Red Sox acquired INF Jonathan Herrera from the Colorado Rockies this week for LHP Franklin Morales and minor pitcher Chris Martin. Herrera is a switch hitting SS/3B that batted .292 with a .701 OPS in 81 games, primarily playing backup for All Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. This acquisition gives the Red Sox some insurance if Steven Drew decides to sign elsewhere Continue
The Red Sox continued to add to their bullpen this offseason by signing former Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) All Star pitcher Shunsuke Watanabe to a minor league contract. The thirty-seven year old right-handed pitcher played for 13 seasons for the Chiba Lotte Marines, winning 87 games and striking out 255 batters in 240 starts. But it’s not his career 3.56 ERA that has people talking, it’s his unbelievable submarine delivery. Continue
Mike Napoli will be back with the Red Sox for another two years, and that’s a good thing. The beared power threat will provide protection for David Ortiz in the lineup and keep the first base position stable for a while. While other teams are shelling out millions of dollars and years to players, the Red Sox continued their new philosophy of not repeating the mistakes of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez. Pay a little more for solid veterans on short term contracts. Continue
The Red Sox signed right handed pitcher Edward Mujica to a 2 year deal, solidifying the back end of their bullpen. The 29 year old former Cardinal All Star had a 2.78 ERA, a 9.20 K/BB ratio and 37 saves during the regular season. In his eight year career, Mujica has a 3.75 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP and has proven to be a dependable pitcher. Bold prediction: Mujica/Tazawa/Uehara in the seventh, eighth and ninth will be tough to beat in 2014.
I was not shocked that Jacoby Ellsbury signed with another team during the offseason. Nor was I surprised that Ellsbury went where the money was; good for him for getting paid. However, I was flabbergasted that it was the New York Yankees that signed Ellsbury, not because it was the Yankees but because Yankees overpaid for a player they didn’t need. Looks like the good old days of the “Evil Empire” spending too much money on free agents and neglecting their farm system are back. Continue
The Red Sox made there first free agent signing of the offseason, agreeing to terms with veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski. The one year deal will give the team an experienced and durable left-handed hitting catcher to complement David Ross. The 37 year old hit .272 with 17 homeruns, and 70 RBIs in 134 games last season, however Pierzynski OBP was a dismal .297 in due to only walking 11 times. Continue
Former Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has signed a 3 year $21 million dollar contract with the Miami Marlins, according to Yahoo! Baseball writer Jeff Passan. Salty’s day were number when the Red Sox did not tender him an offer shortly after the Red Sox won the World Series. Marlin fans, if there are any left, will get a 28 year old catcher who can hit but struggled a lot defensively behind the plate. If I can give one piece of advice for the new Marlins’ catcher it’s this: Don’t buy a house because you will be traded.
The Red Sox acquired Brewers RHP Burke Badenhop for minor league pitcher Luis Ortega. Badenhop had a 2-3 record last season with one save, but he was very effective against righties who batted only .229 against him. He struck out 42 batters in 63 innings of work, only walking 4 right handed batters. The 31 year old right hander was apart of the Miguel Cabrera trade in 2007 between the Tigers and Marlins. Continue
The game of baseball has seen plenty of changes during Bud Selig’s tenure as Baseball Commissioner. From the Wild Card playoffs to the All Star Game being played for something, Selig has been busy trying to make baseball even more watchable. However, there is one thing that I’m dead set against: the expansion of instant replay. Not only will it remove the human element of the game, but it will make the games even longer. Continue
The annual baseball general manager meetings begin this week in Orlando – thus begins speculation and rumors from various baseball writers and bloggers. Some speculations seem reasonable, others might border on insanity. Where is Ellsbury going to sign? What’s the deal with Brian McCann and the Red Sox? What trades is on the horizon? Here are some of conjectures from various baseball writers and what I think of them. Continue