Found December 10, 2012 on
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
If you want to trade Jon Lester [stats] for a prospect, all I’ll say is this: It had best be one hell of a prospect. The Red Sox [team stats] will listen on anyone, and that’s fine. After losing 93 games, they’re short on untouchables.
But they shouldn’t even consider dealing Lester unless they’re blown
away by the return, because if history is any indication, his days as a
top-of-the-rotation starter aren’t anywhere near over.
Lester’s 2012 (9-14, 4.82 ERA) was abysmal on a number of levels. He
didn’t win his first game until April 28. He allowed at least five runs
seven times. Counted on to anchor the rotation as a bona fide ace, he
instead underachieved as badly as any player on the team.
But judging Lester solely on 2012 would be a giant mistake, because
that discounts what he did from 2008 to 2011, which, believe it or not,
was borderline historic.
During his age 24 through 27 seasons, Lester won 65 games with a 3.33
ERA and 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. Making the criteria even more
inclusive (60 wins, 3.50 ERA, 8 K/9 from age 24-27) should yield an
extensive list, right?
Except it doesn’t. Turns out it includes just 12 names, led by Hall
of Famers Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver and Sandy Koufax, and including
potential enshrinees Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez and CC Sabathia.
Herald: Trading Lester might be historic gaffe
I have to agree with this. I am having trouble coming to terms with the talk of trading Jon Lester. No because I am a fan of the Red Sox and a fan of Jon Lester, because of what they could get in return. Trading an established left-handed starter with good numbers with the exception of 2012 for an unestablished prospect in what is supposed to be a rebound year could be devastating. The team needs pitching and they need it now.
Jon Lester and company are re-united with Jon Farrell, which paints a very good picture of a rebound season. The discipline is back, along with the comfort and familiarity of a good staff. I am not saying that Jon Lester is going to have a Cy Young season, but the odds for an improvement are very good.
Unless Jon Lester is part of a trade that would be too good to be true, I am not on board with trading him.
The rest of the links:
Herald: AP Source: Indians, Reynolds agree to 1-year deal | Give up on Jon Lester? Not so fast | ESPN Boston: Latest signings could impact Sox, Youk | Sizing up rotation options for Sox
BEST OF MAXIM
Could Mike Napoli's deal with the Boston Red Sox be in jeopardy?
The Red Sox anticipated introducing Napoli at a news conference Tuesday, according to major-league sources, but did not go forward with the event.
Napoli, 31, reached agreement with the Red Sox on Dec. 3 on a three-year, $39 million free-agent contract, pending a physical.
Initial reports from ESPN.com and the...
Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia star in the latest edition of Yahoo's Sports Friends:
Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs. And be sure to like us on Facebook as well.
Over the weekend David Ortiz hit the links with some friends, but it wasn’t just another typical round of golf.
Ortiz hosted his annual golf tournament in his native Dominican Republic, inviting his celebrity friends to join him in raising money for Big Papi’s Children’s Charity. In fact, Ortiz says that the Red Sox’ overall mission to give back to the community is one of...
Mike Napoli is set to go to Boston on a three-year deal worth $39 million. Or is he? The two sides were supposed to get together for a press conference, that never happened. ESPN reported that Napoli was to undergo a physical Dec. 5. Ken Rosenthal reports that the physical was taken more recently. Neither Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington nor Napoli’s agent, Brian Grieper...
David Ortiz gathered teammates old and new over the weekend for his charity golf tournament.
But while most players were lining up shots for a good cause, some were also ready to tee off on former Boston manager Bobby Valentine.
“Hopefully, we go back to a normal year and we don’t have that much controversy and stuff going on,” Ortiz said while talking about recovering from...
Jon Lester's name has popped up in trade rumors off and on since the end of the season. He has not been anywhere near one of the hottest rumors on the hot stove this offseason, but it is possible the Boston Red Sox could trade him. However, John Tomase of the Boston Herald suggests that would be a bad move.
Lester has been a workhorse for the Red Sox. That obviously...
Gary DiSarcina, the former Angels shortstop who was recently promoted to special assistant to General Manager Jerry Dipoto, confirmed Tuesday that he is leaving the organization to manage the Boston Red Soxs triple-A team at Pawtucket, R.I.
DiSarcina spent the 2012 season as the teams minor league field coordinator after serving as a special assistant to former Angels GM Tony Reagins...
The Red Sox have bolstered their offense by adding Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino and Jonny Gomes. There’s still work to be done, however, and it all starts with the team’s pitching staff.
As it stands, the Sox have some holes in their rotation, and you can bet Ben Cherington would like to add a hurler or two before Opening Day. If that is, in fact, the route Cherington goes in...
David Ortiz loves giving back to the community.
While Big Papi is best known for his moon shots that sail into the Fenway Park stands, Ortiz is also a prominent humanitarian. For the fifth time, he organized the David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic held on Saturday in his native Dominican Republic.
In the previous four editions of the tournament, Ortiz has raised $750,000 for the David...
Follow Mike Macchi on Twitter Today! Crunchtime with Macattack returns to the airwaves after a 3 week hiatus with a ton to talk about. Mike Macchi is joined by fellow CLNS Radio Featured Columnist Chris Hogan to break down the Patriots recent play and what clinching the AFC East means for the team going forward. [...]
McGreevy’s 3rd Base Saloon — Pub Pretzel-n-Cheese
911 Boylston Street, Boston
CLICK HERE FOR MCGREEVY’S FIRST ROUND-MATCHUP>>
Pub Pretzel-n-Cheese — fresh-baked sea-salt pretzel served with nacho cheese.
“McGreevy’s 3rd Base Saloon is a traditional Irish Pub dedicated to Boston sports, Boston history and great...
According to a report from FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Boston Red Sox deal with free agent catcher Mike Napoli may have hit some snags and the deal could be in jeopardy. Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox press conference to introduce Mike Napoli was supposed to have happened Tuesday, but no such press conference took [...]
The Reds are trying to round out their roster, the Tigers are searching for another starter, and Mike Napoli might not join the Red Sox after all.