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RED SOX RUMORS & GOSSIP

Oscillation, thy name is Pablo Sandoval

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the current Red Sox third baseman is a phoenix in human form. Before 2015, Pablo Sandoval had twice pulled off major rebounds from poor showings the season before. Both times, he improved tremendously on what he had done the year before. That’s good, right? He knew how and why he played badly and made it better the subsequent season...
Via BP Boston
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Read Sox: Extensions for Betts and Bogaerts, Farrell’s Future and the Best Shape of Buchholz’s Life

Welcome back to Read Sox. This week we consider early extensions for Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts, reflect on the job John Farrell has done, look at the work the non-David Price starters are putting in to be ready for the season, hope for Rusney Castillo’s development at the plate and get an update on the safety upgrade that is being installed at Fenway. Going Deep A story...
Via BP Boston
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Success Hinges on Performance of Ramirez and Sandoval

Rewind to a year ago. Red Sox fans were cautiously optimistic on how their two big free agent signings would perform in Boston. Hanley Ramirez had tacked on so much bulk mass that he was starting to look like Mac in season 7 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, hoping for some added power to bring to Fenway Park. Pablo Sandoval‘s body was always the main concern of his naysayers...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Look who has reported early to Red Sox Spring Training

(STAN GROSSFELD/GLOBE STAFF)Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer Pitchers and catchers don't report for weeks yet, but maybe the acquisition of David Price has put a sense of urgency into the Red Sox pitching staff.Last week Rob Bradfo posted a small article with video of the following already in Fort Myers, weeks ahead of the February 18 reporting date for pitchers and catchers...
Via RedSoxLife
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: is David Ortiz Hall of Fame worthy?

I have watched David Ortiz emerge as a dominant hitter for the Boston Red Sox from his first season with the team in 2003. He was an average designated hitter / infrequent first basemen for the Minnesota Twins, topping 20 home runs in a season just once before heading to Beantown. I will never forget October 17th, 2004, a tired-eyed nine-year-old fan watching the lefty brute launch...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Just How Bad Might the Red Sox Infield Defense Be?

It’s only February, but the 2016 Red Sox already look like an improved team from last season. This offseason, they bolstered their starting rotation and bullpen – their two biggest weaknesses – and improved their outfield by simply plucking Hanley Ramirez out of left and moving him to first base. But not everything appears rosy in Boston. There are still question marks littering...
Via BP Boston
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Red Sox Draft Pick Gives Boston Someone to Cheer

For a lot of baseball websites, SuperBowl Sunday means trotting out your trite post on former Montreal Expos draft pick Tom Brady. But with no Brady in the big game…what does that mean for Boston fans? Seriously, does this mean that BeanTown will have to side with Brady’s nemesis Peyton Manning and the team that knocked the New England Patriots out of the playoffs?!? Nope. Not...
Via Hall of Very Good
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Prospect Drops $45k to Customize Car

I don’t normally get excited about the cars athletes drive, but when they go out of their way to make their ride something Bruce Wayne would enjoy…color me intrigued. Boston Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada just dropped $45,000 (of his $31 million deal!) to customize his Avorza BMW i8 to resemble something that would be seen cruising the streets of Gotham City. Something tells me...
Via Hall of Very Good
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Red Sox Need To Use Tommy Layne, And Their Bullpen, Correctly

As the Boston Red Sox have remodeled their bullpen this offseason, the LOOGY ((L)eft-handed (O)ne (O)ut (G)u(Y)) role has not yet been filled. It’s a small role, but one every successful bullpen needs to fill if they hope to hold leads and limit baserunners late in games. The truth is though, the role should already be filled with someone who has been around since the start of...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Players Who MUST Succeed for the Boston Red Sox to Win the 2016 World Series

In 2015, the Boston Red Sox finished fifth in the Eastern Division for the second consecutive year. After winning the World Series in 2013, Boston have struggled to live up to the hype and have slipped out of playoff contention in recent times. However, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic ahead of the upcoming campaign and it’s only a matter of time before the Red Sox...
Via Surviving Grady
4 days ago  |  Discuss

