Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Opening Day Roster is Official

Update at 2:57 EST: So Padilla, Atchison and Thomas are not on the 40 man roster, but need to be added.  These moves have not been announced yet, but are expected soon.  I assume that Andrew Bailey, Rich Hill and Ryan Kalish will be moved to the 60 day DL to open up a spot.

Although, Stolmy Pimentel, Oscar Tejeda and Drake Britton may be on the bubble for being released/waivers.


Well it's official the Sox are keeping 13 pitchers to start the season.  Thus, starting a new trend? (I knew that Bobby V was smarter than everyone else).

Scott Atchison and Justin Thomas got the final two roster spots (we already assumed that Bowden and Padilla were going to make it).

Some good news for the PA announcer in Detroit...



Pedro Ciriaco didn't make the team :(

What does everyone think about keeping 13 pitchers?  Smart move or a necessity?

10 comments:

  1. And Aceves is going to be the closer

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  2. Well you all know my stance on Scott "four and a half beers" Atchison. I think he could be a nice middle reliever...for the Pawsox. The only explanation to me is that Bobby V expects Bard and Doubront to be stretched out slowly and/or be used cautiously in terms of pitch counts, so they could be looking at going to the bullpen in the 5th or 6th inning a lot, especially early in the season. For that matter, they may use the kid gloves with Buchholz coming off his injury as well. I don't like it. As Art stated yesterday, Ciriaco could come in off the bench late in games and pinch run for Ortiz/Youk/Salty and it could end up in extra runs scored and extra wins. Not to mention putting Ciriaco in at shortstop and sliding Aviles to 3B late in games for defensive purposes. Speaking of Aviles, Bobby V must have really seen something in him this spring since they traded away Scu-Scu-Scutaro (calm down Red Sox nation!) and only have Nick "the village bicycle" Punto to back him up.

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  3. As you can see on the right of our blog in the Twitter box, Gordon Edes believes that the Bailey injury forced them to keep 8 relievers. I just fired off three tweets at him disagreeing. He will probably block me soon. J/k, but I don't see how those two are related. They could have just plugged Aceves into the closer role, kept Ciriaco, and sent Atchison to the California Penal League...er, the International League

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  4. I am not a fan of 13 hurlers on a roster, even 12 seems like too many at times. And I certainly am not fan of Atchison. But consider this, who in the lineup, especially with the off days of early April needs a to sit for a game. Shoppach can spell Salty if needed, rotate Ross, Sweeney, and DMac in LF/RF and Punto covers the IF as backup. And it may be they consider Thomas/Atchison equalling just one pitcher in talent.

    Aceves as closer seems like the right move, but does that leave in hole in the spot AA filled admirabilly last year?? Padilla, maybe fills this role.

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  5. Great point Deacon. Looking at the schedule, there are three off days in the first fourteen days of the season, so nobody will really need an additional day off. This doesn't mean Caramba! couldn't have contributed as a pinch runner, but this is the most logical explanation for the 13 pitchers. By the way, with a name like Pedro Ciriaco, do you think his bats wear hats?

    Barry, you were almost right with the 25 man roster moves - they added Kalish, Bailey, and Chris "another f you from Theo" Carpenter to the 60 day DL.

    Edes with an interesting stat: the total 2012 salary of the Red Sox players on the DL is $59.27 million. That's more than the entire 2012 payrolls of the Padres ($53.8 million), Pirates ($40 million), A's ($53.1 million), and Royals ($57.9 million).

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  6. First, I'll thank you for this Blog and the invitation and "privilege" to participate. For those of you who don't know me, I work with Barry. First my sincere condolences on Hall Dale's "almost" back to back title run. I too, would like to have that foul back. I almost hollered the tubes and crystals right out of my TV and the Mrs. wanted to know who I was cursing at. I don't usually curse at kids or my TV, but it seemed appropriate since I was in favor of brother Terrills second title run, this time not against Washington Academy. Phew.
    Now the question at hand.....keeping thirteen hurlers. You know what....I like it. Choices, when you need them can be a very good thing. One or two might become bargaining chips later on in the season if there is a reason to go after someone needed elsewhere in the line-up. The big question perhaps is: "Can Coach V keep them all happy?" I guess we have to wait and see on this one. I approve of the move. But what do I know, I picked Hall Dale to win it all. Just kidding!!

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    1. Tim,

      Thanks for checking out the blog and leaving the comments. The more good natured ribs we can get in on the Hall Dale coach the better!! Haha.

      Good point about Bobby V keeping them happy because I'm not sure there is going to be enough opportunity for all of them especially with three off days in the early part of the schedule. I certainly think that keeping 13 pitchers was a necessity and time will tell if it was the right move or not. Hopefully it will be a case of quality and quantity. No matter how many pitchers we have if they don't perform it won't matter. Thankfully we'll start getting answers to all these questions tomorrow. Can't wait for the start of a new season. There is nothing like the optimism of opening day.

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  7. Welcome aboard Tim! And thank you for your condolences about the state game loss...I had just about moved on from it and had begun to enjoy baseball season, but now I'll probably lie awake tonight stewing endlessly about The Foul Call and my lack of a more structured play call in the last 11 seconds. Just kidding....sort of. Hey, how about this baseball season?

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  8. "Andrew Bailey is on the DL? Man, I didn't see that coming!" - nobody, ever

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    1. Hey Charb, thanks for checking out the blog. Tell all your Nashua buddies about it.

      Bailey needs some time off from baseball so he can continue making Irish Creme

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