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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Red Sox notes: Nathan Eovaldi considering surgery to treat loose body in elbow

It started as an unsettling off day Thursday, when Eovaldi suddenly realized he couldn’t straighten his arm. An MRI revealed loose bodies in his elbow, an issue he also had in March 2018, when he needed arthroscopic surgery to remove them and missed two months while still with the Tampa Bay Rays.

This time, though, he could return even quicker since he’s not simultaneously recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he felt like prolonged his recovery and encouraged the Rays to be more cautious with him.

“It’s very similar to what I had last year,” he said. “I finished my outing in New York (Wednesday), felt great, never had any symptoms. And then it was my off day, later that night, I tried to straighten my arm and couldn’t get it straight. It was sore in there. Told the trainers on Friday and everything, ligament-wise, UCL-wise, it’s all fine. I just have two loose bodies in there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2019 at 09:39 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: nathan eovaldi, red sox

Friday, April 19, 2019

Pedroia gets good news on latest knee injury

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said he received good news about the irritation in his left knee that led to his return to the 10-day injured list.

The 35-year-old was activated April 9 after starting the season on the injured list with inflammation in the knee but left Wednesday night’s game against the New York Yankees in the second inning. He was examined Thursday, when Boston put him back on the IL.

“More kind of scared me than anything,” Pedroia said before Friday’s game at Tampa Bay. “I was nervous, obviously, to feel that. We’re just going to let it calm down for a few days and then it should be all right. I hadn’t had any issues up until this point.”

Mind you, if the story goes as it has so far, that means he’ll be playing on a peg leg sometime in 2020….

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:52 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, knee, red sox

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Red Sox injury: Where things stand with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s knee | WEEI

If the Red Sox really want to get Chavis acclimated at 2B maybe they should play him there more than half the time.

The likely short-term solution is Tzu-Wei Lin, who impressed in spring training and has gotten off to a solid start with Triple-A Pawtucket, going 5-for-9 in his last two games. Top prospect Michael Chavis has shown good power (4 homers .250 batting average, .954 OPS), but is still acclimating himself to playing the second base position.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2019 at 08:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Sale: ‘This is flat-out embarrassing’

Leon didn’t bring his magic pitch calling to the game yesterday.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:16 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Sox recall Leon from Triple-A; Swihart DFA’d

This was a surprise and smells of desperation.

“By no means [am I] saying that we’re putting this on Blake,” said Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. “It’s just, our guys haven’t pitched very well. There’s a combination of factors. But we just felt at this time it was better to bring up more of a veteran-type catcher to handle a veteran starting pitching staff, so that’s what we decided to do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox, sandy leon

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Mookie Betts after another Red Sox loss: ‘What I’m doing is unacceptable’

Reigning American League MVP Mookie Betts is taking full responsibility for the Boston Red Sox’s rough start. After yet another loss Monday, Betts said his performance at the plate has been “unacceptable.”

The 26-year-old Betts went 0-for-3 with a walk in the team’s 8-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. After the game, Betts told Ian Browne of MLB.com he had to figure out a way to “help the team.”

“Basically, what I’m doing is unacceptable,” Betts said. “I have to figure out a way to get something done and help the team.”

On the bright side, this isn’t the first time that Red Sox fans have been disappointed due to the actions of a guy named Mookie.

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:21 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Monday, April 15, 2019

From malcontent to masterful: How David Price became indispensable to the Red Sox

Somebody should rummage through the discarded laundry of the 2014 Red Sox and find a t-shirt that’s only to be worn on the days David Price pitches.

“He’s the Ace.”

Three years after signing a record $217 million contract and two years after watching it nearly all burn, Price has claimed his place atop the Red Sox rotation in a comeback that might not reach Tiger Woods levels, but certainly deserves its own extended golf clap.

A one-time candidate for highest-paid malcontent in sports, Price has emerged from his darkest days in Boston to stabilize the defending World Series champions.

Mind you, with the Red Sox’s starting pitching in the position that they are in, that’s not hard to do at all….

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Red Sox heating up ahead of Patriots’ Day game vs. O’s

Like the 26.2-mile course that runs through the suburbs to Boylston Street in Boston, the Major League Baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint.

The Red Sox are trying to pick up the pace, though.

Boston seeks its first series victory of the year when it hosts the Baltimore Orioles in the finale of a four-game set Monday in the annual Patriots’ Day morning game.

My cousin is running in the Boston Marathon- wish her the best of luck….

