// Xander Bogaerts

Managing Expectations: A Red Sox Fan’s Guide to Overcoming the World Series Hangover

What do you do for an encore after winning the World Series? This is the question that has been nagging me more and more as the 2014 season rapidly approaches. (I guess it’s already here, but do games in a British penal colony really count? I say no.) Unless the Boston Red Sox pull a […]

ESPN Expert Predictions: Bogaerts to Win ROY, Red Sox Receive Just 2 Votes to Defend World Series

The 2014 MLB season is set to begin in earnest on Sunday night with its stateside Opening Day. However, that is just the preview of a full Monday slate that includes five nationally televised season openers on ESPN. Accordingly, ESPN has published its experts’ predictions for the upcoming MLB season in preparation for what should be […]

Red Sox Content to Stand by and Wait

When Ryan Dempster announced that he would be stepping away for the 2014 season, the Red Sox suddenly found themselves with an extra $13.25 million to spend. They quickly resigned Chris Capuano to an incentive-laden deal to replace the pitching depth lost with Dempster’s absence. Despite the addition of Capuano, the Red Sox still have […]

Ranking the AL East: Shortstop

These past couple weeks we have analyzing and ranking the AL East position by position. In most posts, including last week’s which focused on third base, our rankings have been fairly similar. This week however, the shortstop rankings are wide open with no two lists looking the same. Who got it right or is the […]

What Will Replace the Beards for the Red Sox in 2014?

Ladies and gentlemen, spring training is here, the 2014 season has begun, and the Boston Red Sox title defense is underway. Pitchers and catchers have reported to Fort Meyers. Dustin Pedroia has already taken batting practice. Ryan Dempster decided he could do without $13 million and took a sabbatical. And true to their word, the […]

Circling Back to Stephen Drew

In my first ever post for Sports of Boston I wrote about how the Red Sox should bring back Stephen Drew on a two-year deal. Three months later and not much has changed on Drew’s front. His agent Scott Boras is still waiting for a market to materialize and the Red Sox hold all the […]

Offseason Activity Continues as Sox Trade RP Morales to Rockies for IF Hererra

The Boston Red Sox continued its active offseason, despite many media outlets reporting that Ben Cherington’s roster moves were complete. On Wednesday, the Red Sox acquired Jonathan Herrera from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Franklin Morales and minor league reliever Chris Martin. Offensively, Herrera boasted a reliable .292/.336/.364 line in 2013. He has the […]

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 […]

Red Sox Interested in Rafael Furcal

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 […]

Red Sox Add Three to 40-Man Roster, Future Begins to Take Shape

Yesterday, the 20th of November, represented the deadline for Major League teams to finalize their 40-man rosters. For those who are not as familiar with the intricacy of baseball rosters, the 40-man roster represents the players who are eligible to play on the 25-man Major League roster. During the offseason however, the 40-man roster is used to […]

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 […]

Three Keys to the Red Sox Offseason: Ellsbury Decision, Catchers, Napoli

It’s been just over a week since the Red Sox were crowned World Champions and now everyone’s eyes are set towards 2014. There is no doubt that Ben Cherington did a masterful job this year, look at the end result. The question is whether he is capable of a repeat performance. Here are what I […]

The Case for Stephen Drew at Shortstop

Xander Bogaerts is the shortstop of the future. If there was ever any doubt, that was erased with impressive performance during the Red Sox World Series run. That being said, for the next two years Stephen Drew should be manning the shortstop position with Bogaerts playing to his right at third base. Other than his […]

Jonny Gomes Powers Red Sox to Even World Series at 2-2

With two down and two runners on in the sixth inning, Jonny Gomes came up to the plate as Mike Matheny went to his bullpen after Lance Lynn (0-1) allowed a bloop hit to Dustin Pedroia and a four-pitch walk to David Ortiz. The right-handed reliever Seth Maness came in and was locating his sinker […]

Thoughts on Cardinals Walk-off Win Over Red Sox in World Series

The obstruction call was obviously (UNDERSTATEMENT ALERT) the big story from the Cardinals’ walk-off win in Game 3 of the World Series. (If you haven’t already seen it, or you’re into self-flagellation, you can check it out here. Just make sure you’re in a padded room or something. Seriously. That play singlehandedly cost me a […]