Red Sox Success Hinges on Performance of Ramirez and Sandoval

Rewind to a year ago. Red Sox fans were cautiously optimistic on how their two big free agent signings would perform in Boston. Hanley Ramirez had tacked on so much bulk mass that he was starting to look like Mac in season 7 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, hoping for some added power to bring to Fenway Park. Pablo Sandoval‘s body was always the main concern of his naysayers...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Yulieski and Lourdes Gurriel Have Defected From Cuba and the Dodgers Should Be Interested

Yesterday morning began with some big, big news in the international baseball community: the Gurriel brothers (Yulieski and Lourdes, previously known as Yulieski Gourriel and Lourdes Gourriel before losing an o) have defected from Cuba and are seeking major league contracts. The Gurriel brothers have long been considered to be two of the best international players not currently playing...
Via Dodgers Digest
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Just How Bad Might the Red Sox Infield Defense Be?

It’s only February, but the 2016 Red Sox already look like an improved team from last season. This offseason, they bolstered their starting rotation and bullpen – their two biggest weaknesses – and improved their outfield by simply plucking Hanley Ramirez out of left and moving him to first base. But not everything appears rosy in Boston. There are still question marks littering...
Via BP Boston
1 day ago  |  Discuss

What to expect from Pablo Sandoval

Coming into last season, Pablo Sandoval had mammoth expectations but didn’t quite live up to them. The Boston Red Sox’s front office made two major moves last offseason– signing Sandoval to a five-year, $100-million deal and Hanley Ramirez to a four-year, $88-million deal. Both saw their playing time hindered due to injuries but unlike Ramirez, Sandoval was completely ineffective...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Where Fans and Projections Disagree

I don’t know how many of you participate in the Fan projection process. I’m sure it’s only a small minority, because for one thing, it’s extra work, and for another, it’s not like we do a lot to incentivize mass participation. For whatever it’s worth, though, I do think they make for a valuable tool, because when you get enough people chiming in, you get to do things...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Hanley Ramirez Expecting ‘Easy’ Transition To First Base With Red Sox

Hanley Ramirez isn’t sweating his transition to first base. “I’ve always been an infielder, so it’s going to be easy,” the former shortstop-turned-outfielder said Saturday at the Boston Red Sox’s Baseball Winter Weekend event at Foxwoods Resort Casino. “I think I know more of the territory and I’m going to feel more comfortable at first.” Ramirez never has been...
Via NESN.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Does Jackie Bradley’s bat matter?

After Dave Dombrowski aggressively rebuilt this Red Sox team early on in the offseason, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the near future for this team. Unfortunately, at the same time there are still plenty of question marks on the roster, and thus plenty of reasons to be worried about how 2016 will go. One could make a strong argument that among all of those question...
Via BP Boston
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Three players who will determine the fate of the 2016 Red Sox

The roster is set, and there are even a few Red Sox players trickling into Fort Myers to get an early jump on the early jump to the 2016 season that is Spring Training. Things are about to start getting ready to pre-game for preparing to get going! This is so exciting! And still, the 2016 Red Sox are far from a sure thing. Well, they’ll surely be called the 2016 Red Sox. They’ll...
Via BP Boston
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Ramirez says he's ready to play 1B, even as he eyes DH spot

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) Hanley Ramirez doesn't expect any setbacks playing another new position with the Boston Red Sox this season. Ramirez, a shortstop for most of his career, struggled to adjust after moving to left field last year, leading the team to relocate him to first base in 2016. ''I've always been an infielder, so it's going to be easy,'' Ramirez said Saturday at...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Hanley Ramirez On Playing First Base: The Infield Is ‘My House’ (Video)

Hanley Ramirez made the transition from left field to first base for the Boston Red Sox last season, and it should continue into the 2016 campaign. When asked Saturday at Red Sox Winter Weekend about what it’ll be like to play first base this season, Ramirez said he enjoys playing in the infield, calling it “my house.” Watch the video above to hear more from Ramirez on playing...
Via NESN.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Hidden Moves of the Offseason

The word “move” is used in the context of an offseason to denote any number of varying transaction types. A trade is a move. A free-agent signing is a move. A player being designated for assignment is a move, or claimed off waivers, or sold to Japan. Players coming and going from rosters are the moves of the winter, and they’re the means by which the public tends to evaluate...
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19 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...
Via BP Boston
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Investigating Steamer’s Optimism for the Red Sox

On Monday, we released our first projected standings of 2016, with the Cubs unsurprisingly looking like the best team in baseball heading into Spring Training. More controversially, though, the Steamer projections — which is what our Forecasted Standings are based on currently, and will be until we add in the full ZIPS projections — see the Boston Red Sox as the second best team...
Via Fangraphs
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Rebuilding The Red Sox: Let’s Fix Hanley Ramirez

