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2021 in Review: Hunter Renfroe brought the power

2021 in Review: Hunter Renfroe brought the power

Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Hunter Renfroe mashed dingers and threw runners out all season. What more could you ask for? Welcome to our 2021 Boston Red Sox in Review series. This is, as you can probably guess, where we will be reviewing all of the players who made at least a modest impact on the Red Sox in 2021. Every week day we’ll be deep diving into one player, describing the season in a sentence, looking at the positives from the year as well as negatives, looking back at our one big question from our season preview and looking ahead to the 2022...
13 hours ago
Scattered Thoughts on the Hunter Renfroe/Jackie Bradley Jr. trade

Scattered Thoughts on the Hunter Renfroe/Jackie Bradley Jr. trade

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ Like most every move this time of year, it’s hard to judge at this point. Right before the clock struck midnight and the owners decided to impose a lockout on the players that came with it a freeze of all transactions, the Boston Red Sox got one more move out of their system via trade. Out of nowhere they sent Hunter Renfroe to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for old friend Jackie Bradley Jr. as well as prospects Alex Binelas and David Hamilton. Here are some scattered thoughts on the deal. We should start by talking about the...
14 hours ago
Red Sox opt for quantity approach with their rotation

Red Sox opt for quantity approach with their rotation

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/ It’s an underwhelming path, but that doesn’t mean it’s a doomed one. Heading into the offseason it was always clear that the Red Sox were going to need to do some work in the rotation, it just was never entirely clear what exactly that meant. Eduardo Rodriguez was a free agent, so it could have just meant re-signing him and rolling on as normal, perhaps just adding a little more depth. It could have meant enjoying the depth they’ve built up the last couple years and using a chunk of money on one big splash. Or it could have meant...
15 hours ago
OTM Open Thread 12/2: It is Thursday

OTM Open Thread 12/2: It is Thursday

Photo by Jim Rogash/ Third time’s the charm Happy Thursday! The lockout is on but right before it took over the Red Sox reunited with Rich Hill! The Bruins take on the Predators at 8:00 PM ET. The next baseball game? Could be a while but hopefully they’ll figure out a contract before the season. Talk about what you want, remember Rich Hill is a Yankee Killer, and be good to one another.
15 hours ago
MLB Roundup 12/2: Marcus Stroman signs with the Cubs

MLB Roundup 12/2: Marcus Stroman signs with the Cubs

Photo By Winslow Townson/ And other transactions that made it in before the lockout. Chicago Cubs sign Marcus Stroman to three-year deal As expected, and as we covered late last night, MLB did indeed implement a lockout of hte players beginning early Thursday morning, and so teams had until yesterday to get transactions across the wire before a freeze went into place. There were a few relatively big signings to come in before that deadline, and for our purposes we will lead off with the Marcus Stroman signing, as the righty heads to the Cubs on a three-year deal. The...
16 hours ago
Daily Red Sox Links: Rich Hill, James Paxton, Rafael Devers

Daily Red Sox Links: Rich Hill, James Paxton, Rafael Devers

Photo by Mark Brown/ It’s kind of a perfect metaphor for Major League Baseball that, right as the league is reaching an exciting point in the offseason and positive things are happening for the sport, they are imposing a lockout. But it’s where we are, and there is plenty of work to do to get this league to where it needs to be. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe) Eventually the lockout will be over and the transaction freeze will be over, and then next offseason will come. It is almost assuredly not going to match this one as the lockout created a unique circumstance,...
23 hours ago
League officially locks out players, starts transaction freeze

League officially locks out players, starts transaction freeze

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ The inevitable has happened, and now we wait. This has been the date we’ve all been dreading on the MLB calendar, and now after such a fun week or so everything is coming to a screeching halt with the league officially implementing a lockout of the player, and with it a freeze on all transactions. It is always hard to judge from the outside just where things stand with any of these negotiations, but from where we’re sitting it sure seems like the two sides are far apart, with talks on Wednesday being ended by the league in the...
23 hours ago
Red Sox trade Hunter Renfroe to the Brewers for package including Jackie Bradley Jr.

Red Sox trade Hunter Renfroe to the Brewers for package including Jackie Bradley Jr.