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: boston, red sox

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Red Sox Extend Xander Bogaerts (6/$120m)

Just a week after locking up free-agent-to-be Chris Sale with a five-year extension, the Red Sox secured long-term control over another member of their core Monday when they announced a six-year extension with shortstop Xander Bogaerts.  The deal reportedly guarantees Bogaerts $120MM from 2020-25 and contains a vesting option for the 2026 season.  The vesting option is reportedly worth another $20MM and would kick in if Bogaerts made 535 plate appearances in 2025.  Bogaerts, a client of the Boras Corporation, is also said to have received an opt-out provision after the 2022 season.

As Dan Szymborski points out Bogaerts probably left a lot of money on the table. ZiPS has Bogaerts being worth ~200m over the seven years the contract might cover if Bogaerts doesn’t opt out and the vesting option kicks in.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Where would the Red Sox be without Mitch Moreland? You *really* don’t want to know

Without Mitch Moreland, we might be trying to ring members of the 1988 Orioles to reminisce about historic baseball futility.

Those O’s started 0-21, and a legitimate case can be made that Moreland is all that stands between the defending World Series champion Red Sox being 0-13 instead of 4-9.

On Thursday night, Moreland maintained his torrid start by slamming a pair of game-tying hits: a solo homer in the seventh and a booming double in the ninth before the Red Sox walked off the Blue Jays for a much-needed 7-6 victory.

Buffalo? East Palo Alto? The vacant lot where Tiger Stadium used to be? A crater on the dark side of the moon?

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mitch moreland, red sox

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Top Red Sox prospect Darwinzon Hernandez makes tremendous first impression

The Red Sox let Darwinzon Hernandez know how they felt about his future by pairing him with the five members of the starting rotation for one of his first official side sessions of spring training.

With Pedro Martinez in attendance, Hernandez threw immediately after Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, Nathan Eovaldi, and Eduardo Rodriguez in Fort Myers. Afterwards, manager Alex Cora noted that, “it takes more than 25 guys to win a World Series.”

The presumption on that day and throughout camp was that perhaps Hernandez could help this season in the bullpen. But here’s another thought. What if he’s meant to jolt life into the rotation?

Something to add to our list of great names.

 

QLE Posted: April 09, 2019 at 04:14 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: darwinzon hernandez, prospects, red sox

Sunday, April 07, 2019

3 reasons the Red Sox have started worse than any World Series champion since 1998

The Boston Red Sox are looking for the reset button.

After dominating Major League Baseball throughout the entire 2018 season, leading to a franchise-record 108 regular season wins and a World Series victory, the Red Sox are off to a dreadful start in 2019.

Friday’s 15-8 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks dropped their record to 2-7, which is the worst nine-game start by a reigning World Series champion since the 1998 Florida Marlins.

It seems that panic hits earlier and earlier each year….

 

 

QLE Posted: April 07, 2019 at 03:25 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: baserunning, defense, pitching, red sox

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Marte, D-backs pummel Red Sox with 7-run 6th

Ketel Marte hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and Adam Jones — Boston’s former American League East nemesis with Baltimore — belted another homer in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 15-8 win Friday over the Red Sox in Phoenix.

Boston is 2-7 in its 11-game West Coast road trip to start the season. Arizona thrilled its fans with five home runs in its home opener after going 3-4 in its first seven games at Los Angeles and San Diego.

Marte’s home run in the fourth inning off Boston starter Rick Porcello (0-2) started a four-run rally, and his first career grand slam, off Brian Johnson, was part of a seven-run outburst in the sixth for the Diamondbacks.

And the hits just keep on coming!

QLE Posted: April 06, 2019 at 07:59 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, red sox

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Ron Darling: Lenny Dykstra made racist taunts to Red Sox in ‘86 World Series

Ron Darling has a story to tell about the 1986 World Series, and neither Boston Red Sox fans nor New York Mets fans will like it.

The former Mets pitcher recently published a new book titled, “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game,” that includes an ugly anecdote about teammate Lenny Dykstra’s actions during Game 3 of the ‘86 World Series between the Red Sox and Mets in Boston.

After taking the first two games of the series, the Red Sox started Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd in Game 3, and Dykstra led off in the top of the first inning. According to Darling, as Boyd was finishing his warmups, Dykstra yelled “ugliest piece of vitriol I’ve ever heard” in the pitcher’s direction.

Would that I could be surprised, would that I could.

 

QLE Posted: March 31, 2019 at 05:25 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: lenny dykstra, mets, oil can boyd, red sox, ron darling

MLB Rumors: Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor on Red Sox’s long-term radar?

Alex Cora already brought the Red Sox a World Series title. Could he bring two marquee players to Boston next?

During an appearance Saturday on “MLB on FOX,” The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal suggested Cora’s presence in Boston may give the Red Sox the “inside track” on the Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa and the Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor when both shortstops become free agents after the 2021 season.

