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Monday Links: Adding an ace isn’t all that’s left for Red Sox to do

Photo credit: Kelly O’Connor Now that the dust has settled on the flurry of moves that the Red Sox made last week, it’s safe to evaluate what still remains for the team going forward. Although the team added three capable pitchers to their rotation in Wade Miley, Justin Masterson, and Rick Porcello, the team is still in need of a staff ace. The trio of new arms, and those already...
Via Fire Brand AL
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Young Position Player Will Have The Best Career With The Red Sox?

The Boston Red Sox have a surplus of young talent, but they can’t all be the face of the franchise. Plenty of prospects had the chance to show off their talent on the big league level during the Red Sox’s disappointing 2014 campaign, and we got a pretty good look at which of them could eventually have a prolific career in Boston. Xander Bogaerts comes...
Via NESN.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox Puerto Rican Winter League Recap

The Puerto Rican Winter League is approximately halfway over, therefore it is time to check in on all the Boston Red Sox players and prospects. The list of players is long, some of those that are easily recognized: Rusney Castillo, Christian Vazquez, Edwin Escobar, Miguel Celestino, Heri Quevedo, Aneury Tavarez, Jose Vinicio, Daya Diaz, Henry […]
Via Infield Single
17 days ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Red Sox Trade Expected By 2PM

Ben Cherington must have to be somewhere special on Thanksgiving. After a whirlwind Monday of double free-agents signings, there are reports out that the Red Sox will be engaged in a major trade by 2PM Eastern time today. Rumors are swirling about who their partner might be—but it's likely to come down to starting pitching targets from three teams (Phillies, Nationals, Reds). The...
Via FenwayNation
25 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz: Opponents Impressed By ‘Unbelievable’ Christian Vazquez

Christian Vazquez had people talking this season. Vazquez showed in 2014 why the Boston Red Sox are excited about his future as a major league catcher. The 24-year-old backstop caught the attention of opposing players through his defensive prowess. “He completely shuts down the running game,” Ortiz recently told The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. “When I was playing first...
Via NESN.com
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Scouting Three Top Red Sox Prospects

Despite the talk that the Red Sox are hesitant to give up top prospects, it appears at least one of their potential trade partners thinks they might. Multiple reports suggest that the Philadelphia Phillies are doing due diligence on three top Boston kids: catcher Christian Vazquez, starting pitcher Matt Barnes and IF/OF Mookie Betts. Obviously, all this background work would be in...
Via FenwayNation
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies reportedly scouting three Red Sox prospects

      This embed is invalid   " /> The Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox are linked by more than just Jonathan Papelbon’s craziness.   The Phillies are doing background work on Red Sox prospects Christian Vazquez, Mookie Betts and Matt Barnes, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday. This doesn’t mean a trade is in the works, but, as Rosenthal...
Via NESN.com
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Decline Option On Craig Breslow

Craig Breslow #32 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates their victory with Christian Vazquez #55 during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 25, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. From the Red Sox: The Boston Red Sox today declined the 2015 contract option on left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow. Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington...
Via Sox and Dawgs
October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Swihart Is Baseball America's Top Sox Prospect

Blake Swihart (Exclusive FenwayNation Photo)Catcher Blake Swihart has been named as the top Red Sox prospect by Baseball America. The switch-hitting backstop made it all the way to AAA last season and might be paired with Christian Vazquez as the Boston catching tandem in 2015. Four pitchers made the Top Ten Red Sox list: LHP Henry Owens at #2; LHP Eduardo Rodriguez #4; LHP Brian...
Via FenwayNation
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Ivan Rodriguez: Red Sox’s Christian Vazquez Similar To Yadier Molina

Ivan Rodriguez, one of the best catchers in Major League Baseball history, has sky-high expectations for Boston Red Sox backstop Christian Vazquez. Vazquez impressed during his first season with the Red Sox, showcasing his remarkable defensive skills while emerging as a leader. Rodriguez even saw some similarities between Vazquez and St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who...
Via NESN.com
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox Land Four In Baseball America IL 'Top 20'

Baseball America's International League (AAA) Top 20 list includes four players from the Red Sox organization. The four are: Mookie Betts (ranked 2nd), Anthony Ranaudo (ranked 6th), Christian Vazquez (ranked 16th) and Allen Webster (ranked 19th). All four made contributions to the 2014 Red Sox big league club and are slated to be key players in 2015 as well. Congrats to all four!
Via FenwayNation
October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Russell Martin: Red Sox ‘Definitely A Place To Consider’ In Free Agency

Free agency can change a man’s tune. Catcher Russell Martin, who is set to hit the open market after spending the last two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, apparently no longer hates the Red Sox. In fact, he thinks very highly of Boston. “It’s definitely a place to consider if the option is there,” Martin told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford during a late September interview...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Prospects: 10 Farmhands Who Could Join Boston In 2015 (Photos)

