Barrel Scraping

We recently talked about storylines for the 2015 Chicago Cubs, and added a bit on the southpaw faction of the bullpen.  We only really focused on the 40-man roster though, and as you know, spring training has its fair share of non-roster invitees.   Another arm MT @jonmorosi: #Cubs close to signing reliever Pedro Feliciano to MiLB deal with big-league invite. MLB base salary of...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2015 Cubs (with ZIPS projections)

Position Player wOBA Pos Avg pwRC+ C Montero 0.304 0.305 100 1B Rizzo 0.367 0.328 112 2B Baez 0.319 0.298 107 SS Castro 0.33 0.297 111 3B Bryant 0.364 0.316 115 LF Coghlan 0.307 0.318 97 CF Fowler 0.345 0.32 108 RF Soler 0.335 0.316 106 - - - - - C2 Ross 0.277 0.259 107 IF La Stella 0.313 0.253 124 IF Alcantara 0.321 0.253 127 OF Denorfia 0.305 0.270 113 OF Sweeney 0.306 0.270 113...
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January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Add Three More Minor League Free-Agents to the Fold

Baseball America reports the Cubs have signed three more minor league free-agents over the past few days, including veteran MLB catcher Taylor Teagarden, INF Chris Valaika, and RHP Andres Santiago. The trio join RHP Anthony Carter, RHP Fernando Cruz, OF Adron Chambers, and INF Jonathan Herrera, who were signed to minor league contracts earlier. All seven will likely receive an...
Via Cub Reporter
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Former 40-Man Roster Red Sox Players Sign Deals

Corey Brown and Jonathan Herrera formerly of the Boston Red Sox, have each signed minor league deals with new teams. Corey Brown accepted an outright assignment to Triple A Pawtucket (Red Sox) in mid-August. Brown only played in three games with the Boston Red Sox in 2014, primarily as a defensive replacement in right field. […]
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December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

New Cubs Bench Coach, New Rumors

A couple of quick hits for everyone... - The Cubs have indeed hired former Cub and rumored backstabber Dave Martinez as their bench coach (not Davey Lopes if you're following Bruce Levine on twitter). That'll move Brandon Hyde to first base coach and newly hired Doug Dascenzo to outfield/baserunning coordinator. - The Cubs signed INF Jonathan Herrera to a minor league deal...he last...
Via Cub Reporter
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Announce Roster Moves

As we get ready for open season on MLB free agents on Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox have announced two roster moves. Here’s the release: BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today announced the following roster moves: Infielder Carlos Rivero was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners. Infielder Jonathan Herrera was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket. Executive Vice President/General...
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November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Outright Jonathan Herrera To PawSox; Mariners Claim Carlos Rivero Off Waivers

The Boston Red Sox made a couple of moves Monday and created some space on their 40-man roster. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington announced that the team outrighted infielder Jonathan Herrera to Triple-A Pawtucket. In addition, the Seattle Mariners claimed infielder Carlos Rivero off waivers. Herrera was traded to the Red Sox from the Colorado Rockies before the 2014 season...
November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonathan Herrera Done for Season

The Red Sox continue to get the injury bug this season but this one isn't too big of a deal to say the least.
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Jonathan Herrera To Miss Rest Of 2014 Season With Elbow Injury

Jonathan Herrera will not be among the Boston Red Sox’s September call-ups. Herrera, who was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket at the beginning of July, will miss the remainder of the 2014 season because of surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow. Jonathan Herrera said that he will undergo season-ending surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow. Hoping to be ready to play winter...
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Recent Head Injuries Bring Attention to Hazards Faced by MLB Catchers

It has been a difficult spring for Oakland A’s catcher Derek Norris. The current leader among American League catchers in All-Star balloting is also the unofficial leader in hits received to the head from opposing batters this season. Norris’ most recent run-in with an opposing hitter’s backswing came on Sunday afternoon when Jonathan Herrera of the Boston Red Sox caught him...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-White Sox Live: Clay Buchholz Starts Series Opener Vs. Chicago

6:38 p.m.: Mike Carp, who was sidelined with a broken right foot, was activated from the disabled list before Monday’s game. Jonathan Herrera was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Carp might not see too much action right away, however. The White Sox are sending out three left-handed starters in the series. Monday’s starter, Scott Carroll, is the only right-hander scheduled to pitch...
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Carp Activated From DL; Jonathan Herrera Optioned To Pawtucket

BOSTON — Mike Carp is in. Jonathan Herrera is out. The Red Sox activated Carp from the 15-day disabled list before Monday’s game against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. Herrera was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in what manager John Farrell described as a difficult decision. “He’s done a lot of good things. He fits the role to a tee — the utility role. It was a difficult...
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Orioles Live: Jake Peavy Takes Mound For Rubber Match At Fenway

11:45 a.m. ET: Good morning from sunny Fenway Park, where the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles will square of in a Sunday matinee just under two hours from now. Saturday was a long day at the ballpark for these teams, as the Red Sox took Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader 3-2 on a walk-off single by Jonathan Herrera before the O’s rebounded with a 7-4 win in the nightcap....
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Orioles Live: John Lackey Starts In Game 2 Of Doubleheader

