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Red Sox Spring Training 2017 Preview: Predictions, Players to Watch and More

When the Boston Red Sox report for spring training, they'll officially embark on a 2017 season that they hope will result in their fourth World Series title since 2004. Oh, by the way, the magic date is February 13. That's when Red Sox pitchers and catchers are due to report to Fort Myers, Florida. Position players will report three days later. After that, all sorts of stretching, working out, assorted high jinks and, yes, even a few games here and there will ensue. There's no telling what will happen. But at the least, we can preview it and offer a few predictions.                               The Big Newcomers With most of last year's AL East-winning roster due to return, the Red Sox didn't have many items on their offseason shopping list. So they went for quality instead, with the catches o' the winter being...     ...




Predicting Boston Red Sox Depth Charts a Month Ahead of Spring Training

The Boston Red Sox will roll into spring training with one of the best rosters in the league. That was assured when they went on a shopping spree during the winter meetings. They added lefty ace Chris Sale, slick-fielding first baseman Mitch Moreland and shutdown reliever Tyler Thornburg to a roster that produced 93 wins and an American League East title in 2016.  Before the Red Sox can get going on 2017, they need to narrow down the favorites for their 25-man roster and which players will be on the waiting list to get on it should any spots open up. With that in mind, let's run through the names Red Sox fans should really know and which ones they should also know.Begin Slideshow




Boston Red Sox’s Top Free-Agent, Trade Targets Post-New Year

With 2017 officially here and spring training just around the corner, the Boston Red Sox have the luxury of already having checked the big boxes on their offseason to-do list. They didn't need much to begin with but made a splash anyway by adding Chris Sale, Mitch Moreland and Tyler Thornburg and jettisoning Clay Buchholz. A Red Sox team that won the AL East in 2016 is now projected by FanGraphs to be the American League's best in 2017. "If we started spring training right now, we would be content where we are," Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said after Buchholz was traded, via Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. However, we should stop short of seeing the 2017 Red Sox as a finished product. They do have lingering questions to answer, so let's look at five free-agent and trade targets who could answer them.       1. Trevor Plouffe As of now, the ...




Andrew Benintendi Poised to Become MLB’s Next Rookie Superstar

This winter, most Boston Red Sox-related headlines have focused on prospects on their way out of town. Most notably, the Red Sox shipped a gaggle of young talent to the Chicago White Sox in the Chris Sale trade, including five-tool Cuban Yoan Moncada. There are still blue chips left on Boston's table, however. One of them appears poised to win a starting job out of spring training and become MLB's latest rookie star. I'm speaking, in case that headline and photo up there didn't give the game away, about Andrew Benintendi. In 34 games with the Red Sox last season, Benintendi flashed big-time potential, posting a .295/.359/.476 slash line with 11 doubles, a triple and two home runs. He also provided one of the few bright spots in Boston's division series sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Indians when he homered in Game 1: The seventh overall pick in 2015, the 22-year-old looks like ...




Is Red Sox’s Price-Sale-Porcello Trio a True Sustainable Super-Rotation?

In a discussion about just how good the Boston Red Sox's starting rotation is, there are two options: Going over it with a fine-tooth comb, or just buying into it as the greatest thing since the last greatest thing since sliced bread. Given that the genesis of this discussion only began last week, it's oh-so-easy to choose Door No. 2.  If by some chance you missed it, the Red Sox acquired ace left-hander Chris Sale in a winter meetings blockbuster. This would be the same Chris Sale who's finished no lower than sixth in the American League Cy Young voting five years running now. He hasn't actually won one yet, but that could change. Not that the Red Sox need that in order to claim a former Cy Young winner in their rotation, of course. David Price won it in 2012. Rick Porcello won it this season. The insta-analysis of them now joining forces ...




Pablo Sandoval Comments on Struggles with Red Sox, Weight and More

Lost in the shuffle of the Boston Red Sox's winter-meetings activity is the return of Pablo Sandoval to the lineup after he appeared in just three games last season. Looking back on his lost 2016, Sandoval acknowledged in a joint interview with ESPN.com's Scott Lauber and ESPN Deportes' Marly Rivera that he started to take things for granted. "My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be." Sandoval was able to squeeze a career's worth of accomplishments into his first seven seasons with the San Francisco Giants. He was part of three World Series-winning teams in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He also earned a spot in two All-Star Games and was the World Series ...




Chris Sale to Red Sox: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

The Chicago White Sox have taken the bold step of building for their future by trading ace starting pitcher Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. The White Sox announced they have acquired Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz in exchange for Sale. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal initially reported the deal. Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com also reported the Red Sox will pay the $31.2 million remaining on Moncada's $63 million deal. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the Red Sox refused to include Jackie Bradley Jr. in any trade talk. Boston beat out the Washington Nationals, who tried "hard" to land the ace by offering top prospects, per Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball. Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reported the Nationals weren't willing to give up Trea Turner and that the Red Sox's willingness to part with Moncada led to the swap. Buster Olney of ESPN reported that a "popular theory ...




John Farrell’s Contract Option Picked Up by Red Sox: Latest Details, Reaction

The Boston Red Sox won the American League East in 2016 under John Farrell, and the organization decided Monday to keep the manager around a bit longer.  The Red Sox announced they exercised the club option on Farrell's contract for the 2018 season. Travis Lee of WMTW noted the Red Sox had already told Farrell he would return for the 2017 season. Monday's news ensures the manager won't have to worry about serving as a leader with lame-duck status as the team looks to win a second World Series title under his watch. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday at the winter meetings that Farrell's "solid presence" and the fact the "players played hard for him" ultimately contributed to the decision, per Scott Lauber of ESPN.com. The 2017 campaign will be Farrell's fifth as manager of the Red Sox. The team is 339-309 under him in four years. Things started as well as he could have possibly ...




Rick Porcello Is Worthy of Cy Young, but How Did Justin Verlander Lose?

Justin Verlander won the popular vote, which is worth about as much this week as it was last week. There's a system for these elections, and we all have to come together and accept Rick Porcello as our 2016 American League Cy Young winner. Hey, it's not that bad. Porcello had a Cy-worthy season, especially if you're one of those who still believe a starting pitcher's goal every time out is to try to win the game. Porcello had 22 of those much-derided but oh-so-valuable wins, and in his 20 starts from June 18 to the end of the season, his Boston Red Sox went 17-3. If you're looking for reasons the Red Sox won the AL East after two years finishing in last place, their ability to win nearly every game Porcello started for three-plus months figures prominently on the list. And if you're looking for reasons Porcello came out on top when ...




MLB Megastar Mookie Betts Is Rare Master of All Trades

You know those people who seem to excel at everything? Mookie Betts is one of them. He was always a baseball stud. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise with him hitting .318/.363/.534 this year and finishing third in overall wins above replacement. He's also the best baserunner in baseball, plays Gold Glove-level defense in right field—even though he came up as an infielder—and in just a few days could be named American League MVP.  "I'm obviously biased, but comparing him and knowing what he's done offensively and defensively, and what he's done for our team to help get us to where we've gotten to this year, I think he deserves the award," says Bruce Crabbe, a minor league coach for the Red Sox. Crabbe has seen Betts' Midas touch from the earliest stages of pro ball. He worked with Betts during his first full year in the Red Sox's minor league system. ...




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