Boston Red Sox News
9-28-15: The Red Sox, who shut down Hanley Ramirez for the season due to a shoulder injury, bounced back from three straight losses at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays to sweep the Baltimore Orioles. Boston completed the sweep in impressive fashion, as the team did not allow the Orioles to score a run in the entire series. Henry Owens threw 7.2 scoreless innings and Blake Swihart homered in Sunday’s 2-0 victory.
9-25-15: The Boston Red Sox enter this week still searching for a GM to replace the recently displaced Ben Cherington for the team. Boston is expecting to interview the Houston Astros director of player development and former Major League player Quinton McCracken. McCracken is 45 years old and spent 12 seasons in the majors and has spent another six seasons with the Astros and the Arizona Diamondbacks in their player development departments. The impressive list of baseball minds that are also in the running for the Red Sox GM job is former Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren, Dan O’Dowd, assistant GM Mike Hazen, current adviser and former Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim GM Jerry Dipoto, Diamondbacks vice president De Jon Watson and the New York Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler. Whoever the Red Sox choose will have to work well under newly hired Dave Dombrowski who was fired himself earlier in the season as the GM for the Detroit Tigers.
9-21-15: For the second consecutive Sunday, Rich Hill gave the Red Sox seven innings with double-digit strikeouts. Although he allowed three runs in the rubber game in Toronto, Boston’s offense got him his first win as a starter since 2009. Jackie Bradley Jr.’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning proved to be the difference in the 4-3 win.
9-18-15: The Boston Red Sox are doing much better in the second half of the 2015 season then they did in the first half giving the team a lot to build off of for the 2016 season. The 2016 season will be the first full season under Dave Dombrowski and Boston is expected to be extremely active once they find a new GM. One of the names that are already being linked to the Red Sox is San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel who is likely to be made available via trade. The Padres asked for Jorge Mateo, a Top Five prospect inside the Yankees farm system, before the July 31st trade deadline so it may cost Brock Holt or a big named prospect for Boston to acquire Kimbrel after another strong season by the right-hander. The biggest hold up for Boston could be the fact that San Diego seems unlikely to reload and sell of major pieces this offseason but the Padres need help at third base, in the outfield and in the rotation so the club may need to trade from a position of power in order to fill those holes. The Red Sox watched as David Ortiz also joined the 500 home run club this week which started the speculation for the long-time Boston DH whether he would be elected to the Hall of Fame or not.
9-14-15: On Saturday, David Ortiz launched the 500th home run of his career as a part of two-home run night in the Red Sox’s 10-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Although he rested the following day, Mookie Betts moved his career-best hitting streak to 18 games in Sunday’s rubber game. Rusney Castillo’s two-run single in the 13th inning proved to be the game-winning hit for the visiting Red Sox.
9-11-15: The Boston Red Sox may be ready to move Joe Kelly into the closer role for 2016 after bringing him back in the second half of this season and watching him pitch well. Koji Uehara was shut down this season with a fractured wrist and at his age he may never recover from the injury or pitch effectively for the remainder of his career with the injury. The Boston rotation may be close to set already with rotation spots basically guaranteed to Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez and Wade Miley already while the team is also expected to make a run at an ace this winter. The Red Sox will likely be involved in the bidding for Johnny Cueto, Jordan Zimmerman, David Price or another big time starting pitcher this winter as the team looks to solidify their starting rotation and avoid another season in 2016 like the team suffered in 2015. Speaking of 2016 the team activated their 2016 starting second baseman Dustin Pedroia this week after the right-hander has spent a nice chunk of time on the disabled list earlier in the season. Pedroia has been fighting with a hamstring injury for much of the second half of the season and is now simply looking to get his work in with his eyes on staying healthy and getting back to being more effective for the 2016 Red Sox.
9-7-15: David Ortiz was back at it again, as he launched his 497th career home run on Sunday. Although he left the game in the fifth inning due to right calf tightness, his two-run home run in the first inning and his sacrifice fly in the next frame were enough for the Red Sox to complete the sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies.
9-4-15: The Boston Red Sox started their week off by announcing their roster moves and September call ups this week. That list of players included reliever Ryan Cook, reliever Noe Ramirez, catcher Sandy Leon and first baseman/outfielder Allen Craig. None of these four players have done much this season for the Red Sox Triple-A farm team but the need for a third catcher and extra arms in the bullpen are never a bad thing to have lying around in September. Boston is hoping that Craig can turn around a couple years of struggles while regaining his long lost power as the Red Sox either look for a taker for the remaining salary on his contract or look to build his trade value for a potential winter deal. Before September call ups and roster expansion the team sent outfielder Alejandro De Aza to the San Francisco Giants just in time for their playoff chase. Left-handed pitcher Luis Ysla will be sent back to Boston in exchange for De Aza from the San Francisco Giants. Boston will pay roughly $650K of De Aza’s remaining salary leaving the Giants little to nothing in terms of salary for De Aza’s 2015 season. De Aza struggled before being traded to Boston but will take his .292/.347/.484 in 178 plate appearances for the Red Sox since the trade and will look to bring that hot bat to right field as the Giants look to replace Hunter Pence who has been on the disabled list for a couple weeks now.
8-31-15: The Red Sox went into Sunday as winners of their last three games and 10 of their last 15, but Wade Miley allowed four runs, and the Red Sox offense was only able to come back a couple times in the final game of their three-game series at Citi Field. On the bright side, David Ortiz hit his 494th home run of his career in the 5-4 loss.
8-28-15: The Boston Red Sox are not close to getting ace starting pitcher Clay Buchholz back any time soon and may not see him on a professional mound again this season. Buchholz left a start against the New York Yankees before the All-Star break and was placed on the 60 day DL with a right elbow strain that still ails him. Interim manager Torey Lovullo stated that Buchholz feels well enough to begin a throwing program but the team has not allowed it yet while they continue to evaluate him on a daily basis. Boston may opt to hold Buchholz out for the remainder of the season while keeping their eye on the 2016 season. Speaking of the 2016 season the trade of Mike Napoli to the Texas Rangers makes a lot more sense now that the Red Sox announced that current left fielder Hanley Ramirez would be playing first base in 2016. Ramirez will play first base and receive throws from third baseman Pablo Sandoval as long as neither is traded before the end of the August 31st revocable trade waiver deadline. Both have been placed on revocable waivers and both have since cleared opening the doors for a potential trade of either man to any team for the remainder of the 2015 season.
8-24-15: On Sunday, Junichi Tazawa really struggled, as he blew his sixth save of the season. After Eduardo Rodriguez allowed just two earned runs and three Boston bullpen arms threw two scoreless innings, Tazawa allowed four earned runs on six hits in the 8-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Saturday and Sunday were the first two losses of Dave Dombrowski’s tenure as the Red Sox’s president of baseball operations.
