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What should the Red Sox do about their closer situation?

Jun 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

Andrew Bailey AP

Andrew Bailey isn’t getting it done for the Sox in the ninth inning, with the whalkoff homer he surrendered to Jhonny Peralta last night the latest hiccup. So what should the Sox do?

Well, one thing they shouldn’t do is go out and get Jonathan Papelbon or someone. On the one hand he isn’t available if you believe Ruben Amaro. On the other hand: when was the last time the Sox went outside the organization to get a reliever without it ending in disaster or something quite like it?

For this reason Alex Speier runs down the bullpen options for the Sox over at WEEI today, and all of the options are internal ones. Nobody’s perfect — John Farrell will have to decide which of walks or occasional home runs or durability problems or inexperience constitute the biggest problem in a closer. But the fact is that there are plenty of live arms at is disposal, so crazy trade deadline talk doesn’t make a ton of sense at this point.

  1. geoknows - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Trying to figure out the whole “whalkoff” thing…is that a combination of “walkoff” and “whackoff?”

    • Liam - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      I figured it was a nod to the odd spelling of Peralta’s first name.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM


      /throws Tigers pennants

  2. Joe - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    when was the last time the Sox went outside the organization to get a reliever without it ending in disaster or something quite like it?

    Keith Foulke?

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Perhaps you don’t remember how things ENDED with Foulke?

      Aside from Papelbon no closer has really given the Sox much more than 1 good season. I can’t even remember the last one who did, including Flash.

      • Joe - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:17 AM

        It may have ended poorly, but I’d say his key role in the 2004 championship qualify him as a success for Boston.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        You are the most negative person on the Internet. Honestly — how it ENDED? Who the hell remembers that stuff? The man gave up the rest of his career so that the Red Sox could, oh, win a World Series. You ungrateful bastard.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        The referencd was to how THINGS ENDED.

        I said nothing to disrespect what the man did. Nor did I take anything away from Tom Gordon or even Ugueth Urbina or Derek Lowe but to point out that, based on the last 20 years or so, the Sox only get 1 good season out of a closer at best.

      • Jack Marshall - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        Dick Raddatz. Three of the best years any closer ever had, and the most entertaining I’ve ever seen.

  3. dracko19 - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    You know who is loving this? GMs of MIL, MIA, HOU, etc. the price of closers just went up.

    • paperlions - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Who, exactly, on those teams would qualify as a quality “closer” option?

      Those teams have horrible bullpens with no one with a track record worth investing in.

  4. siouxyaya17 - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    I’m surprised Glen Perkins isn’t being mentioned in any of these posts. He is under a very team friendly deal and is absolutely lights out. He makes less in three years than Papelbon does in one and he is a much better pitcher at this point in their careers. As a result, I imagine Perkins wouldn’t come cheap, but the Twins would certainly trade him as their minor league studs aren’t expected for 2-3 years down the road.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      But he’s a short pudgy left-hander – not “sexy” enough for the Red Sox front office.

    • albertmn - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      I see the Twins as more likely to extend Perkins than trade him. But, anything could happen if some team throws a lot at them.

  5. rocketsteadman - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Simple, Tazawa and Uehara. The Sox will be employing the Asian-by-Committee approach again in no time!

    • js20011041 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      I agree. Whatever they do, stop trading for closers! Just stop! Uehara and Tazawa have been fantastic. They could even throw Miller into that mix. He’s striking out just short of 40% of his batters. They have adequate options in house. They could maybe even try (gasp) closer by committee. It can’t possibly be worse than the flaming pile of dog shit that Bailey’s serving up every time he’s out there.

  6. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    “On the other hand: when was the last time the Sox went outside the organization to get a reliever without it ending in disaster or something quite like it?”

    That’s just superstition – which, granted, for whatever reason is the cornerstone of baseball. None the less, it is not a valid reason at all to not make a trade.

    The only question is: would he help the team (assuming the Pap’s and the Phillies are okay with it), and is there a potential swap that would make sense for both sides.

  7. proudlycanadian - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    As much as I would like to see the Red Sox trade Bailey for Valverde, I doubt that they woul do it.

  8. pisano - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    For the sake of talking, if the Sox were to acquire him and he gave up a bomb in the ninth inning, all hell would break loose in Boston.

  9. superpriebe - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    How about someone who is an awesome pitcher and has a ridiculous beard?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Someone had to go and make fun of David Price. Dude’s on the DL and everything – damn.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        Ridiculous beard MUST mean that two-tone thing that Spuds McWiggles is rocking. You can have him. I’m sure you need a Papa to go with your Papi. We have a spare Inge too, if you want to put a trade package together. 😀

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        Once Inge 2.0 came in to run for V-Mart last night, I had a sick feeling that my omen had arrived.

      • superpriebe - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        I was thinking of Brian Wilson…..maybe I’m too dense to get these references….

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        You’re totally right, it’s Brian Wilson and I was playing dumb to poke burgie. Not that I have to try hard to play dumb.

  10. hushbrother - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Well, they got Keith Foulke from outside the organization and that worked out pretty well, even if Foulke’s tenure in Boston ended with a thud. I wonder if the heavy use in the ’04 postseason messed up his arm.

    I never pass up an opportunity to bash Jeff Reardon and the Red Sox front office of the early ’90s. Reardon was the worst reliever in the team’s history, even in seasons which he had 40 saves. He had a knack for blowing games in the most agonizing, annoying ways possible. Lou Gorman signed him even though the team already had Lee Smith (whom they traded for pennies on the dollar) and then traded Jeff Bagwell for bullpen help because Reardon ended up being so unreliable.

  11. dweisel - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    they can have carlos marmol from the cubbies cheap……then we can all chant boston weak

  12. Old Gator - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Back in the old days, ineffective closers were pithed and recycled into Soylent Green™. These here young whippersnappers ain’t got no grit no more, and the owners have gotten softer than a mashed plantain.

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