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The Tigers should be interested in Red Sox LHP Henry Owens

The Tigers should be interested in Red Sox LHP Henry Owens

The Red Sox placed Owens on outright waivers on Wednesday evening. What if I told you that a 6’6 lefthander previously drafted in the first round with a mid-90s fastball just became available, and the Detroit Tigers have the first chance to acquire him? Sounds appealing, right? Well, this is mostly true. The Boston Red Sox placed lefthander Henry Owens on outright waivers on Wednesday evening to clear space on their 40-man roster. Owens, the 36th overall pick in the 2011 draft, has struggled in his young major league career, with a 5.19 ERA in 85 innings. Standing 6’6 with a lanky,...
Fenway Nation Nov 25, 2017
Could State Income Tax Keep Stanton Out Of Boston?

Could State Income Tax Keep Stanton Out Of Boston?

Rarely do politics and baseball intersect (except of course, when the Red Sox owners rub our faces in their annoying personal political beliefs). Now, however, the nefarious Massachusetts state income tax (currently at 5.1%) may keep Giancarlo Stanton away from Fenway Park. According to Sean Penney of Fansided, Stanton could lose around $15 million to the bureaucrats on Beacon Hill over the course of his remaining contract. We might be saved from this obstacle, however, since two of his other potential landing spots (San Francisco and Los Angeles) have an even more confiscatory state tax...
Fenway Nation Nov 24, 2017
POLL: Half Want Free-Agents Martinez And Santana

POLL: Half Want Free-Agents Martinez And Santana

Our most recent FenwayNation Poll results show that fully half of our readers (50%) prefer that the Red Sox sign both J.D. Martinez and Carlos Santana as free agents. As the chart shows, the next most popular off-season option (28%) is the signing of Martinez and Eric Hosmer. Thus, almost four readers in five (78%) prefer one of these free-agency routes to solve Boston's power shortage. Just 14% support a trade for Giancarlo Stanton, while 4% see getting another starter as the top priority. Only 3% picked an option not listed in the poll. So, sentiment in The Nation is pretty clear: they want...
Fenway Nation Nov 22, 2017
POLL: Majority Of Readers Want Martinez/Santana As Top Move

POLL: Majority Of Readers Want Martinez/Santana As Top Move

Further voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll shows that a majority of readers (52%) now think the dual free-agency acquisitions of J. D. Martinez and Carlos Sanatana should be the top priority for Dave Dombrowski. As the chart shows, 27% now believe that getting Martinez and Eric Hosmer should be the one thing 'DD' needs to do, followed distantly by a trade for Giancarlo Stanton (13%), getting another starting pitcher (3%), getting a second-base fill-in for the injured Dustin Pedroia (1%) and standing pat with the 2017 roster (1%). Just 4% want some other action by Dombrowski not listed in...
Fenway Nation Nov 22, 2017
POLL: Sox Should Go Free Agency Route, Not Stanton Trade

POLL: Sox Should Go Free Agency Route, Not Stanton Trade

Early voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll shows that a majority of readers want the Red Sox to pursue some form of the free-agency route instead of a trade for Giancarlo Stanton. As the chart shows, the highest level of support (45%) goes to the signing of both J.D. Martinez and Carlos Santana. The next highest support (30%) goes to another version of free-agency—signing Martinez and Eric Hosmer. Somewhat surprisingly, only 16% support a trade for Stanton. Just 4% think getting another starting pitcher in the one thing Dave Dombrowski needs to do, while 1% seeing getting a short-term...
Fenway Nation Nov 22, 2017
Tabby's Ian Kinsler May Be Red Sox Option For 2B

Tabby's Ian Kinsler May Be Red Sox Option For 2B

()So far, the early-season second-base replacements for the injured Dustin Pedroia have included: Brock Holt, Marco Hernandez, Tzu-Wei Lin, Deven Marrero—and the newly signed Mexican Pacific League player Esteban Quiroz. Not exactly the "Murder's Row" of keystone options. Now, according to The Boston Herald's Jason Mastrodonato, a bolder choice would be a trade for veteran Detroit second-sacker Ian Kinsler. In fact. given the horrific track record of the Red Sox "medical" staff (Drs. Howard, Fine and Howard), Pedroia's projected return from knee surgery will likely be later than the...
Fenway Nation Nov 21, 2017
Red Sox Sign 5'5

