Additional Boston Red Sox Info
The Boston Red Sox, winners of the 2018 World Series, got off to a slow start in 2019 and by the time they got going, their playoff hopes were going to have to wait until next season. They won 84 games but didn’t get near the postseason. So what did they do this offseason to build upton that great win-loss record?
Let’s focus on the moves they made to improve the team. The Red Sox began the offseason by trading catcher Sandy Leon to the Indians for right-handed pitcher Adenys Bautista. Then they added second baseman Marco Hernandez and left-handed pitcher Josh Osich to one-year contracts. Next, they added shortstop Jose Peraza and left-handed pitcher Martin Perez. They finished off December by adding aa slew of players to minor league contracts. The two of note are catcher Jeff Bandy and right-handed pitcher A.J. Alverez. In January they added catcher Kevin Plawecki to a one-year contract. Next, they avoided arbitration with centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes(Not be confused with the former NBA sharpshooter), right-handed pitcher Heath Hembree, and right-handed pitcher Brandon Workman. They finished January by adding first baseman Mitch Moreland and right-handed pitcher Trevor Hildenberger to minor league contracts.
Then came the biggest move of the entire offseason in all of baseball. The deal involved three teams and sevel players. All players involved were either big names or prized top prospects. The Red Sox sent outfielder Mookie Betts and left-handed pitcher David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers sent starting pitcher Kenta Maeda to the Minnesota Twins, and prized prospects outfielder Alex Verdugo, shortstop Jeter Downs, and catcher Connor Wong. For receiving Maeda, the Twins sent prized flamethrower Brusdar Graterol to the Red Sox. Wow.
The Red Sox are going to take a step back this season, but in the long run, they should be okay.
The Boston Red Sox are coming off a disappointing 2014 season in which they finished in last place in the American League East. This comes one year after winning the World Series, which came one year after finishing last. So maybe the 2015 season will be a charm for the team. There are those who do believe that 2013 was an aberration for the current state of the Boston Red Sox, meaning that they don’t believe it was real and rather the last place finishes of 2012 and 2014 are a more realistic gauge of this team right now. The Red Sox have plenty of decisions to make this offseason. One of them is brining Jon Lester back. The Red Sox traded Lester before the trade deadline this season when a deal could not be reached to extend his contract in season. The Red Sox are on Lester’s short list of teams. Others include the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, and New York Yankees. The Red Sox are also “all in” on signing Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval.
When talking about baseball rivalries, it starts and stops with the Red Sox-Yankees, or Yankees-Red Sox, whichever way you want to look at it. These two teams have been at each others throats since the early 1900’s. Some of the most famous moments in baseball history have taken place during this rivalry- Aaron “bleeping” Boone, Bucky “bleeping” Dent, and then there was the whole thing of Carlton Fisk waving the game six home run fair. The Red Sox and Yankees play 19 times next season, so plenty of opportunity to see these two teams play.
Red Sox Colorful History in Baseball
The Boston Red Sox were founded in 1901 as the Boston Americans. In 1908 they changed their name to the Red Sox. Throughout their long history, the Red Sox have played in just two buildings. From 1901-1911 they played at the Huntington Avenue Grounds. In 1912, they moved into Fenway Park, which is where they amazingly play to this day, with continued renovations made over the years to keep up with the times. One could say that Fenway Park is the Lambeau Field of Major League Baseball. Throughout their long history, the Red Sox have won the American League pennant 13 times, most recently in 2013. The Red Sox have converted 8 of those 13 AL pennants into World Series championships- 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, 2004, 2007, and 2013. Their current owner is John Henry, and their current manager is John Farrell.
The Boston Red Sox had a very good 2016 season. They finished the season with a record of 93-69, winning the American League East. However, the Red Sox were swept out of the playoffs in the American League Division series by the Cleveland Indians. This off season, Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski did a lot of work. He needed to add another starting pitcher so he traded for the best one on the market, in the biggest deal of the off season, Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox. Sale, David Price, and 2016 AL Cy Young award winner Rick Porcello gives the Red Sox a rotation that is as good as anyone's. Their bullpen still has issues though. Dombrowski tried to make some smaller moves to fix this, such as re-signing Brandon Workman, but it still has issues. We will see if the Red Sox big expenditures pay off in the long run.
The Boston Red Sox have been a very up and down ball club the last six years. In 2013 they won the World Series, a year after finishing last in the AL East at 69-93. They followed that World Series up with two straight seasons of below .500 baseball. They came back the last two seasons with back-to-back 93-69 records, then lost the ALDS to the eventual American League Champions, both years. It would be losses to the Indians in 2016, and the Astros last season. This Red Sox lineup is sparked by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who the Red Sox refused to include in trade offers the last number of years. Why? Because elite “two-way, five-tool center fielders” don’t grow on trees. This lineup also includes the dynamic Mookie Betts, who can fade into mediocre play, and then there are those other times when he looks like one of the best players in baseball. Betts is this generation’s Jay Bruce. The Sox also have Xander Bogarts, part of this young talented crop of shortstops across baseball.
What Boston has had to work hard at to improve the last number of years is it’s pitching staff. They have accomplished this by acquiring the likes of closer Craig Kimbrel from the Braves and Chris Sale from the White Sox in trades. They have also signed Tigers castoff Rick Porcello who has resurrected his career in Boston and made a big splash a couple of years ago in free agency with David Price. This team is the one of the best suited to challenge the Astros.
The Boston Red Sox began the season with good, but not sky-high expectations. However, 2018 turned out to be a dream as they won 108 games in the regular season which gave them home-field advantage in the American League playoffs, and then parlayed that into a World Series victory over the Dodgers. So what did the Red Sox do this offseason to stay on top?
For starters, they decided to not re-sign All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and let him test free agency instead. Kimbrel is still on the market and is still asking for a rather unrealistic contract. It might be until after the draft in June, when the draft pick tied to him goes away, that he gets signed. The Red Sox opened up their transaction period by re-signing first baseman Steven Pierce and right-handed pitcher Tyler Thornburg for one season each. In December they added free agent starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi for four seasons, right-handed pitcher Heath Hembree for one season, and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez on a minor-league contract. In January they added another slew of players to minor league deals, highlighted by catcher Juan Centeno and right-handed pitcher Josh Smith. Next, they settled arbitration with infielder Brock Holt, left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, outfielders Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr., catchers Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart and right-handed pitchers Matt Barnes, Brandon Workman, and Steven Wright. Their next move was an interesting one- they added right-handed pitcher Jennry Mejia on a minor-league contract. If you remember, Mejia tested positive three times for PED’s and was banned for life in 2015. However, he won his appeal and was able to return.
The Red Sox have stumbled out of the gate to begin the 2019 year, but do not expect that to continue for much longer. Baseball is a 162 game season, and the cream always rises to the top.