8-21-15: The Boston Red Sox announced this week that the shakeup of the organization was in full effect this week when the team announced that Ben Cherington would no longer be the GM of the team. Depending on where you get your information from either Cherington was fired or stepped down from the position but either way the removal of Cherington allowed the team to sign Dave Dombrowski and put him in the President of Baseball Operations position. Dombrowski will hire a GM before the winter and the first potential replacement to be named was former Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren. The good news for Boston is that Dombrowski has been a winner everywhere he has gone but the bad news for the Red Sox is it usually came at the expense of the team’s prospects. Dombrowski is known for trading his prospects away for established talent and will take over the Major League Baseball’s best and deepest farm system in Boston. Dombrowski already mentioned the teams depth at center field, catcher and shortstop would could be a bit of foreshadowing to a trade or two this season or this winter.
8-18-15: Last Friday, John Farrell revealed that he has Stage 1 lymphoma and is stepping away from managing the Red Sox for the rest of 2015. The rest of Major League Baseball stood by him, and the Red Sox showed passion on the field over the weekend, as they scored a combined 45 runs in their series victory over the Seattle Mariners. However, the Red Sox fell to the Cleveland Indians on Monday, 8-2.
8-14-15: The Boston Red Sox started this week off by sending off one of their core players and longest tenured players on the team to the Texas Rangers in veteran Mike Napoli. In exchange for Napoli the Rangers gave the Red Sox cash considerations or a player to be named later while the Boston sent cash back in the deal to Texas to offset some of Napoli’s remaining salary on his deal. Napoli was set to make $16 million in 2015 and Texas is on the hook for just $1.5 million of it after the trade and the cash from Ben Cherington and company. Napoli will look to add some right-handed power to a Texas Rangers team that finds themselves just 2.5 games out of a Wild Card playoff spot while Boston will benefit from the open roster spot and salary relief going forward and beyond. Napoli is gone and so is closer Koji Uehara, but for an entirely different reason. While Napoli was traded away from the team Uehara’s season ended after fracturing his wrist. Uehara is expected to make a full recovery from the wrist injury which is encouraging for Boston since the now 40 year old closer is under contract for not only the 2015 season but the 2016 season as well.
8-7-15: The Boston Red Sox attempted to make a few trades before the July 31st trade deadline including seeing the team make a run at the Cleveland Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, the San Diego Padres closer Craig Kimbrel and the Padres ace Tyson Ross but the team was unable to make any major trades before the deadline. Instead the team had to settle for the relatively minor trades of Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for infielder Josh Rutledge and the acquisition of relief pitcher Ryan Cooke from the Oakland Athletics while designating Daniel Nava for assignment. Jemile Weeks was also designated for assignment right around the deadline after the team was able to strike a deal with recently designated reliever Jean Machi from the San Francisco Giants. The Red Sox finished their week off by placing Mike Napoli, Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt, Hanley Ramirez, Craig Breslow and Justin Masterson on August revocable waivers. If these players clear waivers they can be traded to any team for the remainder of the 2015 season.
8-7-15: After the Red Sox lost the first game of their three-game series on Tuesday in New York, Steven Wright helped the team bounce back with eight innings of one-run ball in the Red Sox’s 2-1 victory over the Yankees. However, the Red Sox left nine men on base on Thursday and scratched across just one run in the 2-1 rubber game loss.
8-3-15: Although the Red Sox’s only trade around the deadline brought in reliever Ryan Cook, they had a busy week. On Tuesday, the team retired Pedro Martinez’s No. 45, but John Farrell’s squad lost the game and Mookie Betts to the seven-day concussion disabled list. On Saturday, the Red Sox announced that COO Sam Kennedy will replace Larry Lucchino as the team president and CEO at the end of the season. That day, the Red Sox won their third straight game before losing Sunday.
7-31-15: The Boston Red Sox came into this final week before the July 31st trading deadline as big time sellers in the market. The Red Sox wasted no time selling this week when the team sent outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Boston gave up Victorino who is expected to platoon in the Los Angeles outfield with Matt Joyce while the Angels gave up infielder Josh Rutledge. To make the deal work for the cash strapped Angels the Red Sox will pay all but $1.1 million of Victorino’s $4.9 million salary remaining in 2015. With the deal in the books the Red Sox will now call up outfielder Rusney Castillo to take the roster spot vacated by Victorino. Boston didn’t make any other notable deals before the deadline and will instead stand pat with their eyes looking towards the 2016 season. Boston had preliminary discussions on many trade targets including Craig Kimbrel, Tyson Ross, Carlos Carrasco, Aroldis Chapman and Cole Hamels.
7-27-15: Although Dustin Pedroia landed back on the disabled list due to his right hamstring issue, the Red Sox were able to bounce back from their season-worst eight-game losing streak by taking two of three games from the Detroit Tigers. In Sunday’s rubber match, David Ortiz drove in a career-best seven runs, as he slugged two home runs, and the Red Sox won, 11-1.
7-24-15: The Boston Red Sox now have a double-digit deficit in the American League East Division race after the New York Yankees seemingly put the nail in their 2015 season coffin just before the All-Star break. Boston will likely be sellers or stand pat at the July 31st trading deadline but the former seems more likely than the latter at this point. The Red Sox have already been shopping right fielder Shane Victorino to the New York Mets although their GM Sandy Alderson has expressed zero interest in the Red Sox right fielder. In the same breath the Red Sox have also been one of the more aggressive teams to pursue the Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels and their closer Jonathan Papelbon. Boston may also be interested in acquiring the Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto despite the fact that he is a true rental at this point in the season. Boston is using the line of thinking that acquiring Cueto for the second half of the 2015 season may give them an inside edge at signing him for the 2016 season and beyond when the right-hander hits free agency. The Red Sox have struggled out of the gate in the second half leaving many to wonder what direction this team is truly going in going forward.
7-21-15: The Red Sox could not have played much worse in their four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Although Boston got Dustin Pedroia back from his hamstring injury on Friday, he did not get a hit in his 14 at-bats in the series. John Farrell’s squad will look to bounce back in Houston after the Angels swept the Red Sox.
