Red Sox Rotation Out To Silence Critics, Prove ‘Ace’ Label Is Overrated

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox’s philosophy is simple: One ace doesn’t guarantee the best hand at the table. The Red Sox have acquired three starting pitchers — Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson — this offseason, but no one in Boston’s rotation owns a reputation as a legitimate No. 1 starter. The Red Sox aren...
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Justin Masterson Primed For Success With Red Sox After Identifying Flaws

This embed is invalid" /> Justin Masterson is a lottery ticket for the Boston Red Sox. The odds of winning on that lottery ticket look better every day. Masterson, an All-Star in 2013, had a disappointing 2014 marred by both injuries and mechanical issues. The right-hander now is healthy and confident he has fixed the flaws that contributed greatly...
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What should the Red Sox do at catcher?

The Boston Red Sox have been one of the most active teams in Major League Baseball this offseason. They have brought in more offense by signing free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez and have been active in the reconstruction of their pitching rotation through acquisitions of Justin Masterson, Rick Porcello, and Wade Miley. Still, even after they dealt Yoenis Cespedes to the...
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Monday Links: Should Red Sox go all-in on Stephen Strasburg trade?

Ever since the Red Sox acquired Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, and Justin Masterson this offseason, general manager Ben Cherington has down played the team’s desire to acquire an ace. With high price tags on both the trade and free agent market’s, Boston pushed all of their chips to the center of the table on a handful of middle of the rotation arms. But that was before Max Scherzer...
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Red Sox rumored to be "in" on Cliff Lee

The Boston Red Sox went into this offseason with one mail goal: address their scarce pitching rotation. With some minor acquisitions as in Rick Porcello, Wade Miley and Justin Masterson, they have indeed gotten better but one more piece could really put them over the top.
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Justin Masterson: Red Sox Capable Of ‘Great Things’ In 2015 (Video)

Justin Masterson knows what he’s getting into. Masterson is well-aware of the pressure of playing in Boston. He was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006 and spent two seasons with the big league club before being shipped to the Cleveland Indians at the 2009 Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline. The right-hander isn’t fazed by the heightened expectations, though. Instead...
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Tribe Salaries to be Determined as Arbitration Commences

Earlier this week, Mark Shapiro admitted in an interview with WTAM’s Mike Trivisonno that the Indians have financial restraints holding them back from making too many big moves during this offseason. The statement can hardly be called “news”—the Indians are notorious for having a low payroll and being a small-market team—yet it can serve as a slap in the face to fans who...
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How can Justin Masterson bounce back for the Red Sox?

While Red Sox fans are hoping that Ben Cherington adds another starter to the club’s roster ahead of Spring Training, the team has already done much of the heavy lifting in regards to rebuilding its starting rotation. Sure, Jon Lester is gone, and the idea of throwing loads of money at either Max Scherzer or James Shields is a tempting one. Yet Boston could trot out a starting...
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Red Sox’s Holiday Wish List Includes Healthy Pedroia, Leadoff Stability

The holiday season is much more festive after a World Series win. The Red Sox don’t have much to be thankful for this year after stumbling to a last-place finish in the American League East. A lot went wrong for Boston in 2014, leaving the club with many holiday wishes as it prepares for the 2015 Major League Baseball season. The Red Sox already have been busy this winter. They’ve...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Masterson – Second Time Around

The return of Justin Masterson to the Red Sox via free agency caused little excitement among writers and fans. Once considered a top prospect, he was traded to Cleveland in 09 in a deal involving Victor Rodgriguez. The deal basically failed on both ends- Rodriguez left at the end of that year and Masterson was up-and-down for the Indians. Part of the problem with the hurler   ...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Emergence of an Ace — WFNY’s Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2014: No. 4

If you thought that 2013 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2014 once again proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, homecomings and award winners. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last six years, WFNY will take a look at what we view to be the ten biggest sports stories to...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: December 23, 1978

Victor Martinez is born in Bolivar, Venezuela. The former Cleveland catcher, first baseman, and designated hitter was signed in 1996 as an amateur free agent. He made his debut in 2002 at the age of 23. He spent parts of eight seasons in an Indians uniform, making three All-Star teams and one Silver Slugger Award. Martinez was traded during the 2009 season to the Boston Red Sox in...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Cherington: Red Sox Will Look To Add Catcher, Bullpen Help (Video)

