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Ken Rosenthal on MFB: Red Sox 'going to be aggressive in trying to undo this'

June 19, 2015 - 10:01 am
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Fox Sports baseball analyst Ken Rosenthal appeared on Middays with MFB Friday to talk about the Red Sox. To listen to the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Rosenthal published an article Friday morning suggesting the Red Sox blow up their roster and trade both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Barring a quick and immediate turnaround, Rosenthal says the Sox front office should start looking ahead to fielding a competitive team next season.

"They should be pointing toward Opening Day 2016. And if it takes them until then to get it done, it takes until then," Rosenthal said. "But this doesn't seem to be working, to my eyes, and I know to the eyes of a lot of people watching the team.

"I expect they are going to be aggressive in trying to undo this," he said. "I'm fairly certain that they'€™re not going to sit still and just say, 'This is our team for the next three or four years.'"

Rosenthal likened potentially trading Ramirez and Sandoval and repairing the roster similar to the blockbuster trade with the Dodgers in 2012.

"My idea was, 'Hey, they did this once before: Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett.' Same kind of thing needs to take place because the same kind of environment is existing in that clubhouse," he said.

He added some of the Red Sox' struggles are not exceedingly shocking. However, according to Rosenthal, people around baseball didn't expect things in Boston to crash and burn as they have.

"While a lot of people in baseball definitely are not surprised that two guys coming from the National League with big money have not made a great adjustment to Boston, that's not a shock to anybody. Especially with Hanley going to left field, which a lot of people thought was not a good idea," Rosenthal said. "At the same time, most everyone thought they would hit and that they would play better and that is a little inexplicable."

Rosenthal emphasized that the adjustment to Boston and other big-market cities can be difficult for many players.

"I would say that the market lives and breathes the sport and that there is a high expectation among fans, media, everyone, for the players to perform with a certain effort and in a certain way," he said. "To perform to their track records. ... If you're a free agent and you choose that, you're walking into it and you have to accept it and you have to understand that you're in a market with higher expectations. Simple as that."

Regarding the possibility that manager John Farrell loses his job, Rosenthal said firing Farrell could certainly be justified. However, he said the problem with the Red Sox is much more with the roster than with how they've been managed.

"[Terry] Francona went because of circumstances like this," Rosenthal said. "If you want to justify firing John Farrell, fine. But again, the roster is the biggest problem. ... There's always a scapegoat. It's somebody new every time, and yet some of the problems still remain."

Despite the problems with the current roster construction and lack of success over the course of multiple seasons, Rosenthal said the Red Sox still have a good reputation around baseball.

"Even the smartest organizations make decisions that turn out badly. It just happens," Rosenthal said. "Because that'€™s part of the game, you're going to see that happen from time to time, we all understand that.

"They'€™ve done some really smart things even in this the last couple years. The [Yoan] Moncada [signing] I thought was brilliant. We don't know what kind of player he'€™s going to be, but not only did they get him, they kept him away from the Yankees. Clearly the players they're bringing up: [Xander] Bogaerts is an exciting player and they stuck with him which was good, [Mookie] Betts is going to be the same, I expect [Blake] Swihart as well. It's not as if they've just turned dumb. They've made some decisions that have not turned out well that were questionable at the time."

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