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Craig Kimbrel (Matt York/Associated Press)

The Red Sox made headlines on Friday night with their surprising acquisition of Craig Kimbrel from the San Diego Padres, marking Dave Dombrowski’s first significant roster move in Boston. Kimbrel immediately becomes the closer for the Red Sox since he has been one of the most dominant relievers in the history of the game, and provides an enormous upgrade from what the Red Sox had at the back of the bullpen in 2015. In fact, Kimbrel would be an upgrade over just about any closer in the game, so Dombrowski got good value in this trade, even though most people think he gave up too much prospect value. We don’t want to get too into that argument yet, but we can analyze how Kimbrel can improve the Red Sox bullpen aside from a flamethrower-fastball and a wipeout breaking ball. Following is our list of current Red Sox relievers who stand to gain from Kimbrel’s addition to the bullpen, and how they might benefit.

Koji Uehara:

Kimbrel’s acquisition comes with an automatic demotion for Uehara, who has been brilliant for just about his entire Red Sox career, including their World Series run in 2013. But his “demotion” only comes through the fact that Kimbrel is the best closer in the game, not by any fault of his own. Uehara maintained great strikeout (10.49 K/9) and walk (2.01 BB/9) rates into the latest stage of his career, even as his velocity has started to disappear (87.0 average fastball velocity in 2015). If he can manage to sustain his effectiveness even somewhere close to his current level, he will turn out to be an invaluable setup man for the eighth inning, and can combine with Kimbrel to shorten a game to seven innings.

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Will Kirk Cousins have the game of his life against New Orleans in Week 10?

The biggest week of bye weeks is over and the final bye week is Week 11, so this is one of the final weeks where you don’t have to choose who to start/sit with bye week replacements. The matchups are the only decision maker going forward, but here are some options to start/sit based on bye weeks and matchups combined.

Start ‘Em

Kirk Cousins (vs. New Orleans): New Orleans’ secondary has given up ample yards all season and Cousins now has Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed to throw passes to. Expect big things in a high-scoring affair. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 10, 2015 »

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Dave Dombrowski announced the start of his presidency by acquiring closer Craig Kimbrel from the San Diego Padres. (MLB.com)

The Boston Red Sox held a press conference back in August to introduce Dave Dombrowski as the new president of baseball operations, in the midst of (another) failed season en route to a third last place finish in four years. But throughout the remainder of the season, Dombrowski’s presence was more felt than seen or heard – assessments of the 25-man roster, speculation on what he’d do with Clay Buchholz’s option, expounding on his team-building philosophies, and finalizing his front office. He seemed more of a looming figure in the owner’s suite than the president of baseball operations.

All that changed when Dombrowski shipped four prospects to the San Diego Padres in a blockbuster trade for All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel. (So much for those Aroldis Chapman rumors!) With that announcement, Dombrowski has put his fingerprints on the 2016 Red Sox with the acquisition of a single player, and that more than any press conference announces his arrival as the president of baseball operations for the Red Sox.

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1.Patriots vs. Giants Preview:

* Wall Street Journal analyzed probability of undefeated season: Pats 13.4% / Bengals 3.7% / Carolina 2.1%

* Patriots are 5-4 against Giants lifetime in regular season / 0-2 post season

* Giants are PLUS 11 on takeaways which is first / Patriots are second with PLUS 7

* Giants are last in sacks with 9

* The Jimmy Hoffa buried in Meadowlands theory was debunked

2. Patriots Leaders by touchdown type:

Receiving………..Morgan (67), Gronk (61), Coates (50) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: David Tyree Worse Than Bucky Dent »

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Tom Brady goes to celebrate with Brandon Bolden after he hauled in a nice touchdown catch replacing the injured Dion Lewis. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Last week I talked about how spoiled we are in New England basically being able to pencil the Patriots into the AFC Championship every year. This week was another prime example of just how good we have it here. The Patriots handled the Redskins all game and the win was never in doubt. Tom Brady finished just one yard shy of 300 for the day and threw for two more touchdowns. The defense played as good as they have been the past few weeks. Even with all that it was a bad game by Patriots’ standards.

– Tom Brady put up another solid performance with 299 yards, going 26-39 with two touchdowns. He had a very uncharacteristic interception that made me do a double take to make sure it was Brady throwing the ball. It was a rare instance where he didn’t read the defense correctly and just never saw linebacker Keenan Robinson playing zone. Credit to Robinson for reading the play and making the interception, but that was a bad pass by Brady. Again, that’s how great it is to be a Patriots fan. These awful plays are so few and far between that it’s actually shocking when it happens. Continue reading Notes and Observations, Week 9: Patriots Beat Redskins 27-10 to go 8-0 for 2nd Time in Team History »

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Dave Dombrowski made a detour on the way to Winter Meetings to meet with Hanley Ramirez in Boca Raton, Florida.

Dombrowski hoped to speak to Ramirez about expectations for next season. The Red Sox would like to see Ramirez lose 15 lbs of muscle mass, so he can become a better run producer behind the plate and more athletic on the field, according to reporting by Peter Abraham by the Boston Globe. 

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Somebody made a big mistake! The Washington Nationals 2016 calendar features an image of Fenway Park instead of Nationals Park.

After much laughter and backlash on the internet, Major League Baseball issued a statement about the calendar which falls under their license. Continue reading Fenway Park Featured on Nationals 2016 Calendar »

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