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Friday, January 13, 2017

Of Andrew Benintendi, Rusney Castillo, and growing pains - Over the Monster

Even if his winter league play this year is a true indication that he’s made an important adjustment, Rusney Castillo probably isn’t an option for the Sox. On the radio yesterday someone (can’t remember who) made the point about Castillo’s contract being an issue for his call-up. Castillo is no longer on the 40-Man so his $11 million contract no longer counts toward the luxury tax. If the Sox recall him, he’d put the Sox over the threshold, which is something they clearly don’t want to do.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2017 at 07:32 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, red sox, rusney castillo

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

David Ortiz Reportedly Hasn’t Expressed Interest In World Baseball Classic | Boston Red Sox | NESN.com

Dear Red Sox fans,

He’s not coming back.

Your friend,

Jim

It seems David Ortiz is enjoying his retirement. The former Boston Red Sox designated hitter has been appearing in a multitude of commercials, and despite his cliffhanger tweet Monday night, it appears he’s not planning on returning to the diamond. Not even to play for his home country.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Meet Rafael Devers, the last star prospect in Boston Red Sox’s system - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN

Would anyone reading this at ESPN.com not know what a seeing-eye single is?

“All of a sudden, he started getting some seeing-eye singles [one that goes right between two infielders] and some broken-bat hits that weren’t falling for him the first month, and you could see, here comes the confidence,” Oliver said. “Once he got a little more comfortable and started feeling like he belonged at that level and he could hit that pitching, he just took off.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 04:46 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rafael devers, red sox

Friday, January 06, 2017

Why didn’t the Red Sox pursue Edwin Encarnacion?

By “resetting” this year, however, the team would be able to sign free agents in the solid but less-impressive 2017-18 free-agent classes while incurring the more modest penalties on amateur talent acquisition. For instance, if the team wants to make a run at Eric Hosmer – assuming he spends all year with the Royals and receives a qualifying offer from them – or Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, their ability to land amateur talent would be less severely impacted.

That said, if the team doesn’t sign any free agents who receive the qualifying offer next winter, then there’s no real benefit in terms of amateur talent that the Sox will glean from getting below the threshold this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2017 at 07:32 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Back behind the plate is where Blake Swihart feels he belongs

Swihart will be the last man standing.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:17 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Nick Cafardo: Red Sox may regret passing on Jose Bautista

The Boston Sunday Globe baseball notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 31, 2016 at 06:26 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thirteen former Red Sox first-rounders, and what scouts had to say at the time

This one includes an off-shoot of the “good face”.

4. Bruce Hurst, lefthanded pitcher
1976, 22d overall selection

Scout: Gordon Lakey.

What he said: “Tremendous natural ability. Premium draft. Mormon religion. Can become above-avg. major league pitcher. Desires to play basketball in JC even if he signs.”

What we say now: Hurst, a star of the 1986 World Series, is tied with Dennis Eckersley for 20th in Red Sox history with 88 wins. One nitpick with the scouting report: Lakey cites Hurst’s “strong facial features.” It’s so offensively absurd that a prospect had to look the part so recently.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2016 at 05:56 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox, scouting reports

Ballot 2: Roger Clemens | Joe Posnanski

Roger Clemens and missed opportunity in the draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2016 at 05:52 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, hall of fame, red sox, roger clemens, yankees

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Silverman: Here’s my Hall of Fame ballot with Manny Ramirez on it | Boston Herald

Curt Schilling — I respect but don’t agree with a voting writer’s decision to cite the character clause to vote against any candidate when it comes to PEDs or political beliefs or sense of humor or musical taste. I don’t believe I’ve ever injected partisan politics into my baseball coverage. I fall into the First Amendment absolutist, ACLU card-carrying ranks when it comes to players and ex-players speaking their minds, which must be why I can’t quit the belief that Schilling and Colin Kaepernick have more in common than any of us think. (I know what you’re thinking, but it’s actually in the best interests of our democracy to make peace with this.) Not for nothing, Schilling’s case for the Hall of Fame is even better than Mussina’s.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians, manny ramirez, red sox

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Silverman: Red Sox trade of Buchholz nothing more than a salary dump | Boston Herald

$13 million is way too much to pay for rotation depth.

