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The Red Sox offense needs to be better against lefties

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The pitching is the bigger question, but the offense has another level it can take

As far as things stand on the field with the roster, most of the conversation around the Red Sox looking ahead to the 2020 season relates to the pitching. Clearly, there is good reason for that. The pitching was their undoing in 2019, and if you were to isolate one key for the 2020 campaign, few people would choose something other than the rotation. That...

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Matt_Collins

OTM Open Thread 1/20: It is Monday

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Happy Monday everyone. The Celtics have been playing some truly terrible basketball of late, and they have to try and get back on track in the primetime Martin Luther King Day game against the Lakers. That should be fun. It starts at 7:30 PM ET and will be on TNT. It is the middle game of a back-to-back-to-back on TNT, which starts with Pelicans-Grizzlies at 5:00 PM ET and ends with Warriors-Blazers at 10:00 PM ET. The Australian Open also...

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Matt_Collins

The Red Sox bullpen is going to throw a lot of curveballs

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This has been true for a couple of years and will continue to be the case in 2020.

The jury is out on the Red Sox bullpen. There has been plenty of consternation about this group for the last couple of years, some of which has been warranted and some has been a bit overblown. They weren’t really a plus last year, and early in the year they were a minus, but as the season went on their reputation was worse than their actual performance. I’ve already...

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Daily Red Sox Links: Alex Cora, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Alex Cora was no longer with the Red Sox during Winter Weekend, but he was still the focus. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)

Here’s what some of the players had to say about the investigation. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

We don’t know how the investigation will turn out, but it’s safe to assume the players probably won’t be punished. (Jen McCaffrey; The Athletic)

Where does Mookie Betts rank among right fielders on MLB.com’s list? (MLB.com)

Jackie Bradley...

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Matt_Collins

Red Sox have shown interest in Hensley Meulens for manager, per report

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He is the first rumored outside candidate.

The Red Sox manager search is obviously still in the early stages, with Sam Kennedy indicating the team is willing to enter spring training without the position filled if need-be, though that’s obviously not the preference. As one would expect, the search is starting with internal candidates, though from the outside it’s hard to know how viable those candidates are going to be. That...

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Report: Red Sox want to package Mookie Betts with David Price in trade

Whichever MLB team winds up trading for Mookie Betts may have to pay something of a tariff for him. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported on Sunday that the Boston Red Sox are seeking to package the former AL MVP with the contract of veteran pitcher David Price. The Red Sox are also said to be asking for a pair of frontline prospects. Betts, 27, just agreed to a record one-year contract to remain in Boston but could still be on the move with the team looking to slash payroll. The 34-year-old Price,...

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Red Sox could enter spring training without a manager in place

The Red Sox are one of three teams surprisingly on the hunt for a manager in January. Unlike the Astros and Mets, to whom some early names have been tied, Boston’s search for a skipper has been quiet the past few days. It seems Boston might not name a replacement for Alex Cora any time soon. Speaking to reporters (including Chris Cotillo of MassLive), Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy allowed that Boston could enter spring training without a manger in place. The Sox “would like” to have the...

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Red Sox Trade Rumors: Boston Wants to Package David Price in Mookie Betts Talks

In order for the Boston Red Sox to deal 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts, according to ESPN's Buster Olney (h/t The Score's Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb ), interested teams must also ...

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HPJoker

Favorites of the Decade: The Top Five

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We finish up our look at the fan favorites of the 2010s

You can see the bottom half of the top ten here.

5. Koji Uehara

Koji Uehara is my favorite pitcher of the decade. He’s my ideal pitcher. Old, crafty, and bewilderingly effective. You read his Brooks Baseball page and see his stat line and wonder “how?” and don’t understand it until you’ve seen it yourself. He’s like Mariano Rivera in that sense, that you can’t believe...

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Matt_Collins

OTM Open Thread 1/19: It is Sunday

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Happy Sunday everyone. We have some matinee hockey action today, with the Bruins getting a 12:30 PM ET start. That one will be against the Penguins in Pittsburgh and will also be on NBC. Not too long after that one ends, the NFL’s conference championships will kick off. First off is the AFC side with the Titans heading to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs at 3:05 PM ET. After that, the 49ers host the Packers for the NFC crown and the...

