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Can Buchholz Finally Get to 30 Starts This Season?

Clay Buchholz has had a pretty good spring and pitched well yesterday except for one bad inning where he gave up a base clearing double to Pedro Ciriaco.  It looks like John Farrell will tap Buchholz to be the opening day starter now that Lester is pitching in the Windy City.  Can Buchholz finally get over the 30 games started barrier that has eluded him his entire career? In his...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Johnson – Another Rookie to Watch

In is Red Sox Notebook column on Monday, Peter Abraham details some injury issues among Red Sox starters. Clay Buchholz- time on DL for 5 consecutive years. Joe Kelly- yet to make more than 17 starts in a major league season. Justin Masterson- injury-plagued 2014. These numbers would seem to make one and possibly two “extra starters” necessary. One of the possibilities would...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Eduardo Rodriguez – A Man to Watch

A few weeks ago, the Red Sox rotation appeared set. However, cracks are beginning to show. In a 14-5 loss on March 15, projected starters Justin Masterson and Wade Miley were hit hard. Masterson was touched for 7 hits and 6 runs in 3 2/3, while Miley surrendered 6 hits and 4 runs in 4 innings. Both Masterson and Miley have 6-plus ERA’s this spring. Joe Kelly’s is over 11...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Garin Cecchini – Let’s Keep Him for Now

Last fall, Red Sox prospect Garin Cecchini had reason to be optimistic. Third base had been an inconsistent positon for the team in 2014, with Will Middlebrooks, Xander Bogearts, and Brock Holt playing there at times. But there was really no regular third-sacker. A Louisiana native, Cecchini comes from a baseball family. His brother Gavin is a promising shortstop in the Mets...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Kalish – Forgotten Prospect

Every year it seems, a young player in Red Sox spring training excites fans and writers. Two years ago it was Jackie Bradley Jr. Last year it was Xander Bogearts. This year-Mookie Betts. But 5 seasons ago, there was a 20-year-old who possibly was better than all of them. Ryan Kalish, born in 1968, had some local roots. Both of his parents came from Dorchester. He was born in...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Trade Victorino? Not So Fast.

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) In is Sunday Baseball column, Nick Cafardo wrote: “Don’t buy that Shane Victorino will be Boston’s right fielder on Opening Day. If he’s healthy, he will draw interest and be traded.” Cafardo went on to say that John Farrell’s statement that Victorino will start in right was done mostly to increase his trade value. Before...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Juan Nieves – Highs and Lows

As the Sox begin spring training, a lot of eyes will be on their pitching staff. The starting group lacks an ace, and the bullpen is rather unsettled, with closer Koji Uehara coming off an injury-plagued year. Those same eyes will be on pitching coach Juan Nieves, who enters his third season on the job. The first two have featured big highs (a Championship in 2013) and big...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Wade Miley’s Role in the Rotation

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Of the five-plus men who should compete for the number one job in the Red Sox rotation, righty Wade Miley, obtained from Arizona in December, is the most intriguing. Only 28 years old, he has shown success at every level of competition, from Rookie Leagues to the majors. Just two years ago, he was considered one of the top hurlers in baseball...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox ready and reloaded for 2015 with Spring Training around the corner

When the idea of contending in 2014 was put to rest, the Boston Red Sox reloaded for 2015, saying goodbye to a few familiar faces. Pending free agents Jon Lester, Jake Peavy and John Lackey were all traded during the season to clear up space for the moves that would most heavily impact 2015. The Red Sox brought in the top two offensive free agents, Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez...
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February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Sox Catching – Improved with Hanigan

(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) The Red Sox catching situation was stable in 2013 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, a regular since 2011, had a career-best .273 average with 14 homers and 65 rbi’s. He had 40 doubles, only the 13th catcher ever to accomplish the feat. Saltalamacchia was backed up by David Ross, a capable sub and favorite of Jon Lester. But in a move that baffled...
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February 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Rick Porcello- Can He Be the Stopper?

Now that the Red Sox appear to have passed on signing James Shields (it has been written that his reputation as a fly-ball pitcher settled the issue), the stopper problem remains. I recently wrote about Joe Kelly, but if you look over career stats, Rick Porcello is a stronger possiblity. A New Jersey native, the 26-year-old righty first attracted notice in his senior year at...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Kelly – In the Mix?

(Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) The Red Sox will apparently go to spring training without a “certified stopper”. Max Scherzer and James Shields would have been hailed as no.1 starters, but Scherzer has gone to the Nats and Shields remains unsigned. It appears, therefore, that the job is up for grabs-perhaps it will go to the hurler who performs the best in Fort Myers...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Rusney Castillo – The Answer in Center?

BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 25: Rusney Castillo #38 of the Boston Red Sox makes a catch in center field in the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Fenway Park on September 25, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Last week I wrote about Xander Bogearts probably feeling as much pressure as any Red Sox player entering spring training...
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Xander Bogearts – Question Marks

(Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) If any Red Sox player feels a lot of pressure heading into spring training, it has to be Xander Bogearts. A year ago, he was projected as one of the most promising infielders in the AL. But after a disastrous 2014 which saw both his hitting and fielding suffer, he is now a question mark. Bogearts’ road to the majors was positive at...
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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Gets the Call From the HOF

Pedro Martinez was elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.  You can watch his reaction to the news in the video below:Your browser does not support iframes.
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Time to Go After Shields

KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 05: James Shields #33 of the Kansas City Royals reacts after a strikeout to end the top of the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) The Red Sox better get moving on a stopper soon, and the...
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January 02, 2015  |  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

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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December 19, 2014  |  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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December 17, 2014  |  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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December 11, 2014  |  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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December 11, 2014  |  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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December 11, 2014  |  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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December 10, 2014  |  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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December 07, 2014  |  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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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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