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Boston Red Sox
After a horrendous season, in which the Sox suffered 93 losses and ended up in last place, they needed to make a splash to keep their fan base happy. The Red Sox started out by signing their former pitching coach John Farrell. Surprisingly he can actually speak English fluently…I think I still have a lingering headache from Bobby Valentine’s nonsensical banter. After signing a head coach who doesn’t look like the Uncle-who-cannot-be-left –with-your-children, General Manager Benjamin Cherington finally stood up to the big bad Red Sox owners who look like the Revenge of The Nerds squad. He told them enough was enough! Lets stop spending money frivolously and giving out perpetual contracts.
All of you know the Red Sox and their ownership group are not shy when opening up their checkbooks. This winter, the BoSox have been giving out short-term contracts to veterans for a staggering amount of Monopoly® money. I get it. BoSox track record is awful when handing out long-term contracts. I d...
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Expectations are low in Red Sox Nation. Last season Boston stumbled to a 69-win season, the team’s lowest win total since in a non-strike-shortened season since going 62-100 in 1965. Actually, “stumbled” doesn’t even begin to describe the utter nightmare that 2012 was. Flubbed? Blundered? Imploded? All of those more accurately convey the complete failure of a season the Red...
Rubby De La Rosa has been in the news lately thanks to the Sox development program, and the "news" that Rubby's grandmother was a nanny for Pedro Martinez when he was a boy. It doesn't take much about Pedro to get Red Sox fans' attention.
Anyway, I dare you to read this piece by Alex Speier and not immediately mark Rubby down for eight Cy Youngs over the next...
ESPN Insider's Keith Law, scout extraordinare, has released his second annual top players under 25 list. Last year he detailed the top 50...and no Red Sox made it. This year he cut the ranks down to 25, but young Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks manage to squeak in, at no. 22. Here is what Law had to say about Middlebrooks:
Current: Middlebrooks started out on fire after...
Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers will report to spring training Feb. 10. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway may be among them. Two months ago, after the Sox signed veteran backup catcher David Ross, it was widely presumed they would trade either Saltalamacchia or Lavarnway to address an area of greater need, namely starting pitching. But no deal has been made...
Joel Hanrahan on Tuesday walked through the front door of his new home — Fenway Park. Now, it’s time for the new Red Sox closer to make himself comfortable.
Having spent his entire career in the National League, first with the Nationals and then with the Pirates, Hanrahan has never pitched in Fenway. That’ll change this season, when he’ll not only take the mound in the shadows...
The Red Sox have a new closer — now it’s up to the rest of the team to let him do his thing.
With the acquisition of Joel Hanrahan (and the quick decision to let him supplant Andrew Bailey as the team’s closer), the Sox have arguably one of the best bullpens in baseball. The hope, of course, is that the rest of the team plays well enough to give Hanrahan plenty of save opportunities...
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Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, appearing on WEEI Thursday night, said he
could offer no update on negotiations with free agent first
baseman-catcher Mike Napoli, other than to say the sides are still talking...
With their agreement with free agent Mike Napoli still in
limbo, the Boston Red Sox continue to look into alternative first base options,
including free agents Nick Johnson and Casey Kotchman and Seattle Mariners’
Justin Smoak, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.
They will add Napoli and probably one more hitter who can
play first base and the outfield...
A little insider info, I wrote all of the pitcher profiles for one fantasy baseball preview magazine. (And here I didn't even know they made magazines anymore!) Felix Doubront didn't make the top 100 for that magazine. Did I shortchange them and their readers so I would give more to you Razzball readers? Um, well, I wouldn't say I shortchanged anyone. I just, you...
On Wednesday, regular followers of the official Twitter account of the Boston Red Sox were likely taken aback a bit if they noticed that the account’s avatar was not the traditional BoSox logo but instead the image of some wildman with unkempt hair and a ratty goatee.
But any fears of some hostile takeover by some unstable, weirdo Red Sox fan were unwarranted and soon allayed,...
This week at Fenway Park, some Red Sox prospects are learning what it really means to play baseball in Boston.
In addition to having the skills to hack it for the Red Sox, part of what that entails is the organization’s spirit of giving back to the community. One of the Red Sox’ biggest initiatives is with the Jimmy Fund, so the team took players like Alex Passan and Xander Bogaerts...
Being in Major League Baseball isn’t just all about playing the sport.
Of course talent for the game is important, but upon arriving in The Show rookies need to know how to conduct themselves to avoid the pitfalls that can come with a high-profile lifestyle. That’s one of the facets of the baseball life that the Red Sox address during their annual winter rookie camp, happening...
The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham has a Hall of Fame vote. And While WEE’s Alex Speier does not, the two debated the issue of steroids and the Baseball Hall of Fame on NESN Daily‘s latest “Two Sides” segment.
While Abraham clearly took an inclusive approach with his ballot, while Speier believes that public opinion is thoroughly turning against all the accused players from...
Adam LaRoche was one thing – the Boston Red Sox didn’t want to sign him to a three-year free-agent contract and forfeit their second-round draft pick as compensation.
But, as the Red Sox enter Day 40 of their standoff with free-agent catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli, why wouldn’t they want to trade for the Washington Nationals’ Mike Morse?
The Sox, sources say,...
Mike Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the Boston Red Sox back on Dec. 3, but Napoli and the team are currently discussing the possibility of shortening the length of the deal to one year because of concerns about Napoli's hip, ESPN.com reported. If the two sides agree to the amended contract, Napoli would get only one guaranteed year, according to...