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Friday, December 09, 2016

GM banter doesn’t reveal true state of Yankees-Red Sox | New York Post

Dave Dombrowski needs a trash-talking tutorial.

In the bottleneck on the way into the room Thursday morning, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski spotted Yankees counterpart Brian Cashman. It had been less than 12 hours since word circulated the Yankees had agreed with Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million deal — a record for a reliever — and two days since Cashman had referred to the Red Sox as baseball’s Golden State Warriors with Chris Sale joining an already starry roster.

Dombrowski wrapped an arm around his longtime friend and rival and pronounced, “The monster is back.”

While a terrific line, it was not exactly true. After being the only team not to sign a major league free agent last offseason and being a seller at this past season’s trade deadline, the Yankees returned to more familiar territory to win the bidding. The Yankees figured the surprise pursuit of the Marlins, who offered $1 million more but in a different structure, forced them to pay perhaps $10 million to $15 million more on Chapman.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Pablo Sandoval got ‘complacent’ with big Red Sox deal

First “best shape of his life” story of the off-season?

In a joint English-Spanish interview with ESPN.com and ESPN Deportes, Sandoval said he got “complacent” after signing a five-year, $95 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in November 2014 and pledged to “start my baseball career all over again” now that he is fully recovered from left shoulder surgery.

“My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished,” Sandoval said by phone in his first public comments since August. “I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be.”...

Over the past few months, Sandoval has shed “significant” weight, according to Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. Neither the team nor Sandoval has divulged specifics, but after principal owner John Henry’s widely derided comment this past spring that Sandoval’s body fat was only 17 percent, the exact number is almost beside the point with two months left before spring training.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2016 at 01:21 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Red Sox pitch framing could help Chris Sale | MLB.com

Great stuff from Mike Petriello.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 08:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox, statcast

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Red Sox Reportedly Agree To Deal With Mitch Moreland « CBS Boston

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox are signing Mitch Moreland on one-year deal, pending physical.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 06:16 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, mitch moreland, red sox

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: Sale to #RedSox. Moncada,  Kopech and two other prospects to #WhiteSox.

I will update this when more info becomes available.

UPDATE 6:12 PM:

The Red Sox will also send highly touted pitching prospect Michael Kopech, outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe and right-hander Victor Diaz to Chicago. Moncada is the top-ranked prospect in the game, according to MLBPipeline.com. The deal marks the first time in at least 25 years that baseball’s No. 1 prospect has been traded, based on the rankings done by MLB Pipeline and Baseball America.ine and Baseball America.

UPDATE 2:56 PM:

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 06:12 PM | 141 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, trades, white sox

Red Sox trade Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon to Brewers for Tyler Thornburg - Over the Monster

I’m not up on Pennington but this seems like a decent haul for a reliever. Neither Shaw or Dubon are great but they are decent players.

The Red Sox have traded Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon, and Josh Pennington to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for reliever Tyler Thornburg.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, red sox, trades

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Red Sox have chance to fill roster holes at Winter Meetings

The Red Sox could do just about anything.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, winter meetings

Nick Cafardo: Here are some scenarios that could develop at baseball’s Winter Meetings

Nick Cafardo takes on the Winter Meetings.

1. You could easily see the Red Sox and White Sox or Red Sox and Tigers hooking up on a megadeal. The Red Sox could easily pull off a Chris Sale-Jose Abreu trade if they’re willing to give up Andrew Benintendi or Yoan Moncada, as well as Jackie Bradley Jr., Eduardo Rodriguez, and Blake Swihart. They could pull off a Miguel Cabrera-Justin Verlander deal with the Tigers if they were willing to include the above players or add Michael Kopech. Why do it if you’re the Red Sox? They want to win now. Cabrera will always hit. Abreu is a proven 30-100 hitter. Sale is a tough-as-nails, 27-year-old lefthander. Verlander gives you performance and intestinal fortitude. You keep Moncada or Benintendi to play left field. You already have a young core with Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts, and you have Rafael Devers about two years away, if that, at third base. The White Sox also match up with the Nationals, Dodgers, Rangers, and Astros for Sale.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, winter meetings

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Boston - Baseball Prospectus: COULD CHRIS CARTER SERVE AS A PLACEHOLDER DH?

