Friday, December 6, 2013
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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No one was surprised that Jacoby Ellsbury left the Boston Red Sox for a big-money contract. That was been expected for well over a year.
The question has always been: Who was going to pay abundantly for Ellsbury, an exciting player who has had his share of injuries (through no faujlt of his own)?
Who, but the New York Yankees, which reportedly is signing Ellsbury for seven years and $153-million.
The New York Daily News headline was funny: "The Ellbsury Doughboy: Sorry Sox! Yanks grab Jacoby ..."
Much is said about the Boston Red Sox pitching depth in the majors and in the farm system.
One certainty arises from such depth: You can't keep everybody.
The Red Sox decided that Brock Huntzinger was not among their up-and-comers. Boston allowed Huntzinger to become a free agent and he signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.
Huntzinger, 25, pitched most of the last three seasons with the Sea Dogs. he was promoted to Pawtucket at the end of the 2012 season but began the 2013 season back in Portland. Huntzinger had done nothing wrong, the Red Sox said, but depth had bumped him back to Double-A.
The same day the Red Sox celebrated their World Series title with a parade, the team also announced that they were not picking up the contract option on reliever Matt Thornton.
Just a reminder that this is a business.
Every general manager knows that you cannot fall in love with your players. There is turnover every year and difficult decisions must be made - whether you love a player or not.
We look at the Red Sox options in today's column.
Good morning. Just got home from Boston (the slight smell of alcolhol on my coat - from bumping into drenched players in the clubhouse - is now barely noticeable).
On the way home, I stopped at a Cumberland Farms in Maine and saw a stack of Portland Press Heralds outside the front door. Self service? I carried in the bundle and bought a paper.
You might want to get one, too, Not that my opinion is objective ...
Back at Fenway, MVP David Ortiz talked about this World Series being his "most special" of the three he's been involved with because of the players he'a been around.
ST. LOUIS — Greetings from the St. Louis Airport.
Hearing a lot of confident talk from the Red Sox fans gathered here.
Two words for them: Michael Wacha.
He will be the Cardinals pitcher in Game 6, and he is very good.