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Jan 11, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Eduardo Rodriguez, Mookie Betts, David Ortiz

Daily Red Sox Links: Eduardo Rodriguez, Mookie Betts, David Ortiz

Today’s links look at Eduardo Rodriguez’s 2016, a tweet from David Ortiz, and the catching situation. Dave Dombrowski has hinted that Eduardo Rodriguez would be the odd man out of the rotation, but is that the smartest move? (Nick Friar; CSN New England) The young lefty made some progress in 2016, though the injuries prevented a truly positive season. (Cam Ellis; BP Boston) In his rankings of right fielders around the league, Buster Olney put Mookie Betts atop the list. (John Tomase; WEEI) David Ortiz sent a tweet on Monday night, and it sent everyone into a frenzy. (Jaclyn...
Jan 10, 2017
The three-year window is not for the Red Sox alone

The three-year window is not for the Red Sox alone

The Red Sox are expected to peak over the next three years. For one local institution, it might be the last peak he sees. 2016 was a fun ride for a great many reasons, even if it ended with a quick exit from the playoffs. It saw the emergence of Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. proving himself to be very real indeed, a Cy Young season from Rick freaking Porcello, the debut of Andrew Benintendi, and of course a last magnificant hurrah for David Ortiz. Yes, last. No, pocket tweeting the Boston Globe is not significant no matter how crazy people got over it. Stop being silly. There are other...
Jan 10, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Rick Porcello, Blake Swihart, Manny Ramirez

Daily Red Sox Links: Rick Porcello, Blake Swihart, Manny Ramirez

Today’s links look at more hardware for Mookie Betts and Rick Porcello, a resurgence for Craig Kimbrel, and the top prospect stories of the year. Mookie Betts just missed out on the AL MVP, and Rick Porcello did take home the AL Cy Young. They also were awarded a different version of the two awards from the Negro League Museum. (Michael Silverman; Boston Herald) Despite being the only candidate with options, Blake Swihart will get a shot at the starting catching gig. (Christopher Smith; Masslive) In the latest version of his mailbag, Ian Browne looks at various topics including a...
Jan 9, 2017
Will Eduardo Rodriguez start the year in Pawtucket?

Will Eduardo Rodriguez start the year in Pawtucket?

Eduardo Rodriguez is ready for the majors, but that doesn’t mean he’ll start the season in Boston. Despite the occasional reporter theorizing they may need to trade for a Buchholz-like player, the Red Sox are pretty much loaded when it comes to starting pitching. Teams are struggling to find five viable arms for their rosters, while the Red Sox have two Cy Young winners, a perennial top-five finisher, two 2016 All-Stars, and an exciting young lefty to work with. There’s never really been any implication that they were considering a six-man rotation, however, meaning one man was...
Jan 9, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Chris Sale, Pablo Sandoval

Daily Red Sox Links: Mookie Betts, Chris Sale, Pablo Sandoval

Today’s links look at Mookie Betts’ expectations, who’s winning the competition for the last rotation spots, and the corner infield positions. Mookie Betts shattered his high expectations in 2016, and now he’s setting himself up for a ridiculously high bar to clear in 2017. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) Chris Sale is good at a lot of things, with one of them apparently being hitting opponents. (Matt Kory; BP Boston) There is still a long way to go, but Dave Dombrowski seems like he’s leaning towards the two veterans for the last two rotation spots. (Rob Bradford;...
Jan 6, 2017
The Red Sox are loaded up the middle

The Red Sox are loaded up the middle

Does Boston have the best collection of up-the-middle talent in baseball? There is no doubt the Red Sox are in a good position looking ahead to 2017. The team is coming off a year in which they won the American League East and looked like a legitimately great team for much of the year. They’ve added more talent this year, and they are the presumed favorites for their division yet again. In fact, they may even be the favorites in the entire American League. I’d probably still lean towards Cleveland for that distinction, but it’s close and a reasonable argument exists for both sides....
Jan 6, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Edwin Encarnacion, Eduardo Rodriguez, Rafael Devers

Daily Red Sox Links: Edwin Encarnacion, Eduardo Rodriguez, Rafael Devers

Today’s links look at Edwin Encarnacion’s impact on the AL, Robbie Ross’ impact on the bullpen, and the battle for playing time at catcher. Edwin Encarnacion is officially with Cleveland. Does that make them the best team in the American League? (Rob Bradford; WEEI) After a year of rumors connecting Encarnacion to Boston, why didn’t Boston make a harder push for the slugger? (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) Everything looks to be fine on the Eduardo Rodriguez front, but they still need to follow up with him once he gets back to the States. (Evan Drellich; Boston Herald) The Red...
Jan 5, 2017
Red Sox aces to skip the World Baseball Classic

