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Monday, March 30, 2015

Red Sox trade for new catcher with Christian Vazquez sidelined - Over the Monster

According to the report, the Red Sox pick up catcher Sandy Leon from the Nationals for cash. They plan on using him as a backup for Ryan Hanigan.

The Red Sox will end up without their expected starting catcher, as Christian Vazquez is set to receive a second opinion from elbow expert Dr. James Andrews. While that won’t happen until Wednesday, the Red Sox aren’t taking any chances, and have added another catcher to the organization just in case. Sandy Leon, a 26-year-old backstop in the Nationals’ organization, is now with Boston according to Leon himself. To make room for him on the roster, the Red Sox placed Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Did David Ortiz admit to more than he realized with his Players’ Tribune editorial?

Interesting speculation on the Ortiz piece from Calcaterra.

So let’s go back to David Ortiz. He claims he’s been tested 80 times in the decade or so there has been drug testing. That’s an awful lot of testing, especially when you consider that the blood testing just started last year. And that, until last year, the number of in-season random tests was less than half of what it is now. Given that a player not “in the program” gets, at most, four tests a year and more likely 2-3 (less before last year), what possible basis could there be for Ortiz to be tested as often as he claims he has been other than a previous positive test?

rufus was here Posted: March 29, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, peds, red sox

Hanigan is bummed out about injury to Vazquez | redsox.com

This doesn’t sound too promising.

“When you find out what the deal is, all you can do is feel for the kid,” said Hanigan. “He was pumped up, excited, ready to go. It’s just a tough thing, but he’ll be back.”

All the Red Sox have said for sure is that they found “something” in the MRI conducted on Vazquez.

If that something includes ligament damage, Vazquez would face the possibility of Tommy John surgery, a fate that Orioles catcher Matt Wieters faced last year.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: christian vazquez, red sox, ryan hanigan

Friday, March 27, 2015

Red Sox catcher Vazquez to have MRI on elbow | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com

Vazquez hasn’t caught in a major league game in two weeks after experiencing some discomfort in the elbow in a game against the New York Yankees. Subsequently, Vazquez experienced some pain in his triceps after altering his throwing motion somewhat to compensate for the elbow soreness.

He threw to bases Thursday, but did so at less than full intensity - per the Red Sox’ request.

“There’s a little bit [of restriction] there,’’ said Vazquez of the discomfort he experiences with his elbow. “I’ve got more in the tank. But I want to be 100 percent to help the team. I need to be ready to help the team win. That’s my Be ready and healthy. Because this is my first time hurt. I’m a little said with myself.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: christian vazquez, red sox

For Mookie Betts, milestone marks changed approach - Sports - The Boston Globe

There is a reason the Red Sox won’t include Betts in a deal for Hamels. He a very smart *and* physically-gifted player.  He understands that taking walks should never be the goal. They should be a byproduct of a batter not getting pitches to hit. He also understands that the game is about constant adjustments. Not every gifted players gets that. (See Javier Baez for comparison.)

“[Big league] pitchers are just around the zone more. I feel like you have to swing a little more. You can’t go up there taking,” said Betts. “I kind of learned last year that you can’t go up there taking. You’ve got to be ready to swing it. That’s how [Derek] Jeter got 3,000 hits. He wasn’t up there taking. That’s kind of why my approach is a little more aggressive than it used to be, which is all right. I feel like it works both ways – it cuts down on strikeouts and it may cut down on walks, but that’s OK. I’ll take [walks] when they come, like today. I feel like I didn’t really get a good pitch to hit, especially with guys on second and third, and ended up working a walk from there

“I think [the more aggressive approach] just kind of just developed over last year, especially against [big league] pitchers. They’re kind of in the zone with everything. I feel like if you go up there taking, you’ll be 0-2 in the blink of an eye,” he added. “It’s not something that I think about. It’s just something that’s naturally been an adjustment, the same way I always say – I feel like I just make natural adjustments.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

David Ortiz writes The Dirt

Big Papi wants to know if you’re taking steroids.