Tobias doesn’t make the Sox better now.

And now the Red Sox’ rotation depth is just two, rather than three, tweaked obliques from having to turn to Roenis Elias, Henry Owens or Brian Johnson as a spot-starting savior. The old adage that you can never have enough starting pitching is one that not-new-anymore president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has not sworn allegiance to.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchholz, phillies, red sox

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Report: Phillies Acquire Pitcher Clay Buchholz From Red Sox

The Phillies have reportedly acquired pitcher Clay Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox, according to multiple reports. The Phillies will send a minor-league Josh Tobias to Boston, according to Jim Salisbury. Buchholz, 32, was 3-6 last season with a 5.86 ERA in just 66.0 innings of work and 10 starts, bouncing back and forth between the starting rotation and bullpen.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 20, 2016 at 11:26 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchh, phillies, red sox

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Red Sox willing to squeeze fielders for new seats | Boston Herald

Now that teams are screening a larger portion of stadiums, it makes perfect sense to add more premium seats closer to the action.

Patrons with seats in the current first two rows between the dugouts will retain their claim to premium Dugout Box seats in the two new rows. Seventy-eight such seats will be added between the dugouts at a price of $225 each per game, generating $1.4 million in additional revenue per year.

Fourteen new first-row Dugout Box seats will be added adjacent to the visitors’ dugout on the third base side and 32 more seats will be added on the right field side of the Red Sox dugout. Prices will vary, but at an average of $380 each per game, those seats will generate another $1.4 million per season for the team.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park, red sox

Nick Cafardo: Why Chris Sale’s delivery works for him

Brian Kenney gets another supporter.

Cooper, as you can tell, loves Sale and will miss him.

“He’s got 5½ years of Hall of Fame-production numbers,” said Cooper. “We weren’t able to support him [with offense] as much as we would have liked and that happens and that’s baseball. A pitcher should not be graded on wins and losses. If you don’t get runs or don’t catch the ball, there’s nothing a pitcher can do.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 09:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, notes, red sox, white sox

Monday, December 12, 2016

Silverman: Sale, Price, Porcello best Big 3 for now, but pale historically | Boston Herald

The Red Sox trio was pretty good last year. They aren’t as good as other recent trios for other teams.

Based on the most recent measurement available, 2016 performance, unless another top-flight starter switches teams before the start of the 2017 season, the Red Sox trio will rank as the best in the game. Using FanGraphs’ WAR from 2016, Porcello (5.2), Price (4.5) and Sale (5.2 with the White Sox) add up to a 14.9 WAR.
...
Siting atop the recent list is the 1996 Braves, whose best trio of John Smoltz (8.4), Greg Maddux (7.8) and Tom Glavine (5.3) combined for a 21.5 WAR. They lost that World Series to the Yankees in six games. The year before, when Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine led the Atlanta Braves to their first and only world championship, the three aces posted a modest 16.8 combined WAR.

If you’re curious about where the three Red Sox world championship teams checked in according to FanGraphs’ WAR, it breaks down like this: 2004: 14.7 (Schilling, Pedro Martinez and Bronson Arroyo); 2007: 10.1 (Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Schilling) and 2013: 8.1 (Lester, Clay Buchholz and John Lackey).

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, david price, red sox, rick porcello

Sunday, December 11, 2016

How the Red Sox made the Chris Sale trade happen

The details behind the Chris Sale deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, dave dombrowski, red sox

Should we still believe David Ortiz will stay retired?

