Friday, September 14, 2012
Bobby V decries lack of talent on roster
By Ian Harrison, Special to ESPNBoston.com
TORONTO -- It shouldn't come as a surprise to suffering Boston Red Sox fans that Bobby Valentine sees plenty of room for improvement when he looks at his roster right now.
Still, it might be a surprise just how bad the manager sees it.
Valentine didn't mince words Friday when asked whether there was a particular area of his last-place team he'd most like to improve.
"Are you kidding? This is the weakest roster we've ever had in September in the history of baseball," he said. "It could use help everywhere."
Valentine said beaten-down Boston might add "one or two guys" from Triple-A Pawtucket in the coming days. The PawSox claimed their first International League title since 1984 Thursday night, taking the Governor's Cup with a 4-1 victory over Charlotte. Up next for Pawtucket is a winner-take-all showdown in Durham, N.C., next Tuesday against either Reno or Omaha, currently deadlocked 1-1 in the Pacific Coast League finals.
Despite Pawtucket's success, Valentine doesn't plan to raid the Triple-A roster to add depth to his own squad.
"If there are people who could be brought up, we should bring them up," he said. "But I don't know that there's a lot of guys left."
The PawSox have six players on Boston's 40-man roster who aren't already in the majors: pitchers Pedro Beato, Drake Britton, Stolmy Pimentel and Zach Stewart, infielder Danny Valencia and outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin. Of that group, Britton and Pimentel spent most of the year at Double-A and aren't yet major league-ready.
Valentine congratulated PawSox skipper Arnie Beyeler for his "spectacular" work this season.
"He's a good baseball man, I'm really proud of what he's done. He never complained, always gave excellent reports about people he was sending up, always put his nose to the grindstone down there."
Both Beyeler and pitching coach Rich Sauveur are expected to join Boston's staff following Tuesday's decisive game.