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Thread: A Realistic View at 2018: Part I

  1. #4741
    Quote Originally Posted by a700hitter View Post
    True, but what Pedroia did last year didn't pit the players against the manager. He pitted himself against the entire team and the manager, and he himself had to smooth over the issue. What he did in 2012, caused a divide between the players and the manager that required third party intervention and leadership.
    I agree entirely about the Youk situation. What BV said wasn't extreme to begin with, but PD made the situation unfixable. As for the "It's not me, it's them" situation. I'm not sure. Both at the time (and every time I watched that since), I've always read what he said as meaning: "Don't single me out! It's the whole damn team" (not throwing teammates under the bus, but an expression of solidarity). PD has never said exactly what he meant, right? And perhaps there was a little of both meanings there. (Those who get real vocal during a sports contest likely do not have a clear and distinct idea of what they mean, and they're not the greatest of intellects to begin with.)

  2. #4742
    Quote Originally Posted by Bellhorn04 View Post
    I don't necessarily disagree, but if we're holding Dombrowski to the same standard, he didn't do anything last year about the Pedroia insubordination either.
    I would like to think and I do that incidents like have been mentioned are the types of incidents that a manager has to deal with. If the GM has to step in to solve these types of problems, they hired the wrong guy to mange the team. As happened with both Valentine and Farrell not being able to handle these types of situations ultimately cost them both their jobs.
    If I were Cora, even though he has been referred to here as a player's coach, I hope that he is damned careful with the players he has to deal with. Pedroia is a good tough little player when healthy, but I would be very careful with how I handled him after what we saw last year.

  3. #4743
    Quote Originally Posted by cp176 View Post
    I would like to think and I do that incidents like have been mentioned are the types of incidents that a manager has to deal with. If the GM has to step in to solve these types of problems, they hired the wrong guy to mange the team. As happened with both Valentine and Farrell not being able to handle these types of situations ultimately cost them both their jobs.
    If I were Cora, even though he has been referred to here as a player's coach, I hope that he is damned careful with the players he has to deal with. Pedroia is a good tough little player when healthy, but I would be very careful with how I handled him after what we saw last year.
    Well said.

  4. #4744
    This is a thread about talking about 2018 and yet we have gone on and on and on about what happen for the last several years. I would like to return to 2018 and there was a short article (Brown's Blog) about the 25 man roster for starting the season. Brown seems to think the starting team will include Devers, Bogey, Nunez and Rameriz around the infield. Subbing would be Moreland at 1st and there will be a question mark until Pedroia comes back of whether Holt, Marrero or Lin will make the team. The article says Cora really likes Lin's flexibility at 2nd, short and 3rd as well as outfield. Cora also like Swihart and can see him playing the corners and outfield as well as a third catcher. The outfield is set with Beni, JBJ and Betts and with Martinez subbing for JBJ and Beni on occasion. I think many of us would like to keep Hanleys PAs down so the flexibility of players would allow for that as Martinez is thought of as the primary DH. Behind the plate it appears that Leon and Vaz will be there and the pitching staff will like that.

    So it appears that we have set in stone:

    Hanley
    Nunez
    Bogey
    Devers
    Beni
    JBJ
    Betts
    Matinez
    Vaz
    Leon

    And:
    Swihart (unless traded for prospects or pitching)

    and one of not considering options:
    Holt
    Marrero
    Lin (Cora likes him)

    It appears Cora like flexibility so all of the potential utility players have that whereas Travis will stay in the minors and when Pedey returns one other player will become surplus. Two weeks to find that out.

  5. #4745
    MLBTR...

    Veteran starter Alex Cobb, he says, was in position to secure a four-year, $48MM offer at one point earlier in the winter (from an unknown team) and “easily” could have landed a three-year guarantee. We’re obviously still waiting to see just what Cobb will ultimately earn, but needless to say, it seems unlikely he’ll reach the levels he might have had previously. In the meantime, several lesser pitchers have gone on to sign fairly solid, multi-year deals, perhaps absorbing some of the demand that might have led to a better payout for Cobb

  6. #4746
    Quote Originally Posted by oldtimer View Post
    This is a thread about talking about 2018 and yet we have gone on and on and on about what happen for the last several years. I would like to return to 2018 and there was a short article (Brown's Blog) about the 25 man roster for starting the season. Brown seems to think the starting team will include Devers, Bogey, Nunez and Rameriz around the infield. Subbing would be Moreland at 1st and there will be a question mark until Pedroia comes back of whether Holt, Marrero or Lin will make the team. The article says Cora really likes Lin's flexibility at 2nd, short and 3rd as well as outfield. Cora also like Swihart and can see him playing the corners and outfield as well as a third catcher. The outfield is set with Beni, JBJ and Betts and with Martinez subbing for JBJ and Beni on occasion. I think many of us would like to keep Hanleys PAs down so the flexibility of players would allow for that as Martinez is thought of as the primary DH. Behind the plate it appears that Leon and Vaz will be there and the pitching staff will like that.

    So it appears that we have set in stone:

    Hanley
    Nunez
    Bogey
    Devers
    Beni
    JBJ
    Betts
    Matinez
    Vaz
    Leon

    And:
    Swihart (unless traded for prospects or pitching)

    and one of not considering options:
    Holt
    Marrero
    Lin (Cora likes him)

    It appears Cora like flexibility so all of the potential utility players have that whereas Travis will stay in the minors and when Pedey returns one other player will become surplus. Two weeks to find that out.
    Since Nunez, JD and Swihart can play OF, I don't see Lin's ability to play OF as a deciding factor.

