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Xander Bogaerts received MRI for sore knee

According to multiple sources, Xander Bogaerts went to Massachusetts General Hospital to receive an MRI for his sore right knee. John Farrell said he injured it running the bases when he rounded 3rd but was held up by the 3rd base coach.

“He continued on in the game with no issue, no complaint, no word of anything, even after the game didn’t feel anything. Came in Tuesday with some increased symptoms. He was examined here and we sent him over for an MRI.”

Bogaerts has been by far the best hitter for the Red Sox this season, putting up a slash line of .433/.500/.533 with 7 RBI. Red Sox nation will be praying he is OK and is good to go tomorrow.

Yoan Moncada to start season in XST

Yoan Moncada, who was signed to the Red Sox with a $31.5 bonus last month, will start the 2015 campaign in extended spring training in Fort Myers instead of starting the season with the Greenville Drive.

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This move was likely done to allow Moncada to acclimate to pro ball before he dives in to professional baseball. After all, he’s only 19 and he didn’t play last year.

According to the Boston Globe, he will take english classes and engage in other forms of cultural assimilation before taking the plunge into pro ball with the Drive. Needless to say, Red Sox nation is very excited to see how one of the top prospects in all of baseball does.

Cliff Lee facing elbow surgery

According to CSN Philly, Cliff Lee felt a bad sensation in the same spot in his elbow that he injured last season. He will likely be examined by Dr. James Andrews, which is always a bad sign for pitchers. It may end his season, if not his career.

How will this affect the Red Sox? To start, the Red Sox are in need of top level pitching and this could possibly shrink the market for pitchers. It could also help the Red Sox in their pursuit of Cole Hamels, as any little remaining hope the Phillies had in competing this year is completely dashed if they don’t have Lee in the picture. The Phillies might be forced to deal Hamels if they decide they won’t be competitive for the next few years.



Red Sox sign Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada

MoncadaAccording to Gordon Edes at ESPN, the Red Sox have finalized a deal with highly regarded prospect Yoan Moncada. Moncada is a 19 year old switch hitting infielder out of Cuba.

Although nothing has been confirmed yet by the Red Sox organization, the deal reportedly will net Moncada a bonus of $31.5 million. Another $31.5 million will be paid out to Major League Baseball because the Red Sox have exceeded their allotment of bonus money for international players.

Moncada is 6 foot 2 inches tall and weighs 205 pounds. There were many teams like the Yankees that were interested but the Red Sox deal ended up being the most lucrative.

The Red Sox tried him out at second base, third base, shortstop, and in the outfield. The Red Sox infield is stacked with talent so it is unclear what position he will stick at but having too much talent is a problem a lot of teams would love to have.

It will be very interesting to see what level he ends up starting out the 2015 season at. Moncada expects his stay in the minors to be short but the Red Sox tend to take it slow with high risk high reward type players. He is only 19 after all and it would be a shame if his confidence took a hit going up against major league pitching. I predict he’ll start off the season in Portland but it all depends on organizational need and how he performs. Either way, it’s an exciting time to be a Red Sox fan.

Spring Training Roundup 2/12

Red Sox fans: baseball is back! And so is this blog, hopefully!

Today was the first day of Spring Training workouts for the Red Sox pitchers and catchers, as well as a number of early-to-report position players, and we are only nine days away from the first split squad games  against Northeastern University and Boston College next Thursday.

Pedroia, Middlebrooks, Napoli, Ortiz take early BP. Photo courtesy of @RedSox

Pitchers and catchers were due to report voluntarily yesterday, and position players will report in a few days. The mandatory date for all non-World Baseball Classic players to report is February 20th. The Red Sox have three participants in the Classic this year: Xander Bogaerts (Netherlands), Alfredo Aceves (Mexico) and Shane Victorino (USA). Bogaerts is with the club right now and will be for the next two weeks before he heads to Arizona to work out with his national team and eventually heads to Taiwan for pool play. Victorino is at camp, but will miss about three weeks of time starting on March 1st, which is a little bit of a concern for the team. Manager John Farrell has repeatedly stressed the importance of Ellsbury, who reported early, and Victorino to get as many reps playing next to each other in the outfield as possible. Aceves has been with the team for two years now, so his brief departure is of little concern.

The first club workout was held this morning and the first full squad practice will take place on Friday.

Today’s news and links

The big story of the day was Clay Buchholz, who strained his hamstring in a pitcher fielding practice drill only hours into day one of camp. He will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. A large collective sigh could be heard from Red Sox fans growing impatient with Buchholz’s perceived injury proneness, but  Buchholz downplayed the injury saying the strain was as “mild as it can be” and that he expects to be back by the weekend. Either way, this is not the way the Red Sox, who used the DL more than any team in baseball last year, wanted to start camp.


