Re: Where are the Cherington critics?
posted at 8/15/2012 10:13 AM EDT
I'm right here, huckleberry....I've been very critical of Ben's moves/non-moves
including Podsednik's original exile to Pawtucket after a fine MLB stint,
Mortensen's constant yo-yo to minors while pitching extremely well,
trading Albers right as Atchison appeared to be out with TJ surgery,
not replacing Ortiz at DH, waiting at least 4 weeks too long to bring up Lavarnway for Ortiz,
having any input on the Morales decision to go back to the pen and go from a 6-man to 5-man rotation during the only stretch this year that the Sox SPs were somewhat good as a group.
Not adding actual MLB talent to the roster except for Danny Valencia to the weakest bench in baseball. Not ever DFAing Nick Punto.
Taking way too long to minor league assign both Nava and Kalish.
Trading Youkilis way too soon for a bag of balls, but in his defense there was a toxic atmosphere between Kevin and manager and it seemed with Middlebrooks playing so well, there would be tough days if Youks was on the bench. 20-20 hindsight ends up that Youks would have played some 80-90 percent of the time at DH and 3B due to injuries to Middlebrooks (hammy) and Ortiz.
Adding Aaron Cook. Acquiring Podsednik in the first place (the second place not such a big deal...needed him in the first place during the month of mediocrity combined from Kalish/Nava...so bringing him back was in effect too little, too late. )
Adding Padilla (edit note-late add, forgot)
Bringing up Middlebrooks and Ciriaco, which were really necessities, not so much his genius at getting them to produce upon arrival.
Signing Ross, Shoppach
Reddick trade seemes lopsided now, but if Andrew Bailey returns to form and doesn't get hurt, he becomes a long-time closer possibly. So the return is still important while Reddick is a good fit in Oakland and Sweeney is an early season highlight for Sox, but overall disappointment due to 2 injuries.