What's a billionaire to do?
Reports are swirling that Red Sox owner John Henry is seeking a minority owner for the Fenway Sports Group. Not because Henry needs a fourth friend to hang out with him, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino, but because of poor performance from Henry's investment company and to better finance his English football team, Liverpool F.C..
Felger shares this from the report: "Baseball executives say Henry is growing increasingly uncomfortable running two high-profile sports franchises that eat a lot of cash, without some help from outside."
In summary, "Henry's short on cash" says Felger. "If someone needs cash, isn't selling 250 million in salary a good way to help balance the books?"
Chris Gasper goes a step further, touching on one of the main concerns voiced when Henry first purchased the Liverpool soccer team.
"Everything they've ever told us... about the Liverpool soccer team being separate from the Red Sox does not matter. It all comes from the same source - the pockets of John Henry."
Gasper wonders if Liverpool wasn't in the picture, would Henry still need more money?
"He bit off more than he can chew."
BOSTON — They have the right idea, if not yet the right personnel.
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has brought on a pair of former Tigers in an effort to help the Red Sox’ depth.
It’s hard to expect much from righty Doug Fister — who mostly throws in the 80s these days and is to start Sunday — or from Jhonny Peralta, who’s going to play some third base at Triple-A Pawtucket. Fister was claimed off waivers from the Angels, who coincidentally started a three-game series with the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park. Peralta, meanwhile, was signed as a free agent to a minor league deal.
Neither may prove much help. Fister could move to the bullpen when Eduardo Rodriguez is ready to return, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. The Sox hope E-Rod is back in time for the All-Star break.
That’s assuming Fister is pitching well enough that the Sox want to keep him.
But at least the Sox are being proactive looking for help, and it’s not like either Peralta or Fister is high-risk.
Fister, 33, threw 180 1/3 innings last year with the Astros, posting a 4.64 ERA. He hasn’t been in the big leagues yet this season.
Said one American League talent evaluator earlier this year about Fister’s 2016: “Had a nice first half. Then struggled vs. left-handed hitters and with finishing hitters. No real putaway pitch. Has ability to pitch around the zone, reliable dude.”
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