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Over the Monster 5 hours ago
Saying Farewell to

Saying Farewell to "The Beard of Truth"

Long before 2013 and The Beards won over the hearts and minds of Red Sox Nation, we indulged in an even greater—yet more singular—beard mania. Kevin Youkilis first rose to prominence as the "Greek God of Walks," better known for his penchant at not swinging than for his wacky batting stance or his defensive prowess. And there was absolutely no sign of the future slugger hiding in that goofy-looking frame. For Youkilis—as attested by his rookie card—was not exactly the prospect who would strike fear in the hearts of opposing pitchers or baserunners hoping to make it to first or...
Fenway Nation 7 hours ago
Red Sox Decline $4M Option On Craig Breslow

Red Sox Decline $4M Option On Craig Breslow

As most observers expected—including Craig Breslow himself—the Red Sox declined a $4 million option on the left-handed reliever today. Breslow will become a free agent upon a $100,000 buyout by the team. The 34-year old port-sider had an off year in 2014—going 2-4 with a 6.96 ERA. Boston could still bring back Breslow at a lower amount, but the emergence of other left-handed options in the bullpen will probably prevent that.
Ben Shapiro / Red Sox Monster 8 hours ago

MLB Hot Stove 2014-15: Place your bets, here come some free agent predictions

Here comes the MLB free-agent class of 2014-15, and here come some predictions about where the top free agents will eventually end up.
Fenway Nation 9 hours ago
Rusney Castillo Likely Done Until Spring Training

Rusney Castillo Likely Done Until Spring Training

The thumb/hand injury sustained by Rusney Castillo in the Arizona Fall League looks like it will derail his entire off-season. The Red Sox described the injury as "a strained abductor, the muscle belly between the thumb and the fingers." It was earlier thought that Castillo could simply sit out the balance of the AFL season and play Winter Ball in the Caribbean. That looks out of the question now. See you in Fort Myers, Rusney!
Fenway Nation 9 hours ago
Ben Cherington

Ben Cherington "Hopes" To Talk To Jon Lester

Ben Cherington just gave The Nation a big Halloween treat—we're talking World's Largest Reese's Peanut Butter Cup here. The Red Sox GM announced today that he "hopes" to get a chance to talk to the former Boston ace Jon Lester about a new free agent contract. Specifically, BenCher said, "We know him well and hope we get a chance to talk to him. I'm sure he'll talk to others and I'm sure we'll talk to others. We just have to get into the offseason and see what comes of it." As abstract as this is, it's the best piece of Lester-related news in weeks. It sure beat a granola bar in our Trick or...
Over the Monster 12 hours ago

Kevin Youkilis says farewell to baseball

And we say a last, heartfelt YOOOUUUKKK An ugly, sweaty, man-beast... a grade-A red-ass. - BP Annual, 2010 I've seen him in the shower, and I wouldn't call him the Greek god of anything. - Terry Francona Now we have to call him Facebush forever. - My girlfriend, upon first seeing Youk's... goatee? Our professions are rarely written in our faces, but often they still fit. It's difficult to imagine John Kennedy as anything but a politician, Tom Waits as anything but a minstrel, Tom Brady as anything but a star quarterback. And even without the obvious physical traits that cling in our minds...
Fenway Nation 12 hours ago
Japanese Team Offers Dice-K Four-Year Deal

Japanese Team Offers Dice-K Four-Year Deal

Sooner of later, baseball is a closed circle. Former Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka may experience this hardball truism soon, as he has a contract offer from a Japanese team. The Pacific League Champion Fukuoa Softbank Hawks have offered Dice-K a four-year contract—said to be worth $3.58 million per year. Currently with the New York Metropolitans, Matsuzaka has a very specific desire in mind next year, "I want to start." Good luck, buddy.
Over the Monster 13 hours ago

