Monthly Archives: January 2012

Marco Scutaro Traded for Salary Relief

It sounds weird to say that the Sox have made a move in order to clear salary, but that’s essentially what they did on Saturday when they sent their former starting shortstop, Marco Scutaro, to the Colorado Rockies for 26-year-old righthander Clayton Mortensen. Mortensen has a career 4.74 xFIP and offers little upside with regard to his […]

Do The Sox Really Have Any Legitimate Starting Pitching Options In The Minors?

“If spring training opened tomorrow we would be comfortable where we are with our pitching depth.” ~General Manager Ben Cherington Spring training will bring many decisions. The Yankees have to decide between Phil Hughes, AJ Burnett, and Freddy Garcia to be their fifth starter. The Rays have to decide whether to open the season with […]

Shaughnessy’s Faux Rage: I’m Not Buying It

If you heard a loud thumping noise a few minutes ago, that wasn’t your imagination.  It was me bashing my head against the desk as I was reading Dan Shaughnessy’s latest opus.  Like all Shaughnessy articles, he channels his most emotional nerves to convince us that the Red Sox ownership (or whomever his target du […]

Revisiting the 2012 Luxury Tax Situation

In a two part series written last month, I discussed in detail the Red Sox’s current luxury tax situation for 2012, 2013 and beyond.  Now that the vast majority of slots on the 25-man roster have been filled, and arbitration figures have been shared, I thought I’d take another look at the situation for 2012 and examine how it may […]

Episode #116: Where we leave you all hanging out to dry…

Episode #116 Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim Daloisio Guests: Chip Buck (@chip_buck) While there were grand plans to broadcast our first live video episode of Fireside Chats to the Internets, my audio recording software and our Google Plus Hangout got along as well as Fern Cuza and Ben Cherrington. Since recorded audio is of higher priority […]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 2012 Red Sox

This offseason has seen the insults, comments, questions and general malaise come from all angles. The team hasn’t had much to be positive about after the worst regular season collapse of all time and the resulting flight of both the manager and GM. If that wasn’t bad enough, we have added just two bullpen arms by way of […]

Cafardo Mailbag: The Debbie Downer Edition

People often ask me why I continue to recap the Cafardo mailbag week after week.  Really, it’s simple.  As the lead writer here at Fire Brand, I’m tasked with writing a minimum of three articles a week.  Some weeks, I’ll make upwards of five or six contributions depending on the news or if I feel […]

Is Jacoby Ellsbury All But Gone?

It’s easy to forget that Jacoby Ellsbury only played in eighteen games two years ago. It’s easy to forget that in his last full season before 2011, his defense cost the Red Sox runs. It’s easy to forget that many, including Kevin Youkilis, questioned his toughness. In simple terms, it’s easy to forget that some […]

The Real AL Beast

This guest post was written by Mark Smith of The Platoon Advantage, It’s About the Money Stupid, Chop ‘n’ Change, and The Outside Corner.  This is his first guest post for Fire Brand of the American League.  It’s the elephant in the room. It’s the cliff on which we hang. It’s the 800-pound gorilla. Or as […]

Analyzing the Yankees Recent Moves

The 2011-2012 off season sure has been a strange one.  Let’s quickly recap it. Ryan Madson went from being on the cusp from signing a four year $44M contract to remain with the Phillies, only get to get spurned at the last second.  The Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon instead, and Madson toiled around the market […]

Jarrod Saltalmacchia signs one year deal

In a somewhat odd deal, the Red Sox have avoided arbitration with Jarrod Saltalamacchia by agreeing to a one year deal worth a reported $2.5 million. While he was worth an above average 2.5 fWAR in 2011, this is his second year of arbitration and the amount seems more than what many including I expected. […]

Oh Varitek, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

“If there are any Red Sox management here, you cannot let ‘Tek go. You have to keep him in Boston. He was our head, our captain. He should retire as a member of the Red Sox, and never leave.” That was the quote from Red Sox great Pedro Martinez as passed along by Gordon Edes […]

The Crowded Ballot

On Monday afternoon, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that former Cincinnati Reds shortstop, Barry Larkin, had been elected into the Cooperstown museum, receiving 86% of the vote.  It was Larkin’s third year on the ballot, and quite honestly, he should have been elected in 2010.  We’ll never know what Larkin did to sway enough additional […]

The value of a healthy Aaron Cook

The signing of Aaron Cook was largely seen as a move that would not effect the major league roster, but if next year has injury troubles anything close to what happened last year it’s a lock he does.  His contract is worth $1.5 million if he is on the major league roster, but I am […]

Those Whom Have Been Left Behind

Hall of Fame election time does strange things to a lot of baseball fans.  Rather than focusing on the here and now, we step back to reflect back on players of our past.  We research, study, and re-evaluate.  We uncover hidden gems we never truly appreciated, and decide others were never really worth the praise […]