It looks like it might be one-and-done for Rocco Baldell in Boston. Joe McDonald of the Providence Journal has a quote from Theo Epstein that sounds an awful lot like the team has already decided to move in another direction.

“He was a fantastic guy to have around. He’s just a terrific human being and teammate. It was a pleasure having him here this year,” said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. “We knew it would be a challenge for him and the organization to balance health, availability and contributions…It was a shame what happened at the end, he wasn’t available, because I think he would have been a bit of a weapon for us, especially against the left-handed pitchers in the first round. We’ll sit down and talk about what the fit looks like next year –– if there is one.”

It was tough seeing the Woonsocket Rocket in a Red Sox uniform, but in the back of our minds we always knew it was going to happen some day. What is going to be really strange is seeing Rocco in a [insert random AL team here] uniform next season.

DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • John Romano says that the one person in the Rays organization that needs to show the biggest improvement over 2009 is Andrew Friedman. [St. Pete Times]
  • Rise of the Rays has some quotes from Gregg Zaun on his impression of the Rays organization and his desire to come back in 2010. [Rise of the Rays]
  • St. Pete Mayoral candidate Kathleen Ford didn’t exactly give a ringing endorsement for a new Rays stadium, saying she doesn’t want to see the city “extorted” and that there isn’t anything wrong with The Trop. [St. Pete Times]

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3 Comments

  1. Don says:

    Kinda good to see the FO (A. Friedman) take a little heat in the media…
    We (fans) always come down on Maddon and players for losing….when they have to live and play with obvious mistakes from higher up….
    Friedman was place on a pedestal after 2008 by about everyone…..
    now he has come back to the pack…see what he does in off season to improve the team…… or again…. they don’t beat Yankees/Red Sox!

    • Sam A says:

      Unfortunately, he made the same mistake multiple times when he put together the bullpen. Hopefully he learned his lesson. Relievers as a group are pretty unpredictable, so it was a mistake to start collecting bullpen arms who were past their prime or who had a significant injury history.

  2. Brixology says:

    Kathleen Ford. **facepalm**

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