Re: A Realistic Look at 2011: Part II
posted at 6/16/2011 10:04 PM EDT
In Response to Re: A Realistic Look at 2011: Part II
[QUOTE]Katz : I gotta believe the decision to go to a 6-man rotation, or not to, is one of the entire management. Tito's feedback probably carries more weight than anybody's. I do find it funny that Tito stated how Miller was a huge part of the organization...despite the fact he's yet to throw a pitch in a RedSox uniform. And the only reason they will temporarily go with a 6-man staffis because Miller has leverage, but not 100 million dollars worth of leverage - enough to cause another Wake demotion. By rights, Miller should be working his way into a start via long-relief outings, to get his feet wet. The hypocrisy continues.
Posted by harness[/QUOTE]Neither of us know for sure but IMO Francona does not have huge say in player personnel. Epstein did not like Larry Lucchino having say in personnel and Larry is his mentor. Theo builds the team IMHO and Terry deploys the personnel to that vision.
Yeah it is a tough place Wake is in but that's Epstein, all business 95% of the time. Miller is young with enormous ceiling, Epstein is in on him for the cheap and doesn't want to lose a 26 year old flame throwing LH pitcher. From his perspective I am sure he believes the Tigers rushed him and he can mine the gold from a former 6th overall pick that Tigers mismanaged. And in the current market, if Miller opted out he'd have a MLB contract tomorrow.
Whether it is trying to make the investment work with Lackey or Dice K or not lose control of Wake, Theo isn't going to do it out of respect to the 44 year old Wake. And he isn't going to do it because Francona doesn't want to do it.
As for long relief those opportunities as you and others pointed out in Wake's defense when he wasn't pitching well last year are sporadic and not conducive to the best results. Sounds like they might be juggling Lackey, Wake and Miller while keeping Lester, Buch and Beckett on normal rest-rotation. I don't see a problem with that honestly. It isn't hypocracy it is the cold blooded style of doing business that makes it easy for Epstein to let players walk in FA if the valuation does not match his projection to a T no matter what they have done for the organization.
Most of all this is Epstein's team not Francona's IMO and Terry saying the right things about Miller to support the corporate direction does not sway me to believe otherwise. But then again it is just my take.