Reader Comment of the Day: Theo Epstein is a spendthrift

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Reader Mo Green — who, rumor has it, made his bones when you were going out with cheerleaders — makes a good, and often overlooked point in the wake of the Dice-K story:

It may be time to re-examine Theo’s free spending ways. 5 years, 55
mil for J.D. Drew, 4 years 36 million for Lugo, 50 mil just for the
privilege of talking to DiceK, another 50 mil over 6 years to keep him.
There’s almost 200 mil circling the drain instead of the bases.

No the Red Sox don’t spend as much as the Yankees do, but they do spend
a lot. And when it comes to financial advantages, it’s not always about
how big your payroll is. Being able to absorb bad contracts without
taking a competitive hit is critical too, and the Sox have certainly
been able to do that. We so often hear people call Theo a genius while
saying that Brian Cashman simply knows how to write checks. I think
it’s far safer to say that each of them are pretty good at the others’
alleged forte.

(oh, and nice CTB reference there, Mo!)

Hanley Ramirez and Eduardo Rodriguez underwent surgery

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Red Sox DH Hanley Ramirez announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he underwent surgery — left shoulder arthroscopy and debridement, per Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the operation is considered relatively minor.

Ramirez, 33, has been dealing with shoulder issues for a while, which explains his lackluster regular season numbers. He hit .242/.320/.429 with 23 home runs, 62 RBI, and 58 runs scored in 553 plate appearances. He turned things on in the postseason, though, racking up eight hits in 15 trips to the plate in the ALDS against the Astros.

Ramirez should be good to go heading into spring training. He has one more guaranteed year left on his contract at $22 million and has a vesting option for the 2019 season worth another $22 million.

Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez also had surgery, Britton reports. The procedure was right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction and it was performed by Dr. James Andrews. Rodriguez has a six-month timetable, which Britton estimates will allow him to make his 2018 regular season debut around the All-Star break.

Rodriguez, 24, posted a 4.19 ERA with a 150/50 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings this past season. He’ll be entering his first of four years of arbitration eligibility this offseason.