6:23 PM EST, Mon December 22, 2014
Own or write a blog that covers the Boston Red Sox? Add your blog posts
Over the Monster 4 hours ago

Padres complicate any Red Sox trade for Cole Hamels

The Red Sox weren't going to have it easy with Hamels to begin with. The Padres only make things that much more difficult. The Red Sox don't need an ace, but it sure would be lovely if they had one atop their rotation in 2015 and beyond if possible. The extra security an ace provides in terms of both innings and production is welcome to any rotation, but especially one with some of the question marks Boston's has. That's why, even though trade discussions for Cole Hamels haven't necessarily gone their way, they haven't been ended entirely: the price could always drop to a point where it...
Fenway Nation 6 hours ago
Christian Vazquez Tearing It Up In Winter Ball

Christian Vazquez Tearing It Up In Winter Ball

(USAToday Sports)Christian Vazquez—the likely starting catcher for the 2015 Red Sox—has been doing some serious offensive damage in the Puerto Rican Winter League. So far, the backstop is hitting .294—with a .371 OBP. The 24-year old is know for his defensive skills (particularly his "gun" of a arm), so if he starts to hit consistently, it's offensive gravy. Boston signed Andover native Ryan Hanigan to complement Vazquez this year—and Blake Swihart is sitting in waiting at AAA Pawtucket. So, the Red Sox catching future continues to be very bright.
Fenway Nation 8 hours ago
Empire Moving In On Troy Tulowitzki Talks

Empire Moving In On Troy Tulowitzki Talks

As trade discussions between the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies have cooled, a new suitor may be lurking for Troy Tulowitzki. According to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, the Yankees have "checked in" on Tulo—who is well-known to be a Derek Jeter fanboy. Tulowitzki, who took some flak for attending a Yankee game on an off-day in New York, is eager to don pinstripes. It's unclear whether the Yankees have anywhere near the talent the Rockies would demand in exchange for their All-Star shortstop.
Fenway Nation 8 hours ago
Yankees Will Support Slain NYPD Officers' Kids

Yankees Will Support Slain NYPD Officers' Kids

Clearly, we are not the biggest fans of the New York Yankees. However, when the team does noble things, they must be saluted. The Steinbrenner family's Silver Shield Foundation is stepping up to support the families of the NYPD officers slain over the weekend. The foundation will pay for the college expenses of two sons of officer Rafael Ramos—one, a 13-year old and another currently attending Maine's Bowdoin College. Wenjian Liu—the other officer murdered on Saturday—has no children. The Yankees have been caring for the families of slain New York City police, fire and Port Authority...
Over the Monster 9 hours ago

What are the Red Sox at the end of 2014?

The Red Sox started 2014 as champions and finished as favorites. The season happened too. What are the Boston Red Sox at the end of 2014? It's an interesting question. We know they can go worst-to-first, because they did it two years ago. I think it's fair to say we didn't expect it then, and I think it's for that reason it's natural to potentially read better odds into 2014 than we otherwise might because of what they did. Recent champions have been subject to patterns that are likely just flukes. We love small sample sizes, and the short-term trend says the Red Sox will win it all in 2015...
Over the Monster 11 hours ago

Daily Red Sox Links: James Shields, Rick Porcello, Ryan Hanigan

Today's links look at how the Red Sox can improve the rotation, whether they'll even make additions there, and a new team in on Cole Hamels. Unsurprisingly, the Red Sox are firmly in the mix for James Shields. (Bill Baer; Hardball Talk) It's still possible they will keep their rotation as-is, though, and only make additions to the bullpen. (Jason Mastrodonato; Masslive.com) Could Boston look to add another cheap, high-upside starter rather than go big? (Harry Burnham; Fire Brand of the AL) Rick Porcello was introduced on Friday, and he is excited to be here. (Gordon Edes; ESPN...
Fenway Nation Dec 21, 2014
Sox And Giants Tussling Over James Shields

Sox And Giants Tussling Over James Shields

According to Boston.com's Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox and Giants are both still in on free-agent James Shields. According to Cafardo, The Evil Empire is also lurking. Shields is likely to get a 5-year offer in the range of $110. The addition of the 33-year old righty would significantly upgrade the Boston rotation—currently comprising a bevy of #3 starters. Stay tuned.
Fenway Nation Dec 21, 2014
Pride Of Andover High School Back Home Again

