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MLB 2016 preseason awards: King Felix for Cy Young; a Blue Jay for Rookie of the Year

MLB 2016 preseason awards: King Felix for Cy Young; a Blue Jay for Rookie of the Year

With baseball season less than one week away, here are some predictions for the upcoming season.
Over the Monster 1 hour ago

Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, Koji Uehara

Today's links look at the depth Boston hopes to preserve, the potential of the lineup, and the catching depth throughout the organization. Mookie Betts is getting some extremely lofty comparisons. (Ken Rosenthal; Fox Sports) That wasn't the only national feature on Betts, as Jeff Passan wrote many words on his greatness as well. (Jeff Passan; Yahoo) The Red Sox have a few trade chips they could cash in, but they prefer to hang on to their depth. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) Part of that depth is in the outfield, where there are still questions to answer before Opening Day. (Brian MacPherson;...
Fenway Nation 1 hour ago

Mike Napoli's Amazing Broken-Bat HR

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Over the Monster 15 hours ago

Red Sox vs. Twins: Humberto Quintero starts behind the plate

The Red Sox have an unexpected positional battle on their hands, as Humberto Quintero and Sandy Leon try to make the roster as Ryan Hanigan's backup. It's Humberto Quintero's turn to start at catcher with the regular lineup Monday evening as the Red Sox play a rare spring training night game against the Twins. Boston Red Sox (13-10) Mookie Betts, CF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Hanley Ramirez, LF Pablo Sandoval, 3B Mike Napoli, 1B Shane Victorino, RF Xander Bogaerts, SS Humberto Quintero, C Starting Pitcher -- Justin Masterson We've seen little enough of Quintero so far this spring....
Fenway Nation 21 hours ago

On Roster Or Not, Swihart To Philly Deal Off

Blake Swihart (FenwayNation File Photo)Whether or not Blake Swihart makes Boston's Opening Day roster, any potential deal of the young catcher for Cole Hamels is now a virtual impossibility. With Christian Vazquez on the 60-day DL (and possibly gone for the year with Tommy John surgery), Swihart has a shot at making the big league roster. This, despite Monday's acquisition of defensive backstop Sandy Leon from the Nationals—for cash considerations. Boston could go with a tandem of Andover's Ryan Hanigan and Leon—although that would provide almost no offensive punch from the #9 spot in the...
Over the Monster 22 hours ago

Red Sox place Christian Vazquez on 60-day disabled list with right elbow sprain

The Red Sox have pulled the trigger on Christian Vazquez, placing him on the 60-day disabled list. The Red Sox have placed Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with what is being called a right elbow sprain, guaranteeing that their young catcher will miss not only Opening Day, but at the very least the early part of the season. Vazquez' second opinion with Dr. James Andrews won't happen until Wednesday, but apparently what the Red Sox have seen is enough to convince them that Vazquez is going to be out for a good long while. The "elbow sprain" diagnosis sounds innocuous, but is...
Fenway Nation 22 hours ago
Red Sox Acquire Catcher Sandy Leon From Nats

Red Sox Acquire Catcher Sandy Leon From Nats

The Red Sox moved quickly to deal with the likely loss of Christian Vazquez by trading for Sandy Leon from the Washington Nationals. Leon, 26, is known as a defensive specialist—similar to Vazquez. Leon is reportedly on his way to Fort Myers today and will likely share catching duties with Andover's Ryan Hanigan. What this also suggests is that the organization believes that Blake Swihart needs more work on his defensive skills on an everyday basis at AAA. Ironically, Boston traded away part of the catching depth to Washington in January—sending Dan Butler to DC for pitcher Danny...
Over the Monster 22 hours ago

Red Sox trade for new catcher with Christian Vazquez sidelined

Boston threw another backstop into the spring training mix as they prepare for word on their planned starter's elbow. The Red Sox might end up without their expected starting catcher, as Christian Vazquez is set to receive a second opinion from elbow expert Dr. James Andrews. While that won't happen until Wednesday, the Red Sox aren't taking any chances, and have added another catcher to the organization just in case. Sandy Leon, a 26-year-old backstop in the Nationals' organization, is now with Boston according to Leon himself. Leon's minor-league numbers aren't going to wow you, but...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 23 hours ago

2015 team preview: Can the retooled Boston Red Sox go worst-to-first again?

After a disappointing 2014 season and a seismic offseason, the Red Sox are AL East contenders once again. At first glance, it looks like the Boston Red Sox are going all-in in 2015. Their offseason, reminiscent of one four years ago when they acquired Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, was spent reshaping a roster that won 71 games in defense of its 2013 World Series title. The Sox signed Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, two of the premier players on the free agent market, coughing up a pair of 2015 draft picks in the process. They also re-signed slugger David Ortiz, and spent big money...
Over the Monster Mar 30, 2015

Daily Red Sox Links: Blake Swihart, Allen Craig, Matt Barnes

Today's links look at Blake Swihart's increasing value to the Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez and John Farrell becoming besties, and a couple young arms impressing in spring training. If it's even possible, the Christian Vazquez injury has made Blake Swihart even more untouchable. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) However valuable he is, though, it's not yet time for him to be in the majors. (John Tomase; WEEI.com) There has been speculation about Allen Craig's future in Boston all winter, and now Gordon Edes is hearing trades have at least been discussed. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston) Hanley Ramirez...
Fenway Nation Mar 29, 2015

