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Friday, December 19, 2014

Full Count » Source: Red Sox close to deal sending Will Middlebrooks to Padres for Ryan Hanigan

He should have played winter ball.

“€œI want to stay in Boston; I want to play in Boston,”€ Middlebooks said a few weeks ago at David Ortiz‘s charity golf event. “I came up here, and I know it’€™s pretty rare for someone to stay in one place their whole career. I understand that. But I’€™m still going to try. I don’€™t really fit the mix right now. It doesn’€™t seem that there’€™s a place for me now. But it’€™s a long time until April and a lot of things can happen.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2014 at 03:13 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, will middlebrooks

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

AZCentral: Miley’s Preparation Apparently an Issue for DBacks

AZ FO taking a page from the Red Sox playbook?

Miley doesn’t think there is anything wrong with his diet and believes his work ethic is where it needs to be. He admits it wasn’t always that way.

“My first couple of years going into camp, I hunted more than I worked out,” Miley said. “It was kind of a wake up call.”

...

Miley said he didn’t want to go into specifics about his diet but did make a passing reference about not being gluten free. He said he wished the team were more willing to tailor its approach toward individuals rather than having everyone doing the same things.

Also, looks like Boston has cornered the market on pitchers with rib injuries (after jump)...

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: December 17, 2014 at 02:20 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: celiac disease, diamondbacks, diet, red sox

Monday, December 15, 2014

Major League Baseball teams always wonder if they did enough in offseason - Sports - The Boston Globe

As I’ve said a few times, the Red Sox don’t *need* an ace. They want one. Teams with *needs* sometimes do stupid things. I’d rather the Sox show patience and wait for the right deal, even if that deal doesn’t come for a while.

The Red Sox lost out on Jon Lester and Andrew Miller, but traded for Wade Miley and Rick Porcello, and signed Justin Masterson. Good going, but the Red Sox need an ace. They also need a lefthander in the bullpen, a strong setup man. While they bolstered their lineup with Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, did they do enough? Is their bullpen vulnerable?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2014 at 06:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Farrell points to Betts as potential leadoff man | MLB.com

Mookie Betts is a leadoff hitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2014 at 08:26 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Lucchino on Lester: “We failed” | Boston Herald

They really shouldn’t let Larry talk to the press. It’s like listening to a 300-pound lawyer simultaneously giving you legal advice and trying to get you to give her a dollar at a strip club.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2014 at 08:13 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: larry lucchino, red sox

Friday, December 12, 2014

Do The Red Sox Have a Ground Ball Fetish? | FanGraphs Baseball

Fans want what they want RIGHT NOW. A front office which feeds into that does stupid things. I’m glad the Red Sox front office hasn’t bought into that mindset. It leads to bad decisions. Getting Lester (and/or Scherzer or Cole Hamels) at all costs would make the Red Sox a better team in 2015. It also would most probably make it more difficult to sustain success in 2017+.

Certainly neither pitcher carries the cache that Hamels does, but their projections aren’t that much different — in fact, Steamer likes Porcello better than Hamels for 2015. It is possible that the Red Sox and Phillies can still come together on a deal, but the clear preference has been established — take lower ceiling players on in order to make the pieces fit rather than trade a bounty for the one pitcher they need, because that will just create more holes to fill. This makes perfect sense. As I outlined last week for the Boston Globe, the mission now for Ben Cherington and Co. is not to go out and find great players — they’ve already done that. The offense is littered with both proven and potential above-average players. The key now is filling in around them. This current five-man rotation — new recruits Masterson, Miley and Porcello, plus holdovers Kelly and Clay Buchholz — are a good bet to be just what they needed.

Time will tell if the Red Sox have a newfound fascination with ground ball pitchers. They haven’t in the past, but with Sandoval in the fold to go with Dustin Pedroia, the Sox now have two above-average infield defenders locked up for the foreseeable future, that plan may change. But the more likely explanation is that the team is simply trying to fill out the best roster they can, and this year, that means going heavier on position players than starting pitchers.