    Marrero is out of options, so if Cora and DD like him, he seems like the obvious choice to keep system depth all in place. An argument can be made that finding no-hit-good glove infielders like Marrero is easy to do, so maybe we DFA Marrero. (He may be DFA'd and not claimed and end up staying with us in AAA.)

    I can see choosing Linover Holt, since he's a better defender, and that's what our IF lacks.

    Marrero or Lin could be used as late inning defensive replacements for Nunez and Devers. A case could be made to trade Swihart and keep Lin and Marrero on the 25man roster until Pedey returns.


  7. #4747
    I think that trying to use Lin in any outfield position is a mistake. We have no clue as to what his upside might be. I certainly do not think that he is ready to be on the 25 man roster at this time. The guy is an infielder - second base/shortsop. Too much of this dinking around with kids that really could be ml someday is foolish.

  8. #4748
    Quote Originally Posted by Bellhorn04 View Post
    So Ben had a different philosophy from Theo, since Theo signed Lester?

    Let's face it, Kimmi, we don't really know what Ben's philosophy was or is. It's all speculation.
    Theo was at the point where he was all in. His team was ready.

    The Sox were not there yet.

    Of course it's all speculation. But you'll have a hard time convincing me otherwise.

  9. #4749
    Quote Originally Posted by Bellhorn04 View Post
    I give Ben a free pass for 2012 as well. I don't fault him that much for 2014 either. It was 2015 when I really questioned his acumen, especially with the pitching staff he rolled out there.
    Fair enough. In 2015, the Sox were still projected to be contenders for the division, but not as widely as they were in 2014.

    But in 2015, we had some widespread offensive underperformances.

  10. #4750
    Quote Originally Posted by moonslav59 View Post
    MLBTR...

    Veteran starter Alex Cobb, he says, was in position to secure a four-year, $48MM offer at one point earlier in the winter (from an unknown team) and “easily” could have landed a three-year guarantee. We’re obviously still waiting to see just what Cobb will ultimately earn, but needless to say, it seems unlikely he’ll reach the levels he might have had previously. In the meantime, several lesser pitchers have gone on to sign fairly solid, multi-year deals, perhaps absorbing some of the demand that might have led to a better payout for Cobb
    You know a lot of the players are kicking themselves for not accepting some pretty strong deals earlier in the offseason.

    I am still in shock over what Moustakas signed for.

  11. #4751
    Quote Originally Posted by Kimmi View Post
    You know a lot of the players are kicking themselves for not accepting some pretty strong deals earlier in the offseason.

    I am still in shock over what Moustakas signed for.
    Cobb might be a shocker, too.

  12. #4752
    Quote Originally Posted by moonslav59 View Post
    Well said.
    thanks

  13. #4753
    Here's how I see our roster shaping up:

    DL: ERod (60 Day?), Pedey (60 Day?), Wright, Pomeranz, Hernandez, Thordnburg

    5 SP: Sale, Price, Porcello, Johnson, Velazquez*
    7 RP: Kimbrel, Smith, Kelly, Barnes, Hembree, Workman, Scott
    (* We could start Velazquez in AAA and call him up for game 5, which would allow Marrero or Holt to start on the big club for 4 games.)

    3 C: Vaz, Leon, Swihart (LF/1B/3B)
    2 1B: HRam & Moreland
    1-2 2B: Nunez & Holt* (3B/SS/OF/1B)
    1-2 3B: Devers & Marrero* (2B/SS)
    1 SS: Bogey
    1 LF: Beni
    1 CF: JBJ
    1 RF: Betts
    1 DH/OF: JDM

    AAA with ML potential in 2018
    SP: Beeks, Haley, Shepherd
    RP: Maddox, Buttrey, Layne, Poyner, martin
    C: Butler
    1B: Travis (Ockimey AA)
    2B: Holt/Marrero & Quiroz
    3B: de Jesus
    SS: Lin
    LF: Castillo
    CF: Taverez
    RF: Barfield
    DH: Chavis (AA) & Witte

    Here's the line-up I think Cora will start with:

    1. Beni LF
    2. Betts RF
    3. HRam 1B
    4. JDM DH
    5. Devers 3B
    6. Nunez 2B
    7. Bogey SS
    8. JBJ CF
    9. Vaz C



  14. #4754
    Quote Originally Posted by Kimmi View Post
    Theo was at the point where he was all in. His team was ready.

    The Sox were not there yet.

    Of course it's all speculation. But you'll have a hard time convincing me otherwise.
    Ben was a quiet fellow. I think you'll be challenged to find very many meaty quotes from him about team-building.

    I think you're probably right, that he liked the long-term approach.

    I suspect he's more comfortable where he is now, in a more behind-the-scenes role.

  15. #4755
    Quote Originally Posted by Bellhorn04 View Post
    Ben was a quiet fellow. I think you'll be challenged to find very many meaty quotes from him about team-building.

    I think you're probably right, that he liked the long-term approach.

    I suspect he's more comfortable where he is now, in a more behind-the-scenes role.
    Here's somethings I found:

    http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/r...lfish_approach

    https://nesn.com/2011/10/ben-chering...red-sox-video/ (See all 4 parts)\

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexrei.../#6453bf173b92

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/playoffs/201...boston-red-sox

    Epstein, who endorsed Cherington as his successor upon leaving Boston to run the Chicago Cubs two years ago, remains a Cherington fan.

    "He has tremendous insights about the game and about people and applies them in myriad ways to make the organization and those around him better," Epstein said in an email. "He is a steady, dependable and understated person who is systematic in his work and his communication but ultimately empowers those around him. Ben was instrumental in building the foundation for the Red Sox's success through his work in player development and obviously has been outstanding in shaping this year's team out of the adversity the organization faced in 2012."


    http://www.masslive.com/redsox/index...ed_sox_wi.html

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