The best Red Sox writing to start your day off. Today we're featuring pieces on potential free agents, potential trade targets, and potentially getting drunk and writing about potential trade targets.
We're nothing without our daily rumors at this time of year. Here are a few to start your day off, if not right, then just to... uh... here are the rumors.
- The Braves appear to be in the process of releasing Jair Jurrjens. He's a starting pitcher and we all know the Red Sox need some of those. Also if he signed with Boston I'd probably learn how to spell his name without quadruple checking and then still messing it up. (D.J. Short; Hardball Talk)
- The Red Sox are in talks with free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche. LaRoche played six games in a Red Sox uniform back in 2009. Then Boston traded him to the Braves for Casey Kotchman. Oops. (D.J. Short; Hardball Talk)
- The Red Sox may also be in discussions with starter Ryan Dempster. Whenever I read his name in my head I hear "Ryan DUMPster ha ha ha." That's not very funny, my head. (Aaron Gleeman; Hardball Talk)
Why B.J Upton's (kinda nutty) new contract with the Atlanta Braves (5 years, $75 million) matters for the Red Sox. (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)
With the winter meetings almost upon us, the Red Sox have options. (Gordon Edes; ESPN Boston)
Writing his second piece for Baseball Prospectus (it's freeee!), Chad Finn looked back at one of his old baseball projection/scouting books from 1984 and man, the things it says are just... wow. We have we come a long way. I mean looooog. (Chad Finn; Baseball Prospectus)
Red gets drunk then discourses on Brian Willson joining the Red Sox. It's all you ever needed in an article about a crazy relief pitcher written by a drunk person. (Red; Surviving Grady)
I'm not sure of the motive, it may well be fear, but Joe Posnanski tries to simplify the discussion surrounding PEDs and the Hall of Fame. Yeah. Good luck with that. (Joe Posnanski; Sports on Earth)
Grant Brisbee argues for [mystery player X] to make the Hall of Fame. ([mystery player X] is on the ballot and the article is good, I just don't want to give him away.) Also, the URL is wonderful. (Grant Brisbee; Baseball Nation)