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Friday, July 01, 2016

Source: Red Sox banned from signing international amateurs for a year - Yahoo Sports

On MLB Radio they were saying the ban is for the next two years. Has anyone seen anything definitive?

The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 02:40 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, red sox

MLB Penalties For Red Sox International Signings Could Come Soon - BaseballAmerica.com

Major League Baseball could penalize the Red Sox over their 2015 international signings before this year’s signing period opens on Saturday, international baseball sources have told Baseball America.

The penalties being considered, according to those sources, include signing restrictions for the upcoming 2016-17 international signing period, and possibly making several of Boston’s top 2015 international signings free agents, who would then be available to sign with any team.

The timing of the disciplinary action is significant. Several Venezuelan players were expected to sign contracts with the Red Sox on July 2, but if these penalties are imposed, those players would no longer be able to sign with Boston. That includes 16-year-old outfielder Roimer Bolivar, the No. 31 international prospect on Baseball America’s Top 50 international prospects list.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 07:54 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, red sox

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Firing Farrell Will Satisfy Bloodlust, Fix Nothing

I said it a week ago, and I’ll say it again—Farrell may be part of the problem, but he’s certainly not the reason the floundering Red Sox are suddenly in a virtual tie with the Blue Jays for second place in the AL East. And firing him would let his players off the hook when they don’t deserve it.

No manager is blameless when his team plays .385 ball for a month, but Farrell’s sliver of blame pie could barely feed a waif compared to the 1,600-calorie slab that is his roster.

A new manager won’t magically fix David Price’s 4.74 ERA or propensity for allowing deafening contact. A new manager won’t reach October with the bottom two-thirds of the rotation pitching like John Wasdin. A new manager can’t win with a Triple-A bench or Marco Hernandez, Deven Marrero and Ryan LaMarre getting key at-bats because there’s nowhere else to turn.

Farrell’s not the reason Koji Uehara hangs half his splitters, and he’s not the reason Craig Kimbrel keeps triggering heart attacks. He’s not why Clay Buchholz can’t get out of his own way, Jackie Bradley hasn’t hit in a month, or Travis Shaw once again resides below sea level.

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 30, 2016 at 11:49 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, red sox

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Report: Red Sox, Jason Groome Far Apart In Contract Negotiations « CBS Boston

He doesn’t stand to to lose money in the long run? If he gets hurt, he loses a lot of money. If he doesn’t pitch as well next season, he loses a lot of money. If he doesn’t sign and gets to the the majors one year later, he loses a lot of money. Unless the Red Sox try to get him for less than slot, he might want to roll the dice. Otherwise, he’d be foolish to hold out. 

Groome holds the leverage in holding out for a big-money signing bonus, as he previously opted out of a commitment to Vanderbilt and instead elected to choose junior college. The move allowed him to become eligible for next year’s draft, so if he opts to not sign this year, he doesn’t stand to lose money in the long run

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 03:57 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, jason groome, red sox

Eduardo Rodriguez sent to Triple A after another Red Sox loss | Boston Herald

Yesterday’s performance was brutal.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: eduardo rodriguez, red sox

Sunday, June 26, 2016

15 hitters contenders could try to acquire at the trade deadline

The Boston Globe’s Sunday Baseball notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 03:39 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Are we getting a glimpse of life after David Ortiz?

Holt will be back soon.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brock holt, clay buchholz, david ortiz, red sox

Thursday, June 23, 2016

How badly have the Red Sox fallen off in June?

My manic depressive Red Sox fan friends are in a panic. Deep breaths, deeeeeeeeep breaths, people.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2016 at 09:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Drellich: Red Sox must be smart in signing of top pick Jason Groome | Boston Herald

“We’re hopeful to still sign him,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. “We went into there with open eyes. We know what his demands are from what his agent passed on to the clubs. We think we can sign him, but only time will tell.”

Despite a fantastic curveball and a fastball that’s climbed to 97 mph, Groome slid because of dollar demands and concerns around his makeup. One major league general manager emphasized Groome didn’t slide just for money.

But the Red Sox, who rarely have a chance to land a top-five talent, have that chance here. And he wants top-five money. The pick where the Sox took Groome is slotted for a bonus of $3,192,800.

Going into the draft, Groome’s camp made clear to the Red Sox in multiple conversations Groome wanted the dollars slotted for the No. 4 pick, about $5 million. That might make $4 million a floor in negotiations with the Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 11:26 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: jason groome, red sox

David Ortiz of Boston Red Sox says he regrets season-long celebration that has come with his planned retirement

The retirement tours are too much for us too Papi.

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz says he regrets announcing that this will be his final season in the majors.

