Two (long) months until Spring Training!
There’s newfound drama with Tom Brady’s brother-in-law.
After stocking up on beer and scotch, The Advanced Scout analyzes the New York Yankees
The Advanced Scout takes his head out of the oven and analyzes the New York Yankees
Matt Imbrogno of Yankee Analysts dropped by to answer a few of Chip’s questions about the Yankees.
Boston Red Sox (33-26) @ New York Yankees (33-24) Jon Lester (7-2, 3.94) @ Freddy Garcia (4-4, 3.34) 7:05 PM EDT | Yankee Stadium (Bronx, N.Y.) TV: NESN, YES, MLB Network RADIO: WEEI 850, WWZN 1510 INJURY REPORT Boston: Rich Hill, left elbow sprain (Placed on the 15-day DL on June 3, retroactive to June 2) [...]
This one courtesy of James, aka “jgr jgr”. James submitted a few puzzling questions, though this one made me think the most:
“Is there some hitter or pitcher out there under the radar that you think will be wearing a new Boston uniform in 2010?”
Well, going off this question, we’ll avoid talking about the likely suspects, including Bay, Holliday, Harden, or Scutaro who have all received a great deal of coverage not only on this site, but on Sox discussion boards ‘Nation’ wide (Yes, that was a pun. No, I won’t apologize.)
As for truly under the radar names, we must look really deep into the free agent roster, probably to the point of back-end bullpen types or bench hitters. While these moves may not be exciting to the average layman, these are the transactions that make championships. Depth and injury/slump insurance is perhaps one of the most underrated aspects of building a championship team. John Henry could grab any fan off the streets to build a team that could win 100 games if everything were guaranteed to go as planned. However, the true talent and meddle of a front office is tested by their contingency planning.
When a team has the type of financial resources the Sox have, it’s difficult to pick a truly “under the radar” name that will make an impact, as the players the team is likely to sign are usually the top free agents, too big to fly below the hard deck.
But there is still value to be that the rest of the baseball world is not discussing. Here’s a few that I think the Sox may settle on before the off-season ends:
Value at Starting Pitcher
Assuming that the Cubs re-sign Rich Harden, while Ben Sheets and Erik Bedard find other suitors, I would love to see the Sox sign Carl Pavano. Though his 5.10 ERA left much to be desired, Pavano actually turned in quite a season in 2009, with a 4.00 FIP ERA to go along with a 3.77 K:BB rate. While his 6.64 K/9 was merely average, a 1.76 BB/9 rate is more than adequate.
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Bill James has come out with his new handbook for 2009, and in the handbook are the early statistical projections for players next year. This may be especially significant in the case of the Red Sox, as James has a vast amount of knowledge of players in the Red Sox system due to being employed by the team.
Reports have very early talks between the Red Sox and Dodgers for Manny Ramirez. The Red Sox would most likely ask for Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier, two young, cost-controlled outfielders who also hit the ball well. The Dodgers do not want to add payroll, so it is possible that the Dodgers might ask the [...]