Review of the Boston Red Sox's Acquisitions: Bridge Year? Fat Chance
In a few weeks, pitchers and catchers of the Boston Red Sox report to Fort Myers, Florida. Which means it's time to review the changes the Red Sox made to their roster.
From John Lackey and Adrian Beltre to Tug Hulett and Scott Atchison, the Sox made a lot of moves, both big and small.
At the end, I will tell you my prediction for the Red Sox in 2010.
If I left an acquisition off this list, leave me a comment. This article is no particular order.
Jeremy Hermida, Outfielder
I think Hermida might be the sleeper acquisition of the offseason. Hermida was never really given a chance in Florida, and was traded to the Red Sox for a pittance in return.
Hermida will play 2010 as a backup to all three outfield positions.
2009 stats: 13 home runs, 47 RBI, .259 batting average, .348 OBP, and a .392 slugging percentage for an OPS of .740.
John Lackey, Pitcher
Lackey has been the ace of the Los Angeles Angels since he came into the league in 2002.
He signed a very, very, very expensive contract of $82 million (the same as AJ Burnett signed with the Yankees in the 2008-2009 offseason).
Lackey was coming off two injury-plagued seasons, in which he pitched in 24 games and 27 games respectively.
Lackey's 2009 stats: 11-8 record, a 3.83 ERA, an opponents batting average of .263, and a WHIP of 1.27.
Adrian Beltre, Third Baseman
The man who once had 48 home runs with the Los Angeles Dodgers has taken a severe downturn in his five seasons with Seattle.
Beltre could use the Green Monster in left field in Fenway Park to help boost his power numbers, as it's only 310 feet from home plate.
However, don't expect Dodgers-esque numbers from Beltre.
2009 stats: 111 games, eight home runs, 44 RBI, .265 average, a .304 OBP, and a slugging percentage .379 for a .683 OPS.
Bill Hall, Infielder
Hall once hit 35 home runs in a single season (2006 with the Brewers) is another player that has suffered a severe downfall. He has not had double-digits in home runs since 2008, when he hit only 15.
Hall might spend 2010 in AAA Pawtucket, or as a backup infielder.
Hall's 2009 statistics (combined between Milwaukee and Seattle): .201 average, eight home runs, 36 RBI, .259 OBP, and a .338 slugging percentage for an OPS of .596.
Mike Cameron, Outfielder
Cameron is getting up there in age and has lost a step or two over the years, but he is still a class act in the majors.
So, he's no Jason Bay. In fact he might be better. A recent FanGraphs article says that Cameron, in fact, might be better than Bay.
Cameron's 2009 stats: 24 home runs, 70 RBI, a .250 average, an OBP of .342, and a slugging percentage of .452 for an OPS of .795.
Marco Scutaro, Infielder
The apple of most Red Sox fans eyes this winter, Scutaro's 2009 season was the best of his career.
However, many baseball analysts think that '09 might have been a fluke year for Scutaro.
Whether or not it is, we'll find out in 2010. Either way, we're stuck with Scutaro until Iglesias is ready for the majors.
Scutaro's 2009 stats: 12 home runs, 60 RBI, .282 average, .379 OBP, and a slugging percentage of .409 for an OPS of .789.
Scott Atchison, Pitcher
Atchison last pitched in the majors in 2007, with the San Francisco Giants (after spending some of Spring Training with the Red Sox). He spent 2008 and 2009 with the Hanshin Tigers of the Nippon Professional Baseball League, the premier league of Japan.
Hanshin wanted to resign Atchison, but he wanted to return to the United States to be closer to his family. He spent 2004 and 2005 with the Seattle Mariners, and 2007 with the Giants.
I can't find Atchison's Japanese stats anywhere, so I'll just give you his career MLB stats: 53 career games, 4.10 ERA, 2-3 career record, a WHIP of 1.37, and an opponents batting average of .263.
Boof Bonser, Pitcher
BOOOOOOOOOOOF!!!! Now that I've got that out of the way...
Bonser has gotten slightly worse in each of his three career seasons. He has pitched in more and more games each season, and his ERA keeps climbing.
Bonser should be a decent reliever coming out of the pen for Boston, maybe spending some time down in AAA Pawtucket.
Bonser's 2009 stats: 3-7 record, 5.93 ERA, 47 games, 1.48 WHIP, and an opponents batting average of .285.
Ramon A. Ramirez, Pitcher
This is the second Ramon Ramirez the Red Sox have brought onto the roster, and if he spends the majority of the season in the big leagues, expect broadcasters to put emphasis on his middle initial.
Ramirez pitched in the WBC for Team Venezuela. He spent the first two seasons of his career, 2008 and 2009, with the Cincinnati Reds.
Ramirez's career stats: 2.97 ERA, 16 career games, 1-1 record, .184 opponents batting average, and a WHIP of 1.02.
Tug Hulett, Infielder
Hulett probably won't make the Red Sox roster out of Spring Training. He will likely be in a Chris Woodward role next season, and will appear for a few games late in the season as a backup infielder.
In the majors, Hulett has played for two teams in two seasons, the Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals.
Hulett's career stats: 45 games, .194 batting average, one home run, three RBI, an OBP of .158, and a slugging percentage of .111 for an insanely bad OPS of .269.
Brian Shouse, Pitcher
Shouse pitched in seven games for the Red Sox back in 1998, before being released on June 25. He went 0-1 with an ERA 5.62. He pitched in exactly 8 innings, getting a WHIP of 1.63.
Shouse was 29 years old when he pitched for the Red Sox. He made his major league debut back in 1993 at the age of 24 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. That was his last season before joining the Sox. From 1994 to 1997, Shouse didn't appear in the majors.
Then, Shouse took 1999-2001 off, before reentering the majors, with the Kansas City Royals, then joining the Texas Rangers from 2003-2006. He was traded by the Rangers midseason to the Milwaukee Brewers from 2006-2008, before pitching last season for the Rays.
Shouse's best seasons are 2004 and 2005 with Texas. In those two seasons combined, Shouse went 2-1 with an ERA of 2.73 and a WHIP of 1.23 in 115 games.
Certainly and odd career for Shouse.
Shouse's 2009 stats: 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a WHIP of 1.36 in 45 games.
Jorge Sosa, Pitcher
Sosa should provide a reliable arm out of the bullpen for the Red Sox in 2010, but he certainly won't be the ace of the pen next season.
Sosa hasn't spent a full season in the majors since 2007 with the New York Mets, pitching in parts of 2008 and 2009 with the Mets and Washington Nationals.
Sosa's 2009 stats: 18 games, 6.45 ERA, 2-1 record, and a WHIP of 1.79.
Edwin Moreno, Pitcher
Moreno actually just started pitching at the major league level in 2009, at the age of 28.
Moreno probably will spend most, if not all, of 2010 in AAA.
Moreno's 2009/career stats: 19 games, 1-3 record, 4.84 ERA, and a WHIP of 1.92.
Darnell McDonald, Outfielder
McDonald has never played two consecutive seasons. He played in 2004 with the Baltimore Orioles, 2007 with the Minnesota Twins and 2009 with the Cincinnati Reds.
McDonald has appeared in 68 career games, appearing in a career high 47 last year for the Reds.
McDonald's 2009 stats: 47 games, two home runs, 10 RBI, .267 batting average, an OBP of .306, and a slugging percentage of .400 for an OPS of .706.
The Red Sox should do well again in 2010, continuing the three-headed AL East monster of Boston, Tampa Bay and New York.
The Red Sox should be in the middle again, in between the Yankees and Rays, in second place.