Red Sox look to improve behind the plate in 2015

The 2015 Red Sox roster shapes up to be very different from the roster that opened the season in 2014.  With just over a month until pitchers and catchers report for spring training in Ft. Myers we took a look at the  current Red Sox roster position by position compared t0 2014.  We will start our breakdown by looking at the catching position. Opening Day Catchers 2014 – A.J...
Via Beantown Banter
8 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Season Review: LHP David Holmberg

After being named the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 7th best prospect by Baseball America, upon the conclusion of the 2013 season, David Holmberg was acquired by the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Ryan Hanigan. With the Reds’ rotation set in 2014, the club assigned the young lefty to AAA Louisville to begin the season. Although Holmberg began the year on the active roster, it was clear...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays newcomer spotlight: Catcher Rene Rivera

Soon, winter will give way to spring. Soon, the Tampa Bay Rays will begin again as something new. Their offseason has been full of change. There have been the departures of executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and manager Joe Maddon. There has been Matt Silverman's move from team president to president of baseball operations. There has been Kevin Cash's...
Via Fox Sports Florida
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Deal Away Dan Bulter To Nationals

 (Joy R. Absalon/MiLB.com)Taking advantage of their "deep depth" at the catching position, the Red Sox traded Dan Butler to the Washington Nationals for pitcher Danny Rosenbaum. With Andover High School grad Ryan Hanigan, and prospects Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart ready to handle catching duties, Butler became expendable. The 27-year old Rosenbaum—a lefty—has pitched...
Via FenwayNation
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays banking on big returns from prospects gained in recent trades

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Silverman has remade the Tampa Bay Rays this offseason in ways almost no one expected. Change is a reality of winter life within each franchise, from Seattle to Miami and all points in between, but there's a young and different feel to how the new president of baseball operations has conducted business. Silverman has gone far beyond making minor adjustments...
Via Fox Sports Florida
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Trade Dan Butler To Nationals In Exchange For Danny Rosenbaum

This embed is invalid" /> Boston and Washington have swapped Dans. The Red Sox traded catcher Dan Butler to the Nationals on Wednesday in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Danny Rosenbaum. Butler was designated for assignment last week to make room for reliever Craig Breslow on Boston’s 40-man roster. Butler made his major league debut...
Via NESN.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

When Pitch Framing Travels

You might have noticed that a lot of catchers have been on the move this winter, and you wouldn’t be mistaken if you thought that every single one went through San Diego at some point. (The Padres traded Yasmani Grandal to the Dodgers and Rene Rivera to the Rays, briefly had Ryan Hanigan before sending […]
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Butler Optimistic After Being Designated For Assignment By Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> The Boston Red Sox designated catcher Dan Butler for assignment this week to make room on the 40-man roster for reliever Craig Breslow. The 28-year-old backstop hardly sounds discouraged. Butler, who made his major league debut last season at age 27, realizes the Red Sox’s decision actually could be a blessing in disguise...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Hanigan, A Massachusetts Native, ‘Pumped’ To Join Boston Red Sox

This embed is invalid" /> Ryan Hanigan’s holiday season is full of cheer. Hanigan, a native of Andover, Mass., grew up a huge Red Sox fan, even maintaining some fandom in 2004 as Boston won its first World Series in 86 years while the catcher made his way through the Cincinnati Reds system. The 34-year-old couldn’t help but be excited over the...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington: Will Middlebrooks Will Find Way To Flourish

This embed is invalid" /> Ben Cherington will be keeping tabs on Will Middlebrooks from afar. The Boston Red Sox traded Middlebrooks to the San Diego Padres over the weekend in exchange for catcher Ryan Hanigan. The deal comes on the heels of back-to-back disappointing seasons for Middlebrooks, though Boston’s willingness to trade the 26-year-old...
Via NESN.com
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

What Ryan Hanigan Learned from David Ross

Ryan Hanigan, the Boston Red Sox’s newly acquired back-up catcher learned the ropes from the man he is replacing, David Ross.  Ryan Hanigan was under the tutelage of David Ross while with the Cincinnati Reds, learning the art of framing from one the league’s best. The art of pitch framing has peaked over the past […]
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Tuesday Links: Checking in on AL East rivals; Baltimore Orioles edition

It’s been a pretty quiet offseason for the defending American League East champions so far this winter. The Baltimore Orioles, who finished the 2014 season with a 96-66 record, have done more subtracting than adding, as the team has watched Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis find new homes. After signing a one year contract last winter, Cruz enjoyed a 40 home run season in 2014 and...
Via Fire Brand AL
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Christian Vazquez Tearing It Up In Winter Ball

(USAToday Sports)Christian Vazquez—the likely starting catcher for the 2015 Red Sox—has been doing some serious offensive damage in the Puerto Rican Winter League. So far, the backstop is hitting .294—with a .371 OBP. The 24-year old is known for his defensive skills (particularly his 'gun' of an arm), so if he starts to hit consistently, it's offensive gravy. Boston signed...
Via FenwayNation
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pride Of Andover High School Back Home Again

