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Fenway Nation 44 mins ago

Red Sox Are Still Searching For Lefty Bullpen Depth

So far, the Red Sox have Robbie Ross, Tommy Layne and Roenis Elias as port-siders in the 'pen. However, according to multiple reports, they are still looking for more. Among the pool of available lefties are former Carmine Hosers Craig Breslow, Matt Thornton and Franklin Morales. Other possible options are Neal Cotts, Manny Parra, Brian Duensing and Eric O’Flaherty. Stay tuned!
Fenway Nation 1 hour ago

ESPN's Law Has Four Red Sox Prospects In The Top 100

ESPN.com's Keith Law ranks four Red Sox prospects in the Top 100 for 2016. Law places Rafael Devers (No. 7), Yoan Moncada (No. 17), Andrew Benintendi (No. 18) and Anderson Espinoza (No. 38) among the best one hundred—with the first three in the Top 20. This is a real recognition of the quality of the team's lead prospects. Maybe the biggest surprise is that Law has Devers ten spots higher than Moncada—who most observers see as the prime Boston prospect. And, Law compares the 17-year old Espinoza to Pedro Martinez and Aroldis Chapman. The Top 5 prospects—according to Law— are Corey...
Over the Monster 3 hours ago

2016 Red Sox top prospect voting: Michael Kopech takes 5th on half a season

Michael Kopech had a great start to his season, but it ended on an unfortunate note indeed. Still, it's enough to earn him the fifth spot in our top-20. It was all going so well for Michael Kopech. After landing a $1.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox as the team's compensatory pick for losing Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees, what was supposed to be Kopech's first full season was turning heads. He'd breezed through the first half with a 2.63 ERA, striking out more than a batter an inning. Yes, there were more walks than you'd like, but that's pretty par for the course for...
Fenway Nation 6 hours ago

Red Sox Truck Made "Goodwill" Stop In Pawtucket, R.I.

(SunChronicle.Com Photo)The Red Sox equipment truck made an usual stop on it's way down I-95: McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I. Why, you ask? How about the shabby way the team has treated loyal PawSox fans by dangling a move to an upscale waterfront stadium in downtown Providence? That move is in limbo (if not totally dead), but the wounds are still there. "Several hundred fans" turned out to ogle the 53-foot big rig during its brief 30-minute rest stop. John Henry seems to be in Apology Mode lately (see the recent cave-in to Liverpool soccer fans), but this "visit" seemed a little lame.
Fenway Nation 6 hours ago

Former Red Sox OF/1B Brian Daubach Turns 44

()It was a little difficult choosing a Red Sox birthday to honor today—there were so many good choices. For example, Ben Oglive and Todd Benzinger were tempting—but we decided on Brian Daubach. The "Belleville Basher" had an amazing stretch of four years with 20 or more home runs for Boston (1999-2002). He spent five of his eight big-league seasons in Carmine Hose—hitting .265 with 86 HRs and a .341 OBP. More importantly, he always seemed to have a knack for getting the big hit. And, his defense was more than adequate—both in the outfield and around first base. He was an extremely...
Over the Monster 6 hours ago

Keith Law's top-100 features a bunch of prospects older than Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts

The Red Sox "only" have four top-100 prospects on Law's list, but don't worry. They're still plenty young and plenty promising. Keith Law's top-100 prospects list is out, and that's a fun, landmark day each spring. You get to see who he likes and who he doesn't like, read some brief scouting reports on those players, and then realize that hey, spring training is pretty close to happening. You can see things like the Red Sox having four prospects in the top-40, and three in the top-20, and it brightens up your otherwise baseball-less February day. No need to stop there, though, at least not...
Over the Monster 7 hours ago

Keith Law ranks 3 Red Sox prospects in top-20

Keith Law's top-100 prospect list is here, and the Red Sox are over-represented at the top. Right on the tail of his organizational rankings, Keith Law has released his top-100 prospects list for the 2016 season, and the Red Sox are remarkably well represented at the top, landing three spots in the top 20, and four in the top 50. It doesn't start with the name you might expect. In fact, it's Rafael Devers who takes top billing for Boston, all the way up at number seven. While Law acknowledges that Moncada entered the season with more hype than the third baseman, Devers showed his ability to...
Over the Monster 9 hours ago