David Price donates $300K to build field for special needs kids

David Taylor Price who was born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and attended Vanderbilt University, has donated $300,000 to build a baseball field for special needs children in his hometown state. Named Miracle Field, the new ballpark is located in Nashville’s McKnight Park, where the new Boston Red Sox pitcher played baseball as a youngster as well. A groundbreaking ceremony...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Making a Player Out of Rusney Castillo

Late in the 2014 season, the Red Sox signed a check worth $72.5 million and handed it to a stranger. The organization had barely missed out on prized Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu less than a year earlier, and they ensured they wouldn’t be topped in the international market again by giving Rusney Castillo the largest-ever deal to a Cuban defector. Castillo wasn’t a complete...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wainwrightization of Rick Porcello

I don’t know if you paid much attention to Rick Porcello last year, but I bet you have made a bad pancake. You know, one of those pancakes when you wait too long before you flip it. Or maybe you tried to make a pancake without preheating the cooking surface. The parallels work as well as any parallels do — you mess things up from the start, despite the best of intentions, but...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Yoan Moncada Has New Car That’s Absolutely Sick (Videos)

Yoan Moncada’s wheels on the diamond are surpassed only by his wheels on the road. Moncada, who stole 49 bases at Single-A Greenville in 2015, recently tapped into the $31.5 million signing bonus the Boston Red Sox gave him last spring to buy an awesome new car. Alex Vega, owner and operator of The Auto Firm near Miami, has done work for many Red Sox players, including Pablo Sandoval...
Via NESN.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Boston Red Sox get Craig Kimbrel the baseball?

Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster? Mrs. Lancaster: I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen. –Groundhog Day The Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Fort Myers, FL to begin Spring Training on Feb. 18. There are some new faces, most notably David Price and Craig Kimbrel, but there is a worrisome feeling in New England that this year...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia Vital To Red Sox Success

Now that the calendar has officially turned to February, it’s time to start thinking about America’s Pastime. We’re just over two weeks out from pitchers and catchers reporting to Florida or Arizona to join their respective clubs, and with it comes the exhilaration of a new season. That is much of the same for the oft-hyped Boston Red Sox as they report to Fort Myers, Florida...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Players 25 and Under to Watch For This Season

The Boston Red Sox had a dismal 2015 season, but there is a huge amount of optimism for the 2016 season. Much of that optimism has to do with the signings of David Price, Craig Kimbrel, and Chris Young. However, that is not the only reason things are looking up—the Red Sox have a plethora of young talent looking to burst onto the MLB scene in a big way in 2016. Let’s take a look...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Allen Craig Missing the Red Sox Players’ Salute to Don Orsillo was Very Allen Craig-ish

Look, you never want to kick a guy when he’s down. And Allen Craig probably has enough bitter memories of his days since being sent to Boston to last a lifetime. But witnessing his half-assed attempt to participate in the Red Sox players’ salute to Don Orsillo after the last game of the 2015 season is a thing of beauty. Never mind the fact that the players probably conveniently...
Via Surviving Grady
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox players, coaches engage in lip sync battle

Who’s a better lip sync artist: Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez or pitching coach Carl Willis? Luckily, the club gave us a chance to find out. During the Red Sox Winter Weekend at Foxwoods, the coaches and players got in a lip sync battle for the ages. The performances featured Willis leading the coaches in a rousing rendition of Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl,...
Via NESN.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

John Farrell: Pablo Sandoval is ‘better player’ on ‘lighter end’

It become increasingly clear as the 2015 season wore on. Pablo Sandoval’s weight was an issue. Sandoval’s weight was a huge topic of discussion when the Boston Red Sox signed the third baseman to a five-year contract worth a reported $95 million. Discussions about Sandoval’s weight only intensified after his first season in Boston, arguably the worst of his career. Sandoval...
Via NESN.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval has lost more than 20 pounds?

    Pablo Sandoval is reportedly working hard this offseason to show up to spring training looking much slimmer than he has in years past. On Thursday, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters that Sandoval has lost more than 20 pounds since the end of the 2015 season. Farrell: Sandoval is down 20-22 lbs. since end of season. #RedSox — Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber)...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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