According to reports, the Boston Red Sox are bringing back reliever Carson Smith on a minor-league deal. This low-risk, high-reward deal comes as a bit of a surprise. Honestly, “a bit of a surprise” undersells this reunion.
After two injury plagued seasons, Smith finally got a healthy chance to pitch with the Red Sox in 2018. That is, of course, until he got hurt again and ended his seasons in an infamous, petulant way.
Essentially, the right-handed reliever blamed his injury on being overused, indirectly implicating Alex Cora’s management as the culprit. This contradicted the Red Sox manager’s conservative, player health-conscious perception. Smith’s season was over and the team parted ways with him.
On New Year’s Eve’s Eve, Smith receives a shocking second chance with the organization. Still just 29 years old, there is undoubtedly potential for the guy who ran an impressive 11.30 K/9 and 3.77 ERA in 2018. He has all the makings of a solid reliever and his near 15-inning cameo with the Red Sox proved that.
With Joe Kelly moving to Los Angeles and Craig Kimbrel’s future uncertain, this depth move is needed. It is a shot worth taking even with perceived unbecoming character issues. Suppose Smith’s finger-pointing was just a lapse of disposition? The team would know more than the public. If they judge this to be the case and view the player as worthy gamble, then I voice my support.
Welcome back, Carson Smith. Second chances are fickle, so let’s hope it proves to be a redemptive one.