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Joe Kelly Exits Early with Injury
March 16th, 2015 at 4:05 PM
Boston Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly exited Monday's start against the New York Mets in the middle of the third inning, accompanied by a team trainer. Kelly appeared to be in some discomfort after throwing a pitch to Anthony Recker and was pulled in the middle of the at-bat. ***PHOTO1*** Any time...

Comparing the Starting Rotations in the AL East
March 12th, 2015 at 2:53 PM
The Boston Red Sox have been heavily scrutinized all offseason for assembling a starting rotation that lacks a proven frontline pitcher. The prevailing theory is that without a true ace to anchor the rotation, Boston is setting themselves up to fail. Assembling a collection of middle of the rotation starters...

Trading Eduardo Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox was ‘painful’ for the Baltimore Orioles
March 11th, 2015 at 12:57 PM
When Dan Duquette was the general manager of the Boston Red Sox he pulled off a coup that delivered Pedro Martinez to the franchise. Now that Duquette is running the Baltimore Orioles, he may have helped deliver another future ace to Boston in the form of prized prospect Eduardo Rodriguez. ***PHOTO1*** The...

Rick Porcello Says Christian Vazquez is the Best He’s Ever Thrown To
March 8th, 2015 at 2:21 PM
When Rick Porcello takes the mound for his first spring training start for the Boston Red Sox this afternoon, he'll be thrilled to see Christian Vazquez behind the plate. The battery mates haven't had much time together yet, but Porcello is already impressed by the young catcher's defensive work. ***PHOTO1*** Vazquez has...

Boston Red Sox Rotation not Worried About Cole Hamels Rumors
March 5th, 2015 at 12:39 PM
Will these Cole Hamels rumors ever go away? Not when the Philadelphia Phillies are sending representatives to JetBlue Park to scout some of the best prospects in the Boston Red Sox farm system. Not when the prevailing opinion is that Boston's rotation lacks a true ace to lead the staff...

Philadelphia Phillies Want Prospects for Cole Hamels
February 17th, 2015 at 3:01 PM
Despite general manager Ben Cherington's insistence that the Boston Red Sox are content with their starting rotation, these Cole Hamels rumors just won't go away. The number of people around the league that remain skeptical that Boston can compete for a championship without a proven front-line starter to anchor their...

MLB Considering Altering the Strike Zone
February 13th, 2015 at 4:57 PM
In the continued effort to improve the game, Major League Baseball is considering altering the strike zone for the first time in nearly two decades. Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports that MLB's Playing Rules Committee will be keeping a close eye on how low strikes are called during the 2015...

Justin Masterson Motivated by Success, not Money
February 11th, 2015 at 5:45 PM
Sometimes going back to where you started can be a positive step. That's what Justin Masterson had in mind when he signed with the Boston Red Sox this winter to return to the team that once drafted him. ***PHOTO1*** Masterson was a top prospect in the Red Sox organization when he made...

James Shields Signs with San Diego Padres with 4-year, $75 Million Deal
February 9th, 2015 at 1:32 PM
So who won the 2012 trade that sent James Shields to the Kansas City Royals and hyped prospect Wil Myers to the Tampa Bay Rays? Would you believe it was the San Diego Padres? You could make a case for that now that the Padres have acquired both headliners from...

Boston Red Sox not Expecting More Offseason Moves
February 6th, 2015 at 12:32 PM
Ben Cherington has been busy reconstructing the Boston Red Sox this winter, but he may be done tinkering with the roster for now. The team they have now is the team they expect to take into spring training. ***PHOTO1*** Speaking with reporters on Thursday to announce the three-year, $19.25 million deal for...

Boston Red Sox Avoid Arbitration with Wade Miley with 3-year, $19.25 Million Deal
February 5th, 2015 at 4:16 PM
Wade Miley was the last arbitration eligible player that the Boston Red Sox had left to negotiate with this offseason. Now they never need to worry about such negotiations with their newly acquired left-hander again. ***PHOTO1*** The Red Sox and Miley have agreed to a three-year, $19.25 million deal, according to his...

Boston Red Sox Acquire Robbie Ross for Anthony Ranaudo
January 27th, 2015 at 7:50 PM
Looking to bolster their bullpen with another left-handed option, the Boston Red Sox acquired Robbie Ross Jr. from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Anthony Ranaudo. ***PHOTO1*** The move comes as a bit of a surprise, considering Ranaudo was once a highly regarding prospect that MLB.com ranked as the fourth best in...

Rob Manfred Wants to Eliminate Defensive Shifts
January 26th, 2015 at 7:31 PM
Baseball has evolved over the years through various periods that have seen offensive production rise and fall. We've had the deadball era all the way through to the steroid era, with several peaks and valleys in between. As Major League Baseball has worked hard to try to clean up the...

Joe Kelly Predicts He Will Win the Cy Young
January 25th, 2015 at 3:37 PM
Joe Kelly isn't weird, he's a pitcher. At least that's what the tee-shirt he wore yesterday at the Baseball Winter Weekend suggested, but he did raise some eyebrows during a radio appearance from Foxwoods Resort Casino with comments that some may consider strange. Kelly believes that he will win the...

Pedro Martinez Will Have a Boston Red Sox Cap on His Hall of Fame Plaque
January 22nd, 2015 at 12:10 PM
When Pedro Martinez is enshrined in the baseball Hall of Fame, his plaque will bare the logo of the Boston Red Sox on his cap. Was there ever any doubt? Not in the minds of Red Sox fans that will always consider Pedro as one of their own, but now...

Philadelphia Phillies GM Doesn’t Expect Cole Hamels to Be Traded
January 21st, 2015 at 2:48 PM
Ruben Amaro Jr. isn't ruling anything out, but at this point the Philadelphia Phillies general manager expects Cole Hamels to still be with the team by Opening Day. ***PHOTO1*** Speculation that Hamels is on the trade market has run rampant for months, with the Boston Red Sox being one of the primary...

Could the Boston Red Sox Target Stephen Strasburg?
January 20th, 2015 at 5:13 PM
Once the Washington Nationals signed Max Scherzer to a record free agent contract, it opened speculation that the team would move one of the other starters from their loaded rotation. While Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister appear to be the obvious choices to be on the trading block, given their...

Max Scherzer Signs Record-breaking Contract with Washington Nationals
January 19th, 2015 at 12:39 PM
The biggest fish in the free agent pond has been reeled in by the Washington Nationals, who have reached an agreement with Max Scherzer on a 7-year, $210 million contract. That's the largest contract ever given to a free agent pitcher and makes him the highest paid right-handed pitcher in...

Boston Red Sox Agree to One-year Deals with Rick Porcello, Junichi Tazawa
January 17th, 2015 at 2:50 PM
The Boston Red Sox announced that they have agreed to one-year, non-guaranteed contracts with starter Rick Porcello and reliever Junichi Tazawa, avoiding arbitration for both pitchers. That takes care of half of the arbitration eligible players on the Red Sox roster, giving them a bit more cost certainty. ***PHOTO1*** Porcello will receive...

Boston Red Sox Among Four Teams in the Race for Cole Hamels
January 15th, 2015 at 12:18 PM
While general manager Ben Cherington insists that the Boston Red Sox are content to go into the season with their current five-man rotation, the opportunity to upgrade the front of their staff with a proven ace has to be worth considering if the price is right. Which is why most...