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Red Sox Front Office Should Not Look to Trade Clay Buchholz

By on July 1, 2015 at 9:00am

As the trade deadline approaches the rumors have begun to swirl rapidly. The most recent whispers have circled around pitcher Clay Buchholz. This season has been a roller coaster for the eight-year veteran; while he has shown flashes of brilliance, he has also pitched very poorly on many occasions. In a year when the Red Sox front office expected Buchholz would assume his role as ace of the staff, many have been underwhelmed by his overall body of work. But sentiments toward Buchholz should not amount only to disappointment. This year he is probably the best starting pitcher in the Red Sox rotatoin and his statistics support that claim. Although his record is a mere 5-6, Clay has posted a 3.68 ERA with 91 strikeouts over 93 total innings pitched. These are respectable statistics that do not deserve excessive scrutiny because it is what we need to learn to expect from Clay.

This leads us to the pivotal question: should the Red Sox put Clay Buchholz on the trade block for the upcoming deadline? My initial reaction is no, absolutely not. Although Buchholz may not have become the true ace we were hoping, he is still a very good Major League pitcher. Continue reading Red Sox Front Office Should Not Look to Trade Clay Buchholz »

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More common four-letter words may come to mind for the 2015 Red Sox, but Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts are starting to bring another one to mind: hope. (AP)

The 2015 Season for the Boston Red Sox has been defined by the latest tirade of four-letter words inspired by Rick Porcello’s latest pitching performance, Pablo Sandoval’s ninth inning fielding percentage, or any other seminal moment of disappointment. There are a lot to choose from.

But lately, strangely, I’ve been finding myself coming back to one four-letter word worse than any curse, more gut wrenching than the most creative string of expletives.

Hope. Continue reading The Newest Four-Letter Word for the Red Sox: Hope »

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Mike Napoli (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

It’s getting to that magical time of year when the trade machine starts to ramp up around the league. Even though the Red Sox aren’t likely to buy players like the fans hoped they would, they can still be active in the July trade market. One of the first names the Red Sox discuss with other teams should be Mike Napoli. Napoli hasn’t been performing to expectations, but he has a good playoff track record and an expiring contract, so an acquiring team would not need to make a long-term commitment. One would think that despite his struggles in 2015, Ben Cherington should not have much trouble moving Napoli at the trade deadline.

The Pros

Napoli has always had very good control of the strike zone, and that remains true in 2015. His .305 OBP is currently nothing to write home about, but it is also significantly higher than his .203 batting average. Continue reading Mike Napoli Should be on the Trade Block »

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Xander Bogaerts (Getty Images)

Not much has gone well to date for the Red Sox, from their pitching staff to their current standing in the American League East. This might leave some fans looking forward to the All-Star game, and attempting to keep track of who might represent the Red Sox in the Midsummer Classic. While it would be hard to make a case for most of the Red Sox to play in that game, Major League rules dictate that someone from the Red Sox roster be present. With all apologies to Dustin Pedroia (who would likely be going himself if the American League did not feature so many top-tier second basemen), we are here to tell you that Xander Bogaerts is the most deserving Red Sox of an All-Star roster spot. Don’t worry, we will also justify.

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A quick look at Bogaerts’s triple-slash (.287/.324/.398) might not impress most fans as much as it should. He is carrying a pretty high average, but just an average-ish on-base rate, due mostly to his low walk rate (5%). There is some power (3 HRs), but not a whole lot and it is mostly doubles (12 2Bs, .111 Isolated Slugging) power. Continue reading All-Star Worthy: Xander Bogaerts »

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Talented Red Sox Youth

With the trade deadline a mere month away and the Red Sox in the basement of the American League East, the front office finds themselves in a precarious position. The Red Sox are sitting nine games under .500, but nonetheless are not out of the playoff picture.

The question Red Sox Nation ponders is: where do we go from here? Now nearing the end of June the early seasons optimism has dwindled, but hope remains if changes are made soon. With the ambition of Red Sox Nation diminishing daily, it is time to begin considering how the team will approach the upcoming trade deadline. Continue reading The Red Sox Trade Deadline Playbook »

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Ortiz gets throw out of Saturday night game against Kansas City

Saturday night in Kansas City the Sox had a performance that seems to sum up the season thus far. Mookie Betts’s lead off blast had the Sox off to a promising start. It was looking as if Boston might win their second straight against the talented Kansas City club with a 4-1 lead into the fifth inning. This was, however, until Rick Porcello imploded in the bottom half of th Continue reading Porcello, Ortiz Ejection Bad in Otherwise Good Weekend for Red Sox »

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Major League Baseball cancelled 60-65 million All-star game votes due to a high percentage of votes going to Kansas City Royals players. Can the MLB do this? Is it fair?

If voting were to close today eight Kansas City players would be part of the team. This is a classic case of technology beating the system.

Continue reading MLB Cancels 60 Million All-Star Game Votes »

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