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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Free-agent starters Red Sox may try to sign |

If his medicals look good, Cueto would be a really good fit for the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, red sox

One way to help improve the Red Sox pitching in 2016: Keep Jackie Bradley

It’s still weird to see analysis like this in a newspaper.

Across the game, the correlation between outfield defense and runs shaved off a pitching staff’s predicted ERA was significantly higher than the correlation between infield and catcher defense and ERA.

In other words, while it’s possible to make an impact with either an elite infield or an elite outfield, the teams with elite outfields tended to help their pitchers more than teams with elite infields.

That’s where Bradley — along with Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo — could play a significant role for the Red Sox going forward. Whoever Dombrowski acquires to front his rotation stands to benefit greatly with that group patrolling the outfield behind him.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, sabermetrics

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada is more muscle than man | For The Win

He is not a little girlie man.


Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 11:52 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yoan moncada

Monday, November 23, 2015

Dombrowski & Co. will go against form in exploring free agent market

I’m not a fan of spending big bucks on 30+ free agent pitchers. It’s not my money, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2015 at 07:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

David Ortiz to retire after 2016 season |

Is he a Hall of Famer?

This will clear a path for Hanley to DH in 2017.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2015 at 02:24 PM | 260 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Andrew Benintendi could be on fast track to majors with Red Sox - Sports - - Providence, RI

Why not also say he can walk on water?

“I wasn’t going to tell anybody because I wouldn’t want that kind of pressure on a guy that didn’t have a big-league at-bat yet,” Gamboa said. “But his swing is exactly the same as Carl Yastrzemski’s, and he’s built exactly like Carl Yastrzemski.”

More than his similarity to a Boston icon, however, it was the maturity Conforto showed that convinced the Mets they could push him aggressively—maturity in his plate approach as well as the all-around maturity that came from having played at a high-level college program at Oregon State, like Benintendi did at Arkansas.

“The Confortos and the Benintendis, they’re not as in awe,” Gamboa said. “Guys that have been in top-notch Division I programs, they’re a little more thick-skinned and ready for it than the average guy would be.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, prospects, red sox

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Should Red Sox have traded prospects for starter instead of Kimbrel? | FOX Sports

A bunch of things here, including this gem.

Finally, the Mets are fairly adamant that they will not trade any of their young starting pitchers, but would it have made sense for them to trade right-hander Matt Harvey for the package that the Red Sox used to land Kimbrel?

Granted, the four prospects who went to the Padres are not yet close to the majors, but Margot could have been the Mets’ center fielder of the future, Guerra would have given them another shortstop prospect to go with Amed Rosario, and Asuaje and Allen would have been additional assets.

Both Harvey and Kimbrel are under club control for three more seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2015 at 07:11 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, red sox

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Craig Kimbrel traded to Red Sox from Padres |

Kimbrel is signed for $11 million in 2016 and $13 million in 2017, with a $13 million club option in 2018.

The Red Sox agreed to a deal to acquire closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres on Friday night. Four prospects are headed to San Diego in return: outfielder Manuel Margot, shortstop Javier Guerra, middle infielder Carlos Asuaje, and left-hander Logan Allen.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2015 at 08:07 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, padres, red sox, trades

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Red Sox need an ace, but will they sign a free agent over 30? - The Boston Globe

The short-term boost isn’t worth the long-term headaches of a megabuck 30 plus starting pitcher. Of course, having patience got their last GM replaced.

Red Sox principal owner John Henry told Bloomberg Businessweek magazine in 2014 that he was opposed to the idea of signing players over the age of 30 to long-term contracts. He cited a study showing that many such deals prove to be mistakes.

That comment, a bit innocuous at the time, has come to define Henry’s approach to free agency, particularly with pitchers. The Red Sox made a low-ball offer to Jon Lester that spring, failed to sign him and then traded the 30-year-old lefthander.

Henry, who also owns the Globe, has said several times since that his comment was not meant as some sort of intractable organizational philosophy.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, red sox

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Full Count » Red Sox hire former ESPN, Globe reporter Gordon Edes as historian

The Red Sox on Tuesday announced that they’ve hired sportswriter Gordon Edes, formerly of ESPN and the Boston Globe, to work as a strategic communications advisor and team historian.

Edes, a native of Lunenberg, has worked in journalism for 35 years, most recently at ESPNBoston. In his new role, he’ll report directly to principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, and Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon.

Edes attended North Park University in Chicago, leaving to start his writing career two credits shy of a degree in history in 1976. He has covered all four major U.S. sports for outlets including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, National Sports Daily, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, and

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:30 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Full Count » GM meetings notes: Talks already heating up for Dave Dombrowski, Red Sox

Will this off-season top last year’s off-season?

Still, it sure seems like things are trending toward something happening in the coming days.

“I do,” said Dombrowski when asked if he believed there was more activity than normal at this young stage of the offseason. “People have asked me why, and I’€™m not really sure of that answer, but I do find that.

