BSI Weekly Wrap-up: 12/17/11 – 12/24/11
Twas the night before Christmas and all through Fenway Park, not a GM was around, not a deal close to being done. Ok, so it doesn’t exactly rhyme and it’s a cheap play on a Christmas classic, but it’s the truth. Ben Cherington is being patient and we have witnessed it first hand since he took over as GM. We’ve watched great ball players find homes with other clubs and it’s been frustrating to say the least. Let’s hope the Red Sox history of finding rewarding January signings continues in 2012. With that here is the BoSox Injection Weekly Wrap-up.
– Earl Nash takes you inside as to what Jason Varitek might be thinking about during his offseason.
– The Reds and Padres agree to a deal, sending pitcher Mat Latos to Cincinnati for four prospects. Earl Nash breaks down the deal and examines who won the trade.
– When the Blue Jays were reported to be the front runner on Yu Darvish, Earl calculates how this move could have been enough to propel the Jays past the Red Sox for a Wild Card spot.
– Despite acquiring Mark Melancon, is trading for a closer the answer for Ben Cherington’s bullpen woes?
– Earl asks the question as to whether or not our old friend Theo Epstein could save the Red Sox season by acquiring Yu Darvish and keep him out of the AL East.
– Finally we hear that Darvish is going to Texas and Earl compares the new hype to Dice-K, who is better and fills you in on everything you could ever want to know about Yu Darvish.
– When Matt Garza‘s name surfaced again as a possible trade involving San Diego, we looked at how a 3 way deal including the Red Sox would be too costly.
– Seedlings to Stars continues their look at top 100 prospects and landing in at #18 is Red Sox property, Xander Bogaerts.
– We asked you if free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt is worth taking a risk and signing him to a one-year contract.
– The readers of BSI spoke through our poll and it was decided that the Red Sox do not to name a new captain if Jason Varitek does not return.
– All the Fansided MLB sites got together and submitted our Christmas Wish Lists for the clubs we write on. Check it out, it’s entertaining.
– Is Ben Cherington being too patient with the free-agent market? We looked at his first three months on the job and his lack of activity.
– After hearing that the Red Sox were once again interested in Carlos Beltran, they pull out of the running this week and we wonder if it’s because they’re waiting for Yoenis Cespedes.
– Ryan H. points out that the starting pitching market is getting smaller and smaller after Gio Gonzalez is dealt to the Washington Nationals.
– Now that the Gonzalez deal is done, Gavin Floyd of the Chicago White Sox suddenly becomes an intriguing trade option for Boston.
– Bill S. compares Ben Cherington to one Dr. Mesmer, citing that Cherington learnt to be too complacent from Theo.
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