Red Sox Waive White Flag, Clean House

In return for their big names, the Red Sox received a slew of prospects highlighted by top pitching prospect, Rubby De La Rosa, a 23-year-old coming off of Tommy John surgery. For the Sawks this was all about shedding payroll and headaches, and they sure did that. And now they have money to resign Jacoby Ellsbury and be players once again this off-season as well. All-in-all this is a move that will ultimately make Boston better and thereby scarier  in the long-run, where once us Yankees fans thought we would be able to revel in the dysfunction of a team mired in payroll hell. However, with the Dodgers buying up junk contracts like they are Germans buying credit default swaps in 2008 they are now out from under three bad contracts with some talented young players now coming on.

Yes, this trade did leave a few big holes in the Red Sox lineup and, yes, I’m sure they wish they still had Anthony Rizzo to play first, but if I am Ben Cherrington I am getting on my knees and thanking the baseball Gods for loosening Ned Colletti’s purse strings. Who could have fathomed that such a fortuitous situation would befell such an unfortunate, unlucky, and downright dysfunctional ball club? Now the big question regarding the team to the north with the funny accents is whether Bobby V. stays on or if he becomes a one-and-done on his way back to the Sunday Night Baseball booth. According to a number of reports, Valentine never really had a hold on this team from the get-go and despite the fact that they jettisoned a few guys who he clashed with, namely Beckett, it may not be enough to prevent his ultimate fate.

The Red Sox are now in an interesting situation, with money to spend, some pretty good young prospects, and a slew of question marks. How they decide to proceed will determine whether they become the Mets of the AL East or revert back to their big-market club ways in terms of spending. The ball is now firmly in the court of John Henry, Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherrington and the rest of the Boston brain trust.

9 thoughts on “Red Sox Waive White Flag, Clean House

  1. Has anybody noticed the other element to this? Daniel mentions that Valentine clashed with Josh “Finger Chicken Good” Beckett, but the stories make it seem that he was a cancer in the clubhouse before Bobby V ever showed up — he helped get Francona fired, after all, with his intra-game prandial activities. But then you have Gonzalez, whose phone was used in the insurrection against Valentine. Then there’s Kelly Shoppach who was dealt to the Mets recently, who was alleged to be the instigator of the Gonzalez phone message. I seem to recall that Punto was in there, too, but I could be mistaken. Before that, Valentine was at war with Youkilis, who’s now with Chicago. My point is, in addition to getting rid of lots of contract obligations, the Red Sox sent a message to the players — get along with the manager, or get gone. No one seems to be talking about that element.

    • You may be onto something, but the fan base turned on Gonzalez last year, when he chaulked up the team's failure to too many Sunday night games and god's plan. His three-month long power-drought to open the season didn't help.

  2. EuroZone econ wonk joke ftw.

    I like Adrian Gonzalez, for what it's worth, and think of him as their best player.

  3. I think I would have blocked this trade if I was the Yankees GM. Why help out the Dodgers OR the RedSox?????

    • How do you block the trade? I can understand claiming Gonzalez off waivers, but the dodgers had a higher waiver claim.

      • I had the impression that Gonzalez cleared waivers, not that the Dodgers claimed him. If so, it means the Yankees would have passed on him, which they'd have to do if they really hope to hit that $189 million mark for 2014. Also, what would you do with him and Tex? Make one a full-time dh? Then what do you do with the out-years of the ARod contract? The Yankees couldn't take this one on.

        Esoteric waiver question for anyone who knows: I recall that waivers first went through your own league — i.e., the Yankees could have claimed any Red Sox before the Astros, say, had a chance. Is that still true, or is it strictly in reverse order of record, so the Astros would claim before the Yankees?

          • Double-esoteric (and unrelated) question, just because I'm curious and ProfRobert used the Astros as an example. Do the Astros (and in particular the Astros) get any kind of benefit from the upcoming league-change? Seems like they could use all the help they could get, and I'd rather see them get competitive.

    • They didn't. If the Yankees claimed Gonzalez, it would helped both teams.
      Dodgers are now on a hook for a quarter billion for an ineffective starter and outfielder, while it prevents Red Sox from competing this season and possibly the next, depending on how their prospects perform. (Allen Webster is still in Double-A thus unproven, De La Rosa'a elbow is an issue, and De Jesus needs more playing time)