View Full Version : Ritchie's Fate

09-30-2002, 11:25 AM
I have thought all along that the Sox would make an offer to Ritchie to try to keep him next year, mostly out of desparation (and the belief that he simply isn't as bad as he showed this season) but also because KW wouldn't want to "give up" on the man for whom he dealt two solid MLB starters.

But now I'm not so sure. With the great late season surge by Garland, Wright, Biddle and Rauch, I think Ritchie's fate may be sealed. As I understand it, he can't be brought back for less than $2.4 mm. But even at his best , he is a #3 or #4 starter, and with the four guys mentioned above, the Sox appear to be at least in decent shape with respect to the back half of the rotation already. What they desparately need is a no. 2 starter, and if they're serious about getting one, they're much better of saving the $2.4 mm they'd have to pay Ritchie to go get someone who is an actual difference maker.