The disasters continue for the Boston Red Sox 2010 roster. The injuries are continuing to hang around and infect others such as JD Drew, Mike Cameron and Kevin Youkilis. The best part of the moves the Red Sox made at the trade deadline last week was dumping Ramon Ramirez to the San Francisco Giants.
Boston called up Dustin Richardson and Ryan Kalish from the minors and optioned Jeremy Hermida to Pawtucket. With Mike Cameron going on the DL, Daniel Nava was also re-activated. By dropping off Ramirez, we take that liability out of the bullpen, however, with all the roster moves and trading of minor league prospects to the Texas Rangers, our biggest acquisition was catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia who has been in the Rangers minor league system all season. Although the poll didn't have quite the response we're used to here at Sportsfan4 (with the reconstruction of the site, the polls will be on the lower right hand side of the page, under the new cool beans section), those who did participate felt that the Red Sox did need to make a move before the trade deadline.
Should The Boston Red Sox Make A Move Before The Trade Deadline?
- Yes (61%, 14 Votes)
- No (39%, 9 Votes)
Total Voters: 23
Although Boston did make a few roster moves and some minor trades, I don't quite think that this was close to the type of trade that Red Sox fans were expecting with a team in turmoil, unable to close out games with a shaky bullpen and an offense that seems to either light up the scoreboard or get completely shut down.
I have as much loyalty as the next man when it comes to our veteran players that have been in there since the '04 and '07 seasons, but maybe it's time to make some bigger moves and take a chance. Varitek, Lowell and Ellsbury haven't played much at all this season (partly due to injury), but we could manage to find a hitter or a middle reliever out there somewhere that would be reliable and consistent if we would package something together for a team that's in need of any of those guys. One of our best hitters, Adrian Beltre, most likely won't be back next season anyway and just doesn't have the chemistry to be on this team. I mean, what kind of guy violently swings his helmet at his teammate for touching his damn hair?! With all the injuries we have, the one thing we don't need is Beltre breaking someones hand or jaw with a batting helmet because he's a frigging broad, but that's a story for another day.
There's so much that we could have done to improve our offense, forget about the concept of run prevention because we aren't preventing anyone from scoring on us and get a few more reliable relievers to come out for innings 5-8. I still haven't given up on the team, I can still see some guys getting healthy and the Sox making a run for the wildcard, but my hopes at winning the Division are slowly fading...
This Month's Poll
Here's a head start on this months poll. With Alex Rodriguez's 600th home run being right in front of us, what do you think of the milestone?
How Do You Feel About A-Rod's Milestone 600th Home Run?
- He used steroids, it's tainted (63%, 5 Votes)
- He's making history (25%, 2 Votes)
- I don't care about it (13%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 8
Thanks to VickieVictoria for the photo of Theo Epstein