7-17-15: The Boston Red Sox have not had an ace starting pitcher at all this season and once Clay Buchholz began to look like he was willing to step up and take that role by the horns he left a start against the New York Yankees with an elbow injury. Buchholz has been diagnosed with elbow tightness and a right flexor strain and while he doesn’t have ligament damage he could be on the disabled list for quite a while. In a corresponding roster move the team called up Brian Johnson while designating Dalier Hinojosa for assignment to clear a 40 man roster spot for Johnson. Hinojosa was signed to a hefty $4.25 million minor league contract before the 2014 season out of Cuba but has struggled since then and is likely to clear waivers and accept an assignment to the minor leagues. The Red Sox have struggled as well for much of this season but the team headed into the All-Star Break trailing the first place Yankees by just 6.5 games. The Red Sox are in last place in the American League East Division and are a good couple of weeks away from going worst to first in the division showcasing the parity, or mediocrity depending on how you look at it, in the American League this season.
7-13-15: With their loss on Sunday, the Red Sox were unable to win their fifth consecutive series heading into the All-Star break. Boston, which expects to get Dustin Pedroia back from a strained right hamstring on Friday, was without David Ortiz on Sunday due to an illness and lost the rubber game to the New York Yankees, 8-6.
7-8-15: On Tuesday, the Red Sox defeated the Miami Marlins, 4-3, to win their third consecutive contest and move to just five games below .500 on the season. Although Boston went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position in the contest, one of those hits was Xander Bogaerts’ bases-clearing single in the seventh inning to give the Red Sox the lead for good.
7-3-15: The Boston Red Sox announced the signings of two of their top draft picks from the 2015 MLB First Year Player’s Draft when the team announced the signings of Andrew Benintendi and Austin Rei. Benintendi was drafted 7th overall in the draft and received a full slot deal worth $3,590,400 after the left-handed swinging outfielder was drafted out of the University of Arkansas. Rei was the team’s third round pick this season and also signed a full slot deal worth $724,400. Rei, a catcher, was drafted 81st overall in the draft out of the University of Washington. While the Red Sox added Rei and Benintendi to the organization the team was also second guessing themselves in regards to the trade that sent John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals and the free agent signings of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Many around the league and inside the organization have compared the Ramirez and Sandoval signings to the Adrian Gonzalez and Carlo Crawford signings and extensions from 2011 while the Lackey trade looks worse and worse by the day. The Red Sox received RHP Joe Kelly and OF Allen Craig from St. Louis in the deal for Lackey and while Kelly and Craig are currently in the minor leagues due to their struggles Lackey is thriving for the best team in baseball while making just $500K in salary.
6-30-15: Clay Buchholz threw eight innings of one-run ball en route to the Red Sox’s 3-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre on Monday. Mookie Betts and Alejandro De Aza both tripled in the win. De Aza, who went 3-for-4, registered nine hits, including five extra-base ones, in his last five games.
6-16-15: The Red Sox enter Tuesday’s late afternoon game with a seven-game losing streak. On Monday, Rick Porcello lost his fifth consecutive starts after his team was 5-0 in his five previous appearances. On the bright side, Pablo Sandoval had his 200th double and 1,000th hit of his career in Monday’s loss.
6-8-15: Although the Red Sox were floundering over the last few weeks, they bounced back to sweep the Oakland Athletics over the weekend. On Sunday, Boston completed the series with a seven-run eighth inning to win, 7-4. Last week, the Red Sox also made a move, as they acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza and cash considerations from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for right-hander Joe Gunkel.
6-5-15: The Boston Red Sox called up one of their top prospects this week in Eduardo Rodriguez who allowed the team to go with a six man rotation for at least two turns through the order. Rodriguez threw 7.2 shutout innings in his major league debut last week and will get at least one more shot this week as Boston looks to drop their rotation back down to five pitchers in the month of June. Another addition to the team was outfielder Alejandro De Aza who was acquired off release waivers from their American League East rivals the Baltimore Orioles. Joe Gunkel was sent back to Baltimore in the trade in return for De Aza’s services and some cash considerations to offset his contract for the 2015 season. Brandon Workman was transferred to the 60 day DL to make room on the 40 man roster for De Aza as he enters the Red Sox outfield rotation that includes Carlos Peguero, Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Rusney Castillo, Daniel Nava and Shane Victorino. Both Nava and Victorino are currently on the disabled list giving De Aza plenty of opportunities to make his name in Fenway Park and Boston.
6-1-15: After a 1-6 road trip, the Red Sox look to turn their season around with a seven-game homestand. Before the last-place Red Sox get to face the last-place Oakland Athletics, Boston has to host the American League Central-leading Minnesota Twins for a four-game series. They are playing a doubleheader on Wednesday after Monday’s rainout.
5-30-15: The Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is struggling from the right side of the plate this season so much that the switch hitter is considering hitting from the left side exclusively for the remainder of the 2015 season. This line of thinking has to be concerning for the Red Sox after the team signed the slugger to a five year deal worth $95 million just five short months ago. Sandoval is not alone in worrying the team that took chances on him recently as the entire Red Sox rotation is in the middle of a season long slump currently. Joe Kelly, Rick Porcello, Justin Masterson and others have been consistent all season long, consistently inconsistent and consistently bad for the third place Red Sox team. Another problem the team has faced all season is their lack of consistency from their outfielders, especially left handed outfielders, forcing the team to acquire left handed outfielder Carlos Peguero from the Texas Rangers for cash considerations or a player to be named later. The team adds Peguero to a right handed heavy outfield and could be a precursor to a move that send Daniel Nava off the team to potentially add a starting pitcher, maybe Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies.
5-25-15: Mike Napoli just cannot be stopped recently: after hitting four home runs in his first 36 games of 2015, he slugged four homers in the Red Sox’s three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. He went 2-for-3, scored two runs and drove in four runs on Sunday in the team’s 6-1 win. He has the Boston offense rolling, as the Red Sox won two of their three games against the Angels.
5-18-15: Although the Red Sox fell, 5-0, on Sunday in the series finale at Safeco Field, Boston split the series with the Seattle Mariners. The Red Sox had just two at-bats with runners in scoring position on Sunday, as they fell to 18-20 on the season. Also, Boston is nearing a minor league deal with Cuban second baseman Yoilan Cerse, who is very good at making contact.
5-11-15: The Red Sox snapped their three-game losing streak on Sunday, as they got out of their offensive funk and beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-3, at the Rogers Centre. Mike Napoli and Pablo Sandoval each homered in the win. Boston, which had been struggling before the victory, fired pitching coach Juan Nieves last week and replaced him with Carl Willis over the weekend.
5-4-15: Over the weekend, the Red Sox suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of the rival New York Yankees, and Boston finds itself with a 12-13 record for the second consecutive season. The Red Sox had won the first game of all seven of their series in 2015 until they lost Friday’s contest to the Yankees.
