1:34 PM EST, Thu February 21, 2019
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One Big Question: Can J.D. Martinez *really* repeat what he did in 2018?

One Big Question: Can J.D. Martinez *really* repeat what he did in 2018?

We know he’s amazing, but he was otherworldly in 2018. Welcome to Over the Monster’s One Big Question series. For those unfamiliar, this is something of a season roster preview where over the next 40(ish) (week)days we’ll be taking a look at each player on the 40-man roster prior to the season. If changes are made to the roster between now and Opening Day, we’ll cover the newly added players. Rather than previewing what to expect in a general sense, the goal of this series is to find one overarching question for each player heading into the coming season. We’ll go one-by-one...
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Dennis Eckersley signs new deal with NESN

Dennis Eckersley signs new deal with NESN

And the three-man booth will be around for a bunch of games, too. Last week, WEEI announced some pretty big changes to the radio broadcast for the coming Red Sox season. They’ll be keeping the legendary Joe Castiglione as the main cog on the airwaves, but they’ll have a large, rotating group of guys who will call games aside him. It’s pretty big news, but today more people obviously watch the game on the ol’ tee vee than those who listen to the radio broadcast. Well, if you fit into that category, we got some news on the NESN broadcast on Wednesday. Dennis Eckersley broke some of...
4 hours ago
The Red Seat: Episode 106-Spring training has arrived!

The Red Seat: Episode 106-Spring training has arrived!

The Red Sox are finally back and we get actual baseball on Friday. The long winter has finally ended, at least in baseball terms. As pitchers stretch out for the long season and batters work in the cage we all wait for the biggest free agent in baseball, Bryce Harper, to sign. The Red Sox still haven’t added that back end reliever we all longed after, they also haven’t traded one of their catchers yet. Much is yet to be decided before the real season kicks off, but for us baseball junkies the light at the end of the tunnel is finally visible. The team is returning nearly the entire...
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OTM Open Thread 2/21: It is Thursday

OTM Open Thread 2/21: It is Thursday

Happy Thursday everyone. We got more snow up here last night, but it was just a couple of inches and it’s supposed to be up above 40 degrees the next couple days so it’s not too bad. Even better: Baseball starts tomorrow. The Red Sox take on Northeastern on Friday with Mike Shawaryn getting that start. We’re almost there! Tonight, basketball returns and that includes a big game for the Celtics, who travel to Milwaukee to take on the East-leading Bucks. Other than that, I don’t know what’s going on. Use this space to discuss whatever. As always, just be nice to each other.
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MLB Roundup 2/21: Tigers sign Josh Harrison

MLB Roundup 2/21: Tigers sign Josh Harrison

A utility infielder and middle reliever come off the board. Tigers sign Josh Harrison to one-year deal Most of the focus in free agency has been on the star-level talent like Manny Machado (who just signed, of course), Bryce Harper and Craig Kimbrel, but there are plenty of other very solid major leaguers out there as well. No, there aren’t 100 free agents out there who could and should get major-league deals like many have claimed, but there are still more than you typically see at this point on the calendar. One of the lower-profile players was Josh Harrison, and his free agency came...
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Daily Red Sox Links: Eduardo Núñez, Steve Pearce, Marco Hernández

Daily Red Sox Links: Eduardo Núñez, Steve Pearce, Marco Hernández

In today’s links, Eduardo Nunez is healthy, Steve Pearce is still hitting and Marco Hernandez wants his chance to contribute more often. Now that Eduardo Núñez is healthy, the Red Sox could really use him. (Chris Cotillo; MassLive) Steve Pearce might not be the youngest guy on the team, but that doesn’t mean he can’t produce. (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe) Marco Hernandez doesn’t want to just be part of a championship team. He wants to help it get there. (Steve Buckley; The Athletic) ($$) Justin Leger of NBC Sports Boston runs us through all the guys in the bullpen. (Justin Leger;...
Feb 20, 2019
Catching up with the rest of the American League East

Catching up with the rest of the American League East

Looking at the offseason changes around the division. The offseason isn’t technically over because there are, of course, some big free agents out there. The narrative that there are 100 major-league free agents or whatever is overplaying it — there aren’t 100 players who should get major-league deals out there — but that doesn’t mean it’s not a weird winter. Manny Machado just signed, but Bryce Harper, Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel and Marwin Gonzalez, among others, are still out there. So, rosters can still change significantly. That being said, games are about to get started...
Feb 20, 2019
One Big Question: Can Tzu-Wei Lin successfully audition for a permanent role in 2020?

One Big Question: Can Tzu-Wei Lin successfully audition for a permanent role in 2020?