Andover High SchoolRyan Hanigan graduated from Andover High School in 1999 (where he was an Eastern Mass. All-Star). After college, his MLB career took him to far-flung locations like Cincinnati and Tampa Bay. Now, he's coming home to play for the team he rooted for as a kid. Said Hanigan, "...I grew up watching the Red Sox so you can't not do that around here. It's the team. We...
Via FenwayNation
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox, Padres Swap Will Middlebrooks, Ryan Hanigan – Analysis

Formerly considered a likely long-term fixture at third base for the Boston Red Sox, Will Middlebrooks is getting a much-needed fresh start with a new club for which he has a chance to fill the hot corner role in 2015. On Thursday, the Red Sox traded the 26-year-old Middlebrooks to San Diego for veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan. The teams agreed on the deal’s framework early in the...
Via Baseball News Source
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Trade Will Middlebrooks To Padres

The San Diego Padres have acquired third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for catcher Ryan Hanigan, according to Pete Abraham. #RedSox announce the Middlebrooks-Hanigan trade is official. Straight up. — Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) December 20, 2014 Hanigan was just acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays along with Wil Myers earlier in the week. Jeff Passan...
Via Baseball Essential
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres acquire Will Middlebrooks in trade, Ryan Hanigan headed to Red Sox

getty images The Padres continued adding to their offense on Friday picking up infielder WIll Middlebrooks. Middlebrooks, 26, was once a top prospect of the Red Sox but he has clearly fallen out of flavor in Boston after hititng just .191/.256/.265 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 63 games last season. The Red Sox signed Pablo Sandoval early this offseason which meant that Middlebrooks...
Via Tireball.com
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Trade Will Middlebrooks To Padres For Catcher Ryan Hanigan

This embed is invalid" /> Two of this offseason’s busiest teams crossed paths Friday. The Red Sox and Padres confirmed a trade that sends catcher Ryan Hanigan to Boston and third baseman Will Middlebrooks to San Diego. A source told Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan of the deal earlier in the day. WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, who heard the same thing from...
Via NESN.com
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Middlebrooks Traded to Padres

The Red Sox have traded third baseman Will Middlebrooks to the San Diego Padres for catcher Ryan Hanigan.  Middlebrooks became a trade chip once the Red Sox signed Pablo Sandovol to play third base. It is great to see a graduate of Rollins College join the Red Sox, since I am also an alumni of the school.
Via Fenway West
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Friday Links: Checking in on AL East rivals; Toronto Blue Jays edition

By now I imagine that we’re all pretty well versed in acquisitions that the Boston Red Sox have made so far this offseason, but they’re not the only team that has been busy in the American League East. The Toronto Blue Jays, who finished third in the division standings last season, added some thump to the middle of their order with additions on both the free agent market and...
Via Fire Brand AL
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

AP source: Padres to obtain Middlebrooks from Red Sox

SAN DIEGO (AP) Two people with knowledge of the deal say the San Diego Padres have agreed to obtain third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan. The people spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the trade hasn't been announced. The deal is pending medical approvals. Hanigan was obtained earlier from Tampa Bay...
Via AP on Fox
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Red Sox, Padres Nearing Will Middlebrooks-Ryan Hanigan Trade

This embed is invalid" /> Two of this offseason’s busiest teams are about to cross paths. The Red Sox and Padres are nearing a trade that would send catcher Ryan Hanigan to Boston and third baseman Will Middlebrooks to San Diego, a source told Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan. WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, who is hearing the same thing from a major league...
Via NESN.com
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Other Shoe Drops—Padres Sign David Ross

Literally minutes after a reported trade of catcher (and Andover High School alum) Ryan Hanigan to Boston, the San Diego Padres scooped up former Red Sox backstop David Ross. In 2014—until the late-season emergence of Christan Vazquez—Ross was part of one of the worst Boston catching tandems in history with A.J. Pierzynski. However, Ross will always be remembered as catching...
Via FenwayNation
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Source: David Ross Signs with the San Diego Padres

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, David Ross formerly of the Boston Red Sox has signed with the San Diego Padres. The Boston Red Sox trading for Ryan Hanigan now makes sense since they were out of the running for his services. david ross is signing with padres — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 19, […]
Via Infield Single
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Andover High’s Ryan Hanigan heading to Boston in Middlebrooks deal

Ryan Hanigan has been dealt twice in the same day. (Photo/Getty Images)It has been an up and down road for Will Middlebrooks over the past few seasons and today is just another chapter in his career. The third baseman is heading west to the San Diego Padres. The Boston Red Sox will get catcher Ryan Hanigan in exchange for Middlebrooks. The move makes sense for both teams and players...
Via Mill City Sports
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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