Injuries limited Shane Victorino to just 30 games last season and he’s currently rehabbing from back surgery. The Red Sox have a bunch of options for their outfield with the newly-signed Hanley Ramirez to go along with Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts and even Allen Craig and Daniel Nava, but Victorino is trying to make sure that he’s not a forgotten man going into 2015. Like, really trying…
Just a little bit weird, but I love it just the same. I really hope he’s writing messages along with the pictures: “Sorry for being ABSent from the lineup so much last season. I will ABSolutely be ready for spring training.”
In a radio interview with WEEI on Friday, Red Sox manager John Farrell said he is leaning towards batting Hanley Ramriez fourth in the lineup, per MLB.com’s Ian Browne. The middle of the order is likely to see David Ortiz third, Ramirez fourth, Pablo Sandoval fifth, and Mike Napoli sixth.
With the off-season additions of Ramirez and Sandoval, plus Rusney Castillo and Christian Vazquez playing everyday, the Red Sox lineup will look quite different than it did in 2014. The Red Sox averaged 3.91 runs per game this past season, below the American League average of 4.18, so they’ll be looking to make some big strides in that area.
Earlier this week Bill Madden of the New York Daily News wrote that the Red Sox will likely trade outfielder Yoenis Cespedes in part because of “his open disenchantment with Boston and his refusal to pay any heed to their coaches.”
Madden also quoted “a Red Sox insider” source who said: “He marches to his own drum and the coaches all hate him.”
Red Sox manager John Farrell responded to those claims yesterday–and particularly the “coaches all hate him” part–during an interview with MLB Network Radio, saying:
Totally surprised and completely off-guard. It’s unfortunate that a comment like that is made from elsewhere. We had two full months with Yoenis. I think you get a pretty good feel for a player or a person when you’re around them every day for the length of time in a given day that we are. We know him to be one thing, and that is a guy that works well. He became a very good and strong performer in the middle of our lineup.
We’re happy he’s here. We’re certainly looking forward to building a lineup with him in the middle of it next year. Completely unfounded and kind of a shame that someone would write something like that because we see him and from what we know of him is completely 180 degrees from what was written.
Two things: One, it’s not as if Farrell would ever say “well, yeah, it’s true we all hate Cespedes” even if it were true. And two, regardless of what they think of Cespedes as a person the Red Sox’s glut of outfielders could lead to them trading him with one season remaining on his contract and good but not great numbers over the past two years.