10:44 AM EST, Tue December 18, 2018
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Free agency isn’t the only way to improve the bullpen

Free agency isn’t the only way to improve the bullpen

The assumption has been that the Red Sox will sign a reliever, but what about trading? Look, we know that barring any major surprises the Red Sox only have one task remaining on their to-do list this winter: Grabbing another reliever. We know that because it’s been written a million times in a million different ways by everyone who covers the team, including this very website. There’s not much else to say at this point in the winter! In fact, I can only speak for myself but I’m starting to run out of ways to say this same thing. It wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world to just...
2 hours ago
MLB Roundup 12/18: Michael Brantley signs with Houston

MLB Roundup 12/18: Michael Brantley signs with Houston

The Astros make a splash in the outfield Astros sign Michael Brantley to two-year deal Perhaps it’s just me, but it seems as though the focus this offseason has been on all of the contenders who will challenge Boston’s attempt at repeating in 2019 except the Astros. Houston has been mostly quiet this winter so far, but they are still almost certainly the second-best team in the American League, if not baseball. The Red Sox will likely have to get through Houston again if they want to win another championship, and remember last year’s ALCS was tighter than the four game series length...
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Daily Red Sox Links: Craig Kimbrel, Kevin Youkilis, 2020 Offseason

Daily Red Sox Links: Craig Kimbrel, Kevin Youkilis, 2020 Offseason

In today’s links, Craig Kimbrel is still available, we might have found the next Kevin Youkilis and we look ahead to the next offseason. Forget about this offseason. What could the Red Sox do next year? (Chad Jennings; The Athletic) ($$) Returning back to the present, Craig Kimbrel isn’t getting as much interest as he expected. (Nick Goss; NBC Sports Boston) We all know the Red Sox are trying to get better in the bullpen. Promoting from within could be a legitimate strategy. (Ian Browne; MLB.com) What else can the Red Sox do to get better? Chad Finn has the answers. (Chad Finn;...
Dec 17, 2018
The Red Sox could have a midlevel pitching logjam

The Red Sox could have a midlevel pitching logjam

There are no stars here, but a lot of midlevel pitchers are vying for a few roster spots. The Red Sox are in a bit of a strange place with their bullpen, the portion of their roster that is understandably generating the most discussion at this point in the offseason. Most (all?) agree that this is the last remaining area where Boston needs any sort of significant help, obviously excluding possible minor-league depth signings at other positions. The Red Sox aren’t just looking for depth in the bullpen. They are likely to look at or near the top of the market for help. It’s looking more...
Dec 17, 2018
2018 in Review: Tyler Thornburg

2018 in Review: Tyler Thornburg

It wasn’t great Welcome to the Red Sox Review series. It’s a fairly standard feature in which we will review the year that was for every player who made a decently large impact on the Red Sox this year. How do we come up with that definition? Completely arbitrarily, of course! The list of players we’re using can be seen here, and if we are missing anyone please let me know in the comments. Anyway, for the players who are included we will wrap up their season in a sentence, look at the positives of their 2018, the negatives, review their One Big Question from the preseason (when...
Dec 17, 2018
MLB Roundup 12/17: Mets sign Wilson Ramos

MLB Roundup 12/17: Mets sign Wilson Ramos

And the Nationals sign Matt Adams over a quiet weekend. Mets sign Wilson Ramos The Mets have arguably been the most interesting team of the offseason thus far, making a few big splashes under new General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen. Their latest came on Sunday as NL’s New York team inked catcher Wilson Ramos to an incredibly reasonable two-year deal worth around $19 million. This is a very favorable deal for the Mets, as they get a very good catcher on a cheap contract to put behind the plate and lengthen the lineup. It’s been clear that they’d be looking for help at this position as...
Dec 17, 2018
Daily Red Sox Links: Trade Rumors, Joe Kelly, Winter Meetings Recap

Daily Red Sox Links: Trade Rumors, Joe Kelly, Winter Meetings Recap

In today’s links, the Red Sox might be in on a trade with the Mets, Kelly explains his departure and the relatively cold offseason continues. At least while the offseason has been chilly, we have rumors to keep us warm. Try out this one: the Sox are talking about a catcher trade with the New York Mets. (Nick Goss; NBC Sports Boston) There were still some moves at the Winter Meetings, even if there weren’t as many as we wanted. Who got the best of it? (Grant Brisbee; SB Nation) With Joe Kelly signing, there is a new trend in reliever deals emerging. (Craig Edwards; FanGraphs) Red Sox...
Dec 16, 2018
Contextualizing the luxury tax penalties

