Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Reports have surfaced that the Red Sox may be looking into possibilities for free agent closer Jonathan Broxton. Broxton will likely come for a cheap price, as he was injured and ineffective for much of 2011. He finished 1-2/5.68/10, saving 7/8 chances in 12 games and 10 innings. The fireballer had surgery on his throwing elbow in 2011, but if healthy would likely be a good pitcher. He has shown that he can be effective consistently after going 5-6/4.04/73 and saving 22/29 chances in 64 games. In 2009, he was even better, going 7-2/2.61/114 and saving 36/42 chances in 73 games. I would certainly not mind signing Broxton for bullpen depth, but he looks a lot like Bobby Jenks to me and I would not trust him in the closer role. Like Jenks, he is a closer who has been injured and declined over the past few years. He would probably be available to a 1 year/$2.5 million contract. As I said, I would like Broxton to compete for a bullpen job, but nothing more.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Reports have surfaced that the Red Sox may be interested in free agent reliever Luis Ayala. Ayala had a magnificent season out of the 'pen for the Yankees in 2011, going 2-2/2.09/39 in 52 games and 56 innings. The Rays have also looked into Ayala, and I'm sure that after that season, the Yankees would be very happy to have him back. In that case, he would not be an easy sign and probably would want a guaranteed spot on a major league team's roster-- not something to just throw away to a reliever who hasn't been spectacular for much of his career. He has a career 3.47 ERA over 5 teams, and his career line would be much better if not for rough years in 2008 and 2009 before missing a whole season in 2010. The last time the Red Sox plucked a reliever from the Evil Empire it worked pretty well (Alfredo Aceves), so I'd be all for trying it again!
Friday, November 25, 2011
It is fairly widely known that the Oakland A's have amazing pitching and terrible hitting. It is also fairly widely known that would be shopping one of their pitchers (probably Gio Gonzalez or Trevor Cahill) to get some offense in return. Yesterday, I heard a report that the Red Sox were "very high" on Gio Gonzalez, a lefty who has emerged as one of the better pitchers in baseball over the last couple of years. In 2011, he had his second straight great year, going 16-12/3.12/197. On a better team, like the Red Sox, Gonzalez could easily become a 20-game winner and a perennial Cy Young candidate. Of course, the Red Sox are not the only team in on Gonzalez, as multiple reports have surfaced of him possibly going to the Marlins or *gasp* the Yankees. Now, the problem is how to get Gio. After the Adrian Gonzalez trade, many of our high-caliber prospects are gone. However, seeing as Gonzalez is one of the best starters in the game right now, I would be very open to making a package around Will Middlebrooks or Bryce Brentz. If the Red Sox could land Gonzalez, I would be incredibly happy.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
In 2011, due to many posts and comments on certain blogs-- I saw that many Red Sox fans were unhappy with Franklin Morales. Acquired in May from the Rockies, Morales pitched for a 1-1/3.62/36 season in 36 games with the Sox. That is not bad at all, however, his walk rates and FIP of 4.26 tell a different tale and scare me a bit. In that case, I think it may not be a bad idea to have another lefty in the bullpen, and one free agent who comes to mind in Mike Gonzalez. Gonzalez had a somewhat tough year in 2011, split between the Rangers and Orioles. He was 2-2/4.39/51; however, he was hurt for some time. Through 2010 and 2011, Gonzalez certainly did not live up to the hype of his 2 year/$12 million deal struck with the Orioles. This likely means the lefty would be available for a 1 year/$3-4 million deal due to his recent injury history. Also, he could fill in the closer role from time to time as he has some experience as a closer (He saved 24/24 chances with the Pirates in 2006).
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
As I pointed out the other day, the Red Sox are in need of a right fielder for 2012. I also pointed out that they have been extensively linked to Carlos Beltran. However, it has been reported that, while they are interested in Beltran, they have actually called Grazy Sizemore. Earlier in the offseason, the Indians declined Sizemore's $9 million option for the 2012 season, meaning he would likely be available for less than that. I think he is widely seen as a low-risk high-reward option, as he has been consistently injured since 2009. From 2005-2008, he put together 4 straight All-Star seasons in which he consistently batted over .265 with more than 20 home runs and 75 RBIs, as well as 20 steals. However, since then he has been much worse, going only .224/10/32 in 71 games this year. If the Red Sox were able to pick up on Sizemore and he could bat .250/20/65 with 20 steals, I would be very happy with this move.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
This afternoon, multiple reports surfaced that the Red Sox are pretty heavily into outfielder Carlos Beltran. After injury-filled years in 2009-2010, Beltran resurfaced as an everyday player and a star in 2011. In a year split between the Mets and Giants, Beltran went .300/22/84. Of the free agents who are outfielders, Beltran is clearly the best option available. He is reported to be interested in a 2 year deal, and the Red Sox appear to be the biggest suitor. If the Red Sox were able to sign Beltran, they would become an absolutely dynamic offense. Beltran would fill the only question mark in our lineup with a plus bat that, to top it off, is a switch-hitter. He is slightly better against righties, but he still batted .286 off of lefties in 2012; as this would add another big bat to an already great lineup. If the Red Sox were able to sign Beltran for a 2 yr/$20 million deal, it would be a great move.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Right after three Red Sox took home Gold Gloves last night, three Sox took home Silver Sluggers today. In fact, two of the three players that won Gold Gloves last night, won Silver Sluggers today. The three Silver Sluggers for the Sox are first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (right), and designated hitter David Ortiz. They all had great offensive seasons, with Gonzalez going .338/27/117, Ellsbury going .321/32/105, and Ortiz going .309/29/96. The most special of these was definitely Jacoby Ellsbury, who won Sox.Rox Player of the Year with a great year. After an injury-riddled 2010, nobody expected this kind of production out of Ellsbury-- including me. His power output was tremendous compared to his previous 2 full years, as he more than doubled his total. Gonzalez was great up until late in the year when his power disappeared, but he still had a fantastic season. Ortiz was good as well, as the 2010 Sox.Rox Player of the Year was even better in 2011, as he really rebounded from a seemingly never-ending slump. I'm really proud of our Sox, and we have a very solid chance in 2012!
Last night, the Gold Glove Award winners were announced; at the time, 4 Red Sox were finalists for an AL Gold Glove. These players were first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, second baseman Dustin Pedroia (right), third baseman Kevin Youkilis, and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. As things turned out, everyone but Kevin Youkilis took home a Gold Glove at their respective position. This was Gonzalez's 3rd Gold Glove ('08, '09, '11), Pedroia's 2nd ('08, '11), and Ellsbury's 1st ('11). Ever since the Nomar Garciaparra trade on July 31, 2004; the Red Sox have really made a move to improve their defense. Many years that I've been watching NESN they've showed the defense and I've heard that the Red Sox rank 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th in errors that year. In fact, this was the first time that 3 Red Sox teammates won the award since 1979 when Rick Burleson, Dwight Evans, and Fred Lynn did it. It was even the 1st time since 1990 that multiple Red Sox won it when Mike Boddicker and Ellis Burks did it. I'm proud of all these guys and happy they are on my team!