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Friday, September 01, 2006

Weekly Minor League Thread: Welcome Backstop Kotteras

Maybe the only bright spot in this recent slide into oblivion is that the Red Sox dropped far enough quickly enough that it made sense to deal away Wells for whatever you could get. My hope was that they would accept nothing less than a B prospect, and in Kotteras I think they surpassed that level a bit. Both Sickels (B+) and BA had him as the Pads’ #2 prospect, Dayn Perry (I know) had him #77 in baseball, and got an honorable mention on the Baseball Analyst 75. He has good discipline and a ...

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Darren Posted: September 01, 2006 at 02:34 AM | 28 comment(s)
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Thursday, August 31, 2006

How bad can it get? Very, very bad.

Today’s lineup pretty much says it all:

Kevin Youkilis, LF
Alex Cora, SS
Mark Loretta, DH
Mike Lowell, 3B
Gabe Kapler, CF
Doug Mirabelli, C
Eric Hinske, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Carlos Pena, 1B

Well, they had their starting 3b! The amount of injuries heaped upon this team has been staggering. It’s so bad that I’m glad that they didn’t make any major moves at the deadline. They would have turned out to be waste. Let’s hope that David Wells will soon be on his way west. ...Read More...

Darren Posted: August 31, 2006 at 01:16 AM | 44 comment(s)
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Monday, August 28, 2006

August 31: Are We Buyers or Sellers?

I’m one of the few card-carrying optimists around here, and I am on record as saying that this team has its best baseball ahead of it, that it will have a strong September and will make an entertaining bid for the playoffs.

I still believe that. And yet, a couple days before the Aug. 31 deadline, I say now is the time to fold and sell, sell, sell.

Who can we sell? I frankly don’t know, I don’t follow waiver statuses as closely as many of you. But if we can grant Wells his preseason wish and ...

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Toby Posted: August 28, 2006 at 02:18 PM | 60 comment(s)
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Bullpen Concerns Revisited Revisited

Since the other thread on the Red Sox Bullpen has been sent off into oblvion, I’m starting a new one. People can continue to ruin that thread for all I care, but please let’s use this one to discuss the topic at hand.

Earlier in the year, I voiced some concerns about the bullpen’s workload:

Can anyone explain to me why, with a 7-1 lead, Francona went to Keith Foulke tonight? Foulke isn’t the only overworked pitcher in the pen, but he’s the leading one. 162 g pace coming into the night: ...Read More...

Darren Posted: August 28, 2006 at 03:18 AM | 35 comment(s)
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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Stupid Snark Fest (Formerly Bullpen Concerns revisited)

Earlier in the year, I voiced some concerns about the bullpen’s workload:

Can anyone explain to me why, with a 7-1 lead, Francona went to Keith Foulke tonight? Foulke isn’t the only overworked pitcher in the pen, but he’s the leading one. 162 g pace coming into the night:

Foulke 84 g, 108 ip
Paps 90 g, 98 ip
Timlin 78 g, 68 ip

The good news is that since that time, everyone’s workload has been decreased. The bad news is that, in the case of Foulke and Timlin, the decrease was caused by ...

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Darren Posted: August 27, 2006 at 12:14 PM | 54 comment(s)
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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Treating players well

This is a subject that I don’t often think we, as fans, can really comment on too well because we just don’t know enough of the facts. In most cases where I do have an opinion, I tend to think that the players and teams owe each other little in the way of loyalty, etc. For example, I had no problem with the team signing Arroyo to a multi-year deal then trading him. He knew the risks of signing the deal and, apparantly, was given no assurances that he’d be staying.

All that being said, I ...

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Darren Posted: August 26, 2006 at 02:19 AM | 17 comment(s)
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Friday, August 25, 2006

Weekly Minor League Thread: Draft Signings

There has apparently been some movement on the Red Sox draft picks:

—Rumor has it that

Josh

Daniel Bard, the Sox pick at #28 in the draft has signed for around a $1.5 mil. bonus. Looks like a power arm with some control issues.
—La Porta is reportedly returning to UF, thereby ending our hopes of signing him. Coming off an off year, he had been ranked #38 by BA. Going back to school was probably his best choice.
—Lars Anderson has signed. He was a highschooler who was ranked #41 by BA, and has ...

