As we have seen inall sports long term extensions are usually the problem rather than the solution. Recent examples are the Boston Bruins extending the contracts of head coach Claude Julian and GM Peter Chiarelli. The result a game seven loss to Montreal last year and a Bruin team struggling to make the playoffs.
This week the Red Sox extended manager John Farrells contract beyond the 2017 season. Last years record 71-91 is no indicator that the Sox skipper is worthy of such an extension. The Soxof been up and down under Cherrington winning the World Series two yeas ago and faltering to last place. Chwerrington failed to sign a number one ace in losing out to John Lester who signed with the Cubs. Instead the Sox have a mixed bag of starters number 3or 4 starters at best. They did however improve their bullpen by signing Ranger reliever Robbie Ross and Braves reliever Anthony Varvaro, and another ex Ranger Alexi Ogundo. Without a legitimate number one Boston faces a season of uncertainty.Ricky Porcello, Wade Miley, ClayBucholz Joe Kelly and former Sox starter Justin Masterson will try to pitch their way in the playoffs.Boston does however have some young talent position wise that have been mentioned in trade talks. The most recent rumblings have Boston hot shots Xander Bogarts, catcher Blake Swihart and outfielder Mookie Betts playing elsewhere. The common name that keeps surfacing is Phillies left hander Cole Hamels. Swihart is ranked as one of the best catchers and prospects in Baseball America.
Farrell must crack the whip early in order for the Sox to get out of the gate Unlike last season Boston could never find it’s identity and hovered around last place all season. Cherrington on the other hand needs to be aggressive in making moves. He let John Lester slip away who made it clear more than once that he wanted to go back to Boston after being traded to Oakland last July. Cherrington needs to be careful when it comes to trading for pitching. Swihart is regarded as the Sox number one prospect. Second year man Christian Vazquez seems to have the edge on the starting catcher position. Vazquez gets raves fom the Sox starters the way he handles the staff and is above average on defense.
It all boils down to pitching. Boston has young Henry Owens and Brian Johnson in the minors but both are no where near ready to come up this year. Without a proven number one starter Boston could be in danger of making the playoffs for two years in a row.