Good-bye, M-Lor

The stories don’t say so yet, but Alex Cora’s signing a two-year deal with the Red Averages today all but means the Sox will be saying adios to Mark Loretta.

It means the Red Sox will not be choosing the only scenario I could have seen (and the one I supported, for whatever that’s worth) in which Loretta and Pedroia could have co-existed — where Loretta plays a year with Pedroia serving in the Cora role while he gets his legs under him. Instead, I think this makes it clear that Pedroia is the Sox’ Opening Day second baseman. Also, to my mind, this makes it all the more imperative that a good defender like Gonzalez be feeding the rookie double-play balls and vice versa.

Farewell, Mark. It was great while it lasted.

7 comments… add one
  • I don’t get it. I liked Loretta, what happened? He had a career year in SD, and I didn’t think it was so bad last year..

    Lar November 6, 2006, 9:30 pm
  • Lar, There are questions about Loretta’s age and injury issues — he missed a large part of 2005 and played through pain through much of the second half of 06, and that depressed his numbers pretty severely.
    Nevertheless, I think any team, including the Sox, would love to have Loretta, and since he’s a free agent, his price is likely to go up. The Sox have a cheaper, younger, potentially better option in Pedroia, one of the organization’s top prospects.
    So it’s not so much anything against Loretta as it is the price he’ll likely command on the market and the desire to get Pedroia playing time.

    Paul SF November 6, 2006, 9:35 pm
  • …you should have kept him…

    dc November 6, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • Good.
    No offense to Loretta–he seems like a perfectly nice guy and I got the impression that he really liked his year in Boston. However, I don’t think he was nearly as good as some made him out to be. His walk rate dropped this year and he somehow managed to score only 75 runs despite hitting in front of Ortiz and Manny for most of the season. That’s less than what Emil Brown, David DeJesus and Mark Grudzielanek scored playing for the dreadful Kansas City Royals this year.
    Besides, if we’re truly going to commit to developing from within, we have to give a player like Pedroia a fair shake. He has an excellent minor league track record, and it’s doubtful he would benefit much from another year in Pawtucket. I say give the kid a chance to show us what he can do.
    (And for anyone grumbling over his unimpressive September call up, keep in mind that even Manny had a bad cup of coffee his first time. That one month tells us nothing of what Pedroia can really do with full playing time.)

    mouse November 6, 2006, 9:48 pm
  • just before the trade deadline, i was at fenway while they were doing a cancer research fundraising “event” outside the stadium. you “donated” X dollars and you could choose an autographed player photo. they had tables set up all along the outside of the stadium, and each table was being attended by sox players’ wives.
    i got a youkilis autograph for a friend of mine who would appreciate such things from mark loretta’s wife.
    (alright, the rambling is coming to a close.)
    while i was waiting in line, a guy ahead of me told mrs. loretta that he wanted her husband’s autograph and that he was pleased that mark wasn’t being traded away as was rumored in some places at the time. she immediately got all teary-eyed and thanked him, saying that mark really loved playing in boston and wanted to stay here for a while.
    …but now it looks like he’s going to play for willie randolph.

    Yankee Fan In Boston November 7, 2006, 8:45 am
  • Loretta is the type of player the Red Sox would keep, but i think timing, age, and a young cheap replacement that can give 80% of Loretta next year with a higher ceiling over the following couple makes it hard to resign Loretta. I doubt that he would consider a one year deal and thats all I would offer if I were the Sox.
    I expect him to sign a 2 or 3 year deal with another team.

    Tim November 7, 2006, 8:55 am
  • Patriots Day, working man’s opening day, I was there for Loretta’s 2 out 2 run walkoff homer. I purchased a Loretta t-shirt that day to remember it by. Win or lose, I tend to linger in Fenway until they kick me out, so I was late getting to the souvenir stand. I got the last Loretta player t-shirt they had, the woman got a real kick out of it, saying something like, “I haven’t sold one of these yet this year, welcome to Boston Loretta.”
    Then getting home to see Loretta’s interview and his father’s interview, just a class guy.
    This is the part of the game that I hate, I really like holding on to the good guys, especially when they are solid players.

    LocklandSF November 7, 2006, 9:33 am

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