7:15 PM EST, Wed January 18, 2017
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2017 Hall of Fame Announcement: Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez in. Clemens, Ramirez fall short.

2017 Hall of Fame Announcement: Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez in. Clemens, Ramirez fall short.

The league announced their newest class on Wednesday night, with former Red Sox stars having a rough night. Well, after what seems like months and months of debate, the Hall of Fame class has finally been decided. This year, the sport will be inducting Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez into the museum in Cooperstown. Based on Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame Ballot Tracker — an invaluable resource for Hall of Fame fans — Bagwell and Raines were long assumed to be inducted. The others were right on the cusp, providing some actual suspense for this year’s announcement. Bagwell...
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Red Sox announce nine non-roster invitees to spring training

Red Sox announce nine non-roster invitees to spring training

We’ll be able to see Rafael Devers with the big-league club this spring. I don’t know about you, but I just got hit with six inches of snow and I’m desperate for spring right about now. The Red Sox must have heard my prayers, because they just gave us a little taste of what we can expect when March rolls around. This is far from the most exciting time of year, but teams announcing non-roster invitees for spring training means baseball is just around the corner. The headliner of this group is obviously Rafael Devers, who is set to become the team’s number one prospect after Andrew...
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One Big Question: Can Roenis Elias stick on to major-league roster?

One Big Question: Can Roenis Elias stick on to major-league roster?

Roenis Elias was stuck in Pawtucket for most of last year. Can he turn that around in 2017? Welcome to Over The Monster’s One Big Question series. For the next 40 (week)days, we will be trying to answer one important question for each player on the Red Sox 40-man roster. The goal is to find one interesting portion of each player’s game to watch for, whether that be in spring training or the early regular season. We’ll be going straight down the list on the team’s roster page, meaning we’ll be going in alphabetical order through each position group, starting with the pitchers....
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Which Red Sox players could make the Hall of Fame?

Which Red Sox players could make the Hall of Fame?

The Red Sox have a talented roster, but do they have many Hall of Famers? The newest Hall of Fame class is set to be announced later on today, with some of the game’s best being enshrined forever. As I noted yesterday, the Red Sox organization is well-represented on the ballot, though it’s unlikely they’ll have any of these players elected. Their best chance is Jeff Bagwell, but that hurts more than anything given the lopsided trade that sent him out of the organization. Let’s not worry about the past, though. As Secretariat says in Bojack Horseman, don’t ever look back....
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Daily Red Sox Links: David Price, Sandy Leon, Hall of Fame

Daily Red Sox Links: David Price, Sandy Leon, Hall of Fame

Today’s links look at David Price’s first year in Boston, what the expect from the Hall of Fame announcement, and Andrew Benintendi’s workout. Josh Slavin has a look back at David Price’s fine but disappointing 2016. (Josh Slavin; BP Boston) Is Sandy Leon really the best option to start behind the plate? (Luis Torres; Beyond the Boxscore) The Hall of Fame class will be announced today, and Peter Abraham looks at the likely results. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe) With Bud Selig getting into Cooperstown, it could pave the way for some of the “steroid guys” to get in. (Brian...
Jan 17, 2017
Baseball Hall of Fame 2017 announcement: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch online

Baseball Hall of Fame 2017 announcement: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch online

Cooperstown’s newest class will be announced tomorrow night. Mercifully, Hall of Fame season is coming to an end. It is certainly not my favorite time of the year, but I won’t deprive those of you who have positive feelings about Cooperstown just because I’m a curmudgeon. The Red Sox are well-represented on the ballot, both by former stars and players who spent just a short time in Boston. The team’s alumni are highlighted by three players that have been controversial names on the ballot. Roger Clemens is one of the greatest pitchers in the team’s history, though his exit wasn’t...
Jan 17, 2017
Remembering the 2007 Red Sox

Remembering the 2007 Red Sox

We’re coming up on the 10-year anniversary of the 2007 championship team, and they deserve our remembrance. We’ve been extremely fortunate to root for the Red Sox over the last 15 years. They’ve been in contention almost every year (2012 never happened I don’t know what you’re talking about), and they’ve gotten three championships in the process. Clearly, 2004 was the most meaningful of these. It was the year that broke the curse, and the year they came back from a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS to beat the Yankees. There is literally nothing that could top this year for Red Sox fans....
Jan 17, 2017
One Big Question: Can Matt Barnes build up his secondaries?

One Big Question: Can Matt Barnes build up his secondaries?

