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2015 Red Sox Pitching Outlook (So Far…)

By on December 19, 2014 at 2:04pm
rick porcello Rick Porcello will likely be part of the five-man rotation for the Boston Red Sox. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of http://www.zimbio.com)

The Boston Red Sox are future focused when it comes to their pitching strategy. Ben Cherington, Larry Lucchino, John Henry and Tom Werner are looking for potential, not proven performance as they rebuild the five-man rotation and the bullpen.

The team acquired former free agent and pitcher in the Red Sox organization, Justin Masterson. The Detroit Tigers traded right-handed pitcher Rick Porcello to Boston for Yoenis Cespedes, right-handed pitcher Alex Wilson and minor leaguer Gabe Speier. They also acquired Zeke Spruill and Wade Miley.

None of these pitchers are household names. They have had good seasons for the clubs they have pitched for, but there is simply nothing outstanding about them.

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The Red Sox were pretty active in the final day of the Winter Meetings, trading for Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, and signing Justin Masterson to a one-year deal for $9.5 million.

Well it looks like the Red Sox are certainly making big news in the offseason, but is it for the right reasons? First and foremost, the Red Sox missed out on a huge addition to their pitching rotation when Jon Lester signed a 6-year, $155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. Lester would have been a huge presence in the Red Sox clubhouse and would have given them the veteran leadership that they needed in the rotation.

Second, I’m not entirely sure I agree with the Red Sox decision to trade Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit for Porcello. Continue reading Right Idea? Red Sox Bring in Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Justin Masterson »

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Jon Lester tips his caps to the fans of Boston one last time. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

There is no hiding the fact that this one stings. We had to tentatively say good-bye to the ace of the Red Sox pitching staff  in July when he was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes. With that there was still the sliver of hope that a deal could be worked out. Even Jon Lester himself said he wouldn’t rule out a return to Boston.

“Yeah, why not? I mean this is what I know. This is what I love.” is what Lester’s response was when asked in July if he’d consider a return to Boston. Unfortunately his fate was decided back in the Spring when the Red Sox failed to sign him prior to the start of the season.  Continue reading Jon Lester: Thank You, and Farewell »

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Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a 6-year $155 million deal Tuesday night. The deal features the highest per-year salary at $25.83 offered to a pitcher in free agency with a vesting for a seventh year.

Sources said that Lester rejected the Red Sox six-year $135 million offer with no options for a seventh year. Many believed that the Red Sox were still a possible home for Lester throughout the day on Tuesday, but their offer was not aggressive enough.

Theo Epstein, former Red Sox general manager, and current general manager for the Cubs, proved that he has not lost his deal-making magic that helped Boston win two world series in 2004 and 2007. Continue reading Jon Lester Signing: Theo Epstein Proves He Has Not Lost Deal-Making Magic »

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Multiple reports are confirming that free agent pitcher Jon Lester has signed with the Chicago Cubs for six year and $155 million. Lester was the most sought after pitcher on the free agent market. In Chicago, he will reunite with Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. Epstein was the Red Sox general manager during the majority of Lester’s tenure in Boston, including his debut with the team, battle with cancer, and 2007 World Series Championship.

The move to the Cubs stings for many across Red Sox Nation as Lester was originally willing to take a hometown discount to stay in Boston. However, the Red Sox initial offer last Spring was only four years and $70 million, well below market value. Continue reading Jon Lester Signs Six Year, $155 Million Deal with Cubs »

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Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval

Whether you support the Red Sox recent signings of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, or not, they are on the team now. (I was originally against the Pablo Sandoval signing rumors.)

So what will these two huge signings bring to the Red Sox over the next several seasons? Sandoval is 28 and Ramirez is 30 years old, they aren’t spring chickens anymore, but they aren’t anywhere near 40 either. To help inform how these two players will help the Sox over the next few years, I’ve looked at each player’s stats from 2011 to 2014.

Pablo Sandoval: 

  • Has averaged 130.75 games played per season over last four years
  • 157 games played in 2014
  • His four year batting average is a .288
  • Averaged 16.25 home runs per season, hit 16 out of the park in 2014
  • OBP is .341 over last four years, but 2014 was the lowest at .324
  • OPS is .798 over last four years, but is trending in the wrong direction

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Jon Lester

Multiple sources are reporting that the Los Angeles Dodgers may make a last minute bid for Jon Lester. This would leave the other teams bidding for Lester, namely the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, and the Boston Red Sox in trouble.

The Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Lester would make a lethal number three in their rotation. He also would provide some rotation security for the Dodgers in years to come with Greinke’s contract complete with an opt-out clause after the 2015 season to the tune of $147 million.

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