Thursday, March 31, 2011


"So," said new player-manager Jason Varitek with a smile, "Things just got more interesting."

He was referring to the blockbuster series of moves from division rival Arizona, which has bolstered its rotation to elite status by adding Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Matt Garza. "They are clearly in a go-for-it, win-now mentality," commented Varitek, "because they moved most of their good young arms in order to get these guys. Latos, Hanson, Bailey, Shields and a bunch of picks."

"Well, we are also attempting to win now," said Varitek. "We think we have a solid group of veterans in our rotation, and we think our bullpen is much improved. We don't have Casselton's outfield. We don't have the star power that's in Arizona right now. We don't have as many young players ready to contribute out of spring training as Los Angeles. What we do have, however, is a good balance throughout.