Rusney Castillo (Elsa/Getty Images)

Since the Red Sox have been unofficially eliminated from 2015 playoff contention, they have admitted to using the balance of the season to evaluate the roster’s potential for 2016 and better inform the team’s offseason strategy. One of the most interesting roster auditions is in Right Field, where the team hopes Rusney Castillo can play well down the stretch and eliminate a potential hole in the 2016 outfield. Jackie Bradley Jr. is in a similar situation, however he faces a much more uphill battle since he is competing with Mookie Betts for playing time. Conversely, Castillo has a golden opportunity to cement a starting role on the 2016 Red Sox.

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The Detroit Tigers recently let go of President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dave Dombrowski. Dombrowski had been with the Tigers for nearly 14 seasons.

Dombrowski built the Tigers from the ground up. In his first full season in Detroit, the Tigers had an American League worst record of 119 losses. However, he did not let this be a detriment to his overall plan. Dombrowski was known for not being afraid to pull the trigger on a big time move. Some examples include trading for Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer. Continue reading Dave Dombrowski Should Be on Red Sox Radar »

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Red Sox Trade Mike Napoli

August 7, 2015 at 10:32pm in Featured, Red Sox
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Right before Friday night’s game, the Red Sox struck a deal to trade Mike Napoli and cash to the Texas Rangers for cash or a player-to-be-named-later.

The Rangers will pay about $1.5 million of the remaining money owed to Napoli.  Continue reading Red Sox Trade Mike Napoli »

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Henry Owens (USA Today Sports)

One of the few things Red Sox fans have left to enjoy about the 2015 season is the opportunity to glimpse the future of their team. They got such a look on Tuesday when Henry Owens made his major league debut ay Yankee Stadium. It was only one start, and it was against a team that had never faced him before, but Owens was very impressive against a solid Yankees lineup that had their way with Boston’s bullpen the second their starter left the game. In fact, Owens appears to have been just about the only thing keeping the Red Sox in Tuesday’s game, because the lineup managed just three runs and five hits over six innings against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka, then were blanked by the New York bullpen. This is not to say that Owens was outdueled by Tanaka because that is not exactly the case, but he did a great job of giving his team the chance to win, which is exactly what Red Sox starters have so far been wholly unable to do in 2015.

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Henry Owens will make his major league debut on Tuesday against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Owens was called up after Rick Porcello was placed on the 15-day disabled list with sore triceps muscles.

The Red Sox organization has been slowly promoting Owens since 2013 when he went from single A Greenville Drive to the Double A Portland Sea Dogs. It seems management made a concerted effort not to rush him up to the major league level, preserving his ability to mature at a reasonable rate. The 22-year old has been in Pawtucket this season and is 3-8 with 3.16 ERA and 103 strikeouts. Continue reading LHP Henry Owens To Make MLB Debut for Red Sox Tuesday »

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Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz at Fenway

Fans at Fenway Park had the opportunity to see Pedro Martinez, one of the greatest pitchers not only in Red Sox history, but in Baseball history get his number 45 retired during a pre-game ceremony Tuesday night. The event took place just prior to the Red Sox facing the Chicago White Sox.

The recent Hall of Fame Inductee was honored at the ballpark and fans were given a miniature Hall of Fame plaque detailing some of his career statistics as well as player history. During the event a video highlight was shown on the jumbotron giving fans, players, and coaches a chance to admire Pedro’s supremacy on the mound and his charisma in the dugout and clubhouse. The video also featured Martinez career stats, which got the crowd roaring before he even took the field. So many of the numbers are staggering however a few that got a rise out of those spectating included the following: The 313 strikeouts in 1999, which was Pedro’s single-season career-high and a Sox franchise record. His 1.74 ERA in 2000, which was ridiculous, keeping in mind the juiced-up players he was fanning on a nightly basis. Then, last but not least, the .760 winning percentage (117-37) with the Red Sox between 1998-2004, best in the majors in that time span.

Martinez, accompanied by his wife and children, waited excitedly as Red Sox legends came out to congratulate him on his accomplishments. It all started with a video message from Nomar Garciaparra, who recalled being inducted into the Latino Hall of Fame with Martinez, he was asked to use two words to describe the sensational ace and said, ‘The Best,” which may simply be the most accurate description.

The ceremony was led by the voice of the Red Sox, Joe Castiglione, who called on Sox greats such as Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, Dennis Eckersley, and Carlton Fisk to present Pedro with gifts and memorabilia. One unique gift was a bronze mold, covered in gold, of Pedro’s huge hands and freakishly long fingers. It was, after all, these fingers that allowed him to force righties out of the batters box, waving at that up and in, high-rising fastball and then make most who faced him look foolish with a one of a kind change up. Martinez was also presented with a laptop computer full of video highlights of his career from teammates Curt Schilling, Trot Nixon and Orlando Cabrera. A special thank you and a call to review ‘El Tiante’ Luis Tiant all-time numbers for further accolades was made by Pedro during his speech. He also thanked former Expos manager Felipe Alou as well as Ralph Avila, the scout who first discovered Martinez at a young age in the Dominican Republic. Sox favorite Tim Wakefield made an appearance and presented the Martinez family with a donation to his charity. Pedro also took time for heartfelt gratitude aimed at all the fans in Red Sox Nation.

It was David Ortiz that set in motion the unveiling of #45, which will now forever be a part of Fenway Park and the Red Sox organization and never again be worn by a Sox player. Ortiz spoke to the Fenway Faithful to address Pedro’s amazing career but also his genuine personality that New England came to fall in love with during his time in Boston.

Before Martinez could finish his speech, he brought out his catcher Jason Varitek to share the moment with him calling it “his moment, too.” This was apparently off script as Varitek was to come out for the first pitch, to this Martinez said, “Hey, this is Pedro,” and, much to the delight of the crowd, referred to the celebration as “my party.” The Hall of Fame pitcher took the mound for the final time in front of a standing ovation as he threw out the first pitch, high and tight of course, to his battery-mate Varitek.

In Pedro’s career he was voted onto eight All-Star teams, and won three Cy Young Awards while piling up 3,154 strikeouts, 219 wins, and a 2.93 career ERA. Pedro recently received 91.1 percent of the vote to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining this years class of baseball legends. Whether it was blowing away the side or taping a player to a post in the dugout, Martinez was as integral a part of the Red Sox as there was at the turn of the millennium. Pedro dazzled all those who watched him with his electric fastball, majestic change-up and infectious smile. His dominance as a pitcher and his leadership in the clubhouse helped Boston reverse the curse and win the 2004 World Series. Pedro’s role on that team, and the greatness of his Red Sox career will never be forgotten, and now remembering is just as easy as turning your head toward right field.

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Price waits for Ortiz to touch 'em all (Jim Davis/Boston Globe)

The 2015 season has highlighted the harsh reality of the Red Sox pitching staff: it lacks an Ace, or really any time of frontline starter. This is the need that Ben Cherington seriously needs to address in the immediate future, either at the trade deadline or in the offseason. There is absolutely no way the Red Sox can expect to contend in 2016 if they still have anything resembling their pitching staff in 2015. Several options exist to make that reshaping a reality, though some options are better than others.

There have been rumors over the last year and a half of a potential deal for Phillies lefty Cole Hamels, but it now seems that he is likely off the table for the Red Sox. Despite their insistence that they are contenders, the Tigers have been allegedly considering a trade of David Price before he hits free agency after the season. Some have speculated that Price would be a good target for the Red Sox, assuming they could keep him beyond the 2015 season. Price is a very good pitcher, but he is not a match for the Red Sox and should not be pursued under any circumstances.

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