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Well once again, the Boston Red Sox missed an opportunity to pick up a strong starting pitcher in James Shields. Shields, 33, agreed in principle to a 4 year, $75 million deal with the San Diego Padres that also includes an option for a 5th year.

This was expected, as the Red Sox recently signed Wade Miley, Rick Porcello and Justin Masterson to provide some depth along with Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly and Brandon Workman, among others. Cherington has been quoted as saying that the Red Sox will not make any additions to the pitching rotation prior to spring training, but with Cole Hamels possibly up for grabs, who knows what can happen. Will we see another addition to the pitching staff, or are the Red Sox quitting while they are ahead? Continue reading Red Sox Miss Golden Opportunity to Sign James Shields »

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The Boston Red Sox penned a three-year contract extension with left-handed pitcher Wade Miley to avoid arbitration. Miley was the only Red Sox player eligible for arbitration. The question is, was this three-year contract with an option for a fourth year to the tune of $19.25 million, $30.75 million if Wiley takes that fourth year, worth it?

Continue reading Red Sox Ink 3-Year Deal with Wade Miley »

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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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