4-28-15: The Red Sox bounced back from losses on Saturday and Sunday in Baltimore to win, 6-5, behind Mookie Betts’ walkoff single and Pablo Sandoval’s deep fourth-inning solo home run. The Red Sox scored four unanswered runs on Monday against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays en route to Boston’s second walkoff victory of the season. Unfortunately, Sandoval left the game with neck soreness.
4-21-15: After struggling to score on Saturday and Sunday, the Red Sox salvaged a split with the Baltimore Orioles in their four-game series with a rain-shortened 7-1 victory in Boston’s annual Patriots’ Day game on Monday. Last Friday, Xander Bogaerts had his first career walk-off hit, as the Red Sox defeated the Orioles, 3-2.
4-14-15: In front of a sellout crowd, the Red Sox defeated the Washington Nationals, 9-4. Boston moved to 5-2 on the young season, as Mookie Betts and David Ortiz both hit home runs in the victory. Betts also robbed a home run, stole two bases on one pitch and drove in four runs in the home opener. Rick Porcello, who signed a four-year, $82.5 contract extension through 2019 last week, threw eight innings and allowed three earned runs in the win.
4-7-15: Hanley Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia each hit two home runs in Monday’s Opening Day game, as the Red Sox dominated the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-0. In addition, Mookie Betts
became the youngest Red Sox player to hit an Opening Day home run since 1965. Clay Buchholz threw seven shutout innings and had nine strikeouts in the win.
3-31-15: On Sunday, the Red Sox named Clay Buchholz as their Opening Day starter. In other pitching news, Boston unfortunately is not optimistic about Koji Uehara’s Opening Day status. His left hamstring injury has hampered him since making three spring training appearances. On Friday, Mookie Betts continued his strong spring with his second home run.
3-24-15: Rusney Castillo hit a three-run home run in his spring training debut and tripled the next
day. However, the Red Sox are dealing with some injuries. Last week, David Ortiz sat
out due to dehydration, and general soreness is expected to keep him out of the lineup
until Thursday. Meanwhile, Mike Napoli is dealing with right ankle soreness.
3-18-15: Last week, the Red Sox officially signed infielder Yoan Moncada to a minor league contract. They are sending the $63 million 19-year-old to low Single-A to play second base. Then on Monday, Joe Kelly left his Grapefruit League start against the New York
Mets due to mild biceps tightness, and the Red Sox are expected to push back his next start.
3-3-15: Switch-hitting seems to be an important topic of concern for the Red Sox’s spring training in Fort Myers, Florida. The team expects Shane Victorino to resume switch-hitting this season. In 2013, the veteran outfielder decided to stop switch-hitting after he felt thumb and hamstring injuries. In addition, Daniel Nava is considering giving up switch-hitting to hit from just the left side of the plate.
2-24-15: There were quite a few important Red Sox signings recently. Cuban infield prospect Yoan Moncada agreed with Boston on a $31.5 million bonus, by far the highest for an international amateur player. In addition, manager John Farrell received a contract extension through 2017, and general manager Ben Cherington received an extension, but the terms of his deal were not released.
2-17-15: Last week, the Red Sox, who are looking into playing an exhibition game in Cuba during this year’s spring training, signed right-handed pitcher Jess Todd to a minor league contract. Todd pitched 72 solid innings in relief for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate in 2014. In addition, Mookie Betts came to camp with a large amount of added muscle, as he readies for 2015.
2-9-15: The Red Sox’s remodeled rotation includes former Arizona Diamondback left-hander
Wade Miley, who recently signed a three-year, $19.25 million extension with a $12 million club option in 2018 to avoid arbitration. Mike Napoli, who recently had a bimaxillary advancement procedure to address his sleep apnea, hit in the batting cages on Friday, as he readies himself for April.
2-5-15: The Boston Red Sox only won 71 games in 2014, just a year after winning the World Series in 2013. However, Boston finished dead last in the AL East last season and some offseason moves were definitely needed. The Red Sox did not disappoint their fans, acquiring two big name players in third baseman Pablo Sandoval for a five-year deal and outfielder Hanley Ramirez on a four-year deal. The Red Sox most definitely want to get back into title contention with all their activity this offseason. The demand for Red Sox tickets is high, currently at an average price of $137.46 on the secondary market for the 2015 season at Fenway Park. The home opener on April 13 against the Nationals have tickets at a current secondary average price of $233.47, with a get-in price of $86.
10-1-14: It was clear early in the season that there would be no repeat for the Red Sox in 2014. A 71-win season is rare territory for the Red Sox, but the front office has done an excellent job of setting the team up to compete in 2015. By parting with Jon Lester, the club was able to bring in Yoenis Cespedes from Oakland. Cespedes has provided instant pop to a lineup that needed some desperately. Boston also added Rusney Castillo on a seven-year, $72.5 million deal at the end of August. The 27-year-old Cuban offers plenty of potential. Heck, they still may sign Jon Lester in the offseason who is set to become a free agent.
9-30-14: The Boston Red Sox are frustrated with Will Middlebrooks and his roster spot may in jeopardy with the Red Sox in 2015. Middlebrooks has been slowed for parts of two seasons now with multiple injuries and has been unwilling to participate in winter ball in any season in the majors. Its players like Middlebrooks, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, and Mookie Betts among others that doomed the Red Sox 2014 season as Boston put too much stock into prospects this season. When key veterans like Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia went on the disabled list with injuries the Red Sox did not have the depth or the prospects to adequately fill in the gaps resulting in a last place finish in the American League East. All the losing now has recently acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes second guessing a potential contract extension with Boston past the 2015 season. Cespedes went from a playoff team in the Oakland Athletics to the last place Boston Red Sox and may search for a better chance to win after his contract runs out after next season. The good news for Boston going forward is they have a young nucleus and a ton of money to spend this offseason to improve the team much like they did before the 2013 season after a disappointing 2012 campaign. Boston finished the 2014 season with a 71-91 record and will not be in the 2014 postseason.
9-25-14: The Pirates swept Boston last week, but the Red Sox rallied to take two out of three from the Orioles. With three home runs and five RBI last week, David Ortiz has pulled into four-way tie for third in the league in homers (35) and fifth in RBI (104). His 35 home runs represent his highest single-season total since 2007, when he also hit 35 bombs.
9-23-14: The Boston Red Sox have been using the September call ups to evaluate their future, specifically on the pitching side of things, as the club looks towards 2015. The Red Sox have never shied away from placing a starting pitcher that is struggling into the bullpen to try and get the most out of them, see Andrew Miller for a recent example, and that same recipe for success may be on the way for more young arms in Boston. Prospects Brandon Workman looks to already be headed to the Red Sox bullpen as soon as 2015 and may be joined by Allen Webster, Anthony Ranuado, and Rubby De La Rosa in the near future. Boston may be making room in the rotation for the next pitcher to come to the United States from Japan in Kenta Maeda. The 26 year old right hander is expected to be posted by his team this offseason after posting a 2.71 ERA this season for the Hiroshima Carp. Speaking of international free agent signings the Red Sox got a glimpse at Cuban defecting outfielder Rusney Castillo this week as he made his major league debut with Boston.
