Red Sox sign Hideo Nomo for 1 year, $4.5
The Sox are sporting a shaky defense these
days, so it seems like they are trying to base their pitching
staff on a rotation of strikeout pitchers to reduce the likelihood
of being killed by unearned runs. In that aspect, Nomo
will help Boston, as he averaged 8.6 strikeouts per nine
innings last year. Nomo also should give the Red
Sox bullpen a little more rest than they're accustomed to, as
he averaged more innings per start last season (approximately
6.0) than any Sox starter not named Pedro. Nomo posted a
4.74 ERA last season with some brutal run support, but should
fare better with Manny Ramirez and company behind him.
He may not have the stuff to be the ideal #2 starter that the
Sox wanted, but for one year, $4.5 million, this is a good
Triple Steal rating: Triple
Sox Team Page
TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A
can't miss move; automatically makes the team
Home Run - A great move;
will help the team now and down the road.
Triple - A good move; plugs
a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double - An average move;
team will get what they paid for.
Single - A head-scratcher;
could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out - A panic move; tells
fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play - A disaster;
will make fans angry just thinking about it.