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Red Sox all set with their starting pitching?

  This embed is invalid   " /> The Boston Red Sox’s 2015 starting rotation could be comprised of five pitchers already on the roster.   Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington over the weekend reiterated his stance that he’s comfortable with Boston’s rotation as constructed. There’s been some debate as to whether the Red Sox should pursue a No. 1 starter...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Get Used To Five Number Threes In Rotation

Evidence is mounting that the 2015 Red Sox will feature a beefed-up offense—backed up by five number three starting pitchers. Ben Cherington is sending clearer and clearer signals that the team can be 'patient' on the remaining elite starters—and if their price drops before Spring Training, Boston might go after one. Then again, they may open the year with a rotation of Rick...
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington: Will Middlebrooks Will Find Way To Flourish

This embed is invalid" /> Ben Cherington will be keeping tabs on Will Middlebrooks from afar. The Boston Red Sox traded Middlebrooks to the San Diego Padres over the weekend in exchange for catcher Ryan Hanigan. The deal comes on the heels of back-to-back disappointing seasons for Middlebrooks, though Boston’s willingness to trade the 26-year-old...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Are Red Sox 'Punting' On Free Agent Starters?

As time moves on, it appears that the Red Sox may actually be planning to go into the 2015 season with their current starting rotation. ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes reports today that Ben Cherington has—in fact—admitted that the team is not "actively engaged" with any of the elite free agent pitchers still available. This is highly distressing on many levels. It indicates that...
Via FenwayNation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox Analysis: Still Some Work To Do

In his attempt to spearhead back-to-back worst-to-first claims in the American League East, Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington continues to revamp his club’s 40-man roster. On Thursday, the Red Sox acquired veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan from San Diego for third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Yet to be formally announced is the reported re-signing of 34-year-old left-handed...
Via Baseball News Source
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Cherington: Red Sox Will Look To Add Catcher, Bullpen Help (Video)

A GM’s work is never done. The Boston Red Sox added three starting pitchers — Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Justin Masterson — at last week’s Major League Baseball winter meetings in San Diego. Ben Cherington has since expressed satisfaction with the acquisitions, but the Red Sox general manager also acknowledged Tuesday the club will keep its eyes open this offseason for additional...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox appear content with rotation despite lack of true ace

The Boston Red Sox’s rotation could be looked at in one of two ways: They either don’t have a No. 1 starter or they have five pitchers capable of being No. 1 starters.     Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell are subscribing to the latter theory. While no one is going to mistake Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, Rick Porcello, Wade Miley or Justin Masterson...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Acquire Marco Hernandez From Cubs To Complete Felix Doubront Trade

It took them nearly five months, but the Boston Red Sox finally got their “player to be named later.” The Red Sox acquired minor-league shortstop Marco Hernandez from the Chicago Cubs to complete the Felix Doubront trade, general manager Ben Cherington announced Monday night. Boston traded Doubront to Chicago at MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline July...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Despite additions, Red Sox starting rotation still needs an ace

How important is an ace at the top of a starting rotation for a playoff hopeful or contender? The Boston Red Sox could provide some intriguing answers to that question next season. The first impulse is to believe that even the Red Sox believe in the importance of an unquestioned No. 1 starter, based on their attempt to re-sign Jon Lester before the left-hander opted to join the...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

A Rotating Experiment

The Lester-less 2015 Red Sox Starting Rotation is comprised of the following: Question mark, Question mark, ¿Qué carajo?, ???, and Buchholz.  This is better than having a starting rotation of minor league prospects and Buchholz; essentially, what we witnessed at the end of 2014. The Red Sox can again use prospects as rotation depth instead of certainties. But an ace-less rotation...
Via Sox and Dawgs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

POLL Verdict Is In: Improve Red Sox Rotation!

The voice of our readers is pretty clear. As the chart shows, almost three-quarters of those voting (73%) say they are not "OK" with the current composition of the Red Sox rotation. Just 27% are satisfied with the way the starters look at present. Clearly, Ben Cherington needs to make at least one more pitching move—either trading for Cole Hamles, Doug Fister or Jordan Zimmerman...
Via FenwayNation
12 days ago  |  Discuss

POLL: Three In Four Not Happy With Rotation

Very early results to our latest FenwayNation Poll suggest that Ben Cherington still has some work to do on the 2015 Red Sox rotation. As the chart shows, fully three-quarters of our readers (75%) are not "OK" with the current roster of starters, while just 25% think they're acceptable. You can still vote in the poll HERE.
Via FenwayNation
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Red Sox Add Three Starters, Move Toward Contention

