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!)

Tigers release Francisco Rodriguez

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Tigers’ right-handed reliever Francisco Rodriguez was released on Friday, per a team announcement. The club recalled fellow right-hander Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move.

The former closer got the boot after losing his closing role in early May, giving left-hander Justin Wilson a chance to impress at the back end of the bullpen. It’s been a rough year for Rodriguez, who manufactured six blown saves and a 7.82 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 25 1/3 innings for the Tigers. The final straw, it seemed, came with Robinson Cano‘s grand slam in the seventh inning of the Tigers’ 6-9 loss to the Mariners on Thursday.

While the demotion to a clean-up role and an apparent lack of communication caused Rodriguez considerable frustration, he’s two years removed from his last dominant performance as a major league closer and has shown few signs of returning to form. His recent slump doesn’t diminish the impressive totals he’s racked up over his 16-year career — 437 saves and six All-Star nominations among them — but if he can’t break out of it soon, he may not receive the kind of high leverage role he’s seeking with another big league team, either.

The Red Sox sign Jhonny Peralta

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The Red Sox have signed third baseman Jhonny Peralta to a minor-league deal. He’ll report to Pawtucket.

Peralta, 35, hit a paltry .204/.259/.204 in 58 plate appearances for the Cardinals this year. But with Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list — and ineffective when he hasn’t been — the Sox could use some infield depth.

This is the second former Tiger that former Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has picked up today, after signing Doug Fister. No word if he’s kicking the tires on Andy Dirks or Brennan Boesch.