But that question triggered a passive-aggressive exchange with Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine regarding the dynamic in the Red Sox
As Valentine processed the blockbuster trade with the
Dodgers — sending Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick
Punto west — in front of a sea of reporters Saturday, he was asked whether
change was necessary.
"Yes," Valentine said.
In what sense?
it was necessary."
didn't seem like it mixed as well it should."
between the lines, Valentine offered hints of the discord within the clubhouse.
But to cover his tracks, the skipper backtracked and insinuated that the four
players dealt weren't responsible for the lack of chemistry.
the torch has been officially passed to Valentine. When the Red Sox hired him
last December to replace Terry Francona, it was the organization's way
of turning the page — sort of.
brass had an opportunity to clean house at the time but failed to go completely in that
direction. Red Sox general manager Ben
Cherington didn't try to pinpoint the problems.
didn't work out," Cherington said. "There's not one reason for it.
Injuries played a role, as did other things. It just got to the point where
change was needed, so this is part of that change, the first step towards that
was simply addition by subtraction. By jettisoning the hefty payroll that came with
Beckett, Gonzalez and Crawford, the Red Sox eliminated financial
restrictions, purged themselves of clubhouse distractions and can rebuild — the right way.
change," Valentine said. "That's why I was hired, 'cause change is
necessary. When you get an opportunity for change, you change and see if that's
the change you needed."
isn't quite a simple answer.