Players O' Month
Friday, December 7, 2012
Did Red Sox Blunder Into Unprotected "Fields"?
A Good One That Got Away?
The Houston Astros (they of the
West) used the first overall pick in the Rule 5 draft to scoop up highly-touted young pitcher
from the Red Sox
. You might wonder, how the heck did that happen? By way of background, Fields (age 27) was one of the pieces in the 2011 three-team trade that also brought
to the Red Sox. Fields had a good year in 2012 at AA and AAA, posting a 2.01 ERA and 12 saves. He also struck out 78 and walked only 18 in 58 1-3 innings. He was generally regarded as the best player in the Rule 5 draft, which is why Houston snapped him up immediately.
's Buster Olney recounts that
other teams were "surprised" that Boston left such a talented pitcher unprotected
. It begs the question, who on the 40-man roster did BenCher think was
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