9-18-14: The Red Sox are still making noise despite being well out of contention. They took three of four from the Royals over the weekend to knock them out of the top spot in the AL Central standings. Xander Bogaerts has struggled this season for Boston, but has been picking up the pace this month. In 61 at-bats, Bogaerts is hitting .377 with four home runs and 11 RBI. They have dropped one game to the Pirates this week as they look to avoid reaching the 90-loss mark for just the 17th time in their storied history.
9-16-14: The Boston Red Sox traded away left handed relief pitcher Andrew Miller at the July 31 trading deadline to the Baltimore Orioles but learned this week they may get the southpaw back this winter if they choose to. Miller expressed an interest in returning to Boston this winter after posting a 2.09 ERA and 14.3 K/9 ratio in 2014 to date. The Red Sox long time DH David Ortiz made news this week by announcing that when he decided to retire that he would not have a farewell tour like the Yankees Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera and the Braves Chipper Jones. Ortiz is signed through the 2015 season and does not know how long he will play after his current contract expires but did announce that he would announce any retirement in the offseason. The Red Sox also learned this week that they are likely without second baseman Dustin Pedroia for the remainder of the 2014 season but not all news coming out of Boston this week is grim as the team has announced a big spending spree is on the horizon for the 2015 season.
9-12-14: Boston is not in a position to contend themselves this season, but they are still capable of playing spoiler. Their series win over the Blue Jays this past weekend put a damper on Toronto’s playoff hopes. All of their remaining games, aside from a three-game series with Tampa Bay, are against contenders. It could be a role they will relish down the stretch. Mookie Betts is showing that he can play the everyday centerfield spot. He’ll compete next season with Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rusney Castillo for the everyday job.
9-9-14: The Boston Red Sox announced that third baseman Will Middlebrooks will be sent to play winter ball this season as the team hopes he can get back on track offensively. Many teams have called GM Ben Cherington about the availability of the soon to be 26 year old third baseman and Cherington has shown unwillingness to give away Middlebrooks in a trade. Cherington also announced that Cuban defecting outfielder Rusney Castillo is expected to make his major league debut with Boston sometime this month as he begins his professional career in the United States. The Red Sox will have a crowded outfield and center field position with Castillo joining the likes of Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. in the Boston outfield. With Yoenis Cespedes presumably manning left field for the team in 2015 and Shane Victorino coming back healthy next year to play right field the Red Sox may be forced to trade one of Betts or Bradley Jr. this winter to make room.
9-4-14: The Red Sox finished August on a high note, taking series on the road from the Toronto Blue
Jays and Tampa Bay Rays, and they now have a 5.5-game gap to close between them and the
Rays if they want to avoid finishing in last place. This year was a mirage for the Red Sox who
will almost certainly rebound next season. With David Ortiz, Yoenis Cespedes, and Mike Napoli
and company, the Sox should have a better year next season. They will also be active in the
offseason for acquiring a top line starting pitcher.
9-2-14: The Boston Red Sox signed highly sought after Cuban defecting free agent Rusney Castillo last week and this week Castillo obtained a work visa and has been cleared to play with the club. It has yet to be reported whether the Red Sox will call up Castillo to play this season in the majors or not but the work visa was a major obstacle in Boston’s way so this is exciting news for Red Sox fans. The Red Sox placed a few of their younger players on revocable waivers this week in Jackie Bradley Jr., Anthony Ranuado, Drake Britton, and Bryce Brentz although none of the four are expected to be traded before the month is over. One trade the Red Sox did pull off was sending struggling infielders Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar to the Baltimore Orioles for infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus. Weeks was a former first round pick of the Oakland Athletics and was the most notable piece traded to the Orioles in the Jim Johnson trade.
8-27-14: The Red Sox have now won two straight games over the Blue Jays this week. Prior to that, they were in midst of an MLB-high eight-game losing streak. Rusney Castillo, a highly sought-after Cuban outfielder agreed to a seven-year, $72.5 million deal with Boston last week. The 27-year-old is expected to make his way onto the Red Sox roster at some point this year. He joins Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts in the running for the center field job.
8-26-14: The Boston Red Sox along with the Detroit Tigers were said to be the frontrunners for the services of Cuban defecting outfielder Rusney Castillo. It was rumored last week that Castillo would likely command a five year deal in the $50 million - $60 million range. The Red Sox ultimately blew that out of the water when they signed Castillo to a seven year deal worth an estimated $72 million with a limited no trade clause. The first year of the deal is 2014 so essentially this is a six year deal with a $5.2 million signing bonus that will be paid in 2014. Castillo’s salary for the 2014 season is essentially $100K which will help the Red Sox in the luxury tax department for the next six seasons. Castillo can also opt out after his sixth season, the 1919 season, and become a free agent a season early if he so chooses. Boston was thought to have gotten a great deal for Castillo considering the seventh year and the opt out clause and garnered praise from around the league.
8-20-14: The Red Sox have been playing pretty good baseball of late as they’re 5-5 in their ten games, and if nothing else they should be in a good position to play the spoiler role the rest of the way out. They have dropped two straight to the Angels, but David Ortiz made history last week with his 400th home run as a member of the Red Sox.
8-19-14: The Boston Red Sox told Jon Lester that the team was going to be aggressive this offseason when it comes to free agents Lester told reporters in a post-game interview. Lester left the door open to return to Boston after being traded to Oakland if the team does what they told the lefty they would do and if it made him and his family happy. The Red Sox are looking at making the latest defecting Cuban player Rusney Castillo happy in Boston as well as the team looks to be very aggressive in bringing in the 27 year old outfielder. Boston will have some competition, namely from the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees, for Castillo’s services Boston could offer more playing time for Castill this season than either of the aforementioned teams could.
8-13-14: The biggest focus for Boston the rest of the season will be on evaluating their crop of young starting pitchers as they look ahead to their 2015 rotation. Edwin Escobar, Allen Webster, Brandon Workman and Rubby De La Rosa are all currently on the big league roster, while Anthony Ranaudo made his debut earlier this month. Henry Owens, Eduardo Rodriguez and Matt Barnes, all should debut at some point in 2015. There is still an outside possibility that Jon Lester resigns with Boston in the offseason.
