Author Archives : Nick DiBattista

Trade Target: Josh Willingham

There, I said it.  Let it soak in for a moment.  Beltran is gone.  The Mets got their ransom for him.  I’m not a huge Hunter Pence guy, perhaps because of what he does (or better, doesn’t do) every time I pick him for my fantasy team.  But I started trying to think outside the box and find another outfielder that would work.  Josh Willingham is a guy I’ve liked and respected for a long time in this league, and I’d love to add him to play RF with Reddick and Drew.  Here’s why:

We could use this kind of intensity in right field...sure beats Mr. Nonchalant!


Trade Target: Carlos Beltran

Here at Bloodysox, we thought our readers wouldn’t mind reading some Trade Target articles, as injuries mentioned in other posts keep creating needs in the major league organization. That being said, we are going to try to highlight some of the more realistic possibilities over the next few weeks leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline. The first candidate for discussion? None other than Carlos Beltran, the name being practically tossed at the Red Sox any deadline that Beltran has been healthy at.

After the jump, guest writer Frank Del Gaiso expresses his opinion about Beltran and the prospects of him coming over, both in terms of the likelihood and the ramifications it would have to our lineup.

Is Carlos Beltran the switch hitter we need to balance out this already lethal lineup?


Good Times, Bad Times?

Good news first, right? Mike Cameron and his contract are gone, thankfully. Poor guy; he was hitting slightly better than me the last time I played organized ball. It’s a shame to see how such an underrated player can fall apart so quickly in Boston, but after his injuries last year, he never looked comfortable and never seemed to get back in sync, although being the 4th guy probably didn’t help. Hard to say that I saw him struggle personally; the one game I’ve attended this year he smacked two homers against the Mariners. Good luck to you, Mike, hopefully the Marlins treat you with much respect. Player to be named later, I look forward to meeting you. Especially if you come in the form of cash considerations, and theoretically help get us under the luxury tax threshold. More news after the jump.



Tidbits from Today's Game

Well, I finally sat still long enough to watch my beloved Sox, and for what? To watch Lackey give up 7 runs and not get through the 3rd?  Glad I sat down to watch it.  Despite the score discrepancy, however, I noticed a funny, but true fact about one of our top prospects and another about the 4th of July celebratory MLB caps.  Read on to see my thoughts.

Maybe Lackey should have thrown his 4th of July cap to the Jays...they hit everything else he had to offer. *Photo from; credit goes to Jim Rogash from Getty Images


DTH: Is Lowrie or Iglesias Your Long Term Shortstop?

Welcome back, everbody. It’s time for another DTH. This week, we debate long term–should Jed Lowrie, April’s Wunderkin, be entrenched in the job he took away from Marco Scutaro, or should defensive wizard Jose Iglesias get the job?  I’ll admit, watching Iglesias this spring, and in his very brief stint in the pros this year, was a treat. Great defense, great baserunning, but as you’ll see after the jump, I’m not quite convinced. What’s your take on it, Red Sox Nation?

They might look like comrades here, but soon enough, these two will be fighting for the one free spot in Boston's infield. Who ya got?


Prospect #12: Ryan Lavarnway, C

Ryan Lavarnway was selected by the Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2008 Draft out of Yale University. He hit for a NCAA-best .467 (70-for-150) average and .873 slugging percentage during his sophomore season. Lavarnway was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award and Golden Spikes Award as a junior at Yale in 2008. He also was a candidate for the Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year, named Second-Team All-Ivy and First-Team All-New England that year after leading the conference in homers (13), RBIs (42), walks (29), slugging percentage (.824) and on-base percentage (.541) while pacing the Bulldogs with a .398 batting average. He became the Ivy League’s all-time leader with 33 career homers. Read more about Ryan after the jump.

Ryan can swing with the best of 'em, but will he follow suit with Yankees star catching prospect Jesus Montero, a bat without a position?


Prospect #14: Brandon Workman, RHP

By Wessel Brocken

Brandon Workman is only the second pitcher on our prospect list so far. Workman is a 22 year old starting pitcher who was drafted out of the University of Texas in the second round last year. Brandon went 12-2 with a 3.35 ERA as a junior in 2010, led the Big 12 Conference in wins and ranked among conference leaders in innings (fourth, 104 2/3), strikeouts (fifth, 101), ERA (ninth) and opponents’ average (ninth, .247).  More after the jump.

Could we see Brandon Workman in the 'pen anytime soon?


"Catch" This Week's DTH!

Alas, the long awaited return of DTH! This week’s topic? The Red Sox catchers, a highly debated topic amongst Red Sox fans everywhere. Where does your vote lie? Should Salty and Varitek remain the 1-2 catching punch, despite the early results proving that all they can catch is flak from fans? Or should Red Sox Nation take a giant Valium and let these guys do as they do? Brendan Pitts and Andy Vanasse weigh in.

Salty and Tek's bags are packed..if you're Theo Epstein, do you ship them out?


Prospect #15: Bryce Brentz, OF

By: Wessel Brocken

Aah, Bryce Brentz. The other Bryce drafted in the 2010 draft’s first round. He was a highly regarded college bat and a lock for the first round coming in, but an ankle injury prevented that, helping him fall to the Sox in the supplemental round. In 2009, he led the NCAA in batting (.465), homers (28), slugging (.930) and total bases (214) as Sun Belt Player of the Year. He was also a pitcher in college, throwing mid 90s, so that explains his strong arm in the outfield.

Could Bryce Brentz be swinging for the monster soon?


Drop The Hammer: Postponed This Week

Hi, Sox fans! Unfortunately, there will be no Drop the Hammer debate this week.  Too many of our writers are wrapping up their college semesters this week, and we felt it would be better for you, the reader, if we took a week off to come up with a higher quality DTH next week instead of struggling and not putting our best effort forth this week. Check out the content we have posted this week, such as this afternoon’s “This Day In Red Sox History” article, or Jeff Bagwell’s JD Drew analysis.  Tune in next Monday for another DTH!


PS- If you have a particular Red Sox debate (past or present Red Sox) send it to me at and I’ll be sure to work your ideas into the rotation!