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Darren Posted: August 25, 2006 at 01:12 AM | 20 comment(s)
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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Pedroia, Pedroia, Pedroia

Pedroia’s been called up so we’ve at least got something fun to talk about as the season goes down the drain. Then again, his greatness may rescue from the horribleness! Save us Baby Jesus, save us Oprah, save us Tom Cruise, save us Pedroia!

Darren Posted: August 22, 2006 at 09:47 PM | 34 comment(s)
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Sunday, August 20, 2006

What the hell happened?

What’s everyone’s take on what has happened this season? Was this team constructed in a flawed way? If so, what was wrong with the plan? Was it simply unlucky? Bad things do happen to good GMs occassionally. Is this one of those cases?

I’m conflicted. I think most of the moves the Red Sox have made are defensible, even with the benefit of hindsight. As one example Coco seems to be a good player who had a fluke injury. I still think that paying him + part of Renteria’s salary and getting a ...

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Darren Posted: August 20, 2006 at 08:48 PM | 195 comment(s)
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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Weekly (ha) Minor League Thread

Well, I don’t have much to say here. Pena should be a nice, low-cost addition to the depth at AAA. Hopefully, in September, he will make the Yanks regret letting him go.

Back in the preseason I was trying to think of a good comp for Marte, and Pena may be about as close as it gets. He was considerably older than Marte, but both put up good power numbers, good walks, and K’ed a bunch in AA/AAA. Maybe a step above Pena is what we can expect from Marte with the bat. At 3B, that’s a pretty nice ...

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Darren Posted: August 17, 2006 at 11:28 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Five to Stay Alive

This is it, folks. This weekend will go a long way toward determining the outcome of the 2006 season. The way I see it, the Red Sox will still be breathing if they lose 3 of 5, but anything worse puts them in a 4.5 game or more hole. If they can muster 3 of 5, then they’ll be only 1/2 game out and the rest of the season will be a toss up. Anything more than that would put them in the fabled catbird’s seat.

Here’s hoping that Big Papi cements his MVP case this weekend.

(Sorry for the lack of ...

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Darren Posted: August 17, 2006 at 11:00 PM | 73 comment(s)
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Thursday, August 10, 2006

NOW, NOW, NOW, NOW, NOW, WIN NOOOOOW!

I’m glad the Sox aren’t run by Bill Reynolds and the thinkers of his ilk. In his most recent column, Bill Reynolds: Hey, Sox, the future is now, Bill states, “It seems to me the future is now. Manny and Ortiz in their prime. Schilling near the end, maybe Varitek, too. It seems to me that in a season where the National League looks like an overpaid International League, the Yankees have had their problems, the White Sox have a hangover after last year’s World Series win, and no one seems able to ...

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Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2006 at 01:18 PM | 142 comment(s)
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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Weekly Minor League Thread: Where you turn your attention the Major League club gets unbearable

Here’s a few things to check out:

—Pedroia has been playing 3B in Pawtucket, presumably in case Lowell is not able to play for an extended period. Not sure how much I like this move. He’s just coming into his own, no need to jerk him around. I’d rather see them stick Youks there, play Papi or Pena at 1B, and perhaps give Murphy a shot in RF. Pedroia there makes for an awfully weak lineup, powerwise.

—Ellsbury’s holding his own at AA with a .309/.363/.383 line, 9 steals, and 11/7 K/BB ratio ...

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Darren Posted: August 06, 2006 at 09:51 PM | 36 comment(s)
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This team is depressing

As much as I want to be positive about this team, it’s very hard to do so. Each time AGonz completes an AB, I’m thinking that I’m about to see the top of the order again. Unfortunately, there are always two surprise chumps batting after him these days.

The bullpen acceptable, but Francona does not seem to know how to manage it. Any game in which the Sox have the lead, he will go to Delcarmen in the 7th (if needed), then Timlin for the 8th, then Papelbon for the 9th. Sometimes, as with today, ...

