Can the Boston Red Sox get Craig Kimbrel the baseball?

Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster? Mrs. Lancaster: I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen. –Groundhog Day The Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Fort Myers, FL to begin Spring Training on Feb. 18. There are some new faces, most notably David Price and Craig Kimbrel, but there is a worrisome feeling in New England that this year...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Podcast: “Trial Baby”

Wooooo, Pod time is back, baby! Who doesn't use the Razzball Baseball Podcast as an aphrodisiac?! Oh lord did I have to look up how to spell that! On today's show we discuss Grey and I's (did that grammatical error just for you, commenters!) body images, but mainly focus on closers who have changed teams. A lot of the elite guys are in new unis - Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Players 25 and Under to Watch For This Season

The Boston Red Sox had a dismal 2015 season, but there is a huge amount of optimism for the 2016 season. Much of that optimism has to do with the signings of David Price, Craig Kimbrel, and Chris Young. However, that is not the only reason things are looking up—the Red Sox have a plethora of young talent looking to burst onto the MLB scene in a big way in 2016. Let’s take a look...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres in Neutral — A Dangerous Thing for Fan Base

In the history of the San Diego Padres, the team has struggled to find an identity. There have been tons of ups and down in the franchises relationship with its fans. Last offseason, with the addition of A.J. Preller, the mostly dormant fan base had been revitalized. When you add James Shields, Craig Kimbrel, Matt […]
Via Baseball Essential
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Workman Intends To Pitch In Majors For Boston Red Sox In 2016

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — As the Red Sox bolstered their bullpen this offseason with the additions of All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and up-and-coming reliever Carson Smith, another man quietly went about his business with the intention of contributing at some point in 2016. Brandon Workman, who underwent Tommy John surgery on June 15, hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors since Sept...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Dave Dombrowski Hoping For Good Things From David Price, Rick Porcello

Dave Dombrowski had his hands full when he was named president of baseball operations for the last-place Boston Red Sox. The former Detroit Tigers executive approached the offseason with a number of needs to fill for the Red Sox and he did so by adding David Price, Craig Kimbrel, Chris Young and Carson Smith.’s Michaela Vernava went one-on-one with Dombrowski to see what...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

John Henry: Red Sox’s Offseason Unfolded ‘The Way We Hoped It Would’

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Impressed by the Boston Red Sox’s offseason? Well, it’s how they drew it up. Setting expectations for the winter can be difficult, as free-agent targets and trade candidates can slip through the cracks, forcing Major League Baseball teams to explore Plans B, C, D, etc. The Red Sox essentially executed their Plan A, though, and principal owner John Henry...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

NESN Announces 2016 Red Sox Spring Training Coverage

16 Spring Training Games 46 Days of Live Coverage from Fort Myers Special Training Camp Update Show Airs 12 Consecutive Days NESN, the official home of the Boston Red Sox, will deliver expanded Boston Red Sox Spring Training coverage in 2016 televising 16 Spring Training games, all the network’s sports news programs will be co-anchored daily from Florida, live coverage of manager...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres agree to 1-year deal with Fernando Rodney

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres and Fernando Rodney have agreed to a one-year contract, pending a physical exam.Rodney is expected to take over the closer's role vacated when Craig Kimbrel was traded to Boston.Rodney, who turns 39 on March 18, split the 2015 season between Seattle and the Chicago Cubs. He's also pitched for Detroit, the Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay.He...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves president: 'It took courage' to rebuild team

If all goes according to plan, the worst of the Atlanta Braves rebuild is behind them.Sure, they could still deal some expensive players and get some prospects, but its likely the heavy lifting is done. They'll head into 2017 with a new ballpark and an idea that they can compete.At MLB's quarterly owner meetings, Braves president John Schuerholz spoke about the rebuild and where...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Prospectus Releases Padres Top Prospect List

The awesome people over at Baseball Prospectus have released the San Diego Padres Top 10 Prospects list, and it’s free! Here’s how it starts: “The State of the System: Much like a broken vase that has been pieced back together, this Padres system may be rebuilt but it’s not what it once was.” Yay? A couple quick notes: -The top 2 picks were acquired in the Craig Kimbrel...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

The Padres underwhelming offseason isn’t a bad thing

The San Diego Padres entered last offseason in full win-now mode. New general manager A.J. Preller made big move after big move in order to fix the slumping Padres, acquiring outfielders Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, and Wil Myers, pitcher James Shields, catcher Derek Norris, and closer Craig Kimbrel, among other players. By trading a handful of good prospects and young players, including...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

In the memory of Yo-Yo Arroyo and QuanGoMo: What should the Yankees name their three-headed bullpen hydra?

