Tip your cap, Grady Sizemore - your time with the Red Sox has come to an end. (Boston Herald)

Attempting to make a comeback after injuries forced a two-year hiatus from professional baseball, Grady Sizemore was the feel-good story of spring training for the Boston Red Sox.

Three months later, that good will is long gone.

The Red Sox designated Sizemore for assignment on Tuesday after the former All-Star managed to hit just .216/.288/.324 in  52 games, striking out 41 times against just 19 walks. The move also came with Sizemore 20 at bats away from collecting a $250,000 performance bonus, and 12 days away from receiving another $250,000 roster bonus.

Coincidence? I think not. Continue reading Did Red Sox DFA Sizemore Just to Avoid $500K in Bonuses? »

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The Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins Wednesday despite only scoring FIVE runs in the series.

Here are two of them, courtesy of David Ortiz (first) and then… Mike Napoli:

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Brock Holt

Is there anything Brock Holt can’t do?

Seriously, this is starting to border on the ridiculous. It’s crazy enough that he leads the Boston Red Sox with a .338 batting average after notching another multi-hit game (2-for-4) and scoring both runs in Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.

But now he’s making highlight reel catches in his first professional start in center field, just a few games after making the transition to the outfield in general? Come on. Continue reading Video: Brock Holt Saves the Day (Again) with Web Gem »

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It appears that Grady Sizemore's comeback attempt with the Red Sox has come to an end. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

On Tuesday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox designated outfielder Grady Sizemore for assignment, and recalled infielder Garin Cecchini who made his major league debut earlier this season.

The move may mark the end of Sizemore’s major league career, as the 31-year old attempted to revitalize his once great career with the Red Sox after years of being derailed by injuries. He was batting just .216 in 52 games with Boston this year despite a promising start to the season, which included a home run on Opening Day. Continue reading Red Sox DFA Grady Sizemore, Call Up Garin Cecchini »

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Giants vs Athletics: Week 11's prediction for the World Series

It’s the middle of June, and many of the top teams are starting to slip. In fact, only three active winning streaks are longer than two games. But those streaks are making it a much more exciting race. While not all of the divisions are exactly close, the Wildcard races provide plenty of intrigue to make up for it. Even this late in the season, plenty of surprise teams are persisting, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, June 16, before the day’s games: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 11 »

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Brock Holt courtesy of ESPN.com

“Who is this Brock Holt guy,” I, and many other Red Sox fans asked ourselves back in mid-May. He sounds like a superhero. The name ‘Brock Holt’ has a lot of pizzazz. Like Peter Parker, Clark Kent, or Bruce Wayne. I will admit that I wrongfully dismissed him, “Ehh, he’s probably just some fill-in prospect.”

May 17, 2014 doesn’t seem like an important day for the Red Sox. But, that day marked the start of Brock Holt becoming a regular fixture on the Boston Red Sox lineup card. During the forgettable loss, Brock Holt batted 9th, had no hits and only saw seven total pitches over three at bats, a very mild-mannered performance. But like any intriguing comic book superhero, Brock had to show his vulnerability before dawning the cape.

Continue reading Brock Holt: Baseball Player or Superhero? »

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Trading Jon Lester could be one way the Red Sox build around a promising future. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

When the July 31 trading deadline arrives, teams across the landscape of Major League Baseball will be forced to acknowledge the standings, and recognize where they belong in the pennant race. There is plenty of time between now and then for teams like the Boston Red Sox to reverse their poor fortunes and ride momentum towards the stretch run, but there’s also the distinct possibility that consistent success will elude this team leading up to that fateful day.

Imagine it’s July 31, and with two months remaining in the regular season, the Red Sox find themselves about ten games outside of first place and a handful of games outside of the two wild card spots, which truly are wild card spots with the expanded postseason format. If you’re general manager Ben Cherington, you may be making deadline moves to improve the roster of the team beyond 2014. Continue reading Buy or Sell? Red Sox Have Bright Future Despite 2014 Woes »

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