The change in the Red Sox front office became official today, with two different press conferences in two different cities.
“There will be changes,” Cherington said. “There will be small things we do differently, but we’re going to continue to build on the culture that Theo helped create with the Red Sox… It’s my job as part of that change to preserve what we’re good at and also serve as a catalyst for the change that we need. Because what’s going to work moving forward is not exactly what’s worked in the past.”
“I don’t believe in curses, (and) I guess I played a small part in proving they don’t exist, from a baseball standpoint,” Epstein said. “I do think we can be honest and upfront that certain organizations haven’t gotten the job done. That’s the approach we took in Boston. We identified certain things that we hadn’t been doing well, that might have gotten in the way of a World Series, and eradicated them. That’s what we’ll do here.”
• The big news out of the Cherington press conference was that John Lackey needs Tommy John surgery and will miss all of next season. This wipes out whatever slim chance the Red Sox had of dumping his contract.
• Over at MLBTradeRumors, Tim Dierkes checked with some folks to come up with a price estimate on Yu Darvish. The conclussion: A minimum of a $100-million if he’s posted this year.
• The Blue Jays will not let manager John Farrell — the former Red Sox pitching coach — interview to be the Red Sox new manager.
• My father is a farmer, and I’ve never asked his advice for fantasy sports. Maybe that was a mistake.
Associated Press photo of Epstein