On the Red Sox’s Core, Youth, Farm System and Parentheses

As we sit on the cusp of spring training and beyond it, the 2016 season, the Red Sox face an interesting roster composition. Of the players projected to be on the team’s 25-man roster when the season begins, 10 are veteran players on multi-year deals with two or more seasons remaining in those contracts. Twelve are players in either the pre-arbitration process or entering their...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Perfect offseason: Mookie Betts has bowled two 300's in two weeks

In case you haven't heard, Mookie Betts is pretty good at bowling.The Boston Red Sox outfielder recently participated in a PBA Tour event, averaging a 196 across nine games -- which is good! But it wasn't good enough to earn a qualify for the next round.Now, though, he may be ready for another shot.Betts took to Instagram two weeks ago, showing the final frame of a perfect 300:Then...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts’ Bowling Game Sharp; Red Sox Outfielder Rolls Perfect 300 (Video)

Look out, PBA. Mookie Betts is coming for you. The Boston Red Sox outfielder held his own recently in the World Series of Bowling, and a recent video on Instagram shows he’s only getting better. #3bills A video posted by Mookie Betts (@mookiebetts) on Feb 2, 2016 at 7:08pm PST That “3 bills” hashtag stands for the perfect score — 300 — Betts accumulated...
6 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...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

From BP: 5 Red Sox Among Top 101 Prospects

Baseball Prospects released it’s Top 101 Prospects of 2016 list today, and while the Red Sox aren’t featured quite as heavily as they have been over the past two years, they still have a very strong showing with five prospects. The promotions of Blake Swihart, Henry Owens, Eduardo Rodriguez, Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, Christian Vazquez, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Matt Barnes...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts Explains Love Of Bowling, Why He Wants To Go Moose Hunting

Pick a sport, any sport, and Mookie Betts does it at 100 percent. It’s fairly well known the Boston Red Sox outfielder has the bowling skills to be a professional, but he doesn’t know exactly why he loves it so much. But that doesn’t stop Betts from practicing during the offseason, which is what he was doing when Rolling Stone interviewed him recently. “I have no idea what...
12 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...
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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...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts: It’s ‘Really Exciting’ Young Core Is Returning (Video)

The Boston Red Sox were able to make significant additions to their roster in the offseason without having to give up any of the young, talented position players from their 2015 Major League roster. That group includes players such as Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts, among others. Betts is really excited the team’s young core remains intact for another season...
17 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...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Rebuilding The Red Sox: Fixing The Roster’s Smallest Holes

Welcome to the mid-point of January. It’s time to put on our heavy coats and gloves, stop griping about 2015’s failures and start focusing on the immense hope offered by 2016. The last time I drove down the Mass Pike past Fenway, my first thought was “boy, Pablo Sandoval was hot garbage last year.” This next time, I’m hoping it will be “boy, Mookie Betts could be an MVP...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Betting on Mookie Betts’ Future

We’ll start with two lists. The first: a list of some of the players Mookie Betts out-WARPed in 2015: 1. Miguel Cabrera 2. Matt Carpenter 3. Anthony Rizzo 4. Nelson Cruz 5. Andrew McCutchen 6. Todd Frazier 7. Edwin Encarnacion 8. Justin Upton 9. Chris Davis 10. Jose Bautista Now, the second list. This one is a list of the players from the first list who are younger than Mookie...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

John Farrell Sheds Light On Chris Young’s Role In Red Sox’s Outfield

One of John Farrell’s biggest tasks for 2016 involves the Boston Red Sox’s outfield. The Red Sox currently have four outfielders — Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rusney Castillo and Chris Young — vying for three starting spots, and that’s before one factors in Brock Holt’s ability to play pretty much everywhere on the diamond. Farrell will need to pick his spots when...
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 Bill James Projections: Mookie Betts

Source 2014: 52 games, .291 BA, .368 OBP, .444 SLG, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 7 SB 2015 projection: 154 games, .321 BA, .405 OBP, .493 SLG, 15 HR, 76 RBI, 40 SB 2015: 145 games, .291 BA, .341 OBP, .479 SLG, 18 HR, 77 RBI, 21 SB 2016 projection: 150 games, .309 BA, .375 OBP, .504 SLG, 20 HR, 85 RBI, 28 SB Though Mookie Betts came in on the low side of most of Bill James’ 2015 projections...
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December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox 2016 Roster Projection: Club Looks Solid After Winter Meetings

