// Ben Cherington

Victorino to Get MRI on Balky Hamstring

Don’t unpack in Pawtucket quite yet, Jackie Bradley Jr. You may be on your way back to Boston before you know it. On Saturday, in the final game of spring training for the Boston Red Sox, right fielder Shane Victorino tweaked his hamstring rounding first base against the Minnesota Twins. The likely #2 hitter for […]

Red Sox, Ortiz Reportedly Agree to One-Year Extension

When David Ortiz eventually retires, he might want to consider a second career as a lobbyist in Washington D.C. For now, though, he won’t have to worry about life after baseball for at least another year, having successfully lobbied Ben Cherington and company for an extension to be with the Red Sox through 2015. There are conflicting […]

Should the Red Sox Extend David Ortiz? Survey Says No

I fully understand the reasoning behind the Boston Red Sox extending David Ortiz, and him bringing the subject up in interviews. For the Red Sox, Big Papi has been a rockstar for the franchise both on and off the field, delivering three parades down the Charles and assuming a huge (omni)presence in the Boston community. […]

Red Sox Should Show Discipline with Ortiz Extension

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 […]

Ben Cherington Conservative Again with Off-Season Approach

As teams continue to open their wallets and dish out big dollars this off-season, the Boston Red Sox remain conservative in their approach. In spite of losing center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to free agency and potentially losing shortstop Stephen Drew as well, GM Ben Cherington seems to be replicating his off-season game plan from last […]

Jacoby Ellsbury Signed with the Yankees: Now What?

We’ve seen this before; a popular Red Sox center fielder whose game is predicated on speed signs with the arch-rival Yankees. One’s gut reaction says this is exactly like the Johnny Damon situation in 2005, but if you put all the emotional muck aside, this is quite different. If over these past three years you […]

Catching Market Dwindling for Red Sox

Carlos Ruiz? The Red Sox were interested but not for more than two years, so he went to the Phillies. Brian McCann? Big name, big bat, and he seemed like a good fit, but it came down to years again, so he’ll be in pinstripes for the foreseeable future. Jose Molina resigned with the Rays, […]

Trio of Red Sox Decline Their Qualifying Offers; What Happens Now?

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 […]

Connelly’s Top Ten – At Half of Pats

1. Patriots First Half * Brady starting to get there with receivers * Nice Half for Tallinn 2. Red Sox * Does Ben have someone in the nerd group checking out historically how teams have fared resting guys or playing hard and focused * Good Buchholz lost before the playoffs – see Gary Anderson’s perfect field […]

2013 Red Sox Midseason Report Card

The Red Sox find themselves atop the American League East after the unofficial first half of the season, so let’s take a look at what’s gone right and what hasn’t for this 2013 team as I present a report card on the five key aspects of the team. Starting Pitching The Red Sox have used […]

Red Sox Have Been Desperately Seeking Shortstops For Years – What Should Happen Next?

After former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein pulled the trigger on the trade deadline deal that sent five-time All Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra to the Chicago Cubs for two former Gold Glovers, shortstop Orlando Cabrera from the Montreal Expos and first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz from the Minnesota Twins, he had this to say: “We […]

Red Sox Prospect Accidentally Shoots Himself in the Leg

San Francisco Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt once stabbed himself in the hand trying to separate a couple of frozen burger patties. Former Colorado Rockies second baseman Clint Barmes fell down the stairs and broke his collarbone carrying a huge hunk of venison. Apparently, Glenallen Hill’s arachnophobia once caused him to injure himself sleep running away […]

The 2013 Season Will Be a Make or Break Year for Ben Cherington

Ben Cherington showed that he was ready to take charge when he traded Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Allen Webster, Ruby De La Rosa, James Loney, and other prospects. The Dodgers will absorb about $260 million of salary, which will free up some money for the Sox […]

Boston Red Sox Outfield Good Enough to Compete in 2013

With the additions of Shane Victorino and Jonny Gomes to complete the outfield for the Boston Red Sox, there is really no need to worry about the outfield situation for 2013. The fourth outfield spot is either going to be taken by Daniel Nava or Ryan Kalish and either one will make a good fit […]

This Could Get Ugly with the Red Sox

Despite the heartbreak and devastation the Boston Red Sox rewarded their fans with from 1918-2004, the love and loyalty to the squad never seemed to die. Ever since the Sox broke through and finally won it all in 2004, the team has seen nothing but success, compiling a combined 813-645. Last season’s dismal 69-93 record […]