Who is the best starting pitcher in the American League East?

On paper, it looks like the Red Sox pulled a bad five-card hand with the starting five they’ll be laying out this season. A rotation of Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Justin Masterson, and Joe Kelly looks brutal, and if it weren’t for an incredible lineup with new additions like Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox would probably be projected last in the East in 2015.

However, the idea that offense is down and pitching strong in baseball as a whole may not be true at all in the American League East. The Red Sox aren’t the only team with a questionable starting rotation–they might actually have the best starting five in the division. Continue reading Red Sox have the best starting pitching in the East »

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As Spring Training fast approaches, here is a a look at how the Boston Red Sox are building a better team for the 2015 season. These Red Sox wrap up articles will be featured at the end of each week in the march up to  and during Spring Training. 

The Boston Red Sox front office completed a busy week signing pitchers Rick Porcello at $12.5 million and Junichi Tazawa for $2.25 million. These contracts helped avoid arbitration, something the Red Sox consistently try to do.

Continue reading Red Sox Wrap-Up, Jan. 12-18: Porcello, Tazawa Sign; Butler Traded »

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Pedro Martinez was a Red Sox Legend, providing absolute dominance at the top of the rotation for years. He was rewarded for his effort by being inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.

But in an even bigger honor, Martinez, along with fellow 2015 inductees Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio and John Smoltz, were invited onto “The Late Show With David Letterman” to do a famous Top Ten List. Their topic was, “Things I Said When I Learned I Made the Baseball Hall of Fame.”
Continue reading VIDEO: Pedro Martinez Does Top Ten List on Letterman »

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Take a bow, Pedro: You are now officially a Hall of Famer. (Wikipedia)

What we Red Sox fans have known for a long time is finally official: Pedro Martinez is a Hall of Famer.

The wiry, fiery starter, who already was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame earlier this year, was elected to Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility, receiving 91.1 percent of the BBWA vote (500 ballots).

Martinez won three Cy Youngs in his 18-year career, including back-to-back awards in 1999 and 2000 with the Red Sox. He was 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA and 3,154 strikeouts, and helped deliver the 2004 World Series Championship to Boston after 86 years (in case you didn’t know).

Continue reading Pedro Elected into Hall of Fame on First Try »

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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.

Continue reading 2015 Red Sox Pitching Outlook (So Far…) »

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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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