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Nov 26, 2017
Shohei Ohtani Issues

Shohei Ohtani Issues "Blue Book Exam" To MLB Teams

After digesting their turkey this weekend, MLB team executives have an assignment: In both Japanese and English, compare and contrast your team's advantages and disadvantages for Shohei Ohtani. Once you've completed the assignment, please pass your Blue Book exams up to the front. No talking! With an arrogance unseen by any "free agent"in a long time, Ohtani may be getting his 2018 USA Tour off on the wrong foot. Ohtani's agency (CAA) literally set forth the following instructions: "evaluate Ohtani's talent as a pitcher and as a hitter....explain its [the team's] player development, medical...
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...
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...
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...
Nov 22, 2017
Boston's 'Babe Ruth' Pitch To The 'Babe Ruth Of Japan'?

Boston's 'Babe Ruth' Pitch To The 'Babe Ruth Of Japan'?

For once in baseball, money isn't everything. The pursuit of two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani (known as 'The Babe Ruth Of Japan') will not hinge on some ridiculous contract offer. Based on the agreement reached yesterday, the Nippon Ham Fighters will get a $20 million posting fee from the winning MLB team—but Ohtani will get a minimal "signing bonus" because he is under 25 years of age (23). So, while the like of The Evil Ones and Rangers do have the most International Pool money ($3-4 million), that's a pittance compared with the endorsement deals he'll get in Japan in his first year in...
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...
Nov 22, 2017

POLL: The ONE Thing "Dealin' Dave" Needs To Do

What ONE thing should "Dealin' Dave" Dombrowski definitely do?Trade for Giancarlo StantonSign J.D. Martinez and Eric HosmerSign J.D. Martinez and Carlos SantanaGet another starting pitcherGet another bullpen armGet a quality second baseman to spell PedroiaDo nothing, stand pat with the 2017 teamOTHER (Specify in comments section) pollcode.com free polls
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...
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...
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!
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...
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...
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,...
Nov 21, 2017
Giants-Marlins Trade Discussions

Giants-Marlins Trade Discussions "Deeper" On Giancarlo

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, trade talks between the San Francisco Giants and the Miami Marlins are now "deeper" with regard to super-star Giancarlo Stanton. Previous reports had the Giants shipping off 2B Joe Panik and pitching prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw (both Massachusetts natives) to The Fish. In return, San Francisco would get Stanton and 2B Dee Gordon (along with, presumably, a huge chunk of Stanton's $295 million contract). The word is that—among the leading landing spots—Stanton prefers the Bay Area. However, while Feinsand says the Giants are the clear...
Nov 21, 2017
Giancarlo Watch: Realistic Odds Of Stanton To Sox?

Giancarlo Watch: Realistic Odds Of Stanton To Sox?

Crazy Dream Or Possibility?It's the longest-running soap opera of the baseball off-season: where the heck will mega-star Giancarlo Stanton end up? New Marlins honcho Derek Jeter has made it clear that clearing payroll is his number one goal—thus the big guy (and his $295 million contract) must go! The three credible landing spots have been narrowed down to St. Louis, San Francisco and Boston (with The Evil Ones and Dodgers on the periphery). But, just how realistic is it that Stanton dons Carmine Hose in 2018? Because Dave Dombrowski has already significantly depleted Boston's reservoir of...