Posted Under: State of the Organization
Major League News:
During this off-season, Ben Cherington has looked to fill the holes in the Red Sox roster. This month, the Red Sox finalized a two-year, $26 million deal with DH David Ortiz.
The Red Sox signed free agent David Ross to a two-year $6.2 million deal. Ross, who was the back up catcher for the Atlanta Braves, will be a strong complement to current catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia could give the Red Sox one of the most dynamic catching tandems in the American League. Boston also signed free agent outfielder Johnny Gomes to a two-year, $10 million deal (pending a physical).
In anticipation of the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, the Red Sox added six Minor Leaguers to their 40-man roster while designating five players for assignment to make room for these newcomers.
The Red Sox hired 47-years old pitching coach Juan Nieves. Nieves, who was teammates with new skipper John Farrell during the winter league in Puerto Rico 25 years ago, has never been a pitching coach at the Major League level. He was, however, the bullpen coach for the Chicago White Sox for the last five years and served as a pitching coach in Chicago’s farm system for nine years.
Cherington is also looking to improve the medical staff in Boston. Over the past few years, injuries haunted the clubhouse due to the inefficiencies of the medial staff. The most notable case was with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who was misdiagnosed and sent back on the field too early.
What fans are saying:
Red Sox fans are letting things play out this winter without jumping to any conclusions. At this point, it is just a waiting game. Many fans believe that the Red Sox will not be a play off contender this year nor will they be a play off contender in the next few years. However, with this clubhouse, we have learned that anything can happen at any time. RSN wholeheartedly believed that the Red Sox were contenders for the past two seasons and, unfortunately, weren’t even close. Red Sox fans could only hope that this happens in their favor this year.