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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Red Sox reportedly chasing Beltran

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I'm hoping this report is just the NYPost spouting BS. I don't understand where Beltran would fit. His range is decreasing and we already have Victorino, Bradley, Nava, and Gomes. If we slot him into LF, then he bumps Nava out of the lineup, who gets on base at a much higher rate. I'm also not keen on giving up a first rounder for Beltran. At this point in his career, he doesn't seem worth sacrificing a pick to sign.

Awesome $10 off Red Sox fan Tee

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Get this awesome Tee at the link given to get $10 off on a limited edition women's fan tee

World Series champions, through the lens of John Henry

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I love this picture, because it's like a proud father wanting a shot of his boys in a rare moment when they're all together, before that chance disappears. Given baseball is, in reality, a business, and both players and coaches will part ways in the next few weeks, there's just something touching about billionaire John Henry making sure he snaps at least one photo of the whole bunch as one, then proudly sharing it with the rest of us.

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