I’m buying an over-the-f***ing-counter supplement in the United States of America. I’m buying this stuff in line next to doctors and lawyers. Now all of a sudden MLB comes out and says there’s some ingredient in GNC pills that have a form of steroid in them. I don’t know anything about it.

If you think I’m full of it, go to your kitchen cabinet right now and read the back of a supplement bottle and honestly tell me you know what all of that stuff is. I’m not driving across the border to Mexico buying some shady pills from a drug dealer. I’m in a strip mall across from the Dunkin’ Donuts, bro.

bbmck Posted: March 27, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, ortiz, peds, red sox, testing

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tony Massarotti Details Phone ‘Conversation’ With Shane Victorino « CBS Boston

I can’t listen to Felger and Massarotti on the radio. They are the two biggest, factless blowhards on Boston sports radio. When faced with undeniable facts which refute whichever crazy premise they have expressed, the words “I was wrong” have never been expressed.

Felger added: “He’s backtracking today. That’s what I think. That’s my opinion. But it’s only an opinion.”
Mazz said, “I don’t know that he’s backtracking. I think he realizes he said too much. That’s what I think.”

They also have terrible, silly opinions about the Red Sox. If they were in charge of the Red Sox, the Sox would be perennial also-rans.

Felger and Mazz also agreed on one thing: They’d both trade Mookie Betts for Cole Hamels.

Yes, they irritate me.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2015 at 03:58 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, shane victorino

Grantland: 2015 AL East Preview

Welcome to Grantland’s 2015 MLB division previews. From now through next week, Jonah Keri and I will analyze each team in each division, focusing on offseason triumphs and failures, roster strengths and weaknesses, telling projections, revealing stats, and off-field story lines, and wrapping up with our over/under verdicts on each team’s projected record. As always, all overly pessimistic opinions should be blamed on the well-known grudge we bear your team, and only your team, because of that thing it did to us that one time that we’re still extremely bitter about.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 26, 2015 at 12:23 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles, rays, red sox, yankees

Five toughest roster dilemmas this spring | MLB.com

Dan O’Dowd has been providing some great analysis on MLB Network this off-season. He’s spot on in this article.


Pablo Sandoval says weight regimen contributed to him leaving Giants

Pablo Sandoval’s departure from the San Francisco Giants continues to get ugly. Sandoval has already made waves this spring, saying he felt disrespected by his former club, and never intended to re-sign with them. Well, he’s doubled down on those comments, telling USA Today’s Jorge L. Ortiz that he changed his cell phone number and doesn’t really communicate with his old teammates. He also revealed that the team’s insistence that he remain on a weight regimen was one of the reasons he decided to leave San Francisco.

“I’m a professional and I know what I have to do,’’ said Sandoval, listed as 5-11 and 255. “I know where I’ve failed and how I’ve grown up. If I had signed (with the Giants), I knew I would be under a (weight) regimen for five years, and I’m not going to be happy someplace where I’m under that kind of regimen, where I can’t be myself.’‘

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 26, 2015 at 05:44 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: fat panda, giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pedroia Inspires Teenage Girl To Play With The Boys

Sydney Dore is 14 years old. She’s about 5-foot-3 with blond hair, blue eyes and a big smile that’s lined with shiny braces. She’s down here for spring training.

“Dustin Pedroia is my favorite player on the Red Sox. He is very awesome. I follow him all the time, just follow his stats,” Sydney said.“I would love to meet him though. That would be my biggest dream in the whole world,” she said.

