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Fenway Nation 2 hours ago
Will No Competition Help Or Hurt Panda Preparations?

Will No Competition Help Or Hurt Panda Preparations?

Recent 'Panda' SightingNow that Yoan Moncada and Travis Shaw have fled town, there really doesn't seem to be much competition for the 2017 Red Sox third base job. It looks as if the team is pretty much handing it to Pablo Sandoval. For most Boston fans this is roughly akin to telling the Massachusetts Legislature that they can raise taxes if they want to. Yeah. So, despite the numerous 'Svelte Panda' sightings in recent weeks, we're not buying the notion that a free path to a starting job is good motivation for Sandoval. All the good vibes generated by 'Dealing' Dave Dombrowski this week...
Fenway Nation 4 hours ago
White Sox GM: Michael Kopech Had To Be In Sale Deal

White Sox GM: Michael Kopech Had To Be In Sale Deal

According to MLBNetwork Radio's Jim Duquette, White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn says that Michael Kopech "had to be in the deal" with Yoan Moncada for the Chris Sale trade to work. This is an interesting insight into the perceived up-side of Kopech—who was averaging 100 MPH at the end of last season. Despite his "temperament" issues, the 20-year old Kopech could turn out to be the more valuable piece in the deal down the road. Last year in A Ball for the Red Sox, Kopech went 4-1, with a 2.08 ERA.
Over the Monster 5 hours ago
Considering the future after Chris Sale

Considering the future after Chris Sale

Has Dave Dombrowski gone all-in, or is there still a future to be found for Boston after Chris Sale? Chris Sale is a member of the Boston Red Sox, with only a $6.5 million footprint on their luxury tax figure. This will double to $12.5 million in 2018 and bump up to $13.5 million in 2019 given how team options work in these things, but whichever way you slice it, he’s going to have an awfully small impact on their finances for how much help he brings on the field. After 2019, though, Sale will be a free agent, and the Red Sox will be left both without him, and without Yoan Moncada and...
Fenway Nation 5 hours ago
By Any Measure, The Chris Sale Trade Is A Big Winner

By Any Measure, The Chris Sale Trade Is A Big Winner

Now that we've all had a few hours to digest the magnitude of the Chris Sale trade, let's enumerate some of the particulars—both positive and negative.First, the Red Sox have acquired one of the top five available pitchers in all of baseball. The operative word here is 'available'—Clayton Kershaw is not walking through that Red Sox clubhouse door. Sale is pretty damn close talent-wise. By adding Sale to a rotation of David Price, Rick Porcello, and Eduardo Rodriguez, we have one of the top rotations in all of MLB. And, we can afford to trade away one or two of either Drew Pomeranz, Clay...
Over the Monster 8 hours ago
With Chris Sale on board, a starter has to go

With Chris Sale on board, a starter has to go

You can never have too much pitching. But at some point, there’s just not enough space on the roster. The Red Sox have traded for Chris Sale. Their rotation is officially insane: Chris Sale David Price Rick Porcello Drew Pomeranz Eduardo Rodriguez Clay Buchholz Steven Wright As you might notice, that rotation is not only insane, but also very long. Seven men for five spots. You can make room for a sixth in the bullpen. But a seventh? That’s a bit much. There’s an option where the Sox choose to just full-on push Drew Pomeranz back into relief to go with Craig Kimbrel, Tyler Thornburg,...
Over the Monster 10 hours ago
Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, Dave Dombrowski, Blake Swihart

Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, Dave Dombrowski, Blake Swihart

Today’s links look at the enormity of the Chris Sale trade, the market for relief pitching, and the trust in Pablo Sandoval. Chris Sale is already one of the best pitchers in baseball, and he could get even better. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal) This is arguably the team’s biggest trade since the acquired arguably the best pitcher of all time. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) After the deal got done, Dave Dombrowski shared his philosophy with prospects. (Sean McAdam; CSN New England) Boston also traded a haul for Tyler Thornburg, yet another example of the market around relief pitching....
Over the Monster 20 hours ago
Red Sox sign Mitch Moreland to 1-year deal

