Juan Nieves named Pitching Coach of the Red Sox
New Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell has awarded the pitching coach job on his staff to White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves. Nieves has been the team’s bullpen coach for the past five seasons, as he and Don Cooper were really the only two holdovers from Ozzie Guillen’s staff when Robin Ventura arrived. Obviously, Cooper has had a ton of success as pitching coach, and Nieves working under him was one of the reasons John Farrell cited for the hiring. Farrell also had a previous relationship with Nieves, playing with him in Puerto Rico back in the 80s.
As far as replacing Nieves goes, it is really unclear as to who may get that position considering this move is really fresh. A guy to watch for though is AAA Charlotte pitching coach Richard Dotson, who did a nice job last season prepping all of the rookies the big club had to rely on at different points in the 2012 season. Dotson, of course, was a 20-game winner with the White Sox in 1983.
White Sox acquire Blake Tekotte from Padres
Our Southsiders made a minor trade today, as they acquired outfielder Blake Tekotte from the San Diego Padres for minor league pitcher Brandon Kloess. Tekotte has spent the last few seasons shuffling between AAA and the majors, hitting just .163 with three steals and one RBI in 30 major league games. However, he is just 25, and was once viewed a top prospect in San Diego’s system before a series of injuries occurred, most recently a hamstring that bothered him for most of 2012.
Kloess is a guy who came on last season. A right-handed reliever, Koless went 6-3 with a 2.69 ERA last season between AA and AAA in 37 games (three starts), including a 1.61 ERA in AAA Charlotte. In his time in the minor leagues, he’s averaged over nine strikeouts per nine innings.
What does this move mean? Well, while Zach thinks it’s more proof his hunch could be correct that the Sox may look to deal Dayan Viciedo (not too sure if I agree with him there), I think it spells the end for DeWayne Wise. Tekotte may have a decent shot to win the reserve outfielder job next season, and if he does not, Jordan Danks is still in the fold. While I don’t think they would make Trayce Thompson a backup outfielder to start the season (just to make sure he gets reps every day), I think Danks or Tekotte have an inside track on that job right now.
Posted by Luke Stanczyk, GSB! Editor