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Red Sox Acquire RHP John Cornely, Another Arm for Minors

By on May 22, 2015 at 4:42am
cornely RHP John Cornely joined Red Sox franchise on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (Photo Credit: http://www.baseballprospectus.com)

The recent acquisition of right-handed pitcher John Cornely from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations begs a big question. Why are the Red Sox content to purchase pitchers only to place these players in the minors?

1) Would it not be better to spend money on pitchers that can help the team at the major league level? 2) If Major League Baseball had a salary cap like the National Football League, would the same decisions be made about pitching acquisitions? Continue reading Red Sox Acquire RHP John Cornely, Another Arm for Minors »

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Boston Red Sox v St. Louis Cardinals

Allen Craig was damaged goods when the Red Sox received him from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for John Lackey during the 2014 season. Last season he had a nagging foot injury that he never really recovered from forcing him to underperform, and more recently be sent to AAA Pawtucket Red Sox.

He is no longer part of the 40-man roster and, right now, has little-to-no true trade value for Boston hitting .135/.237/.192 this season. He can turn that around, if he allows himself time to heal. Continue reading Allen Craig to Pawtucket, Removed from 40-Man Roster »

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Jerry Remy (Image from NESN)

Wondering where Jerry Remy is? So were we… until Rem-Dawg finally Tweeted Monday that he’ll be back on Tuesday:

Remy has been out since the beginning of May, only saying that he wasn’t “feeling well.”

Like him or not, his commentary has been missed, for sure.

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JUAN

The Red Sox fired pitching coach Juan Nieves after over three seasons with the team. The current five-man starting has one of the highest ERA’s in the American League at 5.54.

The move comes after repeated poor performances by Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello, Justin Masterson, Wade Miley and Joe Kelly throughout the month of April. Porcello has been the most reliable of the starting five, able to throw deeper into games than the other starters. This is not saying much. His cumulative ERA stands at 4.38 this season. Continue reading Red Sox Fire Pitching Coach Juan Nieves »

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Luis Jimenez

The Red Sox have claimed infielder Luis Jimenez off waives after the Brewers designated him for assignment on Saturday.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox moved catcher Ryan Hanigan to the 60-day disabled list. Continue reading Red Sox Claim Luis Jimenez Off Waivers from Brewers »

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Congratulations on your MLB debut, Blake! Now, here's some unsolicited advice from an unqualified advisor... (Boston Herald)

There is nothing positive about losing the top two catchers on your depth chart. Christian Vazquez lost the 2015 season to Tommy John surgery, and his replacement as the starting catcher, Ryan Hanigan, will be out until at least the All-Star break.

But if there’s a silver lining, it’s that Boston Red Sox fans get to see the anticipated debut of top prospect Blake Swihart in the major leagues. After watching his first career start against the New York Yankees, though, I do have a piece of (unsolicited) advice for the rookie if he wants to have a successful career with the Red Sox.

Dearest Blake…

Continue reading A Piece of Advice for Swihart after his Red Sox Debut »

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Boston Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan looks at his hand as he leaves in the seventh inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, May 1, 2015, after being hit by a pitch from reliever Tommy Layne which first hit New York Yankees batter Mark Teixeira. Red Sox manager John Farrell said Hanigan sustained a broken knuckle that will require surgery and cause a "lengthy" absence. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan has had surgery to repair a fractured finger on Saturday and is expected to miss at least two months.

“He had surgery today,” manager John Farrell said. “There were some pins inserted. It’s going to be a lengthy recovery time. I wouldn’t anticipate him back before the All-Star break.”

The Red Sox called up top prospect Blake Swihart — perhaps earlier than they had anticipated — to fill the void. Swihart and Sandy Leon will split catching duties moving forward.

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