Edit: Fixed year. :p

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2014 at 08:26 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, sabermetrics

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Red Sox To Sign Justin Masterson

“Our pitchers are so mediocre. And we have so few of them!”

The Red Sox have agreed to sign righty Justin Masterson, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports on Twitter. The deal is for approximately $9MM, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets.

Masterson, 29, fell off significantly last year after a three-year run in which he averaged 205 frames and a 3.86 ERA… In 2014, he scuffled to a 5.88 ERA in 128 2/3 innings last year, striking out 8.1 and walking 4.8 batters per nine while dealing with a variety of shoulder, knee, and back issues. Masterson lost nearly three ticks on his average fastball velocity last year, though he managed to carry a typically stellar 58.2% groundball rate.

The District Attorney Posted: December 11, 2014 at 12:47 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, justin masterson, red sox, transactions

CJ Nitkowski on Twitter: “Told Cespedes to Detroit, Porcello to Boston is done.”

I really like this trade. Porcello is another starter who should benefit from the Red Sox infield defense.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 09:42 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, tigers

With Jon Lester out, Red Sox can stick to their plan | Boston Herald

I am not in the “sky is falling” group of Red Sox fans now that Jon Lester signed with the Cubs. The Red Sox have ample resources to improve their rotation. Although it’s fun to see your team get the splashy, expensive free agent, those moves aren’t always the best moves long term.

General manager Ben Cherington said this week the team has 15 or 20 scenarios it’s considering to fill the two massive holes atop its starting rotation.

No matter where Lester ranked on that list in terms of preference, the Sox had to slot him No. 1 for practical purposes because of the millions of dollars involved. And that forced every other potential deal to the periphery, since they couldn’t effectively budget the rest of the offseason until they knew whether one-eighth of the payroll would be going to one player.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 06:32 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: Red Sox obtain Wade Miley

Good deal for the Red Sox. Webster and De La Rosa have talent but really need to improve their command.

RedSox have agreement in principle for Diamondbacks Wade Miley, sources tell me and Jon Morosi. AZ will get Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa and a minor leaguer.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 09:59 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, red sox, trade, wade miley, winter meetings

What the Jon Lester signing means for him, the Cubs and the Red Sox | HardballTalk

Good stuff from Craig Calcaterra.

So that’s what it all means for Boston, Chicago and Lester. Now, here’s what it means for you and me and everyone who yaks about baseball: we need to relax. One signing does not a pennant win or lose. You’ll see, in the coming days, an awful lot of talk about how “the balance of power” has shifted in the NL Central and the AL East and stuff like that. Don’t believe most of it. It’s in the same vein as the talk that had the 2012 Phillies winning it all and various Marlins and Blue Jays teams winning the offseason in the past couple of years. Which is to say that it’s mostly hot air.

Jon Lester makes the Cubs better. His absence will make the Red Sox worse. But he is, in the beginning and the end, only one man, and able front offices in Boston and Chicago will have a lot more to say about how their teams do than Jon Lester will. Let’s have fun with it all now, but let’s let the baseball season get underway before we declare there to be definitive winners and losers.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 10:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jon lester, red sox, winter meetings

Red Sox discussing Wade Miley trade with Diamondbacks - Over the Monster

I would like this pickup.

The Red Sox need to find someone to top their rotation, and that’s been the major focus of the offseason to this point, but let’s not forget that the middle and back-end of the rotation are also in need of upgrades: the only pitchers on the roster at this moment who probably should be in 2015’s rotation are Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz. The Sox have not forgotten this, as they are in active trade discussions for Diamondbacks’ pitcher Wade Miley, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The Marlins are also discussing Miley with Arizona.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 09:19 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, red sox

Red Sox Proved Incompetent In Losing Jon Lester - Eric Wilbur’s Sports Blog - Boston.com

“Incompetent” and “embarrassment”? This article is a bit harsh and over the top. The Red Sox wanted to retain him *at their price*. Last off-season they clearly didn’t assess him as a stud #1. He went out and had the best year of his career. He’s now getting paid as a true #1. He’s a great guy. He’s also a very good pitcher and pitched great in the playoffs for the Red Sox. He’s not a true #1, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 08:31 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: jon lester, red sox

Jon Lester Saga Tested Red Sox’s Commitment To Organizational Philosophy | Boston Red Sox | NESN.com

Two World Series rings?

