On the Red Sox’s Core, Youth, Farm System and Parentheses

As we sit on the cusp of spring training and beyond it, the 2016 season, the Red Sox face an interesting roster composition. Of the players projected to be on the team’s 25-man roster when the season begins, 10 are veteran players on multi-year deals with two or more seasons remaining in those contracts. Twelve are players in either the pre-arbitration process or entering their...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Panda or Bust at Third Base in 2016

The Red Sox thought they knew what they were getting in Pablo Sandoval. He was the Kung-Fu Panda. A plus player with a postseason pedigree. A fan favorite who could give you 15-20 home runs and a true average in the upper .200s. He was 28 years old and already had three World Series rings, a Series MVP and two All-Star selections. Five years and $95 million seemed a bit steep, but...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Wonderland! It's the 2nd Annual Red Sox Winter Weekend at Foxwoods Casino

When tickets were released for the 2nd annual Red Sox Winter Weekend, I balked at the price. $60 a person is a lot of money for a guy with a young family. But as I looked over the list of attendees, I felt like I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts all under one roof! So I packed up on a Friday night...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Travis Shaw Primed To Become Bigger Version Of Brock Holt For Red Sox?

Travis Shaw has been taking notes. With Brock Holt successfully playing all over the field, the Boston Red Sox have been open-minded about placing other players outside their comfort zones in an effort to enhance their versatility. Shaw is one player willing to experiment, even though his size and skill set might paint a different picture. “A 6-foot-4, 235-pound utility (player...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Brock Holt Returns Number 26 To Wade Boggs During Winter Weekend

No one will ever wear the number 26 in Boston again. Brock Holt made it official by giving Wade Boggs what belonged to him for 11 seasons during the Sox Winter Weekend. 
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Brock Holt: ‘Everyone’s Really Excited’ About Red Sox’s Offseason Changes (Video)

The Boston Red Sox were very busy over the offseason. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and his staff got to work and added several important players to the roster. The most notable additions were starting pitcher David Price — the top free agent on the open market — and elite closer Craig Kimbrel. Red Sox utility Brock Holt is very excited about the roster changes...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Brock Holt Returns Wade Boggs’ No. 26 Jersey At Red Sox Town Hall (Photo)

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Brock Holt walked on stage and pointed in Wade Boggs’ direction. Boggs pointed back, kicking off an emotional ceremony that culminated with Holt returning what rightfully belongs to the Hall of Fame third baseman. Holt took off his No. 26 jersey Friday night and placed it back on Boggs during the Red Sox Town Hall event at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Boggs...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Reevaluating the Red Sox lineup

Much of the attention given to the Red Sox this offseason has focused on the pitching staff, and for good reason. The team spent nearly a quarter billion dollars to lure David Price to Boston and made two big trades to help upgrade a bullpen lacking in quality. On the other hand, hardly any ink has been spilled on the club’s offense this winter, and judging by the Red Sox’s...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Rebuilding The Red Sox: Fixing The Roster’s Smallest Holes

Welcome to the mid-point of January. It’s time to put on our heavy coats and gloves, stop griping about 2015’s failures and start focusing on the immense hope offered by 2016. The last time I drove down the Mass Pike past Fenway, my first thought was “boy, Pablo Sandoval was hot garbage last year.” This next time, I’m hoping it will be “boy, Mookie Betts could be an MVP...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Exploring Outfield Alternatives for 2016

Yesterday, Alex Skillin deftly covered the potential Rusney Castillo problem in these very same electronic pages. You should read the piece, but in summary, Castillo hasn’t been very good when he’s been in Boston (and he wasn’t especially good in Pawtucket either), and expecting greatness or even above-average play out of him in 2016 is probably tilting at pre-tilted windmills...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Ask BP Boston: The 7 Feel-Good Red Sox Stories of 2015

So 2015 didn’t go so well for the Red Sox. You know this by now, of course, but as the 2015 calendar year comes to an end, it bears repeating. The Sox finished with a sub-.500 record for the third time in the past four years, changed front office personnel, suffered through injuries to star players and faced the greatest injustice of all when they learned that Don Orsillo would...
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December 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Roster Recap: Another Tale of Two Halves for Brock Holt

Welcome to BP Boston’s new Roster Recap series! Over the next four months, we’ll be breaking down every player on Boston’s 40-man roster and many of their top prospects in order to provide a comprehensive overview of the Red Sox roster’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as what we can expect moving forward. There’s no better time than the offseason to review the best ...
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November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Read Sox: Mimicing the Mets, Holt’s Future and Amaro at First

Welcome to Read Sox. This week we compare the Red Sox’s and Mets’ rebuilding plans, examine Brock Holt’s trade value and Zack Greinke’s potential fit in Boston. Going Deep It took five long years, but Sandy Alderson’s plan finally came to fruition when the Mets clinched their first National League pennant since 2000 last week. Alderson took over as general manager in October...
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October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Brock Holt Takes In Patriots-Cowboys Game At AT&T Stadium (Photo)

