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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.
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Goodbye to Allen Webster

Along with Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster was the first of the “prospect hurlers” to be dealt away by the Sox. Obtained from the Dodgers in the 2012 megatrade, Webster pitched well at Pawtucket the last two years but was wildly inconsistent at the big league level. Nearly everyone who saw Webster pitch was impressed by his stuff. Signed by LA in 08, the 24-year-old pitched...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Sign Justin Masterson

The Red Sox have signed free agent pitcher and former team member Justin Masterson to a one year $9 million contract.  Masterson will try to bounce back from a rough year last year and prove he can be a member of the starting rotation.
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cespedes Traded To Tigers for Porcello

The Red Sox have traded Yoenis Cespedes and Alex Willson to the Tigers for starting pitcher Rick Porcello.  As in the case of Cespedes, Porcello will be a free agent after the upcoming season.  He went 15-13 with  and ERA of 3.43 last season.
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Trade for Wade Miley

With Lester out of the picture, the Red Sox have a long way to go in rebuilding their rotation.  They tried to get some help by trading for LHP Wade Miley from the DBacks.  Boston shipped Rudy De La Rosa, Wade Miller and a PTBNL to Arizona in exchange for Miley.  Last season Miley went 4 and 12 with an ERA of 4.34
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Lester signs with Cubs

Jon Lester is not coming back through that door. Meh has signed a 6 year $155 million dollar deal with the Cubs.  Theo found a way to convince Lester to be the new face of the franchise in Chicago.
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Miller and Lavarnway Find New Teams

Andrew Miller chased the money and landed a lucrative deal with the Yankees.  He signed for 4 years and $36 million, the biggest deal ever for a non closer reliever. Ryan Lavarnway was claimed off of waivers by the Dodgers.  The Red Sox DFA’d Lavarnway to make room for Sandovol on the roster.
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Lester a Yankee?

The Jon Lester buyers tour continues. The current teams mentioned are the Giants and Braves. One squad lurking is the Yankees, and I wouldn’t count them out. You don’t have to go back to the days of the Bambino to find examples of the Yanks swooping in and signing a Sox hero. In the 70’s they got Sparky Lyle for Danny Cater (horrible trade) and signed Luis Tiant. In the...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Finding a Stopper

Now that the Red Sox have come out guns-blazing in the free-agent market, their pitching situation has changed. No longer must they pin their hopes on youngsters and worry about giving up too much in trades. With Hanley Ramirez in left field (probably) and Pablo Sandoval at third, they should have an offensive revival. Whether or not they keep Yoenis Cespedes, the outfield looks...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Land Sandovol Too

After making some big noise with the signing of Hanley Ramirez, the Red Sox are signing another big free agent.  Pablo Sandovol is joining the Red Sox for 5 years and close to $100 million.   We will have to wait and see what this means for Will Middlebrooks but it is likely he will be involved in a trade before the season starts.
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Hanley is coming back to Boston

After years of wishing for a deal to bring back the former Red Sox, fans are getting what they wanted; Hanley Ramirez is set to rejoin the team.  The deal is said to be for 5 years and $90 million.  The team is also looking to land Lester and Sandovol with the deep pockets they have this offseason.
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Look to Be in the Lead for Sandovol

  You may soon have an email from Yawkey Way Store in your inbox offering you a new Red Sox Panda hat.  Boston seems to be in the lead to land  free agent third baseman, Pablo Sandovol.  The Sox offer is reported to be $95 million for 5 years.  The Padres and Giants are also still in the mix.
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t Blame the Kids

Under the headline “Did the Red Sox lack fire needed to compete?”, Nick Cafardo in his Sunday Baseball column singles out Xander Bogearts and Jackie Bradley Jr. “The lows they experienced didn’t bring any negative emotion,” according to an unnamed player no longer with the team. According to Cafardo, the player stated that the youngsters should have taken their lead from...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

A Sad Day in November

Luis Tiant is getting another chance at the Hall of Fame. The 73-year-old former Red Sox righthander was named to the Golden Era ballot that will be voted on in December. One of the saddest days of my Sox life was November 13, 1978 when I heard on the radio that Luis had signed with the Yankees. It was the ultimate indignity- the most popular Bosox player in decades and their first...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Sox 99 – Final Games

