Thursday, January 19, 2017
Rob Bradford, Red Sox right-fielder Mookie Betts will not be competing in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Given the risks involved in playing in the tournament (smack-dab in the midst of Red Sox Spring Training), this is very good news. In our view, the fewer the number of Red Sox players that participate in the WBC, the better.
Brian MacPherson, the Red Sox are not allowing Eduardo Rodriguez to pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. In 2016, Rodriguez injured his knee and could only pitch 107 innings that season. Recently, he re-injured the same knee and the Red Sox are understandably cautious about his recovery process. E-Rod—if healthy—will likely compete for the fourth and fifth rotation spots along with Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz.
the Red Sox signed right-handed starter Kyle Kendrick to a one-year, minor-league deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. Reportedly, the deal is worth $1 million and carries multiple opt-outs points. Kendrick has been on a serious down-slide in his career, spending most of 2016 at Anaheim's AAA affiliate and posting only middling numbers (4.72 ERA). This signing is nothing for fans to get excited about—just another "insurance" move.
|Remy (L); FN Editor-In-Chief (R) In 1992|
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Jeff Bagwell was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum—along with Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez. Bagwell got a huge 86.2% of the vote—while Raines very close behind at 86.0%. 'Pudge' Rodriguez received 76%. Trevor Hoffman narrowly missed with 74.0%. Roger Clemens got 54. 1% and Curt Schilling garnered 45.0%. Lee Smith got 34.2%.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Andrew Benintendi will be reunited with his old number at the major-league level. Somehow, we believe Benintendi will look even faster by dropping twenty-four numbers off his back. The 22-year old had a breakout year in 2016 before getting injured—and is viewed by many pundits as a top candidate for 2017 AL Rookie Of The Year. Interestingly, Deven Marrero was the previous owner of the number sixteen—so there may be a really nice watch coming Deven's way soon. We're sure they will both work things out at Spring Training.
Monday, January 16, 2017
that he is fully in retirement mode. Said Ortiz, "My playing time has already expired. Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow'. Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency." Now, can we please get on with life on this particular planet? Thank you.
the Blue Jays and José Bautista are very close to inking a 2-year, $37 million deal. So, Dave Dombrowski probably could have gotten Joey Bats for around $18 million a year. The huge lineup void left by the departure of David Ortiz could have been effectively filled. But no, we need to keep under the salary cap. Right?
MLB Network has deemed The Muddy Chicken as the fourth-best second-sacker right now. The only current MLB second-basemen ranked ahead of The Laser Show were: Jose Altuve, Robinson Cano and Daniel Murphy. After Pedroia, the rest of the list includes: Ian Kinsler, Jason Kipnis, DJ LeMahieu, Brian Dozier, Logan Forsythe and Ben Zobrist. Pedroia is coming off an outstanding, injury-free year and will be a vital cog in the 2017 Red Sox offense.
Sunday, January 15, 2017