Monday, June 15, 2015

Red Sox Conundrum Is Not A Short-Term Thing

"Wait 'till next year" is not going to work for the Boston Red Sox. The flaws that have been exposed in this 2015 season run much deeper than any one-year fix. To an extent, this ownership regime had been insulated from severe criticism by the fluky 2013 ring. Not any longer. It's clear that the they have re-saddled themselves with long-term contracts with players that are—by and large—underperforming. From the pitching staff (Rick Porcello, Wade Miley) to the position players (Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval), long-term deals have made this a multi-year debacle. Unless Ben Cherington can find another patsy to take on bad contracts (as the Dodgers did on August 25, 2012), this is a problem that will hang over the team for quite a while.