Honestly, it's hard to explain. After watching the Boston Red Sox stumble their way through the first half,plagued by injuries all year, dead last in the less than average American League East to say the least.
After signing LF Hanley Ramirez and 3B Pablo Sandoval in the off-season and seeing them perform less than average, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington failed to make one single move to impact the team.
The only move Cherington made was one not even initiated by him. It was the Angels. The one trade the Red Sox made was Shane Victorino for Chase Rutledge. That's it.
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As a Red Sox fan, I cannot stress to you how much it hurts to watch, night after night after night, this team find another way to lose.
Cherington knew his team needed something to try and salvage this season, if not get ready for next season. He did nothing. Nothing. He did make one deal that was announced after the deadline.
They acquired Ryan Cook from the Athletics for a player to be named later. Most likely he will be nowhere to be found by the time next spring comes around. There were many reports early on in the week the Red Sox were making a hard push for youngster Sonny Gray.
Another report came out just mere hours before the deadline that there was a three team blockbuster between the Red Sox, Padres, and Cubs that would have landed the Sox CP Craig Kimbrel and SP Tyson Ross. But Cherington failed to pull the trigger on that too.
I don't know if Cherington has big plans for the off-season or not but, for his sake, I hope he does. Owner John Henry might not wait that long though. I know if I was Henry, he'd be out the door tomorrow.
Red Sox Nation is fed up with this team that was supposed to do big things, a team that had World Series aspirations before the season even started. Instead, they're stuck in dead last in the American League, a 45-58 record, and with a GM who did nothing to help their cause.
The only way to turn this ship around now is to simply, find another GM. As harsh as that sounds, it's the truth. Try and think of one big move Cherington has made since he took over that actually panned out. I'll wait.
Something worth noting is this years free agent pitching market that includes names like Clay Buchholz, Johnny Cueto, Zack Grienke, Scott Kazmir, Mat Latos, David Price, Jeff Samardzija, and Jordan Zimmerman. Heads up Ben.
Red Sox fans: What would you do if you were in Ben Cherington's shoes? Leave your opinion in the comments section below.