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New Podding the Red Sox episode: Andrew Benintendi trade rumors, Corey Kluber’s market, and missing Winter Weekend this year

After debuting with a short, two-minute trailer last week, Podding the Red Sox: A BloggingtheRedSox.com Podcast is back with its first full official episode on Friday.

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OTM Roundtable: What’ll be left in spring training?

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Predicting how slow the offseason will continue to be.

As I write this things on the free agent market are starting to move a little bit, at least relative to what we had been seeing for most of the free agency period this winter. Things have been getting progressively slower the past few years, and the financial uncertainty caused by the pandemic has only worked to speed up that slowing down. It also doesn’t help that there are no clear...

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Jake Kostik

FanPost Friday: What’ll be shocking?

You can choose Andrew Benintendi being traded, but it’s not much of a shock to me. | Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

2020 wasn’t great for moves. 2021 may be good for moves.

It’s no secret. 2020 was a terrible year for Red Sox fans. Not only was the team bad, but there weren’t even many moves to get excited about, which can help soften the blow a little bit when your team isn’t competitive.

To highlight things, the most memorable moves all involved giving up a...

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OTM Open Thread 1/15: It is Friday

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Happy Friday everyone. Today is the final day for teams and players to exchange arbitration figures. That means Rafael Devers and the Red Sox need to exchange figures today or risk a trial. It is not expected that the two sides will negotiate toward a one-year settlement before a trial, which does not preclude a longer term deal but does make it more likely the two sides will go to a hearing. In other sports, the Celtics are expected to get...

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Mike Carlucci

MLB Network ranks Alex Verdugo number four among top center fielders

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Is the Bradley replacement already on the roster?

As is typical around this time, MLB Network is taking inventory of players and putting together lists of the stars position by position. In this series various analysts along with “The Shredder,” which is a projection-based system put together by MLB’s research team, rank players at every position. On The Shredder’s top center fielders list is none other then Alex Verdugo at number...

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MLB Roundup 1/15: Phillies sign Archie Bradley

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Plus, the Giants sign a former rival.

Phillies sign Archie Bradley

The reliever market continues to churn along, at least in comparison to the rest of the market out there. On Thursday, another one of the bigger names came off the board and went to a team that perhaps needed help here more than any other in the league. That would be the Phillies, who signed former D-Back and Red Archie Bradley to a one-year deal worth $6 million.

Bradley was one of the most...

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Daily Red Sox Links: Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers, Theo Epstein

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As the week has gone on it has seemed more and more likely that a trade involving Andrew Benintendi was coming, to the point that some expect it to be done by the end of the weekend. Chad Finn doesn’t think this is a path Boston should take. (Chad Finn; Boston.com)

Friday is a big day for baseball as it is the deadline for players and teams to exchange arbitration figures. That includes Rafael Devers. (Julian McWilliams; Boston...

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Wait wait wait... the Red Sox are good?

He’s back! Probably. | Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

That escalated quickly!

Outside of the treason, almost nothing has surprised me more this year than FanGraphs’s projected win-loss records for the upcoming season. The Red Sox are ranked extremely high and I don’t know what to do:

Highest projected team W-L% for 2021 per FanGraphs

1. San Diego Padres (.590)
2. Los Angeles Dodgers (.580)
3. New York Mets (.558)
4. Houston Astros (.545)
5. Boston Red Sox (.542)
6. New York Yankees (.541)
7....

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Red Sox reportedly among teams negotiating with Marcus Semien

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He would be an interesting solution to the second base problem.

While some of what the Red Sox are going to do this winter is pretty much common knowledge — there’s no way they don’t add to both their rotation and bullpen, for example — their plan at second base has always seemed a bit murky. At times it’s seemed that they were going to go for a cheap veteran, at other times it’s seemed like they might go more expensive, and still at...

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MLB Roundup 1/14: Astros sign Pedro Báez

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Another reliever comes off the board

Pedro Báez signs with the Astros

With spring training getting so close and MLB for now still telling teams things are going to start on time, you would have thought things would pick up in free agency, but at least over the last couple of days that hasn’t been the case. Instead, there were no signings on Tuesday and on Wednesday there was just one, with another reliever coming off the board. After Liam Hendriks signed...

