Chris Capuano is now an official member of the Red Sox after passing a physical. He was signed to a one-year $2.25 million deal after Ryan Dempster announced he would not pitch in the upcoming season. Capuano started 20 games for the Dodgers last season and went 4-7 with an ERA of 4.26.
One of the few newcomers on the Sox as they go for their World Series defense is the catching spot. It opened when Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who had perhaps his best season in the majors in 2013, signed a three-year, $21 million contract with Miami over the winter. To replace Salty, the Sox brought in 37-year-old […]
Fifteen years ago this week, headlines blared: "Latest Insult: Clemens a Yankee." Already down in the estimation of Sox fans, Roger committed the worst indignity possible- defecting to the Evil Empire. Bad enough that he went to Toronto and won two more Cy Youngs. Now he was contributing another chapter to the Curse. The Jays […]
Ryan Dempster told reporters that he would sit out the 2014 season citing his neck injury. He felt he would not be able to pitch at the level he needed to with his physical limitations. The Red Sox have five solid starters in their rotation but will need to have an insurance starter for the […]
The Red Sox are ready to have Xander Bogaerts as their starting shortstop and seem to be moving on from Stephen Drew. John Farrell made it seem like the Red Sox had turned the page: I can tell you the conversations with Xander to date have been to focus on shortstop. If that needs to […]
On the baseball side, the Sox rewarded newcomer superstars Pedro Martinez and Nomar Garciaparra with huge long-term contracts. Insider Peter Gammons felt in the summer of 98 that a deal with Vaughn was being worked out- four years for $42 million. But when the contract was presented to Mo, it was two years and $17 […]
About a month ago, I wrote a piece called "The Last Championship Defense". It talked about the 08 season, and how the Red Sox might have repeated as World Champions had the Devil Rays, as they were then called, not exploded from nowhere to take the AL East with 97 wins. Tampa then continued their […]
I think what we conquered last year might be more difficult than defending a title, when you not only have to prove everyone wrong, but possibly prove people real close to the organization wrong, it was like every single game was like a job interview. -Jonny Gomes on the upcoming season.
The mid-February departure of the Red Sox equipment truck from Fenway bound for Florida has always been a pivotal event. It shows that spring training is close, and hot-stove league talk will soon become talk about the coming season. 1999 was no exception. In an article entitled "Questions surround the Sox", the Globe's Gordon […]
Item from Nick Cafardo's Sunday Baseball Page: "Updates- Grady Sizemore CF Red Sox- As we reported last week, the Red Sox loved Sizemore's speed and explosion during workouts, but what's left unsaid is how he will react to playing on a daily basis again. This is a tricky roster spot. If Sizemore wins the CF […]
The news that David Ortiz is looking for a multiyear contract from the Sox evoked reaction from several sources. In his ever-direct way, the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy praises Papi ans "the greatest DH in baseball history", but also calls the request "tone-deaf, selfish, and offensive". It does not help that Ortiz is saying things like […]
As the 98-99 offseason wound into February, writers and fans continued to find fault with the regime of Sox GM Dan Duquette. Peter Gammons, who liked to refer to Fenway as Yawkey Tower, roasted the Duke again in his Sunday Baseball column. "As Duquette's fifth anniversary with the Red Sox passes," he wrote. "one of the […]
A year from now, the Red Sox will have to make a decision even more important than the Jacoby Ellsbury issue. It will be the fate of their big, strong, lefty hurler from Tacoma, Washington named Jon Lester. Nick Cafardo writes that Ben Cherington will "look at everything on a case-by-case basis. The decision […]
The Red Sox have signed center fielder Grady Sizemore to a one-year $750,000 deal with incentives that could reach $6 million. Sizemore missed the last two seasons with various injuries and surgeries. His ability to comeback from the time off is unknown but he could be a good insurance policy or platoon player for Jackie […]
In January 99, the headlines concerned the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton. One of his worst crimes had been lying about an affair with a girl named Monica, but that didn't stop his enemies. It's a bit ironic that a Gordon Edes story was headlined "Nixon Hopes He's the One". With the sudden […]