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Yankees Out on Machado – Is This the Final Lineup?

In the wake of the DJ LeMahieu signing by the Yankees, most analysts seem to believe they are out on Manny Machado. This renders my prediction on why Machado was starting to make sense for NY, likely wrong. With 2019 quickly passing and Spring Training just a few short weeks away, both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper remain on the market. Its safe to say that the new CBA has saved a lot of the big money deals for January or February in the past couple years. Teams seem to be building their team and then feeling out the [...]

By | 2019-01-13T15:26:38-04:00 January 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Contract Extension Potentially in the Works for Red Sox – Benintendi the Target?

Early yesterday morning (12:41am to be precise) Evan Drellich of NBCSports.com reported that the Red Sox are in contract extension discussions with one of their core players. Its very strange to have this kind of rumor surfacing, as usually the player is known but the details are not. The speculation is everywhere. Over The Monster and 985TheSportshub.com's Matt McCarthy mention Mookie Betts as the potential "mystery player". MLBTradeRumors comment thread (which is always amusing, yet insightful) appears to strongly believe that it must be Andrew Benintendi or Eduardo Rodriguez as they make the "most sense" to many readers. Before [...]

By | 2019-01-08T12:29:20-04:00 January 8th, 2019|Player News, Team News|0 Comments

Will the Yankees Sign Manny Machado (Should They)?

While the Red Sox have been relatively quiet this off-season since making a splash for Eovaldi, inking deals for the likes of Carson Smith and Erasmo Ramirez while avoiding arbitration with guys like Heath Hembree, the Yankees have been involved as potential spenders for the first time in a few years. Their primary target appears to be Manny Machado. Before spending $86 million over 5 years to bring back Aroldis Chapman, the last 2 big spends the Yankees had in free agency were on Jacoby Ellsbury and Masahiro Tanaka. While Ellsbury gave them an "ok" season or 2, and [...]

By | 2019-01-04T21:39:42-04:00 January 4th, 2019|Player News|0 Comments

Bold Prediction: Craig Kimbrel Back to Boston… And You Will Like the Price Tag

While the off-season has been filled with speculation that the Red Sox and Craig Kimbrel were destined to part ways, I've always believed that Kimbrel was destined to return to either Boston or Atlanta. I never bought the Phillies rumors or any others for that matter. It was always a battle between Atlanta and Boston and I believe that's where we still stand today. Why you might ask? Let's look at the facts. Kimbrel showed serious signs of decline last season. While he still put together outstanding numbers (which is why the Red Sox can't lose him), he wasn't [...]

By | 2019-01-04T20:18:01-04:00 January 4th, 2019|Player News|0 Comments

Today’s Matchup: Braves @ Red Sox (May 27, 1:05 pm)

Today's game starts at 1:05 pm EST. Pitching Matchup Atlanta: RHP Mike Foltynewicz: 3-3; 2.72 Boston: LHP Chris Sale: 5-1; 2.17 ERA After a heartbreaking loss for the Braves (and a great come from behind victory for the Red Sox), Mike Foltynewicz takes the mound today for Atlanta. There are some signs Foltynewicz seems to have put it together this year, allowing 2 runs or less in 9 of his 10 starts. His K/9 is up to 10.53 this year, easily a career high. However, SIERA is not kind to him, nor are FIP or xFIP all of which [...]

By | 2018-05-27T13:11:31-04:00 May 27th, 2018|Tonight's Matchup|0 Comments

Today’s Matchup: Braves @ Red Sox (May 26, 2018)

Today's game starts at 1:05 pm EST. Pitching Matchup Atlanta: Sean Newcomb 5-1, 2.39 ERA Boston: Drew Pomeranz 1-2, 5.97 ERA Drew Pomeranz will take the ball today on seven days rest, as he's spent the last week trying to work out some mechanical kinks since he came back from the disabled list. When healthy, Pomeranz has been one of the most dependable Red Sox starters and for the most part, he's been healthy. In his first full season in Boston in 2017, Pomeranz put up 173.2 innings of 3.32 ERA ball while accumulating 17 wins and striking out [...]

By | 2018-05-26T08:38:57-04:00 May 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

J.D. Martinez Ties For Team Lead with 16th Home Run, then Mookie Betts Hits His 17th

During tonight's matchup with the Braves, J.D. Martinez went deep once again to tie Mookie Betts for the team (and league) lead. But Betts quickly turned around and sent his 17th home run of the season over the green monster. With the Braves up 2-0 and Teheran ahead 0-2 in the count, Martinez was patient and didn't chase the low slider or the high fastball (though neither were that close to the zone in all fairness). With the count 2-2, Martinez got a low inside curveball and sent it over the Monster. Two batters later, Bogaerts went deep for [...]

By | 2018-05-25T22:33:29-04:00 May 25th, 2018|Player News, Team News, Tonight's Matchup|0 Comments

Tonight’s Matchup – Braves @ Red Sox (May 25, 2018)

Tonight's Pitching Matchup: Julio Teheran: 4-1; 4.17 ERA Eduardo Rodriguez: 4-1; 4.13 ERA In terms of pitching matchups, it doesn't get much more even then tonight in terms of the numbers. While Teheran and Rodriguez get the job done very differently, and throw with opposite arms, these pitchers find themselves with similar results at this point in the season. While Rodriguez hasn't been amazing, in 9 starts he's gone 4-1 with a respectable 4.13 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. His outings have been short, both by design and ineffectiveness, as he's averaging just over 5 innings per start. But while [...]

By | 2018-05-25T16:40:35-04:00 May 25th, 2018|Tonight's Matchup|0 Comments

Who Makes Sense to Sign Hanley Ramirez?

Following Hanley's release, the next logical question is, "Where is he going?" The Red Sox are not going to be able to trade him due to the vesting option and other teams knowing they have a chance to just sign him (in which case the vesting option disappears). Why give up anything and risk it? The contenders? My first thought was AL contenders. Yankees? Indians? Astros? However, Hanley doesn’t fit with the Yanks. They have enough DH’s (Stanton, Judge, Sanchez) and I'm sure they'd rather keep Austin in the lineup against lefties and use the DH to give their [...]

By | 2018-05-25T16:44:20-04:00 May 25th, 2018|Player News|0 Comments

Red Sox DFA Hanley Ramirez to Make Room for Dustin Pedroia

In a shocking turn of events, the Boston Red Sox have informed Hanley Ramirez that he will be designated for assignment to make room for Dustin Pedroia. Alex Speier of the Boston Globe was the first to report. Most thought that the Red Sox would DFA or release their third catcher and former top prospect Blake Swihart, or maybe even do something bold like option Brock Holt to Triple-A to save Swihart. This is a move none of us saw coming. Hanley got off to a great start in 2018 and carried the Red Sox on his back at [...]

By | 2018-05-25T16:40:17-04:00 May 25th, 2018|Player News, Team News|0 Comments