A few nights ago, Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura got in yet another scrap, this time with the Orioles' Manny Machado. Awaiting his repercussions, the 25-year-old right hander is no stranger to suspensions.
This past incident was his fourth altercation since the beginning of the 2015 season. Last season he was involved in incidents with Mike Trout, Brett Lawrie and Adam Eaton, in 3 consecutive starts. The kid clearly has some self control issues, but would he be a good fit on the Red Sox?
It's no secret that the Red Sox need pitching, and it's also no secret that fans love a 99 mph fastball, so why not Ventura? I say 99 because that was the speed at which he hit Machado the other night. It's basically like throwing Craig Kimbrel on the mound to start, with maybe a little more attitude.
If that doesn't sell you, maybe this will. Ventura is a Dominican pitcher, who had been mentored by the one and only Pedro Martinez. I don't think I'm alone in saying I wouldn't mind having a mini Pedro Martinez throwing for the Sox. If not in complete skill, at least in his mean-spirited attitude.
Ventura is under team control through 2019 at an absolute bargain of a contract. He's owed $1.2 million this year, $3.45 million in 2017, $6.45 million in 2018 and $9.95 million in 2019. With those kind of numbers, this is a very low risk with a very high reward situation.
It has come out that the Royals have been shopping this kid for about a month, and this was the final straw. This information actually benefits the buyers because they know they can get him relatively cheap. Since the Royals are trying to move on from Ventura, the only question is who it will take to bring him in.
The Red Sox pitching staff is full of guys that are afraid to bring the heat. Most of them have the skill but for whatever reason, they're trying to pitch around batters, when they should be going at them. Ventura would definitely shake things up every 5 days, and it could be just what this rotation needs.
By Matt Watts