Saturday, January 24, 2015
Dustin Pedroia—fully healed from a raft of nagging injuries—is champing at the bit to play every game of the 2015 season. Appearing at the Red Sox Winter Weekend extravaganza at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, The Laser Show stated, "I'm back. My body is back. I feel strong. I'm lifting everything...I’m here to win games. I’m not going to talk about anything else. I’m going to go out there and do it." There was concern in some quarters that season-ending wrist surgery might hold Pedroia back some in 2015. No chance. Get ready for another epic year from number 15.
Kevin Youkilis will open a brew pub in California with his brother Scott—who runs the Hog & Rocks ham and oyster bar in San Francisco. The brothers will open the brew pub at the site of the Los Gatos Brewing Company. The new pub will feature "easy California comfort meals with a twist" using "fresh, seasonal ingredients". Kind of fitting, actually, since Youk was always "fresh" with a "twist", wouldn't you say?
|Ernie Banks (1931-2015)|
Friday, January 23, 2015
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|Wily Mo Pena|
Jonathan Papelbon will be traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. Reports suggest that the last remaining obstacle is how much of Pap's 2016 vesting option ($13 million) will be eaten by the Phillies. Papelbon also needs to waive his no-trade clause for the deal to go through. In his three years in Philly, the 34-year old has posted a 2.45 ERA with 106 saves. During his seven-year tenure in Boston, he delivered a 2.33 ERA and 219 saves.
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|Real Hat, Fake City|
Thursday, January 22, 2015
|Blake Swihart (FenwayNation Photo)|
|Strasburg (L), Betts (R)|
|Hall-Of-Famer Pedro Martinez|
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is willing to trade starter Jordan Zimmermann (and Ian Desmond as well, for that matter) assuming it makes "baseball sense". Clearly, that means getting back talented, cheaper players in return—something the Red Sox are willing and able to do for Rizzo. Earlier reports have a bevy of young Boston prospects going to the Nation's Capital in exchange for the righty—who would become the ace of the Red Sox staff. The reports also indicate that the prospect pool excludes Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
a number of new steps to reduce the elapsed time between innings. While the new measures would not cut out any commercial time, players would be required to be ready to go immediately after return from the break. To do this, batters would be required to be ready to start their at-bats 20 seconds before the end of each break. Similarly, pitchers would be required to be ready to make the first pitch 30 seconds before the end of between-innings commercials. It's unclear exactly how these proposed rules would be enforced, and the players' union is already grousing. But, it's estimated that these measures alone could cut 10 to 15 minutes from games. The intent is clearly right.
The Red Sox added another left-handed arm to their bullpen with the signing of Dana Eveland to a minor league contract—with an invitation to major league Spring Training. Eveland was shutdown last July after being hit on the elbow. Before that, he pitched pretty well for the New York Metropolitans—albeit in only 27.1 innings. The 31-year old posted a 2.63 ERA, with a nearly five-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio. For his career, Eveland has a 5.27 ERA over nine seasons with the Brewers, Diamondbacks, A's, Blue Jays, Pirates, Dodgers, Orioles and Mets.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015