No thank you.

I fear I’m belaboring the point here, so let’s cut to it. Carter’s bat has value, and with their DH position wide open, the Red Sox are in a unique position to extract it. But what Carter also brings to the proverbial table is flexibility. The Red Sox don’t want to commit $100 million and five years to Encarnacion, they don’t want to sacrifice a draft pick to sign him or Bautista, and they don’t want to give a 40-year-old Beltran a multi-year contract. They have some money to spend but they want to reserve most of it for their young stars, and maybe for a splash on the 2018 free agent market. The Red Sox want a good hitter at DH, but most of all what the Red Sox want from their DH in 2017 is value. Carter offers value. He won’t cost much money, likely not more than the Brewers would have paid him in arbitration or they would have traded him. He won’t command a multi-year deal like the bigger names on the free agent market. He won’t cost them a draft pick, and acquiring him won’t require them to deal anything substantial from their dwindling reserves of minor league talent.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: chris carter, red sox

Monday, November 28, 2016

Swydan: Job Posting: Boston Red Sox Baseball Operations Analyst

Location: Boston

Description:
The Boston Red Sox are seeking an Analyst for the team’s Pitching Development and Baseball Research & Development groups. The role will focus primarily on using an analytical approach to evaluate pitcher performance and provide support to development staff in the field. The analyst will work closely with VP, Pitching Development and the R&D team to develop methods to improve the effective understanding and application of pitch tracking data throughout Baseball Operations.

The position reports to VP, Pitching Development and VP, Baseball Research & Development, and candidates are expected to start in January, 2017.

Sounds great! Except…

Ability to work evening, weekend, and holiday hours is a must.

Also, pillow and blanket not included.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: November 28, 2016 at 02:12 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analysts, analytics, job posting, pitching, red sox

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Approaching 70, Bill Lee remains the ‘Spaceman’

Bill Lee, baseball character.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 27, 2016 at 10:08 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: bill lee, expos, red sox

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Giants have considered trading for Pablo Sandoval | Boston Herald

I don’t really see the point of just dumping him. He’s not star but he’s a serviceable, usable player when healthy and in decent shape. Bring him in, try to rebuild some of his value and *then* trade him if Moncada or Devers is ready.

At least internally, the Giants have considered a reunion with third baseman Pablo Sandoval, a baseball source told the Herald.

How motivated the Red Sox should be to trade Sandoval depends on two other questions: how well do they believe the third baseman can control his eating, and how much of the $58 million he’s guaranteed through 2019 (including a 2020 buyout) should they be willing to eat?
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“Would guess Dave Dombrowski would be happy to pay a bunch (of Sandoval’s salary) to save a bunch,” one scout said. “Not his guy. Moncada/(Rafael) Devers close to viable options.”

Another source wasn’t a fan of the conservative wait-for-higher-value approach, and thinks there are better choices available right now.

“I don’t think it is a value-enhancement exercise,” they said. “Clearing money, signing one of the (free agents Luis) Valbuena or (Justin) Turner is a better outcome. Too many teams play roulette with value. … I would move him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2016 at 09:22 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Friday, November 25, 2016

Boston Globe: Boo Ferriss, 94; helped lead Sox to 1946 pennant

Dave “Boo” Ferriss, the Red Sox righthander who as staff ace helped pitch the team to the American League pennant in 1946, then saw his career cut short by a shoulder injury, died Thursday at his home in Cleveland, Miss. He was 94.

Betts, Bogaerts, and D Price(GGC) Posted: November 25, 2016 at 09:31 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: history, obituaries, red sox

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanks For The Memories Boston

Those are the things I am going to remember. In 50 years, when people say the name David Ortiz, I don’t care if people know my numbers. It would be great to be remembered as a Hall of Famer, but let me tell you what I really care about.…

I hope people remember me as a guy who brought people together and brought a lot of fun to the game.

This game is supposed to be fun, right?

I remember when I first came to this country, I noticed that in America, people only hug when bad things happen. When there’s a disaster, or a bombing, or a tragedy, you hug.

In Latin America, you hug whenever anything happens.

