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Over the Monster Dec 22, 2014

Daily Red Sox Links: James Shields, Rick Porcello, Ryan Hanigan

Today's links look at how the Red Sox can improve the rotation, whether they'll even make additions there, and a new team in on Cole Hamels. Unsurprisingly, the Red Sox are firmly in the mix for James Shields. (Bill Baer; Hardball Talk) It's still possible they will keep their rotation as-is, though, and only make additions to the bullpen. (Jason Mastrodonato; Masslive.com) Could Boston look to add another cheap, high-upside starter rather than go big? (Harry Burnham; Fire Brand of the AL) Rick Porcello was introduced on Friday, and he is excited to be here. (Gordon Edes; ESPN...
Boston Herald Dec 20, 2014
Red Sox Notebook: Porcello digs up his best Fenway memory

Red Sox Notebook: Porcello digs up his best Fenway memory

Rick Porcello’s top Fenway Park memory?Well, that’s easy.“Getting thrown out in the second inning my rookie year,” he said with a chuckle. “Getting charged by Kevin Youkilis.”In time, Porcello hopes to make different, better impressions on Yawkey Way. And surely the Red Sox traded for the right-hander last week because they believe he’s capable of anchoring their rebuilt starting rotation after spending six seasons as a back-end piece of the Tigers’ star-studded pitching staff.

Rick Porcello: Red Sox Are Going to Need 'Five Aces' To Get Job Done

When asked if he felt he could step up and become the ace of the staff, newly-minted Red Sox righthander Rick Porcello deflected the questions, instead saying everyone had to be an ace on the 2015 staff.
Over the Monster Dec 19, 2014

Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Cole Hamels, Rick Porcello

Today's links look at Mookie Betts' projections, the potential for a Cole Hamels deal and what the Red Sox can do for Rick Porcello going forward. How good does Bill James think Mookie Betts can be? (NESN Video) Why there's no need to rush into a deal for Cole Hamels. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald) What changes will be coming to MLB following the ending of the Cuban embargo? (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald) A look at what the Red Sox can do for Rick Porcello... (Scott Spratt; Fangraphs) ... the mostly likely path to the playoffs for every team in the AL East ... (David Schoenfield;...
Fenway Nation Dec 15, 2014
Biggest Sox Trade Loss Might Be Alex Wilson

Biggest Sox Trade Loss Might Be Alex Wilson

(USAToday Sports)It has gone almost completely unnoticed that RHP Alex Wilson was included in the package that netted the Red Sox Rick Porcello. Yoenis Cespdes was obviously the big chip that was moved for the right-handed starter, but Wilson may end up being the guy we regret sending to Detroit. In fact, FenwayNation awarded Wilson our 2014 "Under The Radar Award". Why? Wilson hurled just 28.1 innings in 18 appearances for the 2014 Sox, but he posted a 1.91 ERA—striking out 19 and walking just 5. He delivered a 0.88 WHIP and held opposing hitters to a .198 average. Sure, it's a small...

More to know on Miley, Porcello, Masterson

By now you might think you know all you need to know about the Boston Red Sox’s three newest starting pitchers. In Wade Miley, Rick Porcello and Justin Masterson, the Red Sox are getting a trio of inning-eating, worm-killing, under-30-year-old arms that, when calculated with projected arbitration salaries, will earn less combined than the average annual value of the six-year, $155 million deal that Jon Lester signed with the Chicago Cubs.
Boston Herald Dec 14, 2014
Red Sox Notebook: Ace could be found in restacked deck

Red Sox Notebook: Ace could be found in restacked deck

The quest to find the next ace of the Red Sox could already be over, but we just don’t know it yet.Manager John Farrell certainly hopes that’s the case. He’s excited about the possibility of adding three twenty-somethings to his rotation, at least two of whom — Wade Miley, Rick Porcello — could be on the verge of breaking out like the third one — Justin Masterson — did in Cleveland.
Grand Rapids Press Dec 13, 2014
Explaining why trade for Yoenis Cespedes will likely cost Detroit Tigers draft pick in 2016

Explaining why trade for Yoenis Cespedes will likely cost Detroit Tigers draft pick in 2016

That fact was one of the hold-ups when the Red Sox first approached the Tigers two weeks ago about a one-for-one swap of Porcello and Cespedes. SAN DIEGO -- Rick Porcello will be a free agent next offseason. Yoenis Cespedes will be, too. So why is it likely that the trade of those two players will cost the Tigers a draft pick in 2016? It's due to the language in the major-league contract that Cespedes signed with the Oakland Athletics in 2012. At the end of the 2015 season, the Red Sox will have the option of making a qualifying offer to Porcello. A qualifying...
Over the Monster Dec 12, 2014

