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The Boston Red Sox: A Study in Extremes

Trying to predict the American League East in 2015 seems about as straightforward as solving a Rubik’s Cube while blindfolded. This division looks as competitive as ever, even though every team has potentially fatal flaws. After a busy off-season, the popular pick to win the East, seemingly by default, is the Boston Red Sox. Going first-to-worst-to-first in consecutive years would...
Via Baseball Essential
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Moncada Signs with Boston

With each passing week, it seems like new commissioner Rob Manfred wants to tweak the game a little bit more. Otherwise, there’s plenty of news out there: ranging from one last shot at a comeback to the troubles of addiction, and everything in between. Without further ado, let’s start out on more of a lighthearted note, shall we? The Possibility of a Shorter Season Now...
Via The Sports Post
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

'Nava-Gating' From Left Side Of The Plate Only

Daniel NavaDaniel Nava is making a big change. In 2015, he will hit only from the left side of the plate—giving up years of switch-hitting. The decision comes on the advice of the coaching staff—which believes the outfielder can be much more productive if he learns how to hit left-handed pitching from the port-side of the plate. Will this move change his hitting mechanics much...
Via FenwayNation
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox announce first three starters for spring training

Spring training is right around the corner and the Red Sox opener takes place on Tuesday the 3rd with a double-header against Northeastern University and Boston College.
Via CLNS Radio
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Clay Buchholz likely to get Boston Red Sox opening day start

Starting opening day for a storied franchise like the Boston Red Sox is an honor that a pitcher will never forget. Opening day in the past six or so years has been either Josh Beckett or Jon Lester’s time to shine. With Beckett and Lester now having moved on, who…
Via CLNS Radio
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Nava Attempting to Abandon Switch Hitting in 2015

Per, Daniel Nava will attempt to abandon his switch hitting roots in 2015, and begin hitting exclusively from the left side of the plate, at least for the time being. The 32-year old outfielder was demoted to AAA Pawtucket on April 23 last season, after hitting just .149/.166/.269 in his first 23 games, with only four extra-base hits and three runs batted in. “I struggled...
Via Baseball Essential
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Farrell: 'Merit' Will Determine Rotation Order

While past performance and reputation will play a part, it looks as if merit will be the driving force in deciding the order of the Red Sox starting rotation. As it should be. Given the relative equality of the five candidates, whoever steps up in Spring Training should get the Opening Day start. When asked about this issue, manager John Farrell stated, "Merit is one. You factor...
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox Prospect Profile: Henry Owens

Time to take a look at one of the top prospects in the Boston Red Sox organization, left-handed starter Henry Owens. Baseball America has Owens ranked as #44 on their 2015 top 100 rankings. Many around baseball project the 6’6″ lefty to be a front-end of the rotation starter, that could possibly join the rotation as soon as next season. Henry Owens’ arsenal consists of a fastball...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Rusney Castillo's hairdo turns heads

Rusney Castillo is competing for a spot on the MLB All-Hair team this season. The Boston Red Sox outfielder debuted a new ‘do in the form of a two-toned mohawk in Fort Myers, Fla., on Wednesday, and it took the Internet by storm. You win, Rusney Castillo. You win. #BaseballBegins —   (@MLB) February 25, 2015 Rear view of Rusney Castillo's do...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz refers to new MLB pace of play rule as BS

      This embed is invalid   " /> FORT MYERS, Fla. — It took David Ortiz exactly two days to fly off the handle.   Ortiz, who reported to Boston Red Sox spring training on Tuesday, addressed the media for the first time Wednesday at JetBlue Park. When asked about Major League Baseball’s recent rule changes governing pace of play, specifically the rule...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Should Lock Up Rick Porcello Long-Term

Rick Porcello arrived at the Boston Red Sox Spring Training facility at jetBlue Park weeks early, eager to make a good impression with his new team. That is exactly what he has done. Porcello has emerged as a confident pitcher who is ready to lead the pitching staff in just his first year with the club. Rick Porcello is chomping at the bit to get the season started as well as his...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Boston Red Sox be Ready to Move on From Dustin Pedroia?

