Red Sox 2014 Free Agent Targets

November 6, 2014 at 12:00pm in Featured, Red Sox
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The MLB offseason is officially underway after the San Francisco Giants won what was a somewhat boring World Series over the Kansas City Royals. In my opinion, I would have rather seen the Royals win and keep it in the American league. Regardless, it’s time for the Boston Red Sox to switch gears and turn their focus towards the large amount of free agents that are currently available. Their main focus here should be the improvement of their pitching rotation, and there are no shortage of flamethrowers out there.

Ideally, John Henry and co. would like to bring Jon Lester back to the team after he had a very impressive 2014 season, going 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA in his 32 starts. Lester will most likely command a 5-year deal or longer and the money he asks will most likely depend upon what Max Scherzer and James Shields are seeking. Both of these aces have been tendered offers, and I expect that Shields won’t be able to negotiate as much given his slightly disappointing performance in the playoffs, and is . I fully expect Lester to be one of, if not the top sought after pitcher in the MLB during the offseason and the Red Sox will have plenty of competition for his services. Continue reading Red Sox 2014 Free Agent Targets »

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The free agent market opened on Tuesday and the Boston Red Sox are already shopping. The team reportedly reached out to San Francisco third baseman and World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval’s agent yesterday to begin talks.

Sandoval seems like a good fit for the Red Sox. He is a strong offensive force in the mold of David Ortiz. Sandoval hit .279 with a .325 on-base percentage and 73 RBI during the regular season. Defensively, the hometown team has a need for a solid, consistent presence at third base in 2015. He was nominated for his third golden glove this year. Continue reading Red Sox Begin Talks with World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval »

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The Boston Red Sox signed closer Koji Uehara to a two-year $18 million deal. This is one of the first moves the Red Sox have made to rebuild their bullpen after a rough 2014 season.

In 2013 Uehara was as close to perfect as a pitcher can be saving 21 games in 24 appearances. He had a .57 WHIP, a league-wide record for pitchers that took the mound over 40 times. He was simply undeniable.

Continue reading Red Sox Sign Koji Uehara to 2-Year, $18 Million Deal »

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The World Series is over, in a thrilling Game 7 no less. That led to a hearty celebration, to be sure. Usually a starter, but with no games ahead, Madison Bumgarner got a very rare five-inning save to cap off the Giants’ third title in five seasons.

The Giants were the favored team among our experts, though nobody saw the series going the full seven games, much less concluding in such a tactical game. Still, points are points in the final round. So who ended up with the big win? Without further ado, the winner of the 2014 MLB Playoffs Pick ‘Em is… Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series Results »

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Former Red Sox Jake Peavy got the hook just one out into the second inning as the Royals scored seven times en route to a 10-0 win and a decisive Game 7. (NY Times)

After Madison Bumgarner twirled a complete game shutout to give the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 lead in the 2014 World Series, Jake Peavy got the start in Game 6 to try to wrap up the franchise’s third title in five years.

“This is a start you play your whole career wanting,” said Peavy before traveling to Kansas City for Game 6.

Well, it didn’t take long for that dream to turn into a complete nightmare for Peavy.

The Royals jumped all over the former Red Sox starter who was traded to the Giants midseason, knocking Peavy from the game with a seven run second inning despite several broken bats. The Royals would go on to win 10-0 to knot the series at 3-3 and force a seventh and deciding game. Peavy, who was pitching with a swollen thumb on his pitching hand from trying to catch a foul ball, would finish with a line of 1.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, and 2 K.

Continue reading Former Red Sox Peavy Shelled as Royals Force Game 7 in World Series »

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It has been ten years already since the event that has been dubbed by baseball fans in the US as ‘the sport’s greatest miracle’, and which went down in history books as the most impressive comeback ever staged by a baseball team.

The date: Thursday, October 21, 2004. The place: Yankee Stadium. The stars: the Boston Red Sox, who were battered and bruised after three devastating losses against their biggest rivals, the New York Yankees.

When the two teams met again on that fated date, all the facts were pointing towards one, inevitable outcome. The Red Sox were done for. Continue reading Red Sox vs Yankees 2004: 10 years on from baseball’s greatest miracle »

Oscar Taveras

Cardinals top prospect and outfielder Oscar Taveras, 22, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. His girlfriend was in the car with him and also died in the accident.

The accident occurred in Puerto Plata in the D.R.

Taveras was seen as a rising star in the major leagues. Continue reading Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras Killed in Car Crash »

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