Found January 12, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
After a 2011 season that saw ten different pitchers get MLB starts, the Boston Red Sox are going down a different route in 2011. None of Boston's starters thew over 200 innings, with just two, Josh Beckett and Jon Lester, qualified for the ERA title. Three of Boston's six starters who started double digit games, Tim Wakefield, John Lackey and Andrew Miller, had ERAs over 5.00. Pretty much, the reason that the Red Sox missed the 2011 playoffs was because of injuries to their starting pitching staff. The Red Sox have bolstered their corps of starters for 2012 with minor league deals to major league veterans Aaron Cook, Carlos Silva and Justin Germano, entering discussions with former Dodgers spot starter/reliever Vicente Padilla, and re-signing enigmatic former top prospect Rich Hill. Add those players (of varying success levels) to the 2011 fifth starter holdovers of Wakefield, Miller, and reliever Alfredo Aceves, and the Red Sox have at least a few options to fill their ro...

Red Sox acquire utility infielder from Colorado

His name's Brad Emaus, and he sounds like your quintessential 4-A type player.  Via WEEI's Alex Speier, Emaus hit big in his last minor-league stint in the Rockies' system, and has hit well (an OPS over .800) in five years of minor-league play. He doesn't appear to tantalize scouts enough to warrant a look at the majors. Speier notes that this is a move for minor...

Red Sox Avoid Salary Arbitration With Ryan Sweeney

When Theo Epstein was the general manager of the Boston Red Sox, he never had one salary arbitration case goes to the arbitrator. And it appears, at least so far, that new GM Ben Cherington is following in Theo's footsteps. After avoiding salary arbitration with Matt Albers, Cherington has now avoided it with newcomer Ryan Sweeney who came over in the trade with Andrew Bailey...

Throw Them Against The Wall, See Who Sticks

The Red Sox have signed a number of players over the last week with MLB experience. They signed Aaron Cook from Colorado, who pitched against the Red Sox in the 2007 World Series, pitchers Justin Germano and Carlos Silva, and infielder Brad Emaus, who was in camp with the Mets last spring.They are also bringing in pitchers Jesse Carlson, Brandon Duckworth and Rich Hill, who pitched...

Win a Date With Heidi Watney & Support Project Cupid

WHAT: Project Cupid will play match maker to raise money for The Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute during its third annual charity date auction at The Estate. Boston’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes will strut their stuff to raise funds for cancer care and research. The event will be emceed by image consultant, Emmi Sorokin from It’s a Man’s World, and...

Meet The New Boss

He sure isn't the same as the old boss.My friend and WFAN radio host Ed Randall will be hosting his first annual Red Sox Hot Stove Report with new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine at Rippowam Middle School in Stamford, Connecticut, which just happens to be the new manager's stomping grounds.It will be an "Inside the Actor's Studio" type of event, in front of...

The Plan and the Payroll

The Red Sox luxury tax payroll currently stands at about $130M.  When you add in projected arbitration awards for Ortiz, Ellsbury, Saltalamacchia, Bard, Bailey, and the bench players, that leaves the Red Sox with little to no room remaining under the luxury tax threshold.  As I’ve argued, the Red Sox offseason should be understood as a specifically structured and cleverly executed...

Red Sox Acquire Brad Emaus

The Red Sox acquired infielder Brad Emaus from the Rockies for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the Rockies announced.

Theo Epstein: 'It's going to be a great year in Boston'

Theo Epstein no longer runs the Red Sox' baseball operations department, but he still keeps a close eye on Fenway...

Red Sox talking with Vicente Padilla

Earlier today, Francisco Jarquin Soto of El Nuevo Diario reported that right-handed pitcher, Vicente Padilla, took a leave from Nicaragua in order to fly to Boston in order to be checked out by the Red Sox.  However, sources close to Alex Speier of WEEI said that the Sox are just “talking to [Padilla] among others and there is “nothing to report” about the team's interest...

OF Sweeney, Red Sox agree to $1.75M deal (AP)

Outfielder Ryan Sweeney has agreed to a $1.75 million, one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox. Sweeney, who could have filed for arbitration, made $1.4 million last year with the Oakland Athletics. He is expected to compete for playing time in right field, where the Red Sox have a vacancy after deciding not to retain free agent J.D.

Epstein: Much to celebrate at Cubs Convention

Tells students he believes club can win if everyone pulls togetherAfter talking about Jackie Robinson with grammar school students Thursday at the Citi Kids Cubs program at Wrigley Field, Theo Epstein decided to take questions.

Red Sox Meet With Vicente Padilla

Two days after signing Aaron Cook, the Red Sox are scouting another low-risk righty looking to rebound from injury. Vicente Padilla took leave of his native Nicaraguan winter league yesterday in order to fly to Boston, where he will be checked over today by team doctors, reports Francisco Jarquín Soto at the Nicaraguan paper El Nuevo Diario. Padilla made only nine appearances...

Invitation for Tek possible

Jason Varitek's chances of returning to the Red Sox as a backup catcher were downgraded to remote, at best, when...

GM may Pad-illarotation again

All along, general manager Ben Cherington outlined the Red Sox' offseason plans by highlighting the search for...
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