Red Sox Sign 5'5" Second Baseman Esteban Quiroz

The Red Sox added some insurance to their 2018 second base situation by signing Mexican Pacific League player Esteban Quiroz —inviting him to the team's major league training camp. The diminutive Quiroz (5'5") is often compared to AL MVP Jose Altuve. The 25-year-old is hitting .299 this year through 34 games—and never hit below .293 in three seasons in the AAA-equivalent Pacific League. In the last World Baseball Classic, Quiroz smacked two HRs—showing some 'pop' in addition to his solid average. In fact, in a recent Home Run Derby he clouted 29 HRs. It will be interesting to see if...
Fenway Nation Nov 21, 2017
Bookies: Red Sox Only Third Likliest To Land Stanton

Bookies: Red Sox Only Third Likliest To Land Stanton

Not only are the pundits pessimistic about Boston's chances to land Giancarlo Stanton in a trade with the Marlins—now the bookies agree! According to the gambling site Bovada, the Red Sox are just the third most likely to get Stanton (+750)—behind the favorite San Francisco Giants (-250) and the St. Louis Cardinals (+250). It's looking more and more like Boston will need to go the free-agent route to solve its power shortage in the line-up. Stay tuned!
Fenway Nation Nov 21, 2017
MLB.com Answers FenwayNation On Power Outage Route

MLB.com Answers FenwayNation On Power Outage Route

FenwayNation's question for MLB.com's Ian Browne was highlighted in his latest "Inbox" article. We had asked if Red Sox principal owner John Henry had essentially mandated the free-agent route (versus, say, a Giancarlo Stanton trade) as the way to fill the glaring 'big bat' void in the lineup. Browne answered that he doesn't believe such a mandate exists—and that Henry trusts Dave Dombrowski to "do his job". He goes on to suggest that the free-agent route might make more sense than further depleting the farm system via a trade. We tend to agree. Free-agency might be the most efficient way...
Fenway Nation Nov 21, 2017
The Brief, Shining Sox Career Of Quintin Lonell Berry

The Brief, Shining Sox Career Of Quintin Lonell Berry

Berry Swipes Bag In World Series ()Quintin Berry turns 33-years-old today. Who, you may ask? Come on! Berry earned a ring as a member of the 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox. Still don't remember him? Well, Berry did only played 13 regular season games in Carmine Hose—but he raked in those 13 games. The speedy pinch-running specialist hit an astounding .625 for Boston that year—albeit in only 9 official plate appearances. But he did clout one HR and knock in four runs—not to mention three stolen bases in three tries. In the post-season that year, Berry pinch-ran three times—once in...
Fenway Nation Nov 21, 2017
Could The Red Sox Score Twice In A Trade With The Marlins?

Could The Red Sox Score Twice In A Trade With The Marlins?

(USAToday Sports)Yesterday, an "under-the-radar" trade took place between the Miami Marlins and The Bronx Embalmers. The Fish sent right-handed pitcher Michael King and $250,000 of international bonus money to The Evil Ones in exchange for first baseman Garrett Cooper and left-handed pitcher Caleb Smith. The operative pieces in this transaction are: Cooper and the cash. The cash will allow The Pinstriped Posers to sweeten their offer to Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani—pushing them slightly ahead of the Rangers in available International Pool money. But, more importantly for the Red Sox,...
Fenway Nation Nov 20, 2017
Sox Open Against Northeastern Huskies On February 22nd

Sox Open Against Northeastern Huskies On February 22nd

A sneak peak at the Red Sox 2018 Spring Training schedule shows that the team will open with a game against the Northeastern University Huskies on Thursday, February 22nd—roughly three months from today. Not surprisingly, the Sox will play the cross-town Minnesota Twins at least seven times. They face The Bronx Embalmers just twice.
Fenway Nation Nov 20, 2017
Red Sox Add Three Pitchers To Now Full 40-Man Roster

Red Sox Add Three Pitchers To Now Full 40-Man Roster

The Red Sox have added three pitchers to their 40-man roster—which is now full.  LHP Jalen Beeks, and RHPs Chandler Shepherd and Ty Buttrey were all added today—and thus protected from the Rule Five Draft. The Boston roster is now composed of: 24 pitchers, 3 catchers, 9 infielders and 4 outfielders—the later group containing Bryce Brentz.
Fenway Nation Nov 20, 2017
Looking Back On J.D. Drew's 5-Year Red Sox Career