Daily Red Sox Links: Pablo Sandoval, Christian Vazquez, Yulieski Gourriel

Today's links look at the brewing situation behind the plate, whether or not the rotation can toss enough innings, and all of the new faces at spring training. Pablo Sandoval has bounced back from bad seasons before, but nothing quite like 2015. (Brett Cowett; BP Boston) One of the major story lines of the upcoming season will be what the Red Sox do with their depth behind the plate. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal) Michael Silverman breaks down Boston's (sort of) new-look pitching staff. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald) Is the rotation behind David Price going to be able to throw...
Fenway Nation 23 hours ago

ESPN Ranks Red Sox Farm System As 10th In MLB

ESPN.com's Keith Law has ranked the Red Sox Farm System as 10th in all of baseball—after ranking them 5th last year. Most of the drop is due to promotions of key talent—although the trade for Craig Kimbrel cost the team a potential elite player in Manuel Margot. Even with the lower evaluation, the Sox still have the top-ranked minor league system in the AL East—and the third best in the entire American League. For perspective, The Bronx Embalmers' system is ranked 13th, the Rays 14th, the Blue Jays 25th and the Orioles 27th.
Fenway Nation Feb 10, 2016

John Henry Backs Down On Liverpool Soccer Tix Hikes

Friendly Message To John HenryWow, if we only knew! John Henry caved in to Liverpool ticket holders and nixed planned price hikes for next season. After fans walked out of the dismal club's last game (they are mired in 9th place), the Red Sox owner sent a letter saying, "A great many of you have objected strongly to the £77 [or $112] price level of our most expensive GA seats and expressed a clear expectation that the club should forego any increased revenue from raising prices on GA tickets in the current environment. Message received." Really? Hey, we've got an idea......
Over the Monster Feb 10, 2016

Keith Law ranks Red Sox one of the top 10 farm systems in baseball

The Red Sox are still doing well compared to most of the rest of the league, even after promotions and a trade. You know spring training is coming soon, because Keith Law has started ranking prospects over at ESPN. While specific prospects haven't been organized for our consumption just yet, Law kicked off his prospect week with organizational rankings. Despite trading away Manuel Margot and Javier Guerra, despite promoting Eduardo Rodriguez, Henry Owens, and Blake Swihart in 2015, the Red Sox are still a top-10 farm system according to Law. They rank 10th, so just barely, but that's still...
Over the Monster Feb 10, 2016

Truck Day Is back in Boston

The baseball season has a long roll-out but the first rite of spring for Red Sox Nation has arrived in the form of a flatbed truck filled to the brim with baseball supplies and escorted by a pair of mascots. The Super Bowl is over. Pitchers and catchers (outside of a couple early birds) haven’t officially started reporting to camp in Fort Myers yet, but will in just a week. Opening Day is still nearly two months away, but getting ever closer. Where does that leave us? Truck Day! On a cold, wintry, Wednesday in February, spring begins in Boston. Before the Florida workouts and press...
Fenway Nation Feb 10, 2016

Is Travis Shaw Setting Up 'Animal House South' In FL?

Red Sox part-time 1B Travis Shaw had a pretty good year last year—he hit .270 with 13 HRs in just 65 games. So, you'd think he'd be living in luxury digs this Spring Training, right? Wrong, Pine Tar Breath! Shaw announced yesterday on TWITTER that he'd be joining Blake Swihart, Deven Marrero and Mookie Betts "under one roof" for seven weeks—somewhere in the lovely Greater Fort Myers/Sanibel area. That's four guys with an average age of 24—rich and fancy-free in Florida. Yikes! Hopefully the landlord is getting a hefty security deposit in advance!
Fenway Nation Feb 10, 2016

