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Predicting the 2015 Boston Red Sox Depth Chart

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) makes a diving catch against the Oakland Athletics during a game in 2013. Here’s a quick look at how the Boston Red sox depth chart is shaping up. Pitchers have been omitted, but will be coming in a later article. Each position is given a status of “No Brainer, Decent, or Toss-Up”. “No Brainer” means it is given or most...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #88: Rusney Castillo | OF | BOS

There may not be a player I’m more interested in entering 2015 than Rusney Castillo. Part of it’s that I’m a Red Sox fan and I want to see the $72.5MM man likely responsible for booting Shane Victorino from town, or at the very least the starting lineup. Another part, and probably a larger part to be honest, is that the range of possible outcomes for Castillo is pretty staggering...
Via Baseball Professor
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

How Much Playing Time Will Daniel Nava See?

On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $1.85 million deal with Daniel Nava to avoid arbitration. Nava, who debuted with the Red Sox in 2010, had a career year in 2013, but saw his numbers dip this past season. Nava gives the Red Sox versatility with the ability to play both corner outfield spots and first base, not to mention the fact that he is a switch-hitter. However...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval Reaches Out to the Boston Shoveler

If there’s any doubt as to whether or not Pablo Sandoval is going to be a fan favorite in Boston…your questions have been answered. First, some backstory. Earlier this week, after BeanTown was buried under more than two feet of snow(!), someone went out of their way Tuesday to clear off the finish line of the Boston Marathon. How cool is that? Answer…so cool the Boston Police...
Via Hall of Very Good
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nava And Red Sox Agree On One-Year Deal

Daniel Nava and the Red Sox avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.85 million contract. The 31-year old fan favorite will be part of an extremely competitive outfield mix—even of a few are traded off in the near future. Along with Nava, Hanley Ramirez, Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts, Shane Victorino, Allen Craig, and Jackie Bradley, Jr. will all vie for playing time...
Via FenwayNation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox have busy Thursday

The Boston Red Sox were very busy Thursday, adding some decent-name talent while keeping some in-house talent happy. 
Via CLNS Radio
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #90: Dustin Pedroia | 2B | BOS

2014 was a pretty rough year for Dustin Pedroia no matter which way you look at it. Hampered by a wrist injury all season, he ended up hitting just .278 with 7 HR and 6 SB – all career lows for the former four-time-All Star. He finished the year as only the 16th-best fantasy second baseman according to ESPN’s Player Rater, which is especially disappointing considering that he...
Via Baseball Professor
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Five Ways the Red Sox Can Market the Hell Out of the Pablo Sandoval Signing

Dear Red Sox Ownership: It’s me again. The guy with the puppet and the blog. You may have stopped reading my mail after my petition for a Julian Tavarez all-nude theme-ride on Lansdowne and Wes Chamberlain Cuddle Pillow Night, but I felt compelled to write you one more time. You see, I know that part of the reason you spent large cash on Pablo Sandoval was that in addition to...
Via Surviving Grady
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Where does Pedro Martinez rank among Boston Red Sox all time greats?

There was no surprise when former Boston Red Sox great Pedro Martinez received the call from Cooperstown last month as he was voted in as part of the newest class into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. He announced recently that he will indeed be wearing the “B” for Boston on his cap and will be the thirteenth Red Sox player in the hall of fame to do so. So the question...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wednesday Links: Young pitching still a strength for Red Sox despite trades

Photo credit: Kelly O’Connor Not many MLB clubs can say that they’ve traded three major league ready pitching prospects and their farm system is no worse off for it, but the Red Sox are one of those few teams. Following the most recent trade of former first round draft pick Anthony Ranaudo, Boston’s pile of discarded young pitchers was pushed to three (Rubby De La Rosa and...
Via Fire Brand AL
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox May Be Eyeing Korean First Baseman

Multiple reports out of The Republic Of Korea indicate that the Red Sox (and possibly the Oakland Athletics as well) are interested in signing 28-year old first baseman Park Byung-ho. Park is a two-time Korean Baseball Organization MVP—hitting 52 HRs in 2014. Park is eligible to be "posted" to MLB teams for 2015—and has signed with a a US agent. Boston may be looking down the...
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

How do the projection systems view the 2015 Red Sox?

Given all the snow currently blanketing the northeast, Red Sox fans could be forgiven for believing that baseball season remains far off in the distant future. But those hopeful first days of spring training are moving ever closer, with pitchers and catchers scheduled to arrive in Fort Myers in less than a month to begin preparing for next season. Barring any surprise moves, then...
Via Fire Brand AL
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Allen Craig: Boston Red Sox Trade Bait?