Looking Back On J.D. Drew's 5-Year Red Sox Career

()J.D. Drew turns 42 years old today—just a few days younger than David Ortiz. Of course, Drew hasn't played an MLB game since September of 2011. But, on his birthday, it might be an opportune time to take a more objective look at Drew's five seasons in Carmine Hose. Things probably started off on the wrong foot—with the February 2007 signing of a 5-year, $70 million free-agent contract. Expectations were sky high. His first year in Boston produced a .270 average with just 11 HRs and 64 RBI—hardly $70 million territory. And yet, the Red Sox won the World Series that year—and Drew hit...
Fenway Nation Nov 20, 2017
Approaching 14th Anniversary Of AZ Thanksgiving Summit

Approaching 14th Anniversary Of AZ Thanksgiving Summit

One week from today will be the 14th anniversary of The Great Thanksgiving Summit that brought Curt Schilling to Boston. On November 27, 2003 Theo Epstein travelled to Schilling's Paradise Valley, Arizona home to share drumsticks, stuffing, cranberry sauce and dreams of glory with the pitcher's family. Talk about your bold negotiating gambits! Well, it worked. Schilling donned Carmine Hose for the 2004 season—and, well, you know what happened. You know, November 27th should be an official Red Sox holiday—a day we burn incense to Theo.
Fenway Nation Nov 20, 2017
Blake Swihart May Be A 2018 Option At Second Base

Blake Swihart May Be A 2018 Option At Second Base

()According to Hall Of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, some Red Sox officials want to see if Blake Swihart can play second base in 2018—while Dustin Pedroia is on the mend. Swihart just returned from playing multiple positions in the Dominican Winter League (1B, C, DH), but could be called upon to use his versatility at the keystone position as needed. Swihart's promising Red Sox career was temporarily derailed in 2016—ironically while he was playing out of position in LF at Fenway. He is still a solid hitter (he batted .407 in the Dominican), so he could prove a very valuable piece...
Fenway Nation Nov 20, 2017
Red Sox Battle Phillies for Free-Agent 1B Carlos Santana

Red Sox Battle Phillies for Free-Agent 1B Carlos Santana

According to MLBNetwork's Jon Morosi, the pursuit of free-agent first-baseman Carlos Santana may be down to the Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. It's been suggested by some that because of Philadelphia's unusual payroll flexibility, agents are using them as a foil to bid up prices to places of real interest—like Boston. It's hard to imagine that Santana would want to go to a dismal franchise like the Phillies. Stay tuned.
Fenway Nation Nov 18, 2017
Sox Prospect Michael Chavis Shines In AFL Championship

Sox Prospect Michael Chavis Shines In AFL Championship

RBI Triple By Michael ChavisThree top Red Sox prospects (along with four others in the Boston organization) won an Arizona Fall League Championship today with the Peoria Javelinas. 1B/3B Michael Chavis (#2), SS/2B Chad De La Guerra (# 23) and 2B Josh Tobias (#26) won the Cactus Circuit ring with an 8-2 victory. Others Sox on the Peoria squad were: P Ty Buttery, P Kevin McAvoy, P Henry Owens and P Bobby Poyner. Chavis—who started at first-base—went 2-5 with an RBI triple and a run scored in the win.
Fenway Nation Nov 18, 2017
Protective Netting To Be Extended Further At Fenway Park

Protective Netting To Be Extended Further At Fenway Park

The Red Sox announced that they will further extend protective netting at Fenway Park next season. Currently, the netting extends to the "inner edge" of each dugout. It will now be extended about 140 feet down each baseline. Specifically, a team spokesperson said, netting will now go "from Field Box 79 on the third base side to the Canvas Alley area on the first base side, around Field Box 9". Generally, fans seem to have accepted the netting—trading off any new obstructions for the dramatically increased safety.
Fenway Nation Nov 18, 2017
#2, #23, #26 Sox Prospects In AFL Championship Game

#2, #23, #26 Sox Prospects In AFL Championship Game

Three high-level Red Sox prospects are on national display today. Third baseman Michael Chavis (#2), SS/2B Chad De La Guerra (# 23) and 2B Josh Tobias (#26) will all compete at 3PM Eastern for the Peoria Javelinas in the Championship Game of the Arizona Fall League. Chavis in particular has been tearing up the Catcus Circuit on the way to a possible ring today. You can catch the game on MLB Network.

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