Saturday, December 16, 2006

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.

25 Comments:

At 12/16/2006 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donnelly was a solid acquisition, and if Jon Lester makes it back, then the Sox have themselves what may turn out to be an awesome pitching line up.

Spent way to much money on the perfunctory JD Drew. I guess that's the fear multiple of finishing third or worse in the division in 2007.

 
At 12/16/2006 11:39 AM, Blogger beisbolct said...

what do you think of Papelbon going back to closing? I really think he's gonna end up closing again this year. Unless they can trade for a half way decent closer, he is their best option.

 
At 12/16/2006 11:55 AM, Blogger kaylee said...

i agree we need a closer but beisboloct the only way i would do that is if jon lester is 1000% back and effective.

 
At 12/16/2006 12:03 PM, Blogger kaylee said...

I have no idea what is going on w/drew but lets hope nothing major tHAT PREVENTS his signing is up no on WMP drew is better.

 
At 12/16/2006 12:11 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

MY turn....and thanks for all the comments..you are the best...so.....
Paps, as great as he was last year, and no one can fill THOSE shoes, is better suited to being a member of the '07 rotation. Because of his shoulder health. Thanks Beisbolct. You too Kaylee!

And "middle relief"?? Well said...JD in rightfield is a question, and not an answer. FOR NOW....Can anyone say TROT? But that's just a thought . An impossibility. Our Sox future hinges on a guy,
hopefully a HEALTHY guy, named JDD.
So what do I think?? Your guess is as good as mine. I'll wait for a few more minutes, hours, but NOT days. Such is the December that we, as SOX fans, are right now in the middle of.
RSN? It sure is.

 
At 12/16/2006 12:12 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

WELCOME "middle relief"...do not be a stranger!!!!!

 
At 12/16/2006 12:58 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And KayLee..I hope so!

 
At 12/16/2006 1:02 PM, Blogger kaylee said...

oops meant 100%

 
At 12/16/2006 1:09 PM, Blogger kaylee said...

on other thing what are they doing for center?coco?

 
At 12/16/2006 1:37 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

K, we will find out!

 
At 12/16/2006 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am wondering what happened with Drew's physical. I'm sure they're wording his contract to include an escape clause if said physical didn't go well..

 
At 12/16/2006 4:00 PM, Blogger kaylee said...

I hope that is not the case laura but you never know........

 
At 12/16/2006 4:02 PM, Blogger kaylee said...

so you could be right laura!

 
At 12/16/2006 4:08 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

I don't really think JD Drew is an issue - I'm sure the Sox just want to clean up the language just incase he does get injured... I think that the Herald can't live without a little drama. I'd say that Scot Bor"ass" who already went public saying the deal was done - was too busy w/ DMat to focus on Drew. Call me crazy, but I usually have a good gut on these things...

 
At 12/16/2006 4:24 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

You crazy? Uh uh! "N Laura and Kaylee....who knows! Rebecca...you crazy? Nope!

 
At 12/16/2006 5:28 PM, Blogger beisbolct said...

ok say clemens signs with the red sox. i know that's a big IF. who do you take out of the rotation then? wakes or paps? i'd take out Paps and let him close. i am sure they can find a throwing program that will help him overcome the problems he had this year.

 
At 12/16/2006 6:00 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Beis...Won't happen! No need to wonder........not now...

 
At 12/16/2006 6:00 PM, Blogger kaylee said...

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At 12/16/2006 6:02 PM, Blogger kaylee said...

Clemens is staying in houston or retiring he has already said last season that only the astros would keep him from retiring in 07.

 
At 12/16/2006 9:56 PM, Blogger kaylee said...

in fact he was gunna retire last year.

 
At 12/17/2006 12:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every Team goes through a make over:

This Team looks like it had plastic surgery;

They'll be SUPER.

 
At 12/17/2006 6:38 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

SUPER with a closer, Michael. Ordinary without.

 
At 12/17/2006 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Foulke is GONE:

Timlin is NOT the Answer;

Theo's missing a piece of the PUZZLE.

 
At 12/18/2006 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Papelbon as the closer, it makes the team great almost super

 
At 12/18/2006 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shame they got rid of Trupe. I liked him very much.

 

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