The Boston Red Sox missed the postseason yet again, so Brock Holt is spending his time off supporting another local team. The Red Sox utility man was in attendance at AT&T Stadium for Sunday’s New England Patriots game against the Dallas Cowboys. He even posed for a photo op with NESN’s Gary Striewski. If Belichick needs a guy today he's got one.
October 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Brock Holt Exits Red Sox-Indians Game After Being Hit On Knee By Pitch

CLEVELAND — Brock Holt went down with an injury in the Boston Red Sox’s second-to-last game. Holt exited Saturday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians in the seventh inning after being struck on the left knee by a pitch from Corey Kluber. Holt, who turned his body in an attempt to avoid Kluber’s offering, hit the ground immediately after being struck. He rolled around...
October 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Rusney Castillo Out Of Red Sox’s Lineup Vs. Yankees With Quad Issue (Video)

The Boston Red Sox are changing their outfield plans. Outfielder Rusney Castillo is out of the Red Sox’s lineup for a third consecutive game Wednesday with a strained right quad. That means Brock Holt will play in right. “The area is just showing some tenderness and some soreness,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said of Castillo’s injury on “Red Sox Gameday Live” before...
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Brock Holt Starts In Left For Rusney Castillo In Red Sox-Orioles Opener

BOSTON — It looks as though the Red Sox outfield is getting some rest. Rusney Castillo is out of Friday’s series opener against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park, as he and fellow outfielders Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. have been seeing a lot of the field lately. Brock Holt will slot into Castillo’s place in left field and bat seventh behind Deven Marrero, who will...
September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Brock Holt, Ryan Hanigan Back In Red Sox’s Lineup Vs. Rays In Series Finale

The Red Sox’s bats are in need of a wake-up call as Boston tries to salvage a series split against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. They will have to do so without the services of third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who has pneumonia. That means Brock Holt will get the start at third and bat seventh. Left-hander Wade Miley will toe the rubber for the Red Sox. Miley has pitched well...
September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Brock Holt, Pablo Sandoval Remain Out Of Red Sox Lineup Vs. Rays

As the Boston Red Sox look to rebound from Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, they’ll once again begin the game without both third baseman Pablo Sandoval and utility man Brock Holt. Sandoval is “still very ill,” according to Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo. The 29-year-old still is battling a significant upper respiratory infection that has sidelined him all...
September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia, Brock Holt, Pablo Sandoval Out Of Red Sox’s Lineup Vs. Rays

BOSTON — The Red Sox’s lineup will look a bit different Tuesday night. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and utility infielder Brock Holt both will get the night off for Game 2 of Boston’s four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Pablo Sandoval has a “significant” respiratory infection, interim manager Torey Lovullo said Tuesday, and will miss his second...
September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Brock Holt Returns To Red Sox’s Lineup; Pablo Sandoval Out Vs. Rays

BOSTON — The Red Sox are hitting the home stretch. Boston will begin its final homestand of the season Monday night when it kicks off a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. The Sox will do so without the services of third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who left Sunday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays with lightheadedness. Brock Holt takes Sandoval’s place...
September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Wrap: Five-Run Ninth Inning Gives Boston 7-6 Win Vs. Blue Jays

So, that was a little crazy. The Red Sox took a walk on the wild side, issuing eight walks to the Toronto Blue Jays in the game, but escaped by the skin of their teeth with a 7-6 win following a five-run rally in the ninth inning. Brock Holt led off the ninth with his second double of the day, and Jackie Bradley Jr. tied the game two batters later with a monster home run to right...
September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Brock Holt Nominated For 2015 Roberto Clemente Award

Boston Red Sox utility man Brock Holt was announced this week as his team’s nominee for the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award. The award, given annually since 1971 and renamed in Clemente’s honor after the Baseball Hall of Famer’s death in 1973, “pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others...
September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

David Ortiz Remains In Red Sox Lineup, Brock Holt Starts On Bench Vs. Rays

David Ortiz’s pursuit of 500 home runs continues Saturday when the Boston Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Ortiz is two homers shy of 500, and he’ll face Rays lefty Matt Moore. Big Papi, who will bat in the clean-up spot, has one home run in 19 career at-bats against Moore. Red Sox utility man Brock Holt will start the game on the bench. He left Friday’s...
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

TC’s DraftKings Value Picks: Red Sox’s Brock Holt A Smart Pickup Vs. Mets

Brock Holt has enjoyed a very good season for the Boston Red Sox, and he’s among the value picks fantasy baseball owners should consider when selecting their Sunday lineups on DraftKings. Holt is batting .283 with a .355 on-base percentage in 2015, and he’s batting fifth for the Red Sox in Sunday’s game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Holt also has 14 hits in his...
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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