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Advice for the Red Sox: Farrell, Morales, Ortiz

It’s not that these September games don’t matter at all. There is plenty of room for evaluating guys like Jose Iglesias, Ryan Lavarnway, and Ryan Kalish. However, every move that this organization makes going forward must be done with an eye towards the future. The 2012 Boston Red Sox are officially about the 2013 Boston Red Sox

Here are nine pieces of advice for a ball club in desperate need of putting its best foot forward.

—Do what you have to do to pry John Farrell from the Blue Jays. If Toronto’s GM Alex Anthopoulos demands a player like Clay Buchholz or even Daniel Bard (yes, that Daniel Bard), you move on–because that’s ridiculous. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that Farrell should be the top candidate to replace Bobby Valentine.

—Bring David Ortiz back on a one-year deal. I love these tough-talkers who call into radio shows and proclaim how they’re sick of Ortiz, how he’s a baby, and the Sox need to move on. Get real. I wouldn’t necessarily offer him arbitration, but Ortiz has to be the anchor of that lineup next season. And remember: A pissed off Ortiz is a productive Ortiz.

—Sign Cody Ross this offseason and never let him play right field again. Ever.

—John Henry must empower GM Ben Cherington. He is an intelligent, qualified executive who deserves more autonomy. If that means somehow lessening the importance of Larry Lucchino, so be it. Wins are more important than selling commemorative bricks.

—Give Franklin Morales a fair shot to start in 2013. I’d go to battle with that guy as my fifth starter any day of the week.

—Integrate some patience this offseason. The Red Sox have gotten away from their bread and butter–taking pitches, working the count, and wearing down the opposition. You can get away with a couple of free swingers like Will Middlebrooks, but for every young, anxious hitter, you need two players who are willing to take what is given to them. ESPN’s Jeremy Lundblad explores this in more detail here.

—Trade Jacoby Ellsbury in the offseason. Fans will undoubtedly gripe, but it is the best decision. Here is why.

—Find a way to harness Alfredo Aceves. He is undoubtedly volatile, quirky, and, at times, troublesome. But he is a weapon, a guy who can pitch multiple innings out of the bullpen, spot start, or even close an occasional game. If he proves to be detrimental to the team, cut bait.

—Do not be afraid of bad publicity. When discussing the idea of firing Valentine before season’s end, WEEI’s Rob Bradford advocated the idea by saying “rip the band-aid off.” I don’t necessarily agree with firing Valentine now, but Bradford’s point is actually a good one. This organization has gotten away from what is most important: Assembling a quality team that is capable of playing consistently good team baseball. Are there going to be bumps in the road along the way? Sure. Rather than compromising what is best for the franchise in order to avoid a few potholes, hit them head on. Face the music and learn from the mistakes.

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6 thoughts on “Advice for the Red Sox: Farrell, Morales, Ortiz

  1. Maybe they should also hire Corrado!
    They’re doing the right thing, but so weird to go into September with the Sox being totally out of it.

    • Hey, I’ll take a job! Haha — It’s true. We’re used to them doing well until September than falling apart. Instead of saving us the drama, they began the gut-wrenching process in April.

  2. If he’s available, Dave Martinez should be ahead of Farrell on the managerial wish list.

    • Ryan, DM would be a great choice. Sandy Alomar Jr. too. Farrell is still number one for me, however.

      • I was big on Alomar too last year but soured on him based on some reports and listening to his media interview. Lovullo impressed me much more. He would be my third choice behind Martinez and Gabe Kapler. Kapler is a long shot but I would love if the sox could get him back in the organization somehow. He’s gonna be a good manager.

  3. Ryan — I’m not sure if Kapler is looking to manage. I think he’s currently in the middle of some sort of baseball related project (for some reason, an instructional baseball school or some sort comes to mind).

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about Lovullo–wouldn’t need to compensate the Jays either, as he would be in line for a promotion should the Sox offer him the job.

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