Contextualizing the luxury tax penalties

It shouldn’t be that big of a deal The Red Sox can always spend more money, just like any other team in baseball. Professional baseball teams in today’s game print money, particularly marquee franchises like the Red Sox and Yankees. Just with the basic revenue alone they can afford a massive payroll. That of course doesn’t even count the valuation of teams, which is the real money maker for owners. Even if teams operate at a loss — and with TV money and revenue sharing that is basically impossible at this point — owners are guaranteed to make their initial investment many, many...
Dec 16, 2018
Daily Red Sox Links: Luxury Tax, Joe Kelly, London Series

Daily Red Sox Links: Luxury Tax, Joe Kelly, London Series

The luxury tax payments came in and the Red Sox had to pay a whopping $12 million in taxes. In other words, they had to pay a little less than what they’re paying for their first base platoon. (NBC Sports Boston) If you’re into podcasts, Rob Bradford sat down with Joe Kelly to hear why the righty chose the Dodgers, among other topics of conversation. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) Nick Cafardo writes that too many teams are doing anything besides trying to win right now. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe) The exact schedule of the Red Sox-Yakees set in London has been released. (Boston.com) It was...
Dec 15, 2018
MLB Roundup 12/15: Ian Kinsler signs with Padres

MLB Roundup 12/15: Ian Kinsler signs with Padres

And a new manager in Baltimore. Ian Kinsler signs with San Diego It was a fairly quiet day around the league on Friday, but one of the 2018 Red Sox players did get signed. That would be Ian Kinsler, one of the very few departing free agents who had no chance at coming back to Boston. Instead, he’ll head back to Southern California after signing a two-year deal with the Padres. This was actually a little surprising. Like I said, there was no way he was going to come back to Boston. With Dustin Pedroia hopefully being able to play at second base, they didn’t need another veteran like...
Dec 15, 2018
Daily Red Sox Links: Joe Kelly, Mookie Betts, Chris Sale

Daily Red Sox Links: Joe Kelly, Mookie Betts, Chris Sale

Joe Kelly just signed a three-year, $25 million deal with the Dodgers, and Rob Bradford looks at what the Red Sox offered to counter. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) Sean McAdam, meanwhile, tried to figure out how big of a loss this is. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal) ($$$) As we all know, there are a lot of key players set to hit free agency soon. Steve Buckley tries to prioritize the group. (Steve Buckley; The Athletic) ($$$) For 2019, they are going to try and repeat with largely the same roster as 2018. The faces will be familiar, but will the performances? (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) The...
Dec 14, 2018
2018 in Review: Blake Swihart

2018 in Review: Blake Swihart

He’s still here, and that makes all the difference. Welcome to the Red Sox Review series. It’s a fairly standard feature in which we will review the year that was for every player who made a decently large impact on the Red Sox this year. How do we come up with that definition? Completely arbitrarily, of course! The list of players we’re using can be seen here, and if we are missing anyone please let me know in the comments. Anyway, for the players who are included we will wrap up their season in a sentence, look at the positives of their 2018, the negatives, review their One Big...
Dec 14, 2018
Where the Red Sox bullpen stands now

Where the Red Sox bullpen stands now

We know they need help, but how much? You know what they say about assuming, but it seems to be a fairly safe assumption that the Red Sox are looking for bullpen help. The caliber of reliever they are targeting and the number of relievers they could add is up for debate, but it seems likely that any more additions to the major-league roster will come in the bullpen. They’ve been connected to just about every big name in the market, but then reports this week about them being concerned about payroll threw things for a loop. It’s still hard to believe they wouldn’t do anything to boost...
Dec 14, 2018
MLB Roundup 12/14: Seattle, Cleveland and Tampa Bay pulls off three-team swap

MLB Roundup 12/14: Seattle, Cleveland and Tampa Bay pulls off three-team swap

The Winter Meetings end relatively quietly. A Three-Team Deal in the American League The Winter Meetings came to a close on Thursday, and as teams were departing Las Vegas the Mariners made sure to pull off one more trade. Along with Tampa Bay and Cleveland, it was a three-team swap involving mostly corner infielders. The biggest name in the deal was Edwin Encarnacion, who heads to Seattle in the deal along with a compensation pick. In exchange, Cleveland gets Carlos Santana from Seattle — who of course was just traded to the Mariners a few weeks ago — and Tampa Bay first...
Dec 14, 2018
Daily Red Sox Links: Joe Kelly, Craig Kimbrel, Rick Porcello

Daily Red Sox Links: Joe Kelly, Craig Kimbrel, Rick Porcello

Joe Kelly is heading out west, so Alex Speier looks at where the Red Sox go in the reliever market from here. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) One thing that is becoming clear: Dave Dombrowski is willing to wait things out to get the best deal. (Ian Browne; RedSox.com) Well, that depends on who you ask. Evan Drellich says you shouldn’t count out the Red Sox in the Craig Kimbrel market just yet. (Evan Drellich; NBC Sports Boston) Recently there has been chatter about Boston wanting to cut salary, and Rick Porcello has been named as a potential trade chip. John Tomase argues he should be an...