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Red Sox, oh, Red Sox, please, the suspense is slowly but surely starting to kill us.
Could you throw us a bone?
Sign a starter? Trade for a first baseman? Pluck an outfielder off waivers? Vice versa? Versa vice?
Do something, do almost anything.
It’s safe to make a move now.
The car’s been in park, the airbag is deflated, we’ve all been idling here, still stunned over the skid marks left from the last two seasons, but really, it’s time to put the jalopy in drive and get this show on the road again. Conduct a transaction or two that just might set the imagination soaring, get the juices flowing, the sap rising in an offseason that so far feels as if we’ve been thrown some stray scraps left on the cutting board instead of being served a nice, thick and juicy slice of turkey breast.
Now, the imminent signing of Jonny Gomes for two years and $10 million counts as something, but nobody’s kidding themselves that this is the game-changer that the Red Sox needed. Nobody thought two years of Bobby Jenks at $12 million was much of a bargain when that went down two years ago, so even at $1 million less a year, the acquisition of an outfielder with one-sided splits and poor defensive ratings is not going to do much to scratch this itch.
And signing David Ross for two years as a catcher means we’re all waiting for the other shoe to drop on a trade of Ryan Lavarnway or Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Insert here the sound of fingertips tapping on a desk, over and over.
I am not sure about you, but I am very sick and tired of the Mike Napoli talk and nothing else. Yeah, there is more news about Napoli visiting Boston yesterday, I just couldn't feature it. A deal wasn't done, and it seems as if not much progress was made.
Silverman goes on to talk about the question marks surrounding Greinke and Hamilton, then transitions into saying Mike Napoli is perfect for the team. Yeah, another Boston sports writer praising Mike Napoli.
I am not saying I would be opposed to the signing of Napoli, but I am opposed to the inflated contract he will likely get from the Red Sox. Many others would be opposed to my desire for the Red Sox to sign Josh Hamilton. I would rather see the Sox overpay for Hamilton than Napoli. I understand we are talking a difference of $10 Million per season between the two, and there is the issue of Hamilton's past drug and alcohol abuse. The Sox don't need any drama to surround the team in 2013, which contradicts my desire of the Red Sox signing him.
What I am trying to get at, what Silverman's initial point was, just make some moves! All this talk about potential signings and weeks spent on one, or maybe two hitting coaches is starting to annoy the crap out of me. Stop dragging your feet, while the price tags rise on some free agents, and do something. But, nothing drastic, be responsible. Jonny Gomes isn't enough and I am still trying to figure out if he is a good fit for the team.
On Page 2, John Farrell sees things coming into focus
All along, John Farrell knew the Toronto Blue Jays were ambitious enough to boost their typically conservative payroll with a franchise-altering trade. But during his two-year tenure as manager, they lacked the audacity to actually do it.
Then, less than a month after he left, it finally happened.
Bad timing? No doubt. But if you think Farrell has spent two weeks regretting his decision to flee Toronto with one year left on his contract to take his self-described “dream job” in Boston, well, then you don’t know much about the Red Sox [team stats]’ new manager.
Farrell, 50, is a bear of a man, 6-foot-4 with broad shoulders, big hands, a square jaw and a steady gaze. He speaks in thoughtful run-on sentences, not pithy sound bites, and he’s a straight-talker, so direct that Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz cops to having once been “scared” of him.
Mostly, though, Farrell is strong in his convictions. So, while his old team left everyone breathless by adding star shortstop Jose Reyes, potential ace Josh Johnson, dependable lefty Mark Buehrle and speedy infielder Emilio Bonifacio in a 12-player blockbuster with the Miami Marlins, he remains confident his new team is poised for a few meaningful offseason strokes.
“I think everyone should trust that there’s a lot in the works,” Farrell told the Herald by phone from his offseason home near Cleveland, “and how it comes to fruition is, I think, in the near future.”
A very clear plan, huh? We understand there is a lot in the works, just no finalizing. JUST GET IT DONE!
There is nothing else to say.
The rest of the links:
Herald: Jonny Gomes gives Sox a facelift | Baby boomers | Be glad to have happy David Ortiz back | ESPN Boston: Report: Mike Napoli visiting Boston | Globe: Report: Red Sox meeting with Mike Napoli | CSNNE: Report: Red Sox meeting with Napoli this weekend | Sox lose minor league free agents, sign one | Brentz eager for shot in Boston | WEEI: Hot Stove: Are Yankees' looking for Alex Rodriguez' replacement at third base?