Several posts have been written in this space in the past two weeks about ex-Boston Red
Sox players like Reddick and Lowrie really playing well for their new teams. What makes
those trades look so bad for the Red Sox is that those players were traded to get a bullpen
to replace Papelbon and Bard. And while there isn't much the Red Sox could have done to
prevent Andrew Bailey going down to injury, it is a bit mystifying that Mark Melancon was
banished to the minors after a few bad appearances and is rotting there.
Yes, Melancon threw some of the ugliest appearances ever in that first disastrous couple of
weeks of Bobby Valentine's Red Sox career. How ugly was it? Butt-ugly. In two innings of
total work, Melancon gave up ten hits and two walks and eleven of those twelve base
runners scored. He gave up five homers. So it is understandable that he was sort of run out
But couldn't that be considered a bit of a fluke? After all, Melancon was really good last year. ...