So when I started playing in the big leagues, it seemed like everybody in baseball was very selfish. That was the culture. Most guys wanted to do things on their own. People said they were being “serious,” but really they were just being cold.

Where I’m from, when something good happens on a baseball field, you hug.

####, when something bad happens, you hug.

When I got to the Red Sox, I started giving my teammates big bear hugs when they hit a home run. Nobody really used to do that. At first, the media thought it was funny. They called us “the Idiots.” Back then, if a guy hit a home run, everybody high-fived and then sat down and ate f*****g sunflower seeds. That’s what being a professional was all about.

If I accomplished one thing in this game, I hope I ended that stupid mindset. I hope I brought people together.

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: November 23, 2016 at 02:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: big papi, pedro, red sox


Pablo Sandoval expected to get the first shot at third

Why wouldn’t he?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Pleskoff Scouting Report - Yoan Moncada

All about Moncada.

CONCLUSIONS
I totally believe Yoan Moncada will realize his offensive upside. He has the tools and the physicality to bust open a ball game with one swing of the bat.

I believe his defense will continue to improve, and it remains possible a full-time defensive position will be determined. However, the Red Sox have the luxury of using Moncada as a designated hitter. With the departure of David Ortiz, Moncada could slip nicely into that role. It may not happen when the team breaks camp in April, but it isn’t a pipe dream to consider Moncada could be an awesome designated hitter for years to come. That scenario will come into play only if he doesn’t pan out with a defensive position.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2016 at 03:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, scouting reports, yoan moncada

Friday, November 18, 2016

Drellich: Red Sox, Yankees may battle over Carlos Beltran | Boston Herald

There’s no question the Red Sox want Carlos Beltran as a replacement for David Ortiz. One baseball source called him a “top priority,” another tempered that description, noting the Sox want to see how the market develops.

Either way, there’s mutual interest, but there’s no shortage of patience on either side.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, free agents, red sox, yankees

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sox prospect Michael Kopech believes controversies are behind him

The next big thing in Boston?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 09:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: michael kopech, red sox

Full Count » Source: Red Sox among most aggressive in pursuit of Greg Holland

I see Holland as a great fit for the Red Sox (and a lot of other teams). He’ll get paid but he won’t be getting anything close to $20 million a year.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, greg holland, red sox

Monday, November 14, 2016

OTP 14 November 2016: Curt Schilling Mocks Matt Damon

Curt Schilling was giddy following the news of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election.

The former Red Sox pitcher and possible future Senate candidate chatted with TMZ Sports on Wednesday to express his joy over the results and to mock Hollywood stars who supported Hillary Clinton. In particular, Schilling singled out Matt Damon, saying that he and other celebrity supporters should “go away” now that America has decided it’s next president.

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments, including express or implied support for the Boston Red Sox, are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

BDC Posted: November 14, 2016 at 04:45 PM | 1616 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, red sox

For Red Sox, extending young stars now could prove fruitful down the road

I’d rather have the Sox spend money locking up their young core than pick up a pricey new DH.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Boston Red Sox hope to replace David Ortiz with current player or short-term signing

I endorse this plan. I’d rather see the team spend their money on their bullpen (and/or on future free agent starters).

The Red Sox might replace retiring designated hitter David Ortiz internally or with a short-term free agent, rather than pursue one of the prominent long-term options on the market, Boston’s president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters at the MLB general managers meetings on Monday.
...
Dombrowski mentioned Yoan Moncada, Sam Travis and Rafael Devers as prospects who might not be far from having an impact with the big league club.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Theo Epstein adds to Hall of Fame resume | MLB.com

Theo has brought a lot of joy to a lot of people.

“I’m truly just honored to be part of Major League Baseball,” Epstein said after the hug broke up. “I grew up a fan, loving the game, and not being good enough to play, so to be part of a Major League Baseball is incredible. To have the privilege of working with two organizations like this is something I never thought I’d have, and to be a part of winning World Series in both places is something I will always treasure and won’t take for granted. It means the world to me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2016 at 06:01 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, red sox, world series

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Ranking the top 10 Red Sox prospects

Alex Speier’s top ten.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2016 at 01:29 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

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