BOSTON -- PedroMartinez saw a lot during his 18-year career, the good and the bad. It pains him to see what this edition of theRed Sox have endured. But, this kind ofa season is not completely out of his experience. And, its not something theSox cant bounce back from next year, the three-time Cy Young Award winner saidSunday afternoon.
Im not that far apart from also having teams that went completelybad, especially after the second half, he said. Im very familiar with it.There are things that could be achieved. Some of the things that they have todo, they need to change a few things. Like when things go wrong you have toreally look for the things that went wrong and teach them.
But the team has the tools to actually come back next year. I was on a lot of teams, we had a lotof sore and painful defeats. But it all showed up the next year and we gotbetter and better and betters."
With a few improvements, the Red Sox could start anew in 2013, Martinez said.
So this team all they have to do is fix their character. Comeback next year and think about everythingthats possible, and start nice and fresh.And hopefully management will make the adjustments that they need tomake, work on the character of the teama little bit more and I think the talent is basically there. So they need toactually work all together toward the same side and focus on it. And I think itsachievable.
The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:
“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”
Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.
That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.