I’m in no mood to read that anyone other than Red Sox GM Ben Cherrington should be Executive of the Year.
Cherrington started building the 2013 (and beyond) Red Sox on August 25, 2012 when he sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto and $12 million to the Dodgers in exchange for James Loney, Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus Jr., Jerry Sands, and a breath of fresh air.
The during the offseason he signed a whole series of free agents in re-shaping what had become a toxic environment.
Some deals obviously worked better than others – READ MY LATEST on BaseballAnalytics.org: Koji the Magnificent
But it’s the little deals, the ones you don’t pay attention to that often make a huge difference.
On February 20, the Mariners announced that they had traded Mike Carp, a player they had DFA’d, to Boston for player to be named or cash. To my knowledge, compensation has never been revealed, but if the M’s want appropriate compensation based on contribution, they should ask for Ryan Dempster, who last night went five innings, allowing one run on four hits and five walks in the Sox, 7-3, win over the Rays in 10. And I’m not disparaging Dempster, who despite a 4.70 ERA and a 1.463 WHIP, has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 13 of his last 18 starts.
It’s just that the difference in the game last night for Boston was a 10th inning, pinch-hit grand slam for Carp. Carp is now 5-for-17 with two homers and nine RBI as a pinch hitter this year.
But more than that, his level of productivity has been enormous.
Against lefties, Carp is hitting .334 and he’s hitting .367 with runners in scoring position.
Carp has the most RBI of any batter who does not have 200 AB