Posted Under: State of the Organization
Major League News: “I am so shocked that Bobby Valentine was fired,” said no one ever. The Baseball Gods answered Red Sox Nation’s prayers on October 4th when the Red Sox fired Bobby Valentine after just one long and painful season. It is not fair to put all the blame on Bobby V, however, the Sox are in the “rebuilding process.” After getting rid of big salaries, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett, it only made sense to wipe the slate clean and send Valentine packing. Led by Ben Cherington, Boston hunted for a new manager with Toronto Blue Jays skipper and former Red Sox pitching coach, John Farrell, at the top of their wish list. Wishes came true for Cherington and the Red Sox when they hired Farrell. Farrell was officially introduced on Oct. 24th. During Farrell’s time in Boston as their pitching coach, the pitching staff held opponents to a .254 batting average and led the league in strikeouts.
In exchange for Farrell, Toronto landed utilityman, Mike Aviles as compensation for releasing Farrell from the last year of his contract.
The Red Sox are close finalizing a deal with free-agent and DH, David Ortiz. It is rumored that Ortiz is seeking a $25 million dollar, two-year deal.
Torey Lovullo was announced as Boston’s new bench coach, replacing Tim Bogar. Lovullo seems to be a natural fit. He and Farrell have been friends for 20 years, dating back to 1993 when the duo played for the Angels.
What fans are saying: At this point, Red Sox Nation is all smiles and looking forward to a fresh season. Fans are confident that with Farrell’s familiarity with the Red Sox clubhouse and their pitching staff, he could be the answer to all of the Sox problems. The pitching staff is going to have to be a priority this year and Farrell is the man to do that. There are absolutely no excuses for the Red Sox this year. They rid themselves of all the toxins that prevented them from seeing October baseball. Looking toward the future, Boston is on the hunt for a first baseman, an outfielder, and if they’re smart, we will find a closer that will get over the loss of Jonathan Papelbon. Clearly, Andrew Bailey wasn’t the man to do so.