Monday, March 10, 2014
The Red Sox say they are going to go back to developing players, instead of relying on high-priced fixes.
Then why did they let Michael Olmsted go to the Brewers?
Olmsted, a 6-foot-7, 270-pound right-hander, was promoted to the Sea Dogs on July 24 and did not allow an earned run through the end of the season.
Olmsted, 25, was a minor league free agent who found new life after Tommy John surgery and a commitment to the bullpen. The Red Sox signed him to a minor league deal in 2011 and he worked his way up the organization.
His fastball hit 97 m.p.h. and his slider was dominant. See our story on him.
After this past season, Olmsted was again a minor league free agent. To keep him, the Red Sox needed to offer him a major league deal by putting him on the 40-man roster.
Boston did not do that, and the Milwaukee Brewers signed him this past weekend, placing Olmsted on their 40-man roster.
The Red Sox have to make a lot of decisions about pitchers they may lose. See that story we wrote in September. I guess they figured Olmsted was expendable.
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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