Felger & Mazz: The Red Sox Big Deadline Acquisition… Craig Breslow
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The MLB Trade Deadline has come and gone and the Boston Red Sox have made a move. The Sox acquired left-handed bullpen arm Craig Breslow from the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-handed reliever Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik.
Should people be shocked that the Sox didn’t make a major move? What have the Sox done to changed the perception people have of this team?
“They have had so many opportunities to address their real problems, and they continue to ignore them,” said Mazz. “The whole offseason, did they make any moves? Do you know what their solution was to fix their pitching during the offseason? Move Daniel Bard to the rotation.”
“They still have problems in the clubhouse, they still have overpaid, underachieving players, and they have a manager that feels like a lame duck,” said Mazz. “What has changed?”
“There are millions of things they could have done,” added Mazz. “Whether we want to beat them over the deadline or even over the offseason, they’ve done nothing with this team. This is where they take advantage of you as a fan… I feel like they exploit the fan base at times like this.”
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“They need to get their team back,” Felger said of the front office. “They have to get an organized flow chart from the front office to the manager’s office to the coaching staff, they’ve got to clean up that roster, and they haven’t done any of it yet. The real rebuilding that needs to take place in that organization, they haven’t even started. They have not even begun.”
“You thought this last 48 hours was a chance for them to get started with that. Until they do, they’re not going to fill their potential,” added Felger. “They could still make the playoffs this year, but as far as being a championship team, they are a long ways away.”
The Sox weren’t able to move Josh Beckett by the deadline, something Felger has been waiting for since last year.
“What else are you waiting for with this player?” wondered Felger. “He represents the whole roster. This roster has performed at a level less than the sum of its parts, which is the worst you can say about a team, for a calendar year now. And you’re going to keep it intact? What are you thinking?”
Felger and Massarotti went on to discuss how the Red Sox could change things. Will the Red Sox wait for the offseason to shake things up?