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Sox Have Two Of MLB.com's Top 20 Prospects

The Red Sox have two players listed in the top twenty of  MLB.com's Top 100 2015 prospects. Blake Swihart (C) comes in at #18, while Henry Owens (LHP) comes in right behind at #19. The Red Sox also netted Eduardo Rodriguez (LHP) at #89, Rafael Devers (3B) at #96 and Manuel Margot (OF) at #99.
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Feds Clear Moncada To Sign With Any Club

(ObstructedView.Net Photo)The US Government has cleared Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada to sign with any MLB team. The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) says Moncada may now be "generally licensed as an unblocked national". The Red Sox and several other clubs have held private workouts with Moncada—who is expected to benefit from a bidding war...
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Panda Invites 'The Boston Shoveler' To Opener

After the worst blizzard since the epic 1978 maelstrom, somebody went to the iconic Boston Marathon finish line and shoveled it out. At first, nobody—not even the Boston Police—knew who carried out the noble gesture. Then, it was revealed that Chris Laudani—a bartender near the finish line—was The Boston Shoveler. The 25-year old Laudani has run the Marathon five times and...
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Red Sox Willing To Part With Reliever Mujica

(Boston Herlad Photo)After making a flurry of recent bullpen moves, the Red Sox appear to be ready to jettison one reliever from 2014. According to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, Boston is making Edward Mujica (and his $4.75 million contract) available to teams via trade. Having recently added Alexi Ogando, Robbie Ross, Felipe Paulino, Edwin Escobar and Anthony Varvaro to the 'pen...
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Red Sox Sign Alexi Ogando To One-Year Deal

In a bold move with tremendous upside, the Red Sox have signed former Texas reliever Alexi Ogando to a one-year contract—pending a physical. FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reported the deal, which further bolsters the Boston bullpen. As we have said before, claiming the 6'4" Dominican is a good risk—given a tremendous track record earlier in his career. In his rookie season, Ogando posted...
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Mike Napoli Ranked 8th Best MLB First Baseman

MLB Network has ranked Red Sox first-sacker Mike Napoli as the eighth-best first baseman in baseball. As the chart shows, Napoli finished just behind former Red Sox prospect Anthony Rizzo and just ahead of former Boston first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The network ranked Detroit's Miguel Cabrera as the top player at the position, followed by Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt and White Sox...
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Nava And Red Sox Agree On One-Year Deal

Daniel Nava and the Red Sox avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.85 million contract. The 31-year old fan favorite will be part of an extremely competitive outfield mix—even of a few are traded off in the near future. Along with Nava, Hanley Ramirez, Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts, Shane Victorino, Allen Craig, and Jackie Bradley, Jr. will all vie for playing time...
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ESPN Rates Sox Farm System As Fifth Best

ESPN has named the Red Sox minor league system as the fifth best in the major leagues. Topping the list was Theo Epstein's Chicago Cubs system, followed by the farm systems of the Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros, New York Mets and Red Sox. Other teams in Boston's division ranked as follows: Toronto #19, The Evil Empire #20, Baltimore #22 and Tampa Bay #23. So far, Ben Cherington...
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MLB Scout: What Tom Brady Could Have Been

Backstop BradyNo matter what happens on Sunday, Tom Brady is a lock for enshrinement in Canton, Ohio. If things had gone a little differently, he might have been a lock for enshrinement in Cooperstown, NY as well. After all, he graduated from the same California High School as Barry Bonds—um.....never mind. Montreal Expos scout John Hughes helped snag Brady in the 18th round of...
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Sox Place Five In ESPN's Top 100 Prospects

ESPN.com's Keith Law has announced his Top 100 Prospects and five players in the Red Sox organization made the list. Not surprisingly, catcher Blake Swihart (generally regarded as the best backstop prospect in all of baseball) was the most highly ranked—at #10 on Law's list. Next up—at #20—was 6'6" LHP Henry Owens. Another left-hander—Eduardo Rodriguez (acquired in the Andrew...
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Better Sox Catchers Could Help Robbie Ross

(USAToday Sports)Jeff Sullivan of the authoritative FanGraphs.com makes an interesting case that new Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross could be significantly helped by a better catching corps in Boston. Based on Sullivan's analysis, Ross—who started a lot for the Ranger last year— suffered disproportionately from strike zone-related issues. Specifically, as a starter, Ross had the...
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Xander: 'Strongest Ever Going Into A Season'

Xander BogaertsRed Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is feeling pretty good this off-season—in fact, the best he's ever felt going into a season. Said the 22-year old, "This is probably the strongest I've ever felt going into a season -- and by far. I'm definitely real excited for the season." This is music to every Sox fan's ears. After a disappointing first full season in The Show...
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Red Sox May Be Eyeing Korean First Baseman

