Podsednik slots right back into lineup


Podsednik slots right back into lineup

CLEVELAND Scott Podsednik and the Red Sox liked each other so much during their first stint together that theyre going for the sequel.

The Sox signed Podsednik to a big league deal on Thursday and hes been inserted into the starting lineup batting ninth and playing left field for Friday nights game against the Cleveland Indians. Podsednik was excellent for the Sox while filling in during a period of injuries, and hit .387 with one homer and seven RBI and a .893 OPS in 62 at-bats while filling in as an emergency outfielder during Jacoby Ellsbury's absence in the first half of the year.

Rookie outfielder Ryan Kalish was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Podsednik, and it was largely about a veteran hand being better equipped to play in a reserve role.

Thats been Podsedniks lot in life at many points during his long big league career.

Hes back! proclaimed Bobby Valentine. We felt it was just a little upgrade over the way Ryan Kalish was performing. Its a little bit of an upgrade to an experienced guy thats used to not playing all the time. Kalish is a good, young player, but he was a little lost this time around. He couldnt get untracked.

Podesdnik is playing in place of Carl Crawford, who will get a scheduled day off with an early 6 pm game on Saturday against the Indians.

That way hell be fresh for the Baltimore and Yankees series, said Valentine.

The outfielder was happy to be back in the fold after refusing a minor league assignment from the Arizona Diamondbacks club he was sent to in exchange for Craig Breslow, and hoped to hit the ground running for the Sox. Hes been inactive for the last 10 days since the July 31 deadline deal to the D-Backs, but part of his value is veteran ability to perform at a high level with sporadic playing time.

I enjoyed my time here. I know these guys and they know me. Its a good fit and its another opportunity to play at this level. So it was a no-brainer, said Podsednik. I cant be that picky. Ben Cherington called and expressed interest and it was a no-brainer from there.

Well hit today in batting practice, Ill hit a few, get loose and go out there and compete.

The Sox lineup was otherwise consistent with Kelly Shoppach catching Clay Buchholz and the regulars rounding out the starting nine.

1. CF Ellsbury
2. SS Aviles
3. 2B Pedroia
4. 1B Gonzalez
5. RF Ross
6. 3B Middlebrooks
7. DH Lavarnway
8. C Shoppach
9. LF Podsednik

Red Sox promote Eddie Romero assistant general manager, won't hire GM to replace Hazen


Red Sox promote Eddie Romero assistant general manager, won't hire GM to replace Hazen

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. 

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

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.