Thursday, January 29, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
the Red Sox (and possibly the Oakland Athletics as well) are interested in signing 28-year old first baseman Park Byung-ho. Park is a two-time Korean Baseball Organization MVP—hitting 52 HRs in 2014. Park is eligible to be "posted" to MLB teams for 2015—and has signed with a a US agent. Boston may be looking down the road one year when Mike Napoli is eligible for free agency.
new rules may allow super-prospect Yoan Moncada to become a free-agent very soon. Earlier, most pundits assumed teams would have to wait until June to go after the 19-year old switch-hitting infielder. Boston is one of several teams who held a private workout for Moncada—so it's very likely they will enter the bidding fray. Stay tuned!
Anthony Ranaudo was sent to the Texas Rangers in exchange for relief pitcher Robbie Ross. Ross had a miserable 2014 (6.20 ERA, 103 hits in 78.1 innings), but was pretty good in both 2013 (3.03) and 2012 (2.22). So, Boston has added yet another lefty to the 'pen, seemingly setting up a Spring Training free-for-all to determine which port-siders survive into the regular season. Good move by Ben Cherington.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Monday, January 26, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
the Yankee brass have refused a meeting with Alex Rodriguez—meant to convey an apology by The Fraudulent One for the Biogenesis fiasco. The rejection from The Steinbrenner Brood came with the following greeting, "We’ll see you in spring training." Of course, The Bronx Embalmers still owe The Centaur $61 million through 2017. They probably have to talk at some point. Don't you just absolutely love this?
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?
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Friday, January 23, 2015
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