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The Red Sox Take You Into the Weekend

It’s Friday. That’s a good thing. Celebrate by reading a few must-know points on the Red Sox. I’ll keep it short and sweet.

Torey Lovullo was officially hired as the Red Sox bench coach today. The former major leaguer was John Farrell‘s first base coach last season in Toronto. Lovullo is a known commodity in these parts. He managed the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2010. He also interviewed for the Red Sox’ manager job last offseason. Lovullo is a manager-in-waiting, but the take away here is that Farrell is going to surround himself with guys he trusts, knows, and respects. It is a stark difference from what the Red Sox did last year with Bobby Valentine.

— I’m eager to see who is hired as pitching coach. Farrell has a strong pitching background, but it’s important to realize that the pitching coach is the individual who will be managing the staff on a day to day basis. The Red Sox and Farrell must choose a guy who is given full autonomy over the pitchers. Rick Peterson would be a blessing.

— I have a feeling that the 2013 Red Sox are going to be very fun to watch. David Ortiz, Cody Ross, Dustin Pedroia, and Mike Napoli would be a fun core to root for.

— The Red Sox would be smart to stay away from B.J. Upton and Justin Upton. The former is a free agent who doesn’t get on-base. The latter is a good player who is under contract for reasonable dollars, but it would require quality young talent to get him here. Spend your minor leagues commodities on pitching. Or don’t spend them at all.

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2 thoughts on “The Red Sox Take You Into the Weekend

  1. I’d stay away from BJ Upton as well but I would take Justin any day of the week.granted it depends in the package but I feel his stock has dropped a bit in Arizona’s eyes. They’ve tried to trade him before. Craziest thing about him is he JUST turned 25 and will be 25 all next season. Hopefully the Yankees dont get him with one of their seemingly never-ending lopsided trades.

  2. Don’t get me wrong. I would rather have Justin than B.J., but I just don’t want the Red Sox to liquidate their minor league assets for him. If you could find a package that made sense — which is probably tough because he’s young, good, and under control — I would be happy with him on my team, but I feel like the Diamondbacks would want the world in return. And, in that case, I’d rather spend those chips on a good young pitcher.

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