During an interview with WEEI, Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington went just short of saying that manger Bobby Valentine will be let go at the end of the season.
Cherington said, “One of the things, as I look back at last offseason, that didn't go perfectly was simply the amount of time that we spent on the manager search and what that did to the rest of the offseason. I would like to spend less time on it this offseason, that's for sure."
That last sentence didn't really leave much room for interpretation.
You can listen to the entire interview with Dennis & Callahan right here.
However, Cherington later told CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman that he didn't necessarily mean Valentine. "It had nothing to do with Bobby,” Cherington said. “But if it came across that way, my mistake.''
He said earlier in the day that he wants to spend less time this offseason finding a manager, yet the quote isn't attributed to Bobby V? C'mon man, just pull the trigger already and let the man go.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks has had his fair share of back injuries throughout his career, but it pales in comparison to what he when through this offseason.
Jenks underwent surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in December to remove bone chips in his back. A seemingly routine procedure, right. Wrong.
While Jenks has at his home in Arizona, he noticed a strange fluid leaking out of his incision. Instead of being worried about it, he just bandaged it up and went about his life. The problem, however, would not go away, so he was rushed into emergency surgery on December 30 to repair a "mistake" on his previous surgery that Jenks said could have cost his life.
He was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism in September and because of that diagnosis, he had to wait until December for the surgery.
Jenks said of the scare, "I don't know whose fault it was, but there was an error done inside," he said. "I had four bone spurs on my spine and we talked about taking the top two out. The third one was started but not finished, so basically there was a serrated edge that sliced me open in two different spots and I was leaking spinal fluid. (The spur) pulled off the bottom of my incision and blew up on me, which caused an infection to climb up that incision and now I had an infection in my spine. It was a combination of 'everything that could have gone wrong went wrong."
"If I didn't have it done immediately, the infection could have gotten into my spinal fluid and up to my brain, and who knows what could have happened then? I could not be here right now." Jenks continued to say.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that the team was aware of the issue and has given jenks the utmost support. Cherington also said that the team has not placed a time table on Jenks' return, although Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has said that Jenks being out until midseason was the most likely scenario.
You can add another team to the list that want Cuban superstar Yoenis Cespedes. The Boston Red Sox.
According to sources, the Red Sox are "sending everyone" to the Dominican Republic to evaluate Cespedes. Other teams are also interested like the Rangers, Blue Jays, Pirates, A's, Indians, and Marlins.
The five tool center fielder is regarded as the best Cuban import in a generation. The Red Sox already have a center fielder in Jacoby Ellsbury, but could easily move him around to possibly right field, a need for the Red Sox, so Cespedes could play center field.
The Red Sox have the money to sign him to a contract he is demanding, he wants a deal similar to Aroldis Chapman's five year, $30 million.
Boston should take a chance on him. It would be a huge splash for Ben Cherington and a coming out party for him. The Sox already signed Lackey and Crawford to bloated deals (Crawford turned it around later in the year), so Cespedes demand is very reasonable for the Red Sox.
However, the Yankees are also in on Cespedes. The Yankees have an edge over the Red Sox simply because of the history of Cuban players. Also, the Yanks have deep pockets and can afford to give Cespedes MORE than he wants.
Cespedes looks like he is going to be a star, according to most scouts, and whoever gets him will be set up nicely for the future.
With the 2011 Major League Baseball season winding down we are now left to face a long, cold winter. With the long winter comes the MLB Free Agency season and one team in particular, the Boston Red Sox, have some holes to fill and a lot of question marks. Here are just some of the names I believe Ben Cherington and the Red Sox brass should take a look at:
The Red Sox have a huge need when it comes to starting pitching. John Lackey is very inconsistent and Red Sox Nation's patience has grown thin and Daisuke Matsuzaka probably not coming back, it just makes sense to look at Buehrle. Mark Buehrle has been a consistent pitcher for the Chicago White Sox and has never missed a start since his career began back in 2001. This is in contrast to Lackey, Beckett, Buchholz, and Dice-K who seemingly miss starts. Buehrle is a great southpaw and would give Boston a great 1-2 punch with Jon Lester. Mark Buehrle also is the only pitcher in history to throw multiple no-hitters and win multiple Gold Gloves.
