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Ghosts Of Red Sox Past: The 2013 Playoffs

Ben takes a look at some familiar faces we’ll see throughout the 2013 playoffs.

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To live for the Sox and imbibe in L.A.

Jeff Polman makes his Fire Brand debut, vacuums the rug and uses words like ‘imbibe.’

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Daniel Nava: Odd Man Out?

Predicting the 13 position players that could make up the 2013 Boston Red Sox Opening Day Roster. Specifically, will Daniel Nava make the team?

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An Open Letter to Josh Beckett

Attempting to process some of the emotional baggage from one of my favorite and least favorite Red Sox players of the last decade.

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Red Sox Exploring Beckett Trades

Is Beckett being shopped? If so, who are the potential suitors?

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The $6M Question

As Charlie mentioned in his column yesterday, the Marco Scutaro trade provided the Red Sox with $6M in salary relief.  While it might seem strange to many of us that a high-revenue club with a payroll consistently hovering around the luxury tax threshold could need some salary relief, it’s a sign of the times.  The […]

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Assessing Boston's shortstop options

One of 9 total players to earn a hit.

With the departure of Alex Gonzalez to Toronto, it’s time to move on and explore what options are available to Boston to man the shortstop position in 2010 — and possibly beyond. I’ve gone through some potential free-agent and trade options and then tied it all in a neat little bow for consideration.

Internal options include Jed Lowrie and Jose Iglesias.

The free agent market has a bevy of options, but they all have their drawbacks. From Marco Scutaro to Adam Everett to Miguel Tejada to Craig Counsell — yes, Craig Counsell — we have you covered here.

Want to think trade? Stephen Drew, Cristian Guzman and Hanley Ramirez are considered.

Yeah, Hanley Ramirez. The New York Daily News has a note that the Marlins are talking to the Red Sox about a Hanley Ramirez trade.

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BOS 8, FLA 2: Six runs in fourth pace Sox

While all eyes were stuck on Hanley Ramirez, Tim Wakefield and David Ortiz stole the show.

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Remember when Josh Beckett was great?

And I know that “game-calling” skills may be overrated. But in the case of Beckett, I prefer Varitek to be behind the plate, rather than Kottaras. No disrespect to Georgie boy, but I like when the calm, collective, intelligent mind of Tek is calling the shots while Beckett is on the hill. Could be just a personal preference I guess. But we will all agree, I’m sure, that nobody knows Beckett like Tek does.

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Chat Transcript: Ortiz, Yankees, Buchholz and more

David Ortiz – Samara Pearlstein

Sit down with a big cup of coffee, because have I a treat for you. I participated in a chat on Tuesday night and they have made the transcript available for Fire Brand to peruse.

I talk about which minor leaguers to keep an eye on… what the Sox need to do to win this year… how important David Ortiz is to us.

Oh, I also throw out predictions such as who will finish at first… scoff at the Yankees… and talk about who the heck can be our future catcher.

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