Good morning and welcome back to another edition of The Red Seat podcast. When I was planning out what we were going to discuss on this episode yesterday morning it looked like there was going to be a COVID-19 interruption to the roster right from the jump. This interruption looked like it may have ripple effects on the closer situation, final spots in the bullpen, and more.
What a difference a few hours makes as throughout the day we learned that Matt Barnes had a “non-infectious positive”, a term I frankly still do not understand, and he and the other players affected by this situation were now in the clear and ready to roll. Huh?! Confused? Me too, but alas this is good news.
The good news in regards to COVID-19 continued to spread to the rest of the roster as Cora reported a “very solid” chance that Franchy Cordero will make the Opening Day roster. With how he’s looked this spring this is a much more exciting outcome than trying to shoehorn Michael Chavis into this mix. (Ed. Note: Since the recording, this has been officially announced.) The roster seems to be taking shape as Chaim Bloom intended it.
The only real question now up for debate is the wholly unexciting Phillips Valdez versus Colten Brewer battle for the final spot in the bullpen. Hold your breath people! The roster is just about set as we are ready to finally engage in what should be a much more exciting and enjoyable season than the last.
On this episode we tie up any loose roster ends and spend a great deal of time discussing the Eduardo Rodriguez situation. Who should start in his place? Should it be Tanner Houck, Connor Seabold, Garrett Whitlock, or Matt Andriese? We end the show with making some final predictions about how the Red Sox will finish the season.
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