Sizemore looks poised to grab the Red Sox center field job

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 »

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Red Sox should make a run at Tanaka (Jiji Press / AFP / Getty Images)

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 »

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Big Papi deserves an extension, but the Red Sox should be disciplined. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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, 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 »

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AJ Pierzynski is coming to Boston on a one year deal, replacing Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the Red Sox starting catcher. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

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 »

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Red Sox Interested in Rafael Furcal

December 2, 2013 at 10:02pm in Featured, Red Sox, Rumors
The Red Sox are interested in bringing Furcal into the fold (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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.

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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 »

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Ed Reed (Mitch Stringer/ USA TODAY Sports)

“I know a coach down in New England that loves Ed Reed. When I was in those meetings, we talked about him a lot. He’s a heck of a player, he does a lot of things on and off the field because he’s a leader and he understands the game of football. He needs to go somewhere he doesn’t have to play 70 plays a game; where he can go in there and allow him some time to get healthier and maybe towards the playoffs if he’s feeling real good, stick him in there.”

-Willie McGinest

 “For me, really the only spot that makes sense is New England. You could stockpile him away on the bench, let him heal up. Communication is key for everything that Bill [Belichick] wants to do on defense – that guy has the mouthpiece to make this defense better when it counts. Let him learn what Bill wants to do [and] come Week 16, Week 17, those January games, I guarantee [Reed] will pay dividends.”

-Heath Evans

The comments above, made by Evans and McGinest on NFL Network’s “Total Access,” have set Patriots fans’ hearts aflutter with the idea of Tom Brady’s old nemesis Ed Reed suiting up in blue and red. Is signing Reed really a good idea, though? Continue reading Does Ed Reed Make Sense for the Patriots? »

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Mike Napoli

Monday night, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew all declined their qualifying offers from the Red Sox. In doing so, they forfeited a guaranteed 1-year $14.1 million deal to test the market. This does not mean these players will not be on the Opening Day roster next year, but it does somewhat clarify the Red Sox’s offseason plan. Since this is only the second offseason in which the qualifying offer rule has been in play, it is probably best to understand what this rule does.

What are Qualifying Offers?

Up until late November of 2011 there were three types of free agents: Type A, Type B, and everyone else. Under this system, if the Red Sox offered arbitration to their Type A free agent and that player signed elsewhere, the Red Sox would gain the other team’s first round draft pick and a compensatory pick. For Type B free agents the Red Sox would only receive a compensatory pick. Continue reading Trio of Red Sox Decline Their Qualifying Offers; What Happens Now? »

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