“The Sox, in theory, could have the inside track on both players,” Rosenthal says. “Their manager, Alex Cora, is from Puerto Rico, as are both players, and he was their GM in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.”

Mind you, those who remember the Hanley Ramirez/Pablo Sandoval debacle see ways this could backfire severely….

QLE Posted: March 31, 2019 at 05:21 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, carlos correa, francisco lindor, red sox, shortstops

Friday, March 29, 2019

Scherzer highest-paid player, Red Sox top payroll list again

NEW YORK (AP) — Washington pitcher Max Scherzer took over from Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout as baseball’s highest-paid player at $37.4 million and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox remained the sport’s biggest spender for the second straight year, according to a study of major league salaries by The Associated Press.

Baseball’s average salary dropped for an unprecedented second straight year on opening day, falling about $36,000 to approximately $4,375,000. But the drop was due to signing bonuses in new contracts for Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a few others. Baseball’s accounting rules allocate signing bonuses in equal portions over each guaranteed year of a contract, and the signing bonuses of nine players caused an $82,000 drop in the opening-day average.

Trout was the highest-paid last season at $34.08 million but his new deal dropped his salary for this year in exchange for a $20 million signing bonus. Scherzer’s salary is discounted because it is deferred with no interest.

The five highest-paid players are all pitchers, with Arizona’s Zack Greinke second at $32.4 million, followed by Boston’s Dave Price and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw at $31 million each and Washington’s Stephen Strasburg at $30.7 million.

Some data on the financial side of the game- given how much we discuss it, having this compiled has clear value.

 

QLE Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, max scherzer, money, red sox, salaries

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello tried to get contract extension done before season

Rick Porcello’s future in Boston remains up in the air as the Red Sox prepare for Opening Day.

The right-hander is scheduled to hit free agency after the 2019 campaign along with teammate Xander Bogaerts. Fellow Sox starter Chris Sale would have been a free agent after the season if he hadn’t signed a six-year, $160 million contract last week.

Porcello tried to join Sale in getting a deal done before Opening Day, but to no avail. The 30-year-old explained to WEEI’s Rob Bradford how his discussions went with the Red Sox brass.

He didn’t say “Management realized that I have no leverage on this matter”, but….

 

QLE Posted: March 28, 2019 at 05:49 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: contract extensions, red sox, rick porcello

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Ryan Brasier summoned to court for allowing kids to skip school and attend Red Sox playoff games

The right-hander revealed to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale he received a court summons in the mail from his hometown, Wichita Falls, Texas, asking to explain why his eight-year-old son had missed 21 days of school over the fall. Brasier wanted his entire family, including Kolten and his four-year-old daughter, to witness playoff baseball in person.

“It was the dumbest thing I heard in my life,” Brasier told Nightengale about the court notice. “It was ridiculous. We even had to hire a lawyer. It was a debacle. It wasn’t like we just weren’t sending him to school. There was a reason he wasn’t in school.”

The matter was eventually resolved and Brasier’s kids are back in school. He says he holds no regrets about his spontaneuous parenting decision. “It’s one thing if he was in high school or even junior high, but he was in first grade,” Brasier said.

Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: March 27, 2019 at 01:49 PM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, take his kids away

Monday, March 25, 2019

Red Sox sign Sale to 5-year, $145M extension

Left-hander Chris Sale has signed a five-year contract extension with the Boston Red Sox, team president Dave Dombrowski announced Saturday.

The five-year deal is worth $145 million, league sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan, and includes an opt-out after three years, a vesting sixth-year option based on stats worth at least $20 million and a no-trade clause beginning in the middle of the 2020 season.

The deal adds to Sale’s current contract (one year remaining) and will go through the 2024 season, with Sale making $30 million annually in the first three seasons and $27.5 million annually in the final two, league sources told Passan.

By popular demand!

 

QLE Posted: March 25, 2019 at 10:26 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, contract extension, red sox

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sam Kennedy hints Red Sox could host MLB All-Star Game within 5 years

It’s been 20 years since the MLB All-Star Game came to Fenway Park. According to Sam Kennedy, that drought may not reach 25.

The Red Sox president and CEO said Saturday he hopes the Midsummer Classic will come back to Boston within the next half-decade.

“I would hope that Fenway would have the opportunity to host an All-Star game in the next 3-5 years,” Kennedy wrote in an email to MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo.

Given how many teams there are, how often should it go to Boston?

QLE Posted: March 24, 2019 at 07:05 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, fenway park, red sox, sam kennedy

Friday, March 22, 2019

Don’t expect Mookie Betts to become the next MLB star to sign a huge extension

Signing extensions has become the latest trend in Major League Baseball. Over the past couple weeks, some of the game’s biggest stars — both current and future — inked mega deals to remain with their teams.

