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Fenway Nation 10 hours ago
Nava And Red Sox Agree On One-Year Deal

Nava And Red Sox Agree On One-Year Deal

Daniel Nava and the Red Sox avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.85 million contract. The 31-year old fan favorite will be part of an extremely competitive outfield mix—even of a few are traded off in the near future. Along with Nava, Hanley Ramirez, Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts, Shane Victorino, Allen Craig, and Jackie Bradley, Jr. will all vie for playing time. This should be fun!
Ben Shapiro / Red Sox Monster 13 hours ago
MLB Hot Stove 2014-15: More proposed rules changes that miss the mark

MLB Hot Stove 2014-15: More proposed rules changes that miss the mark

Another flawed proposed rule change in Major League Baseball
Fenway Nation 15 hours ago

ESPN Rates Sox Farm System As Fifth Best

ESPN has named the Red Sox minor league system as the fifth best in the major leagues. Topping the list was Theo Epstein's Chicago Cubs system, followed by the farm systems of the Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros, New York Mets and Red Sox. Other teams in Boston's division ranked as follows: Toronto #19, The Evil Empire #20, Baltimore #22 and Tampa Bay #23. So far, Ben Cherington has resisted the temptation to trade any of his top prospects to fill needs on the big club—although there is still plenty of time to do so before the start of Spring Training.
Fenway Nation 17 hours ago
MLB Scout: What Tom Brady Could Have Been

MLB Scout: What Tom Brady Could Have Been

Backstop BradyNo matter what happens on Sunday, Tom Brady is a lock for enshrinement in Canton, Ohio. If things had gone a little differently, he might have been a lock for enshrinement in Cooperstown, NY as well. After all, he graduated from the same California High School as Barry Bonds—um.....never mind. Montreal Expos scout John Hughes helped snag Brady in the 18th round of the 1995 amateur draft. He recently waxed poetic about what might have been, "I think he would have been a pro. He had all the intangibles. He could throw, left-handed power. There is no reason to think this guy...
Over the Monster 19 hours ago

Red Sox clean house of frustrating players

Rejoice, Red Sox fans: No more Allen Webster starts It happens to every team: an exciting prospect makes his way up through the minors, is declared the future of the team, and proceeds to spend the rest of their career bouncing back-and-forth between the bench and Triple-A. They linger in the background of the team for years as embarrassing reminders of misplaced faith, poking their heads out as long shot possibilities whenever the team is in desperate need at one position or another. If you've ever said "Maybe this is the year [Player X] puts it all together," that's who we're talking...
Fenway Nation 19 hours ago

Sox Place Five In ESPN's Top 100 Prospects

ESPN.com's Keith Law has announced his Top 100 Prospects and five players in the Red Sox organization made the list. Not surprisingly, catcher Blake Swihart (generally regarded as the best backstop prospect in all of baseball) was the most highly ranked—at #10 on Law's list. Next up—at #20—was 6'6" LHP Henry Owens. Another left-hander—Eduardo Rodriguez (acquired in the Andrew Miller deal)—came in at #29. Further down the list were 3B Rafael Devers at #55 and speedy OF Manuel Margot at #70. Having this many prospects in the Top 100 is particularly impressive considering other young...
Fenway Nation 19 hours ago
Better Sox Catchers Could Help Robbie Ross

Better Sox Catchers Could Help Robbie Ross

(USAToday Sports)Jeff Sullivan of the authoritative FanGraphs.com makes an interesting case that new Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross could be significantly helped by a better catching corps in Boston. Based on Sulivan's analysis, Ross (who started a lot for the Ranger last year) disproportionately suffered from strike zone-related issues. Specifically, as a starter, Ross had the highest rate of pitches taken by batters within the strike zone that were called balls. Part of this is due to the framing skills of catchers. In Christian Vazquez and Ryan Hanigan, Ross will be tossing to two of the...
Fenway Nation 20 hours ago
Xander: 'Strongest Ever Going Into A Season'

Xander: 'Strongest Ever Going Into A Season'

Xander BogaertsRed Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is feeling pretty good this off-season—in fact, the best he's ever felt going into a season. Said the 22-year old, "This is probably the strongest I've ever felt going into a season -- and by far. I'm definitely real excited for the season." This is music to every Sox fan's ears. After a disappointing first full season in The Show, a little bit of the lustre came off the Bogaerts brand. With a steady position and good health, this could be the year he breaks through to true stardom. Bogaerts has been training at the same Arizona facility used...
Over the Monster 20 hours ago

Keith Law ranks 5 Red Sox prospects in top 100

You can probably guess who at least a few of them are, but there are some exciting new entries on the list as well. It's Keith Law Prospect week at ESPN, and Thursday marks the release of his top 100 list. Five Red Sox prospects made the cut, with three of them coming in the top-50 and one in the top-10, and it all bodes well for Boston's future when you consider this is what's left when Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts are already in the majors and Rusney Castillo doesn't count as a prospect. You will not be shocked to see Blake Swihart leading the pack, but you might be surprised to see...
Over the Monster 22 hours ago

Ranking the AL East: Pitchers

After looking through each position in the American League East yesterday, today I turn to the pitching staffs across the division. After spending yesterday going through the position players in the American League East, it’s time to do the same with the pitchers. As a quick reminder, rosters will be determined by roterresource.com, and I'm looking just at 2015 value. Here is a look at what I’m using for Boston’s roster. SP1: Rick Porcello SP2: Wade Miley SP3: Justin Masterson SP4: Clay Buchholz SP5: Joe Kelly CL: Koji Uehara SU: Junichi Tazawa/Edward Mujica Let’s get...
Over the Monster 23 hours ago

