11:34 PM EST, Tue November 29, 2022
13 hours ago
Winter’s Cold, The Hot Stove is Too

Winter’s Cold, The Hot Stove is Too

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ In this episode of the Red Seat Podcast, Keaton, Bob, and Jake discuss the slow moving offseason and Ryan Brasier and his nine lives. On this episode of the show, this glorious three man booth guides you through the transactions that have already happened and those that we hope will happen. We discuss James Paxton opting in, the qualifying offers given to Xander Bogaerts and Nathan Eovaldi, the players protected from the rule 5 draft, and other roster moves. We then preview the Winter Meetings taking place between December 4-7th....
13 hours ago
OTM Open Thread 11/30: It is Tuesday

OTM Open Thread 11/30: It is Tuesday

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ Counting the days... Happy Tuesday. Still nothing to report. Presumably Chaim Bloom and his team are getting prepped for the Winter Meetings. Free agents are beginning to sign in a slow trickle that should turn into a bit of a rush. The question is: will the Red Sox be involved? They have a lot of holes but also a lot of money coming off the books to spend just to get back to where they were the last few years. Happy birthday Mariano Rivera! The Boston Red Sox have a present for you: pic.twitter.com/NcbbmksYfN—...
14 hours ago
Goodbye To Brock Holt (Who Isn’t Going Anywhere)

Goodbye To Brock Holt (Who Isn’t Going Anywhere)

Don’t say goodbye. It’s wasting your breath. | Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports The end of his playing career is only the beginning. In the days following his retirement it’s important to remember that Brock Holt, largely known as a fan-favorite white guy, was legit good for a minute. In 2018, he hit .277/.362/.411 over 367 at-bats in the Sox’s best season ever. Three years earlier, he had been an All-Star, and it didn’t happen by accident. He had a leg up, being “plucky” and playing for a popular team, but he earned his spot by hitting .292/.379/.412 in...
Nov 28, 2022
Let’s Meet The New Guys: Joely Rodriguez

Let’s Meet The New Guys: Joely Rodriguez

He’s a free agent reliever signed for just over $1 million, so don’t expect too much. But there are reasons to believe he can be better next year. Who Is This Guy And Where Did He Come From? He’s Joely Rodriguez, which you know if you’d bothered to read the headline. He’s spent parts of five seasons in the Majors and bounced around a lot, from the Phillies, to the Rangers, to the Yankees, and finally to the Mets last season — and that was all following a grinding, eight-year climb through the Pirates minor league system. The Red Sox signed him as a free agent,...
Nov 28, 2022
OTM Open Thread 11/28: It is Monday

OTM Open Thread 11/28: It is Monday

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ One week... Happy Monday. It’s quiet. Very quiet. But in a week we’ll be in the middle of the Winter Meetings. Even if that doesn’t necessarily mean news about Xander Bogaerts of Raphael Devers the Red Sox are certainly going to be involved in something. There is some coaching news: NEWS-After losing tonight 2-0 to the Gigantes, Ramón Vázquez will no longer manage the Criollos of Caguas. Vázquez has quit the job to focus on his duties as new bench coach for the Red Sox.#LBPRC⚾️ pic.twitter.com/uvmSKKMiES— Edwin...
Nov 28, 2022
2022 in Review: Time Is Running Out For Jarren Duran

2022 in Review: Time Is Running Out For Jarren Duran

Photo by Ed Zurga/ A once highly-touted prospect, Jarren Duran still shows some flashes of brilliance, but they are quickly being overshadowed by his limitations. Can he become a more dependable everyday starter? 2022 in One Sentence: Jarren Duran was historically terrible in center field and struggled a bit at the plate, but despite failing to meet lofty expectations, there’s still some hope he can get better. The Positives There’s a scene in The Longest Yard (the Adam Sandler one, not the Burt Reynolds one) where Earl Meggett is putting his speed on display,...
Nov 28, 2022
Red Sox Links: Absolutely Nothing Noteworthy Is Happening Right Now

Red Sox Links: Absolutely Nothing Noteworthy Is Happening Right Now

Photo by Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via When Melville wrote about the damp, dreary Novembers of the soul, he was writing about the fact that there’s so little baseball news right now that the Red Sox promoting a new bench coach generates the lead article in the region’s flagship newspaper. (Peter Abraham, Boston Globe) Will the Red Sox follow the Braves approach of signing young players to long-term deals before they reach free agency? That’s one question pondered in Sunday’s Notes column, along with a bunch of other tidbits scraped up from the...
Nov 26, 2022
OTM Open Thread 11/26: It is Saturday

OTM Open Thread 11/26: It is Saturday

Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY NETWORK Light the stove Happy Saturday! The Winter Meetings start one week from tomorrow. In addition to the Red Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres are rumored to be interested in the services of Xander Bogaerts. The Minnesota Twins May view him as a backup to Carlos Correa. While these are rumors and Scott Boras likes his clients to wait for the market to settle, we could see movement as soon as December 4th. Talk about what you want, get ready for the offseason to kick into gear, and be good to one another.
Nov 25, 2022
Red Sox Links: The Red Sox Needing Pitching, And Look, It’s The World Cup!

