Alex Cora responds to criticism of Red Sox over Kevin Plawecki release

Alex Cora presses back on criticism over Kevin Plawecki release initially appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Who understood the release of a backup catcher would develop a lot debate?

The Boston Red Sox designated veteran catcher Kevin Plawecki for project recently, releasing a lineup area to raise pitching possibility Franklin German from Triple-A Worcester.

Plawecki was a popular figure in Boston’s clubhouse, and his release later on in the week didn’t agree with gamers like pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who called the relocation “disappointing” and “a shock to me.”

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Plawecki’s release dealt with outdoors criticism, too, with lots of questioning why the group parted with a clubhouse “glue guy” rather of a fringe lineup member like outfielder Abraham Almonte.

While Red Sox supervisor Alex Cora might not concur with all of the relocations Chaim Bloom has actually made this season, he concerned the defense of Boston’s primary baseball officer Wednesday concerning the Plawecki choice.

“I hate that people mention business when you have to make baseball decisions,” Cora told WEEI’s “Merloni, Mego & Fauria” in a radio interview.

“The exact same method we need to carry on from (Jeurys) Familia due to the fact that we required to see other reducers — at this moment we required to play (catchers) Reese (McGuire) and Connor (Wong) more. There’s worth too with (Abraham) Almonte remaining here, and individuals don’t see that element, right?”

Cora added that keeping “journeyman or Four-A” players like Almonte, Rob Refsnyder and John Schreiber on the roster allows them to essentially audition for their next job with a big-league team. Plawecki, who has eight years of major-league experience as a solid backup catcher, didn’t necessarily need that audition.

“We love Kevin,” Cora said. “I believe Kevin is going to be okay. Probably earlier instead of later on he’s going to be a huge leaguer. We value whatever he provided for us.”

Cora was shown right, as the Texas Rangers signed Plawecki to a major-league contract Wednesday night.

As for speculation that morale is low in a Red Sox clubhouse that has lost multiple well-liked players since the team’s run to the 2021 ALCS — Hunter Renfroe, Kyle Schwarber and Christian Vazquez, to name a few — Cora insisted his club is just fine.

“People have their ideas about timing, all of that. The only thing I can tell you from my end, I remember being with 15-18 people in the clubhouse after the decision was made and we had a few drinks and we talked about last year and this year with Kevin,” Cora said.

“All these things about we’re split up and this, whatever — yeah, people have opinions, but at the end of the day we’re still family, we have a great culture. We wish Kevin nothing but the best.”



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