He spoke about a comebacking John Lackey and how hard he’s worked at recovering from Tommy John surgery.
“I made some decisions that didn’t work out,” Cherington said. “I still believe in a lot of the players here and those we acquired. It didn’t work out. That’s on me. I didn’t do enough to stabilize the rotation last offseason. The rotation wasn’t good enough. I didn’t do enough to help that.”
He thought he had made the right decisions. Daniel Bard to the starting rotation. Andrew Bailey as the closer after trading Josh Reddick. In Cherington’s defense, there weren’t many who thought Reddick would turn into a power hitter except for former Pawtucket hitting coach Chili Davis, who went over to the A’s and convinced David Forst and Billy Beane that could indeed happen.
Carl Crawford was a nightmare for the Sox. Jacoby Ellsbury got hurt again. Injury after injury. Good depth turned into bad depth. Pretty tough on the GM. Pretty tough on the manager.
“There’s a couple of different ways this could go,” Cherington said. “We felt there was a chance we’d be really good if things fell our way. It didn’t happen. So I don’t know if the pressure is more than it was last offseason. I’m confident in myself, confident in people I work with and ownership. For as long as I am here I’ll do everything I can to make the situation better.”
He will get more than one year. He likely will get two or three years, and he should. He will get a legitimate amount of time to get things straight and to rebuild after some of the poor decisions he helped Theo Epstein make back then.
But let’s be clear. As much as Cherington admitted his missteps and failures, the person who will take 100 percent of the punishment is Valentine.
Because he’ll be the one who pays the ultimate price – the loss of his job.