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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

About the only problem the Red Sox have is what to do with Blake Swihart

Having talent is not a problem. Because of his injuries Swihart’s stock is down. The Red Sox need to get him into the mix behind the plate to either showcase him for deals or to turn him into a partner for Vazquez. They can keep Sandy Leon around if they want him for insurance to remain as a future backup to Vazquez. He should not be an impediment.

Rick Porcello has now settled in nicely with Leon catching him. Pitchers love Leon behind the plate. Any notion of trying to deal Leon to make room for Swihart is likely not realistic. Nor is the possibility of trading Swihart. The last thing Dave Dombrowski wants is to deal Swihart, have a catcher go down here, and then watch Swihart turn into a star someplace else.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2018 at 08:53 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox

Friday, April 13, 2018

Jared Banner and the making of a front-office prospect

Here’s something you don’t see every day, an in-depth look at a mid-level baseball exec.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2018 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Brawl Erupts, and the Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry Catches Fire

BOSTON — If there was any doubt that the saltiness had returned to the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, it evaporated late Wednesday night when a 97-miles-per-hour fastball from Boston reliever Joe Kelly found its intended target: Tyler Austin’s ribs.

Austin slammed his bat down, fired his helmet to the ground and charged after Kelly, and soon both benches and bullpens were empty.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Bradford: Are players buying what baseball is selling when it comes to analytics? It’s a work in progress | WEEI

It seems to be working.

The Red Sox plan this season was to load up their coaches with a whole new level of analytics, filtering a new level of information to the players. It’s a whole new thing. And it’s one which, judging by an 8-1 start and the lowest batting average on balls in play in years, certainly seems to have some merit.

But, make no mistake about it, the selling of this new way of doing things is, and will be, a work in progress. The information gatherers know it. The coaches know it. And the players, they sure know it.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2018 at 09:08 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, shifts

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Alex Cora Has Had an Eye Opening Few Days

“It was good, man,” Cora said. “That experience last year, I needed that. For however prepared I was without coaching a full season in the big leagues, in that position, those conversations were going to be awkward. It was natural. I don’t know if you guys notice, we have a couch there now in the office to make it more casual. It was a good conversation. He was honest. I was honest. And we move on. And he’s in a good place.”

Short but somewhat interesting story about Alex Cora dealing with some of the personal interactions as a first time manager.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: March 25, 2018 at 12:20 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, red sox

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Alex Cora to lean on veterans for Red Sox rules, possibly tighter dress code

Are sports coats really needed?

“I think you give them the space,” Cora said in a sit-down with NBC Sports Boston. “Obviously, we’re going to have some rules. Dress codes, and who can be in the clubhouse, all that stuff. … I will get the veterans or the core of the team in my office. Tell ‘em what I want from them, and then they meet and they’ll come back with a set of rules that they feel it’s appropriate for the team, and then we’ll discuss and we go.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 08:44 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What you need to know about the injury that delayed J.D. Martinez’s Red Sox contract

Some details about the new clause in his contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2018 at 07:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. martinez, red sox

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Red Sox fans have David Price, vilified in Boston, to thank for J.D. Martinez

If David Price pitches well, he’ll feel the love.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2018 at 01:24 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Monday, February 19, 2018

J.D. Martinez reportedly has deal with Red Sox

Reportedly front-loaded at $25 million each of the first two years. The free agent market was held up for this?

The prolonged courtship of slugger J.D. Martinez has paid off for the Red Sox, as MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reported via sources that the sides have reached agreement on a five-year, $110 million contract that includes opt-outs after the second and third years of the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2018 at 07:42 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. martinez, red sox

Friday, February 16, 2018

Red Sox Speak Out Against WEEI

After saying that some of the station’s opinions were “offensive and out of line” last year (a statement that received criticism from WEEI hosts), the Boston Red Sox are once again expressing their displeasure with their flagship radio broadcaster. President and CEO Sam Kennedy said the team had a “growing level of concern” with WEEI, and also claimed the seemingly neverending parade of incidents that get people riled up was “exhausting,” per the Boston Herald.

WEEI has been doing this stuff for 20 years.  The Sox can talk all they want but they’ve renewed their deals with ‘EEI in the wake of past incidents and they’re locked in until 2023 so this is just talk.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: February 16, 2018 at 09:38 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: radio, red sox

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Source: Red Sox, Eduardo Nunez agree to deal

The Red Sox have agreed to a deal with super-utility man Eduardo Nunez, pending a physical, a source told MLB.com on Thursday.

