January 19, 2017

Depressing News: Remy Signs Multi-Year Contract With NESN

NESN announced that Jerry Remy has signed a new multi-year contract with the network to provide analysis for Red Sox games. While the length of the contract was not specified, NESN stated that Remy would work 115 Red Sox games per season.

This news depresses me. When Remy was working with long-time play-by-play man Don Orsillo, he coasted for many seasons, offering little more than a description of the various replays, sometimes actually repeating Orsillo's play-by-play word-for-word. From the comments he would make during games, Remy gave the impression of never having prepared for a broadcast.

NESN let Orsillo go after the 2015 season, replacing him with Dave O'Brien, and Remy began the 2016 season newly energized. Indeed, it was almost shocking how engaged he was. He enlightened listeners with numerous insights and opinions on many aspects of the game (he even did some on-field interviews!), an entertaining and informative improvement but also one that could not help but expose the fact that he had been mailing it in for several years. (Either a NESN executive pointedly told him that it was about time he actually earned his salary or perhaps Remy saw the writing on the wall re Orsillo and worried about his own future employment.)

Whatever the reason, the New Remy did not last. Within perhaps one month, I felt he had fallen back on his old habit of saying what even the most casual fan could see on the screen - "he puts the bat on the ball and hits it into left field" - rather than adding something worthwhile to the broadcast. And now that Remy has signed a multi-year deal, I see no reason why he would bother to push himself and put in the effort when he knows he can get away with doing less.

December 20, 2016

Clay Buchholz Traded to Phillies

The Red Sox have traded Clay Buchholz to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Boston will receive minor-league second baseman Josh Tobias, who played in Class A last year.

Buchholz's departure leaves six pitchers vying for spots in the Red Sox's 2017 rotation: Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, Drew Pomeranz, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Steven Wright.

In other news:

Koji Uehara signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.

Junichi Tazawa and Brad Ziegler each signed two-year contracts with the Miami Marlins.

December 11, 2016

The Recent Additions

In addition to starting pitcher Chris Sale, the Red Sox have also recently picked up right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg and first baseman/DH Mitch Moreland.

Alex Speier writes about how it all happened.
The conversation was largely philosophical: What did it mean to pursue deals that would make the team better over the next three years but that would have consequences beyond that?

December 6, 2016

Chris Sale Joins Red Sox Rotation After Surprising Trade

The Red Sox have acquired pitcher Chris Sale in a blockbuster trade.

The White Sox will receive infielder Yoan Moncada, pitcher Michael Kopech, outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe, and pitcher Victor Diaz.

Sale will turn 28 next March 30. He pitched for the White Sox for seven seasons.

November 17, 2016

AL MVP: Mookie Betts Finishes Second To Mike Trout

Mike Trout has played five full seasons in the major leagues - and a very strong case can be made for him deserving the AL's Most Valuable Player award in all five of them. His finishes? 2nd, 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 1st.

They have not posted the voters' individual ballots, yet, so I don't know who is the mind-boggling dumb idiot who had Trout 7th on his ballot.