Multiple reports out of The Republic Of Korea indicate that the Red Sox (and possibly the Oakland Athletics as well) are interested in signing 28-year old first baseman Park Byung-ho. Park is a two-time Korean Baseball Organization MVP—hitting 52 HRs in 2014. Park is eligible to be "posted" to MLB teams for 2015—and has signed with a a US agent. Boston may be looking down the...
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Yoan Moncada Free-For-All Set to Begin Soon

When the Obama Administration relaxed relations with The Castro Family Prison Island, we all joked that at least it might make it easier to sign Cuban ballplayers. Now, word comes that—in fact—the new rules may allow super-prospect Yoan Moncada to become a free-agent very soon. Earlier, most pundits assumed teams would have to wait until June to go after the 19-year old switch...
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Red Sox Trade Anthony Ranaudo For Reliever

The Red Sox traded one of their young pitchers to further bolster their bullpen. Anthony Ranaudo was sent to the Texas Rangers in exchange for relief pitcher Robbie Ross. Ross had a miserable 2014 (6.20 ERA, 103 hits in 78.1 innings), but was pretty good in both 2013 (3.03) and 2012 (2.22). So, Boston has added yet another lefty to the 'pen, seemingly setting up a Spring Training...
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Joe Kelly Thinks Allen Craig Will Be "Awesome"

Kelly (L); Craig (R)Joe Kelly—fresh off predicting he'll win the 2015 AL Cy Young Award—is forecasting great things for his old Cardinal teammate Allen Craig. Kelly points to the years when Craig was the best hitter on the St. Louis squad, "We had Matt Hollidays, we had Lance Berkmans. But check out any playoff games, any stats, the guy was our best player, 100 percent." And...
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Ex-Sox Pitcher Bill Monbouquette Passes Away

As a kid growing up in Somerville, Mass., it was quite a thing to have a real Red Sox player living in Medford, Mass.—the next town over. Bill Monbouquette, who died on Sunday at the age of 78, was just such a player—in fact he was born in Medford. "Monbo" (as he was affectionately called by fans) tossed a no-hitter in 1962 and toiled for The Carmine Hose for eight years before...
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Evil Empire Brass Reject A-Rod's Mea Culpa

This kind of sounds like the Klingons refusing a sit-down with the Siths. According to The New York Daily News, the Yankee brass have refused a meeting with Alex Rodriguez—meant to convey an apology by The Fraudulent One for the Biogenesis fiasco. The rejection from The Steinbrenner Brood came with the following greeting, "We’ll see you in spring training." Of course, The Bronx...
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Pedroia: 'I Plan On Playing 162 Games' In 2015

The Muddy Chicken is back. Dustin Pedroia—fully healed from a raft of nagging injuries—is champing at the bit to play every game of the 2015 season. Appearing at the Red Sox Winter Weekend extravaganza at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, The Laser Show stated,  "I'm back. My body is back. I feel strong. I'm lifting everything...I’m here to win games. I’m not going to talk...
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Kevin Youkilis To Open California Brew Pub

Former Red Sox fan favorite Kevin Youkilis will open a brew pub in California with his brother Scott—who runs the Hog & Rocks ham and oyster bar in San Francisco. The brothers will open the brew pub at the site of the Los Gatos Brewing Company. The new pub will feature "easy California comfort meals with a twist" using "fresh, seasonal ingredients". Kind of fitting, actually...
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Sox Owner Henry Supports Pitch Clock In MLB

Red Sox principal owner John Henry believes a 30-second pitch clock will migrate from the AA and AAA levels (where it will be in force this season) to the major leagues "in a couple of years"—and he likes it. Curiously, though, Henry says he is not concerned with the length of games, just the pace. While there is a subtle difference, they are clearly connected. Here's his puzzling...
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'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks Passes Away At Age 83

Ernie Banks (1931-2015)When I began following baseball as a young kid in the halcyon days of the late1950s, there were a few players who stood out as special. There was, of course, our hometown hero Ted Williams—but also Wille Mays, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Ernie Banks. I took a particular liking to Banks, since we shared an unusual first name—and he was so much more interesting...
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Boston's $26.5 Million Allen Craig Conundrum

(AP Photo—Winslow Townson)Over the next three years, IF/OF/DH/3B Allen Craig is owed a whopping $26.5 million. That's a lot of dough for an underachieving bench player. But the Red Sox have a problem trying to move the 30-year old and free up a bit of the log-jam in the outfield. You see, Craig used to be a really good ballplayer. In his five years as a St. Louis Cardinal, Craig...
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Brock Holt Free Of Concussion Symptoms

(AP Photo)After one of the most amazing rookie seasons in Red Sox history, Brock Holt was forced to miss the final 21 games of 2014 due to concussion concerns. After being given a clean bill of health last October, he has been monitored by medical staff ever since. The good news is that doctors are "really happy" with his progress and the 26-year old is on track for a 'super-utility...
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