8-12-14: The Boston Red Sox learned that they would lose outfielder Shane Victorino for the remainder of the 2014 season after he required a season ending lumbar disectomy surgery this week. Victorino only played in 30 games total this season and will look to get healthy for his final season under contract with Boston for the 2015 season. The Red Sox lost one of the key pieces in Allen Craig that they acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals at the trading deadline to a foot injury. The Red Sox placed Kelly Johnson and Craig Breslow on waivers this week and may look to trade both this month. Johnson was traded to Boston from the New York Yankees for Stephen Drew and hit .290/.314/.373 this season on a one year deal. Breslow has a 5.01 ERA but throws from the left side and that is generally enough to keep a southpaw in the major leagues.
8-6-14: Boston starter Rubby De La Rosa surrendered just one run on six hits over six innings of work Tuesday night in St. Louis but it wasn’t enough as the Red Sox fell to the Cardinals 3-2. Boston has now lost three in a row. Newly acquired OF Allen Craig was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore ankle. Boston has recalled knuckleball specialist Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket.
8-5-14: The Boston Red Sox held a fire sale at Fenway Park this week as the July 31st trading deadline came and passed. The Red Sox started the day off with possibly the biggest blockbuster of the season trading ace starting pitcher Jon Lester, cash, and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a competitive balance pick for 2015. The Red Sox then traded away pitcher John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for relief pitcher Joe Smith and first baseman and outfielder Allen Craig. The Red Sox sent a third pitcher in Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later. The player to be named later is likely to be contingent on the 2015 Rule 5 Draft. The Red Sox are likely to get Lester back in the winter before 2015 so trading him away for Cespedes who is under team control for the 2015 season makes a ton of sense for Boston and GM Ben Cherington.
7-30-14: The Boston Red Sox are one of many teams that will be in attendance when Cuban defecting outfielder Rusney Castillo holds a showcase for major league teams. Castillo has drawn comparisons to the Yankees Brett Gardner with more speed and power. Castillo is 27 years old and is considered to be major league ready now even though he may only project to be a fourth outfielder when it’s all said and done. The Red Sox need reinforcements as they sit in last place in the American League East before they start selling at next week’s trading deadline. Jake Peavy is still said to be available in trades as the St. Louis Cardinals are the leaders for his services. Boston is also said to be interested in trading away Stephen Drew although they have not received much interest for the struggling shortstop.
7-28-14: The Red Sox were looking great right after the All-Star break, but have looked horrendous since. They won their first game of their seven-game road trip, but have dropped their last four contests to fall to 47-56 on the season. While the team has not been winning much this past week, David Ortiz did hit a home run in three straight games.
7-24-14: Boston set season-highs in runs, hits (18) and home runs (4) on Monday versus Toronto in a 14-1 victory, but couldn't duplicate that output against Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ on Tuesday. Boston could only muster seven hits and no runs in six innings against Happ and ultimately fell to Toronto 7-3. Jake Peavy took the loss for Boston and is now 1-9 on the year. Peavy lost for the ninth time in 15 starts and has not won since beating Toronto on April 25. He allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. Boston went 1-9 with men in scoring position Tuesday.
7-21-14: The Boston Red Sox have slipped all the way to last place in the American League East and have fallen 7.5 games behind the first place Baltimore Orioles in the division. The down season and fan pressure may force the hand of the Red Sox in the Jon Lester extension talks. Ben Cherington is still reportedly undecided on whether to buy or sell at this year’s trading deadline which is slowing down any potential extension talks with Lester. If the Red Sox decide to sell players like Lester, Andrew Miller, and Koji Uehara could fetch a ton as far as prospects go for Boston’s future. One player who is not part of the Red Sox future is AJ Pierzynski who has been released by the Red Sox to end the week.
7-19-14: Although Jon Lester did not look good in the All-Star Game, the American League was still victorious. Then, the defending champions continued their recent success in regular-season play on Friday with a comeback victory. They were down by three runs until Xander Bogaerts and Jonny Gomes each hit two-run home runs in the sixth inning to lead them to the 5-4 win against the Kansas City Royals. Earlier in the week, the Red Sox acquired Ryan Verdugo from the Royals for cash considerations.
7-15-14: The Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell has decided to use one of his own in Koji Uehara to replace the injured and ineligible Masahiro Tanaka on the American League’s All Star Game roster. Uehara will become the second member of the defending World Series champions, joining Jon Lester, to make the squad this year. One man that will not make the All Star Game this season is AJ Pierzynski as he has been designated for assignment by the Red Sox. Top catching prospect Christian Vasquez now has a wide open trail to the major leagues with Pierzynski off the radar for Boston. The Red Sox are still hoping to keep their ace starting pitcher Jon Lester and have had ongoing discussions internally and seem primed to offer Lester a new, and increased, contract sheet offer to keep the left hander in Boston.
7-14-14: The suddenly youthful Red Sox might attempt to make a mid-season charge in the American League East. They have won three consecutive games to move out of the cellar of the division. Their winning streak is the longest current one in the division, and it consists of two walkoff victories along with a blowout of the Houston Astros.
7-10-14: The World Champs struggles continue. Boston snapped White Sox pitchers' streak of 22 scoreless innings Tuesday night, but that wasn’t enough as Boston fell to Chicago 8-3. The BoSox have now lost for the seventh time in eight games as the defending World Series champions remained in last place in the AL East. The Sox are also the lowest scoring team in the American League.
7-7-14: The Red Sox had an odd week with regard to their results as they took two of three games from the New York Yankees and were swept by the Chicago Cubs, but Boston’s offense continues to be nonexistent. It occasionally comes alive, but John Farrell’s bats were the worst of any American League team in June. The defending World Series champions are not looking like they will be making back-to-back postseason appearances.
7-3-14: Boston continued struggled offensively one night after getting no hits against Cubs Jake Arrieta for 7 2/3 innings as they fell to Chicago 2-1 on Tuesday night. Despite their lack of offense recently, their dominant home pitching continues. For the 14th straight game at Fenway, the Red Sox allowed no more than three runs, extending their franchise record. The last longer streak in the American League was 15 games by the Chicago White Sox in 1966. Xander Bogaerts’ struggles continue as he is now hitless in his last 19 at-bats. The Sox are 7 ½ games back of Toronto.
7-2-14: The Boston Red Sox are pondering the idea of trading soon to be free agent Jon Lester and opening a rotation spot for Rubby De La Rosa. Lester is 30 years old and in the middle of one of his best seasons of his career at the perfect time. Lester will be a free agent after the 2014 season and is likely to refuse to talk another extension until after the season is over. The Red Sox are open to talking a new contract now before exploring a trade. De La Rosa was with the club this week before being sent down to make room for outfielder Mookie Betts. Betts was the Red Sox top prospect still in the minor leagues after being drafted in the fifth round in the 2011 draft. Fellow top prospect Christian Vazquez has also been called up to help with the backstop duties and even collected his first Major League hit over the weekend against the New York Yankees.