Mike Napoli agrees to 3 year deal with Red Sox


According to ESPN, Mike Napoli has agreed to a 3 year deal worth $39 million with the Red Sox, pending a physical. Napoli turned 31 in October and will be and he will be 33 in his last year of the contract, so the Red Sox won’t have to deal with a large drop off in production with him.

He is expected to primarily play 1st base for the Red Sox, though he will catch part-time. The most games he has ever caught in a season is 96 and it’s very likely he’ll only catch a small amount of games, depending on what the Red Sox do with Ryan Lavarnway/Jarrod Saltalamacchia this off-season  Should Salty be traded, the Sox might have him play a bigger role behind the plate.

In 19 games (and 62 ABs) at Fenway park in his career, Napoli has hit at a .306/.397/.710 slash with 7 home runs and 4 doubles. Not to mention an amazing .404 isolated slugging percentage. While this isn’t exactly a large sample size, it’s clear that he has a swing tailor-made for Fenway (just like Cody Ross) and he should put up eye popping numbers at home.

And while his defense has been far from stellar at 1st base and at catcher throughout his career (career -2.6 UZR at 1st and -25 defensive runs saved behind the plate), having a great fielding 1st baseman isn’t all that important.

All in all it seems like a great move by the Red Sox front office as they filled a large void left by Adrian Gonzalez without surrendering any prospects whatsoever and without making a long term commitment to a player.

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Rumblings and Grumblings Around Red Sox Nation

Yesterday the Red Sox officially named John Farrell the clubs 45th manager in team history, and the club’s third in as many years. In his press conference on Tuesday he emphasized a desire to “hit the ground running”, start forming healthy relationships with players and gaining their trust.  Farrell has supposedly already reached out to many Red Sox players, including some current free agents such as Cody Ross and David Ortiz. He talked with Jon Lester about mechanical flaws he noticed from afar and the chemistry between Farrell and the Red Sox front office already looks notably more comfortable than his predecessor’s ever did. As for expectations, Farrell stated that there’s an opportunity for a quick turnaround and to get back into the playoffs as soon as next year.
You can catch the whole press conference here.
The hiring of Farrell is the biggest news in Red Sox Nation, but a few other stories are worth noting.
On the free agent front:
  • The Red Sox and David Ortiz are closing in on a two-year deal that they look to finalize by Friday, according to ESPN sources. The deal is expected to be in the ballpark of $25 million, a price that Ortiz has long believed to have been seeking. However, conflicting reports surfaced yesterday suggesting that the deal being in “near-agreement” is a bit premature. Either way, all parties involved admit that there is mutual desire to work out a deal and that both are eager to get something done.
  • Ian Browne of reports that the club is continuing to negotiate a deal with Cody Ross of whom they are “confident they will retain.”
More team news:
  • On Tuesday, general manager Ben Cherington said that the team feels confident that Jose Iglesias is major league ready, however, he didn’t express complete support and said that there will be an open competition for the spot during the spring. The internal options are pretty weak with Pedro Ciriaco seemingly being the only other internal option that could put up a fight.
  • David Carpenter, who was acquired in the Farrell deal, was reportedly not going to make the 40-man roster in Toronto. It certainly seems possible that Carpenter faces a similar fate in Boston.
  • Farrell mentioned John Lackey in his press conference, highlighting the impact he needs to have on the rotation next year. Lackey will be ready for Spring training, and Farrell hopes that he, Lester and Buchholz can regain form and pitch like the top-of-the-rotation players he feels they still can be.

Red Sox Hire John Ferrell

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with the Toronto Blue Jays on a deal that will make John Farrell the next manager of the Boston Red Sox. Farrell, who was the Red Sox pitching coach from 2006 to 2010, notched a 154-170 record during his 2 year stint as the Blue Jays manager.

WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that Mike Aviles will be sent to Toronto to complete the deal. The Red Sox will get either a player or cash to complete the deal. Farrell’s deal is for three years. Stay tuned to for updates.

First Move of the Offseason

It’s not likely to change the organization’s 2013 season but the Red Sox have made their first official move of the offseason. The Sox claimed reliever Sandy Rosario off waivers. Rosario, 27, has been working in the Marlins farm system since 2004. His big league record is not much to look at (10G, 7.2IP, 13ER, 22H, 3BB) but he has a good strikeout rate in the minors (403K in 391IP). Rosario posted a nice AAA line this season and could be maturing into a decent middle reliever as he approaches “baseball prime.”

To make room for Rosario on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox DFA Che-Hsuan Lin. This comes as no real surprise; the Sox had numerous opportunities to give Lin playing time this season and bypassed him at almost every turn. Lin is a gifted defender but his bat never developed to the point that he could be justified in an AL lineup. Lin could catch on quickly as a fourth outfielder with a National League club if he does not return to the organization.