Red Sox must play it safe with Koji Uehara

The Red Sox have Koji back in Boston, but it's time to start treating him with a little more care than they've shown in years past. Koji Uehara is back in a Red Sox uniform, and with two years on his contract, will likely end his career in one. After all, with Uehara set to turn 40 come the beginning of the 2015 season, there just can't be that much left in the tank. Not even Mariano Rivera was ageless. Koji's mortality was something Red Sox fans were made pointedly aware of towards the end of the 2014 season. In six games from August 16 to September 4, Boston's closer allowed 10 runs in...
Fenway Nation 13 hours ago

'Greek God Of Walks' Retires After Ten Seasons

YoukMoneyball got it partly wrong. Kevin Youkilis was not of Greek descent—but he did walk a helluva lot (539 times). The always popular Youkilis, who spent pieces of nine seasons with the Red Sox, is retiring from baseball. During his time in Carmine Hose, Youk hit .287, with a .388 on-base percentage. He also clouted 133 HRs for Boston and knocked in 564 runs. He will always be remembered for the classic "Yooooooouk" chant he got at Fenway and his utterly unique batting stance. The two years he spent in Chicago and New York are completely inconsequential to his career. He is Youk—and he...
Fenway Nation 13 hours ago

Red Sox Ink Koji To Two-Year, $18 Million Deal

(Exclusive FenwayNation Photo)Hopefully, this deal won't be remembered for the day we all learned about it—Halloween. The Red Sox took a big gamble on 40-year-old closer Koji Uehara—signing the free-agent to a two-year, $18 million deal. This more than doubles his 2014 salary of $4.5 million. Uehara was—of course—lights out in 2013, but had some pretty serious struggles at various points in 2014. Nevertheless, Boston is clearly banking on the continuance of his overall record in Carmine Hose—a 1.75 ERA over 138.2 innings. GM Ben Cherington talked about the importance of the early...
Over the Monster 14 hours ago

Red Sox don't need Yoenis Cespedes' power

Amidst the rumors that Yoenis Cespedes may be traded, the biggest concern is losing a run producing bat like his. Fortunately, the Red Sox will have enough to survive without him. While it’s sad that the baseball season is over, and the next time we’ll see something close to the highest level of the sport won’t be until March, the offseason can be an exciting time too. Though most moves likely won’t start happening for at least another week (Koji notwithstanding), rumors are already flying. One of the most interesting involving the Red Sox is that they are likely to trade Yoenis...
Over the Monster 16 hours ago

Daily Red Sox Links: David Ortiz, Jon Lester, Tom Menino

Today's links look (again) at the possibilities of picking Jon Lester back up, and David Ortiz remembers a friend in the late Mayor Menino. Here's hoping that the "constructive conversation" Ben Cherington wants to have goes better than contract negotiations during the season went. (Jason Mastrodonato; MassLive) And that, after this is all over, they get someone they are looking for. Whether it be Lester, James Shields or Andrew Miller. (Ricky Doyle; NESN) Also, that they learn from their "idle October" ... (Alex Speier; WEEI) ... and understand that letting the young prospects develop...
Over the Monster Oct 30, 2014
Red Sox re-sign Koji Uehara through 2016

Red Sox re-sign Koji Uehara through 2016

Koji and his high fives will be in Boston for two more seasons. Players across Major League Baseball became free agents on Thursday, but as of now, they can only re-sign with their most recent club. That works just fine for Koji Uehara and the Red Sox, though, as the team announced they've re-signed the closer for two years. WEEI's Alex Speier reports that it's for $18 million total, so the luxury tax hit will be $9 million for both 2015 and 2016. Uehara had a "down" year in 2014, at least compared to 2013 when he was essentially untouchable. He still managed a 2.52 ERA and 10 times as...
Over the Monster Oct 30, 2014

