// Ben Cherington

Not So Fast: Cespedes to Play CF or RF?

When reports emerged that the Boston Red Sox were honing in on an agreement with Hanley Ramirez, thus began the speculation surrounding the all but imminent departure of incumbent left fielder Yoenis Cespedes. Between coaches hating him, attitude problems, a free-swinging approach, and just one year remaining on his current contract, Cespedes seemed doomed to be […]

Why the Red Sox DON’T Want Pablo Sandoval

Many Red Sox fans have been dreaming of free agent third basemen, Pablo Sandoval since August. Those dreams only intensified after he put together an extraordinary post-season. There have also been rumors circulating that the Red Sox are “all in” on the powerful switch hitter.  And various reports have indicated that Sandoval is in Boston to meet with Red Sox […]

What Good Play from Betts, Cespedes Means for Crowded Outfield

After Jacoby Ellsbury left the Red Sox to join the Yankees, Boston fans, including myself, shirked off the Center Fielder’s departure as ultimately inconsequential because of our inflated optimism in Jackie Bradley Jr.  We convinced ourselves that Bradley Jr. was our farm system’s answer to fill Ellsbury’s void and that sharing a position with him was going to impede on his development […]

Red Sox DFA A.J. Pierzynski: Sign of Things to Come

In a NESN interview on Tuesday, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington admitted, “At some point, we may need to be realistic and focus on helping the 2015 team.” That time is now. It is time for all of us to be realistic. They aren’t closing the gap. The Sox have struggled all year, and the […]

Did Red Sox DFA Sizemore Just to Avoid $500K in Bonuses?

Attempting to make a comeback after injuries forced a two-year hiatus from professional baseball, Grady Sizemore was the feel-good story of spring training for the Boston Red Sox. Three months later, that good will is long gone. The Red Sox designated Sizemore for assignment on Tuesday after the former All-Star managed to hit just .216/.288/.324 in  52 games, striking out […]

Red Sox Place Middlebrooks on DL, Start Looking to Improve Left Side of Infield

On Saturday, the Red Sox placed third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day disabled for the second time this season, this time with a fractured right index finger. The injury may be a blessing in disguise, as he’s hitting just .197/.305/.324 with all of two home runs in 21 games. To replace him on the 25-man roster, […]

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 […]