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Levels to the Lester situation

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Something I wrote at my little blog about the Lester Situation. Not a bad move, but the Sox shouldn't have to do it

Olney reporting Peavy to the Giants

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Peavey to Giants

Why the Sox really should trade Lester?

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1. Jon Lester, Red Sox Jon Lester has just as polished a resume as David Price except with two World Series rings added to the mix. Like the other players on this list, Lester has been a lifer with his first team, coming up with the Red Sox in 2006 and never looking back. He is 109-63 with a 3.66 ERA in his career. So why have the Red Sox not given Lester a long-term deal in the final year of his contract? Since the Carl Crawford-Adrian Gonzalez debacle, the Red Sox have shied away from big deals that usually come back to haunt teams. Lester is likely looking for Tanaka (if not Kershaw) money in 2015 and beyond, but the Red Sox probably won’t give him that. What would they get by trading Lester as a rental to a contending team in 2014? They would likely get a nice prospect or two. Better yet, the goodbye needn’t be forever. After the Red Sox finish their not-so-promising 2014 season, the two parties coud get together and make a deal for the future. The price would be just a few months of separation, but the return would be considerable for the Red Sox as an organization.

The International Draft (Hardball Times)

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An interesting Hardball Times article about MLB's desire for an International Draft. Fairly balanced perspective with a focus on MLB draft history and the difficulties of implementing said Int. Draft.

.500 so whats next?

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A serious match up. I know its early in the season but who takes this series? I would love it if they could lift themselves above 500 with this series but I'm not sure they are ready for it yet. While the Rangers aren't ripping it up themselves they are still a decent gauge of the competition in the AL.

Hey MLB, let's stop screwing left handers.

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Great article. Bring me robot umpires. This is the reason why K rates are rising more than anything, IMO.

WHOOOOP

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Possibly good news regarding WMB

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1. Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has had a good spring training, hitting the ball from line to line -- and it'll be interesting to see if he gets even better in the days ahead, given a change he just made. He related to John Kruk that last spring, he got a call from an eye doctor but never followed up. This spring, he did ... and as it turned out, he told Kruk, he needed an eye prescription. He wore contacts for the first time during a game in Boston's exhibition two days ago

Great Historical Ballpark Webzone (includes dimensions)

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Features MLB ballparks from 1916 - 2012. Great for comparisons and historical whimsy (see Polo Grounds center field)

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