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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Dice-K Situation



It's the question everyone in Boston is asking. What in the world can the Red Sox do with Dice-K. Should they stick with him and his 12+ ERA and hope these first two starts are an aberration? Should they keep their $100+ man in the bullpen, and try Tim Wakefield, Alfredo Aceves or Felix Doubront in the fifth spot? Or should they try and move Dice-K all together?

It is my humble opinion that it is time to move on from the Dice-K experiment. The Red Sox were able to squeeze one really good season out of their Japanese investment in 2008, but in his other 3 years, he has been unable to post an ERA below 4. He has shown flashes, but he has not been able to show any kind of consistency over his career. He can not start another game for this team. Last night was one of the most pathetic pitching performances I have seen. In that 2nd inning, he through every pitch right down the middle. 

So, Dice-K definitely can not start again here. This marriage is clearly not working. Something about the Red Sox coaching staff and Dice-K do not mix. He needs a change of scenery in the worst way. The thing is, I don't know which team would want to take on this deal. Any trade the Red Sox make, they will probably have to eat a good portion of that contract. Another issue is I am not sure what they would be able to get back. I doubt they would be able to get a viable 5th starter in return. Because of this, I suggest they try Wakefield in the rotation, and if that doesn't work, look at the other options.

Whatever they decide to do, I think the majority of Boston is hoping Dice-K isn't on the mound in four days.

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