Better things to do with Dice-K's millions

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Better things to do with Dice-K's millions

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

Try not to be shocked, but Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (for you Pink Hats out there, were talking about Dice-K) is injured again but this time it might be serious.

Dice-K has been diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor. For those of you who never watched George Clooney in his prime on E.R. let us help you.

There is concern that he may need season ending Tommy John surgery if rehab fails which is music to many Red Sox fans ears seeing as how Dice-K switches back and forth and between completely average and really, really awful. Right now hes in Japan to meet with the countrys finest doctors and get a second opinion.

Dice-K did have that one 18-win season but overall the Sox have fallen well short of getting a good return on their 103 million dollar investment (including 51 million just to talk to him). This season hes making roughly 10 million.

If his season does end that will just be another 10 million down the tubes for Boston though even if he played it would not have been money well spent anyway. One has to wonder if the Red Sox are wondering if there are better ways they could be spending that money.Dont worry Red Sox, well help you out.

You could rebuild him and give Dice-K a bionic elbow, making him the first pitcher ever to throw over 200mph and give elbow drops to base runners. Steve Austin will have nothing on him!

If you guys do not want to spend a lot of money you could just have Dusty Rhodes train him to give bionic elbows.

You could spend that money and turn Dice-K into some kind of evil genius and make him literally earn his paycheck.

Do us a favor though and make sure his cat has hair. Those hairless cats are just creepy.

If you wanted to have a little fun, you could take the money you would have paid Dice-K and build a silly statue out of gold and diamonds outside Fenway!

Beautiful. Though it does look like something youd get from a Michael Jackson estate auction.

For the price of one Dice-K, you could build an army of Shawn Thorntons.

The Red Sox would win every game for the rest of the season without the Thorntons swinging a single bat. Just look at the death stare.

The best option for the Red Sox is probably to just skip a step and flush buckets of money down the toilet.

That is pretty much what you are doing anyone, right Theo? This is what happens when you go after a player just to beat out the Yankees.

Report: Red Sox acquire Chris Sale

Report: Red Sox acquire Chris Sale

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox -- who came away with the top starting pitcher (David Price) and top reliever (Craig Kimbrel) last offseason -- apparently have done it again.

According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Sox have acquired White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale for four prospects. Two have been identified (infielder Yoan Moncada and pitcher Michael Kopech) and two are as-yet unnamed:

More to come . . . 

Vatrano takes 'step in the right direction' in return to practice

Vatrano takes 'step in the right direction' in return to practice

BRIGHTON, Mass -- The Bruins lost Matt Beleskey for six weeks to a knee injury this week, and now they’re hoping to get another winger back now that 22-year-old Frank Vatrano has rejoined the Bruins at practice.

Vatrano was wearing a red no-contact jersey at Tuesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena, but his presence along with the other players at the team skate means that he’s moving closer toward a return to the B’s lineup. While initial timetables for his recovery from foot surgery had him in the early January range for returning to the Bruins lineup, it appears that he might be at least a couple of weeks ahead of that initial expectation.

Either way Vatrano is happy to be back on the ice with his teammates after the torn ligaments in his foot wiped out his training camp and the first two plus months of the regular season for him.

“It was a big step for me today. It was nice to be out there with the guys for the first time,” said Vatrano, who scored a combined 44 goals last season for Providence and Boston in a breakout season with the B’s organization. “I’ve gone through the rehab and done everything I need to do to get back playing, so now the next step is getting back on the ice with the guys. I felt great, so now it’s just waiting to hear the news when I start playing again.”

While Vatrano is still a young, relatively inexperienced player with just one full year of pro hockey under his belt, the sense from the Bruins is that he’s going to help a team that’s currently ranked 25th in the NHL in offense. Claude Julien was encouraged by seeing him out there in the red, no-contact jersey that his teammates were chirping him about, and said that his level play at last spring’s world championships should give him confidence when he jumps back into a big role with the Black and Gold.

“It’s a step in the right direction for Frank. That’s the best way for him to get to the pace of our game because it’s going to take a while when you’ve been out that long,” said Vatrano. “I think his experience at world championships last year is a real blessing in disguise because he gained a lot of confidence there. I think that’s going to help him a lot more than had he not gone.

“He played against a lot of elite players last year, and he fared really well. I think he’ll be coming in now with some confidence, and we just have to sure coming in that we give him every opportunity to succeed by using him properly, and giving him a chance to find his game.”

That certainly sounds like the Bruins are preparing for a top-6 role and maybe some power play time once the young, sharp-shooting Vatrano is back up to full speed. That should be fun to watch once he’s ready to play, and ready to again unleash that shot and release that rivals anybody else for tops on the Bruins roster.