Found January 08, 2012 on Boston Herald Sports:
File this one under the heading of "Good Problems to Have." Before new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine breaks...

Bobby Valentine Visits Beckett, Buchholz, Still Not Crawford

Valentine and Beckett were able to smooth over some past issues at a meeting in Texas at the beginning of the month.  Valentine also spent time with Clay Buchholz before heading to Arizona to meet with Ellsbury and Pedroia.  The one big name missing from Valentine's checklist was Carl Crawford. Last month I predicted the meeting with Crawford would not happen because the Red...

Bobby Valentine visits Josh Beckett, others

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. - Bobby Valentine rang in 2012 by spending New Year's Day at Josh Beckett's ranch in Texas. "I...

Hiroki Kuroda may consider Boston

Aging right-hander, Hiroki Kuroda, will remain in the majors and test out the free-agent waters. WEEI via NBP Tracker ...multiple media outlets in Japan are reporting that free agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda has informed the Hiroshima Carp that he intends to pitch in the Major Leagues in 2012. The report also passes along news from Chugoku Shimbun that Kuroda intends to decide...

Red Sox' Will Middlebrooks, Angels' Mike Trout Highlight Middle-of-the-Road Minor League Systems

Although baseball fans typically spend the offseason analyzing their favorites team's major league rosters, assessing a team’s farm system can offer a better perspective of how well set up that organization is to succeed not just in 2012, but for the foreseeable future as well. With several major offseason deals in the books, and with the 2011 draft class now firmly entrenched...

Red Sox Sign Aaron Cook To Minor League Deal

As the Boston Red Sox found out during the 2011 season, you can never have enough starting pitching. According to multiple reports, the Red Sox have added some pitching depth by signing former Colorado Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook to a minor league deal. Alex Speier of reports that Cook will make $1.5 million if he makes the big league roster. Cook has spent his entire...

Red Sox agree to deal with P Cook

The Boston Red Sox have reached agreement with righthander Aaron Cook on a minor-league deal.Cook, who will turned 33 next month, has spent his entire career with the Colorado Rockies.He struggled to a 3-10 record with a 6.03 ERA last season after opening the year on the disabled list with a broken finger.Cook's best season came in 2008, when he went 16-9 with a 3.96 ERA in 32 starts.

Cafardo On Red Sox, Soriano, Madson, Mahay

Within this week's Sunday Baseball Notes, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that Kevin Cash has decided to end his playing career. Let's take a look at a few other notes Cafardo shared in his column.... Addressing the starting rotation, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington says the team may "buy low on some guys and create a competition in camp." One buy-low...

Hot Stove: Red Sox pitching, Nats options, Manny

Here is the latest and most relevant hot stove buzz circulating around MLB: The Red Sox are looking for low cost options for the back-end of their rotation. The Nationals are considering bringing back OF Rick Ankiel, but not Ivan Rodriguez or Livan Hernandez. Speaking of the Nationals, some within their organization are skeptical of a long term deal for Prince Fielder. Brandon Webb...

As Cubs rebuild with youth, few seem to mind loss of veterans

As Epstein, Hoyer rebuild with youth, few seem to mind loss of veteransThere seems to be little debate the Cubs are writing off the 2012 season, following Theo Epstein's blueprint of "building a foundation of sustained success."

Bailey hits lanes to strike out pediatric cancer

Andrew Bailey declined to make a joke about throwing strikes, even as the new Red Sox closer stood in a bowling alley. Turns out, he's not much of a bowler.

UMaine and UNH take on Frozen Fenway

BOSTON -- Brian Flynn received the puck about where second baseman Dustin Pedroia would field a ground ball. No...

Time For John to Stand Up

Like many of you I am a diehard Red Sox fan.  As long time readers know I have the ability to see the best of even bad situations related to the Sox.That does not mean I turn a blind eye to times when the Red Sox are clearly in the wrong.  Certainly one area where the Sox have a historical track record that is less than pride inspiring is their track record with regard to race...

More gone from Gonzo

For all the reasons the Red Sox should be better in 2012 than they were in 2011, here's one that probably deserves...

Good starting point for Sox is 200 innings

The Red Sox were one of seven teams that didn’t have a pitcher log 200 innings last year. They were joined by the Royals, Nationals, Reds, Pirates, Rockies, and Padres. None of them made the playoffs, and only the Red Sox finished over .500.

Red Sox sign Cook to Minor League deal

Aaron Cook, the starting pitcher the Red Sox defeated in the decisive win of the 2007 World Series, has agreed to join Boston on a Minor League deal, according to multiple reports Sunday night.
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