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Red Sox 2015 Preview: Vazquez, Hanigan, Swihart

By on March 5, 2015 at 10:19am
christian vaz.nesn Christian Vazquez leads the pack of talented Red Sox catchers. (Photo Credit: www.nesn.com)

At the position of catcher, the Boston Red Sox have a combination of youth and experience in Christian Vazquez, Ryan Hanigan and top prospect Blake Swihart.

Vazquez proved dependable behind the plate last year. Dan Shaughnessy reported in a Boston Globe article last week about the growth and impact he had last season, specifically quickly turning plays and enduring the changing cast of characters on the mound. Even more impressive was Vazquez ability to be a consistent asset at the plate with bat in hand. Over 55 games and 175 at bats, after the call up to the majors, Vazquez slashed a .240/.308/.309. These are not overwhelming numbers, but with 20 RBI and 19 drawn walks he made more of an impact than most by getting himself on base or assisting his teammates in crossing home plate. Continue reading Red Sox 2015 Preview: Vazquez, Hanigan, Swihart »

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Mookie Betts could find himself the starter in center when spring training ends. (AP)

The Boston Red Sox had trouble with health as well as a lack of power and average in the outfield in 2014, but the additions of Hanley Ramirez, a healthy Shane Victorino and even the Cuban Rusney Castillo should be an upgrade of the minor leaguers and bench players the Red Sox had for most of last season. Sure, the trade of Yoenis Cespedes hurts the pop a bit, but it should should be an intriguing outfield to watch in spring training.

Left Field: Hanley Ramirez, Daniel Nava

Ramirez will see the bulk of the playing time in left, but Nava should be able to sneak a start here and there against a tough right-handed starter. Continue reading Red Sox 2015 Preview: Ramirez, Victorino, Betts, Castillo, Nava »

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Looks like Theo Epstein is putting together the 11 year reunion tour as the Cubs have hired Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis as consultants for this season. (Yahoo Sports)

It had been 86 years between World Series titles when the Boston Red Sox finally won in 2004. It has been 20 years longer (and counting?) for the Chicago Cubs, and former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is trying to recreate the formula that led him to that drought-ending title a little over 10 years ago in Boston.

Apparently, he’s going about it quite literally, as the Cubs have hired former Red Sox Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis, who both played on the 2004 World Series Champion Red Sox, as consultants. Get the band back together, Theo!

Continue reading Cubs Hire Manny, Youkilis to Try to Become ’04 Red Sox…Literally »

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What can we expect for the Boston Red Sox starting rotation in 2015? (USATSI)

The Boston Red Sox starting rotation lacks the star power that the 2015 lineup bolsters, but it does provide a sort of lack of depth that was not there in the 2014 season. The starters should be able to eat up innings while also being durable from whoever the “ace of the staff” is to the fifth starter. The Red Sox just need these pitchers to pitch deep into the games while keeping the opposition to fewer than five runs per game.

Wade Miley

Not only do the Red Sox start the season in a National League ballpark, but the Philadelphia Phillies have a couple aging lefties in Chase Utley and Ryan Howard who Miley could take advantage of in his first start for the team. Continue reading Red Sox 2015 Preview: Buchholz, Porcello, Miley, Masterson, Kelly »

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moncada

Former Cuban free agent and infielder Yoan Moncada agreed to a deal with the Boston Red Sox with a $31.5 million signing bonus.  Moncada is switch hitter filled with power and skill. When all the dust settles on the deal, it could be worth $63 million.

In Cuba, Moncada played two seasons for the Cienfuegos of the Cuban National Series before asking the Cuban government to leave for the United States in 2014 to pursue a career in the major leagues.  During his 2 years in Cuba, he hit .277/.388/.380 and stole 21 bases. Continue reading Red Sox and Yoan Moncada Reach Agreement »

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These cute little guys (or girls, kinda hard to tell) made their way into the White Sox' spring training facility. (Twitter.com/ESPNChiSox)

Usually, when an animal makes its way onto the field when baseball is underway, it’s pretty humorous, especially when the antics provide a lengthy delay. The latest invasion, however, provides much more danger than fun. Apparently, the Chicago White Sox’ spring training facility in Glendale, Arizona has taken on scorpion house guests, though how many isn’t clear. Everyone is being advised to check their gear before putting it on, just in case. Not that you’d have to remind anyone, I’m sure.
Continue reading Scorpions Invade Spring Training Facility of White Sox »

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cole hamels wiki

Philadelphia Phillies, left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels “want[s] to win” and feels that his best shot at achieving that goal is through a trade to another team, according to Bob Nightengale of USAToday. One of the most recent teams with an offer on the table at this time is our own Boston Red Sox.

Continue reading Cole Hamels Voices Interest in Trade From Phillies to Red Sox »

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