BOSTON -- Is Scott Atchison an All-Star?
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine thinks he should at least be in the discussion.
"I think he'll get mentioned," said Valentine before Friday's game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park. "I think he should get attention and mentioned. I'm not sure what Ron Washington's thinking.
"If you hit against him, you'd vote for him. I'd bet that."
Valentine went on to praise Atchison for being a guy that's established himself as a multiple-inning reliever who can get outs from both sides of the plate.
Atchison leads all Red Sox relievers in innings pitched (38.1) and ERA (1.17). And he impressed Valentine immediately in spring training.
"What he did early, was, he pitched multiple innings," said Valentine. "And that was a real value. He's elevated his status from just being the guy that can be the long man. He's earned it every step of the way.
"He earned his spot on the roster, and then he earned a place that he can stay on the roster, and now he's earned a middle-to-late inning spot on the roster."
The Red Sox on Tuesday named Eddie Romero senior vice president and assistant general manager. In a press release announcing the move, the team stated it will not fill the position of general manager for the time being.
Romero’s promotion comes following the departure of general manager Mike Hazen, who left this month to become Arizona’ GM. Hazel brought Amiel Sawdaye, who had served as Boston’s vice president of international and amateur scouting, with him to the Diamondbacks, with Sawdaye serving as an assistant GM for Arizona.
The 37-year-old Romero is the son of former Red Sox infielder Ed Romero Rr. Romero served last season as Boston’s vice president of international scouting, overseeing amateur scouting in Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe.
Romero is in his 11th season with the Red Sox, having previously worked in international and professional scouting for the team and becoming Boston’s director of international scouting in 2012.
The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.
Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.
The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".
The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.