Regardless of whether or not you are a fan of the 2-year $18-million contract the Red Sox gave to Koji Uehara, you have to be pleased with how GM Ben Cherington views it.
“We certainly won’t stop. There may be other things we look to do in the bullpen,” Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said during a conference call Thursday. “But this is certainly an important first step, not just for the bullpen but really for our offseason in general.”
I don’t know about you but when I here Cherington talk like this, it gets me extremely excited. Last offseason was an unmitigated disaster. Jacoby Ellsbury left the team, and the Sox only signed three players: former closer Edward Mujica, long shot CF Grady Sizemore, and fan favorite (lol jokes) catcher AJ Pierzynski, two of which didn’t even finish the year with the team. Hopefully Cherington has learned that complacency during the offseason doesn’t work, no matter how much you like your current roster. And judging by these comments on the Uehara signing, it looks like he has.
Boston has a lot of holes in its roster to fill this offseason. The Red Sox will be looking for a new third baseman to start next season, be it World Series champion Pablo Sandoval, or former Yankee Chase Headley,or possible trade acquisition Pedro Alvarez. The Sox are also in desperate need of top tier starters, be it Max Scherzer, Cole Hamels, James Shields, or a returning Jon Lester.With these big holes, and other roster adjustments that need to be done (Stanton please), Ben Cherington has a lot on his plate this offseason. But considering his “We certainly won’t stop” attitude, I’d say he’s more than up to the challenge.