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The Sox had a relatively quiet trade deadline today as they only acquired one player in a one for one trade. The Sox acquired left handed reliever Fernando Abad from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league lefty Pat Light.

Abad will help the Sox’s struggling bullpen as left handed hitters have only a .163 batting average off him this season. This is not a big trade but will definitely aid the Sox a little with their pitching situation. But the move that everyone was hoping for was to see another stud pitcher in the starting rotation.

Everyone knows Chris Sale was the talk of the deadline but it was no surprise to me that he stayed with Chicago. A dominant pitcher like him is not going to go anywhere without a very large trade being put in place. It’s a shame the Sox couldn’t snag him because he is just what we are missing.

However, I have to say I am very surprised Andrew Benintendi and Joan Moncada stayed with the AA Portland Sea Dogs. I expected the Sox to move at least one of them in a trade to acquire a starting pitcher. Now that they are staying in the Sox farm system, I don’t know what the Sox are going to do with their starting rotation.

The addition of Drew Pomeranz was viewed as a good move at first but is looking a little shaky right now. Steven Wright has had a couple bad starts lately and David Price is still yet to get into a consistent groove. The only consistent pitcher the Sox have right now is Rick Porcello who quietly has been a stud this year with a 14-2 record.

I don’t know what the Sox are going to do but if they want to be serious contenders for the playoffs, their pitching has to make some adjustments. The AL East and the American League in general is very competitive right now and it’s really a toss up for which teams are going to win the division and the wild card.

Safe to say this trade deadline helped, but it wasn’t enough.

 

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1. Red Sox:

* That’s as exciting as it gets – gotta be longest ball Pedroia has hit

* I know that they won but insane that Leon didn’t pinch hit for Hannigan – they have a 227-point differential in average

* Bogaerts has as good as balance as anyone I’ve seen other than Manny

* The Bogaerts, Bradley, Betts trio is the best young group since Fisk, Evans, Lynn, Rice

* Buchholz last appearance as a Red Sox? Three shutout innings and the win

* That win is up there with the Mother’s Day comeback and the Mugsy Allenson walk off bunt

* I love the energy I saw – Bogaerts leading the charge – even Hanley into it Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Deja Vu in Anaheim, Germans Blowing up Jersey, Patriot Fanatics »

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1. Red Sox:

*I like the crowd camera shots from NESN

* I heard Pedro say the other day that David Price needs a season to get acclimated. So we already bought in that the back end of the contract would be money thrown away – now for $31mm you need a season to get adjusted

* 65% of the remaining games on the road (41 of 63)

* No Excuse – Red Sox have nine of the top 109 paid players in the sport including – Sandoval, Buchholz, Rusney Castillo

* As I’m fast forwarding through the three and half hour games and I see no one has left Fenway – I wonder – don’t these people work

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Sox Done / Celtics 50 Wins – One Playoff Round / Belichick Contract Extension »

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(Ft. Myers, FL, 03/13/15) Boston Red Sox's Yoan Moncada participates during a minor league baseball workout at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers, Florida on Friday, March 13, 2015. Staff photo by Christopher Evans

Today, ESPN’s David Schoenfield released a list of each MLB team’s most untouchable player at the trade deadline. When it came to the Red Sox, some might have said Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts, but Schoenfield listed Yoan Moncada as the Sox’s most untradeable player. Moncada would command a king’s ransom at the deadline, and he is certainly a player that the Sox will be hoping to use next season. When the Cuban signed for $31.5 million, few were expecting him to rise as quickly as he did to Double-A ball, but the 21 year old has shown he is already worth the huge amount of cash.

Moncada is listed as the number 5 prospect in Major League Baseball, and his scouting report draws comparisons to Robinson Cano (with more speed). Paired with Andrew Benintendi, the number 21 overall prospect, the future in Boston is bright.

So, where does that leave the Red Sox next year? Some players and their positions are set in stone, such as Bogaerts at shortstop and JBJ in center. The areas of need, if one is to nitpick, would be left field, third base, and first base.

Continue reading Yoan Moncada and the Red Sox »

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1. Red Sox:

  •  Brad Ziegler so far – 6 innings / 0 runs / 1 hit / 6 K – 0 BB
  • Not a great weekend for Brock Holt – 2-11 with 4 K and was a butcher in the outfield
  • Ton of during-game commercial spots on NESN right now – I’m watching Porcello F bomb the home plate umpire but Dave O’Brien has to do an Irving Fuel promo
  • Red Sox bullpen hurt this year – Kimbrel, Tazawa, Carson Smith, Uehara, Kelly
  • David Price and Pablo Sandoval have 11 combined at bats with 0 hits and 8 strikeouts ($52mm a year)

2. Second basemen:

The height of the best second baseman to play the game (other than Ryne Sandberg) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: David OverPriced, Sunday Bird, Complete Games (Or Not) »

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As the baseball season is at the halfway point we start examining players for baseball’s most prestigious award, the Most Valuable Player. Two Red Sox players are considered to be serious contenders in this year’s insanely competitive AL MVP race. Those two players are Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz. However there are many other great players to consider when talking about the MVP race.

Potential AL MVP Candidates

  • Josh Donaldson
  • Jose Altuve
  • Robinson Cano
  • Mike Trout
  • Manny Machado

Many people put Josh Donaldson at the top of the list right now. Donaldson was the AL MVP last season and is once again having himself a fantastic season. But I personally wouldn’t put him at the top of the list right now. If I had to choose a player right now to be at the top of the AL MVP race I would choose Astros 2B Jose Altuve. Altuve currently leads to MLB with 135 hits and a .358 AVG. Right behind Altuve I would put Ortiz. Ortiz leads the MLB with 34 doubles, a SLG of .665, and an OPS of 1.083.

The only problem with Ortiz is that he’s a DH. Many people use that against him because there are no defensive stats to credit him with. But with the performance David is having at the plate this year makes him a serious contender for the MVP award in his final season.

Do not forget about Xander Bogaerts. He is being viewed as a genuine player to win the award. He is arguably one of the best hitting shortstops in the entire MLB. As of Saturday Xander has 125 hits (3rd in the MLB behind Jose Altuve and Mookie Betts), 23 doubles, 11 home runs, 61 RBIs, .324 AVG, .381 OBP, .469 SLG, and a .850 OPS. Xander is also a very good defensive player with a .973 fielding percentage and only 9 errors in 813 innings.

The AL MVP race is going to be a very competitive one this year because there are so may players that could take the crown. But it is only half way through the season so nobody knows who’s going to stay on track or drop off the candidate list. All I’m saying is to not count the Sox sluggers out of the race, especially Ortiz. Even though he’s a DH, he’s putting up one of the best seasons of his career and has some of the best numbers in the game right now.

Can you imagine a 40 year old in his last season winning an MVP award? We can only hope…

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1. Red Sox:

* What’s going on with the birds behind home plate on the ground

* I think if Travis Shaw gets hot at all you throw him in a package for someone

* NESN should add a segment to their pregame show – called the Panda weigh in

* Does Pedroia get moved in the offseason? Holt, Moncada make it crowded there

* Red Sox record when Holt gets more than one at bat 23-9 (without 31-30)

2. Righties vs Lefties:

So far in major leagues – surprisingly – righty pitchers are more effective than lefties: Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Holt Magic, Brady is Awesome, Exorcist Wicked Scary »

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