The Red Sox’s decision to not go beyond six years and $135 million for Lester wasn’t as much stubborn, frugal and merciless as it was systematic. Boston has been reluctant to dish out long-term contracts to pitchers over 30, and while the Red Sox were willing to making an exception for Lester, there still was a barrier the club was unwilling to cross. Two World Series rings and past success weren’t enough to cloud Boston’s organizational vision.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 06:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, free agency, jon lester, red sox

Full Count » Source: Cubs, Jon Lester agree to six-year, $155 million deal

OK, who is going to higher to get Scherzer? I hope it’s the Yankees.

Almost a year after his proclaimed interest in returning to the Red Sox on a hometown discount, left-hander Jon Lester rejected his former team’s free-agent overtures, and instead chose to make his baseball home in Chicago with the Cubs, according to an industry source.

Lester agreed to a six-year, $155 million deal, the largest average annual value ($25.83 million) ever given to a pitcher on a multi-year deal in free agency. His deal with the Cubs includes a vesting option for a seventh year. The Sox’ final offer, according to another industry source, was for a six-year, $135 million deal with no seventh-year vesting option.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2014 at 06:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, free agents, giants, jon lester, red sox

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Lowballing Lester haunts Sox | Boston Herald

Somebody didn’t get the memo about the White Sox before writing this piece. Chris Sale isn’t going anywhere.

If the Red Sox wind up with one from Column A — Cole Hamels or Max Scherzer or especially Chris Sale — and one or two from Column B — James Shields, Justin Masterson, Rick Porcello, Ian Kennedy, Yovani Gallardo — then the howls that the Sox seemed to be bracing for in anticipation that Lester will choose the Cubs or Giants instead of them will fade quickly to silence.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 08:42 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jon lester, red sox

Once Lester picks team, rest of desired arms will fall into place | FOX Sports

Robothal reports.

Free agents frequently say such things, talking about comfort, happiness, etc. But Lester has similar offers from the Cubs, Giants, Dodgers and Red Sox, according to major-league sources. The question, in the end, will boil down to which team he prefers.
Lester’s offers all are in the six-year, $150 million range, sources said. One team — it is known which one — indicated it would go to the seven-year, $175 million range. But Lester would not necessarily choose that team even at that level, one source said.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 06:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, free agents, giants, jon lester, red sox, winter meetings

Monday, December 08, 2014

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: “Sources: Barring late change, Lester choosing between Cubs and Giants

The Red Sox have nobody to blame but themselves. If some of the other reports are true, Lester might be getting seven years.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2014 at 04:54 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, jon lester, red sox

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Red Sox answer is inside job | Boston Herald

Is it really important whether you develop rather than import an ace? I say no.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Sunday Notes: Winter Dealings and Assorted Tidbits | FanGraphs Baseball

Another interesting column by David Lauria.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chili davis, dustin pedroia, josh donaldson, notes, red sox, rico brogna, tim lincecum

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Full Count » Sources: John Henry makes trip to visit Jon Lester

Last off-season the Red Sox cost themselves either Jon Lester or a lot of money.

According to multiple major league sources, Red Sox principal owner John Henry flew to the Atlanta area Friday to personally visit with free agent pitcher Jon Lester.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 06:21 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, jon lester, red sox

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Anthony Castrovince: 10 bold Winter Meetings predictions

These rumors are all wet.