While the Boston Red Sox are preparing to report to Spring Training in just over a month, the team is still busy trying to put the final touches on the roster that will hopefully result in the team’s 9th world championship this November. On Tuesday, the club reportedly agreed in principal to a trade with the Texas Ranger to acquire left handed pitcher Robbie Ross in exchange for...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox Trade Anthony Ranaudo For Robbie Ross

In a one-for-one switch, the Boston Red Sox have traded right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo to the Texas Rangers for left-handed pitcher Robbie Ross. 
Via CLNS Radio
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Kelly Thinks Allen Craig Will Be "Awesome"

Kelly (L); Craig (R)Joe Kelly—fresh off predicting he'll win the 2015 AL Cy Young Award—is forecasting great things for his old Cardinal teammate Allen Craig. Kelly points to the years when Craig was the best hitter on the St. Louis squad, "We had Matt Hollidays, we had Lance Berkmans. But check out any playoff games, any stats, the guy was our best player, 100 percent." And...
Via FenwayNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli’s Blizzard Plans Are Cooler Than Yours

First blizzard!!! Cards against humanity = good times @gracietracy @kristenscanlon @anastasia_tibs @marinexo @bostonsblackie A photo posted by Michael Napoli (@mikenapoli25) on Jan 26, 2015 at 7:19pm PST Booze in red party cups? Check. ****-tons of TVs to monitor the storm and/or view porno flicks? Check. A guest list that is precariously balanced to ensure a two-girls...
Via Surviving Grady
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Can Joe Kelly win the Cy Young?

Spoiler alert: Joe Kelly is winning the American League Cy Young in 2015. Joe Kelly has said he’ll win the A.L. Cy Young award this year. Will it happen? At least, that’s what the Boston Red Sox right-hander said at the team’s Winter Weekend Jan. 24. He told WEEI radio that he would take home the top pitching prize in the A.L. this season. Kelly said he is very angry when...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Boston Red Sox

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Boston Red Sox. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Finalized team, fact or fiction?

It’s been a busy offseason for the Boston Red Sox full of trading, buying and renewing players for the upcoming season. With all that in mind, could the Red Sox have a completely finalized team for the upcoming season before spring training even starts? According to the latest statement made by Boston’s general manager, Ben Cherington, the Red Sox might have a finalized team...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox Winter Weekend 2015

 Ledyard, CT- The Boston Red Sox held their first ever Winter Weekend at Foxwoods Casino yesterday, and the event brought five thousand fans eager for the 2015 season to begin. While the event held a Friday night Town Hall meeting to kick off the festivities, and a hitting clinic on Sunday for kids, most of the fun came all day Saturday where fans were treated to over 30 current...
Via RedSoxLife
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli almost retired because of sleep apnea

      This embed is invalid   " /> MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Mike Napoli’s pillow has never felt so good.   Napoli underwent successful surgery in November to alleviate his sleep apnea, which the Boston Red Sox first baseman revealed Saturday was actually much worse than anyone ever imagined. “I couldn’t do it anymore, the way I was feeling,” Napoli...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox P Joe Kelly predicts he will win Cy Young Award

      This embed is invalid   " /> MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Joe Kelly expects to collect hardware at the end of 2015.   Kelly said during a radio appearance Saturday morning that he will win the American League Cy Young award this season. The Boston Red Sox starter didn’t backtrack when pressed on the prediction a short time later. Instead, he reiterated...
Via NESN.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Fan Shakes John Farrell’s Hand, Meets Dustin Pedroia At ‘Winter Weekend’ (Video)

The Boston Red Sox’ “Winter Weekend” at Foxwoods Casino has drawn many excited fans who can’t wait for spring and the return of baseball to Fenway Park. One young fan named Luke has had an unforgettable experience. He had the opportunity to shake Red Sox manager John Farrell’s hand at Friday night’s Town Hall meeting, and he joined the NESN set with host Tom Caron on...
Via NESN.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Shane Victorino apparently texting pics of his abs to Red Sox manager John Farrell

Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino suffered through an injury-plagued 2013 campaign that saw him play in only 30 games and ultimately had season-ending back surgery on Aug. 5. But he’s clearly motivated to show the team that he will be ready and raring to go come Spring Training, by texting pics of his presumably...Read More The post Shane Victorino apparently texting pics...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Making the Case for a Strasburg/Betts Trade

The Boston Red Sox have too many outfielders. This isn’t news; it’s been clear for a while now that their outfield is overcrowded, and while shipping Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit for Rick Porcello alleviated the problem to a degree, they still don’t have enough at-bats to go around for the guys they’re going to bring […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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