Red Sox getting tired of Dice-K's act

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To say that the Red Sox are disappointed that Daisuke Matsuzaka came
out and blamed his health issues on Boston’s trainers is like saying
Brett Favre is indecisive.

Or that Randy Johnson is tall. You get the idea.

The BoSox, in fact are not simply “disappointed”, as the ultra polite Terry Francona said on Tuesday. Like a mushroom-cloud-laying Jules Winnfield from “Pulp Fiction, they seem ready to strike down upon their pitcher with great vengeance and furious anger.

This from the Boston Globe’s Tony Massarotti:

“I think we all share, in a word, that it’s disappointing,” Red Sox
pitching coach John Farrell said a short time ago in the Boston
clubhouse — veins all but bulging from his neck — in response to
critical comments made by Daisuke Matsuzaka. Added Farrell when asked
if he was frustrated, “The disappointment comes in airing his dirty
laundry.”

Massarotti goes on to write that the Red Sox have been frustrated with
Dice-K’s “high-maintenance” act long ago, but put up with it because he
won. Now that the right-hander is tossing barbs at the organization,
the team might be finished playing nice.

In retrospect, what Farrell did not say was that Matsuzaka looked
like he spent the winter eating dumplings and shumai, which the Red Sox
believe contributed to the pitcher’s problems.

“It’s not just the shoulder,” Farrell said tonight when asked about
the importance of proper conditioning. “When the overall body is not in
the condition necessary to support that, there has to be some
responsibility taken [on the part of the pitcher.]”

So the Red Sox turn the tables, blaming Dice-K for his poor conditioning. It’s not quite “Fat Toad” territory, but pretty darn close.

Dice-K’s comments have not endeared himself to fans. It will be interesting to see where this leads.

Report: Phillies close to signing Joaquin Benoit

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Joaquin Benoit #53 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 15, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Phillies are close to signing free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit. An announcement is expected before the winter meetings end on Thursday.

Benoit, 39, has quietly been among the better relievers in baseball over the past seven years. This past season with the Mariners and Blue Jays, the right-hander put up an aggregate 2.81 ERA with a 52/24 K/BB ratio in 48 innings. That included a 0.38 ERA in 23 2/3 innings after the Jays acquired him from the Mariners.

Benoit suffered a torn calf muscle during a benches-clearing brawl with the Yankees near the end of the regular season. He’s expected to be healthy for spring training.

The Phillies have now added three relievers this offseason with Benoit, Pat Neshek, and David Rollins.

Report: The new collective bargaining agreement reduces players’ meal money

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JAN. 18-19 - This Jan. 15, 2014 photo showing new baseball union head Tony Clark during an interview at the organization's headquarters, in New York. Clark has big shoes to fill _ and not just as Michael Weiner's replacement as head of the baseball players' union. Moving from Arizona to New Jersey, the former big league All-Star also needed to find size 15 snowshoes.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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ESPN’s Pedro Gomez provides a previously unreported detail of the new collective bargaining agreement, agreed to by the owners and the players’ union last week. Players’ meal money for road games is being reduced from $105 to $30 per day. Teams are providing pre- and post-game meals in the visitors’ clubhouse to offset some of the decrease in meal money.

Gomez quotes an unnamed player who said, “I doubt many guys know about the money going down, nor would they have agreed to it.” All of the players Gomez contacted said they were unaware of and unhappy about the change.

Clubhouse attendants are certainly unhappy about this change, too. As Gomez notes, the attendants previously provided food for visiting teams which earned them tips from the players.

EDIT: It’s worth clarifying that chefs are required in clubhouses now as part of the new CBA, so it’s not a complete loss for the players.