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Phil Neuffer

Finding the WAR leader outliers in Red Sox history: Part three

In this final chapter, things get difficult.

The Boston Red Sox have gone through quite the roller coaster in terms of success during the last four decades. They experienced one of the most notorious moments in franchise history in 1986 and then achieved one of the greatest accomplishments in the sport’s history in 2004, not to mention additional World Series titles in 2007, 2013 and 2018, even if that last one isn’t looking as pristine as it once did.

At the same time all that was...

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Matt_Collins

Daily Red Sox Links: J.D. Martinez, Ron Roenicke, Andrew Benintendi

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J.D. Martinez is feeling confident the league will not find much of anything on the Red Sox when their investigation is done. (Christopher Smith; Masslive)

Alex Speier takes us inside the two-day process that ended with Alex Cora out as Red Sox manager. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

John Tomas thinks Ron Roenicke is the safe choice to replace Cora. (John Tomase; NBC Sports Boston)

Mike Lowell, for his part, is open to the job. Under one...

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Watch: Red Sox's Pedro Martinez On Boston Overcoming Adversity

Pedro Martinez says Boston is meant to overcome adversity in order for our teams to have success.

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Slugger J.D. Martinez: Red Sox will be exonerated by MLB investigation

While the baseball world digests MLB’s penalties against the Houston Astros, others have an eye on what might happen to another franchise. The Boston Red Sox have been accused of using a video replay room to illegally relay signs to hitters during the 2018 season, in which they won the World Series.  The league’s investigation is ongoing, and there is no timetable for its conclusion. One Red Sox star, outfielder J.D. Martinez, said Saturday he is confident that MLB will find nothing and...

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J.D. Martinez Confident Red Sox Will Be Cleared in MLB's Cheating Investigation

Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez said Saturday he's confident the club will be cleared by MLB 's investigation into the alleged illegal use of its video replay room during the 2018 season...

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Matt_Collins

What do fans think of the sign-stealing scandal?

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We asked a few questions to all baseball fans about the last week. Here are there the results.

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week (in the regular season), we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Red Sox fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

It’s been a while since we dusted off the ol’ Fanpulse machine, but with the league losing its mind over the last week or so, it seemed like the perfect time to warm...

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Jake Kostik

The Flyby : Favorite Players on Division Rivals

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Who did everyone choose?

This past week, I asked you all a very difficult question. I wanted you to put aside your Red Sox fan bias, and tell me about players in the division, that play for division rivals... that you liked!

This is a difficult task, so I’m not surprised we had two responses. Let’s dive right in.

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Bosoxsince89 chose Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and it is very hard...

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Matt_Collins

OTM Open Thread 1/18: It is Saturday

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Happy Saturday everyone. The Bruins are off for a second straight game today, but the Celtics will be in action at home as they look to turn things around in what has been a brutal stretch. They’ll be going up against the Suns tonight starting at 7:00 PM ET. With college football over, the NBA takes over the sports world on Saturdays with a couple of ABC games. This week it’s Clippers-Pelicans at 3:30 PM ET and then Lakers-Rockets at...

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Daily Red Sox Links: Jason Varitek, Michael Chavis, Joe Castiglione

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At Winter Weekend, Sam Kennedy indicated the managerial search will start with in-house candidates. (Chris Cotillo; Masslive)

The fans have made their preference clear. (Ian Browne; RedSox.com)

Meanwhile, Sean McAdam isn’t expecting an experienced veteran to get the job. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal)

Should the players have gotten punished for the sign-stealing scandal? (Christopher Gasper; Boston Globe)

Michael Chavis is getting ready for the...

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Travis Lakins designated for assignment

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He makes room for Matt Hall.

Earlier Friday evening, the Red Sox made a minor trade — a theme of the last few weeks for them — acquiring left-handed pitcher Matt Hall from the Tigers in exchange for minor-league catcher Jhon Nuñez. At the time of the deal, they had not announced what the corresponding roster move would be to make room for Hall on the 40-man roster. Now we know. The Red Sox announced they have designated Travis Lakins for...

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