“We had some of our guys, I asked them to fly in this afternoon to sort of sit down. A couple of our guys said, ‘€˜Wow, we just got here and we’€™re behind,’€™ because we had so many discussions already. I’€™m not really sure why that is. People have speculated different thought process. New general managers being aggressive. I think part of it is the playoff teams were pretty much identified early, except for a couple, so that allowed some of the other clubs to start planning. I think some agents are probably aggressive because they see there’€™s a big number of pitchers out there. Some people speculated yesterday that perhaps it was a situation there’€™s a lot of general manager who aren’€™t tied to the players in their organization as much. I don’€™t know if it’€™s some or all of that, or really what. But I’€™ve had many more conversations, and more serious conversations, earlier than would be the case.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombroski, general managers, gm meetings, red sox

With ace and Aroldis Chapman, the Red Sox could be flying - The Boston Globe

Any player should be available in the right deal.

When Dombrowski was asked if he had untouchables, he said, “I have always tried to phrase it that I don’t try to have untouchables. I’ve also said if you have Miguel Cabrera and he’s the best hitter in the game and somebody offers you two Miguel Cabreras, you have to be open-minded about it.

“Does it usually happen? No. There are some players we have that are less apt to be dealt than others.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gm meetings, red sox, trade rumors

Monday, November 09, 2015

red sox - Primer for general managers meetings, gateway to 2015 MLB offseason - WEEI

Rob Bradford on some things to expect at the GM Meetings.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: gm meetings, red sox

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Clay Buchholz could be a useful trade chip for Red Sox - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo wishcasting a Clay Buchholz deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 05:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, trades

Friday, October 30, 2015

Red Sox emerge as crafty contender for Alex Gordon | New York Post

So, some guy who doesn’t work for the Red Sox floats this idea and it’s a story?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2015 at 06:00 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, red sox

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Be wary of Byung-ho Park to Boston rumors - Over the Monster

Having too much talent is not a problem, not when the talent is tradable. Ramirez’s stop at first base will most likely be a short one. Ortiz can’t play forever. If they can get Park at the right price, they get him.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2015 at 10:51 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: byung-ho park, red sox

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

‘Pull of the dugout’ lures Ruben Amaro Jr. to Boston Red Sox

dmittedly, going from being a major-league general manager to becoming a first-base coach is far from a typical career path.

But Ruben Amaro Jr., who served as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies for eight seasons before being named first-base coach and outfield instructor by the Red Sox Monday, wasn’t interested in convention.

“I guess it is unusual,’’ allowed Amaro in a conference call with reporters. “But for me, I’ve always had kind of an itch to be back on the field. Clearly, I had a great opportunity to work in the front office with Philadelphia for many, many years. But all the while, when you sit in that seat, there’s always an observation. And (having been a) player for many years, (getting back on the field is) always something I thought about quite a bit, and I was afforded a wonderful opportunity when John [Farrell] called about 8 or 10 days ago. And one thing kind of led to another, and here I am.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2015 at 03:29 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: coaches, red sox, ruben amaro jr.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Ben Cherington accepts position at Columbia University - Over the Monster

Any owner with the patience of the owners in Houston or Kansas City couldn’t do better than having Ben Cherington in charge of baseball operations.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2015 at 02:25 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, red sox

Thursday, October 22, 2015

John Farrell’s cancer in remission |

Good news!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 07:39 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox

Boston Red Sox Will Pursue Jordan Zimmermann

Is this report just wishful thinking by the writer?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 11:46 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, jordan zimmermann, red sox

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

This year, youth is served in baseball postseason - The Boston Globe

I didn’t remember Brown being so high on a prospect list so I looked it up. Yep, Baseball America had him as the 4th best prospect in baseball in 2011. He was also 15th in 2010. Shocking.

On Monday, the Phillies announced that they’ve outrighted outfielder Domonic Brown off their 40-man roster. The move wasn’t shocking – in his age 27 season, Brown hit .228/.284/.349 with just five homers in 63 games. Yet in another context, the decision to give Brown the right to declare free agency represented a shock, given that Brown – as Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia remembers – once possessed “untouchable” prospect status as a consensus top-five prospect in all of baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, phillies, red sox, youth

Red Sox will consider Johnny Cueto, but mystery remains after ALCS performance | Boston Herald

The Red Sox picked up a 30 year-old pitcher with a somewhat similar style almost 35 45 years ago. Are they ready to do it again?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: johnny cueto, red sox

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Who can generate power for the Red Sox? - The Boston Globe

This is a curious Dodgers move.

The biggest head-scratcher was firing two advance scouts (Gary Pellant and Willie Fraser) right before the season ended. The staff was blindsided by this, and it didn’t help in the postseason when other teams had small armies evaluating teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, notes, red sox

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Red Sox notebook: Farrell meets with Dombrowski - The Boston Globe

Red Sox notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

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