Tzu-Wei Lin is a depth piece this year, but he’s playing for 2020. Welcome to Over the Monster’s One Big Question series. For those unfamiliar, this is something of a season roster preview where over the next 40(ish) (week)days we’ll be taking a look at each player on the 40-man roster prior to the season. If changes are made to the roster between now and Opening Day, we’ll cover the newly added players. Rather than previewing what to expect in a general sense, the goal of this series is to find one overarching question for each player heading into the coming season. We’ll go...
Feb 20, 2019
How to watch the Red Sox this spring training

How to watch the Red Sox this spring training

You’ll be able to watch a good chunk of the games this spring It may not feel like it outside, but in baseball spring is starting to get into full bloom with real life games starting in just a couple of days. The Red Sox, as always, will be starting with a matchup against college players. In the past, they’d have a doubleheader with games against Northeastern and Boston College. This year, though, it will just be one game with only Northeastern in attendance. After that, they start to take on major-league competition for the rest of spring training. In another twist this season, since...
Feb 20, 2019
OTM Open Thread 2/20: It is Wednesday

OTM Open Thread 2/20: It is Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone. We got some late-night hockey action with the Bruins taking on the Golden Knights in Vegas, and a big college basketball game with Duke and UNC facing off tonight. Other than that, maybe Bryce Harper and/or Craig Kimbrel will follow Manny Machado’s lead and sign today. Who knows?! Use this space to discuss whatever you’d like. As always, just be nice to each other.
Feb 20, 2019
MLB Roundup 2/20: Manny Machado signs with San Diego

MLB Roundup 2/20: Manny Machado signs with San Diego

A star finally signed! Manny Machado signs a 10-year deal with the Padres Well, here’s a thing! We’ve been waiting all winter to see where the two young position player free agents land and for how much. Well, the wait is over with one of them. On Tuesday, news finally broke and Manny Machado finally found a new team. It is not one of the traditional free agent landing spots, but it’s one that could prove to be very fun in the next few years. Machado signed a ten-year deal worth $300 million with the Padres. San Diego has been largely irrelevant in the baseball world since the Tony...
Feb 20, 2019
Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Eduardo Rodriguez, Ryan Brasier

Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Eduardo Rodriguez, Ryan Brasier

In today’s links, the Manny Machado signing might be a sneak peek of what happens with Mookie Betts, Eduardo Rodriguez is getting a lot of buzz and Ryan Brasier isn’t 100 percent healthy. With Manny Machado finally signing and for a lot of cash, it’s possible that we just got a glimpse of what’s to come for Mookie Betts. (Justin Leger; NBC Sports Boston) Eduardo Rodriguez is going to add a slider that he learned from Chris Sale. You couldn’t really ask for a better pitch to emulate. (Christopher Smith; MassLive) A new pitch, tutelage from Pedro Martinez and his own improvements...
Feb 19, 2019
One Big Question: Does the intangible outweigh the tangible for Sandy León?

One Big Question: Does the intangible outweigh the tangible for Sandy León?

We know his pros and cons. How to balance them is the hard part. Welcome to Over the Monster’s One Big Question series. For those unfamiliar, this is something of a season roster preview where over the next 40(ish) (week)days we’ll be taking a look at each player on the 40-man roster prior to the season. If changes are made to the roster between now and Opening Day, we’ll cover the newly added players. Rather than previewing what to expect in a general sense, the goal of this series is to find one overarching question for each player heading into the coming season. We’ll go...
Feb 19, 2019
Opening the Notebook: Extension talks, Kimbrel news and a new pitch

Opening the Notebook: Extension talks, Kimbrel news and a new pitch

A few news pieces from down in Fort Myers It’s Tuesday, which means we have just three more practice-only days before games begin down in Florida. There are still things happening before the games, though, and Monday in particular brought a few interesting pieces of news. Extension talks are beginning with Chris Sale and Xander Bogaerts We didn’t get many details, which is unsurprising, but Tom Werner and John Henry met with the media on Monday and the biggest news to come from those conversations was that the team was indeed holding conversations with both Chris Sale and Xander...
Feb 19, 2019
MLB Roundup 2/19: Bruce Bochy to retire after the season

MLB Roundup 2/19: Bruce Bochy to retire after the season

An all-time great is calling it quits Bruce Bochy to retire at season’s end An all-time legend is calling it quits at the end of the year. When you talk about the greatest managers of the modern era, names like Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Terry Francona come up. Well, out on the west coast Bruce Bochy has been building an absolutely incredible resumé that will land him in the Hall of Fame as soon as he’s allowed in. The Giants and former Padres manager told the world on Monday that 2019 will be his final season. It’s not a terribly surprising decision, as Bochy has been...