Pride Of Andover High School Back Home Again

Andover High SchoolRyan Hanigan graduated from Andover High School in 1999. After college, his MLB career took him to far-flung locations like Cincinnati and Tampa Bay. Now, he's coming home to play for the team he rooted for as a kid. Said Hanigan, "...I grew up watching the Red Sox so you can't not do that around here. It's the team. We were diehard growing up. All my nieces and nephews were a little bid jaded throughout the year, when I was wearing a Cincinnati and Tampa Bay uniform. Now they're pumped they can rock the Red Sox stuff with pride." We hear 'ya Ryan, we hear 'ya. Welcome back!
Fenway Nation Dec 20, 2014

Are Red Sox 'Punting' On Free Agent Starters?

As time moves on, it appears that the Red Sox may actually be planning to go into the 2015 season with their current starting rotation. ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes reports today that Ben Cherington has—in fact—admitted that the team is not "actively engaged" with any of the elite free agent pitchers still available. This is highly distressing on many levels. It indicates that the Red Sox are not pursuing the safest route to improve the rotation—through free agency (without sacrificing prospects).
Fenway Nation Dec 20, 2014

Craig Breslow Returns To Sox On 1-YR Deal

(FenwayNation Photo)At least the Red Sox clubhouse will be a little smarter now. Yale grad Craig Breslow re-signed with the Boston yesterday on a one-year, $2 million deal. Breslow helps fill the left-handed void in the bullpen—and, hopefully, will revert to his pre-2014 form. While the all-Yale battery is no longer possible with the departure of Ryan Lavarnway (who has bounced all over MLB in the last week), signing Breslow is a good move by Ben Cherington.
Over the Monster Dec 19, 2014

Red Sox re-sign Craig Breslow to one-year deal

Craig Breslow is back in Boston, for better or for worse. Left-handed reliever Craig Breslow will be returning to the Red Sox for 2015 on a one-year contract worth $2 million, per Rob Bradford. When the Red Sox acquired Breslow back in 2012, he was coming off three strong years of work (over four seasons) with Oakland. In his time there, Breslow pitched to a 3.14 ERA with a 2.34 K/BB. The only concern was that his fly ball tendencies might come back to haunt him in cozy Fenway. In the end, though, homers haven't been the problem. He just...hasn't been terribly good. History will show...
Fenway Nation Dec 19, 2014
Evil Empire Swaps Prado For Nathan Eovaldi

Evil Empire Swaps Prado For Nathan Eovaldi

The Bronx Embalmers have been almost too quiet this off-season. Today, they pulled off a five-player trade with the Miami Marlins—which netted them a young starting pitcher in Nathan Eovaldi. The Pinstriped Posers sent Martin Prado to South Beach—along with pitcher David Phelps. In addition to Eovaldi, the Marlins sent journeyman first-baseman Garrett Jones and a minor leaguer to the Bronx. Eovladi is only 24 and—despite a disappointing career so far—still has a big upside and a scary fastball. This is probably a smart move by The Evil Ones, since their starting rotation made ours...
Fenway Nation Dec 19, 2014
Will Middlebrooks Could Have Been A Mainstay

Will Middlebrooks Could Have Been A Mainstay

Baseball is a crazy business. In 2012, Will Middlebrooks looked like one the emerging young stars of the sport. After filling in at third base for an injured Kevin Youkilis, Middlebrooks had a half-season full of promise. In just 75 games, he hit .288 with 15 HRs and 54 RBIs. We all thought we had a kid who could clout 30 bombs and 100 RBIs for years. Then, injuries intervened. And bad luck. And the emergence of other prospects. Then, finally, a 'Panda' put an end to it all. We will always wonder what might have been. We wish Will the best of luck in San Diego.
Fenway Nation Dec 19, 2014
Other Shoe Drops—Padres Sign David Ross

Other Shoe Drops—Padres Sign David Ross

Literally minutes after a reported trade of catcher (and Andover High School alum) Ryan Hanigan to Boston, the San Diego Padres scooped up former Red Sox backstop David Ross. In 2014—until the late-season emergence of Christan Vazquez—Ross was part of one of the worst Boston catching tandems in history with A.J. Pierzynski. However, Ross will always be remembered as catching the final strike as the Red Sox clinched their first World Series at Fenway Park in 95 years in 2013.
Over the Monster Dec 19, 2014