The Boston Red Sox’s 2016 roster isn’t etched in stone. But the squad stenciled in sure looks good. Dave Dombrowski quickly and aggressively added necessary pieces this offseason, leaving the Red Sox without any major holes coming out of last week’s Major League Baseball winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn. All that’s left might be some fine-tuning before Opening Day. The...
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts Closes Out Successful Run At PBA World Series Of Bowling

Mookie Betts’ time at the PBA World Series of Bowling is over after a successful run. The Boston Red Sox outfielder had his worst day Friday, but he still bowled an average of 190 in 36 sets over the course of four days. “As far as mechanics in bowling — in hitting, there are different ways to start, but the base of hitting, everybody is pretty much the same,” Betts told...
December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Marlins Official Reveals Huge Red Sox Package Wanted For Jose Fernandez

Wondering why the Boston Red Sox didn’t make a strong push for Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez at this week’s Major League Baseball winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn.? Miami’s asking price might have something to do with it. “We thought we might be able to piece something together with the Red Sox,” a Marlins official told Peter Gammons. “With ERod (Eduardo Rodriguez...
December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the Red Sox Extend Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts?

The Red Sox have done a remarkable job in two respects this off-season. They’ve upgraded the roster, and they’ve done it really fast! That would seem to leave lots of time for other stuff, like extending their young stars. I speak of course of Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts. When he signed, David Price mentioned the Red Sox’s young core of players as one of the aspects that...
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts begins career as professional bowler

In 2015, Mookie Betts played in his first full Major League Baseball season, and it was a pretty good one. In 145 games, he hit .291 with 92 runs scored, 18 home runs, 77 RBI, and 21 stolen bases. Not only is Betts productive on the baseball diamond, he is a decent in the bowling alley as well. Betts is an avid bowler and has been since high school. Now, he’s competing in the...
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December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts thriving as professional bowler at World Series of Bowling

Watch out, Boston Red Sox fans — Mookie Betts is looking like he can stick around the Pro Bowling scene. It comes as no surprise, though, as Betts typically has excelled at everything he’s ever tried. Bowling, though, is a passion. Betts’ average score in high school was a 240, and he had to convince both his bowling and basketball coaches to let him play both sports during...
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox OF Mookie Betts knocked down 224 in pro bowling debut

We've heard of baseball players who are near-scratch golfers and many more who dabble on off days, but this is a new one: Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts is a talented bowler and recently accepted the Professional Bowling Tour's invitation to compete in its World Series of Bowling beginning on Tuesday.The 23-year-old outfielder, who posted a solid 6.0 WAR and slashed .291...
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December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts Rolls Six Straight Strikes At PBA World Series Of Bowling (Videos)

Mookie Betts is a pretty good athlete. The Boston Red Sox outfielder competed in the PBA World Series of Bowling on Tuesday in Reno, Nev., and while he isn’t quite on par with the professionals, he didn’t go unnoticed. The 22-year-old has bowled four perfect 300 games in his life, and one of which came last week while preparing for a charity bowling event. At one point on Tuesday...
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Was the David Price mega-contract the right move?

Dave Dombrowski just made his first big splash in the free agency market as a Boston Red Sox executive and it just so happened to be the biggest splash of all time. On Tuesday, the club signed starting pitcher David Price to the largest pitching contract in the history of the league. Pending a physical, Price will be paid $217 million over the next seven years; terms of the contract...
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Davis Among 10 Free-Agent Position Players Red Sox Could Consider

Things seemed to fall into place for the Boston Red Sox’s lineup at the end of the 2015 season, but that doesn’t mean there’s no work to be done for next year. The Red Sox’s starting position players can hit, and there are a handful of great defenders on the field, but the roster lacks depth and experience to account for possible injuries and other unforeseen circumstances...
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Would You Trade Matt Harvey for Mookie Betts?

Mark Simon of ESPN NY makes the case that Matt Harvey should be traded for Rex Sox’s center fielder Mookie Betts. While Simon understands it’s a move the Mets could end up regretting, he argues that dealing him now might be the best move. – He has three years of team control left, at which point he’s almost surely gone. – He’s likely going to be quite pricey in those...
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November 12, 2015  |  Discuss
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