Boston Red Sox: Strike a Match and Pour Some Gasoline
The Boston Red Sox have once again started their season with a nauseating record.
True, they are not as bad off as they were one year ago, however racking up just one win in six games is nothing to boast about either.
The Sox have started the season with a .167 winning percentage, a team batting average of .236 and a MLB WORST 6.40 team ERA.
Watching the game this afternoon, something became crystal clear to me: it is time to blow up this team.
The Red Sox have not won back-to-back games since the double-header in Oakland on August 27, 2011. Most of the team taking the field today were on that same team.
The chemistry is not there.
The passion is not there.
The sense of urgency is not there.
There is no one person to blame, this is a team dysfunction.
What the team and the organization need is a good ole fashioned cleansing and that time has come. Nobody is exempt from blame. Start at the top with John Henry, Larry Lucchino and Ben Cherington and work your way all the way down throughout the organization.
The front office is obviously more concerned with turning a profit (can you name me another organization selling off ballpark bricks?) than winning games.
Should this team be blown up?
Yes, they can use the excuse that they have the second highest payroll in baseball. I counter by saying, "what good has that done?"
The Sox have more money tied up in players on the DL than the Rays have on their entire roster.
Poor signings and poor player attitude are going to cause this team to come crashing down in front of our eyes. The time has come to be proactive, not reactive.
There is a relatively short list of players that should be considered safe for the purpose of this argument. They are: Dustin Pedroia (for obvious reasons), Jon Lester and Adrian Gonzalez.
Carl Crawford and John Lackey are essentially untradeable due to their contracts (Lackey being on the DL puts a stop to any deal for him anyway).
Everyone else (yes, including Ellsbury) should be considered fair game for the right move.
With an injection of youth likely coming in 2013 in the form of Will Middlebrooks at third, Jose Iglesias at shortstop and perhaps Ryan Lavarnway at catcher, this team finds itself in the midst of the best time to make major waves.
Something needs to be done, and soon.
The last thing this team needs to is become even more of a laughing stock than they've already become.
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