Links 4-26-2010: Sox add Van Every, sign Ibarra, pitching staff shakeup

The Red Sox apparently really wanted to send Josh Reddick back to Triple-A pretty badly, because they traded a PTBNL to reacquire Jonathan Van Every from the Pirates. It makes sense that they’d want to keep Reddick starting every day and limit his exposure at the Major League level. It controls his service time and retains his value as a trade chip. Recently claimed RHP Santo Luis was designated in order to make room on the 40-man roster. Both Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury will travel with the team on this next trip, meaning they could step back in at any time. Good news.

Boston has apparently signed a Major League deal with Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra worth a reported $4.3M. That means he’ll go right onto the 40-man roster, and one of the upper-tier catchers (Dusty Brown?) may have to be designated.

With the move of Tim Wakefield to the bullpen and Daisuke Matsuzaka into the rotation, the pitching staff is due for a bit of a shakeup. My guess is that Scott Atchison will be demoted, since he has minor league options remaining. But the question is, is there another move in the works? Alan Embree has been looking very sharp, and his opt out date is approaching. On the other hand, Scott Schoeneweis has been excellent in a LOOGY role thus far (0.49 FIP, 1.12 xFIP against LHB), striking out 7 of the 19 left-handed hitters he’s faced. They have gotten some “lucky” singles off of him (.489 BABIP against LHB). With so many dangerous lefties in the AL East, would the Sox entertain carrying three lefties in the bullpen? It’s hard to see how the Sox could make room unless they dump either Ramon Ramirez (5.81 xFIP) or Manny Delcarmen (6.02 xFIP). Incidentally, Atchison has pitched better than both of them so far (4.97 xFIP). Of course, they could very well pull the old “DL trick”…

For those of you questioning Atchison coming into the game to pitch the 10th, I don’t think it was unreasonable at all. Daniel Bard has appeared in 10 games already, pitched the most innings (11.2 IP) and thrown the most pitches this year out of the pen at 173. It’s important not to burn him out early to preserve the rest of the year. Atchison, on the other hand, hadn’t pitched since the 19th and has been good for the Sox. Terry Francona wanted to try him in a slightly higher-leverage situation, and it failed. I think it was a decent decision that just turned out badly.

Wakefield is none too happy about being relegated to the bullpen, especially after a strong start yesterday.

Victor Martinez and the Red Sox know about the problem with the running game, and Martinez has been putting in extra work on his throwing.

Darnell McDonald looks to the Rangers’ Nelson Cruz as an example of a player that came up late and really blossomed in the Major Leagues. That’s nice, but when your minor league numbers match those of Cruz, give us a call back, Darnell.

David Ortiz’s first HR was nice to see in a couple of ways – it came on a 95 mph fastball, the only one which Ortiz has been in the same area code with this year.


One Response to Links 4-26-2010: Sox add Van Every, sign Ibarra, pitching staff shakeup

  1. redsoxtalk says:

    Embree has made it clear that he will not extend the opt out date again:

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