BOSTON — Before the first pitch was tossed last April, according to the experts(several million New Englanders), Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington had a nondescript off-season (see Bill Belichick in 2001) in the 2013 Red Sox Reclimation Project.
n fact, few people had anything nice to say about any of the key pickups, other than it will be a breath of fresh air watching guys enjoy the game of baseball. In other words, it will be nice seeing anything other than Josh Beckett & Co.
Here were the Cherington winter additions and our collecitve reactions:
Nov. 11, David Ross signed as a free agent — “A decent backup/secondary catcher who apparently knows how to handle pitchers. Don’t dislike it or like it.”
Dec. 1, Jonny Gomes signed a two-year, $10 million contract — “Where’s he going to play? A nice guy that loves baseball, sure, but average at best.”
Dec. 13, Shane Victorino signs a three-year, $39 million contract — “Sure, he’s a “Dirt Dog,” which we love, but way, way, way too much money for a guy on the back nine of his career.”
Dec. 18, Koji Uehara signs a two-year, $9.25 million contract — “Yes, he filled a need in the bullpen, but a little too much money for a decent candidate for setup man.”
Dec. 19, Ryan Dempster signs a two-year, $26.5 million contract — “Another decent pitcher who is old (36 in May) and a fourth or fifth starter at best.”
Dec. 26, Stephen Drew signs a one-year, $9.5 million contract — “J.D. Drew’s brother? Who has injury issues? For $9.5 million? And most of all, let that wizard of defense, Jose Iglesias, play!”
Jan. 22, Mike Napoli signs a one-year $13 million contract — “Does he have a degenerative hip or not? Could be decent, but is he anything better than a fifth or sixth hitter when this team needs a third hitter in front of David Ortiz?”