Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed that Brandon Workman will enter spring training as a reliever, per WEEI’s Rob Bradford. He’ll be competing for a spot at the back of the bullpen.
Farrell said, “I met with Brandon at Winter Weekend (last weekend in Foxwoods) and let him know to think along the lines of coming in as a reliever and that’s where we see him.”
Workman made 15 starts and four relief appearances for the club last season, finishing with a 1-10 record, a 5.17 ERA, and a 70/36 K/BB ratio in 87 innings. Recent acquisitions Alexi Ogando and Robbie Ross are also expected to contribute out of the bullpen.
Baseball is an Olympic sport once again and USA Baseball begins the road to qualifying for the 2020 Games in just a couple of weeks. They’ll be doing it with a new manager, though, as current team USA manager Joe Girardi has stepped down from the role in order to concentrate on his quest to return to managing in the big leagues.
Girardi has interviewed for the Cubs job already and is candidate for the openings with the Mets and the Phillies. His stepping down from the Olympic job suggests that he thinks he stands a pretty good chance of getting one of the seven current openings around the game. Or, at the very least, that he wishes to show clubs with openings that he’s serious.
Girardi will be replaced by Scott Brosius, who was poised to be Girardi’s bench coach with Team USA.
The team begins training in Arizona on October 21. It begins playing qualifier games in early November in Mexico. Eventually, the 2020 Olympic Games will feature a six-nation field.