Even with Vazquez, Swihart, and Hanigan, Red Sox have no catching to spare

The Red Sox have a pair of young catchers, and only one starting spot for them over the next six years. Does that mean it's time for a trade? (No, no it does not.) Between Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart, the Red Sox have two strong young catching prospects. Vazquez is the defensive genius, whose ability behind the plate could earn him a major league job even if he took three strikes down the middle every time he went up to bat. Swihart is the total package, combining solid defensive chops with a bat that could carry him in an outfield spot. Both could be deserving of a starting spot...
Fenway Nation Dec 19, 2014
Andover's Hanigan To Sox For Middlebrooks?

Andover's Hanigan To Sox For Middlebrooks?

Reports are surfacing that Andover's Ryan Hanigan will be traded by the Padres to the Red Sox for Will Middlebrooks. Hanigan graduated from Andover (MA) High School back in 1999. He was a three-year varsity starter at Andover and was an Eastern Massachusetts All-Star in his senior year. Hanigan would be a perfect compliment to Christian Vazquez in the Boston backstop brigade. Middlebrooks—still with potent power potential—would help fill a void at the hot corner for San Diego. Hanigan was just traded from the Rays two days ago in the big 11-player Wil Myers deal. Stay tuned.
Over the Monster Dec 19, 2014

Red Sox, Padres talking Will Middlebrooks, Ryan Hanigan trade

Hanigan is a defense-first catcher, and Middlebrooks needs a change of scenery. The Padres are making every possible move to upgrade their roster, and as Yangervis Solarte is a utility player pretending to be a third baseman right now, San Diego is looking to improve at the hot corner. They might not get a definite jump in production by dealing for Will Middlebrooks, but they're trying it anyway, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan. In return, the Red Sox would get that second catcher they're looking for in Ryan Hanigan, who was traded to the Padres on Wednesday in the Wil Myers...
Fenway Nation Dec 19, 2014
Will City Council Vote Send The Rays Packing?

Will City Council Vote Send The Rays Packing?

The St. Petersburg City Council voted down a proposal to let the Tampa Bay Rays scout around Hillsborough County for a new ballpark site. The likely effect of the vote is the sale of the team by current owner Stu Sternberg and a move to another city. This is probably the best news possible for the franchise—stuck in a Rube Goldberg-like joke of a stadium with equally dumb fans. There are several worthy options for the Rays, all of which would do a much better job of supporting what is a solid baseball organization.
Fenway Nation Dec 19, 2014

Peavy Signs Two-Year, $24M Deal With Giants

Jake Peavy (Exclusive FenwayNation Photo)Former Red Sox hurler (and Duck Boat owner) Jake Peavy re-upped with the World Champion Giants on a two-year, $24 million contract. Peavy was a force for the Giants in the pennant drive—but faltered some in the post-season and World Series. The 34-year old righty will also get a full no-trade clause as part of the new deal.
Over the Monster Dec 19, 2014

Are Giants out on James Shields after signing Jake Peavy?

Jake Peavy signing in San Francisco may mean one less competitor for James Shields' services. News broke late last night that Jake Peavy had re-signed with the Giants, choosing to extend his time in San Francisco after the Red Sox sent him to the eventual World Series winners in July. It's a move that may seem entirely unrelated to the Red Sox. While Peavy did his part in getting the team to the 2013 World Series, he also did his part in sinking the 2014 ship, which is why they traded him away in the first place. If there are no hard feelings there, there's also little reason for Boston to...

Red Sox Player News

  • 1 Ryan Hanigan

    Ryan Hanigan

    Pride Of Andover High School Back Home Again

  • 1 Christian Vazquez

    Christian Vazquez

    Christian Vazquez Tearing It Up In Winter Ball

  • Rick Porcello

    Rick Porcello

    Daily Red Sox Links: James Shields, Rick Porcello, Ryan Hanigan

  • Wade Miley

    Wade Miley

    Wade Miley on Hot Stove show: ‘You can’t tell me Babe Ruth ever stopped eating gluten’

  • Pablo Sandoval

    Pablo Sandoval

    Meet SF Giants’ new third baseman — Casey McGehee

Red Sox Photos