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Postby MattyB » Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:04 am

Red Sox have few candidates to fill David Ortiz’ leadership role

A new year, a new team.

And while former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington’s fingerprints remain, it’s getting more and more difficult to see resemblances of the last great Red Sox team: the 2013 World Series champions.

The only three players left? Dustin Pedroia, who led the 2013 team with 6.3 WAR, according to Baseball-Reference, Xander Bogaerts, who, legally, had to keep his distance from the champagne baths during the AL East title celebration that September (he didn’t turn 21 until October), and Brandon Workman, who earned manager John Farrell’s trust that postseason but has barely pitched for the Red Sox since.

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Postby MattyB » Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:29 am

Rodriguez appears OK but Red Sox pitcher needs stateside follow-up

Eduardo Rodriguez’ right knee injury, suffered in a mound slip during winter ball in Venezuela, doesn’t seem to have the Red Sox overly worried.

Once a visa issue is resolved, the left-hander is expected to come to the United States to be further examined.

“Sometime in the next couple weeks, before the (team’s annual) winter weekend, he’ll be here and we’ll get copies of all the tests that have been done there, which have already been seen,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said of Rodriguez. “But (we’ll) get ’em in our hands and get a chance to visit with him at that point.”

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Postby MattyB » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:31 am

Silverman: How Red Sox compare to others in AL East

One month ago, right after Dave Dombrowski stunned baseball by trading away two of the top prospects in the game for Chris Sale, one rival general manager cast a new and different light on the wisdom of the Red Sox sacrificing their future for the present.

At the very least, Dombrowski deserved credit for good timing.

“Look, you can argue that he gave up too much for Sale or you can love the move but one thing you can’t deny is that he picked the right time to do it,” the GM said. “Because the rest of the American League is down right now. And they’re trying to win now.”

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Postby MattyB » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:24 am

Hall voting shows softened stance

With nearly half of the Hall of Fame ballots accounted for by Friday afternoon, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both have seen surges in voting in their fifth year. Bonds was at 64 percent (up from 44.3 percent last year) and Clemens at 63.5 percent (up from 45.2 percent). That’s still short of the required 75 percent for induction, but there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Based on weekend projections, Tim Raines (91.4 percent), Jeff Bagwell (90.9), and Ivan Rodriguez (79.7) will qualify. On the cusp were Vladimir Guerrero at 74.6 and Trevor Hoffman at 73.1. Edgar Martinez was at 66.5, Mike Mussina at 60.9, and Curt Schilling, clearly hurt by his controversial post-career comments, at 52.3.

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