The Celtics may be in “love” with another Kevin from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and according to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, they could have the pieces to get it done.
The report states that the Celtics lottery draft pick could be enough to jump-start a Love trade package, which would likely include Jared Sullinger, Kieth Bogans and other expiring contracts.
Before the lottery, the Celtics have the No. 5 pick in a deep NBA Draft, and could move as high as No. 1 or as low as No. 8 in Tuesday’s lottery. Continue reading Kevin Love to the Celtics? It Could Happen… »
Tags: Celtics, Kevin Love
In what should be a shock to no one, Joh Farrell has announced that Jon Lester will be starting Opening Day for the Red Sox. This start will mark the fourth time Lester has started on on Opening Day making him the first left hander in Red Sox history to do so (passing the likes of some guy called Babe Ruth). It has long been known that Lester would get the nod, so Farrell’s announcement is merely a formality.
Lester had a strong performance in 2013 going 15-8 with a 3.75 ERA over 33 starts. He was even more impressive over his dominant postseason run where he have up only six runs in 34 2/3 innings. Due to this, along with his solid track record, Lester was an obvious choice for Opening Day. Continue reading Farrell Tabs Lester for Opening Day »
Tags: Boston Red Sox, John Farrell, Jon Lester
When Spring Training began Jackie Bradley Jr. was all but handed the starting center field job. Though he had struggled during his brief stint in the Majors in 2013, the front office had confidence that Bradley would be an asset to the major league club. Despite Bradley Jr. being seen as the frontrunner, the Red Sox brought Grady Sizemore in on an incentive-laden contract. The hope was that he could be close to the player he was from 2005-08 when he routinely hit 20 home runs and stole 20 bases a year. There was no telling whether Sizemore, who has not played in a Major League game since 2011, could become even a shadow of his former self and for a while it seemed to be nothing more than a hopeful comeback attempt. Fast forward one month and things have changed.
Sizemore has passed every physical test that the Red Sox have thrown at him while continuing to show he can be an impactful player on the field. This spring he has hit .333/.381/.462 with one home run and two doubles. Though the power has yet to come back fully, it is important remember that Sizemore has not played in over two years so there is still a considerable adjustment period to be made, the power will come in time. More importantly, Sizemore has not looked hindered on either the field or the base paths, showing that he feels comfortable with where his health is at. Continue reading Red Sox Pick Sizemore for CF »
Tags: Boston Red Sox, Grady Sizemore, Jackie Bradley Jr.
It has been well documented that the Red Sox have six starters to fill five rotation spots for 2014. While not actively shopping anyone, teams have asked after veteran starters Ryan Dempster, Jake Peavy and John Lackey. Even with all the interest, the Red Sox seem content to stand pat to enter the 2014 with six viable starters. On top of this, Ben Cherington and Red Sox ownership have been consistent in their unwillingness to hand out long-term contracts which they see as a burden. All of these signs point to Red Sox staying out of the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes, but my question is: why not?
Continue reading Despite Crowded Rotation, Red Sox Should Make a Run at Masahiro Tanaka »
Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Red Sox
Coming off a dominant season and an otherworldly postseason, Ortiz is looking to add another year to his contract. With his current contract running out in 2014, Ortiz wants to extend it now so he does not have to worry about it during the season. After playing in only 90 games in 2012, Ortiz bounced back in 2013 to play in 137 games, hitting .309/.395/.564 with 30 home runs. When discussing his contract status with Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Ortiz said:
“We gave them what they wanted. I don’t have next year guaranteed and I think I can play another one. We’re working on that. … As long as I feel good I’m going to want to play. … I just hate the situation where I have to sit down at the end of the year and talk about my following year. Let’s do it now. We’re world champs right now.” Continue reading Red Sox Should Show Discipline with Ortiz Extension »
Tags: Ben Cherington, Boston Red Sox, David Ortiz, Larry Lucchino
It’s December 3rd, 2013, and the World Champion Boston Red Sox have finally made their first foray into the free agent market. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported this morning that the Red Sox have signed backstop AJ Pierzynski, signaling the end to the Jarrod Saltalamacchia era. As the details of the contract were slowly released, it was learned that Pierzynski will earn $8.25 over one year, pending a physical. Signing Pierzynski fills the largest hole the Red Sox had this offseason and gives more understanding to this offseason’s plan, as well as the catcher situation going forward. Continue reading Red Sox Sign Pierzynski to One-Year Deal, Say Goodbye to Saltalamacchia »
Tags: AJ Pierzynski, Blake Swihart, Boston Red Sox, Christian Vasquez, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, MLB Free Agency
Xander Bogaerts will start next year for the Red Sox, but the question remains whether it will be at shortstop at third base. We probably won’t have the answer to this question til Spring Training next year, but how to the Red Sox approach this offseason could help us make a guess.
It looks like Boston has seen the last of Stephen Drew, but another shortstop may be in their sights. Two days ago, 36-year-old Rafael Furcal told ESPNDeportes that he had interest from five to six teams, including the Red Sox.
Furcal has been an All-Star three times in his career and he won Rookie of the Year back in 2000 so there is no doubting that Furcal is an impact player. Continue reading Red Sox Interested in Rafael Furcal »
Tags: Boston Red Sox, MLB Free Agency, Rafael Furcal, Will Middlebrooks, Xander Bogaerts