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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Angels tried convincing Red Sox to help them trade for Josh Reddick

“C’mon, just helps us. All the cool kids are doing it.”

e Angels could use another bat, as Matt Joyce hasn’t worked out in their outfield and C.J. Cron isn’t getting it done as the designated hitter. According to MLB’s Alden Gonzalez, they wanted to pry Josh Reddick from their division rivals, the Athletics, but didn’t have the resources to do so. Gonzalez reported that the Angels’ (and then-GM Jerry Dipoto’s) solution was to get the Red Sox involved in a three-way trade to make it happen, but Boston had no interest, and as you know, nothing went down.

It makes all the sense in the world that the Red Sox wouldn’t help the Angels out here, and it has nothing to do with the six games separating them in the wild card standings. What, exactly, were the Angels planning to send the Red Sox in return for Reddick? Their farm system is atrocious, and Reddick is still a highly productive outfielder. Reddick can’t hit lefties, sure, but he’s also batting .288/.346/.463 overall, has one of the strongest arms in the game, and has been worth at least a win defensively in each of the last three seasons according to Baseball Reference’s measures.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2015 at 09:37 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, jerry dipoto, josh reddick, red sox, trade rumors

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Massarotti: Celebrate Your Independence… From The 2015 Red Sox « CBS Boston

Tony Massarotti is a mindless blowhard. He literally hurts my head listening to him on the radio and reading his columns. I usually just ignore him but I’ve been noticing one silly headline after another over the last few weeks. If the Red Sox let him make decisions for the team, they would be a perennial loser and wouldn’t have won one World Series over the last 15 years.

Sorry, I had to get that off my chest.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blowhards, red sox

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Full Count » How Red Sox teamed up to help Eduardo Rodriguez not tip his pitches

“In the midst of that one inning that Eduardo had the other day, it was me and Wade [Miley] sitting down in the batting cage watching TV and balls are getting hit hard. I think the one that set us off was the Chris Davis slider. It was a good slider away and he stayed on it and went the other way. You have to expect 96 or 97 and you’re staying back on a slider on a full count, left on left? It didn’t register. So we went in there and looked at it and found something that was not really blatantly obvious if you’re not looking for something, but as we sat down and started looking we found something that he was doing on every off-speed pitch and he wasn’t doing it on his fastball.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2015 at 09:07 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: eduardo rodriguez, red sox

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Monday, June 29, 2015

Tests on Red Sox Hanley Ramirez’s bruised hand negative - Sports - The Boston Globe

Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday or Thursday after tests on his bruised left hand proved negative.

Ramirez was in Boston on Monday, getting an MRI at Massachusetts General Hospital. The exam showed no structural damage and he has been cleared to start swinging a bat.


“We’ll see how the next day to three days goes. The optimistic view is he’ll back in the lineup while we’re here,” manager John Farrell said.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2015 at 07:00 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Let’s put a halt on judgment of Boston Red Sox’s Rick Porcello - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

This list is not complete without John Lackey.

Hold your fire, please, until you consider the cases of two other Sox pitching imports who were knocked around with impunity in their first seasons in Boston uniforms, only to reveal their true talents in subsequent seasons.

I give you, first, Josh Beckett, who in 2006, his first season after being acquired from the Marlins for a top prospect named Hanley Ramirez, had six starts in which he gave up seven or more earned runs, he was taken deep a shocking 36 times, and he had a 5.01 ERA by the end of the season. The next season? Beckett was a 20-game winner who did a passable impression of Bob Gibson in October.

For Exhibit B, I offer Tom Gordon. In 1996, the first year after his arrival from Kansas City, he had a 5.59 ERA as a starter. The next season saw a big improvement in a swing role, and in 1998, he recorded the most saves in the American League.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rick porcello

Friday, June 26, 2015

Statcast shows why you don’t run on Bradley | MLB.com

Bradley is a stud outfielder. If he can just provide average offense, he’ll be a very valuable player.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2015 at 08:39 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie bradley jr., red sox

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia bound for DL; starter Joe Kelly demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket

The Red Sox shuffle players around.

The Red Sox made roster moves involving six players Thursday. They placed Pedroia on the DL; designated catcher Erik Kratz for assignment; and optioned pitcher Joe Kelly to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has landed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

In addition, they brought up outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., infielder Deven Marrero and relief pitcher Jonathan Aro from Triple-A Pawtucket. Bradley was in Thursday’s starting lineup, playing right field. Marrero will back up Brock Holt at second base in Pedroia’s absence, while Aro will take the place of Justin Masterson in the bullpen.