As a first-year player, Sydney comes off the bench. She’s a catcher and occasional second baseman.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 23, 2015 at 12:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pedobear, red sox, teenage girl

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Red Sox prospect J.T. Watkins soldiering on - Sports - The Boston Globe

J.T. Watkins isn’t your typical minor leaguer.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2015 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, red sox

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Red Sox starter Justin Masterson continues to make strides - The Boston Globe

For the Red Sox rotation plan to work, their number five starter has to pitch like a number three. He doesn’t have to dominate he just needs to consistently keep them in games. Of the Red Sox starters, Masterson is the guy I’m most worried about.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: justin masterson, red sox

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bloop Hits: Warren Zevon and Bill Lee | FOX Sports

In retrospect, it makes perfect sense that Lee and Zevon should have gravitated toward each other. Born less than a month apart (Lee on Dec. 28, 1946, Zevon on Jan. 24, 1947), both men spent substantial portions of their formative years in Southern California; Lee made his college pitching debut for USC in early 1966, just a few months before Zevon’s first single – “Follow Me,” a duet with Violet Santangelo that was issued under the groovy mid-60s alias Lyme and Cybelle – was pressed up by L.A.’s White Whale records. Both were well-read gents with mordant senses of humor and dim views of humanity, and both were known to experiment with various recreational chemicals. (“I can think of a lot worse things in baseball than marijuana or peyote, if used in moderation,” Lee wrote in his 1984 memoir “The Wrong Stuff,” which is being made into a feature film starring Josh Duhamel as the Spaceman. “Things such as walks, designated hitters, and astro-turf.”) Both men were smarter than most of the folks in their respective lines of work, and neither suffered fools gladly; characteristics which, in both of their cases, occasionally proved more detrimental than beneficial to their careers.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bill lee, red sox

Thursday, March 19, 2015

red sox - Has the real Hanley Ramirez stood up? - WEEI | Rob Bradford

If he’s hitting .195 in June, the Boston media will wear thin.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 09:21 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Padres have a gem in Middlebrooks | padres.com

Richard Justice is bullish on Will Middlebrooks. I haven’t really watched him this spring but I’ve always believed the guy has a lot of talent.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2015 at 09:16 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, will middlebrooks

Monday, March 16, 2015

Phillies get firsthand look at Blake Swihart - Spring Training Blog - ESPN

The Red Sox are clearly not trading Blake Swihart this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, phillies, red sox

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pablo Sandoval of Boston Red Sox fires back at former San Francisco Giants teammate Aubrey Huff - ESPN Boston

Pablo Sandoval is not backing away from his comments about leaving the Giants.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Scouts say Mookie Betts poised for ‘All-Star’ year - The Boston Globe

Betts is the real deal. Barring injury he’s going to be a best leadoff hitter in baseball within a couple of years.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Monday, March 09, 2015

R.I. Native Covers All The Bases for Red Sox Players

Take it from three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez, who met Ferreira more than a decade ago when he was an 18-year-old Red Sox prospect coming out of the Dominican Republic to play in the United States for the first time.
“She (Raquel Ferreira) was everything for us,” Ramirez said. “She helped us with everything we needed. She always was there for us. She was like family to us. She has always been.”
Everything? Really? There’s no way to narrow it down?
Ramirez opened his mouth wide to exaggerate his enunciation, as if he and his questioner were speaking two different languages.
“Everything,” he said. “Everything.”


Sunday, March 08, 2015

Sunday baseball notes: Veteran Phillies await possible trades - Sports - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes.This is the juiciest tidbit.

According to one Phillies source, the Yankees have come the closest to landing Hamels, offering a package of prospects that at least has given the Phillies a baseline for future talks.


Saturday, March 07, 2015

Michael Gordon plays private but powerful role with Red Sox - The Boston Globe

The Red Sox house organ explains Michael Gordon’s role in great detail.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ownership, red sox

Friday, March 06, 2015


Jackie Bradley Jr. keeps chin up and swing level - Sports - The Boston Globe

As he piled up hits during spring training in 2013, there was a heated debate about whether the Red Sox should put Jackie Bradley Jr. on the roster for Opening Day or wait until later in the season to delay his becoming eligible for free agency.

The assumption was that Bradley would be so good that the Red Sox should do everything possible to hold onto him.


“It’s funny how things change,” Bradley said Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie bradley jr, red sox

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