How The Boston Globe Got Ruben Amaro To The Sox

There are lots of benefits to a baseball team owning a major newspaper in its hometown. One is that you can send not-so-subtle messages to the public and the sport through your hired hands in the Sports Department. It turns out that Boston Globe columnist Nick Cafardo just happened to mention that former Phillies GM Ruben Amaro wanted to be back in uniform with an on-field position. And new Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski just happened to see that blurb in his boss's boring rag that day. And it just so happened that 2015 first base coach Arnie Beyeler had just been...
Over the Monster Feb 10, 2016

Ranking Red Sox by their Papi-ness

A comprehensive list of the members of Red Sox Nation herded together by their Papi-ness on a one to ten Papi scale. While there are probably "greater" members of the Red Sox universal collective of players, managers, executives, and fans, there is no one quite as I-don't-know-what as one David Américo Ortiz Arias. A majestic mountain of sentient baseball smashing power, he has brought us joie de vivre, runs batted in, and three titles to us in his 13 seasons as Boston's Designated Crusher Hitter. Because of his very specific kind of "rising tides raises all ships" greatness, there's any...
Fenway Nation Feb 10, 2016

Herb Pennock—Another Red Sox-Yankee Deal Gone Bad

Herb Pennock And Babe Ruth—1917Today is the 122nd birthday of former Red Sox pitcher Herb Pennock. His story highlights yet another blunder in Boston's dealings with its rival 250 miles to the south. After acquiring Pennock from the Philadelphia A's as a free agent, the lefty helped the Red Sox in eight solid seasons. He went 62-59 with a 3.67 ERA. He threw over 1,000 innings for The Carmine Hose. Then, in 1923, Boston traded Pennock to the Yankees for Norm McMillan, George Murray, Camp Skinner and (of course) $50,000. Gee, what do you think happened then? Well, Pennock went on to deliver...
Over the Monster Feb 10, 2016

Red Sox need Henry Owens to figure out his control issues

Henry Owens showed flashes of potential in 2015, but if he's going to take the next step he'll need to counteract his inability to hit the zone. For better or for worse, the Red Sox already have their rotation set and Henry Owens is on the outside looking in. Of course, the team will say there’s an ongoing battle as spring training gets underway, but in reality it will be more like a battle for the sixth spot. Joe Kelly is going to be rewarded with the fifth and final rotation slot unless there’s an injury or a totally unforeseen performance. That leaves Owens, Brian Johnson and Roenis...
Fenway Nation Feb 10, 2016

It's Here! Red Sox Truck Day Has Finally Arrived!

You've been waiting for this since the last out of last year's horrific season. Now, it is finally here: Red Sox Truck Day! That big, lumbering tractor-trailer will load up this morning and rumble down the Mass Pike, get on I-95 South and pull into Fort Myers in a few days. This should be a watershed season for The Carmine Hose—for better or worse. They either turn the corner on three-out-of-four last place finishes, or not. They've certainly made a lot of the right moves. Hang on, it will be a rocky (but, hopefully, successful) ride!
Over the Monster Feb 10, 2016

Mookie Betts can't break out in 2016 because he already has

Some expect Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts to be a breakout superstar in 2016. But it's hard to truly break out again when you've already done so once. Heading into his first full major league season, there was still no consensus on what to expect from Mookie Betts. At that point, there were still those who doubted the #FeatsOfMookie, and given the Red Sox's general struggle to develop stars out of the farm system in prior years, the skepticism was somewhat justified. Betts was a top prospect whose meteoric rise did not allow for much of a sample size which, combined with his modest...
Over the Monster Feb 10, 2016

Daily Red Sox Links: David Price, David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval

Today's links look at the possibility of David Ortiz going out on top, some comps for the top position players in the farm system, and changes to the rules on slides into second base. The David Price era is officially upon us, as the new ace has arrived in Ft. Myers. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe) The Red Sox are hoping to send David Ortiz out on top. (John Tomase; WEEI) How likely is it that Pablo Sandoval and/or Hanley Ramirez bounce back in 2016? (Sean McAdam; CSN New England) Who are some historical prospect comps for the position players in BP's top 101 prospects? (Bryan Grosnick;...

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