Red Sox Links: The Red Sox Needing Pitching, And Look, It’s The World Cup!

Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/ Plus, the Rafael Devers extension talks still have a long way to go. By ERA, the Red Sox had the sixth-worse pitching staffing baseball last year, so fixing that has to the priority of the offseason. In that respect, Chaim Bloom says they’re “definitely looking to add pitching from the outside.” (Alex Speier, Boston Globe) But man, that outside pitching better include more than just Joely Rodriguez, a bullpen arm the Sox signed to a one-year deal this week. (Rob Bradford, WEEI) At the very least, newly-bearded Garrett...
Nov 23, 2022
OTM Open Thread 11/23: It is Wednesday

OTM Open Thread 11/23: It is Wednesday

Set Number: X163840 TK1 Hunter on the move Happy Wednesday. Old friend Hunter Renfroe is on the move again. This time from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Los Angeles Angels. Good luck on the West Coast! He does, of course, look like another Angel: Matt Vasgersian on the Angels broadcast is convinced that, “from the neck up,” Hunter Renfroe is a dead ringer for Mike Trout. pic.twitter.com/MfWMIlqPie— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) May 15, 2021 Devers and the Red Sox are getting closer to a deal. $50 million apart over a number of years like 7 or 10 isn’t...
Nov 22, 2022
An Ode to Fenway’s Coke Bottles

An Ode to Fenway’s Coke Bottles

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via What a cheesy ad teaches us about state of ballparks today They were 25 feet tall and they were gorgeous. You could see them from the Massachusetts Turnpike, from Lansdowne Street, and from Section 9, Row 12, Seats 1 and 2. You could probably see them from the top of Mount Wachusett if you had a telephoto lens. They were three giant fiberglass Coke bottles and they were strapped to a light tower that rises from the top of Fenway Park’s historic Green Monster. That lede you just read is the opening of a Dan Shaugnassey column...
Nov 22, 2022
OTM Open Thread 11/22: It is Tuesday

OTM Open Thread 11/22: It is Tuesday

Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via The holiday silence... Happy Tuesday. The Red Sox are still quiet, possibly working with Bogaerts and Devers. but the San Francisco Giants are hosting, well, a giant. Breaking news into @MLBNetwork, via video from San Francisco: Aaron Judge has arrived in the city and is expected to meet with the #SFGiants this week. Join us on #MLBNHotStove at 9 am ET tomorrow for the latest. @MLB pic.twitter.com/pq0at6kgQ6— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 22, 2022 Gotta feel bad for all those Yankees fans who purchased wigs, robes, and...
Nov 21, 2022
2022 In Review: The Bionic, Mediocre Man

2022 In Review: The Bionic, Mediocre Man

Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox/ Is Nick Pivetta good? We’re not sure, but he’s definitely taking the ball. 2022 In One Sentence “Oh look, Nick Pivetta’s starting today,” he said, every five days until time lost all meaning and the universe collapsed back in on itself. The Positives As this depressing, ungainly season was limping to a close, Joiner and I recorded a pod in which we discussed reasons to keep watching the 2022 Boston Red Sox. One of the top reasons, we agreed, was Brayan Bello. I love Bryan Bello. I love his pitch mix. I love his darting...
Nov 21, 2022
OTM Open Thread 11/21: It is Monday

OTM Open Thread 11/21: It is Monday

Photo By Winslow Townson/ Just another waiting Monday Happy Monday. Aside from the non-tender deadline on Friday this weekend was slow for baseball. We’re in the week of Thanksgiving (Josh Beckett trade!) and the Winter Meetings run from December 4th - 7th. That’s when things are really likely to get cooking. Scott Boras usually holds his free agents until later in the winter which could throw an additional wrench into the Xander Bogaerts dealings. Of course, re-signing is different than joining another team...In other words: let’s all keep hoping for some...
Nov 21, 2022
The Red Sox “That Guy” All-Stars

The Red Sox “That Guy” All-Stars

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via They’re not the best players on the Red Sox, but they are players on the Red Sox. Everybody loves a “That Guy”. You know what I’m talking about: A That Guy. “Oh yeah, That Guy.” you might say when remembering him. They’re not MVPs. They’re not All-Stars. Hell, they probably aren’t even starters. What “That Guys” are, though, is the glue that holds your favorite team together. My favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, have had no shortage of “That Guys” throughout their illustrious history. But, for the...