The Dominican star feels overwhelmed by all the attention he has received, which he said has affected his extended preparation time before each game.

“I’m too busy. I have too many things to do. I barely have time to do anything,” Ortiz told ESPN Deportes following the Red Sox’s win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. “It’s very difficult for me. If I had even imagined that it would be so difficult, I wouldn’t have announced anything. There are too many people I have to pay attention to, and on top of that I have to prepare for a game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Full Count » John Farrell explains decisions made in Red Sox’ extra innings loss to White Sox

I don’t believe Farrell is a great manager. Having said that, his moves weren’t the problem last night.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox

Monday, June 20, 2016

Red Sox promote Yoan Moncada to Double-A Portland

It looks like a road trip is in my future.

Andrew Benintendi is about to have some company.

Top prospect Yoan Moncada has been promoted to Double-A Portland, the High-A Salem Red Sox announced on Twitter on Sunday night. Moncada hit .307 with a .427 on-base percentage and a .496 slugging percentage in almost 300 plate appearances with Salem, including a remarkable 25 doubles and 36 stolen bases in 61 games.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2016 at 11:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, red sox, yoan moncada

Red Sox place Rusney Castillo on outright waivers

Well, this is an expensive mistake.

Since he was placed on outright waivers Saturday, Castillo would clear Monday. He’s still owed $32.5 million over the next three seasons, with a $13.5 million option after 2019. Because of that price tag, Castillo is likely to go unclaimed and be outrighted to Pawtucket. He will no longer be on the Red Sox’ 40-man roster.

Castillo’s contract was record-setting for an amateur international player, surpassing the $68 million deal that Jose Abreu signed with the White Sox in 2013. The Sox outbid the Tigers, Phillies, Giants, and Mariners for Castillo’s services, hoping that he would make the kind of immediate impact made by fellow Cubans Abreu, Yoenis Cespedes, and Yasiel Puig, who became All-Stars after coming to the majors.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rusney castillo

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Like his knuckleball, Red Sox starter Steven Wright succeeds with a soft touch | Boston Herald

Wright’s harmony with regular life is teetering on unbelievable, too.

“You look at the world today, there’s so many mean people out there,” Wright said. “There’s not too many people that you come across that are nice, just in general, day-to-day life. Why not?

“So many people are mean all the time and it’s just an easy way of life. Just to shy people away. . . . It’s really hard to make sure that you’re nice and you’re polite and you’re respectful to everybody regardless of what their job is.

“What makes my job any better than somebody (else’s)? Higher paid (job), higher publicity — it doesn’t make me better than you.”

Wright still carries his temper. He’ll never fully lose it.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:45 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, steven wright

Thursday, June 16, 2016

What kind of pitcher are Red Sox really in market for?

As I mentioned the other day. The Red Sox don’t need to make a deal for starting pitching right now.

If Price, Wright, and Porcello’s performances prove sustainable, then the Sox’ approach to the trade market may likewise end up being relatively modest. As much as Dave Dombrowski is known for big-splash trades such as his acquisition of Price at the trade deadline in 2014, he more frequently focused on mid-rotation names at past trade deadlines to considerable effect, most notably with Doug Fister in 2011 and Anibal Sanchez in 2012.

In both instances, he added to the present without mortgaging the future. Now, in a year where the elite starting options available in trades are likely to be few and would require a wrecking ball to the team’s inventory of top prospects, that No. 3 or No. 4 starter’s profile might once again prove his best play – if a trade for a starter is deemed necessary at all.

After all, it’s still early June. A great deal can change by the end of July. It is still a time for the Red Sox to take inventory.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2016 at 03:54 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Red Sox knuckleballer deserves consideration as All-Star Game starter | Boston Herald

Wright has been impressive. He’s the next great knuckleballer.

“I just try to go out there and do everything I can to change speeds with the knuckleball,” said Wright, who fanned four, walked one and allowed three runs on six hits. “I feel like I can pitch three different knuckleballs at three different speeds, and then I use my fastball as much as I can, within reason. That’s one pitch I don’t want to get hurt on, but I try to go out there and do everything I can to make a quality pitch and pitch to contact, and I feel like the more I can do that, the better chance we’ll have.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, steven wright

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Brock Holt hopes new medication will solve concussion issues | Boston Herald

This doesn’t sound promising.

“I don’t know, it’s hard to say,” Holt said when asked when he might begin a rehab assignment. “I wish I could. It’s been frustrating for me. Some days I feel good. Some days I won’t feel as good.”

