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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 | 39 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

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Red Sox Won’t Avoid Going Over Luxury Tax Threshold « CBS Boston

Break open the piggy bank.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 11:28 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, November 06, 2017

How Alex Cora’s stint as an ESPN analyst helped prep him to be a manager

I missed Cora’s time at ESPN because, frankly, MLB Network’s coverage of the game is far superior. Nevertheless, I’m sure his media time will serve him well in Boston.

“I think it served him well in that sense,” said ESPN’s Eduardo Perez, a former big leaguer who has known Cora and his family for decades. “Watching the game from a media standpoint, you’re paying attention to every team and seeing all the angles. It slows the game down for you once you go back to the field.

“Being around Alex when he was in the studio, he was always seeing something that you knew he thought could be a competitive advantage. I’m sure he used that in Houston and he will with the Red Sox. He learned a lot about the game and himself.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox

Sunday, October 22, 2017

WaPo: d MLB’s newest managers are Red Sox’s Alex Cora and Mets’ Mickey Callaway

The World Series has yet to get underway, but a pair of MLB teams have already found new managers for the 2018 season. On Sunday, the New York Mets reportedly tabbed former Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway to fill their vacancy, while the Boston Red Sox went with Alex Cora, who is a bit tied up at the moment as the World Series-bound Astros’ bench coach.

Boston will have to wait until Houston finishes battling for a championship against the Los Angeles Dodgers before it can formally introduce the 42-year-old Cora, who has spent the past year with the Astros after being an ESPN analyst for several years following his final MLB season in 2011.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: October 22, 2017 at 11:01 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, mets, red sox

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Alex Speier: What will it mean if Red Sox exceed the luxury tax threshold in 2018?

On the Red Sox and the luxury tax.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Nick Cafardo: Brian Cashman and the Yankees followed the Red Sox’ blueprint — and may have done it better

“I tried to take what successful franchises like the Red Sox and Indians did and what Theo and Ben and [Indians president of baseball operations] Chris Antonetti were doing and how they handled their young players with their amateur scouting and drafting and building a farm system. I looked at everything,” said Cashman, who has won five championships.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox, yankees

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bradford: The real reason Dave Dombrowski fired John Farrell | WEEI

It’s not complicated. John Farrell wasn’t Dave Dombrowski’s guy, and only one of them was leaving town.

The Red Sox president of baseball operations fired his manager Wednesday morning, offering meager crumbs of explanation during a morning press conference. But talking to players who witnessed the dynamic between the two over the course of the last seven months, it became pretty clear how we got here.

Players believed Dombrowski and Farrell didn’t get along. Whether their disagreements were worse than those between other president/GMs and managers, the clubhouse perception was that the head-butting had reached advanced levels. Once players form such a narrative among themselves, it becomes a problem. And it was.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 09:21 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, john farrell, red sox

The story behind the Astros-Red Sox video that went viral - Houston Chronicle

Yankees fans are back out from under their rocks.


Silverman: Dave Dombrowski is on the clock now | Boston Herald

Maybe they could use a guy who loses his mind once in a while (or feigns it). I’d like to see someone in the Maddon/Bannister/Hurdle/Lovullo mold, a guy who gets the numbers but who really connects with players emotionally. It’s a tall order, I know.

The John Farrell who departed is the same John Farrell who not only endured his share of barbs without losing his mind and temper (at least in public) but who also won a World Series and two division titles while managing a baseball team in Boston.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Peter Gammons: Moving on from the anticipated departure of John Farrell - GammonsDaily.com

I don’t see Ausmus as a fit.

This is an important decision. The window here closes soon, where the Yankee window is just opening. The good young Red Sox players are soon going to make big coin. According to MLBTraderumors.com, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Tyler Thornburg, Xander Bogaerts, Eduardo Rodriguez, Joe Kelly and Drew Pomeranz stand to make between $30-35M in arbitration this winter. If so, they will take the payroll within $20-25M of the luxury tax threshold. So forget Eric Hosmer. Maybe J.D. Martinez, who as a left fielder-DH, would necessitate trading a Bradley for the $6M he likely will make.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 09:23 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Who the Boston Red Sox should hire as their next manager

No thank you [to Ron Gardenhire].

Alec Cora sounds interesting. I’m not sure Boston is the best first job though. Torey Lovullo was a missed opportunity. Most of the others are bad fits or tired retreads. One interesting name I heard is Mike Redmond. He got his first job out of the way. He’s open to sabermetrics. He also seems like a good guy who relates to players well.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 08:57 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, ron gardenhire

Red Sox dismiss John Farrell | MLB.com

Another manager gets dismissed.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 09:41 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox

Evan Drellich: Eric Hosmer’s leadership, J.D. Martinez’s power fits for Boston Red Sox

Eric Hosmer isn’t a good fit. In this big boom era they need more power.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 06:38 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

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