Found December 12, 2011 on
Have you ever seen one of those cartoons in which the character plugs a hole in a barrel, only to then have water seep out another hole? Well, the Red Sox could face a similar situation if they're not careful with how they handle Daniel Bard. The prospect of Bard joining the Red Sox rotation is intriguing. But it's also a move that may bring about more questions than answers. Jonathan Papelbon's departure this offseason seemed to pave the way for Bard to become the Red Sox' new closer. The hard-throwing righty has been considered a closer-in-waiting since arriving in...

Clay Buchholz Player Projection No.

Key Stats: Clay Buchholz did not have the follow up to his breakout 2010 that many were expecting. He did not throw a ball after June 16th, but was close to ready as the Red Sox were collapsing in late September. In eight of his nine last starts, Buchholz gave up three or fewer runs. That's an indication that while he could not deal with the pain in his back, the ability that...

Taxing issue for Red Sox in offseason

The Boston Red Sox are in a box. A box that might prevent them from signing free-agent closer Ryan Madson, reduce their leverage in trade talks for Oakland Athletics closer Andrew Bailey and temper their pursuits of free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran and Japanese right-hander Yu Davish. A box that is motivating them to explore trading shortstop Marco Scutaro and might even compel...

For starters, Valentine keeps Bard options open

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Daniel Bard, who projected to be the team’s closer after the departure of Jonathan Papelbon to the Philadelphia Phillies, would likely be prepped as a starter during spring training. Valentine said Bard seemed receptive to the idea, but left open the possibility of utilizing him as a closer.

Dwight Evans: Hall of Fame Individual

Dwight Evans is one of the most beloved players in Red Sox history. Known for his class and dignity almost as much as for what he did on the field, the man affectionately known as “Dewey” played more games in a Red Sox uniform than anyone except Carl Yastrzemski. A member of the star-crossed 1975 and 1986 teams, he also played in some of Boston’s most-memorable games. An underrated...

The Great Unnecessarily Secretive Fenway Yard Sale

Got my tix online in the morning, then got in the car and drove to Boston. Got my Anna's and went over to Lansdowne Street around noon. At the entrance to the Yard Sale, I was told I needed my winning e-mail to get in, which, of course, I didn't have since I didn't win. So I asked the guy if they planned on opening it to the public. He said, "they haven't yet...

Red Sox non-tender Hill, re-sign Albers

Rich Hill is a free agent after being non-tendered by the Red Sox on Monday night. In addition, the Sox avoided arbitration with Matt Albers by signing him to a one-year deal.

Dirty Ballplayer, Bad Prognosticator

In a piece picked up by more than one newspaper in December 1911, Ty Cobb predicted his Tigers would win the American League crown in 1912. We all know how that turned out. His prediction of the final order of teams was: Detroit, Philly, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, NY, Washington, St. Louis. Despite Ty's .409 average in 1912, the Tigers would finish in 6th place at 69-84, 36...

AL East Links: Rasmus, Jays, Scott, Red Sox, Madson

Some links from the AL East... The Blue Jays have sent the Cardinals cash considerations rather than players to be named later to complete this summer's Colby Rasmus trade, reports Gregor Chisholm (Twitter links). St. Louis was supposed to received three players to be named later in the deal. Chisholm also reports that the Blue Jays intend to go with five outfielders...

Bobby Valentine happy to return to the majors

DALLAS -- Bobby Valentine wasted little time endearing himself to Boston Red Sox fans during the winter meetings. He summed up his feelings about the New York Yankees rather succinctly.

Red Sox Sign Kelly Shoppach

The Red Sox have signed catcher Kelly Shoppach to a one year $1.35 million deal.  Shoppach was originally drafted by the Red Sox and played with the team in 2005 before being traded as part of the Coco Crisp Deal.  With the signing of Shoppach, it is very unlikely that Jason Varitek will be back.

Source: Red Sox bring back catcher Shoppach

The Boston Red Sox have reached agreement on a one-year major league contract with free-agent catcher Kelly Shoppach, a baseball source told The deal is expected to be announced sometime Tuesday.
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