As a deeply committed Sox fan I have yet to give up on this season and am still hoping every day that a 10 game win streak will come along. However, it is still warranted to start to reevaluate Ben Cherrington now almost two years after a World Series victory. So it is safe to say that the last two seasons have been very underwhelming and disappointing in the rosters that have been put together and the results that have followed. Following the 2013 World Series Victory, Ben Cherington made several significant decisions that ended up weakening the team and made signings that ended up being disasters.
First off, letting Jacoby Ellsbury go had to be done. Plain and simple. I don’t fault Ben for that at all. There’s not way Jacoby was worth the contract the Yankees gave him and that has turned out to be the case. However, other key guys, like Jarrod Saltalamacchia, were let go and replaced with inept players, like A. J. Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, that ended up being total disasters. Then, during the season, Chrrington failed to get Jon Lester to agree to an extension and gave him an insulting offer that ended up having him shipped off to Oakland at the deadline. That netted us Yoenis Cespedes, which was a nice pick up, but ended up becoming Rick Porcello, who has also been a huge bust.
Additionally, this offseason Cherington went out and got us some major hitting upgrades with Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Hanley has been fantastic, but Sandoval a bit underwhelming. On paper both of these moves seemed genius and were going to put us back on the map, but the plan was flawed from the beginning.
At the end of the day it takes pitching to win. In 2013, we had a dominant Lester, an overachieving Lackey, Buchholz had a career year and Jake Peavy was also solid. It is clear that during this prior offseason, some of that money that went to Hanley and Sandoval should have gone towards a starting pitcher. I think Cherrington should get one more year and if he cannot pull it together the team seriously should consider replacing him.
By Spencer Roush @El_Spence_Man