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Thursday, July 30, 2015

10 Major Trades that Never Were

What about Omar Vizquel for Carl Yaztrzmski with the sideburns?

9. Albert Pujols to the Expos—2000

The St. Louis Cardinals found themselves in a pickle in 2000. Looking for young arms to add to the organization, St. Louis struck up a deal with the Montreal Expos to send Britt Reames and another player to Montreal for two pitchers. They just had to decide who to send: Fernando Tatis or Albert Pujols. Obviously, the Cards sent Tatis and the next season Pujols won NL Rookie of the Year before becoming one of the best players in Cardinals’ history during his stint with the organization.

 


Monday, July 27, 2015

Full Count » Red Sox trade Shane Victorino to Angels for infielder Josh Rutledge; Recall Rusney Castillo

Let’s hope Victorino can stay healthy and helps the Angels. Rutledge is a spare part. Rusney gets another chance to show what he can do.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 07:09 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, red sox

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Dustin Pedroia back on disabled list with same hamstring injury - Sports - The Boston Globe

This sounds like it was mishandled.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2015 at 03:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Friday, July 24, 2015


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Full Count » Ben Cherington talks trade deadline, Red Sox failures, philosophies

Ben Cherington on the state of the team.

ON WHAT ADJUSTMENTS ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN LOOKING AT

Everything. But nothing I’€™m going to talk about specifically. We have to look at potential reason for why the total results haven’€™t been there and I think if you start isolating one particular decision or transition that’€™s really difficult because we know in baseball, look at all 30 teams, we know in baseball that not every decision you make is going to work out. What matters are the total results and the results haven’€™t been good enough. We also know that if you look at any single decision or transaction, it can look a certain way today, a different way six months away and look another different way two years from now. What we do know is we haven’€™t delivered enough on the field the last two years. We have to find a way to get better. Some of that is simple and obvious, some of it may not be. It’€™s up to us to figure it out.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 23, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, red sox

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pedro Martinez excited about Hall of Fame | MLB.com

It was a real pleasure watching him pitch.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 01:46 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, pedro martinez, red sox

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Peter Gammons: Cooperstown awaits four baseball giants - GammonsDaily.com

Gammons talks a little about the upcoming Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 04:49 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, jacob degrom, mets, red sox

Time for Red Sox to go young - The Boston Globe

I am not one to bail on a season but the Red Sox hole has gotten really big. Sorry, it’s time to start thinking about next year.

A year ago, hope flickered for the Red Sox around the All-Star break with a stretch of five straight victories. A subsequent string of four consecutive losses through July 25 told the Red Sox all they needed to know. At nine games under .500 and with a deficit of 10 ½ games in the division and 7 ½ in the wild card race, there was nothing left. After a Friday night loss in Tampa Bay, the Red Sox started a roster purge, dealing Jake Peavy to the Giants by the next morning.

“There’s a reason why they call it a deadline,” GM Ben Cherington said last July 26. “We have to be mindful of what that means with where we are, what the math says about our chances, and we have to act accordingly. Whatever we do between now and then will be geared toward putting ourselves in the best possible position as quickly as possible.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 11:49 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Cuban defector Yoan Moncada has turned a corner for the Red Sox affiliate in Greenville - Minor League Ball

I spoke with Greenville manager Darren Fenster after the game and he discussed Moncada’s disappointing start.

“His first month and half he didn’t perform the way he expected to, and the way a lot of people expected him to.” said Fenster. ” There’s a lot of things you can probably attribute to that, whether he was putting undue pressure on himself, whether because of the layoff or just coming into a new culture. Here in the second half he’s really turned the corner and put a lot of things together.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox, yoan moncada

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Scorching Moncada hits inside-the-park homer | MLB.com

He certainly is fast.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2015 at 08:10 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yoan moncada

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Nelson Cruz: David Ortiz Tried To Recruit Me To Red Sox Again During Offseason | Boston Red Sox | NESN.com

David Ortiz apparently tried his darndest this past offseason to recruit Nelson Cruz to join the Boston Red Sox.

