When news broke a little after dinner on Tuesday as the Red Sox loose loose Blake Swihart, finally solving his three-catcher logjam by cutting off a previous 20's prospect, it was anger beyond the general dinen of a 6-11 start. This was panic. This was where the pots required a favorite. This was Dave Dombrowski, only remaining soil blood left when he leaves an organization and is now choosing next year.
Eighteen hours later, a 6-11 record now 6-12 after Chris Sale's improvement from "I've never been this lost" was just because "this is wiped out embarrassingly," it feels a little less pressing. Especially since, after reflection, it was not a real hard film to solve before it ended.
Blake Swihart has a .679 OPS in majors and a .615 in Triple-A. His pots had no special affinity for throwing at him. He has 28 starts at the prisoner since the beginning of the 2016 season. Last season, he usually got Brian Johnson, Drew Pomeranz and Hector Velazquez. He never fell again.
Tuesday was a relief. The arrival of the inevitable. Your parents finally get the divorce they threatened for years, which can finally bring happiness to all parties.
"It's definitely tough, [but] I'm kind and happy for him, "Mookie Betts said after 8-0 drubbing in the Bronx. "New beginning. Hopefully he can go somewhere and play every day."
"By no means [am] I say we put this on Blake, says Dombrowski, now the architect (with his fire sale Florida Marlins) of the two worst defense masters has begun in the latest memory. "It's just our guys haven't done very well. There is a combination of factors. At this point, it's really just one step you can do."
Leon, who started the year in Pawtucket on Dombrowski's decisive vote, took the sale on Tuesday. The fixed ball touched 98. The pieces got 12 swings and miss, most came on a sharp slider. Unfortunately, the Yankees touched 95 mph on 10 of the sales pitches they were clobbing and Leon needed eight pitcher to knock out twice and smoothly pop to second. His soothsaying probably had less to do with Sale moderate improvement than pitching coach Dana LeVangie's.
"We had a conversation in the outfield that he did his throwing program. He told me what he felt, and then I felt it was time to talk about what I see," said LeVangie on Monday. "It made sense to him. It felt good. He felt normal. He threw his bullet after it and he was excited about it. He felt like the ball came out of his hand as it should. "
This is not about them. This is about Swihart, a lower profile of the same song that we heard all spring about Jon Lester. For five years, the team now acknowledges that it weakened contract negotiations with the left, who should never leave, an idea that still fails even after the roaster built in his wake has won 119 matches and spoiled us for life.
They also swung Swihart, although we will never get soundbite. Unfortunately, it may not be any kind of success anywhere else that forces any introspection. Hard to really feel like better days are ahead even now, right? The awesome ankle injury summer 2016 from which he never really got right. Heck, he got a parasite playing in the Dominican winter 2017. Sometimes it's just not your turn.
Swihart's potential was simply that, from the day Sox took him No. 26 in total 2011 – "could hit .300 with 20 + homers annually" crowed MLB.com – until Tuesday when Dombrowski told the press that he had no luck to Try to trade him for more than a year.
Dombrowski if there had been a time / Opportunity to shop Swihart: "The answer to that is no." The said club was open to fielding deals dated to spring training 2017.
– Alex Speier (@alexspeier) April 16, 2019
Christian Vazquez got 500 bat in 2016-17, beat .268 / .312 / .371 (one WRC + 78, for sabermetric inclination) and got a three-year contract. Blake Swihart received 300 bats in 2015, hit .274 / .319 / .392 (one WRC + of 93, which was about 15 percent more productively offensive) and got … six matches.
He was the starter for six games in 2016 before he was bent, John Farrell pointed out that his defense was not on par with each other. (Swihart had three passed balls in the six games, but Farrell also made a 24-year-old start-up and drew the alarm for the returning Vazquez in a week.) After a month in Pawtucket, 13 matches left, followed by Swihart's June 4 collision with the wall folded its foot in his glow and effectively changed everything.
He beat .325 in the spring of 2017, but the defense was still not so low he went. He had no place on the team in 2018, but out of minor league options, Alex Cora left him to stay – Swihart played seven positions (including DH) and spent basically the whole year with the mother club, but only got 41 starts. Another year lost.
There is nothing less than a master class in how not to care for talent. The Red Sox lets Dustin Pedroia meet .184 in his first 52 MLB games, Terry Francona plays him essentially every day in April 2007 until he figured it out. Jason Varitek, a Swihart guy to the end, established himself as a big leaguer at age 27 after playing 86 games as a backup in 1998. (Swihart played 84 in 2015.)
Are they the heady comparisons? Do we give too much credit to just another prospect that didn't break out? A guy who didn't meet hype by himself?
On the one hand, the Boston process worked. The 119-winning team a year ago had Vazquez and Leon behind the plate, two of the four worst offensive prisoners in the game of WRC +.
On the other hand, these issues are perhaps the most difficult and frustrating part of all this. Because of the Sox, when it comes to Blake Swihart, we'll probably never know.