6-30-14: It has been a frustrating June for the defending World Series champions. They remain near the bottom of the American League East, but did get a much-needed victory on Wednesday in Seattle. After the Red Sox lost the first two games of their series with the Mariners, they activated Clay Buchholz from the disabled list and started him that evening. Buchholz allowed four runs over 7.1 innings in Boston’s 5-4 win, but the Sox dropped Friday’s game at Yankees Stadium, 6-0.
6-26-14: The Red Sox struggles continued Tuesday night in Seattle as the Mariners hit two homers and gave Boston its fifth loss in six games. Boston starter Jake Peavy, who dropped to 1-6 on the year, has now allowed 16 homers in 16 starts this season. He was pulled by John Farrell in the fifth inning and the seven earned runs he gave up were a season high. Peavy has nowlost six straight decisions. In the 11 starts since his only victory back on April 25th, Peavy has left the mound with the lead only once.
6-24-14: The Boston Red Sox signed their first round pick, 26th overall, Michael Chavis to a full slot deal worth $1,870,500 to begin his professional career and forego his commitment to Clemson University. Chavis possesses a few tools including his arm and versatility and can play any of third base, second base, left field, or catcher for Boston as a professional. The Red Sox also signed compensation pick, 33rd overall, Michael Kopech to an under slot deal worth $1.5 million. The Red Sox also designated outfielder Grady Sizemore for assignment and subsequently released the center fielder after struggling for most of the season. The Red Sox activated Felix Doubront off the disabled list and looks to get back into the American League East division race since they are nearing full strength.
6-18-14: It seems as if every game rookie Brock Holt plays in for Boston he makes an impact. Once again, Holt proved Tuesday why he needs a place in the everyday starting lineup. Holt made his first professional start in center field and he appeared comfortable in taking over for Grady Sizemore who was designated for assignment. Holt made a sensational diving catch to end the third inning and scored both Boston runs in their 2-1 victory over Minnesota Tuesday night. Boston ace Jon Lester got the win to improve to 8-7 on the year. Lester needed 33 pitches to get out of the first inning on a hot, muggy, Boston summer night. He eventually settled down and took a shutout into the sixth. The Sox remain 7 1/2 game behind AL East leading Toronto.
6-17-14: The Boston Red Sox are struggling this season and have a comparable record to the Houston Astros after a week of June baseball, although they seem unlikely to have a full blown fire sale at the trading deadline. Boston wants soon to be free agents Jon Lester and John Lackey back in Bean Town in 2015 and cannot accomplish that by selling off major pieces this summer. If the Red Sox were to fall out of contention this summer a guy like AJ Pierzynski may be made available in a trade as a rental player to open a spot for top catching prospect Christian Vasquez. The Red Sox also have a predicament on their hands as they hold a league minimum $500K option on John Lackey for next season but no one expects Lackey to pitch for that little in 2015. The Red Sox may sign Lackey to another contract extension before it becomes a point of contention and have shown interest in doing so lately for the right price.
6-10-14: The Boston Red Sox are still waiting on Stephen Drew to be game ready but have not needed him much by winning almost all of the games back they lost when they went on that 10 game losing streak. The Red Sox continue to trade winning streaks for losing streaks though as they ended their 10 game losing streak with a seven game winning streak only to follow it up with five straight losses and counting. If the Red Sox slides continue they may be forced to trade ace starting pitcher Jon Lester before he hits free agency after 2014. If Lester makes it to free agency there will be many suitors for his services including the Red Sox, Tigers, Yankees, Rangers, Angels, and Mariners. The Red Sox took a chance in the MLB First Year Players Draft when they drafted Karsten Whitson in the 11th round as he was fresh off shoulder surgery. The Padres selected Whitson in the first round, 9th overall, in 2010 but Whitson decided to go to college instead before injuring the shoulder. Whitson has one more year of NCAA eligibility if he decides not to sign with the Red Sox.
6-3-14: The Boston Red Sox finally ended their 10 game losing streak by beating the Atlanta Braves in Turner Field on Memorial Day. The Red Sox were behind 6-1 at one point in the game and came all the way back on the shoulders of David Ortiz. The Red Sox will look to get back to their winning ways this week but it will have to be without starting pitcher Clay Buchholz after he was placed on the 15 day DL with a hyperextended left knee injury. The Red Sox have won five straight games since losing ten in a row thanks to a sweep in Atlanta and taking the first two from the Tampa Bay Rays.
5-28-14: The Boston Red Sox started the week by signing Stephen Drew to a one year deal worth $14.1 million, which will be prorated, to play shortstop for the rest of the season. The deal makes sense for Boston as they were the only team who could sign Drew before the June draft and not have to give up a compensation draft pick for his services. The deal gives the Red Sox a much clearer picture on the left side of their infield as Xander Bogaerts will shift to third base to replace the injured Will Middlebrooks and Drew will slot in at shortstop. The best part of the deal for the Boston Red Sox is that it keeps Drew away from the rival New York Yankees for this season. Drew will need two weeks to a month to get in baseball shape before being called up to the major leagues.
5-21-14: The Boston Red Sox are said to be scouting the “next big thing” to come from the Far East in the Hiroshima Toyo Carp’s Kenta Maeda. Whether this is a reactionary move to the Yankees signing Masahiro Tanaka or not remains to be seen but Maeda is the best available pitcher currently in Japan, albeit not as accomplished as Tanaka. The Red Sox are also said to be interested in bringing back free agent and Scott Boras client Stephen Drew after the June draft to replace the injured Will Middlebrooks and more importantly keep him away from the rival Yankees. The Red Sox currently sit in fourth place in the American League East division and are 5-5 in their last 10 games.
5-15-14: The Boston Red Sox may be in trouble after this season as soon to be free agent Jon Lester is on track to have the best season of his career in a walk season. With that said it seems more and more likely that the Red Sox will sign Lester to an extension before the season is over because as it took a few seasons for Lester to reach his full potential it may take just as long to develop someone to replace him. The Red Sox are looking at signing Stephen Drew after the MLB First Year Player's Draft more to keep him away from the Yankees and less because they need him. There has been speculation that Boston could move Xander Bogaerts to third base and clear the spot for Drew so that is something to stay tuned to this June.