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ A reunion in the outfield. With the collective bargaining agreement set to expire at midnight tonight, transactions are going to freeze with it. The Boston Red Sox have done some work in their rotation by signing Michael Wacha, James Paxton, and Rich Hill in the last week. Well, they’ve squeezed in one last transaction before the lockout goes into effect, and it’s a doozy. The team announced late Wednesday night that they have traded Hunter Renfroe to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Jackie Bradley Jr. as well as prospects...
Dec 1, 2021
Red Sox reportedly sign Rich Hill, pending physical

Red Sox reportedly sign Rich Hill, pending physical

Photo by John Fisher/ The Massachussetts native comes back for a third stint with the Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox have avoided the top part of the free agent pitching market thus far, but they have made a couple of moves in the lower tiers, searching for veteran upside with the signings of both Michael Wacha as well as James Paxton. Well, before the lockout that is expected to start at 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, they have squeezed in another signing of that ilk. According to a report from the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, Boston has agreed to terms on a one-year deal...
Dec 1, 2021
Red Sox and Kevin Plawecki avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Red Sox and Kevin Plawecki avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ He makes slightly more than what was projected in arbitration. On Tuesday, teams had to decide by 8:00 PM ET whether or not they would be tendering contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. By tendering a deal, which the Red Sox did with six of their eight arbitration-eligible players (they agreed to terms with Ryan Brasier and non-tendered Tim Locastro), the players remain in the organization, but they do not have defined salaries as of yet. The two sides can either negotiate a deal (almost always for one year, though longer-term...
Dec 1, 2021
2021 in Review: Kevin Plawecki played his role

2021 in Review: Kevin Plawecki played his role

Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via And also started the post-homer celebration. Welcome to our 2021 Boston Red Sox in Review series. This is, as you can probably guess, where we will be reviewing all of the players who made at least a modest impact on the Red Sox in 2021. Every week day we’ll be deep diving into one player, describing the season in a sentence, looking at the positives from the year as well as negatives, looking back at our one big question from our season preview and looking ahead to the 2022 season. Today we look at Kevin Plawecki’s...
Dec 1, 2021
The Over the Monster Podcast: Watching the frenzy from afar

The Over the Monster Podcast: Watching the frenzy from afar

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/ On the Michael Wacha signing, and the lack of anything else. Note: This episode was recorded prior to the signing of James Paxton early Wednesday morning. Welcome back to another episode of the Over the Monster Podcast, coming back to you after a week off for the holiday. For this episode that we expect will directly precede a lockout and a subsequent transaction feed, it is Matt hosting with Bryan co-hosting. The two first talk about the move that the Red Sox did make over the weekend amid the free agent chaos happening around the league....
Dec 1, 2021
OTM Open Thread 12/1: It is Wednesday

OTM Open Thread 12/1: It is Wednesday

Daniel Clark-USA TODAY Sports A December to remember? Happy Wednesday. Welcome to December! It’s not actually the Winter Meetings but with the rush of signings it’s hard to tell isn’t it? Maybe the Winter Meetings are inside us all? The Philadelphia 76ers are in town to face the Celtics at 7:30 PM ET. Talk about what you want, think winter thoughts, and be good to one another.
Dec 1, 2021
MLB Roundup 12/1: Javier Báez signs in Detroit

MLB Roundup 12/1: Javier Báez signs in Detroit

Photo By Winslow Townson/ The Tigers make a big splash in free agency. Javy Báez signs with the Detroit Tigers This one actually first broke late Monday night slash early Tuesday morning, but it was after my bed time so we’ll cover it today. This was the latest major free agent to go to a team that has been rebuilding over the last few years, with Báez hoping to be part of the crew to take the Tigers back into contention. The middle infielder is set to earn $140 million over the course of his six-year deal with Detroit. Báez did not have draft pick compensation...
Dec 1, 2021
Red Sox sign James Paxton to one-year deal

Red Sox sign James Paxton to one-year deal

Photo by Steph Chambers/ They take a chance on an injured lefty. Teams had something of a natural deadline to make moves this winter with the lockout that is expected to start at the end of the day today, on Wednesday, leading to a frenzy of moves around the league. The Boston Red Sox hadn’t done too much during that frenzy, just signing veteran Michael Wacha to a one-year deal worth $7 million. Early Wednesday morning while most of us (myself included) were asleep, they made another move. The team has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with left-handed pitcher James...