The Over The Monster Podcast, Episode 117: The Red Sox new starting rotation

Three new starters in 24 hours! That's... [does math] one starter every eight hours! It's been an up and down offseason for the Red Sox. First there was the signings of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. Yay! Then Jon Lester, a saga in himself, decided to join the Cubs. Sads. Then the Red Sox acquired three starting pitchers in one day. Yes, that really happened. Wade Miley came from Arizona, Justin Masterson was signed as a free agent, and Rick Porcello (por-SELL-oh) came over from Detroit. Bang, bang, bang, new starting rotation. Of course, the Red Sox may not be done yet. There's always...
Over the Monster Dec 12, 2014

A preemptive defense of signing James Shields

There are numerous possibilities for a final addition to the rotation, but James Shields may be the favorite. Many people will hate it, but they shouldn't be as strongly against it as they will be. I don’t know if you heard, but the Red Sox made a few additions to their rotation yesterday. After entering the offseason with Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly as their only legitimate MLB starting pitchers, they’ve addressed their biggest need with the likes of Wade Miley, Rick Porcello and Justin Masterson. So, if the season started today, they’d actually have a rotation full of actual...
Bless You Boys Dec 12, 2014

Tigers still unlikely to re-sign Max Scherzer this offseason

Dave Dombrowski maintained the status quo when discussing Max Scherzer's chances of returning to Detroit in 2015. After finally settling the rumor that would not die yesterday, the Tigers now have a new ongoing rumor to settle. Max Scherzer is still a free agent after the Winter Meetings, but the Tigers appear no more likely to re-sign the former Cy Young winner than they were at the beginning of the week. Yesterday's pair of trades effectively saw Alfredo Simon replace Rick Porcello in the starting rotation, leaving no apparent place for Scherzer if he were to return. Dave Dombrowski was...
Bless You Boys Dec 12, 2014

Detroit Tigers links: Yoenis Cespedes is coming to Detroit

Goodbye, Rick Porcello; hello, Yoenis Cespedes Happy Friday, fellow Tigers fans! Pull up a chair, help yourself to some strong coffee (with or without booze, that's your call), and have a heaping  plate of crisp-n-greasy headlines and hot, buttery news items. If you somehow missed all of Thursday's hot stove action (perhaps you got unusually involved in an intense reading of The Brothers Karamazov and stayed off the grid for 24 hours), the big news is that the Tigers traded starting pitcher Rick Porcello for Yoenis Cespedes, and also made a trade for former Reds starting pitcher Alfredo...
Boston Herald Dec 12, 2014
Rotation built in a day

Rotation built in a day

SAN DIEGO — Here’s one way to change the conversation after being outbid by $20 million for your erstwhile No. 1 starter: Acquire three pitchers in a span of 14 hours.Rather than pouting over losing the Jon Lester sweepstakes, the Red Sox struck decisively yesterday. They acquired right-hander Rick Porcello from the Tigers for a package centered around outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, moved to the verge of completing a trade for Diamondbacks lefty Wade Miley and agreed with free agent right-hander Justin Masterson on a one-year, $9.5 million contract.
Bless You Boys Dec 11, 2014

Who are Alex Wilson and Gabe Speier?

Along with Yoenis Cespedes, the Tigers acquired pitchers Alex Wilson and Gabe Speier from the Boston Red Sox. Here is a closer look at the two lesser known players in the deal. The main storyline reads "Tigers trade Rick Porcello to Boston for Yoenis Cespedes." The two other players that Detroit will receive in the deal are almost an afterthought, but perhaps they shouldn’t be. Here is a closer look at Alex Wilson and Gabe Speier, the newest members of the Detroit Tigers’ organization. Dave Dombrowski put things in perspective when addressing the media, sitting next to Manager Brad...
Bless You Boys Dec 11, 2014

Tigers are better today than before Winter Meetings

In a vacuum, the deals seem odd. But put them together and you can see this working for the Tigers in 2015. Let's just cut to the chase: Dave Dombrowski is going to look like a genius if he gets this one right. Or two right. The Tigers made a pair of high-risk, high-reward trades today after an otherwise lackluster Winter Meetings for the club. First, they agreed to send Rick Porcello to the Boston Red Sox for Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Wilson, and minor leaguer Gabe Speier. Before the team even had a chance to announce the deal, the Tigers also sent Eugenio Suarez and prospect Jonathon Crawford...

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