// Theo Epstein

David Ortiz Contract Analysis: Big Papi, Big Problem?

This is a big offseason for Big Papi. After down seasons in 2008 and 2009, David Ortiz began 2010 slow. Not just a slump, a deep slumber that saw him hitting just .149/.240/.358/.598 on May 4th. He did have three home runs to his credit, an improvement over his dismal start in 2009, but it […]

Mike Lowell To Retire: The Tale of Two Contracts

Coming off a World Series win with the Marlins in 2003 and a strong season in 2004, Mike Lowell headed into 2005 with high hopes for another big year in south Florida. Instead, he flopped like a fish out of water, bashing just eight home runs in 150 games that season, which turned out to […]

Explaining the Red Sox Inactivity at the Trade Deadline

Every year, on July 31, the trading deadline rolls around. And every year, Red Sox fans start pushing for a trade. Sometimes the trades they advocate are logical such as trading top prospects for a star pitcher such as Roy Halladay. Other times, the proposed trades are inspired by panic. Sox fans hate looking up […]

Texts from Theo: The Mike Lowell Situation Part II

With Daisuke Matsuzaka returning to his role of pitching behind in the count and making it insufferable to watch a Red Sox game, space had to be opened up on the 25-man roster—space made by placing the scarcely used Mike Lowell on the 15-day DL with “hip problems.” Of course no one really thinks Lowell’s […]

Ryan Westmoreland’s Long Road to Recovery

Entering this season, Ryan Westmoreland was considered one of the top two prospects in the Red Sox system by almost every prospect evaluator. In a limited season due to injury, Westmoreland dominated in the New York-Penn League with the Lowell Spinners in his professional debut, despite having little exposure to a high level of pitching […]

Sox Give Rays a Taste of Their Own Medicine

It was a beautiful sight for Red Sox Nation to see them sweep the top team in the AL East this week, but will this 3-game sweep over the Rays be enough to motivate the Sox to keep on trucking up the treacherous AL ladder?

Hey Lowell, Why the Long Face?

Over the past week or so, it’s been made abundantly clear that Mike Lowell is no longer happy in Boston.  It’s sad, but who can blame him?  Lowell has been fighting injury and giving his all to the Red Sox since 2006, and his efforts have not gone unnoticed.  There’s a reason Red Sox Nation […]

Regrets Abound Around Lowell Deal

Deep in his heart of hearts, in his soul of souls, in his auras of auras, Theo Epstein must still be comfortable with his decision to sign Mike Lowell to a three year, $37.5 million dollar contract after the 2007 season, even though at this point it may look like something he regrets. Of course, […]

J.D. Drew: Theo Epstein’s White Knight?

Calling J.D. Drew “easy to hate” may be a bit of an understatement. The soft-spoken right fielder for the Red Sox is entering his fourth season with the club since signing a lucrative five-year, $70 million deal following the 2006 campaign. Since signing that deal, Drew has become a magnet for criticism, whether it be […]

Is Adrian Gonzalez Within the Red Sox Reach?

After beating up on the doormats of the AL East, the Red Sox are finally back to .500 on the season. Despite the recent success, this team has yet to win a series against a winning squad and has exhibited many alarming signs in the early-going. Time to hit the panic button? Not quite, but […]

Time Has Come for Red Sox, Ortiz to Part Ways

By the time the Red Sox were swept by the Tampa Bay Rays Monday afternoon, David Ortiz’s hollow promise was all but forgotten.  After Friday night’s suspended game, Ortiz expressed distress. With 15 strikeouts in 38 at-bats, Ortiz has plenty of reason to be upset. Surprisingly, his struggles were not on his mind. The game […]

With Bay Now in New York, Beltre is the Answer

When the New York Mets signed free agent Jason Bay, initially the optimistic Mets fan in me was ecstatic. A true RBI man and a doubles machine was on his way to New York to wear my team’s orange and blue. Even with the great statistics, Bay brought to the Mets something that scared me: […]

Red Sox to The Future: The Bridge to 2012

Few stories have captured the minds and broken the hearts of Red Sox Nation like Theo Epstein’s fabled “bridge to 2012.” Everything from the signing of Mike Cameron to parting ways with Jason Bay led Sox fans to conclude one thing: rebuilding year. David Ortiz has gotten old, Daisuke Matsuzaka has failed to storm through […]

Hacking Into This Whole ‘Mike Lowell Situation’

One of the most intriguing questions entering Sox spring training is the Mike Lowell situation. With the acquisition of Adrian Beltre, Lowell’s position on the team is now pretty redundant. However, there’s still questions swirling. When will he be traded? Can he? Could he play a different role on the team? Does he want to? […]

Red Sox Sign Jonathan Papelbon to Avoid Arbitration

Theo Epstein managed to avoid arbitration with closer Jonathan Papelbon for the second straight year, signing him to a one-year, $9.35 million deal, with incentives that could bring the total value to $9.5 million. The contract is the highest for a relief pitcher with four years of service or less, eclipsing Eric Gagne’s $8 million […]