A Leash On Dealin’ Dave?

By Jack Corsi – @jcorsi11

When Dave Dombrowski arrived in the city of Boston, many people coined the moniker “Dealin’ Dave” for the 61 year old. But after recent reports from some of the Hub’s major media outlets, we are hearing there was a major restriction on what Dombrowski could do at the deadline. This restriction is one that many Sox fans have been screaming for, and a limit that Dombrowski has since denied. So what is it?

The Red Sox ownership, supposedly, told Dombrowski not to trade away any of the club’s top prospects, now take that with a grain of salt. Rafael Devers, Jay Groome, Michael Chavis and Sam Travis are just a few names that come to mind when you talk current prospects. Now imagine if he went out and traded Devers like he did with Espinosa and Moancada, I think Tony Massarotti’s head would have exploded. A report like this is something to be concerned about.

To me, it shows that Dave may have been looking at some of these guys as movable pieces. That probably concerned ownership to the point of saying something to him. Moving a kid like Devers right now could have literally been catastrophic. Not just for the team, but for Dave’s credibility and for his job security. After the whole debacle with the Pomeranz deal, as well as the Thornburg trade, his credibility almost dead. Something Dave could not afford at this point in his long career.

Is this report true? Will we ever know if it’s true? No idea and no.

Now am I an inside source? Absolutely not. But I do think there is something to look at here. Dombrowski really cannot be trusted when it comes to the prospect pool. I bet he is looking at Devers right now as the next kid to move for a guy from Detroit or Minnesota. I think this report is interesting, and can point to signs of distrust from ownership in Dave. Like John Farrell, this report could show signs of the exit door being opened for Dave.

Good Times Never Seemed So Good…

By Dave Hill – @dwill517

Lots of things can happen in the next 2 months, and right now I’m kind of baffled that with all the in-house turmoil, the lack of “leadership” in the clubhouse and all of the Eck-Price shenanigans that have gone on….

We’re really in first place?  How did this happen?

The bats finally came to life, against of all people Carlos Carrasco and Andrew Miller!  Why is it that when we face good rotations like Cleveland, we hit well, yet when we play kind of marginal teams like Toronto and Baltimore, there’s no run support?  Is this a reflection on the work Chili Davis has done?  Or is it just a case of bats hitting a cold spot, which is just how baseball goes sometimes?  If you ask me, it’s a pretty long cold spell!

Now that Dustin is on the DL and seeing a specialist, should this Sox fan be worried about what could possibly happen?  He’s gone all-out for 10 years and eventually the day-to-day grind takes a toll on your body.  Is Pedey starting to fall apart?  I’ll always respect him for his hard-nosed style of play and the fact that he played an entire season with a broken thumb really speaks to his character and dedication to the game of baseball.  For that, I commend him and that will never change.

Eck finally got the reaction and ovation he deserved from the fans last night when in the legends suite.  They showed him on the jumbotron and gave the peace sign and held his hand over his heart.  A real showing of appreciation for “the nation”, even though the team seems to be somewhat clueless in the handling of this situation.  Yes, he’s had several conversations and apologies from the owners and higher-ups, however nothing at all from the players.

Their reason for what happened?  Eck isn’t around the team in the clubhouse, and apparently that chaps their ass?  Hey, if I was a player on the team and a hall of fame pitcher like Dennis Eckersley comes around the clubhouse to talk and kibbitz with the guys pre-game, then that’s great….but he doesn’t HAVE TO.  He is a recovering alcoholic and has been working to overcome his demons that he had when he was playing.  Being in an MLB clubhouse could possibly trigger something and open him up to temptation.  If the players can’t understand that then they may never get it!  I don’t think it’s Dennis being a snob and acting like he’s above doing stuff like that.  I really think that it’s him trying to stay sober and resist temptation!  Nothing wrong with that….unless you ask the fellas on the field.  Apparently that’s a bad thing!

So, like the song says “good times never seemed so good”, and they really haven’t.  All this turmoil and drama, yet we are still in first place.

Baffling

Dealing For An Arm!

By Jack Corsi – @jcorsi!!

Bats after bats after bats after bats, yes folks that’s the Dave Dombrowski way right now. After adding Eduardo Nunez to the team via San Francisco, Dombrowski continues to show his reluctancy to add that bullpen  or even a starting arm. With the pennant race heating up, and the Red Sox bullpen looking about as good as the 2008 Detroit Lions, the Sox need to add an arm or even 2. I think there could be 1-2, maybe even 3 options out there but if it means the prospect pool will be deleted then I take a hard pass, but for now let’s take a look.

OPTION A: Erving Santana: In my god’s honest opinion, I think the Red Sox would be dumb not to even think about acquiring Santana. Yes, he’s signed through next season and is at the age of 34, but I think Santana has a lot left in the tank. Now you’re probably saying, “Jack he’s a starting pitcher”, I know that. But guys like him could come into relief in the early innings if a starter really struggles. Look he’s got 4 complete games on the year, and I believe 3 of those are for shutouts. This could potentially be the option that would replace Doug Fister, who even though I am a fan of, just hasn’t been able to get it done.

OPTION B: The Big Guns: Three big names starters are out there right now. Those three guys are Justin Verlander, Sonny Gray and Yu Darvish. Well cross Darvish off the list, he added the Sox to his no-trade list. Now you’re saying “But Jack, look at Verlander’s contract”, don’t get me that contract nonsense, we’re talking about the team that’s given lucrative deals to Pablo Sandoval and David Price. Numbers like that don’t scare the Sox. Verlander is a viable option, and with Dombrowski’s Detroit ties, it could be a consideration. Now Sonny Gray interests me because of the Vanderbilt connection with David Price. Both Commodores were highly touted college players and must have some sort of connection through the Harvard of the South. The A’s asking price for Gray could be extremely high, but the risk of trading away the prospect pool is most likely worth the reward. Gray has been real good since coming off the break and could be the arm the Sox need.

OPTION C: The Unknown: Right now I will say there has to be at least a handful of names that are available that aren’t being fully reported. Some could be studs, while others could be the black sheep. I think the Sox are in the realm of getting that black sheep player(taking a page out of the Bruins book). A guy who they could use but maybe not necessarily need. A veteran guy, whose been around the league and knows the game. A name like Francisco Liriano comes to mind, a known name that’s been floating but not flaunted. It feels like one of those years where the Sox will get that kind of guy. I don’t hate it but I don’t like it.

There’s 3 I would say credible options for the Boston Red Sox. Maybe another option would be to leave Dennis Eckersley alone. But that’s another story and article for another day.

Price & Eck…. and now Pedey too?!

By Dave Hill – @dwill517

As a wise man once said “what in the wide world of sports is going on here!?”.  So now Dustin Pedroia, the defacto team captain (say what you will….he’s the longest tenured guy on the roster….therefore he’s the leader in my eyes) was said to have joined in on cheering on David Price when he went after Eckersley on the team charter?!

Okay, this is starting to really get out of control!  If Dustin Pedroia is seen to be openly rooting against a guy like Eck for his comments about E-Rod’s performance at AAA, then there’s definitely (to me) something else going on that we don’t know about.

I know Dustin is a fiery guy….100% on and off the field.  However, if he’s rooting against a guy like Dennis Eckersley, who keeps his distance from the clubhouse trappings that he fell victim to when he was in the show, then it can’t be as simple as a guy saying “Yuck” to a player having a mediocre outing in Pawtucket.

Either something happened earlier in the season and this E-rod comment pushed everything over the edge….or all these guys are thin-skinned assholes who get butthurt really easily.

Maybe the truth lies somewhere in the middle?  We may never know!