The Red Sox already have begun considering trade options as they prepare to look toward the latter part of the season, and left field is a position that is still without a left-handed-hitting complement to the right-handed Chris Young. Holt could negate that concern, but his return is anything but a certainty.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2016 at 10:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: brock holt, red sox

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Red Sox tell teams they’d trade for starting, relief pitching | Boston Herald

I’d prefer to not see the team trade a top prospect. Unless injury hits Wright or Price I’d rather see them use a few middling prospects to acquire another bullpen arm than trade one of their best for a back-end starter.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Friday, June 10, 2016

Red Sox draft pitcher Jason Groome in first round | Boston Herald

Red Sox get BA’s highest rated player with #12 overall pick. He dropped so far because of questions about his makeup.

After an eligibility issue following a transfer from the IMG Academy in Florida, where Groome spent one season, the lefty returned home and had a strong performance during his final year at Barnegat High School (N.J).

All the while, his stock was slipping.

By midsummer, Vanderbilt was no longer interested in having Groome attend, according to a source familiar with the situation. It wasn’t because of his talent, but a bigger issue.

Three days before the draft, Groome announced he was no longer planning on attending Vanderbilt and instead pledged his commitment to Chipola College, a junior college in Florida.

Questions about Groome’s makeup have not gone away. He’s reputed in the industry as someone who likes to have fun, perhaps too much fun at times.

While other MLB organizations and coaches at Vanderbilt had their concerns about Groome, Chipola coach Jeff Johnson did not.

“I don’t think so,” Johnson said. “I don’t think there’s anything to be concerned about. I think he’s a good kid. We all sometimes look back and wish we had done things a little different, certain situations we wish we could take back, but that’s just part of being a kid.”

The Red Sox have long tried to avoid drafting players with makeup concerns, but they have run into some trouble lately. Their first-round pick at No. 33 overall in 2014, Michael Kopech, has already been suspended for the use of illegal substances and this spring broke his hand punching his roommate.

In his description of Groome’s personality and makeup during a conference call late last night, Red Sox director of amateur scouting Mike Rikard was vague.

“We’re very comfortable we know who Jason Groome is,” Rikard said.

Rikard said the Red Sox were “hopeful” that they could sign Groome.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, jason groome, red sox

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Here’s how the Red Sox turn scouting reports into success

Good stuff on the Red Sox pregame prep.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 09:18 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Carl Willis confident Red Sox can fix starting rotation woes | Boston Herald

The inconsistent trio.

“No,” Willis said. “Our hope is that one of these guys gets their ship righted and they step in, whether it be Joe (Kelly) or Clay (Buchholz), and then Henry Owens. These are the guys we anticipated should be that guy. The hope is that one of these guys takes the situation in hand and runs with it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Sunday, June 05, 2016

How Mookie Betts went from homer-less to slugger

“I just remember every time I talked to U.L., it was just, when he gets ahead in the count or is sitting on his pitch, he needs to be a little more aggressive to it and let it go instead of being too picky and drawing walks to get on base,” said Hyers. “Mookie is so coachable. He was a leadoff guy, so he wanted to get on base. At that time, we were teaching patience and swinging at strikes. Mookie knew the strike zone. He saw the ball as good as anyone I’ve been around. It was a matter of getting the leg kick under control, the body under control, plus maybe trying to pull a few more balls. That combination to me was what turned him around.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Friday, June 03, 2016

Orioles outslug Red Sox to cap wild series | MLB.com

Seven homers are a big deal.

Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones both went deep twice and Manny Machado blasted a two-out, three-run homer in the seventh inning off reliever Junichi Tazawa to break a 5-5 tie. The O’s homered in five straight innings, including Francisco Pena’s first career long ball in his Baltimore debut, to overcome a rocky sixth from starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who surrendered five runs in the frame after allowing just one hit in the first five innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2016 at 10:27 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, red sox

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Red Sox option Joe Kelly to Pawtucket - providencejournal.com

At some point the Red Sox need to accept Joe Kelly for what he is. Put him in the bullpen and hope the uptick in velocity will offset his lack of command.

“It came down to the inconsistency of his command overall, particularly fastball command,” manager John Farrell said. “That’s an area that has been kind of the nemesis for Joe. Blessed with a golden arm and tremendous stuff, the execution of it has not been as consistent.
“You exit early, it taxes a bullpen deep, and we’ve got to get another arm here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, red sox

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

For Mookie Betts, does it get any better than this?

Small sample size.

He’s 4 for 32 against lefthanded pitching, three of those hits being home runs.

Why he struggles against lefties is anyone’s guess. It’s one of those quirks of baseball.

This was Betts’s greatest game, but you just get the feeling it won’t be his last.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

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