The Red Sox made the first (we hope of several) trades to shore up the woeful bullpen, trading David Riske to Chicago for minor-leaguer Javier Lopez. Although tearing it up in AAA (0.55, 12 saves), Lopez also has some ML success, unlike others we have tried this year (read: Mike Holtz). However, that was three years ago, and the results since have been somewhat Seanez-like.
Here’s Lopez, year-by-year:
- 2003: 75 G, 4-1, 58.1 IP, 58 hits, 12 BB, 40 K, 3.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP
- 2004: 64 G, 1-2, 40.2 IP, 45 hits, 26 BB, 20 K, 7.52 ERA, 1.75 WHIP
- 2005: 32 G, 1-1, 16.1 IP, 26 hits, 11 BB, 12 K, 11.02 ERA, 2.27 WHIP
I understand we wouldn’t be able to trade Seanez or Tavarez for dog crap right now, but do we really want to trade Riske, who actually has an ERA under 4, for a minor-leaguer with spotty ML stats? I guess we’ll see, but I can’t say I’m thrilled with this.
Also of concern, this comment from Theo, courtesy of the Globe’s blog:
"He’s a very uncomfortable at-bat for lefties, but he has been effective against righties," said Epstein. "I’m sure Tito [Francona] will use him to get out good lefties, but he’s not a guy you always have to yank after a 1/3 of an inning."
Well, great. So we let Mike Myers go because we figured it was inefficient to have a guy who’s only good for one batter a game, then trade for … a guy whom we "won’t always have to yank after 1/3 of an inning." Well, as long as we’re not always doing it. But, um, how much success can you have when you’re allowing righties to hit .322 off you (as opposed to .245 for lefties)?
Update: The Herald’s blog reports that Epstein said he didn’t want to be tied up with the multiyear contract Myers was wanting, which makes sense. What doesn’t make any sense, however, is this:
He made it clear that the team is waiting for another reliever to step up and become a reliable option in the middle innings before the ball can be handed off to Mike Timlin and Jonathan Papelbon. Whether that pitcher is a veteran like Rudy Seanez or Julian Tavarez, or a younger pitcher like Manny Delcarmen, Jermaine Van Buren, Craig Hansen eventually or even Lopez, remains to be seen.
The way it’s written makes it unclear who is talking for the bulk of this paragraph, but it’s distressing that the Sox front office might still consider Seanaez and especially Tavarez as viable candidates to "step up and become a reliable option."