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Mike Carlucci

OTM Open Thread 1/14: It is Thursday

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We’ve got one heck of a throwback today

Welcome to Thursday! We’re still waiting for the Sox to make a big move. The Celtics have a scheduled off day, which comes at a good time. But the Bruins, whose season just started, take on the New Jersey Devils at 7:00 PM ET. On this day in 2003: the Red Sox agreed to terms with free agent INF Bill Mueller on a two-year deal with a club option for 2005. That worked out pretty well! Talk about what you want and...

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Phil Neuffer

Daily Red Sox Links: Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, Corey Kluber

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The Red Sox don’t have much time left before they’ll have to go to arbitration with Rafael Devers. Ian Browne explores how things could play out before it comes to that. (Ian Browne; MLB.com)

At this point, it may be only a matter of time before Andrew Benintendi is traded, but the details remain up for debate. (Mike Axisa; CBS Sports)

We are inching closer to seeing the Red Sox’s full plans for roster building this offseason. (John Tomase;...

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Step-by-Step Blueprint for '21 Red Sox to Win AL East, Be World Series Contender

The 2021 Boston Red Sox as American League East winners and World Series contenders? You must be kidding. That was undoubtedly the immediate reaction of more than a few of you upon reading that headline...

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Red Sox’ Alex Verdugo named fourth-best center fielder in baseball heading into 2021 season by MLB Network

Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo has been named the fourth-best center fielder in baseball headed into the 2021 season by MLB Network. The 24-year-old, finishing behind the likes of Mike Trout, former teammate Cody Bellinger, and George Springer, only started one game in center field for Boston last year during his debut season with the club.

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Red Sox among clubs that have ‘been involved to some extent in negotiations’ with free-agent infielder Marcus Semien, per report

The Red Sox are among the clubs that have been “involved to some extent in negotiations with free-agent infielder Marcus Semien,” according to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden.

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Red Sox attend two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber’s showcase in Florida

The Red Sox were one of approximately 25 teams to attend free-agent right-hander Corey Kluber’s showcase on Wednesday, as confirmed by MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo.

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SB Nation Reacts: Where will the big free agents land?

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Unsurprisingly, Boston does not appear to be a favorite in the eyes of fans.

As we sit here today in mid-January, we are somehow only a little over a month from camps around baseball being in full swing, at least as of now. Clearly, with everything going on with the pandemic around the nation that could change, but for now the assumption is things are going to run as scheduled. With that being the case, there is no doubt that teams and free agents need to...

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The Red Sox can’t put too much on Tanner Houck’s shoulders in 2021

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He was great in three starts, but there’s no need to rush him into an important role.

In the miserable slog that was the 2020 Red Sox season, there were a few bits of sunshine that were able to sneak their way through, perhaps none more so the performance from Tanner Houck down the stretch. The rookie was down at the Alternate Site in Pawtucket for most of 2020, but Boston brought him up to the majors for the last few turns for the...

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OTM Open Thread 1/13: It is Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday everyone. It sure seems like an Andrew Benintendi trade is coming sometime soon, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for that and any other potential Red Sox news. Other than that, the NHL season kicks off tonight with a triple-header on NBC Sports Network starting at 5:30 PM ET, and there is some college basketball throughout the day. Use this space to discuss whatever you’d like. As always, just be nice to each other.

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Phil Neuffer

Daily Red Sox Links: Andrew Benintendi, Bianca Smith, Alex Colome

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Rumors are swirling all over the place about the trade market surrounding Andrew Benintendi, with updates coming in seemingly every few hours. So with these talks seemingly being the focal point of the Red Sox offseason right now, what does it mean? (Alex Speier; Boston Globe)

Bianca Smith’s journey that has so far led her to joining the Red Sox’s organization features a wide-ranging experience in the game of baseball. (Branson Wright; The...

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