Why Does It Matter That The Red Sox Almost Signed Eric Thames?

by Jake Archer | Posted on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
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Yesterday, before the Boston Red Sox started up a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers, a story came out about how the team “almost” added breakout Brewers slugger Eric Thames in the offseason to replace David Ortiz. I really hate when these stories about a certain team “almost” adding a certain player come out because they don’t matter at all. Almost doesn’t count and the fact is that you did not get the player, so who cares?

The worst part is that literally any team could make this type of story up to look smarter too. It’s like when the former general manager of the Indianapolis Colts, Bill Polian, said he thought about drafting Tom Brady. Well, then why didn’t you? Probably because you are lying to make yourself look like you were ahead of the game but chose not to bring the player in, which is ridiculous.

The level of information linking the Red Sox to Thames was pretty weak as well. The story never mentions if the Red Sox actually made an offer for Thames and basically just says that they scouted him while he was playing overseas last year. For some reason, the narrative is getting bent and shaped to make it sound like Thames was close to signing with Boston but chose Milwaukee instead.

For whatever reason, this story is getting a lot of publicity but looking into it more shows that there is very little there. The Red Sox themselves won’t comment on their scouting of the slugger besides saying that they did, and Thames’ agent won’t say anything either. So I guess all the information is just coming from unnamed sources that may or may not know what they are talking about. Apparently the Sox thought it would be a “tall task” to get Thames to Boston to fill Ortiz’s role? None of this makes much sense or really does anything for me.

Honestly, I think this whole thing was just a way for a Red Sox writer to find something to write about pertaining to the Milwaukee Brewers. It was likely that the Sox just did their due diligence on Thames and not much else but because he’s tearing the cover off of the ball to start the season, this angle that he could have come in to play for a Red Sox team in need of hitting plays. Just don’t try to tell me that it matters at all.

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Jake Archer
About the Author

Jake is a sports blogger with a passion for baseball and the Red Sox. He loves pitcher's duels, ballpark food and listening to games on the radio. He's got some strong opinions on things like pace-of-play, the DH rule and more. Follow him on Twitter at @jarcher04.

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