Koji Uehara, Burke Badenhop, David Ross declared free agents

Three Red Sox have been declared free agents. Will any be coming back? The offseason is here, and with it comes 121 new free agents, with Koji Uehara, Burke Badenhop, and David Ross coming from the Red Sox. There's still plenty to be done between now and the point where free agents actually start signing with their new teams. The Red Sox have the option of making the departing players qualifying offers of $15.3 million, leaving them with draft pick compensation attached should they decline. Neither Burke Badenhop nor David Ross are going to see their market go nearly so high, however, and...
World Series 2014: Madison Bumgarner's legendary performance was reminiscent of vintage Pedro Martinez

World Series 2014: Madison Bumgarner's legendary performance was reminiscent of vintage Pedro Martinez

Madison Bumgarner's epic World Series Game 7 performance probably felt familiar to Red Sox fans
Fenway Nation Oct 30, 2014
Whither Shane Victorino In The 2015 Sox OF?

Whither Shane Victorino In The 2015 Sox OF?

As Red Sox GM Ben Cherington decides which of his free agents to offer qualifying offers to (starting today) and which free agents he covets from other teams (starting next Tuesday), there remains the issue of the 2015 outfield. Currently, it could be composed of any combination from among: Yoenis "He Hate Me" Cespedes, Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Allen Craig, Daniel Nava and (oh yeah!) Shane Victorino. For those of you who are cipher-impaired—that's seven guys for (basically) four spots. How will Boston deal with this surplus? Trades? Demotions? Releases? Our guess...
Fenway Nation Oct 30, 2014
Big Red Sox Moves Coming On 'Election Day'?

Big Red Sox Moves Coming On 'Election Day'?

Now that The Fall Classic has ended, the feeding frenzy can begin. Starting Tuesday—which also happens to be Election Day in the real world—the Red Sox (and every other team in baseball) can begin to shape their 2015 rosters with free agent signings, trades and other moves. While multiple starting pitching holes remain the top priority on Yawkey Way, filling the void at third base is also a huge need. And, with Pablo Sandoval (Boston's main 3B target) hitting .429 in the World Series, that price is going to be higher than expected. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington may have to act quickly to nail...
Fenway Nation Oct 30, 2014
Congratulations To The World Champ Giants!

Congratulations To The World Champ Giants!

(AP Photo)Unfortunately, our prediction from nine days ago on the outcome of the World Series was accurate—Giants in seven. Their experience, their clutchness and the ridiculous MVP performance of 25-year old Madison Bumgarner was just enough to outpace the go-go Royals. Despite the lack of long-ball power, it was one of the most enjoyable World Series experiences in a while (except for 2004, 2007 and 2013). Congratulations to the new World Series Champions—the only team besides the Red Sox to have three titles in the 21st century!
Over the Monster Oct 30, 2014
Daily Red Sox Links: Pablo Sandoval, Andrew Miller, Joe Maddon

Daily Red Sox Links: Pablo Sandoval, Andrew Miller, Joe Maddon

Today's links look at Pablo Sandoval's market, Joe Maddon's new home, and reviews on the seasons of Wendell Rijo and Edwin Escobar. Pablo Sandoval wrapped up his season last night, and all eyes are now on his free agency. Should the Red Sox seriously pursue him? (Alex Skillin; Fire Brand of the AL) In case you want to know more about the third baseman, here is a scouting report. (Ryan Parker; Baseball Prospectus) It's not just Sandoval getting ready to hit the market, though. Free agency officially starts in five days. (Scott Lauber; Boston Herald) One other player who will be on the...
Fenway Nation Oct 29, 2014

Giants History Does Not Bode Well For Game 7

If you're a San Francisco Giants fan, stop reading this right now. Go get some latte'. Are they gone? OK, the Giants franchise has faced a deciding World Series game four times—and lost all four. In 1912, they faced our very own Red Sox in Game Eight (the 20th century was so quaint, wasn't it?) and lost, 3-2 to the good guys. In 1924, the Giants lost to the Washington Senators in Game Seven, 4-3. Hold on, it doesn't get much better. In 1962, they lost 1-0 to The Evil Empire (which at that point was only The Moderately Wicked Fiefdom). Then, in 2002, The Los Angeles Angels (not yet of...

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