One of the most dramatic performances in postseason history enabled the Red Sox to defeat Cleveland in the fifth and deciding game of the ALDS. Pedro Martinez, who had been sidelined with back pain since game 1, came out of the bullpen to hurl 6 hitless innings as the Sox prevailed, 12-8. Starter Bret Saberhagen had been ineffective, touched for 5 runs in 1-plus frames.The Tribe...
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November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Bring Back Koji

The Red Sox have signed relief pitcher Koji Uehara to a 2-year $18 million dollar contract.  The Sox had exclusive rights to negotiate with him until Tuesday and were able to work out the deal before other teams got in the mix. Koji went from unhittable during 2013 and part of 2014 to an inconsistent reliever in the second half of 2014.  Most of this can be blamed on a lower back...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox 99 – Division Series 2

The Red Sox’ potent bats, so quiet in two losses in Cleveland, exploded at Fenway to tie the series 2-2. The team got another jolt before game 3 when it was announced that Nomar Garciaparra would sit with a sore wrist. But the Sox, behind Ramon Martinez and Derek Lowe, stayed close and put it away with 6 in the seventh for a 9-3 win.  John Valentin, hitless in his first 10 at...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox 99 – Division Series

The Red Sox ended the 99 season as the AL wild card, riding a hot September to finish 94-68. They finished 4 games behind the Yankees and 7 ahead of the Oakland A’s, their top WC challengers. It was the most wins for Boston since 1986. The Sox were paced by two men with tremendous seasons. Pedro Martinez went 23-4, capturing a unanimous Cy Young. He accomplished the pitchers’...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

New Hitting Coach

With the season over, the final Sox offensive stats are in, and they are not good. 634 runs (11th in the AL). 123 homers (12th), a .316 OBP (8th). a .369 slugging percentage (14th). 1337 strikeouts (a club record). a .237 average with runners in scoring position (last in the league). The stats are more baffling when you examine the 2013 totals, including 97 victories and a World...
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October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox 99 – September Hot Streak

The Red Sox continued as one of the hottest teams in baseball as September unfolded. They first took 2 of 3 from Cleveland, owner of the best record in the majors. In a battle of hot-hitting clubs, the Tribe prevailed in the first constest 11-7 before over 43,000 at Jacobs Field. The home squad went up 8-1, but had to hang on as Boston continued to pound the ball. Starter Tim Wakefield...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Shaughnessy- Not Quite Right

As is his style, Dan Shaughnessy had a rant last weekend on the state of the Red Sox. “Nobody’s mad at the local nine, ” he wrote. “After all, they’ve won the World Series three times in 10 years and they won it last year…everybody is happy just to enjoy another day in America’s most beloved ballpark..” “Fenway fans, ” he goes on, “don’t mind paying the...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Young Pitchers – Don’t Judge Yet

How have the Red Sox young hurlers done since THE TRADES? If you go on stats, not very well. Through Saturday, Rubby De La Rosa, Brandon Workman, Anthony Renaudo and Allen Webster have made 49 starts. Their record is 12-23 with a 5.06 ERA and only 6 strikeouts per 9 innings. The latest disappointment is De La Rosa, who has faded badly after a good start. But numbers do not tell...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox 99 – Toward Postseason

The Red Sox made a big leap toward the postseason by taking three from the Yankees in the Stadium behind solid pitching and strong hitting. It was Boston’s first sweep in the Big Apple in 15 years, and started with perhaps Pedro Martinez’ best of many great performances. On September 10 he tossed a one-hitter in a 3-1 win, walking none and fanning a career-high 17. Pedey fanned...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox Season Goes Out With A Whimper in Loss to Yanks

The Red Sox played their last game of 2014 this afternoon before closing the book on a disappointing season.  Before the game started the Sox had a ceremony honoring Derek Jeter and then gave him the gift of having Clay Buchholz not only give up a hit to Jeter, but an RBI hit.  The Sox went down early to the Yankees and were playing behind the whole game.  The Sox went from worst...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox Bat Around Against Tanaka in Easy Win

This weekend seems to be about anything and everything to do with Derek Jeter and his last few days of baseball, however the Sox lineup and Joe Kelly decided to play and win a ballgame anyways.  Tanaka tanked and didn’t even make it out of the 2nd inning and the Sox bats ran away with this one.  Derek Jeter might have gotten a standing ovation during his at bats, but that wasn’t...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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