Who will be traded next by the Boston Red Sox? There are so many rumors each day. The other day it was Jon Lester being traded in the offseason and now there’s talk that the Washington Nationals are interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3). That’s after one very strong win against the Kansas City Royals.
Nationals in First
In contrast to the Red Sox, the Washington Nationals are in first place in their division, leading the second place Atlanta Braves by five games. The Nationals’ interest is a rumor and who knows if the Red Sox would want to give up the starting righty after they put so much work into getting him back.
Dice-K Surgery and More
Dice-K had Tommy John surgery in June and then went the physical rehab route. He had eight starts in the minors and came back for a few starts in the majors. He lost all and then had a neck problem. He went back on the DL and then tossed five more minor league starts. He came back to the majors on Monday and beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1.
Dice-K allowed just 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6. He was helped by Cody Ross, who had 3 RBI, and Jacoby Ellsbury, who knocked a homerun. Dice-K, if he stays with the Red Sox, could see three to four more starts.
I really believe that Red Sox GM Ben Cherington needs to keep Dice-K. At least he should do so through this season. If the pitcher is back, he could be a dynamite second or third starter. It’s hard to believe the Red Sox would get value for him right now and I’m not a big believer in the player to be named later scenario.
Dice-K will start against the Oakland Athletics on September 1st. It will be interesting to see how he does on normal rest after going seven strong innings. This is worth watching!
Red Sox Valentine
Finally, rumors have started to kick up that Bobby Valentine’s first season as the manager of the Red Sox is also his Swan Song. I believe those rumors are true. He’s done one of the worst jobs of managing a talented team that I have ever seen. However, one thing may keep Bobby Valentine in the Red Sox fold—Larry Lucchino’s ego. Lucchino grabbed the decision on who would be BoSox manager out of the hands of Cherington and one thing about Lucchino—he hates to admit he was wrong.