2014 was a good year to be a Boston Red Sox prospect. Eleven players made their major league debuts with the Red Sox this season. Several others with limited big league experience saw their roles expand. The Red Sox surely are hoping the same doesn’t occur in 2015 — it would indicate a lack of major league success — but several prospects in the organization are on the cusp...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Catcher Outlook: Boston Prepared To Explore Market For Backup

The Boston Red Sox made an important discovery in 2014. The Red Sox cut ties with veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski in July, clearing a path for 24-year-old backstop Christian Vazquez. Vazquez took the ball and ran with it, flashing elite defensive skills that made him one of the organization’s most intriguing prospects entering 2014. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington acknowledged...
Via NESN.com
October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Facing Same Prospect Conundrum As Sox

(Getty Images)Listen to Theo Esptein on his bevy of young prospects: "Not all of them will work out, but we like these players quite a bit and they have a chance to play together for a long time." Sound familiar? Maybe it's because it's virtually the same mantra we hear from Ben Cherington. Of course, the Red Sox gambled on their prospects a lot more than the Cubs did in 2014. Next...
Via FenwayNation
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

A Grade Of C For The Sox Infield

Mike Davis Contributing Writer The Boston Red Sox infield has not been solid at all this season due to struggling offense and injuries.  Dustin Pedroia had a hand injury and could not put up the numbers that he is capable of.  He could not play for the last month of the season and that really hurt the Red Sox infield because they had no solid production. Mike Napoli hurt...
Via RedSoxLife
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox ‘Very Comfortable’ With Christian Vazquez As Starting Catcher

BOSTON — It will be shocking if Christian Vazquez isn’t the Red Sox’s starting catcher in 2015. Red Sox manager John Farrell stopped short of naming Vazquez his everyday catcher going into next season, but he gave the 24-year-old another vote of confidence Monday. While the Red Sox plan to tap into the catching market this offseason, it appears Vazquez has the inside track...
Via NESN.com
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Christian Vazquez Showing He’s More Than One-Trick Pony With Red Sox

BOSTON — Christian Vazquez is a rock behind the dish. He’s not too shabby standing next to it, either. Vazquez smoked his first major league home run Thursday as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 11-1 at Fenway Park. The milestone big fly kicked off a huge night offensively for the slick-fielding catcher, showing again he’s far more than a one-trick pony. “It’s...
Via NESN.com
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Vazquez And Castillo Get First HRs; Sox Cruise

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Since the Red Sox instituted the (nearly) All-Rookie Line-Up, they've scores 22 runs in two games. Tonight both Christian Vazquez and Rusney Castillo logged their first MLB home runs—in an 11-1 romp over Tampa. Vazquez had four hits and three RBIs, while Mookie Betts was 3-5 with an RBI. Bryce Brentz and Yoenis Cespedes also had two hits each in the 16-hit...
Via FenwayNation
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeremy Hellickson stumbles as Rays lose big again to Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) -- Rusney Castillo and Christian Vazquez each hit his first major league homer, and Allen Webster pitched seven solid innings to carry the Boston Red Sox to an 11-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night. Vazquez finished with a career-best four hits and drove in three runs, and Mookie Betts had three of Boston's 16 hits. The Red Sox won for the fourth time in...
Via AP on Fox
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeremy Hellickson stumbles as Rays lose big again to Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) -- Rusney Castillo and Christian Vazquez each hit his first major league homer, and Allen Webster pitched seven solid innings to carry the Boston Red Sox to an 11-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night. Vazquez finished with a career-best four hits and drove in three runs, and Mookie Betts had three of Boston's 16 hits. The Red Sox won for the fourth time in...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Webster helps Red Sox beat Rays 11-1

BOSTON (AP) Rusney Castillo and Christian Vazquez each hit his first major league homer, and Allen Webster pitched seven solid innings to carry the Boston Red Sox to an 11-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night. Vazquez finished with a career-best four hits and drove in three runs, and Mookie Betts had three of Boston's 16 hits. The Red Sox won for the fourth time in six...
Via AP on Fox
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Christian Vazquez, Edwin Escobar Among Red Sox Primed For Winter Ball

BOSTON — Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo won’t be the only Red Sox player in winter ball this offseason. Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park that catcher Christian Vazquez and left-handed pitcher Edwin Escobar also plan to play winter ball in some capacity. Bryce Brentz still is considering the idea, according...
Via NESN.com
September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Christian Vazquez: the rock behind the dish

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)Contributing WriterWhile Christian Vazquez has struggled at the plate, his defensive efforts have been nothing short of spectacular. Vazquez does not profile as the next great offensive catcher, but what he can be is a catcher who scares opposing runners from stealing, a great leader of the pitching staff, and a great presence behind the dish.One great contribution...
Via RedSoxLife
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Christian Vazquez’s Emergence Lightens Red Sox’s Full Offseason Plate

The Boston Red Sox will enter the offseason with a full plate. It would be even fuller if not for an important development behind the dish. Catcher Christian Vazquez has been as advertised since earning his first major league call-up back on July 9. The Red Sox, who were forced to look for Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s replacement last offseason, will enter this winter knowing they have...
Via NESN.com
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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