Rusney Castillo (image: jaysjournal.com)

The Red Sox have reportedly signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a deal for 7 years, $72.5 million.. The Sox were well documented in being after the slugger, and after missing out on Jose Abreu, they won’t make the same mistake twice. Castillo might not be at the same level as Abreu or Yasiel Puig, but he’s an elite talent in the Cuban league and will bring a good combination of power and speed to the Major Leagues, not unlike trade deadline acquisition Yoenis Cespedes.

What does this mean for the team? For starters, it’s uncertain at this time when Castillo will arrive with the team. But things are looking bleak for Jackie Bradley Jr, who was optioned to Pawtucket last week. He was unable to produce at the Major League level and we might never see him in Fenway again. Continue reading Rusney Castillo signs with Red Sox for 7 years, $72.5 million »

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It’s been a lost season for the Red Sox, but the same can’t be said for the Angels, who have beaten the Red Sox three straight times and are in first place in the AL West.

THe third win in this stretch, though, was very costly, as the team lost its best pitcher, Garret Richards to a freak knee injury:

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Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr. was sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday. When asked by reporters about the move, he said he was “disappointed” in himself. The truth is the Red Sox should be disappointed in themselves for not handling this player better.

The mishandling of Bradley began last season when the Red Sox had him play in the first games against New York in April 2013.

Over a year ago, it all seemed to make sense. Bradley had a phenomenal 2013 Spring Training season, exceeding even the highest of expectations. Through the middle of March 2013, he was hitting .436/.551/.564 in 39 plate appearances. He was the talk of the town all month long.  All of the newspapers, radio and television broadcasters asked, ‘should the Red Sox wait and let him play in Pawtucket to ensure his maturity once he arrived at Fenway Park?’ or ‘should they bring him to the opening series in New York?’ When the first days of April arrived, Bradley was in a Red Sox uniform playing centerfield in the Bronx. Continue reading The Mishandled Career of Jackie Bradley Jr. »

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Angels vs Nationals: Week 19's prediction for the World Series

A month and a half remain in the season, and it’s a good race. Both leagues have new leaders. Four divisions are within 3.5 games. Winning and losing streaks are shaking things up. The questions now is whether or not all this will paint a new postseason picture, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, August 19, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 19 »

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Ted Williams. Carl Yastrzemski. David Ortiz. Does he belong in the same sentence with the other two Red Sox legends? Well, after a two-HR night on Saturday, Ortiz has certainly entered the conversation:

Continue reading Video: David Ortiz Hits 400th (and 401st) Home Run(s) with Red Sox »

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ballable koji

Koji Uehara wants to continue, and quite possibly, finish his career as the Red Sox bullpen’s closer. It is up to the likes of Ben Cherrington and the rest of the front office to make this happen soon. Uehara becomes a free agent at the end of the 2014 season.

Even though his command has been a bit off this season, he is still playing well above par for the ballclub to the tune of 5-2 and a 1.32 ERA. The Red Sox would be crazy to let him go, right?

Continue reading Should the Red Sox Make A Deal with Koji Uehara? »

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Athletics vs Dodgers: Week 18's prediction for the World Series

We’re in the middle of August, and the NL race is still close, despite the divisions opening up a bit. Oakland and Anaheim continue to hold sway in the AL, but look out for Baltimore and Kansas City all of a sudden. Detroit and San Francisco are among the better teams falling off, while the likes of Pittsburgh are working their way up. The waiver wire could also provide some interesting roster moves in the final month and a half, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, August 12, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 18 »

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