October 24, 2006

Timlin Signed For '07; Tito In Hospital

The Globe reports that the Sox have resigned Mike Timlin for next season at $2.8 million (about a 20% cut from 2006).

In 68 games last year, Timlin's ERA was 4.36. Not a horrible number -- it's a 106 ERA+ -- but his second half was ugly. From July 23: 28.2 innings, 6.91 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, and only 3.8 K/9.

I figured the Sox would let him go, but until Manny Delcarmen and Craig Hansen get their shit together, this is probably not a bad move. Boston may not be able to find six other relievers who would be better than the 41-year-old Timlin, and $3 million is not a lot of dough for what he could give them.

Also, Terry Francona has been hospitalized with an infection in his left foot and will not be going to Japan for the exhibition games next month.

8 comments:

L-girl said...

Somebody was just saying (in an earlier comment) that Tito needed rest. Now he'll have to get it. Not a bad thing, as long as the infection can be cleared up.

Jack Marshall said...

Good move for Tito....terrible signing for the Sox. That makes 2 mil. the Sox can't use to sign a better gamble, which in my opinion would be anybody. 'Twas a time when a 41 year old pitcher coming off a second half like Timlin's couldn't even get a spring training try-out. Timlin's been a terrific player for the Sox, much better than I figured when they got him, but he's toast.
Theo's bullpen judgement doesn't seem to be improving.

Jack Marshall said...

FYI: Jailbird Sammy Stewart has some interesting reflections on the '86 Series, in which Mac kept him on the shelf, preferring to entrust the crucial relief of Bruce Hurst in Game #7 to Al Nipper. Good stuff, and it rings true. Mac's use of his bullpen in that Series was idiotic. Lou Gorman was also quoted about Game 7 last week, and said the plan was to bring in Schiraldi in the 8th!!! So now we know Gorman was an idiot too. Schiraldi had proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that he was scared shitless and choking big-time...if the Sox brain-trust really thought bringing him in again after his Game #6 meltdown was a good plan, the team was probably doomed no matter what.
"Get over it, Jack---2004, 2004....

Peter N said...

For no huge Sox news, there is still much to report....imagine after this bland series ends! Ammunition for the old blog! Take care my Canadian friends.

redsock said...

After the WS comes the much-anticipated MVP discussion!

The Sammy Stewart story is in the Globe.

Jack Marshall said...

Thanks, Redsock...I meant to include the link. I got so upset over the '86 Series that I forgot about it in my rage at Calvin, Mac, and Rich Gedman...2004..2004...

Jere said...

Gedman was so integral in getting us as far as we got. I hate how the "hey, I'm so smart because I know it wasn't all Buckner's fault" gestapo ended up putting blame on so many others.

Blame the guy who made the decisions and leave it at that. And Schiraldi. And the biggest phony of all, Roger Clemens. Okay, so basically I'm just saying go easy on ol' Rich.

Jack Marshall said...

Jere, I really can't agree. Though I don't "blame" Gedman in the sense that he choked or did anything shameful, Stanley got charged with a wild pitch for a ball that Fisk, Mirabelli, Varitek, Mike McFarlane and indeed even Scott Hatteberg would have stopped easily. Gedman was slow out of the crouch and missed a lot of pitches...it was a real weakness of the '86 Sox, it bit them at the worst time, and Stanley and Buckner ended up taking the heat. Gedman just needs to accept his share of responsibility.

By the way, the Globe piece yesterday was enlightening: I didn't know Buckner was cashing in on the his error with by co-signing photos with Mookie. I don't blame him for trying to make lemonade out of the lemon, but it's a bit strange to complain that nobody will let him forget the incident while he's helping people remember it, no?