1. Justin Upton to the Orioles

While their hesitance to go to a fourth guaranteed year for Nelson Cruz is understandable, the immediate fact of the matter is that the reigning home run champ now resides elsewhere. Even with Matt Wieters and Manny Machado getting healthier, and even if you believe that Chris Davis is going to rebound, the O’s have some potential for major offensive regression if they don’t make some moves this winter.

In Upton, the O’s can reel in a corner outfielder who has a history of getting on base roughly 35 percent of the time, and can give you a 30-plus-homer season at Camden Yards. This is the kind of move the O’s need to make to maintain their top spot in an AL East in which the Red Sox and Blue Jays are obviously both dramatically improved.

Here’s the rub: The Braves, who appear more certain than ever to move Upton now that they’ve signed Nick Markakis, are looking for young, controllable arms in their bid to build a contender for 2017. There was a time when a top-tier pitching prospect such as Dylan Bundy would have netted far more years of contractual control than Upton, a pending free agent, provides. But in this starting-saturated market - and with Bundy re-establishing himself following Tommy John surgery - I’m not so sure that’s the case. Would the O’s be willing to part with Bundy’s long-term potential for some short-term thump? Hard to say, but their free-agent options have thinned in a hurry.


Full Count » Sources: Dodgers have serious interest in Jon Lester, poised for potential late negotiating push

One industry source was under the impression that the Dodgers had already entered the bidding with an offer to Lester, while another characterized the Dodgers as poised to play a role similar to the one made by the Yankees in December 2008, when New York swooped in late to sign Mark Teixeira away from other interested bidders with a high bid of eight years and $180 million. A third noted of the Dodgers’ potential interest that Lester, “could help any team looking to win championships,” the unquestioned bar for a Los Angeles team that is after its first title since 1988.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2014 at 10:58 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, free agents, giants, jon lester, red sox, yankees

Monday, December 01, 2014

Jim Bowden: Potential winter meetings trades (PAY)

BODES

Seattle Mariners | Los Angeles Dodgers | Milwaukee Brewers

Dodgers acquire: James Paxton from Seattle; Jean Segura from Milwaukee

The Dodgers have a lot of outfield depth and are looking to build with younger players as they seek a World Series title in the near future. Not an easy formula to make transactions. Matt Kemp has five years and $107 million remaining on his contract, and although I think it would be a mistake to trade him, the fact is that the Dodgers are listening to offers. The Mariners could offer them one of the best young left-handed starters in the game in Paxton to put in their rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. If they could pick up Segura in a three-way deal with the Brewers, they would have their stopgap shortstop until top prospect Corey Seager is ready for the majors (or is moved to third base). Segura, 24, had a down year, but should return close to his 2013 form, when he hit .294 with 12 home runs and 44 stolen bases. The Dodgers would still have Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier in their outfield.

Mariners acquire: Ryan Braun from Milwaukee

If the Mariners want to win the AL West next year, they have to acquire a big right-handed hitter to hit between Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager in their lineup, and Braun would be the perfect fit. GM Jack Zduriencik’s claim to fame when he was with the Brewers was his drafting of Braun, and he’d love to get reunited with him in Seattle. The Mariners have Chris Taylor—who could take over shortstop for Brad Miller, who would go to Milwaukee in this potential deal—and would still have a strong starting rotation with Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias, even if they traded Paxton. Of course, they would have to probably sign a midlevel free agent like Brandon McCarthy or Kyle Kendrick after a trade like this.

Brewers acquire: Matt Kemp from Los Angeles; Miller from Seattle

The Brewers had to be concerned with Braun’s loss of power during the past couple of years. Granted, it’s probably because of the numbness in his right thumb that they now think has completely healed. However, after watching Kemp the last two months of the season, there is no doubt that he would be an upgrade over Braun, and while they may lose some in the swap of shortstops, it would be worth it to have less risk with Kemp than Braun. In addition, the deal would send a wake-up call and be a clubhouse chemistry change to a team that collapsed in September.


Sunday, November 30, 2014


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