Yesterday, outposts across the Yankiverse declared a moment of silence to recall the Original Mariano, a portly Cuban screwballer named Luis "Yo-Yo" Arroyo, who died of cancer at age 88. In 1961, Luis Arroyo showed boomer NY fans what it was like to have a pitcher who could literally reduce the number of innings in a game. Arroyo was the First Coming of Mariano; he arrived before...

Red Sox announce key Spring Training dates

Doesn't it feel like the Winter Meetings were yesterday and the start of baseball and the beginning of the Red Sox return to the World Series was an eternity away? Well, the season is officially a calendar month away and the Red Sox just announced the report dates for pitchers and catchers, as well as the full squad, for Spring Training:Friday, February 19th: First workout for pitchers...
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January 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Padres eyeing Ian Desmond

The San Diego Padres have been rather quiet since trading relievers Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel at the start of the offseason. They have made several other trades, but those were depth moves. Depth is important (and often undervalued by fans) but the roster is still largely incomplete. Perhaps the biggest area of need for them is at short, which is why it makes a lot of sense...
Via The Outside Corner
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Rebuilding the Red Sox: Positioning the Roster for a Mid-Season Trade

Although a couple months still remain until pitchers and catchers start reporting to their teams’ spring training facilities, and there is plenty of player movement left around the league, the Red Sox are likely done with their major moves. This is the result of Dave Dombrowski’s early and aggressive strategy this year, and he’s plugged just about every glaring weakness he...
Via BP Boston
December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays lacklustre offseason is hard to swallow, but doesn’t knock them out of contention

Once again, it’s been a busy offseason in the AL East. Well, Most of the AL East, that is. The Boston Red Sox signed top free agent pitcher David Price to a stunning mega deal worth $217 million over seven years, and traded four good prospects for closer Craig Kimbrel. The New York Yankees filled holes, added two promising young bats, Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks, via trade...
Via The Outside Corner
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

A Different Way to Look at Sliders

Talking to Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen last year, he mentioned something about the strategy of his brand of slider that has stuck with me. We normally think of sliders as hard curveballs, maybe. Loopy but hard pitches. Try figuring out if Craig Kimbrel throws a hard curve or a slider, and you’re down that normal path. But Warthen said something a little different about the...
Via Fangraphs
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel: Red Sox Bullpen ‘Not Going To Lose Games’ When Starter Exits Game

There were many times during the 2015 season when the Boston Red Sox turned the ball over to the bullpen and no one knew for sure whether the relievers would hold the lead. Things will probably be a little different in 2016. One of the biggest areas of focus for new Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski this offseason has been retooling the bullpen. Dombrowski...
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Bring Holiday Cheer With Annual Christmas At Fenway (Photos)

The annual Boston Red Sox “Christmas At Fenway” returned Saturday for a 16th year. Fans who pre-registered entered Fenway Park at 8 a.m. ET for a morning filled with holiday fun and a chance to to buy Red Sox tickets for the 2016 season. Multiple current players, including newly acquired closer Craig Kimbrel, former Red Sox greats and Wally the Green Monster were all at Fenway...
December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Offseason acquisitions

Baseball’s winter meetings have come to a close and while many teams have made a splash, the Boston Red Sox walk away as the clear-cut winner in Dave Dombrowski’s first offseason with the team. The Sox added an ace to the starting rotation, picked up two key pieces to sure up the back of the bullpen and added a bat in the outfield with a swing tailor made for Fenway Park. Dombrowski...
December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Sam Kennedy: Dave Dombrowski Doing ‘Amazing Job’ With Boston Red Sox

Dave Dombrowski breezed right through his checklist. The Red Sox have acquired an ace (David Price), an All-Star closer (Craig Kimbrel), a solid fourth outfielder (Chris Young) and an additional bullpen weapon (Carson Smith) this offseason, leaving Boston without any glaring needs roughly four months away from Opening Day. Red Sox president Sam Kennedy is impressed. “He’s just...
December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Roster Recap: Craig Kimbrel’s Dominant Down-Year

Welcome to BP Boston’s 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 (there...
Via BP Boston
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros acquire closer Ken Giles from Phillies

Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston has reported the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to send closer Ken Giles to the Houston Astros. This deal was in the works all day and it was just a matter of time before it was completed. Told #Astros getting closer Ken Giles from Phillies for pitchers: Vince Velasquez, Bret Oberholtzer &OF Derek Fisher, pending physicals — Mark Berman...
Via The Outside Corner
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Dave Dombrowski and Building a Dominant Bullpen

It’s an interesting thing in life when we can look at someone’s behavior and immediately identify its causes based on what we know of their past. Like when an actor tries to do a serious movie because they’ve only been seen as a comedian, or when a guy hits 40 and rushes out to by that ’86 Firebird he’d wanted since he was 11. These things are easy to diagnose, no degree...
Via Fangraphs
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss
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