Sunday, November 20, 2005

Quick notes for the Day...

(AP Photo)
Will we see you again Old Friend?

According to a story today in the Boston Globe by Nick Cafardo, Kids hope they'll get to play in pen, hard-throwing relievers Craig Hansen and Manny DelCarmen will begin their off-season programs at Fenway park in the coming days. I still like a healthy Keith Foulke in the closer role, but we'll have to see how he shows up to training camp in early February. If his attitude hasn't changed, and his velocity hasn't returned, then I can't see him sticking around here very long. I sure hope he returns to the Keith Foulke we saw in 2004, but who knows. Hansen should take over the slot that Alan Embree couldn't handle this past season. He would be a perfect seventh inning stopper, and he would help take the burden off of the soon-to-be 40 year old Mike Timlin. He needs to be back in that 8th inning setup man slot, and I don't see him closing this season. I loved DelCarmen's stuff when he was out there, but they didn't use him enough at the end of the season. Hopefully he'll start the season in the bullpen, and all of Red Sox nation will get a chance to see just how electric this kids' stuff is.

Wells is still admament on being traded to a team closer to his home in San Diego. According to the article, the Sox are willing to trade him back to San Diego, in return for old friend Dave Roberts and a pitcher to be named. That's pretty wierd, wasn't I the one who said to watch for the return of Mr. Roberts? Personally I think it's a great move. The team didn't have speed on the bases this year, and when Gabe Kapler went down for the season, they didn't have that solid guy that they could plug into any outfield slot when someone needed a rest. He's a great guy for the clubhouse too, a gamer, like Billy Mueller.

If you haven't realized it yet, I love gamers. Guys who play the game right, who love the game. You can see it in how guys like Roberts and Mueller play, and I hope the new Sox GM sees these qualities too. Epstein was great at finding guys who played their role. The reason the Red Sox won the World Series in '04 was because they had all of their roles covered. They weren't a team of superstars, you can't win that way. Getting Roberts back would be a step in the right direction.

The story also hints to a possible Nomar Garciaparra return. If the Sox were to trade Ramirez and lose Johnny Damon, they said it could be a possibilty. I think the Sox should definetly give Garciaparra a look. He proved last season that he is willing to change positions, and he is another gamer, a guy who plays the game right. He should have been a Red Sox for life, and bringing him would be a great move. He could play third, short, and second, and a move to the outfield wouldn't be a bad idea either. He has the tools, the arm and the athleticism to play all of these positions. They could get him for practically nothing as well. I don't see why they wouldn't pursue him, and I just have a feeling that he's going to be healthy again and just explode. He has the talent. Ted Williams didn't call him the best hitter he'd seen since Joe Dimaggio for no reason. You just don't get rid of guys like him, and they shouldn't have in the first place. Bring Nomar back.