Found February 04, 2013 on
Boston Red Sox
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Keith Law of ESPN Insider unveiled his farm system rankings, and the Red Sox are predictably weak, coming in 17th. Here's Law's diagnosis of our ills:
A lot went right on the farm for Boston this year, with Xander Bogaerts looking like he can stay at shortstop, Jackie Bradley Jr. lighting everyone up with his plate discipline and Matt Barnes and Henry Owens posting very strong full-season debuts. The system's real shortage is in big league ready talent, with right-hander Allen Webster probably the closest.
This is to be expected. After sending out a number of prospects in recent years (Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, Josh Reddick, and Jed Lowrie, namely), calling up their most successful prospect (Will Middlebrooks), and failing to develop a handful of others, at least on their expected timelines (Jose Iglesias probably qualifies, and unfortunately so might Ryan Kalish and Ryan Westmoreland due to their health issues), the Red Sox set themselves up to have a weaker system. Help does appear to be on the way, but as Law points out, much of it is at least a year away.
The ascent of Bradley has to be the headliner of last year. Getting Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster is a boost, and the possibility of Bogaerts staying at short is tantalizing, but Bradley went from a potential nice player to the type of player that's making a lot of people not worry about losing Jacoby Ellsbury to free agency. He's starting to look special.
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Mike Napoli ended up signing with Boston, but the whole drawn out process and Napoli’s final contract terms make much of his future, both short- and long-term, very uncertain.
Ultimately, Napoli and the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $5MM contract with incentives that could bring the full value of the deal up to $13MM. Considering the original deal was three years with $39MM guaranteed...
The Red Sox announced Gary Tuck's replacement, and it was a bit of a surprise. Most were speculating Chad Epperson would get the call, but instead it's Dana Levangie.
Levangie's most notable achievement -- beyond spending the last 22 years in baseball, many of which as part of the Red Sox organization -- is being bullpen catcher for the '04 world champs. And let...
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Jose Iglesias, SS
His chances of being the Opening Day
shortstop were erased when the Sox signed free agent Stephen Drew. And
for the first time in three years, Iglesias won’t even be the most
Another Red Sox outfielder will be unavailable for the start of spring training.
According to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, manager John Farrell said that minor leaguer Alex Hassan will not be ready for the start of camp because of a stress fracture in his left foot.
This comes on the heels of the recent news that outfielder Ryan Kalish will miss a big chunk of the season after...
Sox fans should give Lackey a chance to prove himself this season.
Every Red Sox fan has their opinion on John Lackey. Most of them are that he should have never been signed in the first place. The Red Sox needed pitching in the 2009 off season, as most teams always do and they signed Lackey to a 5 year $82.5 million contract. That means this season Lackey will make just over...
2013 Fantasy Preview: Boston Red Sox
This team will need to wear name tags for the first few weeks of spring training, because the offseason turnover was astounding. Necessary, but astounding nonetheless.
Traded for RP Joel Hanrahan
Don't be fooled by the save numbers. Hanrahan has shutdown stuff, but walked 36 batters in 59 2/3 innings last season as the...
The Red Sox announced Tuesday that Dana Levangie has been named the team’s new bullpen coach.
Levangie replaces Gary Tuck, who retired last week after six seasons with the organization. Levangie, 43, has spent the past seven seasons serving as a major league advance scout with the Red Sox, and he also will continue to assist in advance scouting going forward.
This isn’t the first...
It is nearly 1,500 miles from Fenway Park to the team’s spring training facility in Fort Myers, but only if you take the fastest route.
With the Red Sox equipment truck heading south, with some time to spare until pitchers and catchers report, it might be a good idea to take a couple detours to take in the sights. After all, a road trip isn’t a road trip without some unexpected...
It looks like the Red Sox farm system is getting a bad rap these days, as Keith Law at ESPN has them ranked 17th out of 30 teams:
I don’t think Law knows what he is talking about.
I think the talent in Boston’s farm right now is as great as it was in the heydey...
A.B. There’s a fine line between homer apparel and pink hat apparel. The kid wearing a pre-faded Old Navy Boston Red Sox shirt is a pink-hat. The kid wearing the same faded shirt, except it was made by Jerzees in 1985, is a die hard Sox fan. To a casual observer they are both blue, both faded and both have the Red Sox B. But one went through Buckner, Boggs and Beckett – the other...
Lester and Lackey
Beyonce’s thigh shaking has ended. One of the Harbaugh brothers beat the other. Stats “after the power outage” are in the books. The Super Bowl is over and now I can start to think about Major League Baseball. Breathe.
It is true that I love hockey. I am an avid Boston Bruins fan. But there is not another sport I love as much as the one that is played outside...
With Spring Training less than a month away, the Red Sox 40 Man
Roster should be fairly set until the end of camp. I'll take this
opportunity to review the entire roster. Lets face it, there's not much
else going on.
Let's Hope Hanrahan isn't staring this direction too much in 2013.
After Andrew Bailey lost most of 2012 to injury, and then was awful when...