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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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7 days ago  |  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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14 days ago  |  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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21 days ago  |  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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23 days ago  |  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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27 days ago  |  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

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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November 26, 2014  |  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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November 24, 2014  |  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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November 24, 2014  |  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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November 22, 2014  |  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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November 22, 2014  |  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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November 22, 2014  |  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
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