Red Sox sign Mitch Moreland to 1-year deal

The Red Sox and Mitch Moreland have agreed to a one-year deal worth $5 million. If this is the answer at designated hitter, it’s one very underwhelming conclusion to an otherwise overwhelming day. To be clear, Mitch Moreland is not the DH. But he does “solve the problem” as it were by playing first base and moving Hanley Ramirez out of the field. Moreland is a decent fielder. He’s either consistently average or above that depending on what metric you believe, but his 2016 Gold Glove season is an outlier at the moment. Maybe he really did improve, but based on one season’s...
Fenway Nation 22 hours ago
Red Sox Complete Tri-Fecta: Sign DH/1B Mitch Moreland

Red Sox Complete Tri-Fecta: Sign DH/1B Mitch Moreland

(USAToday Sports)Multiple sources now indicate that the Red Sox have signed DH/1B Mitch Moreland to a one-year contract—pending him passing a physical. This makes three impact deals concluded today by President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski. And, silly us, labelled him "Do Nothing Dave" just this morning. Sorry. The 31-year old Moreland is a left-handed bat (something Dombrowski wanted) who can play first-base and DH—giving potential rest to Hanley Ramirez. Moreland is not an average hitter anymore (if he ever was one). In 2016, he hit just. .233—although he did clout 22 HRs...
Viva El Birdos 22 hours ago
White Sox finally ready to sell; Adam Eaton in play

White Sox finally ready to sell; Adam Eaton in play

The Chris Sale deal means the White Sox should be looking to move a player the Cardinals should have interest in. If you haven’t heard, a blockbuster occurred today. Chris Sale, one of the game’s very best pitchers and on a very reasonable contract, was traded to the Boston Red Sox, for a package headlined by one of the very best prospects in the game in Yoan Moncada. While we here at VEB have hypothesized a deal that would send Sale to St. Louis on two different occasions, the Cardinals were never rumored to be in the running. However, the deal should have an affect on the Cardinals’...
Over the Monster Dec 6, 2016
Love it or hate it, Red Sox chose the right trade for Chris Sale

Love it or hate it, Red Sox chose the right trade for Chris Sale

If the Red Sox had to trade for Chris Sale, they at least chose the deal that made some strategic sense You might love the Red Sox’ trade for Chris Sale. You might hate it. One way or another, though, it has to be said that if the Red Sox were going to trade for Chris Sale, this was the one to make. Putting aside, for the moment, any nonsense deals—Rusney Castillo for Chris Sale, anyone?—there were a number of directions the Red Sox could have gone here. Yoan Moncada was ultimately the centerpiece of the deal. That easily might have been Andrew Benintendi, however. Or a duo of Jackie...
DRaysBay Dec 6, 2016
MLB Trade Rumors: Chris Sale joins AL East as Boston Red Sox acquire ace in prospect haul

MLB Trade Rumors: Chris Sale joins AL East as Boston Red Sox acquire ace in prospect haul

All day yesterday it seemed that it was inevitable that Chris Sale would leaving the American League heading to the Washington Nationals. Nevermind that, rumors began to swirl that the Boston Red Sox were attempting to make a run as the White Sox ace. Turns out those attempts came to fruition this afternoon as it was reported this afternoon that the Boston Red Sox acquired Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe, and Victor Diaz (four prospects who had been ranked in the top 30 of the Red Sox system, with Moncada being number one). The...
Fenway Nation Dec 6, 2016
Sox Trade Moncada, Kopech For LHP Chris Sale

Sox Trade Moncada, Kopech For LHP Chris Sale

According to multiple reports, the Red Sox have pulled the trigger on a huge deal—bringing left-handed pitching ace Chris Sale in exchange for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech and two more prospects (one reportedly CF Luis Alexander Basabe). Stay tuned!
Over the Monster Dec 6, 2016
Red Sox trade Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech for Chris Sale

Red Sox trade Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech for Chris Sale

The Red Sox have their ace. Another one. What? The Red Sox have completed a trade that will send Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech to the White Sox in exchange for Chris Sale. Two other prospects are included in the deal according to Ken Rosenthal. Here’s your Dave Dombrowski blockbuster. The Red Sox have managed to land one of the American League’s best pitchers while giving up no major league talent in the process. Obviously Yoan Moncada is a huge loss. Obviously Michael Kopech has excellent upside. Those other two prospects could be huge. There’s also a lot to wonder about just how...
Over the Monster Dec 6, 2016
Alright, a Chris Sale trade might not be so unlikely for Red Sox