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has been injury prone and on the decline. (Mandatory credit: Brian Blanco/Getty Images & ESPN) The Boston Red Sox made a splash in the international free agent market by signing 19-year old Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada. The Red Sox paid a hefty price for the prospect: He cost a bonus of $31.5 million plus a 100 percent overage tax...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

John Henry: State of Red Sox 'never been better'

    This embed is invalid   " /> FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Boston Red Sox hardly resemble a last-place team.   There’s an air of confidence surrounding the revamped Red Sox despite the club’s 71-91 record in 2014. It’s reflected in principal owner John Henry, who expressed optimism Tuesday while assessing the state of the organization. “Honestly,...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cherington: Moncada Can Play 'All Over Field'

Yoan MoncadaRed Sox General manager Ben Cherington stated today that newly-acquired Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada can play "all over the field"—and is not just limited to the infield (2B, SS, 3B). The 19-year old $63 million man ($31.5 million signing bonus; $31.5 million MLB penalty) is expected to start in 'A' ball (where the weather is warmer), rather than 'AA' (where the weather...
Via FenwayNation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli Doing Great Following Facial Reconstruction Surgery

When Mike Napoli announced he was having surgery following the 2014 season, Boston Red Sox fans cringed, fearing the unknown. The 33-year-old underwent a procedure to combat his sleep apnea and by all accounts, it was a real deal facial reconstruction surgery. “I’ve been dealing with sleep apnea for a long time, my whole career,” Napoli told back in October. “I...
Via Hall of Very Good
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Team signs Cuban Phenom Moncada

After months of speculation as to where Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada would sign, the Red Sox struck a $31.5MM deal with the 19-year-old prospect today per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Via CLNS Radio
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: John Farrell’s Contract Extension

John Farrell will continue being the manager for the Boston Red Sox until 2017. Spring training is finally underway for the Boston Red Sox. This season has high expectations after multiple additions and changes, but can the Red Sox’s manager, John Farrell, help them get to the World Series? Many have faith in Farrell, including Boston’s general manager, Ben Cherington, who offered...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Reportedly Land Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada has a home, as Jesse Sanchez of has reported that the Cuban prospect will be signing with the Boston Red Sox for something in the $30 million range. Of course, that price automatically doubles, since the signing bonus pushes the Red Sox over their spending limit, incurring a 100% tax on the […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Yoan Moncada signs with the Red Sox for $30 million

Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, one of the mostly highly touted and most sought after Cuban prospects in 20 years, has finally agreed to a contract with a major league club. He’ll be joining countryman Rusney Castillo with the Boston Red Sox, and the bonus he’s getting is a ridiculous $30 million. BREAKING – Source: Cuban INF prospect Yoan Moncada agrees with Red Sox on a deal...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox sign Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly signed 19-year-old Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada. Jesse Sanchez of reports that the deal is worth somewhere in the $30 range — at least for what Moncada will be making. As we previously noted, signing Moncada was expected to cost a team somewhere in the $80 million range. Due...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

6 breakout candidates to watch

Gene J. Puskar/Associated PresConor Frederick (@C_Frederick1016)Contributing WriterSo, in case you missed it, the Red Sox have reported to Spring Training, which means the start of baseball season is right around the corner. I don't know about anyone else, but the thought of baseball is getting me amped up. With that said, here are 6 players who could break out, according to Bleacher...
Via RedSoxLife
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Burning Spring Training questions

It’s officially baseball season for the Boston Red Sox, as pitchers and catchers have arrived in Fort Myers for Spring Training, with position players scheduled to arrive on Tuesday. A year after finishing last in the American League East, Boston moved quickly during the offseason, locking up former Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval and Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (who will...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Maybe Pablo Sandoval isn’t as fat as everyone thinks (photos)

Pablo Sandoval created a seismic stir on the Internet earlier this week when an unflattering photograph surfaced (above) which gave the impression that the new Boston Red Sox third baseman may be a bit more portly than usual heading into spring training. Of course, Sandoval has never been viewed as svelte by any stretch of...Read More The post Maybe Pablo Sandoval isn’t as fat...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Importance of a Good Vazquez

The 2015 season starts today, and all eyes should be on Christian Vazquez (right), as his start could determine Blake Swihart's (left) future with Boston.Photo courtesy of With pitchers and catchers set to report to Fort Myers this morning, everyone's eyes should be on the most important man on the Red Sox roster. No, it's not a new masher like Hanley Ramirez or Pablo Sandoval...
Via RedSoxLife
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval responds to criticism of unflattering photo

A few days ago, Pablo Sandoval was photographed at Red Sox camp in a pose that did not appear to show him the best of shape. Of course, his physical conditioning has been a topic of discussion for much of his career. However, that didn’t stop the Red Sox from offering Sandoval $95 million over...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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