How much of the blame for this year falls on Bobby Valentine?
The answers run the spectrum, but is it enough to get Valentine fired before the season is even over?
Sean McAdam says short of a clubhouse uprising, Valentine is unlikely to be 'whacked' during the season. Although if he continues to inject unnecessary drama, ownership may decide to pull the plug.
Bob Neumeier, however, places none of the blame on Bobby Valentine for this season's malaise.
"It's all on Josh Beckett. It's all on Jon Lester. That's the reason the Red Sox are where they are," said Neumeier.
The crew agrees on one front, Bobby Valentine is unlikely to be the Red Sox manager in 2013.
Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.
"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."
No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .
. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.
Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.