The Boston Red Sox news of the offseason has some tidbits that slip through the baseball cracks. Here are a few former players who are on the move.
The offseason is a time of player movement and even executive movement as faces change and some of those faces have a Red Sox connection. Here are a few that may have either slipped by or caught your attention.
The most notable news is that of slugger Mike Napoli a “Bearded Brother” from the 2013 championship team. Napoli was known for towering home runs and an equally towering personality and at 37-years-old Napoli has retired
Napoli appeared in 356 games for Boston hitting 76 home runs, 187 RBI, and hitting .242. In 2017 Napoli had signed with the Indians only to tear his ACL and miss the remainder of the season. This now concludes a closure for Napoli who undoubtedly will return to Boston for reunions of the spirited 2013 squad.
Former first-round draft pick Deven Marrero has signed a minor league deal with the Marlins. Marrero is best described with the baseball classic annotation of “Good field, no hit” and a career average of .197 leaves the slick fielder with one good MLB hot streak away from getting over the “Mendoza Line” hump.
Manager Dave Roberts has signed an extension to continue as head of state for the Blue. Roberts as even a casual Red Sox fan knows is best remembered for two things: The first is “The Steal” that started the Red Sox road to triumph in 2004, and for being out managed by Alex Cora in the 2018 World Series.
Some players are with the team for a cup of coffee as the baseball axiom goes, but for right-handed Justin Haley is was just a sip. Haley appeared in just four games with the 2018 team tossing a forgettable 7.2 innings. Haley – now 27-years-old – has signed a contract with the Samsung Lions of the KBO. I hope Haley pitches better than those crappy Samsung phones work.
I advocated for the Red Sox return of right-handed Alex Wilson but to no avail. Dave Dombrowski refused to listen but has another opportunity as the Tigers have non-tendered Wilson. Wilson appeared in 44 games for Boston (2-1, 3.38) before being traded to the stripes. In 2018 Wilson appeared in 59 games (2-4, 3.36) and will land somewhere.
The Red Sox have a certain affinity for collecting catchers who simply can’t hit and that was Bryan Holaday in his brief 14 game Boston stay in 2016 hitting just .212, but with an RBI. In 2017 Holaday was with the Marlins (.205) and has been resigned. In the world of the Marlins the cheaper the better.
I just returned from Jamaica and the connection to the Red Sox is two-fold. Former Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson was born in Jamaica and so was former Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis. Davis is now going to attempt to tune up the Mets “sluggers” after being named the hitting coach. Now that will be quite a job – Mon! And Masterson, Mon? He just announced his retirement.
The Red Sox trade for Craig Kimbrel now has two that may be a footnote. The first is Kimbrel who may or may not be resigned with Boston and the second is infielder Carlos Asuaje who has become a roster victim with the Padres. Asuaje played three seasons with the Friars hitting .240 but just .196 in 2018. Asuaje has been claimed by the Rangers.