Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Red Sox Can Go 2-0 Behind New Hurler Porcello

Rick Porcello
It is only the Phillies (one of the worst teams in baseball), but the Red Sox—and their newly-signed starter Rick Porcello—have a chance to go 2-0 on the young season today in The City of Brotherly Love. Armed with a freshly-signed 4-year, $82.5 million contract extension—the right-hander will make his first official start as a member of The Carmine Hose tonight. Last year, most pundits thought the Tigers would pony up the cash to sign either Max Scherzer or Porcello—and, of course, they lost both. While Scherzer is a slam-dunk ace, the jury is still out on Porcello—which makes the Boston move all the more interesting. In our view, locking up talented, younger pitchers is preferable to gambling on talented, older ones. Essentially, (after shipping off Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit), Boston has swapped off 31-year old Jon Lester for 26-year old Porcello. Time will tell, but it looks like that five-year trade-off is the prudent choice.