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Postby MattyB » Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:19 am

Red Sox Report Cards: Andrew Benintendi

About fifteen months before Andrew Benintendi’s MLB debut with the Boston Red Sox on August 2nd in Seattle, the promising young prospect was finishing up his finals and tearing up collegiate baseball at the University of Arkansas.

That’s how quick the rookie jumped through the minor leagues. Benintendi was drafted on June 8th 2015, and was in the major leagues just under fourteen months later.

Benintendi raked in the minors, hitting .312 with 38 doubles, 16 triples, 20 homers and 107 RBI’s to go along with a 63 to 74 strikeout to walk ratio in just 151 career games.

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Postby MattyB » Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:35 am

Kopech, Dubon, Ball recognized ahead of Arizona Fall League All-Star game

Boston Red Sox prospects Michael Kopech and Trey Ball have been named to the West Division roster for the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game.

Mauricio Dubon is one of three vote-in candidates. You can vote for him here.

Dubon is batting .293 with a .310 on-base percentage, .537 slugging percentage, .846 OPS, two homers, two doubles, one triple, three RBIs and five runs in 10 games for the Surprise Saguaros. The slick defensive shortstop also has played center field this fall.

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Postby MattyB » Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:52 am

Both ex-Red Sox have shown brilliance as Cubs, Indians head for Game 7

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona and ex-Boston GM Theo Epstein will meet for a seventh game.

Epstein's Chicago Cubs won 9-3 over Francona's Cleveland Indians in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday. Decisive Game 7 is Wednesday at 8:08 p.m. at Progressive Field.

The brilliance of both Francona and Epstein has been on display throughout the postseason and during this World Series.

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Postby MattyB » Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:14 am

Dombrowski’s offseason will serve as a referendum on whether theSox should have kept Cherington

While gearing up to watch the final innings of this thrilling World Series/Red Sox Alumni “Why Can’t We Get Players Like That?” Midwestern Tour, a quick question for you that’s been rattled around in my mind for much of October. Answer honestly, now:

Do you wish the Red Sox had kept Ben Cherington as their general manager?

I know, the wise-guy answer – and one rooted, beyond the layer of sarcasm, in stone-cold truth– is something like this: “No. He never should have been general manager in the first place. They should have kept Theo in the first place.”

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Postby MattyB » Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:29 am

Is a deal for Royals closer Wade Davis possible?

The Red Sox clearly need to bolster their bullpen this offseason. How about Royals closer Wade Davis?

Kansas City picked up the righty's $10 million option for 2017, the final year he's under contract with the Royals.

Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo wrote in his Sunday column that the Red Sox could try to trade for Davis this offseason.

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Postby MattyB » Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:36 am

Red Sox’ Dave Dombrowski has to-do list at general managers meetings

One win separated the Red Sox from the Cleveland Indians during the regular season, but the competition in the American League Division Series wasn’t nearly as close.

The Red Sox have work to do this offseason, and with the general managers meetings beginning today in Arizona, the table is set for Dealin’ Dave Dombrowski to dive right in.

The Red Sox president of baseball operations acquired Craig Kimbrel from the San Diego Padres just a week after the GM meetings ended last year. Here’s a peek at what should be on Dombrowski’s to-do list this week.

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Postby MattyB » Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:53 am

Swihart moving back to catcher

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Red Sox are moving backwards on Blake Swihart.

Swihart, who caught just six games last season before the Sox moved him to left field, will report to spring training next February as a catcher.

A 24-year-old switch hitter overflowing with athleticism, Swihart was not highly regarded defensively when he took a month in the minors to get familiar with left field. He returned to start 13 games and hit .259 before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.

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Re: Red Sox: 2016 news and game stories ..

Postby MattyB » Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:07 am

Red Sox not in on Edwin Encarnacion?

Following the retirement of David Ortiz, the Red Sox this offseason are of course faced with a substantial void at DH. On that front, the best DH type on the free-agent market is without question Edwin Encarnacion, who last season hit 42 home runs for the Blue Jays. To be sure, no one's going to replace the power and on-base skills of Big Papi -- to say nothing of his leadership -- but Encarnacion seems the best bet to come the closest.

So it looks like a natural fit. Yes, Encarnacion's going into his age-34 season and will likely command a contract that extends well into his decline phase. That said, he remains a top-tier power threat in the near-term (Fenway-friendly right-handed power, at that), and the Sox would be plucking him directly from their chief AL East rival. Surely such a pairing is in the works!

Well, not necessarily, reports WEEI's Rob Bradford. Sources tell Bradford that the team hasn't yet had any serious talks with Encarnacion or his representatives. Bradford's story also includes details on why the going rates for Encarnacion may not fit in with Dave Dombrowski's plans for the DH spot.

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Postby MattyB » Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:08 am

RED SOX AMONG MOST AGGRESSIVE IN PURSUIT OF GREG HOLLAND

The Red Sox recognize Greg Holland might be a really good fit. But they also have come to understand there are other teams that feel the same way.

According to a major league source, the Red Sox are among the most aggressive suitors for the free agent relievers. There are, however, “several teams” that are showing a similar level of interest.

The Red Sox have been intrigued by the former Kansas City closer even before last Monday’s showcase, in which Holland showed good health and a fastball that sat in the low 90’s.

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Re: Red Sox: 2016 news and game stories ..

Postby MattyB » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:21 am

The cost of potentially signing Edwin Encarnacion or Jose Bautista beyond cash?

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski might be more reactive to the free agent market this offseason. Signing a big-name slugger to replace retired DH David Ortiz isn't on the top of his priority list.

He has talked about how he might fill the DH position internally with a combination of players. He seems less inclined to sign Edwin Encarnacion who reportedly wants five years, $125 million.

Dombrowski last week at the GM Meetings mentioned how the Red Sox have several internal candidates to play third base, first base and DH in the coming years because of players already on the roster (Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw, Brock Holt) and prospects nearing the majors such as third baseman Yoan Moncada and first baseman Sam Travis.

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