Alright, a Chris Sale trade might not be so unlikely for Red Sox

Here we go... Earlier today I wrote the following headline: “A Chris Sale trade remains unlikely for Red Sox.” This is currently happening: Sources: #RedSox remain strongly in mix for #WhiteSox’s Sale, along with #Nationals.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2016 Multiple sources now saying that #RedSox have built momentum toward a deal with #WhiteSox for Sale.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2016 Exciting, right? Yes. Also terrifying. To quote myself from that article a few hours ago: This doesn’t guarantee that no deal gets done, mind. It just...
Fenway Nation Dec 6, 2016
Red Sox Have 'Built Momentum' Toward Chris Sale Deal

Red Sox Have 'Built Momentum' Toward Chris Sale Deal

According to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, multiple reports indicate that the Red Sox have "built momentum" toward a trade for left-handed ace Chris Sale. Reportedly, the White Sox are maneuvering to find a team that will top the offer already made by the Washington Nationals. As we reported earlier today, Boston's package is now thought to include IF Yoan Moncada, SP Michael Kopech and CF Luis Alexander Basabe—all Top Ten Prospects in the Boston organization. Stay tuned!
Over the Monster Dec 6, 2016
Dave Dombrowski says Red Sox bullpen is complete

Dave Dombrowski says Red Sox bullpen is complete

Tyler Thornburg seems to have been the final piece in an awfully complicated puzzle. Dave Dombrowski has indicated that, with the acquistion of Tyler Thornburg, the Red Sox are likely done working on their bullpen for the offseason. That does not, however, make it entirely clear who their seven men will be when they break camp. Let’s break down how things look right now. First, the locks. Craig Kimbrel, Tyler Thornburg, and Joe Kelly are your back three for right now. Kelly’s resume isn’t terribly long out of the bullpen, but given how easy it was to see him as a late-inning reliever...
Fenway Nation Dec 6, 2016
Moreland, Lind, Álvarez May Be Red Sox DH Choices

Moreland, Lind, Álvarez May Be Red Sox DH Choices

Get used to it, Red Sox fans. John Henry is in 'bargain basement' mode for 2017. The latest report out of National Harbor, Maryland quotes Dave Dombrowski as seeking a left-handed DH/1B-type—now that Travis Shaw is gone. Translation? Look for one of three players to be added to the roster: Mitch Moreland, Adam Lind or Pedro Álvarez. Like we said, bargain basement time. You thought you were in Boston—turns out you're really in Minneapolis. Welcome to SmallMarketVille.
Fenway Nation Dec 6, 2016
Red Sox Extend John Farrell's Contract Through '18

Red Sox Extend John Farrell's Contract Through '18

()Before the Red Sox traded for reliever Tyler Thornburg, they "re-upped" manager John Farrell through the 2018 season. Said Farrell, "I'm thrilled that it's been exercised, obviously. I love the city, the organization and the players that we have. This is an exciting young team with that young core group of players that we talk about. And it's developing year over year and will continue to expand." Farrell's four years in the job so far have yielded a World Series Championship (2013), two AL East division titles (2013, 2016) and two last place finishes (2014, 2015).
Over the Monster Dec 6, 2016
A Chris Sale trade remains unlikely for Red Sox

A Chris Sale trade remains unlikely for Red Sox

There’s just too big a gap in valuation here It’s that time of year again. Or, at least, one of the two. July and December are prime season for major trade rumors, and for the Red Sox, Chris Sale is the name they’re currently inextricably linked with. Sometimes, as with Adrian Gonzalez, all that talk actually pans out. Usually, as with Hanley Ramirez, Johan Santana, Felix Hernandez, Cole Hamels, Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Upton... Three days later ...and of course Roy Halladay, they do not. With Chris Sale, there’s every reason to believe we’re looking at more of the latter, and...
Fenway Nation Dec 6, 2016
Rumored Red Sox Package For Sale Is Bountiful

Rumored Red Sox Package For Sale Is Bountiful

Multiple rumors—and they are just rumors—are indicating that the Red Sox are offering IF Yoan Moncada, SP Michael Kopech and CF Luis Alexander Basabe for Chris Sale. These are the #1, #5 and #7 prospects, respectively, in the Red Sox organization. While this would drain a big swatch of the Boston farm system, it protects some of the very best as well—primarily Andrew Benintendi (#2), Rafael Devers (#3). This seems like a risky, but do-able deal—netting one of the top young lefty starters in baseball. Stay tuned!

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