Cubans for everyone!
Cigars, of course. In celebration of the Yoan Moncada signing with the Red Sox today. If you are celebrating the signing, that is. Couple of brief thoughts on this and another recent Red Sox related matter:
*Moncada. Hey, it’s not my money. The Sox apparently shelled out 31.5 mil to the player. They also handed Major League Baseball a matching 31.5 mil as a luxury tax for signing him. Hey…what the hell is 31.5 million right?
I personally have no problem when my team spends money on good players, even if it is perceived to be an overpayment. All indications are that this kid is a good player. Potentially great. The Sox always have money to burn, despite what they always try to tell you. So why not?
Sure the tax hurts. But will that preclude them from making other major moves? It shouldn’t. And it probably won’t. Although, as I wrote previously, I don’t believe they will make any major moves anytime soon, I do believe one or even two will come at some point this year. I mean, they HAVE to get a stud pitcher, again, despite what they tell you.
This move should help. Adds another prospect to the mix. Of course they won’t trade Moncada. But it frees up another prospect on the list to be traded to get that ace.
As for worrying about where the kid plays when (if?) he gets to the majors…no need to be concerned about this now. The kid is 19. He still has some growing to do. Although reports are he looks like a fullback. So maybe not. But his body will change as he gets older, and also as he gets adjusted to “American” training. Something different in the water in Cuba. Especially when you don’t play games for a year and apparently just trained, as Moncada supposedly did…and was similar to what Rusney Castillo did the year before he joined the Sox. Ummmm…let’s leave it at that.
Just hoping the investment is more worthwhile than the exorbitant investment in Dice-K…
*John Farrell. The contract extension through 2017 with a club option for 2018.
Was it necessary?
I say no. He had this year and an option year next year. If the goal was to eliminate “lame duck” status, couldn’t they have just picked up the option? Granted, Farrell won a World Series in his first year here. But promptly followed that up with a last place finish.
Go ahead and blame Ben Cherington for not upgrading the roster for 2014 after the improbable Series win. And various injuries. And Ben selling off many pieces of the team by the trading deadline, including 4/5’s of the Opening Day rotation.
But Last Place?! Doesn’t seem right for a World Series defender. Not to mention an organization with plenty of resources. And some talent, if not necessarily “repeat World Series winner” talent. Though the San Francisco Giants have won 3 out of the last 5 World Series without the best talent in the world.
Throw in the two mediocre Toronto years, where he seemed to lose the clubhouse at the end of the second year, and 3 of his 4 years managing are less than stellar. Does winning the World Series one year overrule three other bad years? I guess it does in this case.
Listen, I am not a John Farrell basher by any means. I don’t mind the guy. Some of his in-game decisions leave me scratching my head. But I suppose I could say that about probably all of the managers that have rolled through Boston. I’m just saying it really wasn’t necessary to re-up him right now. What if the team goes out there this year with this re-tooled roster that should be a contender and falls flat on its face again?
That would be a real indictment on Farrell. The lineup should be infinitely better, despite Panda’s weight, Papi’s age, Hanley’s fragility, etc. So they definitely should be competitive there. It will come down to pitching. Farrell made his bones as a pitching coach. And he claims they have “five #1 starters”. I know, what is he supposed to say, that they have 5 stiffs? But you know what I mean. That’s kind of an asinine statement, even for a manager to say to support “his guys”.
If the lineup produces as expected and the pitchers are subpar, doesn’t that reflect even more poorly on Farrell? I know Juan Nieves is technically the pitching coach. But you can’t tell me Farrell has no input. You know, since he was a pitcher in the majors and again, came up as a pitching coach.
Furthermore, what if the remaining young pitchers don’t develop under Farrell? He is on record as saying the “6th starter” will come from a group including Eduardo Escobar, Matt Barnes, Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright. All who are young ‘uns, other than the knuckleballer Wright.
Factoring in the relative failure of the “kids” who came up last year (Allen Webster, Anthony Ranaudo, Brandon Workman, you may even add Rubby de la Rosa…who I did like, but they didn’t think enough of him to keep him around obviously), this could be a real black mark against Farrell if none of them develop.
Granted, all of the kid pitchers will not blossom into aces. Just not conceivable. Some of them will be merely bullpen fodder and bounce around as journeymen. But if NONE of them develop, isn’t that saying something? Something to consider…
Posted on February 23, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged #1 starters, Ben Cherington, Boston Red Sox, Cigars, Cubans, John Farrell, Juan Nieves, Rusney Castillo, Spring Training, Yoan Moncada. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.