The Red Sox, sticking with team policy for uncompleted free-agent negotiations, have not confirmed the deal. The length of the contract is unknown.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 08:15 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: eduardo nuñez, red sox

Dave Dombrowski: ‘Names of prominence’ may become available by trade

“I go out every morning, I have a cup of coffee, I sit at a Dunkin Donuts and I bet you I have about 10 people a day that talk to me,” Dombrowski said. “It’s really split. So your pulse, you must hear that and probably that’s a louder voice but people are very supportive: don’t do anything if you think it’s unwise.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Friday, January 19, 2018

Why is J.D. Martinez’s big bat still available

Why should the Red Sox bid against themselves? If there was another team out there willing to bid higher, he would have signed already. Certainly a higher bid could eventually materialize but until that actually happens…

“If you’re Boras, J.D. and the Red Sox, there has to be some creativity involved to get a deal done,” the industry source said. “They’re a perfect match. They’re really the only match.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2018 at 09:11 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, j.d. martinez, red sox

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Dave Dombrowski’s reputation, autonomy and the pursuit of JD Martinez

What’s your team’s goal? Do you want short bursts of success or do you want sustained success? Do you want to be the Braves of the 90s or Royals of the recent past?

Small markets may be forced to think of smaller windows of opportunity. Big markets can plan for sustained success. I’d rather have the Red Sox working similarly to the current Dodgers than Ilitch’s Tigers. I like J.D. Martinez. I don’t like him enough to see the Sox go beyond five years. (I’d prefer four with a higher AAV actually.)

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2018 at 06:49 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, red sox

Monday, January 08, 2018

SBNation : After 5-year odyssey, Daniel Bard calls it a career.

Instead, Bard’s tenure with the Red Sox ended two months before the team would win a World Series in 2013, beginning a four-year journey set mostly on the back fields of extended spring training. After being initially claimed by the Cubs in 2013, Bard would be released and signed by a new club on five different occasions, spending time with the Rangers, Cubs (again), Pirates, and Cardinals before landing with the Mets.

Bard would appear in just 13 innings over that four-year span, allowing 35 earned runs while walking 46 and hitting 16 batters. Yet he continued to motor on, trying anything and everything to get back to the big leagues.

Random Transaction Generator Posted: January 08, 2018 at 08:47 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel bard, red sox, retirement

Saturday, January 06, 2018

The case for going beyond 5 years for J.D. Martinez | WEEI

No. No. No.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2018 at 10:25 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. martinez, red sox

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

MLB Buzz: Trade talk, deals and rumors

Is this Boras just priming the pump?

J.D. Martinez, regarded as the best hitter available on the free-agent market, has a five-year offer on the table from the Red Sox, according to USA TODAY Sports.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2018 at 04:58 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, j.d. martinez, red sox

Monday, December 18, 2017

Red Sox sign Mitch Moreland for two years | MLB.com

Eric Hosmer’s market is shrinking.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2017 at 05:01 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mitch moreland, red sox

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Alex Cora’s outburst with broadcaster a footnote or an omen?

Why is this coming out now?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2017 at 08:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, astros, red sox

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

THT - A Special Revenge for Luis Tiant

Alfonso Tusa shares fond memories from winter ball in 1971.

Between the remote scents of the sea breeze and the countryside freshness coming from the oaks and wild flowers, Dad insisted to know what a no-hit, no-run game was about. I tried with all my efforts to find a situation related to Dad’s everyday routine to make the explanation easier. He pressed his cigarette against the ashtray and raised the radio’s volume. “After eight complete frames this game is still 3-0. Now Tiant stops by the Caracas team dugout and looks inside it and to the fans in the stands. He passes his right index finger past his neck. The Caracas team fans are sad and furious.”

villageidiom Posted: December 05, 2017 at 05:43 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: boston, boston red sox, cuban players, luis tiant, red sox, winter leagues

Friday, December 01, 2017

Red Sox Announce 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Kevin Youkilis, Derek Lowe, Mike Lowell and the late Buck Freeman are the 2018 inductees into the team Hall of Fame.

The July 21, 1959 major league debut of Pumpsie Green, who was the first African American player in Red Sox history, has been chosen as the “Memorable Red Sox Moment”

Yooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuk

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: December 01, 2017 at 01:22 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, red sox

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

WaPo: Bobby Doerr, Red Sox Hall of Famer and teammate of Ted Williams, dies at 99

Bobby Doerr, an all-star second baseman who was the oldest living member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and who, with his friend and teammate Ted Williams, helped make the Boston Red Sox of the 1940s perennial rivals of the New York Yankees, died Nov. 13 in Junction City, Ore. He was 99.

Bobby Doerr on B-R.

Junction City on Wikipedia.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 14, 2017 at 10:34 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: deaths, red sox

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Red Sox prospect Daniel Flores, 17, dies of cancer

Terrible news. This must be devastating to his family.

Red Sox catching prospect Daniel Flores died Wednesday of complications from cancer at the age of 17, the team announced. He had been hospitalized in Boston, receiving treatment.

“Everyone at the Red Sox was shocked to hear of Daniel’s tragic passing,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. “To see the life of a young man with so much promise cut short is extremely saddening for all of us.

“On behalf of the Red Sox organization, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Daniel’s family.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel flores, red sox

Nick Cafardo: Can Alex Cora’s analytics plan take the Red Sox to the next level?

This.

“Not everybody has to take pitches. I get it, working the count. Is it worth it to work the count? Guys are throwing 98-99, you hunt for a pitch to do damage with, that’s going to help us out.”

A lot of good stuff in this one.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, analytics, red sox

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