|Red Sox pregame notes: Jake Peavy tunes out trade rumors; Greg Colbrunn ready to return||06.29.14 at 9:31 pm ET|
NEW YORK — A year ago at this time, Jake Peavy was on the disabled list and getting ready to return to the big leagues and to the familiar existence of life in the middle of the rumor mill. As he pitched for a White Sox team that had fallen far from contention, Peavy — who spent years enduring rumors of a potential trade from the Padres before being dealt to Chicago in 2009 — represented one of the prizes of baseball’s July swap meet, ultimately getting dealt to the Red Sox as part of a three-team deal with the Tigers and White Sox.
Now, he’s finding his name back in the rumor mill, but for different reasons. At a time when the Red Sox saw tremendous promise from Rubby De La Rosa, Peavy — who is 1-6 with a 4.93 ERA — represents a candidate to be traded, particularly given that he’ll be a free agent after this season. The ongoing presence of De La Rosa in the big leagues through Saturday created a perception (even if not necessarily a reality) that the Sox were trying to deal Peavy to create a spot for the 25-year-old.
Those rumors proved unfounded, but nonetheless pointed to the uncertainty surrounding Peavy’s future with the team. Has he sought any clarity from the Sox about where he stands in their plans?
“No. I have a great relationship with my pitching coach (Juan Nieves), my manager (John Farrell) and my general manager (Ben Cherington). We’re all very open with each other. I don’t need any clarity on any situation involving anything. At the end of the day, you do what you’re told, work as hard as you can work, get better at your craft. That’s the way I approach each day and will continue to do that,” Peavy said earlier this weekend. “If you start worrying about stuff like that, your focus is off where it needs to be and it’s going to affect things.” Read the rest of this entry »
|A very Yankee look to the Red Sox coaching staff||11.29.12 at 10:24 am ET|
In retrospect, the fact that Greg Colbrunn emerged as what Red Sox manager John Farrell referred to as the clear choice for his hitting coach should have come as no surprise. After all, Colbrunn spent the last six years working for the Yankees.
Colbrunn spent 2007-12 on the staff of the Single-A Charleston RiverDogs, New York’s Single-A affiliate, spending all but one of those years (2010, when he was the manager) as a hitting coach. He represents the latest addition to a staff with deep roots in the Yankees’ minor league system.
Pitching coach Juan Nieves got his start in coaching with the Yankees in 1992; he spent five years as a pitching instructor in New York’s minor league system.
Third-base coach Brian Butterfield‘s late father, Jack Butterfield, was a Yankees director of player development. Butterfield got his start in coaching with the Yankees, working as a coach and manager in the minors with them from 1984-1993 before getting promoted to their big league coaching staff under Buck Showalter in 1994.
First-base coach Arnie Beyeler‘s first coaching jobs came with the Yankees from 1997-99 before he joined the Sox in 2000 as the manager of the Lowell Spinners.
Bullpen coach Gary Tuck spent time as both a big league and minor league instructor in three stints with New York between 1989-2004. Read the rest of this entry »
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