The Red Sox didn’t spend much time wallowing over the loss of Jon Lester to the Cubs. In less than a day following Lester’s decision to sign with Chicago, Ben Cherington added three starting pitchers to Boston’s roster as the makings of the 2015 club begin to take shape. On Wednesday evening, the Red Sox struck a trade with the Diamondbacks, nabbing left-hander Wade Miley in...
Via Fire Brand AL
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Cherington, Boston Red Sox Plan To ‘Keep Working’ This Offseason

This embed is invalid" /> The Major League Baseball winter meetings aren’t an end point for the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox reportedly added three starting pitchers this week in San Diego, leaving Boston with a rotation comprised of Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson. The moves represent a step in the right direction...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

WANTED: Ace Pitcher To Top AL East Rotation

Applicant must have sufficient gravitas to be clearly viewed as superior to the remaining members of the rotation—all of whom are basically #3 starters. Mid-90s fastball preferred, low WHIP and ERA a plus. Willing to relocate to a region with unpredictable April weather patterns. Must be available for October employment. Apply to: Mr. Ben Cherington, Boston American League Baseball...
Via FenwayNation
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Cherington Ready To Turn Page On Red Sox’s Jon Lester Negotiations

This embed is invalid" /> Ben Cherington is in no mood to play Monday morning quarterback. The Boston Red Sox fell short in their quest to sign Jon Lester, as the left-hander accepted a six-year, $155 million contract with the Chicago Cubs late Tuesday night. Cherington naturally is left to wonder where things went off the tracks, but the Red Sox general...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Cherington wishes he had more talk with Lester

SAN DIEGO (AP) Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington says he wishes he had a little more conversation with Jon Lester last season. Only hours after getting a goodbye call from Lester around 10 p.m. Tuesday before it was learned the lefty agreed to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, Cherington lamented that he wished things had gone differently when Lester...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Lots Of Yoenis Cespedes For Pitching Talk

The word is that Ben Cherington does not want to part with top prospects and  $20 million (a fifth year option buyout on top of his existing contract) for 31-year old Cole Hamels. His strategy may be to go after two or three other (perhaps less expensive) starters—like Doug Fister/Jordan Zimmerman from the Nationals and/or Johnny Cueto/Matt Latos from the Reds. In most of these...
Via FenwayNation
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Cherington: Boston Red Sox Have Made Offers For Starting Pitching

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox aren’t being held hostage by the Jon Lester situation. The Red Sox have made both free-agent offers and trade offers at this week’s Major League Baseball winter meetings in San Diego, according to Boston general manager Ben Cherington. Meanwhile, Cherington said #RedSox have offers out - to free agents...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox pursue other pitchers while Lester decides

SAN DIEGO (AP) The Boston Red Sox are waiting for Jon Lester - and they are not. General manager Ben Cherington said the team is pursuing other free agents - and trade opportunities - to fill out its rotation. ''We need to build a rotation and we need to be in on all sorts of stuff, and we have been in all sorts of stuff,'' Cherington said Tuesday. ''There's probably 15 to 20 starting...
Via AP on Fox
16 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Winter Meetings: 10 Starting Pitchers Red Sox Could Target (Photos)

The Boston Red Sox have punched in. It’s time to get to work. The 2015 Major League Baseball winter meetings kicked off Monday in San Diego. The Red Sox figure to be among baseball’s busiest teams this week, in large because Boston desperately needs to add to its starting rotation. Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly can be penciled into the Red Sox’s 2015 rotation, but the rest of...
Via NESN.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Cherington: I Wouldn’t Rule Out Adding Two Starting Pitchers

The Boston Red Sox’s next big splash will likely involve starting pitchers. After signing star free agents Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox are turning their focus to bolstering their starting rotation. Ben Cherington and Co. have emphasized that adding starting pitching this offseason is a priority, and although the general manager isn’t sure who will be filling...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Cherington: Don't Rule Out Adding Two Starters

Not that we should be surprised by his comments, but Red Sox GM Ben Cherington stated today on MLB Network Radio that he is not ruling out adding two starters to the 2015 roster. Duh! Frankly, we thought this was an obvious need for months now. But, at least BenCher is publicly stating this to the nation—the United States of America, that is. Cherington also stated that while...
Via FenwayNation
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Where Do the Red Sox Stand in the AL East Right Now?

MLB’s offseason has only just begun, but already the Red Sox have dipped into the free-agent market. While Boston still has work to do (have you seen the club’s projected starting rotation recently?), Ben Cherington has spent nearly $200 million in adding Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval to the roster, and it’s only December 3. For the most part, the Red Sox are probably...
Via Fire Brand AL
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Cherington Insists Yoenis Cespedes Is ‘In Our Plans For Next Year’

The Boston Red Sox intend on having Yoenis Cespedes in the fold next season, at least according to general manager Ben Cherington. Cespedes has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason, which already has been a busy one for Cherington and the Red Sox. However, Cherington said Wednesday morning on WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan Morning Show” that...
Via NESN.com
29 days ago  |  Discuss
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