The Red Sox need a right fielder. Bad. J.D. Drew just is cutting it and is likely gone. Jason Kubel seems to be a good fit and would be considerably cheaper than Carl Crawford. Kubel is a left handed bat and, although not a power hitter, would enjoy the confines of Fenway Park. Right field at Fenway is 302 down the line and Kubel could easily increase his home run totals.
The Sox bullpen, while improved from 2010, still needs help. Jonathan Broxton might be that answer. Broxton seemed to have lost his touch in 2011 losing his closer's role, but could help Daniel Bard bridge the gap between starter to Papelbon (or whoever is the closer). If Papelbon leaves town, Broxton could be a closer considering Daniel Bard's breakdown down the stretch and inexperience at closing so you need some veterans in that bullpen. Broxton should be looked at.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a better than expected season in Boston, but is he really the answer? Ryan Doumit, while not fantastic behind the plate, could be a great compliment to Salty. Doumit is durable for a catcher too. He has played in right field and first base in the past for the Pirates. Saltalamacchia and Doumit could make a solid catching tandem, not fantastic, but just enough to get by.
This is a long shot, but the Sox could use Fielder if Big Papi leaves. Ortiz has stated that the drama in Boston has gotten to be too much and could leave Boston. That would open the door for Prince Fielder. However, Fielder would almost certainly have to play Designated Hitter with Adrian Gonzalez at first base and being a better defensive player. Fielder is younger than Pujols and will cost less money, but the Sox have that money? I don't think the Red Sox will sign him but they should at least kick the tires.
That is just some of the names I think Boston should go after. Ben Cherington has a tough task in front of him, but I think he will make some good moves and improve from last year. First and foremost, he needs to re-sign Ortiz and Papelbon. If not it will be that much harder to fill those gaps left in their wake.
Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of the Red Sox. The Red Sox drama sounds more and more like a soap opera everyday.
Today's installment of As the Red Sox World Turns, David Ortiz has said that he is fed up with the drama in Boston and might consider signing with the Yankees. Ortiz said, ""There's too much drama, man, there's too much drama. I have been thinking about a lot of things. I don't know if I want to be part of this drama for next year" and has heard that playing for the Yankees is a good situation to be in. The Yankees need a middle of the order presence and Ortiz fits that mold, so why not? Plus it would be a huge coup if the Yankees can steal a beloved Red Sox player.
Just two weeks ago, Ortiz stated that he wanted to return to Fenway next season. That was before the mudslinging and the departure of Theo Epstein. Since the season ended, reports have come out saying Terry Francona was distracted by martial problems and a substance abuse problem, pitchers partying down in the clubhouse during games, and players revolting against ownership over a doubleheader against Oakland. The Yankees will overpay for Ortiz that is a given, but will Ortiz bite? If Ortiz does sign with the Bronx Bombers it will erase everything he has done for Red Sox Nation and make him a vilified figure in Boston. Ortiz has to do what he has to do and if it is signing with the Yankees so be it.
When Ortiz leaves, it does give the Red Sox more money to go after bigger names like Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder. Question is would any of them be willing to play DH with first base occupied by Adrian Gonzalez? Pujols will most likely re-sign with the Cardinals because he seems like a pretty loyal player and is known as one of the greatest Cards of all time and the Cardinals will break the bank for him. Fielder has previously stated that this season will probably be his last in Milwaukee. So the Red Sox have a better chance of signing Fielder than they do with Pujols. Fielder, if he does sign with Boston, would almost have to play DH because Gonzalez is better defensively. Problem is Fielder doesn't play any other position and a move to Boston seems unlikely. A move to the AL seems unlikely. When it is all said and done Pujols and Fielder don't end up in Beantown.
In my opinion, Ortiz has played his last game in Boston as the drama has gotten to be too much for him. It will be hard for new General Manager Ben Cherington to replace him during free agency without Pujols and Fielder. Red Sox fans, you are witnessing the beginning of the end.