People need to move on. Ortiz retired. Read about Ortiz and other stuff in this week’s Globe baseball notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Rob Bradford chats with Dave Dombrowski at MLB Winter Meetings

A very interesting interview of Dave Dombrowski by Rob Bradford. Dombrowski discusses the Red Sox scheduling and work during the Winter Meetings. He also talks about the Sale deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox

Winning in MLB is harder when everyone is smarter - SweetSpot- ESPN

A lot of good stuff. Read the whole thing.

Teams in the more recent period not only had a lower average win total in the 90-win season, but suffered a bigger decline the following season, were less likely to win more games or to win 90 again and more likely to have a losing season. Winning now is more ephemeral: Winning 92 games and making the playoffs as opposed to winning 85 and falling short is often not just the residue of clever team-building, but to the vagaries of luck, injuries and random career seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2016 at 07:43 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, moneyball, red sox, sabermetrics

Friday, December 09, 2016

How Did Rick Porcello Go From Afterthought to Ace?

Five factors—not all of them under his control.

gehrig97 Posted: December 09, 2016 at 05:52 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, cy young award, red sox, rick porcello

GM banter doesn’t reveal true state of Yankees-Red Sox | New York Post

Dave Dombrowski needs a trash-talking tutorial.

In the bottleneck on the way into the room Thursday morning, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski spotted Yankees counterpart Brian Cashman. It had been less than 12 hours since word circulated the Yankees had agreed with Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million deal — a record for a reliever — and two days since Cashman had referred to the Red Sox as baseball’s Golden State Warriors with Chris Sale joining an already starry roster.

Dombrowski wrapped an arm around his longtime friend and rival and pronounced, “The monster is back.”

While a terrific line, it was not exactly true. After being the only team not to sign a major league free agent last offseason and being a seller at this past season’s trade deadline, the Yankees returned to more familiar territory to win the bidding. The Yankees figured the surprise pursuit of the Marlins, who offered $1 million more but in a different structure, forced them to pay perhaps $10 million to $15 million more on Chapman.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Pablo Sandoval got ‘complacent’ with big Red Sox deal

First “best shape of his life” story of the off-season?

In a joint English-Spanish interview with ESPN.com and ESPN Deportes, Sandoval said he got “complacent” after signing a five-year, $95 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in November 2014 and pledged to “start my baseball career all over again” now that he is fully recovered from left shoulder surgery.

“My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished,” Sandoval said by phone in his first public comments since August. “I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be.”...

Over the past few months, Sandoval has shed “significant” weight, according to Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. Neither the team nor Sandoval has divulged specifics, but after principal owner John Henry’s widely derided comment this past spring that Sandoval’s body fat was only 17 percent, the exact number is almost beside the point with two months left before spring training.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2016 at 01:21 PM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Red Sox pitch framing could help Chris Sale | MLB.com

Great stuff from Mike Petriello.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 08:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox, statcast

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Red Sox Reportedly Agree To Deal With Mitch Moreland « CBS Boston

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox are signing Mitch Moreland on one-year deal, pending physical.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 06:16 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, mitch moreland, red sox

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter: Sale to #RedSox. Moncada,  Kopech and two other prospects to #WhiteSox.

I will update this when more info becomes available.

UPDATE 6:12 PM:

The Red Sox will also send highly touted pitching prospect Michael Kopech, outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe and right-hander Victor Diaz to Chicago. Moncada is the top-ranked prospect in the game, according to MLBPipeline.com. The deal marks the first time in at least 25 years that baseball’s No. 1 prospect has been traded, based on the rankings done by MLB Pipeline and Baseball America.ine and Baseball America.

UPDATE 2:56 PM:

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 06:12 PM | 141 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, trades, white sox

Red Sox trade Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon to Brewers for Tyler Thornburg - Over the Monster

I’m not up on Pennington but this seems like a decent haul for a reliever. Neither Shaw or Dubon are great but they are decent players.

The Red Sox have traded Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon, and Josh Pennington to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for reliever Tyler Thornburg.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 10:30 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, red sox, trades

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