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Fenway Nation Jan 22, 2015

FanGraphs: Betts For Strasburg Sensible Trade

Strasburg (L), Betts (R)Dave Cameron of the authoritative FanGraphs.com website makes an interesting case for a Mookie Betts for Stephen Strasburg trade. In fact, he argues that the deal would be a "win-win" for both the Red Sox and the Nationals. Why? First, Cameron uses a complex analysis of WAR projections for Betts and his likely replacements on the 2015 roster. He concludes that—at worst—Boston would lose one win without Betts. On the other hand, they would pick up around three wins with the acquisition of Strasburg—netting a two-win advantage. Betts would solve the Nats second...
Bless You Boys Jan 22, 2015

2015 BYB community Tigers prospect: Austin Kubitza

The 2014 Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year appears at number seven on our 2015 prospect rankings. If someone told you about a minor league pitcher who struck out over a batter per inning last season, what would you expect? One season of data doesn't tell us much. Now, what if you add in the fact that this pitcher struck out 309 batters in 289 2/3 innings while pitching in college? Pretty impressive, right? Odds are you would be thinking of a big pitcher with a mid-90s fastball and wipeout slider. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole, and many others fit this profile. In this...
CSN Washington Jan 22, 2015

Scott Boras addresses rumor Stephen Strasburg wants a trade

Stephen Strasburg's agent, Scott Boras, shut down rumors his client wants a trade out of Washington.
Halos Heaven Jan 21, 2015

Should Angels Trade For Stephen Strasburg?

Would Dipoto have to blow up everything else to acquire Washington's expendable Ace? Jim Gardner is on vacation, so this is your daily dose of Halo Speculation! Post any cool baseball news stories in the comment section if you want to talk about stuff. Here is a starter for you though - the Washington Nationals, having signed Max Scherzer to a ginormous contract, are rumored to be ready to shop Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg was the number one pick in the 2009 draft (Mike Trout went 25th). He is a top talent heading into his prime. Tommy John surgery showed little to no effect as he has...
Over the Monster Jan 21, 2015

Daily Red Sox Links: Dustin Pedroia, Stephen Strasburg, James Shields

Today's links look at the ripple effects of the Max Scherzer deal, how Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo are preparing for the season, and a fun story with Alex Rodriguez AND Barry Bonds. Every year we look for a bounce-back to the old Dustin Pedroia, but have we actually seen the best of the second baseman? (Bill Chuck; Boston.com) For his part, he is saying all the right things about being healthy and motivated. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald) John Tomase has his take on how the Max Scherzer deal affects Boston. (John Tomase; WEEI.com) One effect could be the availability of Stephen...
Fenway Nation Jan 20, 2015

POLL: Zimmermann Pulls Ahead Of Straburg

Our second wave of polling indicates that Jordan Zimmerman has pulled ahead of Stephen Strasburg as the Nationals starter the Red Sox should try to trade for. As the chart shows, 50% now choose Zimmermann, followed by 37% who pick Strasburg and 11% who select Doug Fister. A scant percentage (2%) do not want Boston to trade for any of the three starters. You can still vote in the poll HERE.
Washington Post Jan 20, 2015

Nationals would receive more by trading Stephen Strasburg than Jordan Zimmermann

It didn’t take long for the signing of Max Scherzer to lead to trade speculation of either Stephen Strasburg or Jordan Zimmermann. After all, Zimmermann and the Nationals have made little progress on a contract extension and Strasburg is reportedly “very much available.”Read full article >>
Over the Monster Jan 20, 2015

Stephen Strasburg's availability bad news for the Red Sox

There are dream scenarios where Stephen Strasburg ends up in a Red Sox uniform, and realistic ones where his availability leaves the Red Sox empty handed. When Max Scherzer signed with the Nationals Sunday night, new doors seemed to open up for the Red Sox in the trade market. With two of their six strong rotation members facing free agency after 2015, could the Nationals be willing to deal Doug Fister? Perhaps even Jordan Zimmermann? Might the Red Sox find the front-line pitcher they've been searching for in Washington? Then this happened: Hearing #Nats RHP Stephen Strasburg is very much...
Over the Monster Jan 20, 2015

Could the Red Sox trade for Stephen Strasburg?

