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   1. villageidiom Posted: March 21, 2017 at 05:04 PM (#5420807)
+1.4 Colby Lewis
+1.3 Jake Peavy
+0.7 Doug Fister
+0.6 C. J. Wilson
+0.5 Edwin Jackson
+0.3 Tim Lincecum
+0.2 Alfredo Simon

All those guys are still available. Those are their ZiPS WAR projections for 2017.

I don't think they should sign any of them, because none are a significant enough upgrade over Boston's 8th starter to warrant the cost. For that matter Boston's 9-deep rotation options don't include Brandon Workman, mostly because he's not a starter, but it's not like they couldn't go that route with him if desperate.

Injury concerns are concerns, but staffing the roster in case they have to go to their 9th starter (because 4 of the top 8 are hurt simultaneously) is about as doomsday as it gets. If that happens they might as well punt on 2017.

I'm happy to see Sandoval making things happen in a positive way. Last year was fun, and a productive Panda should enhance things.
   2. jmurph Posted: March 21, 2017 at 05:13 PM (#5420812)
Update: still haven't come around to the idea of cheering for Chris Sale, but I'm sure when the season begins and he's the only healthy pitcher on the roster, I'll get on board.
   3. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: March 21, 2017 at 07:02 PM (#5420857)
Sale looks like he works quickly. That alone is a plus. And the whole being awesome thing is nice too.
   4. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: March 29, 2017 at 11:51 AM (#5425277)
Mitch Moreland has the flu and is not going to DC with the club. That makes things a bit dicey. Ramirez can't play first yet apparently so either we put Holt, Hernandez or Rutledge at first with little to no experience, we carry Steve Selsky on the roster to start the year or...I don't know what.
   5. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: March 29, 2017 at 11:53 AM (#5425278)
I guess Travis is an option. He's not on the 40 man and maybe the Sox don't want to start his clock and burn an option but frankly he's a guy that using an option this year is a near certainty anyway.
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: March 29, 2017 at 11:57 AM (#5425280)
I'm almost certain Holt would be the 1B if Moreland/Hanley couldn't play for the first couple of games.
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: March 29, 2017 at 12:01 PM (#5425286)
Kyle Kendrick was assigned to minor league camp yesterday, so that implies positive things for the health of Wright, Pomeranz, and Rodriguez.
   8. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: March 30, 2017 at 12:58 PM (#5425995)
Pomeranz officially on the DL. It's the new 10 day version though and with backdating and all that Carl Willis says "it's not out of the question" he'll make his start in Detroit next weekend.
   9. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: March 31, 2017 at 04:57 PM (#5426880)
According to Sox Prospects Ben Taylor has made the Opening Day roster. He hasn't pitched above AA yet.
   10. Nasty Nate Posted: March 31, 2017 at 04:59 PM (#5426883)
Ben Taylor, who I have never heard of (and who hasn't been in any of these Sox Therapy roster previews), has made the opening day roster. He is a 2015 draftee who put up big K rates this past year in A and AA.

If he gets into a game, he will be the second from that Sox draft class to play, following Benintendi. I don't think anyone from their 2014 draft has played in the majors.

Edit: Jinx
   11. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: March 31, 2017 at 05:04 PM (#5426890)
I had heard of him but only as a name. I've probably seen him pitch but I genuinely can't remember. All along the guy I figured had the outside shot to make the club was Chandler Shepherd. Shows what I know.

(unrelated Nate but does your email from BTF get to you?)
   12. Nasty Nate Posted: March 31, 2017 at 05:24 PM (#5426908)
I don't know. As far as I can tell, the email address attached to my profile is active. Give it a try.
   13. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: March 31, 2017 at 07:00 PM (#5426971)
I did yesterday. I'll try it again.
   14. Nasty Nate Posted: April 01, 2017 at 12:33 PM (#5427096)
Ah it went to my junk mail. Just responded.
   15. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: April 01, 2017 at 02:27 PM (#5427139)
EdRod seems to have a new, or at least refined, pitch. He's throwing his slider considerably slower than I remember. It's working around 80-81, I like that for him.

Of course he's loaded the bases with one out.

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