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Jonathan Papelbon wasted no time leaving Boston for Philadelphia. For four years, and $50 million, who can really blame him? A couple of weeks later, fellow free agent Joe Nathan cashed in with a two-year deal worth $15 million. Papelbon's contract will set the standard for a saturated market for closers, and giving a 36-year-old closer just two years removed from Tommy John surgery a two-year guaranteed contract for more than $7 million a year only emphasizes the point that closers are going to get paid this winter. So what does it mean for the Red Sox? Well, it could...

Bobby Valentine, Red Sox Could Be Perfect Match

The Red Sox welcomed Bobby Valentine into their managerial mix as the team is still on the hunt for Terry Francona's replacement. Will O'Toole points out that Valentine and Red Sox Nation could fall in love next season, as seen in the cartoon above. Since graduating from Seton Hall University, Will O'Toole has been doing cartoons for over 30 years for a number of papers...

FanGraphs Audio: Laurila, Saltalamacchia, Gamble

Episode 102 This edition of the pod contains not only an interview with David Laurila — concerning his process, roots as a baseball writer, etc. — but also two interviews by Laurila, first with Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and then with former outfielder Oscar Gamble. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You can subscribe to...

It Might Be Bobby Valentine's Day in Boston

Bobby Valentine could be back in a dugout very soon. Valentine interviewed to become manager of the Red Sox on Monday and word out of Boston is that he is the frontrunner to take over for Terry Francona. It's a bit ironic that a man forced out of Queens because the 2002 Mets quit on him would replace a man forced out of Boston by a collapse, but baseball didn't become our...

Bobby Valentine goes after Boston manager job

The Boston Red Sox said they were looking for a different voice in the clubhouse when they let Terry Francona walk after the worst September collapse in major league history. Enter Bobby Valentine.

The Red Sox are Moving at a Snail's Pace

So, what have the Red Sox done to improve the team that did not make the playoffs last season?  No a whole lot.   The team still has no manager while the Cubs and Cardinals have both filled their vacancies.  Pap was allowed to walk without being made an offer and now the negotiations with Big Papi which seemed to be coming to a head have gone silent.  Not as big of a deal but...

On Bobby V. and the Red Sox

So it appears that Bobby Valentine is the front runner for the Boston Red Sox managerial job. Good for him and for them. I wish them all the best. Though I don’t mean the above facetiously (I’ve been known to have a dark sense of humor sometimes but I’m not mean) I’ll be happy to [...]

Ellsbury top position player on AL MVP ballot

Jacoby Ellsbury's transformation from table-setter to game-changer was dramatic enough that he finished higher than any other position player in the American League's Most Valuable Player Award voting, which was released Monday.

Quick Hits: Red Sox, Sizemore, Padres, Chen

Links for Wednesday night as we await arbitration decisions from the National and American Leagues... Rob Bradford of surveyed this offseason's stronger-than-usual relief market with the help of many Major League GMs. The Red Sox aren’t desperate for a closer, because Daniel Bard and Bobby Jenks are already in their ‘pen, but GM Ben Cherington figures to explore...

Box Score From the Past (08.01.1962)

  Bill Monboquette tossed a no-hiiter for the Red Sox on August 1, 1962 against the Chicago White Sox. The Red Sox line-up in 1962 included Yaz LF (.291 BA, .844 OPS), Jim Pagliaroni C, (.292, .892), Pete Runnels 1B (.333, .903), and Lou Clinton RF (.295, .928) in the heart of the order. With a line-up like that, you would think that they might have scored more runs than that, but...

Be our Valentine?

Three candidates remain to become the next manager of the Red Sox. My guess is you only have an opinion on one...

Happy Thanksgiving

The Soxaholix will return after the holiday … Doug: ♫ Ovah the rivah, and through the wood, To Valentine's house we go; Larry knows the way to run the day-to-day of this wonderful Red Sox show-oh! ♬   Al: ♫ Ovah the rivah, and through the wood, To Valentine's house away! We cannot stop, "C'mon Ben...
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