At the least, it's fun to think about. Let's get this out of the way from the get go: Stephen Strasburg probably won't end up as a member of the Red Sox Opening Day rotation in 2015, even after the Washington Nationals signed Max Scherzer to a contract for seven years worth enough money to buy 21 million copies of Click (only $9.92 on Amazon!). The Nationals currently boast six starters with Scherzer, Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister, and Tanner Roark; such a surplus would suggest that Nationals President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo should trade one of his...
Over the Monster Jan 20, 2015

Daily Red Sox Links: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Brock Holt

Today's links look at what the Max Scherzer deal means for the Red Sox, how Stephen Strasburg may be involved and a glimpse at Brock Holt. It's a slow news day in baseball part of New England, with the effect Max Scherzer's deal will have on the Sox dominating the headlines for the Boston Herald ... (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald) ... the Providence Journal ... (Brian MacPherson) ... and Boston.com... (Jack Andrade) ... while Mass Live looks at a potential trade for Stephen Strasburg. (Jason Mastrodonato) But, thankfully our friends at Minor League Ball offer a respite with the top 20...
Washington Post Jan 19, 2015

Nationals now World Series favorites after megadeal with star pitcher Max Scherzer

When the weekend began, the Washington Nationals could have argued that they boasted the best group of starting pitchers in baseball. Stephen Strasburg is an electrifying No. 1 draft pick; Jordan Zimmermann a Clydesdale-type who closed last regular season by throwing a no-hitter; Gio Gonzalez a smiling lefty who once won 21 games; Doug Fister a groundball-inducing machine and Tanner Roark an unheralded prospect who impressively won 15 games as a rookie. Read full article >>
Gaslamp Ball Jan 19, 2015

Stephen Strasburg Is On The Market

Is it time for the Aztec alumnus to come home? The Padres are supposedly the front-runners for Cole Hamels, but with the Phillies asking for the entire farm and a lifetime supply of Hodad's burgers, it doesn't seem likely to happen. So who else is available to bolster the rotation? Hearing #Nats RHP Stephen Strasburg is very much available and both sides believe it is time to move on. #MLB — John Perrotto (@JPerrotto) January 19, 2015 Oh. I guess when you get yourselves a Max Scherzer, Strassy seems like yesterday's news. With two years left on his contract at a third of Hamels's...
The Republican Jan 19, 2015
What Stephen Strasburg could bring to the Boston Red Sox

What Stephen Strasburg could bring to the Boston Red Sox

Somehow the Washington Nationals are trying to trade Stephen Strasburg. The Boston Red Sox, like any contending team, should be thinking about it.
Fenway Nation Jan 19, 2015
REPORT: Stephen Strasburg Available In Trade

REPORT: Stephen Strasburg Available In Trade

(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)According to John Perrotto of USAToday, Stephen Strasburg is available on the trade market—and both sides are OK with ending the righty's time in DC. The good news for the Red Sox is that they could land one of brightest young pitching stars in baseball. The bad news is that Strasburg would require giving up one or both of Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts. Strasburg just avoided arbitration on January 16th by signing a one-year, $7.4 million contract. He'll be eligible for arbitration next season and doesn't hit free agency until 2017. So, if Boston deals for him,...
Washington Post Jan 19, 2015

DC Sports Bog: 10 questions about Max Scherzer and the Nationals

By signing Max Scherzer, the Nationals reeled in this offseason’s biggest free-agent prize. But that signing in turn created dozens of new questions, some serious, and some not. Here are 10.1. Who is the Opening Day starter? Sure, this matters more for sports-radio debates than for wins and losses, but it’s kind of fun, and it’s a question that could be revisited in October. Last fall, you’ll recall, many fans wanted to see Jordan Zimmermann get the ball for Game 1 against the Giants. Instead, it was Stephen Strasburg, because it’s always Stephen Strasburg.Read full article >>

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