Found December 16, 2011 on
As expected, Cherington and company looked into Hanley Ramirez. "No traction" in an interesting way to refer to it -- but regardless of semantics, the Marlins don't appear to be interested in what we have to offer. Aaron wrote on Monday that a deal would likely hinge on a package involving Clay Buchholz and/or Kevin Youkilis, and I'd say prospects would probably be involved as well. Hanley may be coming off a down year, but he was among the best players in baseball the years before that.
Such a trade never seemed likely to me anyway. It looks like it will continue to be a quiet winter. There's not going to be Hanley, or Yu Darvish, or Prince Fielder. The best way to look at it is that our offseason acquisitions will be Carl Crawford -- who has to be better than what he submitted last year -- and Clay Buchholz, who will presumably be healthy.
Until then, we need to continue filling bullpen spots and filling out the bench.
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Yesterday, like most of Red Sox Nation, I received a Sox e-card for the holidays. It was Rudolph The Red Sox Reindeer! If by chance you didn't get it, click on the image below to see the ecard for yourself. It's cheesy, but also adorable.
Friday, Marlins fans will get a chance to meet the newest team members. Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell will appear at three of the club’s holiday retail outlets for one-on-one photo sessions and meet-and-greets.
The appearances all will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Reyes will be at the Dolphin Mall in Miami (11401 NW 12th St), Buehrle at the Sawgrass Mall in Coral Springs...
New Miami Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes misspoke Friday talking about the teammate he bumped to third base, Hanley Ramirez.
Sequels are never as good as the originals, but that didn’t stop Yoenis Cespedes’ camp from putting together an encore production. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus got a peak and shared it with his readers. Included in the 28 minutes of footage, a still of Cespedes posing with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Michael Hill. Cespedes...
Mark Melancon was shocked when he was traded to the Red Sox. There was no indication from the Astros that a trade was possible.
While I'm not surprised by Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine's cameo in a music video by Japanese music group Deen for their song, "Diamond".
I am surprised that the worldwide Internet took this long to popularize it:
(Courtesy of NESN)
The Red Sox hope to keep Jason Varitek, though his potential role is unclear.
The Boston Red Sox have been trying to acquire closer Joakim Soria from the Kansas City Royals without success.
WEEI.com in Boston, citing multiple sources, reported that Kansas City's asking price is too high for the Red Sox.
Boston has been seeking bullpen help after longtime closer Jonathan Papelbon signed a four-year contract with Philadelphia.
The Red Sox acquired Houston...
The Boston Red Sox have attempted to bolster their bullpen and bench, trading for pitcher Mark Melancon and signing infielder Nick Punto.
Contrary to published reports, the top sealed bid submitted for star Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish on Wednesday was the highest in the history of the posting process, exceeding the record $51.1 million fee that the Boston Red Sox paid the Seibu Lions for the rights to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2006, according to Japanese league officials.