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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:13 am

Sox GM: No more roster splashes expected

BOSTON -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington all but put to rest Thursday any notion that the Sox will sign free agent pitcher James Shields or trade for another front-line starting pitcher before the start of spring training.

Speaking with reporters before the annual Boston baseball writers dinner, Cherington said that while the club may tweak the roster between now and spring training, he does not anticipate “big headline-grabbing moves."

“We like where we’re at," Cherington said. “We like the collection of pitchers we have. We feel like there’s upside, untapped potential with the group we ..

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:14 am

Holt packing infield and outfield gloves

BOSTON -- Red Sox utilityman Brock Holt, who missed the last month of the season after experiencing concussion symptoms, said Thursday that he plans to have a last followup consultation before the start of spring training with Dr. Micky Collins, the clinical and executive director of the University of Pittsburgh Sports Medicine Concussion program.

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Holt has been symptom-free since being cleared by Collins in October to resume baseball activity, but he has remained in periodic contact with Collins. “He texts me now and then," Holt said. “I haven’t talked with him lately... but he did say he wanted to see me one more time just to tie a ribbon around the whole thing, so I’ll get in contact with him and schedule one more appointment if he wants to see me one more time...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:45 am

Kelly on Allen Craig: He's going to dominate

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- Before Allen Craig even had the chance to speak for himself Saturday at the Red Sox’s Baseball Winter Weekend event, his teammate Joe Kelly put the word out on what to expect from him in 2015 to a group of reporters.

“He’s going to be awesome,” Kelly said. “He carried our team -- the [St. Louis] Cardinals -- for multiple years. He was the best hitter on our team, hands down. We had Matt Hollidays, we had Lance Berkmans. But check out any playoff games, any stats, the guy was our best player, 100 percent.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:46 am

Monbouquette made an impression

BOSTON -- The first time I wrote about Bill Monbouquette, I was 9.

It was the opening day of school for Mrs. Patch's fifth grade class in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, and the homework assignment she gave was that perennial favorite, How I Spent My Summer Vacation. With the benefit of hindsight, it would be easy to surmise that day marked the launch of a life that would be spent in baseball press boxes. But at the time, the assignment was merely an irresistible invitation to relive the greatest moment of a small-town kid's ordinary existence: The day my father slid behind the wheel of his old Dodge, stuck me in the backseat -- I honestly don't remember if my older brother came with us -- and drove 45 miles to take me to Fenway Park for the first time.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:41 am

Red Sox, Rangers swap pitchers

The Boston Red Sox traded right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday for left-handed pitcher Robbie Ross.

Ranaudo, 25, made his major league debut with the Red Sox last season, going 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA in seven starts.

Considered one of several high-ceiling pitching prospects in the Boston organization, Ranaudo was named the International League's most valuable pitcher in 2014, leading the IL in wins (14) and ERA (2.61).

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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:42 am

Red Sox won't look out for No. 1

BOSTON -- It was the year after Pedro Martinez walked away as a free agent. Curt Schilling was hurt. Boston's big free-agent signings that winter were Matt Clement, who had had some middling success with the Padres and Cubs, and 42-year-old left-hander David Wells. The rotation was rounded out by Bronson Arroyo, in his second full season as a big-league starter, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, and Wade Miller, who had never gotten over the shoulder problems that had derailed his career in Houston. There wasn't an ace in sight, except on the disabled list, where Schilling spent most of the season, then tried to come back as a closer...

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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:42 am

Bogaerts in shape for strong season

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- Things rarely came easy for Boston Red Sox phenom Xander Bogaerts in his first full year at the major league level last season. And yet, the team’s faith in him never faltered.

Through all the ups and downs -- the hot start at the plate, the massive slump from June to August that coincided with a shift from shortstop to third base, the strong finish to the season after once again settling in at short -- the team never suggested it was considering the idea of sending Bogaerts back to the minors.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:12 am

Five Sox players on Top 100 prospects list

The future looks bright for the Boston Red Sox.

ESPN’s Keith Law released his annual Top 100 prospects (Insider required) on Thursday, and five Red Sox made the list. Top-ranked catcher Blake Swihart leads the pack at No. 10, while left-hander Henry Owens (20), left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (29), third baseman Rafael Devers (55) and outfielder Manuel Margot (70) also made the cut.

Here’s a closer look at Boston’s five representatives:

Blake Swihart
Age: 22
2014 Stats: .293/.341/.469, 13 home runs, 64 RBI between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket
Law’s take: “A supreme athlete who is nearly as good a defender as Vazquez but with All-Star upside with the bat.”

Henry Owens
Age: 22
2014 Stats: 17-5, 2.94 ERA, 170 strikeouts in 159 innings pitched between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket.
Law’s take: “He'll probably pitch with an average fastball or just slightly better, but a 70 change and a 55 curveball [on 20-80 grading scale] with good command and an advanced feel for setting up hitters adds up to a well above-average major league starter.”

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:12 am

Sox, Nava reach deal to avoid arbitration

The Red Sox agreed to terms with outfielder/first baseman Daniel Nava on a one-year contract for 2015 on Thursday, thus avoiding arbitration.

The deal is for $1.85 million, according to multiple reports.

Nava, 31, served as the team’s Opening Day leadoff hitter last season before struggling at the plate and eventually being optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Upon his return to the majors, the switch-hitter posted much-improved numbers, raising his .130 average at the time of his demotion up to .270 by season’s end. He also hit four homers and drove in 37 runs.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:13 am

Vazquez in his comfort zone behind plate

BOSTON -- Between Boston and Triple-A Pawtucket, the Red Sox’s Christian Vazquez played in 121 games last season, 106 of them behind the plate. That’s a full load for any catcher, and more games than he’d ever played in a single season. He was entitled to take the winter off.

Instead, Vazquez elected to play winter ball in his native Puerto Rico, appearing in 33 more games for the San Juan Senators in the Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente, named after that island’s greatest star. Sure, it was extra work, and meant a few more bucks, but mostly it was a labor of love.

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