While the Red Sox obtained necessary help at the Trade Deadline, they may regret losing a piece of the bullpen puzzle.
It was very clear message from Dave Dombrowski – the Red Sox felt content with the current state of their bullpen throughout the Trade Deadline. The traditionally aggressive GM passed on the likes of Alex Presley, Kelvin Herrera, Zach Britton, and others, in hopes that they could internally sure up any loose ends.
The gamble hasn’t paid off for the Sox, as the bullpen has been a major weakness for weeks. On a night that the Red Sox could’ve sprayed champagne and played the traditional “hangover” lineup the following day, the bullpen spoiled that chance.
When obtaining Ian Kinsler from the Los Angeles Angels, Dave Dombrowski sent two relievers out west. Williams Jerez (8.18 ERA) has largely struggled, but Ty Buttrey may end up being a regret. Over 15 innings, he’s allowed a mere one run and has converted on four save opportunities for Mike Scioscia‘s club. This is not to say that the Red Sox lost this particular trade, as Kinsler (.279 / 14 RBI’s) was a necessary addition for Boston, but there is reason to believe that Buttrey may have been able to help big league club.
A 2.3 BB/9 and 11.2 K/9 are both statistics that would have played well in a Sox uniform. High velocity strike-throwers are hard to come by and the Angels are reaping the benefits.
A big bodied closer that throws upper 90’s would have been a luxury for the Sox bullpen. Now, his growth will be surveyed from afar as the Red Sox will take their bullpen puzzle to the postseason in hopes of winning another World Series title.
It’s certainly not out of the question to think that Boston could return with a World Series championship; however Ty Buttrey may have made the future journey a whole lot easier.
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