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Darren Posted: August 06, 2006 at 09:41 PM | 103 comment(s)
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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Weekly Minor League Thread: Mark Wagner

The 22-year-old catcher was taken in the 9th round last year out of UC-Irvine. After an unimpressive 05 debut, he’s had a very nice year this year at Greenville. He’s hitting .303/.390/.469, and his 30 2B, 40 BB, and 48 K in 320 ABs bode well for the future. Anyone want to comment on his defense?

From Soxprospects.com: Mark Wagner

Darren Posted: August 02, 2006 at 03:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
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Walking Wounded

And so ends the Yankees’ exclusive rights to complaining about injuries.

Varitek: out 4-6 weeks
Trot: out 3 weeks
Lowell: left game after fouling ball off his leg
Foulke: Foulked.
Wells: ?
Wake: ?
Clement: ?

These are trying times, I’ll say that. Too bad Tek’s injury didn’t come a day earlier, they probably could/would have found a replacement. Luckily, Mirabelli is pretty good.

Darren Posted: August 02, 2006 at 03:05 AM | 223 comment(s)
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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

We Don’t Need No Stinking Trades - Papi does it again…

No trades for the Sox, but yesterday was still an insane day.  Maybe more insane than if they actually made a trade.  Lot’s of stuff in the rag sheets today lets touch on some of it.

Nick Cafardo has a pretty thorough article up for the Globe “deadline passes as do sox”.  He talks about some of the potential deals that were out their including a Crisp for Buehrle trade, two of Lester, Hansen, Delcarman for Roy Oswalt.  Sox were apparently never really in the Lugo hunt, and the Jones rumors ...

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Mister High Standards Posted: August 01, 2006 at 12:47 PM | 28 comment(s)
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It Just Never Gets Old

Well, as much of a bummer as the trade deadline was, the Big Papi always makes everything better. As I talked to my friend while watching the ninth we were joking about how all Loretta had to do was not hit into a triple and we were guaranteed a win.

And a nice bit of announcing by Jerry and Don to let the moment (and the crowd) speak for itself. I agree: MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP! MVP!

Darren Posted: August 01, 2006 at 02:50 AM | 169 comment(s)
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Monday, July 31, 2006

The BUZZ: Red Sox Trade Talk for Today

This is the Globes “rumor board” - Some intresting stuff - a couple of 3 way proposals with Lowell being shipped out of town.  More Ryan Sheely talk, which I like as well as kicking the tires on Soriano and Schmidt.  This link will be updated through out the day.

 

Mister High Standards Posted: July 31, 2006 at 01:33 PM | 101 comment(s)
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Boston responds to the Abreu trade…

by acquiring Bryan Corey for Luis Mendoza! Globe link.

Take that Yankees! (You can use this thread to discuss the Yankees deal, the Corey deal, or any of the other deals the Sox are supposedly making.)

Darren Posted: July 31, 2006 at 12:07 AM | 60 comment(s)
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Friday, July 28, 2006

Kyle Snyder: the 4 inning man

This will be a brief one, but it seems to me that the Red Sox have, in Kyle Snyder, a pitcher who can do a pretty good job for about 4 IP. After that, he sucks so badly that it undoes all the good that his first 4 IP did. His splits don’t show this particularly well because they include one completely disasterous start (which had some extenuating circumstances) that skews the numbers. But in his other 4 starts, Snyder’s given up 15 R (13 ER). 10 R (8 ER) have come in his four 5th innings, which ...

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Darren Posted: July 28, 2006 at 01:56 AM | 17 comment(s)
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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Weekly Minor League Thread: Do the Red Sox have any interesting prospects in A ball?

Of Corsaletti they do. Corsaletti’s maintained his nice K-BB ratio this year and has brought his average up to respectable levels in a tough park. He’s 23, so that’s not so hot, and he hasn’t much power. But a nice name that lends itself to terrible puns is important.

Darren Posted: July 25, 2006 at 03:02 AM | 100 comment(s)
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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Beckett Signs Extension

The Red Sox have announced that they’ve signed Beckett to a 3/28 extension, with an option for a 4th year. That year kicks in automatically if Beckett pitches 20 games in 09 or 56 over 008 and 09. There’s a $2 mil. buyout and the option is for $12 mil. So it works out to 3/30 or 4/40. Globe Story.