Masterson has been chosen to take Kelly’s spot in the rotation; he will start Sunday in Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 25, 2015 at 12:41 PM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, June 22, 2015

JOE KELLY, THE BULLPEN, TWO BIRDS AND ONE STONE - Boston - Baseball Prospectus

I’ve been in favor of putting Kelly in the bullpen for a little while. I’d replace him in the rotation with Steven Wright.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, red sox

Rusney Castillo disappointing | Boston Herald

I would option him to Pawtucket and recall Jackie Bradley.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rusney castillo

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: 10 steps to fix the broken Red Sox - Sports - The Boston Globe

I am glad most baseball writers aren’t in charge of teams.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Red Sox need to dump Sandoval, Ramirez, like, now | FOX Sports

Although I agree that Hanley has been a horror show in left field, dumping them would be silly.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, pablo sandoval, red sox

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sean McAdam: Pablo Sandoval incident reveals dysfunction aplenty

Has an underperforming team ever been likable?

Until, say, two weeks ago, the Red Sox were just another underperforming, overpaid team.

Then came a string of additional losses, some distinct lack of hustle on the field, a team meeting which had no positive effect and, finally, the Pablo Sandoval Fiasco.

Now the Red Sox aren’t just underachieving - they’re also hugely unlikable.

Now they’re a punch-line, an honest-to-goodness laughing stock, inviting ridicule and scorn.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Video: Holt hits for the cycle | MLB.com

The Brockstar has a big day.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 08:54 AM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: brock holt, red sox

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This is what Fenway Park used to look like - Red Sox - Boston.com

54 pictures of Fenway Park through the years.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:58 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park, red sox


Seven straight Red Sox losses, but not a negative word here - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

The press and fans have every right to complain. Of course, although it might feel good to vent, it doesn’t mean the venting actually does anything to improve the team’s chances.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Boston Red Sox’s free fall continue with disastrous loss to Blue Jays - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

Nothing really matters except for the players. If they want the rest of us to keep faith, they have to play well.

“Tough one to swallow,” Napoli said. “But we’ve got to keep going out there and getting after it. No one’s given up in here. We’re going to go out there and play the game the right way and get it done.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 08:58 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Nine just fine: Red-hot Jays storm back

What a great win for the Blue Jays and a horrific loss for the Red Sox. It’s tough for a Red Sox fan to be positive at this point.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, comebacks, red sox

Friday, June 12, 2015

Farrell, Miley moving past heated exchange | redsox.com

Pitchers have a better chance of staying in the game when they aren’t giving up rockets.

“He’s a competitor,” Farrell said. “You work four days for your start and he doesn’t want to come out of the ballgame. I fully respect that. I thought he had good stuff overall, but where we were on the scoreboard, I felt like we needed a change of contrast and a change of style and I made a move after four innings.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, wade miley

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Clemson’s Schmidt receives first cancer treatment, drafted by Re - FOX Carolina 21

Let’s hope Clate Schmidt beats this before embarking on a nice career.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2015 at 06:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Lauber: Xander Bogaerts blossoming into a star | Boston Herald

Since reintroducing an old toe tap at the plate, Bogaerts has looked like a different hitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2015 at 11:18 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, xander bogaerts

Monday, June 08, 2015

Red Sox stun A’s with 7-run 8th to cap sweep | redsox.com

This was a good win for the Red Sox. It’s good to see some life for the team.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, red sox

Friday, June 05, 2015

Switch-Pitcher Pat Venditte makes Major League debut

Lord take me now, because I will never see anything more awesome than this.

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte made his big-league debut tonight at Fenway, and pitched a nearly perfect sixth inning—retiring Brock Holt with his left arm, seen above, and then after allowing a single inducing a Mike Napoli double play with his right (which you can watch below).

Three videos at the link, including one of the switch-hitting Blake Swihart having to run back to the dugout to grab his lefty batting helmet when Venditte decides to pitch to him right handed. Venditte went 2 IP and gave up a single while striking out one.


Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval take center stage in Boston Red Sox debacle

Debacle? It was a loss. Despite their inconsistent play, despite their breakdowns, despite their failures to play up to expectations, this team has enough talent and, more importantly, time (5.5 back of first) to right the ship and win the division.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 08:51 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, pablo sandoval, red sox

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