Following Former Red Sox 2018

TheYaz67

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Well, he seems to be physically incapable of not airmailing most of his throws to 1st base, so I guess this is somewhat of a "solution" to that problem on bunts and squibbers.

Needless to say, I don't think that technique is going to also come in super handy trying to actually pick anyone off at first base....
 

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Salty gets a minor league deal with Tigers.

Koji heading to Japan
 

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With all the talk about Brian Johnson I thought I'd look into what the guy I always paired with him, Henry Owens, was up to.

Dodgers are converting him to relief, which makes sense considering his recent issues. Let him work with just one or two pitches instead of trying to work with more
 

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He’s memorable because he may just be the worst pitcher I can remember watching. Ever. Granted I’m only 31, but I think Mike Remlinger might be the only one to come close in my lifetime.
There was a week in 1997 where Toby Borland wore a Red Sox uniform and poured gasoline on the few games he was in. I often think of the worst of anything as the Toby Borland Of. He's the pitching equivalent of Cesar Crespo's Sox career. No idea where two of the worst ever are these days, though.
 

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Indians DFA pitcher Ben Taylor
Royals add Blaine Boyer to their major league roster
Twins put Ryan LaMarre on the big league roster
Atlanta reassigns Anibel Sanchez to minor league camp
NYY puts Jacoby Ellsbury on the 10 day DL
Bryan Holaday makes the Marlins
Mark Melancon starts the year on the DL for the Giants
 

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Was wondering about this one:

6. Yoan Moncada, 2B, White Sox — Moncada, 22, simply hasn’t adapted to the majors. Through Thursday, Moncada was hitting .184 and had struck out a major league-high 24 times in 49 at-bats. White Sox manager Rick Renteria told reporters that Moncada had been pulling his head up rather than keeping it down through his swing. Moncada hit just .231 with 74 strikeouts in 199 at-bats last season.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/redsox/2018/04/14/will-shohei-ohtani-start-lead-more-two-way-players/Gg7vxxLml4eqKu7URUnfxL/story.html
 

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Unfortunate that his career was derailed by injury. I'll always remember him for that diving/rolling catch in Tampa back in 2010.

 

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Feels like the weakest crop of Former Red Sox Allstars in a long while. Sure I’m missing some obvious names, but not much comes to mind beyond Lowrie, Rizzo, Cespedes, Gonzalez, Lester, Miller and longtime mainstay Adrian Beltre.
 

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I saw that note. Wasn’t this already known? I at least seem to remember Ortiz being unhappy that he was stuck behind Jeremy Giambi on the bench.
 

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So, Theo says Big Papi wanted out in 2003? It was either gonna be him or Shea Hillebrand. I think it worked out just fine for all concerned except maybe Shea.
https://www.mlb.com/news/red-sox-almost-traded-david-ortiz/c-273608360
Quote from Papi's agent Fernando Cuza that blows me away, reflecting on that era of Ortiz's career:
This was the turning point of his career. Right then and there, he decided to put it up a notch. He was fighting for his life. People always ask, "Why is David Ortiz so great under pressure?" That's not pressure. Pressure is living in the Dominican with no income.
 

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Would be interesting to know which year had the best / most haunting Former Red Sox All-Stars team?

Among the many miserable aspects of the 2006 season (Lester's cancer, playoff-killing sweep at the hands of MFY, innumerable injuries), I vividly remember that it felt like every single player we had let go was flourishing elsewhere. Off the top of my head, I remembered:

Bronson Arroyo- 6.8 bWAR (SIXTH IN ALL OF BASEBALL! thank god I didn't really know about WAR yet back then)
Hanley Ramirez- 4.8 (rookie breakout season)
Derek Lowe - 4.8
Freddy Sanchez- 4.4 (NL batting champ)
Johnny Damon - 3.4
Nomar - 2.2 (last big season with the bat)
Pedro- 1.0 (all-star before mid-season breakdown)

A little more digging around reminded me about...
Edgar Renteria (bounce back season) - 4.2
Anibal Sanchez- 3.7
Roger Clemens- 3.5
Adam Everett- 3.5 (best defensive-rated player in baseball that year by bWAR-- couldn't hit a lick, luckily)

What a kick in the nuts that season was.

Edit: that makes 42.3 in outgoing bWAR for players whose direct replacements contributed about 7-8 bWAR to the 2006 Sox (mostly all from Lowell and Beckett). Granted, it's not that easy to assess incoming/outgoing WAR once you factor in salary constraints, future/past season performance, opportunity costs etc etc....
 
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