Rusney Castillo Making It Hard Not To Play Him

Castillo's Game-Saving PlayHe did it again today. Rusney Castillo got another hit today, scored two runs, and made a game-saving defensive play in Boston's 3-2 10th-inning win over Tampa. In the top of the 10th, with one out and a man on third, Castillo made an off-balance running catch in foul ground—gathered himself—and gunned the runner out at the plate on the fly. It was positively Yoenis Cespedes-like—except Castillo actually caught the ball first. Manager John Farrell said,  "I don’t know that you can make a better play than the one he made. A dynamic player when you consider...
Over the Monster Mar 29, 2015

Clay Buchholz named Red Sox' Opening Day starter

The Red Sox will give clay Buchholz the nod on Opening Day. Clay Buchholz will take the mound April 6th as they open the 2015 season in Philadelphia, getting his first Opening Day start with the team. While there was some small possibility Rick Porcello would get the honors, Clay Buchholz was always the obvious choice for the role. That's in no small part because he's the only player who was with the team this time last year. And it doesn't hurt that, if one pitcher is going to emerge from the team's motley crew of starter as lead man, Buchholz has about as much of a shot as Porcello. It's...
Fenway Nation Mar 29, 2015
Is Jonathan Papelbon Headed North Of Border?

Is Jonathan Papelbon Headed North Of Border?

Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos was in attendance at a Spring Training game this week. Not surprising, right? Except it wasn't one in which his team was participating. Anthopoulos was behind the plate at a Phillies-Yankees game—presumably to scout disgruntled Philadelphia closer Jonathan Papelbon. The Jays have previously hinted at an interest in the former Red Sox closer and could be close to a deal that brings him to the Great White North. When Pap was informed about the GM's presence, he stated (characteristically), "Huh, interesting."
Fenway Nation Mar 29, 2015

Clay Buchholz Named Opening Day Starter

In a completely unsurprising development, Clay Buchholz was announced as Boston's Opening Day starterApril 6th against the Phillies in Philadelphia. Manager John Farrell stated that he had decided—over the Winter—that Buchholz was the number one starter, but waited until now to insure that the righty would be healthy.
Fenway Nation Mar 29, 2015
Christian Vazquez To See Dr. Andrews On Elbow

Christian Vazquez To See Dr. Andrews On Elbow

This is very bad news. Young Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez has a scheduled visit with Dr. James Andrews for a "second opinion" on his ailing right elbow. Nine times out of ten, a visit to Andrews results in Tommy John surgery. If that, in fact, transpires, a debate will ensue about whether Blake Swihart is immediately ready to slide onto the big league club. Luckily, Ryan Hanigan is a veteran who can carry a bigger load than was projected—but then what? Stay tuned.
Over the Monster Mar 29, 2015

Red Sox vs. Rays: The starting nine (ft. Swihart)?

Blake Swihart is in the starting lineup Sunday afternoon. Does that mean he'll be there next Monday as well? The Red Sox have Blake Swihart in with the starting lineup Sunday afternoon as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays once more. Boston Red Sox (12-10) Mookie Betts, CF Dustin Pedroia, 2B David Ortiz, DH Hanley Ramirez, LF Pablo Sandoval, 3B Mike Napoli, 1B Shane Victorino, RF Xander Bogaerts, SS Blake Swihart, C The question is: do we call this Blake Swihart and the starters, or just the starters? With Christian Vazquez headed to see Dr. James Andrews, it's pretty clear the Red Sox are...
Over the Monster Mar 28, 2015

Red Sox vs. Rays

The lineup post kind of got lost in the whole Vazquez thing, but here's a game thread for y'all since this game will be televised. WEEI has the live call, while said television broadcast will be delayed on the MLB Network. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. ET. Boston Red Sox (11-10) Shane Victorino, RF Brock Holt, 3B David Ortiz, DH Hanley Ramirez, LF Mike Napoli, 1B Rusney Castillo, CF Xander Bogaerts, SS Ryan Hanigan, C Jemile Weeks, 2B Starting Pitcher -- Steven Wright
Over the Monster Mar 28, 2015

Christian Vazquez' MRI reveals 'something' in elbow

It's bad news for Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez after an MRI on his throwing elbow did not come back clean. Christian Vazquez will likely miss Opening Day and possibly much more after an MRI on the catcher's injured elbow revealed..."something." That's all we know right now. The Sox are being purposefully vague about the injury, and that's rarely a good sign. Given that John Farrell has already all but ruled him out for Opening Day, however, we can surmise that this is not some minor injury that can just be ignored. Vazquez is seeking a second opinon for now, but the reality is that the...
Spring training 2015 notes: The Phillies are basically giving away Ryan Howard

Spring training 2015 notes: The Phillies are basically giving away Ryan Howard

Opening day 2015 is less than two weeks away. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Over the Monster Mar 27, 2015

Watch Mookie Betts make a rally-killing diving catch

It wasn't the prettiest Mookie catch, but he recovered in time. Mookie Betts has been so great at so many things to this point in his young career that it's worth remembering he's not actually a fully formed player just yet. Playing defense in the outfield is still new to him, and while he has the skills and the athleticism to make it work in the long run, there are moments where it's clear he's still a work in progress. The good news is that sometimes, even during those times where he's clearly still learning, he's capable of making plays happen. Your browser does not support...

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  • 10 Sandy Leon

    Sandy Leon

    Red Sox acquire catcher Sandy Leon from Nationals

  • 4 Christian Vazquez

    Christian Vazquez

    Red Sox place Christian Vazquez on 60-day disabled list with right elbow sprain

  • 4 Justin Masterson

    Justin Masterson

    Justin Masterson making strides on the mound as season approaches

  • 3 Shane Victorino

    Shane Victorino

    Decision looms on Shane Victorino and Rusney Castillo

  • 3 Koji Uehara

    Koji Uehara

    Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, Koji Uehara

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