Don Orsillo receives honorary doctorate because Jerry Remy's tooth fell out

Everyone involved in this is the best. July 2 was an eventful day for the Red Sox. They locked up a couple of high-profile international free agents on the first day of the new signing period, and NESN announcer Jerry Remy lost a tooth during that evening's game. Longtime play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo wanted to pop it back in, and he attempted to. It was hilarious at the time, but now it's funny all over again, as Orsillo received an honorary doctorate for his summer dentistry efforts. Tonight I receive an honorary doctorate from NE YankeeDental for emergency surgery on Jerry. So now...
Over the Monster Jan 29, 2015

Daily Red Sox Links: Robbie Ross, Allen Craig, Xander Bogaerts

Today's links include stories on how the projection systems are ranking the Red Sox, whether or not teams really need an ace, and Don Orsillo receiving a major award. Alex Speier takes a look at the Robbie Ross trade. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) Over at Fangraphs, Jeff Sullivan has an interesting take on why there's reason to expect a rebound from Ross in 2015. (Jeff Sullivan; Fangraphs) With the trade, Boston continued it's complete rebuild of its pitching staff. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald) How do the projection systems feel about the 2015 Red Sox? (Alex Skillin; Fire Brand...
Over the Monster Jan 28, 2015

2015 Red Sox top prospect voting: Manuel Margot's breakout year

Manuel Margot didn't quite live up to expectations in 2013, so he went ahead and exceeded them in 2014. Maybe it's just me--and the fact that he's in our top-five certainly suggests that's the case--but it seems easy to forget just how good of a season Manuel Margot enjoyed in 2014. Margot was pegged by many as a prospect to watch for a second straight season, despite a 2013 campaign in Lowell that had seen him hit to just a .697 OPS. Of course, that came with a decent .346 OBP, and even more importantly, Margot was just 18 at the time. It's never good for public perception when a player...
Over the Monster Jan 28, 2015

Keith Law ranks Red Sox fifth-best farm system

Despite promotions for Bogaerts, Mookie, and more, the Sox are still going strong on the farm. There isn't much to love about this time of year if you're a baseball fan, but that's precisely why we should be thankful that prospect lists and the like are released now to fill that void. Keith Law is in the midst of unveiling all of his prospect thoughts over at ESPN, and on Wednesday, that meant releasing his organizational prospect rankings. The Red Sox, in spite of the promotion of a few high-profile prospects, rank fifth in the majors according to Law. Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts...
Fenway Nation Jan 28, 2015

Red Sox May Be Eyeing Korean First Baseman

Multiple reports out of The Republic Of Korea indicate that the Red Sox (and possibly the Oakland Athletics as well) are interested in signing 28-year old first baseman Park Byung-ho. Park is a two-time Korean Baseball Organization MVP—hitting 52 HRs in 2014. Park is eligible to be "posted" to MLB teams for 2015—and has signed with a a US agent. Boston may be looking down the road one year when Mike Napoli is eligible for free agency.
Over the Monster Jan 28, 2015

Red Sox have Triple-A rotation decisions to make

Even after dealing Anthony Ranaudo to the Rangers, Boston's Triple-A team has too many options for its rotation. The Red Sox began the offseason with a bunch of young pitchers who had the same general problems: they struggled with their command and didn't have the three pitches necessary to be relied upon as a big-league starting pitcher. Trades that sent Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa to the Diamondbacks and Anthony Ranaudo to the Rangers helped thin those numbers, and guaranteed there would be room for the next, more talented wave of pitching prospects in the system. Boston still...
Fenway Nation Jan 28, 2015
Yoan Moncada Free-For-All Set to Begin Soon

Yoan Moncada Free-For-All Set to Begin Soon

When the Obama Administration relaxed relations with The Castro Family Prison Island, we all joked that at least it might make it easier to sign Cuban ballplayers. Now, word comes that—in fact—the new rules may allow super-prospect Yoan Moncada to become a free-agent very soon. Earlier, most pundits assumed teams would have to wait until June to go after the 19-year old switch-hitting infielder. Boston is one of several teams who held a private workout for Moncada—so it's very likely they will enter the bidding fray. Stay tuned!
Fenway Nation Jan 28, 2015

Red Sox Trade Anthony Ranaudo For Reliever

The Red Sox traded one of their young pitchers to further bolster their bullpen. Anthony Ranaudo was sent to the Texas Rangers in exchange for relief pitcher Robbie Ross. Ross had a miserable 2014 (6.20 ERA, 103 hits in 78.1 innings), but was pretty good in both 2013 (3.03) and 2012 (2.22). So, Boston has added yet another lefty to the 'pen, seemingly setting up a Spring Training free-for-all to determine which port-siders survive into the regular season. Good move.
Over the Monster Jan 28, 2015

Ranking the AL East: Position Players

As we get closer to Opening Day and rosters are close to set, how do the Red Sox rank on a position-by-position basis with the rest of the division? Over the next couple of days, I’ll be looking at how the Red Sox stack up on a positional basis with the other teams in the American League East. Today, we’ll be covering the position players, and the pitchers will come tomorrow. For Boston, I’m going to be using the following players as the starters to make this exercise a little less complicated. C: Christian Vazquez 1B: Mike Napoli 2B: Dustin Pedroia 3B: Pablo Sandoval SS: Xander...
Over the Monster Jan 28, 2015

Pablo Sandoval hits half-court shot while sitting on his butt

The Panda has a unique way of shooting but you can't argue with results. Pablo Sandoval is the new Red Sox third baseman, but the Panda apparently has some game on the basketball court, too. Well, uh, sort of, assuming that you're allowed to roll around on your back before shooting on said court. #Repost @mikesandoval0807 with @repostapp.
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