Random Suggestion: Red Sox Edition

During last night’s Baseball Tonight, Peter Gammons (the Tony Snow of the Red Sox organization. Just kidding, Peter, you’re great) said that Theo and company were going to treat David Wells as if he was done. They believe his chances of returning are now less than 50-50. Who should take the fifth spot? Dinardo seems overmatched for such a responsibility. Abe Alvarez is doing well in the minors but might not yet be ready.

So:

What about Keith Foulke? He started his career as a starter. Moreover, since he doesn’t rely on overpowering opponents, it seems less likely that he’ll tire during a 5-6 inning stint than a more traditional closer-type. I saw this idea originally presented by the esteemed Christina Kahrl at BP during a chat last week (unfortunately, I can’t seem to find the link to it). Do you Sox fans think it makes sense?

11 comments… add one

  • It’s an interesting thought in theory, but a non-starter in practical terms. Foulke’s knees are just too shaky, and last night you could see him weaken in his second inning. I don’t see it happening.

    SF April 26, 2006, 11:22 am
  • another no vote here. even at his most effective, he’s not the kind of pitcher you want opposing batters to face 3 or 4 times in a game. Batters will figure him out. Part of what makes him tough to hit (when he’s on) is how drastically different his stuff is from the pitcher that preceeds him.

    airk April 26, 2006, 12:34 pm
  • Guy who relies on his 83mph changeup to offset his (sometimes) 89 mph fastball? For 5+ innings? Thanks, but I’ll take my chances with DiNardo.
    Of course, Clemens will slide nicely into that 5 spot in a month or so…

    Mayday Malone April 26, 2006, 1:13 pm
  • no offense, i think i just threw up in my mouth a little. papelbon should be the starter, foulke the closer. lots of players start their careers as one thing or another–but they end them as something different for a reason.

    beth April 26, 2006, 1:36 pm
  • I’d say it was worth trying except for his knees.

    Devine April 26, 2006, 2:21 pm
  • I think the reliever most likely to be converted would be Papelbon. I know he has been lights out as a closer, but he was being groomed as a starter this spring. Not saying it would happen anytime soon, just more likely than Foulke

    Vic April 26, 2006, 2:32 pm
  • I guess the issue with moving Papelbon back to a starting role is that you’d be potentially messing with a young player’s head, and, of course, he’s been lights-out in this role. It seems to me he has the tradition set of closer pitches, and fits perfectly in the role.

    NickYF April 26, 2006, 2:40 pm
  • Papelbon’s head doesn’t seem like it’s something that can be messed with, at least in the small sample of last year and this. He started at the end of the season and was fantastic. I would want to see another few outings from Foulke — and Hansen at AAA –before I made any moves (if they are even necessary).

    SF April 26, 2006, 2:43 pm
  • Foulke is finished.

    walein April 26, 2006, 6:47 pm
  • “Foulke is finished.”
    Yeah, with that .88 WHIP and 3.95 ERA it sure loooks like it~
    I don’t see Foulke returning to a starter’s role. He’ll remain a set-up man or move into the Jamesian relief ace role should the Sox promote Papelbon to the starting rotation.
    And for messing with Pap’s head, I seriously doubt it. I mean, have you seen the hairdo he’s sporting as of late – something he did because of a bet he won!

    Craig April 27, 2006, 8:24 am
  • Yeah, Walein, what do you mean? Finished as a closer or finished as a player?

    SF April 27, 2006, 8:56 am

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