There were a number of deals made by contending teams in Major League Baseball leading up to yesterday’s trading deadline.
And your Boston Red Sox got…Ian Kinsler.
Ok, we can include Nathan Eovaldi. And even Steve Pearce if you wish.
But…once again, I ask…that’s it?!
These three dudes are probably going to be decent pieces. Will certainly help down the stretch. Or they should anyway. But will these players put you over the top in the playoffs?
Kinsler should be ok at second base. But he isn’t the player he once was. And we all probably could have lived with Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez there if we had to, right? Maybe Brandon Phill…ok, probably not him.
Pearce can be a decent bat off the bench. And Eovaldi is some sort of arm for the staff anyway.
But none of these dudes are difference makers.
So what would the Blowhard have done? Glad you asked!
The lineup is probably ok….what with Jackie Bradley Jr. starting to awaken…at least a little bit. And with Blake Swihart playing more (and, in turn, hitting some). I’m not sure the team needed Kinsler. If you are going to add a bat, maybe get a BETTER one though? Were the Sox really that concerned with second base defense?
I’m not sure I would have done anything with the lineup actually. Per usual, my focus is on pitching, pitching and more pitching. And battle-tested pitching at that.
Why? All these so-called studs we have in the rotation have proven zero in the playoffs.
Why, Part Two? I don’t trust any of these bums the Sox have in the current bullpen…other than Craig Kimbrel, of course.
Let’s start with the rotation though. We know what David Price’s playoff history is. Rick Porcello’s too. Even Chris Sale. Eddie Rodriguez is hurt…and we know when he gets a boo-boo, he is out for months. Drew Pomeranz stinks this year. Steven Wright is hurt, but are you going to trust a knuckleballer in the playoffs? Brian Johnson? Surely, you jest.
Eovaldi is technically a starter, but an impact one? Nope.
Throw in Sale’s surprise disabled list stint now and that’s a whole lot of uncertainty there.
And the bullpen. Maybe they think Tyler Thornburg is back…but with only 10 appearances under his belt this year and only a couple in high leverage, how do you know? Heath Hembree, Joe Kelly, Matt Barnes, Brandon Workman, Ryan Brasier (who?), Hector Velasquez, etc….there’s a solid bunch of 6th inning relievers to me. Ok, maybe the 7th. But who wants these guys in the 8th inning or later in pressure situations?
Right, no one.
I know, I know, I know…the Sox have zero prospects. Ty Buttrey, Williams Jerez and Jalen Beeks are in their mid-twenties and are probably not even good. These are the guys that got you Kinsler and Eovaldi. Dombrowski has emptied the farm system and there is really nothing left. So was this the best they could do?
I don’t think so. They have…MONEY!
Luxury tax, schmuxury tax. Please. John Henry would take your wallet or purse at the park entrances if he could. The team makes a ton of money. They can afford to take on some contracts in order to get REAL talent in return. You know, like George Steinbrenner and the Yankees used to do. God, I hate that the Sox have become the Steinbrenner Yankees. But it is what it is.
But the rumors are they don’t want to go deeper into the tax. Stupid. What’s another few million? Especially when the teams’ window appears short now. Lots of Red Sox are due up contractually the next couple of years. The pipeline is dry.
They needed to do more NOW.
Yeah, they can still make trades in August. But it’s tougher. And the Yankees, for one, will likely be able to block a waiver move, if they are so inclined.
I’m not saying Dombrowski didn’t try. But the results are clearly underwhelming. And it appears just about everyone else got better. Not a good combination.
Posted on August 1, 2018, in Uncategorized and tagged Boston Red Sox, bullpen, Dave Dombrowski, Ian Kinsler, John Henry, MLB, Nathan Eovaldi, Playoffs, Steve Pearce, Trade deadline, World Series. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.