Bullpen Nearly Restocked. As Is The Radio Announcer's Booth. JD Drew? Up In The Air...For Now......
In addition to Brendan Donnelly, the Sox signed free agent lefty J.C. Romero, who had an off year last year for the Angels, going 1-2 with a horrid 6.70 era. Donnelly's stats as a righthanded set-up guy, a position he will hold down this year, were much better. So the bullpen is complete, except for the closer. The main bullpen pieces, for now? Timlin, Hansen, Delcarmen and Tavarez join the newcomer Donnelly from the right side as Romero joins Okajima as the southpaws. Theo said this about the closer situation....
"We're going to find a closer, whether it's internal or external, before we break spring training."
Peter here. I hope so, Theo. The bullpen is complete except for the stopper, the guy who will earn his due every ninth inning of so many victories to come. I hope he can make it look as easy as Paps, but that's a tall order.
As for the delayed official announcement of outfielder JD Drew, there IS an air of mystery. Was there a "red flag" that showed up on his physical? Are the Red Sox looking for assurances and protection in the case of a future ailment that might have been hinted at during the physical exams? Great questions, huh? According to Tony Massarotti of the Boston Herald, SOMETHING is up. So we wait. What else is new? I'll tell you one thing. The Red Sox do not want to put Wily Mo Pena out in right for an extended period of time. Shades of Jose Canseco defensively! So if they're being careful, making sure with such a HUGE expenditure for a good but surely not great player, then that's a good thing.
In the radio booth, Trupe is gone, giving way to Dave O'Brien and Glenn Gefner, two pros. Thank you Jerry. You are part of the 2004 World Championship team, and you will always be so. We will miss you so much. Chalk this one up to corporate politics in the radio industry.
Enjoy your Saturday. I'll be back later. Puzzles amongst prizes...smiles and quizzical frowns.......that's RSN!!! And I love it.