When the Sox inked Hanley Ramirez to his four-year, $88 million deal before the 2015 offseason, I liked it.  I liked it because I liked Hanley as a ballplayer, because he was coming off a pretty good season for Los Angeles, and because I thought he would age well into his mid-30s. Plus, I’m an absolute sucker for positional versatility, and the idea of him being able to play the...
Via BP Boston
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 Bill James Projections: Hanley Ramirez

Source 2011: 92 games, .243 BA, .333 OBP, .379 SLG, 10 HR, 45 RBI, 20 SB2012 projection: 136 games, .298 BA, .379 OBP, .489 SLG, 21 HR, 69 RBI, 28 SB2012: 157 games, .257 BA, .322 OBP, .437 SLG, 24 HR, 92 RBI, 21 SB2013 projection: 144 games, .281 BA, .356 OBP, .470 SLG, 22 HR, 75 RBI, 23 SB2013: 86 games, .345 BA, .402 OBP, .638 SLG, 20 HR, 57 RBI, 10 SB2014 projection: 151...
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January 01, 2016  |  Discuss

'Tis the season: Hanley holds a Twitter contest

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)Contributing WriterPhoto via bostonglobe.comIn accordance with the season, Hanley Ramirez was in a giving mood on Tuesday night. Hanley decided to do a Twitter giveaway where two lucky followers would receive a pair of autographed Hanleywood cleats. There was one catch however. Followers did not need to retweet this like most giveaways. Two random winners...
Via RedSoxLife
December 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Did the Boston Red Sox Have a Successful Season?

The Boston Red Sox won their third World Series in a decade in 2013. The year before that they finished last and had a memorable trade with the Dodgers. In 2014, the defending champs once again found themselves in the cellar. The offense that had traditionally powered the team wasn’t up to snuff, so they signed Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Boston finished last in 2015, fired...
Via The Sports Post
December 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Must Decide on Hanley

With all of the shockwaves that the Boston Red Sox have created so far this offseason, the festering problem the team has on its hands seems to be going by the wayside — Hanley Ramirez. Question after question surrounds his future. Dave Dombrowski has many choices to pick from, but only a minuscule chance of […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Roster Recap: Hanley Ramirez’s Horrendous Transition

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 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox Should Sign Chris Davis

The Boston Red Sox and new President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski have already made two massive splashes this off-season, and they’re far from over. The Winter Meetings are now underway in Nashville, and there are tons of rumors and speculation coming in about the Boston club with their now surplus in starting pitching as well as the overlying Hanley Ramirez issue. Here’s...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Hanley Ramirez Doing Cardio, Practicing At Shortstop Ahead Of Infield Transition

Hanley Ramirez showed up to spring training with the Boston Red Sox in 2015 bulked up. His increased weight made sense because of his switch from shortstop to left field, but the intended results didn’t follow. Ramirez was asked to take a different approach this offseason, as he transitions back to the infield at first base. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski...
Via NESN.com
December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Why the Chris Young signing is a good move

Around this time last season the Boston Red Sox seemed to be overstocked in the outfield. They signed Hanley Ramirez to play left field in the hopes that he could be the second coming of Manny Ramirez. We know now that the experiment ended horrifically, but at the time it was adding a piece to an already complete outfield. A lot has changed since then, Hanley never had the glove...
Via isportsweb.com
December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Red Sox shopping Hanley Ramirez; Hector Santiago gets married

The November 30, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Boston possibly shopping Han-Ram around, a Halos starter tying the knot, and more… The Story: Red Sox “seem to be” asking Angels and two other teams about Hanley Ramirez MWAH Says: Aging, injury-prone player owed ~$66 million the next three years coming off the worst season of his career? Sign me up! Really...
Via Monkey with a Halo
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox already trying to trade Hanley Ramirez

Dave Dombrowski didn’t sign Hanley Ramirez to the four-year, $88 million deal he received last winter. That was all Ben Cherington. But the new Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations is looking to rid himself of the remaining three years and $66 million on Ramirez’s contract, and according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, he may have actually have some suitors after...
Via Bloguin Best
November 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox already trying to trade Hanley Ramirez

Dave Dombrowski didn’t sign Hanley Ramirez to the four-year, $88 million deal he received last winter. That was all Ben Cherington. But the new Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations is looking to rid himself of the remaining three years and $66 million on Ramirez’s contract, and according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, he may have actually have some suitors after...
Via The Outside Corner
November 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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