5-7-14: The Boston Red Sox and ace starting pitcher Jon Lester have shelved extension talks, at least for now, as talks have hit a stand still. The Red Sox do not want to offer more than a four year extension because Lester will be 35 years old on Opening Day 2019 but Lester is holding out for a longer term deal. The Red Sox are instead turning their attention towards the international signing period that begins on July, 2 and the team is expected to blow by the cap restrictions given to every team by Major League Baseball. The Red Sox seem content to incur the penalties in favor of signing the best available talent now in hopes of an International Draft being implemented before it really matters.
4-28-14: The Boston Red Sox have had a few memorable games this season, most notably both games in which the Yankees Michael Pineda used a foreign substance while pitching against them. The Red Sox have not gotten the start to the 2014 season that they were expecting or hoped as they sit in last place in the American League East division. 2013 standouts Jackie Bradley Jr. is flirting with the Mendoza line, Will Middlebrooks is on the 15 day disabled list, Dustin Pedroia has a nagging wrist injury, and Clay Buchholz has struggled once again to start the year. David Ortiz is still David Ortiz and Shane Victorino was activated off the disabled list this week and the Red Sox may have found a new bridge to Koji Uehara in Mike Carp, the outfielder, in the bullpen as he pitched against the Yankees on April 24. Vote for Ortiz, Pedroia, and all his teammates for the MLB All Star Game as voting has opened up this week.
4-21-14: As the Boston Red Sox will embark on an emotional week they are currently sitting in third place of the American League division. Last week marks the one-year anniversary of the bombing attacks during the Boston Marathon in 2013. As a marathon will take place this week the Red Sox will also be hosting the Baltimore Orioles and what will be in emotional Boston crowd. So far this season the Red Sox are just 5–5 at home. Once they finish the weekend wraparound series with Baltimore Red Sox will host the rival Yankees to which they lost three out of four games in the Bronx a couple of weeks ago.
4-14-14: The Boston Red Sox’s World Series defense could have gotten off to a better start. Despite aspirations of winning back to back titles, the Red Sox have gotten off to a slow start and sit in fifth place of the AL East with a 5-8 record. The Red Sox did bounce back from a random sweep by the Milwaukee Brewers in week one to take a 2-1 series win over the Texas Rangers, but dropped three of four games against the divisional rival New York Yankees.
4-7-14: The Boston Red Sox’s title defense got off to a rocky start through the first week of the 2014 MLB season, as they won just two of four games. Star pitcher has managed a solid 14 strikeouts through two contests, but his inability to yet earn a victory (two losses) has played a helping hand in Boston’s struggles. The Red Sox kicked off the season with a 2-1 series win over the division rival Baltimore Orioles, but then inexplicably were swept in three games by the Milwaukee Brewers. The Red Sox will need more consistent pitching in order to put their slow start behind them going forward.
4-1-14: Jon Lester kicked off 2014 with a good showing for the Boston Red Sox, but his eight strikes went to waste in a narrow 2-1 loss on opening day. The Red Sox showed up on offense for the most part, finding their way to eight solid hits on the day, but could only muster one run. The game remained time going into the seventh inning, but a Nelson Cruz homer gave the Baltimore Orioles a lead they would never relinquish.
3-27-14: The Boston Red Sox started their last week before Opening Day for the 2014 season by giving into David Ortiz's demands and signing him to an extension. The extension tacks one more year onto his current deal for the 2015 season for $16 million, that's a hometown discount? The deal also includes vesting team options for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The Red Sox are also working towards getting a deal done with free agent to be Jon Lester before the 2014 season begins. It's not all good news in Bean Town as Shane Victorino is battling left side stiffness, the outfielder is still expected to be ready for Opening Day though so that is encouraging for Red Sox fans. Many are picking the Boston Red Sox to repeat as World Series champions so between them and the New York Yankees it should be a very interesting season this year in the American League Eastern division.
3-20-14: The Boston Red Sox have a few more question marks then they would like heading into the final stretch of spring training games. John Lackey is working on a new pitch for the defending World Series champions, a cutter that is being described as a work in progress. The Red Sox will need all hands on deck to replace Ryan Dempster who will take the season off to spend time with his family causing the Red Sox to rely heavily on Chris Capuano, who recently signed with the club, Lackey, and Jon Lester in a contract year. That is all if they can play the games and not be attacked by a swarm of bees like they were on March 18 when they were hosting the Yankees. The Red Sox have a losing record in the Grapefruit League and outside of the emergence of Grady Sizemore in centerfield have little to be excited about this spring. Boston will be there when it counts though, no worries.
3-18-14: Today's Yankees vs Red Sox spring training game at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa was delayed by bees. The delay came in the bottom of the 3rd inning and lasted 7 minutes while the grounds crew did their best to get rid of the pests. The grounds crew received a large cheer from the fans, and after the removal process was complete, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli tripled to left.
The Red Sox would eventually fall to the Yankees 8-1.
3-13-14: The Boston Red Sox are the reigning World Series champions winning their third Fall Classic title in the last ten seasons in 2013. The Red Sox lost players like Stephen Drew and Jacoby Ellsbury and replaced them from within with Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts. While Boston has had one of the worst Grapefruit League records in the league this year the team, who brought back Mike Napoli from the World Series team, expects to be there when it matters. AJ Pierzynski should provide some fireworks this season behind the plate, not with his bat but with his mouth, and Edward Mujica was brought in to help the bullpen from the St. Louis Cardinals. The Red Sox do things differently on the field, in the clubhouse, and in the press box and it is definitely working so they must be doing something right.
3-5-14: The Boston Red Sox of announced that is very possible that starting pitcher Jake Peavy might start the season on the disabled list. Last year starting shortstop Stephen Drew has still not reached a contract with the Red Sox or any other team leaving him a free-agent as spring training began. The Red Sox and Jon Lester have been having talks behind closed doors about a possible extension on his contract which expires after the 2014 season.
1-24-14: The defending 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox came out of left field to win their third ring in the past nine seasons thanks to its fantastic pitching and depth. John Farrell did an outstanding job with this team a year ago but will need to do an even better job as they lost a key free agent to their rivals the New York Yankees when Jacoby Ellsbury signed with them this offseason.
1-7-14: The Boston Red Sox are at risk of losing the starting shortstop from last year's championship season Stephen Drew. The 30-year-old shortstop has drawn heavy interest from a number of teams including the New York Mets. In other news Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino underwent thumb surgery in mid December.
10-20-13: The Boston Red Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-2 in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series to win the series 3-2 and advance to the World Series. Boston was able to get those five runs on just five hits. Outfielder Shane Victorino had the biggest hit of the game with a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Red Sox a lead they would not relinquish. Closer Koji Uehara struck out two during his one inning save and was named MVP of the ALCS. Boston will now go on to play the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.