At the Sloan Sports Conference

Every year, MIT hosts a sports analytics conference. This year, it was held at the Hynes Convention Center and yours truly attended Day 1. You can read my report on the goings-on here. It was a fascinating day to be there and the baseball analytics panel was stupendous. Click the link to read more.

Tim Wakefield to Retire

After 19 seasons in the major leagues, 17 with the Boston Red Sox, 45-year-old Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is set to announce his retirement according to MLB Trade Rumors. Wakefield retires as one of the most beloved Red Sox players of his time and perhaps of all time. His career 4.41 ERA may not catch the […]

Who Makes Your All-Fenway Team?

This past Monday, the Red Sox announced that they will celebrate 100 years of Fenway Park with the All-Fenway team. Fans can vote for who they believe belongs on the team at While the official results won’t be completely published until mid-May, we want to get a head start on the action and capture […]

Sox, Ortiz Avoid Arbitration

This one came down to the eleventh hour, but it looks like the Red Sox’s streak of avoiding arbitration will continue on for at least one more year.  According to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, David Ortiz has agreed to a one year deal worth $14.575M.   When the two sides exchanged figures back in January, […]

Aceves Signs, Ortiz Still Pending

According to Peter Abraham (by way of Nick Cafardo) of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox and Alfredo Aceves have agreed to terms on a one year deal worth $1.2M.  The contract includes upwards of $100K in performance based bonuses, and allows both sides to avoid going before an arbitrator to decide their fates.  When […]

Red Sox Sign John Maine

MLB Trade Rumors passes along the announcement that The Red Sox have signed starting pitcher John Maine to a minor league contract. Maine, now 30 years old, was once rated as the 54th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America back in 2004.  His best major league season came in 2007 when he threw 191 […]

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. […]

Fire Brand turns 8!

Yesterday on December 31, 2011, Fire Brand of the American League turned eight years old. On December 31, 2003, I was still smarting from the pain of Aaron Boone’s heart-wrenching home run and felt I needed a forum to put my rantings. The blogosphere had yet to truly take off, so I coded a simple […]

Quick Notes: Kalish, Hill

When Josh Reddick was sent to Oakland as part of the package that landed Andrew Bailey, some immediate speculation was that Ryan Kalish was the favorite to start the season in right-field. However, reports have surfaced that Kalish had shoulder (labrum) surgery in November and is likely out the first few weeks of the 2012 […]

Red Sox Acquire Bailey for Reddick

MLB Trade Rumors has announced that the long-rumored Andrew Bailey to the Sox trade talks have finally come to fruition. The Sox acquire the Oakland closer in exchange for former top prospect and 2011 big league contributor Josh Reddick. More details to come… Update #2: You can read my thoughts on the trade over at […]

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of everyone at Fire Brand (Evan, Charlie, Troy, Alex, Scott, Justine, Tim, Paul, and myself), I wanted to wish everyone a happy holidays!  We’ll back to our regularly scheduled writing starting tomorrow!  Enjoy the day with your families and friends! –Chip

Sox Trade Lowrie, Weiland for Bullpen Help in Melancon

The Red Sox have acquired bullpen help, but at the cost of two players. Mark Melancon is headed to Beantown to help sure up a bullpen that may see Daniel Bard depart as a move to the rotation. The move sends utility man Jed Lowrie to Houston along with young pitcher Kyle Weiland. My initial […]