***Breaking: Sox Fill Holes Up the Middle***

Boston– (AP) The Red Sox have called a press conference this afternoon at which they are to announce a bold new plan to reshape their squad for 2006. Sources indicate the team has signed the free agents Kelly Leak and Tanner Boyle to play centerfield and shortstop, respectively. “They’re used to coming in second to the Yankees, so they should fit right in here,” said one Red Sox player, on condition of anonymity. Additional moves are expected, including a package that would send slugging leftfielder Manny Ramirez to the Cubs for 1993 NL Rookie of the Year Henry Rowengartner, now 25 and just coming into his prime.

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  • I think the Flaherty signing deserves a separate post. Maybe the sox fo doesn’t know what it’s doing.

    Nick December 23, 2005, 10:55 am
  • Oh, by the way, I feel really betrayed by Johnny F. Didn’t he say he was going to retire? That conniving short-haired well-groomed bastard! Watch him grow his hair out now. Sell-out.

    Nick December 23, 2005, 10:57 am
  • Good point, but I think we can attack that here. I’ll start: No backs! It was, granted, an awfully thin market for backup catcher’s, but it’s hard to imagine that a little of SF’s vaunted creativity couldn’t have produced a better one.

    YF December 23, 2005, 10:59 am
  • I’ve always thought Larry Luchinno and Co’s work was performance/multimedia art of the highest order. Think Bill Viola, Eric Bogosian, and Laura Anderson wrapped into one. Genius!
    Could this mean Shoppach is headed out? I thought he’d fill the role of Mirabelli. This Flaherty pick-up is a real head-scratcher. But I’ll wait: Genius is unfolding.

    Nick December 23, 2005, 11:09 am
  • I’m hoping that Flaherty is just there to compete with Kelly Shoppach in spring training. He’s got nothing left to offer a major league club, especially one attempting to go to the World Series. He proved this the last two years in NY.

    mattymatty December 23, 2005, 11:09 am
  • The terms of the JF deal are undisclosed, at least according to the Sox, so it’s hard to know how to evaluate this, or compare it, say, to the Yanks’ KS agreement. Shoppach, though, what’s the story there? Makes you wonder….

    YF December 23, 2005, 11:35 am
  • Flaherty apparently agreed to 650K, if he makes the opening day roster it gets bumped 100K. They had also previously invited Ken Huckaby to spring training, and have Kelly Shoppach as a possible backup, for the moment. I am not sure the Flaherty move was worth the energy it took YF to type his snide remark. All they are doing is creating depth for the spring training backup catcher fight, and it appears as if they will be paying whoever gets that position about what they deserve. Whoop dee doo.

    SF December 23, 2005, 11:57 am
  • PS – The Yankees are paying Stinnett the same $650K.

    SF December 23, 2005, 11:58 am
  • In fairness to YF, I instigated the discussion. He actually was rather restrained.

    Nick December 23, 2005, 11:58 am
  • PPS-Stinnett is better than Flaherty

    Nick December 23, 2005, 11:59 am
  • Okay, so let’s see: the Yanks are paying their backup catcher $650k. The Sox are paying JF the same thing, even though he is (a) inferior and (b) might not make the team. Two points for Team Creativity!
    Special Creativity PS: A post on the Baseball Analysts site yesterday suggested someone pick up the Pod’s non-tendered catcher Miguel Olivo. Not sure what happened to him.

    YF December 23, 2005, 12:12 pm
  • At least Sox fans know Flaherty has home run power.

    john yf December 23, 2005, 12:37 pm
  • Interesting coincidence: YFvsSF pays YF and SF the same thing, even though a) YF is inferior and b) might not make the regular season blogsquad next year.

    SF December 23, 2005, 12:48 pm
  • In fact, the best place at this site to find information about somebody filling holes up the middle is the “Derek and Stacy” thread.
    Badump bum.

    SF December 23, 2005, 1:00 pm
  • Did someone steal SF’s dreidel!
    Quadruple-super-duper PS: Yeah, we’re giving SF the needles on a minor deal. On the other hand. Well, I’m sure we’d be hearing about it if Cash re-upped Womack.

    YF December 23, 2005, 1:10 pm
  • I think RSN is beginning to freak out.

    walein December 23, 2005, 2:11 pm
  • My guess is that Shoppach’s value is greater as a bargaining chip to the Red Sox than as a player. He did not impress at the plate last year against major league pitching (not a lot of at-bats, but from watching him, he looked distinctly overmatched). If he helps them land a frontline player, then he’s much more useful. Backup catchers, as they’ve shown, are easy to come by (Not that they’ll replace Mirabelli, who was an awfully good backup who truly spoiled us and should deservedly start in the NL).
    Oh well, back to freaking out… It’s such hard work gabbling insanely at passing cars, tugging absently at a worn blue and red t-shirt with the number 18 on the back and drooling all over myself. I’ll just leave you to your gloating.
    Psst. How’s your starting rotation doing?

    rcolonna (sf) December 23, 2005, 3:38 pm
  • I think our Ace pitcher throws harder than your number two pitcher and closer combined.
    For all we know, maybe JF has a special home-spun blister remedy that the Sox are interested in.

    walein December 23, 2005, 3:45 pm
  • Uh, did the Blue Jays just snag Troy Glaus?? Yeesh. Some serious shit is going down in BJville. Ricciardi is assembling a rebel force that could potentially threaten the YFSF empire…

    Spidey December 23, 2005, 5:04 pm
  • I just hope their fans come to the games. You can’t say that they aren’t making the effort to put a good team on the field.

    walein December 23, 2005, 5:38 pm
  • If I had season tickets I’d sell them all. What a crock of crap RSN has been handed by management…. what a shame

    yaz December 24, 2005, 7:00 am
  • tony massarotti: “the red sox front office failed”
    the CHB: “the red sox aren’t going to recover from this easily”
    some commenter on this site: “why is everyone fleeing the red sox?”
    various YFs on various red sox sites: “ha ha ha ha now the red sox are losers again! how does it feel to be a loser, losers? we are going back to the old way of life!”
    here’s a criticism of SFs i can get behind right now: we overreact. YFs take advantage of it. and who can blame them?

    beth December 24, 2005, 8:52 pm
  • various YFs on various red sox sites: “ha ha ha ha now the red sox are losers again! how does it feel to be a loser, losers? we are going back to the old way of life!”
    I haven’t seen that.

    john yf December 26, 2005, 10:57 am
  • john yf, for you:
    “ha ha ha ha now the red sox are losers again! how does it feel to be a loser, losers? we are going back to the old way of life!”

    Joe December 27, 2005, 6:26 pm

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