A GM’s work is never done. The Boston Red Sox added three starting pitchers — Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Justin Masterson — at last week’s Major League Baseball winter meetings in San Diego. Ben Cherington has since expressed satisfaction with the acquisitions, but the Red Sox general manager also acknowledged Tuesday the club will keep its eyes open this offseason for additional...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Wednesday Links: For Masterson, pitch selection still a work in progress

Photo credit: Kelly O’Connor There’s a common theme shared by the trio of arms that the Red Sox acquired over a week ago, and it could be Boston’s key to success in the 2015 season. Over the past few years, Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, and Justin Masterson have built up a reputation as ground ball pitchers. The latter of which has proven to be one of the best in the league at...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox appear content with rotation despite lack of true ace

The Boston Red Sox’s rotation could be looked at in one of two ways: They either don’t have a No. 1 starter or they have five pitchers capable of being No. 1 starters.     Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell are subscribing to the latter theory. While no one is going to mistake Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, Rick Porcello, Wade Miley or Justin Masterson...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Despite additions, Red Sox starting rotation still needs an ace

How important is an ace at the top of a starting rotation for a playoff hopeful or contender? The Boston Red Sox could provide some intriguing answers to that question next season. The first impulse is to believe that even the Red Sox believe in the importance of an unquestioned No. 1 starter, based on their attempt to re-sign Jon Lester before the left-hander opted to join the...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Masterson Extension Offer a Lucky Miss One Year Later

There’s an old adage, “some of the best trades are the ones that are never made.” It’s probably even more truer in free agency and the Indians are no better example. Two years ago the Tribe surprised its fan base and much of baseball when it spent an uncharacteristic $112 million on free agents Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Brett Myers and Mark Reynolds. Almost immediately...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Add Pitching

Neil Mehta Sports Journalist  The Red Sox have addressed their biggest need during the Winter Meetings. They were able to acquire Wade Miley, Justin Masterson and Rick Porcello. Clay Buchholtz and Joe Kelly are slated to be the other two Boston starters. Wade Miley The Red Sox traded Ruby De La Rose, Allen Webster and Raymel Flores to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for...
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December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Revamped rotation: Red Sox bring in Porcello, Masterson, Miley

  Just like that, the Boston Red Sox have a starting rotation again. One day after acquiring a pair of starters, the Red Sox picked up a third, rebuilding their starting rotation this offseason almost as quickly as they took it apart during the summer. Hours after trading for Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello on Thursday, Boston signed righty Justin Masterson as a free agent. On...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Masterson Find Form In Boston Return?

At the conclusion of MLB’s Winter Meetings, using the term “busy”  to describe everything that went on would be the understatement of the century. The number of impact transactions have been mind-boggling, as many teams are either pushing to win now or putting themselves in a better financial situation to win in the future. After the acquisition of two big bats at the beginning...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Do The Red Sox Have a Ground Ball Fetish?

The Red Sox have tried to erase the painful feelings of their botched Jon Lester negotiations by completing a flurry of pitcher transactions. While that’s unlikely to fool people who still just want Lester back, the pitchers acquired (or reportedly acquired) — Wade Miley, Rick Porcello and Justin Masterson — all have one thing in […]
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Rotation Reset: Did Boston Improve At MLB Winter Meetings?

This embed is invalid" /> Say what you will about the Boston Red Sox’s starting rotation. The mere fact they now have a starting rotation is a step toward finally solving a once-muddled roster situation. The Red Sox left this week’s Major League Baseball winter meetings in San Diego without Jon Lester. Instead, they reportedly acquired the likes...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox Bolster Pitching Staff

The Boston Red Sox, after an off 2014 season have bolstered their pitching staff today in order to improve their chances of claiming the A.L East crown in 2015. After losing out on former ace Jon Lester to the Chicago Cubs, the Bo-Sox were able to pull the trigger on a couple of deals that brought Rick Porcello and Justin Masterson over. Porcello was acquired from the Detroit...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox, Justin Masterson reunite with one-year deal

Early Wednesday evening, the Boston Red Sox starting rotation consisted of Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly and an array of promising young Major League arms and top prospects. Less than 24 hours later, the club has acquired Wade Miley and Rick Porcello in separate trades, and now they have signed veteran right-hander Justin Masterson to a one-year, $9.5 million deal. The 29-year-old Masterson...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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