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Trading Jacoby Ellsbury

Facing the final year of his contract, many are suggesting that the Red Sox trade Jacoby Ellsbury. Hunter Golden examines his market and identifies some players the Red Sox may be able to get in return.

6/14: Live game chat tonight for the Sox-Rays opener

Boston Red Sox (39-26) @ Tampa Bay Rays (35-31) Tim Wakefield (3-1, 4.84) @ James Shields (5.4, 2.85) 7:10 PM EDT | Tropicana Field (St. Petersburg, FL) TV: NESN, MLB Network RADIO: WEEI 850, WWZN 1510 INJURY REPORT Boston: Bobby Jenks, left back tightness (Placed on the 15-day on DL June 8); Rich Hill, left elbow […]

A Fix for Interleague Play

Boston Red Sox Daniel Nava watches his grand slam along with Philadelphia Phillies catcher Brian Schneider during the second inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts June 12, 2010.  REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

We are in the middle of inter-league play. Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers are coming to Boston. It is going to be an exciting weekend, but the last series with the Diamondbacks does not get circled on any fan’s schedule in January nor does the All-Star Game unless it is in your home city. A few slight schedule changes could assist in making inter-league play tolerable for even the purists.

As my colleague mentioned a few days ago, inter-league play generates too much revenue to be eliminated in the near future. But below is a plan to alleviate the two major negatives to those contests: too many games and the unbalanced schedule.

Is it Time to Get Rid of Interleague Play?

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) steals third base against Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria in the sixth inning during their interleague game at Coors Field in Denver on June 18, 2009. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey) Photo via Newscom

This will be the fourteenth season of interleague play in the Major Leagues. Perhaps the most controversial of Bud Selig’s innovations, interleague has had a good run with some wonderful moments, but it has also produced some head-scratching matchups, highlighted the gap in talent between the American and National Leagues, and introduced a level of imbalance that is, at least in my view, antithetical to the spirit of baseball. Despite the revenue boost it has given some clubs, it may be time to end – or at least reduce – the interleague experiment.

Evan Brunell’s 2010 MLB Predictions: Does Boston win it?

Game Four-NLDS-Colorado Rockies Host Philadelphia Phillies

As the advent of spring training games are upon us, I thought I’d kick off everyone’s favorite little exercise by providing my own personal predictions as to how I think the season will shake out. Now, before I do so, a word of caution: predictions can change daily based on events. Heck, my predictions change multiple times a week. But I’ve gotta make predictions at some point, right? Point being, I might disagree with my own predictions a week from now. Most of the time, these kind of predictions are an exercise in fallacy, but it’s not going to stop me from trying.

I don’t know why I made things harder on myself, but I set out to present an exact record. This means I had to go into a spreadsheet and make sure all the wins and losses totaled the correct amount of games while also balancing out to a .500 record. Took me a while, but dadgum it, I did it. One thing I did not control for was the unbalanced schedule (in a total record sense), but I already strained my tenuous math skills, so I wasn’t about to complicate it further.

Click “read more” or the headline to find my predictions.

Red Sox start offseason with bang, acquire Jeremy Hermida

Marlins vs. Braves

UPDATE: Theo on the trade: “It was a chance to get a guy with unfulfilled potential for a reasonable cost.” The Red Sox consider Hermida an average defender in either left or right field. (MLBTR)

The Red Sox have acquired Florida Marlin outfielder Jeremy Hermida for lefty pitchers Hunter Jones and Jose Alvarez.

Hermida, 25, has been long on potential after being the 11th pick in the 2002 draft. However, with injuries and no “leap forward,” he was a liability to the club at a $2.25 million salary, sure to rise in arbitration.

2009 NL East Preview

Now, I could talk myself into a few of Washington’s pitchers doing better than we’d expect; Cabrera, Zimmerman, Olson. But Cabrera has always had trouble with his control, so expecting him to “get it together” isn’t logical. And Scotty Olsen has some makeup issues as well. Zimmerman is very young, and young pitchers are, well, see: Clay Buccholz, Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy, Homer Bailey, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc…etc.

Move the Marlins to Boston

It has never been more difficult to get a ticket to professional sports than it is in Boston as of Halloween day, 2008.

In short, unlike virtually every other major city in the US, Boston is the only place where you can’t walk up to the door of a professional event and purchase tickets for anything less than $50+.

With the legislature dragging its feet in getting taxpayers to give hundreds of millions to an unpopular team (good luck with that one, guys), and Dolphin Stadium being at best a mediocre home to any sport, the Marlins may not be long for Florida.

MLB Offseason Evaluations

I hate being mean….. LaTroy Hawkins signs with Yankees for 1 year, $4 million Hawkins is the first of a few moves the Yankees have to make in order to find a diamond in the rough at the setup man spot in their bullpen. With Joba Chamberlain moving to the rotation full time, Hawkins will […]

Hooking the King Fish: Miguel Cabrera to Red Sox?

We’ve been discussing the options at thirdbase for a while now. I made my stance Thursday for no Mike Lowell. Who do I want? The answer is in this article: Miguel Cabrera. We’ve discussed Cabrera all weekend; let’s discuss him some more. On Thursday, look for me to present another potential option at third… this […]

Centerfield Conundrum

Let’s take a close look at center field today. As it stands today, the Red Sox have four people who could play center for the Red Sox over the course of the 2007 season. Working from least chance of the most at-bats to most chance, we start with Jacoby Ellsbury, who was the topic of […]

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