This is a good deal. Even though Beckett has stunk it up this year, all of his numbers except HRs are fine, and HRs are pretty flukey. He’d like get far more by going to arb his final year and then ...

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Darren Posted: July 20, 2006 at 09:33 PM | 31 comment(s)
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Monday, July 17, 2006

Weekly Minor League Thread: All Pedroia all the time

It seems like before a dork has time to even update his spreadsheet, Pedroia is putting up another multi-hit game to improve his numbers. After seeming months of his .250/.350/.350 act, Pedroia’s 2006 stats have actually reached: .311/.389/.435, with 35 BB and 23 K. MCoA has noted in other threads that this translates to something very much like what Loretta is doing for the big league club right now. If there’s any interest in Loretta out there, I hope the Sox can use him to land something ...

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Darren Posted: July 17, 2006 at 10:39 PM | 12 comment(s)
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The Looming Trade Deadline

The non-waiver trade deadline is two weeks from today. What are the Red Sox needs? Who should they give up, and who should be untouchable?

The tough part of answering the former question is that the health of Wells/Clement are still unknown. If neither can come back, I’d say getting a mid-rotation starter is the obvious move. But if either of those guys can do the job, it would be an awful waste to deal a good prospect for someone like John Leiber. As to the latter, I’m horrible with that ...

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Darren Posted: July 17, 2006 at 10:33 PM | 31 comment(s)
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Friday, July 14, 2006

Feeding the Monster by Seth Mnookin

Mnookin’s received practically unfettered access to the Red Sox’ inner workings during the 2005 season, and has written a book about the experience. The failed Pedro negotiations, Theo’s departure, and many other topics are covered. MCoA has read the book and suggested that it would make a good discussion here.

Mnookin also did a chat on SOSH about the book.

Darren Posted: July 14, 2006 at 06:16 PM | 36 comment(s)
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Thursday, July 13, 2006

The schedule is our friend

The Red Sox start the second half tonight with the first game of an eight-game homestand. As with last year’s schedule (if I recall correctly), the Sox played the most away games in the majors in the first half, so they get a lot of home games the second half—45 out of 78. Happily, the Sox have played very well at home (.730). They have not lost a home game since June 11 against Texas (losing the second game of a doubleheader after winning the first one). They carry a nine-game home winning ...

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Toby Posted: July 13, 2006 at 04:51 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

another New Englander on board

The Sox really seem to like the New Englanders. They entertained the idea of hiring Bowden and Beattie, and now they’ve brought in New Hampshire native Allard Baird to be a special assignment scout.

The Kansas City Star explains that Baird grew up a Red Sox fan in Rochester, NH:

Baird will perform various scouting tasks for Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, including the evaluation of possible trade targets and free-agent acquisitions.

“Basically,” Baird said, “I’ll be doing ...

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Toby Posted: July 11, 2006 at 06:31 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Weekly Minor League Thread: David Murphy, prospect or suspect?

Murphy’s stats are a little deceiving because it’s tempting to just look at his AAA line. But here’s what his numbers look like when you add them up:

.293 .356 .485, 328 AB, 32 BB, 59 K, 34 2B, 4 3B, 7 HR.

That’s a 24-year-old, in AA/AAA. The doubles are great, and may portend future power (though time’s running out). The K/BB is just okay at best, I think. To me, these numbers, combined with a strong finish to last year, push Murphy into the C+/B- range. Ie, he’s a prospect of some sort, ...

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Darren Posted: July 09, 2006 at 03:45 PM | 44 comment(s)
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Midseason in Review: Expectations vs. Reality

With the traditional halfway point of the All-Star Break approaching, I thought it would be a good time too look back at what’s happened so far vs. what we expected or worried about in the preseason.

Starting Pitching: There were three very big question marks in the rotation as the season began: Schilling’s health, Beckett’s adjustment to the AL, and which Clement we would see. Schilling has passed every test so far, and even though his stuff doesn’t look as dominant as it did a few years ...

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Darren Posted: July 09, 2006 at 02:46 PM | 77 comment(s)
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