October 31, 2008

Varitek Files For Free Agency

Jason Varitek filed for free agency yesterday. The Red Sox have exclusive negotiating rights for the next 15 days. After that, any of the 29 other teams can contact Varitek.

Pawtucket knuckleballer Charlie Zink was named the 2008 AAA Starting Pitcher of the Year. During one 19-game stretch, he allowed one earned run or fewer 14 times. Zink made his major league debut on August 12 at Fenway Park in the crazy 19-17 victory over Texas.

David Ortiz admits he heard some fans ungrateful morons booing him during the playoffs.
[F]ans run out of patience and I understand that. It's kind of hard. I saw Pedro Martinez getting booed. I saw Nomar get booed. Those guys, they did it all here before that. I don't mind. I'll just come back next year ready.
Boston claimed former Tigers right-hander Virgil Vasquez off waivers.

In Amalie Benjamin's mailbag, she writes: "It's extremely difficult to fault the Sox for not seeing the potential in Carlos Pena." I disagree. At the time (September 2006), many fans were furious that Terry Francona let Pena rot on the bench while penciling in Eric Hinske and the Corpse of Mark Loretta at first base.

Also: Could the unprepared-unpopular-and-gaffe-prone Joe Morgan be dropped from ESPN's Sunday night broadcasts? ... The Post reports that "several industry sources believe the Yankees will make a serious push for [Manny Ramirez] to play right field next year." !

9 comments:

Redsauce said...

I will always wonder whether Pena was on a few PEDs. Heck of a change in his performance.

The Omnipotent Q said...

Reading the NY papers these days, the Yankees are going after EVERYBODY.

andy said...

The only team that can afford what Manny wants is New York. Unless by some strange twist he returns to Boston.

9casey said...

andy said...
The only team that can afford what Manny wants is New York. Unless by some strange twist he returns to Boston.



Yeah the Sox relocate.....and call the new town Mannyland.....

FenFan said...

I would be (one of the few, I think) willing to see Manny in uniform for the Red Sox again. Why not?

Right now I would also bring back Varitek. How many other options exist? From what I have read, it doesn't sound like there are any viable ones.

ish said...

Could also bring back Derek Lowe, Pedro, Kevin Millar, Orlando Cabrera... They're all free agents.

ish said...

Could even bring back Trot and Kapler.

9casey said...

We need one thing to be different next year..Beckett......If he is on we are a 100 win team that can't be stopped in the postseason...

The Omnipotent Q said...

I bet Manny goes back to the Dodgers. If they let him go, who will they get to replace him in LF? And besides, Frank McCourt loves those ex-Red Sox players...