1. Red Sox:

* Napoli two hits – trade him

* Buchholz good start Wednesday night – trade him

* Jackie Bradley, who was robbed of the Gold Glove last year, two hits and threw another run out at the plate – give him right field and 200 at bats

* Think about a line up next year with Betts, Holt, Vazquez, Bradley, Bogaerts make a combined $3mm and then Pedroia, Sandoval, Ortiz and Hanley making $70mm.

* When you have to send Rusney Castillo and Joe Kelly down to Pawtucket in the same week – someone should lose their job

* The Red Sox are on pace to win 70 games – that means over the last four years – three of those years are the worst in the last FIFTY years. (70-92 – 2015 / 71-91 – 2014 / 69-93 – 2012) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Hank Finkel – Celtics Nation Turns Its Lonely Eyes To You »

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USA Today Sports/ Mark Konenzy

The long wait for the 16th pick is over and the Celtics have selected Terry Rozier, guard, University of Louisville. With both big men Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor going in the top three and the Lakers making the move to take D’Angelo Russell number two overall, there were few surprises in the top three picks. The rest of the lottery showed many names that fans and experts predicted would be drafted however not necessarily in the order that most had thought. Continue reading Celtics Draft Terry Rozier, R.J. Hunter, Jordan Mickey; Make No Trade »

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Which of these guys will still be on the roster?

The day of the NBA draft has arrived and its bound to bring nation-wide excitement. NBA fans around the league are in store for a night of surprise and elation as they watch their favorite teams draft and trade players in hope of assembling a championship caliber team. Tonight is especially exhilarating for Celtics fans. It is very clear Danny Ainge plans to actively seek trades, and he has openly stated that no one on the roster is considered “untouchable”. The abundance of draft picks and young talent, retention of coveted trade exceptions, and cap room availability have created a lot of opinions about the potential directions Ainge may pursue. No one knows how the night will unfold, but it sure is fun to speculate.

Many expect the Celtics to trade up for a lottery pick in the draft. Earlier this week there were rumors of a trade with the Sixers involving a package that included Marcus Smart in exchange for Nerlens Noel and the third overall draft pick. Continue reading Expect Changes to the Celtics Roster »

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Xander Bogaerts (Getty Images)

Not much has gone well to date for the Red Sox, from their pitching staff to their current standing in the American League East. This might leave some fans looking forward to the All-Star game, and attempting to keep track of who might represent the Red Sox in the Midsummer Classic. While it would be hard to make a case for most of the Red Sox to play in that game, Major League rules dictate that someone from the Red Sox roster be present. With all apologies to Dustin Pedroia (who would likely be going himself if the American League did not feature so many top-tier second basemen), we are here to tell you that Xander Bogaerts is the most deserving Red Sox of an All-Star roster spot. Don’t worry, we will also justify.

Swing the Stick

A quick look at Bogaerts’s triple-slash (.287/.324/.398) might not impress most fans as much as it should. He is carrying a pretty high average, but just an average-ish on-base rate, due mostly to his low walk rate (5%). There is some power (3 HRs), but not a whole lot and it is mostly doubles (12 2Bs, .111 Isolated Slugging) power. Continue reading All-Star Worthy: Xander Bogaerts »

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Talented Red Sox Youth

With the trade deadline a mere month away and the Red Sox in the basement of the American League East, the front office finds themselves in a precarious position. The Red Sox are sitting nine games under .500, but nonetheless are not out of the playoff picture.

The question Red Sox Nation ponders is: where do we go from here? Now nearing the end of June the early seasons optimism has dwindled, but hope remains if changes are made soon. With the ambition of Red Sox Nation diminishing daily, it is time to begin considering how the team will approach the upcoming trade deadline. Continue reading The Red Sox Trade Deadline Playbook »

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Danny Ainge (Photo by Rich Obrey/NBAE via Getty Images)

With the 2015 NBA Draft less than 48 hours away, it appears that draft night is going to be very important for the Celtics once again. The big questions that will continue to lure over the C’s until the draft is underway is what should the Celts do on draft night?

During last year’s draft, there was all kinds of chatter that the C’s were going to trade for a marquee player (aka Kevin Love), instead, they stayed at home and drafted Marcus Smart, (#6) and James Young, (#17). This year’s draft has different feel, but the rumors are swirling as strong as ever. There was even a proposed trade this week, that the C’s were trying to send Smart, and their two first round picks, (#16 and #28), to the Philadelphia 76ers for Nerlens Noel and the #3 pick. The trade offer was rejected by Philly, but this proposal shows that even the Celtics best players may be traded Thursday night. Continue reading What are Viable Options for the Celtics on Draft Night? »

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According to Broderick Turner of the L.A. Times, the Boston Celtics have offered Marcus Smart, their number 16 and 28th picks in the first round, to the Philadelphia 76ers for Nerlens Noel and the third overall pick in Thursday’s annual draft. The 76ers however, decided to decline their offer.

The 76ers already have five picks in the draft this year so it would make sense for them to turn it down. Both the Celtics and 76ers are likely to either trade some of their picks or use some to draft international players that they can stash overseas for a few years while still developing. No team wants to have four or five rookies to start a year. Continue reading Celtics Propose Blockbuster Trade to 76ers »

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