With the extension trend seemingly at its peak, one of the best players in baseball is pushing back against the idea.

Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts is almost certainly paying attention to the massive deals being handed out to his colleagues, but it doesn’t sound like he has a lot of interest in becoming the next young, talented player to sign an extension.

Note to self: Check two years from now to see if this held.

 

 

QLE Posted: March 22, 2019 at 07:20 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: contract extensions, mookie betts, red sox

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Could Red Sox prospect Durbin Feltman help bullpen in 2019? Early results are promising

Durbin Feltman is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing prospects in the Boston Red Sox farm system, and you might be hearing a lot more from him later in the year.

The Red Sox bullpen took a hit this offseason when Joe Kelly left to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency and the team decided not to bring back free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel. Matt Barnes is one option to be the next closer, but he hasn’t proven to be the undisputed candidate in spring training so far. As a result, there’s still no clear-cut candidate for the closer role, so it’s possible the dreaded bullpen-by-committee approach could be the strategy to open the 2019 season.

If the bullpen struggles or lacks certain elements throughout the year, it’s possible Feltman could get some run at the Major League level to showcase his talents.

Are we sure this isn’t one of the fake prospects from one of those video games with dodgy character names, somehow running amok in the real world?

 

QLE Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: durbin feltman, prospects, red sox

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Legend of Pedey appears to be back for Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Sometimes it seems The Legend of Pedey is greater than the man himself, which is saying something and, also, how legends—and love affairs—work, except that Pedey himself is still, you know, right here.

Dustin Pedroia is 35, has played in three baseball games since the fall of ‘17, stood with his chin on the rail as the Boston Red Sox put another championship on the wall, and otherwise, until lately, has dragged his bum left knee to and from the ballpark. As it is undeniably hard for him to watch a baseball game, it is perhaps harder still to watch him watch a baseball game, like watching a greyhound shiver in a starting gate. That never opens.

Having the Red Sox win with Pedroia in a hoodie, and with them barely breaking a sweat in October, still has a one-arm-tied-behind-their-back vibe to it, if only in part because of The Legend of Pedey. (And, also, because Red Sox second basemen ranked 14th in the American League in OPS.)

“Pedey”?

 

QLE Posted: March 17, 2019 at 07:23 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, nicknames, red sox, spring training

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Red Sox relief prospect Durbin Feltman compared to All-Star closer by American League scout

If 21-year-old relief prospect Durbin Feltman lives up to expectations, the bullpen won’t be an area of concern much longer for the Red Sox.

Boston’s third-round pick of last June’s MLB draft has turned heads at camp this spring. In fact, one American League scout even compared Feltman to a three-time All-Star closer after watching him take the mound in a minor-league game Monday.

“He was 94 [mph] with plus downer curveball,” the AL scout said, per WEEI. “Good aggressiveness. Arm action not the same, more effort, but the fastball and curveball shape remind me of a young [Mark] Melancon.”

Of course, this would mean more if there weren’t so many relievers in the All-Star Game.

 

QLE Posted: March 13, 2019 at 07:47 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: durbin feltman, mark melancon, prospects, red sox, relief pitching

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Is Sale’s fastball on the up-and-up? Hitters say yes - Sports - providencejournal.com

The big question is, can he stay healthy enough to pitch all year?

Based on the way hitters talk about and react to Sale’s pitching, there are times it seems his mechanics are near perfect. Yet he continues to find things to work on. In a recent bullpen, Pedro Martinez was giving Sale some feedback on his change-up, which Sale welcomes since he feels Martinez’s was “one of the best, no doubt.”

In addition to talks with Martinez, along with both Bannister and Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie, Sale has figured out exactly what needs to be done to keep his change-up consistent, along with his fastball and slider.

“The key for me with my change-up is, because I throw (from a lower arm slot), sometimes my hand will get flat,” Sale said. “It cuts or kind of spins off (without depth). ... Especially with the change-up, I try to create movement with it. So when that happens, sometimes my elbow will drop and it gets flat and I push it, instead of just throwing it. The main key for me is (keeping) my ring finger on top of the baseball. Once that gets sideways, it’s done. But having Pedro there to tell me that’s basically the same thing that he thought, it’s like, ‘OK, well, I’m at least on the right track.’”

Sale took another step toward seeing spring training action on Monday, throwing 45 pitches over three innings in a simulated game. He threw 32 strikes, punched out five, hit a batter, walked a batter and gave up three hits, one being an RBI-double to end his day.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

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