And no, this isn’t a reprint of a story from last July. Speaking with reporters before Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Cincinnati, Cruz detailed how, for a second winter in a row, Ortiz made a push to bring him to Boston. “Yes, he did. It’s huge,” the Seattle Mariners slugger said, via WEEI.com. “I mean, he doesn’t make the calls. I guess they listen to him because he’s been with the team for so long and he’s the face of the team, but at the same time it is the (general manager’s) and owners’ call.”

“My agent also tried, but they had their plans,” Cruz added.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 09:28 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: nelson cruz, red sox

No one in Red Sox history deserves the benefit of the doubt more than David Ortiz - Red Sox - Boston.com

One of the dopes pushing this baloney was Tony Massarotti who, along with Michael Felger, hosts the dumbest talk radio show in the Boston market. The pairing groups together two of the least insightful people ever to hit the airwaves.

The conjecture is that Ortiz begged out of the game and started his All-Star break early because he didn’t want to play first base. Yep. That’s it. I know, that sentence looks even stupider in print than it sounds on the radio, but there you go. This is the world we have wrought for ourselves. The worst part is that these inane, desperate talking points worm their way into the wee brains of a segment of the fan base who repeat that conjecture verbatim, allowing the hot-take to metastasize until it cannot be avoided.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Full Count » How Red Sox minor leaguer Rafael Devers is like Carlos Delgado; Manuel Margot surprised many in Sox organization

Nice comp.

Devers is projected to be a power hitter once he fully grows into his body and is already drawing comparisons to a former major league All-Star.

“Just because of the way his hands work, how loose they are and the bat whip that he gets, he reminds me some of, similar to Carlos Delgado in my opinion,” Hyers said. “Being left-handed and that looseness. Carlos had kind of the hands high and the bat tilt at times. He reminds me of the bat speed and the ability to drive the ball to all fields like Carlos.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 06:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: manuel margot, rafael devers, red sox

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Boston Red Sox forced to wait on status of Clay Buchholz’s elbow - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

This doesn’t sound good. Hopefully, it’s not the worst.

Farrell warned that it was premature to speculate on Buchholz’s condition.

“There’s some tightness, some stiffness in the elbow area,” Farrell said. “He’s undergoing the full workup with imaging. Until we get any further information, that’s all we have right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchholz, red sox

Woman injured by foul ball at Fenway | Local News - WCVB Home

I know it might be hard to believe but she was hit by a rocket by *Didi Gregorius*.

Others ducked on the foul ball before it hit her. You could tell by the bounce that the ball just skimmed her head. Now, I don’t know whether she was distracted or just had a slow reaction. What shocked me, however, is how quite a few fans in her section were still fixated on watching people attend to her while the game was still going on. If you are going to sit in seats that close to the action, you need to pay attention. Standing with your back to the field, especially after witnessing someone else get hit, is just incredibly stupid.

An unidentified woman was hit by a foul ball in the fifth inning of the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game. After being treated for a few minutes, she got up walked up the stands holding a towel to her head.

Fans surrounding the fan immediately waved for help, and medical personnel arrived quickly. Fans stood and cheered when the woman got up from her seat.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: fans hit by projectiles, red sox

Friday, July 10, 2015

Statcast says Mookie Betts living up to hype | redsox.com

Some good stuff about Mookie Betts and Statcast. Although he links to Statcast leaderboards , the leaderboards don’t contain the info he’s referencing.

Of course, Betts’ contributions haven’t only been limited to offense. In his first season as the regular Boston center fielder, he ranks third among all outfielders with 13 Defensive Runs Saved, behind only Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier and Toronto’s Kevin Pillar. According to the Statcast™ leaderboards, he’s No. 1 among the 80 outfielders who have made at least 30 plays in average distance covered, at 60.02 feet per play. (Odubel Herrera and Kiermaier are close behind; Melky Cabrera and Carlos Beltran bring up the rear.)

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2015 at 10:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox, statcast

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 | 67 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

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