Red Sox aces to skip the World Baseball Classic

The Red Sox will at least have all of their aces safe(r) in Fort Myers. The Red Sox will not have to worry about any of their aces getting hurt at the World Baseball Classic. According to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald, David Price and Chris Sale have joined Rick Porcello in choosing to skip the quadrennial tournament. While those invested in the World Baseball Classic and, in particular, Team USA’s chances might not be too happy with the news, it’s hard to paint this as anything but a positive from the Red Sox’ perspective. It can be argued that the injury risk and wear-and-tear...
Jan 5, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Blake Swihart, Joe Kelly, Chris Sale

Daily Red Sox Links: Blake Swihart, Joe Kelly, Chris Sale

Today’s links look at Blake Swihart’s attempt to get back into the catching mix, a new pitch from Joe Kelly, and the second best team in the AL East. After a year of setbacks behind the plate, Blake Swihart is ready to compete for a catching role once again. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe) Joe Kelly tells the story of how he invented a pitch immediately before appearing in the postseason. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) In a poll of executives around the league, Andrew Benintendi was named the top prospect in baseball. (Jonathan Mayo; MLB.com) The Red Sox are presumed to be the best team in...
Jan 4, 2017
When last the Red Sox farm system was weak

When last the Red Sox farm system was weak

AKA the year of Middlebrooks The Red Sox farm system isn’t very good right now. The good news is that it’s not simply a matter of the Red Sox drafting and developing poorly. There have certainly been some bad drafts mixed in (2012-2013 is a bit of a dire stretch), but on the whole looking at graduates like Benintendi, Bradley, Bogaerts and Betts as well as trade returns like Kimbrel, Pomeranz, and of course Sale, the Red Sox can hardly complain about recent results. But weak is weak no matter how you paint it, and unless you’re still including Benintendi in its ranks (a bit of a...
Jan 4, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Eduardo Rodriguez, Mitch Moreland, Blake Swihart

Daily Red Sox Links: Eduardo Rodriguez, Mitch Moreland, Blake Swihart

Today’s links look at an update on Eduardo Rodriguez, the team’s rotation depth, and how players are performing this winter. After a scare in the Venezuelan Winter League, the Red Sox have gotten positive reports on Eduardo Rodriguez’s knee. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe) Mitch Moreland took David Ortiz’s roster spot, but he’s not his replacement. (Bryan Joiner; BP Boston) After dealing away some depth in Clay Buchholz, could the Red Sox use another starting pitcher? (Christopher Smith; Masslive) In his latest mailbag, Ian Browne tackles a number of topics including Blake...
Jan 3, 2017
Matt Barnes could break out in 2017

Matt Barnes could break out in 2017

The Red Sox need a breakout for their bullpen to take the next step, and Matt Barnes could be the guy. While the rotation has been the biggest area of focus for the Red Sox this winter — both by adding Chris Sale and subtracting Clay Buchholz — it wasn’t inevitable for things to lean this way. Heading into the offseason, it was the bullpen that was expected to hold the spotlight during the cold months. They did add Tyler Thornburg, which certainly isn’t a move to scoff at, but they also let Brad Ziegler, Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa walk. That means they’ll be looking for at...
Jan 3, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: David Ortiz, Brett Gardner, Predictions

Daily Red Sox Links: David Ortiz, Brett Gardner, Predictions

Today’s links look at what’s to come in 2017, a new commercial for David Ortiz, and some of the best remaining free agents. Peter Abraham offers some predictions for what’s to come in 2017. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe) Jason Mastrondato brings in the new year by looking back before looking ahead. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald) The Red Sox are probably done with free agents, but there are still some good ones available and this is when prices start to come crashing down for many. (Kevin Dillon; Masslive) Now that the Cubs have won, their fan base is going to deal with a...
Jan 2, 2017
It’s okay to be uncertain

It’s okay to be uncertain

The Red Sox can’t be completely certain in the back of their rotation, but that’s not actually a problem. Buster Olney produced one of the sillier statements (Insider only) of the offseason this past weekend, suggesting that, hot on the heels of trading Clay Buchholz, the Red Sox were doomed to dip into the (non-existant) starting pitching market in search of, well, a Buchholz-like replacement. He went so far as to say it “seems inevitable”. The thinking, basically, is that with Eduardo Rodriguez tweaking his knee in Venezuela, Steven Wright coming off a second-half of injury and...
Jan 2, 2017
Daily Red Sox Links: Jose Bautista, David Ortiz, David Price

Daily Red Sox Links: Jose Bautista, David Ortiz, David Price

Today’s links look at possibly regretting not pushing harder for Jose Bautista, the year that was for Xander Bogaerts, and the team’s trade talks with the Diamondbacks. Jose Bautista was once a top pick to replace David Ortiz, but that connection has long been dead and doesn’t seem likely to come back. May the Red Sox regret not making the move? (Nick Cafardo; Boston Globe) Overall, it was a positive year for Xander Bogaerts, but one half was definitely better than the other. (Ben Carsley; BP Boston) Speaking of the loss of Ortiz, not only does the team need to replace his...