Red Sox Sign Nick Punto

The Boston Red Sox have signed infielder Nick Punto to a two-year $3 million contract.  Punto will be used as a utility infielder to give Youk, Scutaro and Pedroia a day off now and then.  With Lowrie headed to Houston, the Sox needed a new utility guy.

Lowrie Traded to Astros for Mark Melancon

Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland are headed to Houston for pitcher Mark Melancon.   The move gives the Red Sox several options to choose from for a closer.  Melancon saved twenty games for the Astros last year so he will be in the mix with Jenks and Bard to fill the hole left by Papelbon’s departure. […]

Jim Rice- a black athlete in Boston

On December 28, 1986, a letter appeared in the “Fans View” section of the Globe, written by a man from Lexington. It was an open letter to Jim Rice. The first paragraph talked about Tommy Harper’s cash settlement in his lawsuit with the Sox, an issue about which I recently wrote. The fan wrote that […]

To Tender or Non Tender That Is The Question

The Red Sox went through the process of either tendering or non tendering players yesterday.  All in all there were not many surprises.  The Sox tendered contracts to Aceves, Bard, Morales, Aviles, Ellsbury, Lowrie and Saltalamacchia.  The only player non tendered was Rich Hill, a lefty reliever.  Now I know usually lefty relievers are considered […]

Hey, Hey, Hey, Matt Albers is Back

The Red Sox have re-signed relief pitcher Matt Albers to a one-year $1.075 million contract.  Let’s hope it is the first half Matt Albers and not the second half Matt Albers that will pitch for Boston next season.

No Christmas Presents For Red Sox Fans

Imagine your parents saying, “You got some expensive presents for Christmas last year, so don’t expect much under the tree this year.”  That is exactly what Ben Cherington has been saying to Red Sox fans lately: Last offseason there were a couple of opportunities for us to make big deals that we thought were in […]

Quote of the Day

“Uh, well, Tek.” –Jon Lester when asked, “What kind of quality do you look for in a catcher?”

Bobby V – Too good to be true?

Is Bobby Valentine for real? The Globe’s Peter Abraham writes that since being named Sox manager on November 29, he has passed through 14 time zones, going from Japan to New York to Boston (to formally announce the job) to the Dominican Republic and then back home to Connecticut to repack for a flight to […]

Red Sox Tickets On Sale Dec. 9

Get ready for the virtual waiting room; Red Sox tickets go on sale at 10 am Eastern on Saturday, Dec. 9th.  I hope Santa will be nice to you this year and get you some good seats to enjoy the Fens in its 100th year.  You can purchase tickets online on the Red Sox site […]

Still No Compensation for Theo

The negotiations between the Red Sox and Cubs over compensation for Theo Epstein are proceeding like the Paris Peace Conference of 1919.  After punting the decision several times the teams no have no deadline for reaching an agreement.  Cherington is likely trying to create some kind of trade package around the deal to get Garza, […]

Fenway Park 100 Years Later

Below is the press release from the Red Sox that outlines the 100th anniversary celebration for Fenway Park. BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today launched a series of special events and programs that will take place to commemorate the upcoming 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park, America’s Most Beloved Ballpark and the oldest […]

Quote of the Day

“Major free agent splash? I’m skeptical about that, but a major trade? Always a possibility.” –Larry Lucchino raining on the Red Sox Hot Stove.

Bobby Valentine: “I hate the Yankees.”

I didn’t know a whole lot about Bobby V., so when I read on ESPN that he said, “I hate the Yankees,” I thought that he’s going to be media darling, but can he manage? So I checked in with a long-time Mets fan friend of mine, and this is what he had to say […]

Why Won’t Carl Crawford Take Bobby Valentine’s Calls?

Bobby Valentine has called Carl Crawford several times.  Bobby V. has left messages on Crawford’s phone and has even texted him.  In each case there was no answer or follow-up.  Valentine has been trying to set up a meeting with Crawford while he is in Texas for the Winter Meetings since Crawford lives in Houston. […]

Ortiz Accepts Arbitration

David Ortiz has accepted arbitration from the Red Sox and will return to the team for the 2012 season with a salary of $12+ million.  The team offered Big Papi a two-year deal at a lower annual rate but Ortiz went with the higher one-year option.

Quote of the Day

“I hate the Yankees.  I don’t want to waste this valuable time talking about the Yankees.” –Bobby Valentine when asked by a New York reporter about the Evil Empire.

Thou Shalt Not Stand Pat

By 1986, the late, great Larry Whiteside had gotten his own weekly baseball column in the Sunday Globe. On December 14, he talked about the winter meetings of the previous week. The Red Sox, he wrote, were in the process of violating baseball’s 11th Commandment. It was “Thou Shalt Not Stand Pat”. GM Lou Gorman […]

Winter Meeting Day 3 – Red Sox Finally Have a Rumor!

It has been the quietest Winter Meetings in recent memory for the Red Sox.  The team has not been rumored to be involved in any of the big free agent negotiations and have been focused on internal issues. Today we finally have a rumor to pass along:  The Sox are in negotiations for A’s closer […]

Tito and Bobby V on Baseball Tonight

Did you happen to catch Baseball Tonight last night on ESPN?  If you didn’t, this is what you missed. Former Sox skipper Terry Francona was on Baseball Tonight with his new job at ESPN and former ESPN guy Bobby Valentine was on for his new job as Red Sox skipper.  The first comment was from […]