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

Early yesterday morning (12:41am to be precise) Evan Drellich of 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'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

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

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

The Mookie Betts Transformation

What the heck got into Mookie Betts? Admit it. You were disappointed in 2017 by Betts' 24 homers, 102 runs batted in, 101 runs scored and 26 stolen bases. Reading that, you now probably feel really greedy, but you have good reason to feel that way. Afterall, after Betts finished 2nd in the MVP voting with a .897 OPS in 2016, it was fair to assume the youngster would continue to take steps forward. Instead, Betts took steps back and appeared to look frustrated at the plate at times. He even got to the point where he sounded [...]

By | 2018-05-25T15:36:44-04:00 May 25th, 2018|Player News|0 Comments