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Historical Red Sox Photos

Features championship teams of the early 20th century, some ballpark photos and a lot of player pictures. Worth checking out.

Joel Hanrahan?? NO!

Seriously... we lost $7.4MM (and Mark Melancon) and got jack shit to show for it. Let's not add to that damage by bringing Hanrahan back for another go around. He had alarms before we traded for him, and I don't think they'll have been fixed with the elbow surgery.

Sox best rotation in baseball? With no mention of John Lackey?

So, I was curious about an article considering what team has the best rotation heading into the 2014 season, and was happy to see the Boston Red Sox in the discussion... however, it was more interesting to see who the author left out of the conversation entirely. The section on Boston: "Boston Red Sox Without a true ace, the Red Sox are incredibly deep, with as many as 13 rotation arms who could see time with the big league club this year. Boston had the 3rd best rotation WAR (15.9) in baseball last year, and returns the same front six that led them to a World Series crown. Jon Lester is the de facto ace, and he enjoyed a solid rebound season last year, with a 4.3 WAR and 3.59 FIP in 213.1 innings. Clay Buchholz was stellar in an abbreviated 16-start campaign, going 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA (234 ERA+) and 4.3 WAR. Jake Peavy was his usual reliable self after coming over in a mid-season deal with the White Sox, and the fifth spot duo of Felix Doubront and Ryan Dempster combined to post a 4.3 WAR in just over 330 innings last year. On the farm, Allen Webster, Brandon Workman, Rubby De La Rosa, and knuckleballer Steven Wright all reached the majors last season, and each has the potential to be at least a number 4 starter at the big league level. Meanwhile, highly-touted prospects such as Henry Owens, Anthony Ranaudo, and Matt Barnes have all reached Double-A and should be expected to contribute in some capacity this year."

Free Agent Market Changing

This is a great analysis of the changing market for free agent players. We won't be seeing as many young stars hitting free agency in the coming years.

Mookie Betts will be really really really good, according to Oliver

Check out Oliver's 5-year projections for Mr. Betts (at the bottom of the page) and be very, very happy.

Baseball America's top 10 Red Sox Prospects

1. Xander Bogaerts, ss/3b (21) Majors 2. Henry Owens, lhp (21) Double-A 3. Jackie Bradley, of (23) Majors 4. Allen Webster, rhp (24) Majors 5. Blake Swihart, c (21) High Class A 6. Will Middlebrooks, 3b (25) Majors 7. Garin Cecchini, 3b (22) Double-A 8. Mookie Betts, 2b (21) High Class A 9. Rubby de la Rosa, rhp (25) Majors 10. Brandon Workman, rhp (25) Majors 11. Matt Barnes, rhp (23) Double-A 12. Trey Ball, lhp (19) Rookie 13. Anthony Ranaudo, rhp (24) Triple-A 14. Christian Vazquez, c (23) Triple-A 15. Manuel Margot, of (19) Short-season I'm sure there will be debate on WMB over Cecchini.

The Latest Defection - Sports on Earth

I'm really only posting this because the author is using an extended professional wrestling analogy I need to tell SOMEONE that... VINCE MCMAHON DIDN'T TURN HOGAN HEEL! He turned heel in WCW when he joined the nWo and your stupid analogy doesn't make sense! UUUUGGGGHHHHHH.

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