The Boston Red Sox will aim for back-to-back victories in Game 2 of their Saturday doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Boston won the first game 3-2 behind eight stellar innings from starting pitcher Jon Lester. Red Sox closer Koji Uehara picked up the win after Jonathan Herrera won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk-off pinch hit single...
July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Jonathan Herrera’s Pinch Hit Gives Red Sox Walkoff Win Over Orioles

The Boston Red Sox earned their sixth walkoff win of 2014 in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles. Shortstop Jonathan Herrera, who pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth inning for Jackie Bradley Jr., hit a single to right-center field off of Orioles reliever T.J. McFarland that scored Jonny Gomes from second base. The 3-2 victory snapped...
July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Cubs Live: Brandon Workman, Sox Look To Avoid Sweep At Fenway

6:42 p.m.: Stephen Drew will be out of the starting lineup Wednesday as the Red Sox face a left-hander in Travis Wood. Jonathan Herrera will play shortstop and bat ninth in Drew’s absence. Mookie Betts, who was called up before Saturday’s game in New York, will make his fourth consecutive start. He’ll play center field for the second time, as Brock Holt and Jonny Gomes will...
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli stole home plate (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Want to see something you have never seen before and will likely never see again? Boston Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli stole home plate during a win over the Oakland A’s on Sunday afternoon. A’s starter Tommy Malone caught Red Sox shortstop Jonathan Herrera leaning in the third inning […]
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli Steals Home With ‘Ninja’ Slide In Red Sox’s Win (Video)

For anyone who simply glanced over Sunday’s box score, your eyes did not deceive you. Mike Napoli indeed stole home. Napoli’s theft wasn’t a conventional steal, as the Red Sox slugger raced home from third base after Jonathan Herrera nearly got picked off first base by Oakland Athletics starter Tommy Milone in the third inning of Boston’s 7-6, 10-inning win. But it still...
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonathan Herrera To Replace Stephen Drew In Red Sox’s Finale Vs. A’s

The Boston Red Sox will have one more chance to get their bats going against the Oakland Athletics, but Stephen Drew won’t be in the lineup to do so. The Sox take on the A’s at 4 p.m. Sunday in the series finale of a four-game set, and Jonathan Herrera will get the call at shortstop and bat seventh in the place of Stephen Drew, who is hitless in his last 16 at-bats. Xander Bogaerts...
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Athletics Live: Rubby De La Rosa Looks To Impress Versus Oakland

2:15 p.m.: Xander Bogaerts will begin Saturday’s game on the bench. Bogaerts is in the midst of an 0-for-12 skid over his last three games. The 21-year-old is hitting .093 (4-for-43) over his last 12 games, so Red Sox manager John Farrell has decided to insert Jonathan Herrera into the starting lineup at third base. Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli slide up in the lineup...
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Xander Bogaerts Out Of Red Sox’s Starting Lineup Against A’s Amid Slump

Xander Bogaerts is out of the Boston Red Sox’s starting lineup Saturday against the Oakland Athletics at Coliseum. Bogaerts currently is stuck in a major slump. The Red Sox instead will deploy Jonathan Herrera at third base against right-hander Jesse Chavez, who has had plenty of success with the A’s this season. Bogaerts, who went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Friday’s...
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Orioles Live: Jonathan Herrera Steps Into Action At Shortstop

3:30 p.m. ET: Jonathan Herrera is getting plenty of action as Stephen Drew continues to deal with a variety of issues that have held the recently signed shortstop out of the lineup. Drew is on the bench again Tuesday as the tightness in his right oblique apparently has not lessened. That means more time for Herrera, who has made it into seven of the last 10 games for the Red Sox...
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Stephen Drew Sits Against Orioles Despite Past Success Against Bud Norris

Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew was supposed to help a team that has struggled against right-handed pitching. With right-handed Bud Norris on the mound for the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night, it seemed like a sure thing that Drew would be in the lineup. However, Jonathan Herrera has been penciled in at shortstop and will hit eighth while Drew will be on the bench to begin...
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Where’s Stephen Drew?

  Here is tonight’s starting line-up: 1. Brock Holt (L) 1B 2. Xander Bogaerts (R) 3B 3. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B 4. David Ortiz (L) DH 5. Jonny Gomes (R) LF 6. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C 7. Grady Sizemore (L) RF 8. Jonathan Herrera (S) SS 9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF SP Rubby De La Rosa (R) (1-0, 0.00 ERA) If you’re wondering where Stephen Drew (aka The Savior) is, join the club. Drew...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Tigers Live: Rubby De La Rosa To Make Second Start Of Season For Boston

The Boston Red Sox will look to end a three-game losing streak Friday night when they take on the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. These teams have played three times this season, with Detroit sweeping Boston in a three-game series at Fenway Park by a combined score of 13-3. Making the start for the Red Sox is 25-year-old Rubby De La Rosa, who picked up his first career major-league...
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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