
down saying, “Well, there’s nowhere to go but up.”
While John Farrell
seems to pull the wrong strings every night, Cherington has dealt the skipper a
losing hand. It is the worst construction of a Red Sox team since Dan Duquette
gave Kevin Kennedy seven designated hitters in 1996.
If someone would have
told you that Dustin Pedroia would be having his best season in several years
and Xander Boagerts would emerge into one of the best shortstops in the
American League heading into the season, you would assume the Red Sox would be
Instead, they are not
even pretenders right now because players like Sandoval have sucked the life out
of the team.