While other members of the World Champion Red Sox are out searching for multi-year contracts, David Ortiz and Jake Peavy are out enjoying the spoils of their victory in October.
Ortiz Wants His MTV
Ortiz will produce a show to be broadcast on MTV2. MLB and MTV2 teamed up to bring a younger audience to the game of baseball. Frankly, living in New England, I had no idea there is little interest in baseball around the country. Continue reading David Ortiz, Jake Peavy Enjoy A Cool Hot Stove »
Tags: David Ortiz, Duck Boat, Jake Peavy, MLB Fan Cave, MTV
Terry Francona absolutely deserved to win AL Manager of the Year this past Tuesday. In his first year in Cleveland he took a team that went 68-94 in 2012 to 92 wins and a wild card birth. During the winter before the 2013 season the Inidans added Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, but many still felt they were a longshot to make the playoffs. During the season Francona dealt with rashes of injuries and a mostly ineffective bullpen. Francona deserved to win Manager of the Year. There only problem is, John Farrell deserved it more.
Farrell’s Improbable Turn Around
Coming in off of one of the Red Sox franchise’s worst season ever both on and off the field in a season, Farrell navigated the team to 97 wins and an AL East Division title. Right before the beginning of the season, no one at ESPN, the Boston Globe, or Sports Illustrated picked them to win the AL East and many picked them to finish last. Continue reading Looking Back: Was John Farrell Robbed of Manager of the Year Award? »
Tags: Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, John Farrell, Terry Francona
After constructing a World Series Champion team in 2013, Cherington has few holes to fill before defending the title in 2014. The biggest piece missing from this team is a catcher. Saltalamacchia had a solid regular season, setting career highs in many categories and he also broke the franchise record for doubles by a catcher in a season with 40. The postseason was a different story as Salty faltered and was replaced by veteran stalwart David Ross. Assuming that Ross could shoulder the lion’s share bulk of starts behind the plate next year is a mistake. While Ross is calls a great game and is a solid defender behind the plate, he is 36 years old and cannot be expected to make more than 60-65 starts. The task is then to find the correct complement to Ross for the rest of the 100 games and the Red Sox have many options to consider.
Stay With What Worked
Yes his swing is long and is prone to slumps and yes at times he does not make the smartest decisions behind the plate, but Salty was a premium offensive catcher last year. Due to the hard work catchers must put into calling a game, many are late bloomers with their bats. Saltalamacchia is a great example of this as in his age-28 season he has seemingly figured himself out offensively. Continue reading The Right Catcher for the Red Sox: Salty, McCann, Ruiz, Pierzynski or Weiters? »
Tags: a.j. pierzynski, Blake Swihart, Boston Red Sox, Brian McCann, Carlos Ruiz, Christian Vasquez, David Ross, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Matt Wieters, MLB Free Agency
Monday night, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew all declined their qualifying offers from the Red Sox. In doing so, they forfeited a guaranteed 1-year $14.1 million deal to test the market. This does not mean these players will not be on the Opening Day roster next year, but it does somewhat clarify the Red Sox’s offseason plan. Since this is only the second offseason in which the qualifying offer rule has been in play, it is probably best to understand what this rule does.
What are Qualifying Offers?
Up until late November of 2011 there were three types of free agents: Type A, Type B, and everyone else. Under this system, if the Red Sox offered arbitration to their Type A free agent and that player signed elsewhere, the Red Sox would gain the other team’s first round draft pick and a compensatory pick. For Type B free agents the Red Sox would only receive a compensatory pick. Continue reading Trio of Red Sox Decline Their Qualifying Offers; What Happens Now? »
Tags: Ben Cherington, Boston Red Sox, Carl Crawford, Carlos Beltran, Giancarlo Stanton, Jackie Bradley Jr., Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Red Sox, Stephen Drew, Will Middlebrooks, Xander Bogaerts
Scott Boras and Stephen Drew are on a shopping spree. Boras and Drew have rejected the $14.1 million qualifying offer made by the Red Sox. Now the player and agent are out shopping for a better deal – a multi-year deal.
Running the Numbers
Boras must be living in fantasyland. Does he realize that Drew held a batting average slightly below .100 for most of the post season, or that in 124 games in which he played, he struck out approximately once per game? Boras has the gall to say to cbssports.com that “Drew is in the top five offensively and defensively at his position. You can’t find a guy with that package.” I can agree with the defensive part of the statement, but the statistics do not support Boras’ offensive claims. Drew’s line for the 2013 season was .253/.333/.443. It was a line that was average at best. Continue reading Stephen Drew, Scott Boras Decline Red Sox Qualifying Offer – Why? »
Tags: defensive, offensive, Red Sox, Scott Boras, shortstop, Stephen Drew
It’s been just over a week since the Red Sox were crowned World Champions and now everyone’s eyes are set towards 2014. There is no doubt that Ben Cherington did a masterful job this year, look at the end result. The question is whether he is capable of a repeat performance. Here are what I believe to be the three keys to the offseason:
1. Sign Jacoby Ellsbury on your terms or let him walk
Jacoby Ellsbury is a game changer. He gets on base, steals with remarkable efficiency (52 for 56 during the regular season), and plays gold glove defense. The power from 2011 is an outlier, and, as a result, a great player but not a franchise player. Cherington showed last off season that there is a need for discipline when signing players long-term. The Red Sox should hold a firm line around a 5 year 90 million dollar contract. Anything more and the Red Sox should let Ellsbury walk and pick up the draft picks. Jackie Bradley, Jr. is by no means a lock to be a great player, so don’t be surprised if Cherington goes out to get a veteran outfielder as insurance. Continue reading Three Keys to the Red Sox Offseason: Ellsbury Decision, Catchers, Napoli »
Tags: Brian McCann, David Ross, Jackie Bradley Jr., Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, MLB Free Agency, Red Sox, Stephen Drew, Xander Bogaerts
Are you already suffering from Week 10 withdrawal? Have a case of the Brady-Belichick Blues? The Patriots may be on their bye week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get some of your football fill.
During last week’s 55-31 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was mic’d up by the always great NFL Films. The best part of the clip by far is when Belichick – along with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, quarterback Tom Brady, and presumably everyone else on the 53-man roster – ridicules Red Sox players for being “so little” when they came to show off their shiny new World Series trophy (sorry, that probably won’t get old until sometime next summer). Continue reading Video: Belichick Recorded Making Fun of “Little” Red Sox Players »
Tags: Bill Belichick, NFL FIlms, Patriots, Red Sox, Tom Brady, World Series