Matt Barnes has a big fastball that has developed into a weapon. Now, he must build up his complementary tools. Welcome to Over The Monster’s One Big Question series. For the next 40 (week)days, we will be trying to answer one important question for each player on the Red Sox 40-man roster. The goal is to find one interesting portion of each player’s game to watch for, whether that be in spring training or the early regular season. We’ll be going straight down the list on the team’s roster page, meaning we’ll be going in alphabetical order through each position group, starting...
Jan 17, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Jackie Bradley, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez

Daily Red Sox Links: Jackie Bradley, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez

Today’s links look at Jackie Bradley’s feelings on Boston, an update on winter leagues, and a possible improvement for the Blue Jays. In lieu of some recent events, Jackie Bradley opened up about his experience playing in Boston. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) Sox Prospects has the latest on what’s happening around the winter leagues. (Nick Rabasco; Sox Prospects) After the “cryptic” tweet that made everyone question David Ortiz’s future, he once again had to come out and say he’s not coming back. (CSN New England) The Blue Jays are probably the second best team in the division,...
Jan 16, 2017
One Big Question: Can Fernando Abad improve against righties?

One Big Question: Can Fernando Abad improve against righties?

Fernando Abad was undone by right-handed hitters last year, and he’ll need to do better to make his mark in 2017. Welcome to Over The Monster’s One Big Question series. For the next 40 (week)days, we will be trying to answer one important question for each player on the Red Sox 40-man roster. The goal is to find one interesting portion of each player’s game to watch for, whether that be in spring training or the early regular season. We’ll be going straight down the list on the team’s roster page, meaning we’ll be going in alphabetical order through each position group, starting...
Jan 16, 2017
David Price isn’t planning to opt out

David Price isn’t planning to opt out

David Price signed a massive deal that allowed him to opt out after 2018, but he’s planning on staying in Boston. When the Red Sox inked David Price to a seven-year, $227 million deal last winter, there were two ways it could. The first was that the Red Sox signed a very good pitcher, and he’d pitch well enough that he’d opt out after his third season, hitting the market again as a 33-year-old. The other way was that he’d be worse than expected, and stay for the duration of the deal making over $30 million annually into his late-30’s. The southpaw sat down with Peter Abraham,...
Jan 16, 2017
Re-Introducing Myself

Re-Introducing Myself

Don’t worry, OTM is going to stay the same OTM you have grown to love. I don’t really know how to start this, so I’ll just jump right in. By now you know that Ben is leaving the site, and that I’ll be taking over as OTM’s manager. While I’m incredibly excited, I’m also incredibly sad. It’s impossible to overstate how amazing Ben and Marc have been for this website and the Red Sox community as a whole. They’ve built what is truly the best and most fun resource for Sox fans, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t terrified at the prospect of following in their immense...
Jan 16, 2017
Passing the Over The Monster torch

Passing the Over The Monster torch

The time has come to hand off the reins I’m not terribly good at this sort of thing, so I’ll just come out with it: this is my last day at Over The Monster. It’s been over seven years now since site founder Randy Booth (who, it occurs to me, many of you may never have even heard of before) asked me if I’d be interested in writing weekly pieces about the minor leagues. If you dig deep enough into the archives, you can still find my first on catching hopefuls, including names like Mark Wagner, Luis Exposito, Ryan Lavarnway, and Tim Federowicz. Was Jason Varitek’s replacement already...
Jan 16, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Craig Kimbrel, Rafael Devers, Sam Travis

Daily Red Sox Links: Craig Kimbrel, Rafael Devers, Sam Travis

Today’s links look at potential change for Craig Kimbrel, a minor-league developmental program, and a new deal for the Portland Seadogs. After the increased bullpen usage that dominated the postseason, will Craig Kimbrel see a different sort of role in 2017? (Nick Friar; CSN New England) The Red Sox traded some of their top prospects in the last year, but they still have Rafael Devers. (Chris Teeter; BP Boston) Devers will be one of eight prospects in the organization brought to Boston College for a developmental program. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) Sam Travis is also a part of...
Jan 13, 2017
Red Sox arbitration tracker

Red Sox arbitration tracker

In the busiest arbitration day of the year, the Red Sox have locked up five of their seven arbitration-eligible players. Today marked the deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration figures, meaning it’s also the day many teams and players agree to one-year extensions to avoid a trial. For some organizations, this also marks the end of negotiations, committing to an arbitration trial with any player with whom they don’t agree to a deal. Thankfully, the Red Sox are not one of these file-and-trial teams. That doesn’t mean they avoid negotiating extensions on deadline day,...