Many people on this site and other Royals forums have been critical of the moves GMDM made this Winter. Although I know the hottest place in hell is reserved for those who in times of conflict remain neutral, I am still undecided about the moves made (except for the Bloomquist and HoRam signings - by all objective standards they sucked).
So I make this post with an eye towards objective evaluation of the Coco Crisp for Ramon Ramirez trade. I know we will disect Coco's every at-bat and play in CF, but I would like to keep an eye on how RamRam performs for the BoSox.
The MLB Network broadcast the Red Sox/Twins Spring Opener last night. I saw RamRam come in and pitch the 7th inning against the Twinkies.
I'll tell you this much, RamRam could one day become an elite closer. He looked trimmer and his stuff was electric. He got ahead 0-2 to the 1st batter he faced, fell behind 3-2 and then K'd him swinging on a 4-seamer up and away.
The next batter flew-out on a lazy fly-ball to RF on the 1st pitch. RamRam then blazed the 3rd and last batter he faced with a 3-pitch K.
The competition he faced was irrelevant - he was throwing strikes and his stuff was truly filthy.
I already miss him.