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  • Posted 07/22/2014 10:35:20 EDT

    Certainly not AL MVP.  But right now gets my vote for Sox MVP.

  • Posted 07/22/2014 10:33:12 EDT

    Moonslav, what would you pay to keep Lester?  $152M for 7 years?  That's what the Yankees are paying Ellsbury.

  • Posted 07/22/2014 10:30:57 EDT

    In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment: [QUOTE] For those that believe that Ellsbury would have helped the Sox win many more one run games this year, or that good teams know how to win the one run games more »

  • Posted 07/22/2014 10:24:53 EDT

    Let's not get too excited. Drew came back because Ben C couldn't acquire a bat, but did see a need for a better glove at SS, and Drew was very available but expensive. I wanted the bat but understood more »

  • Posted 07/22/2014 10:16:06 EDT

    I didn't see this coming, but did have a smidgen of hope.  Betts not a good fit in the OF, plus he is really young and barely played AAA.  

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  • Posted 07/21/2014 05:06:26 EDT

    Unfortunate OP.  Bad juju. 

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  • Posted 07/21/2014 05:01:57 EDT

    I watch most Sox games on mlb.com, which is where you can get mlb tv.  Not for free of course.  But when I hook up the laptop to the TV, the picture is better than the one I used to get from NESN. 

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  • Posted 07/21/2014 04:58:06 EDT

    In response to dgalehouse's comment: [QUOTE] In response to maxbialystock's comment: [QUOTE] In response to dgalehouse's comment: [QUOTE] I think we are well placed to make a run for the division. Unl more »

  • Posted 07/21/2014 03:42:08 EDT

    Easy does it, Bill.  He's a 21 year old catcher in the bigs for the first time.   He's also 5'9" and 195 lbs, not the ideal physique for a catcher.  But he sure can throw and hit, and so far his pitch more »

  • Posted 07/21/2014 03:28:03 EDT

    In response to dgalehouse's comment: [QUOTE] I think we are well placed to make a run for the division. Unlike some, I have never counted us out. However, here is a fact. Right now we are 5 games behi more »

  • Posted 07/21/2014 03:23:15 EDT

    Thanks, J-Bay.  Always good to get the pitchers. I could not agree more with the notion that this great timing for Ben C because he gets to see whether a turnaround is actually going on.  The Sox have more »

  • Posted 07/21/2014 02:16:19 EDT

    Of course he plays with energy.  He's still trying to break in.  Pedroia also plays with a lot of energy, and he has been around a lot longer.  I like two things about Holt--he can hit, and he can pla more »

  • Posted 07/21/2014 02:13:21 EDT

    I like Nick Cafardo, but he badly misrepresented Bradley by using his WAR, but not Ellsbury's current WAR, which is 2.2, not that much more than Bradley's 1.5.  By using Ellsbury's 2013 WAR, Nick is b more »

  • Posted 07/21/2014 02:06:32 EDT

    Ellsbury's current WAR (wins above replacement) is 2.2 vs. Bradley's 1.5.  So far, despite Bradley's struggles at the plate, I don't think Ellsbury is missed all that much.  Yes, he would help the off more »

  • Posted 07/21/2014 01:06:33 EDT

    I can't feel it, but do agree these guys are playing a whole lot better.  Maybe because Pierzynski is gone.  As others have said, this recent success, especially if it continues, make Ben C's more com more »

  • Posted 07/21/2014 12:56:31 EDT

    In response to Hammah29r2's comment: [QUOTE] In response to Bill-806's comment: [QUOTE]     In response to Hammah29r2's comment: [QUOTE]   JBJ threw a baseball from behind home plate at fenway right i more »

  • Posted 07/21/2014 12:50:48 EDT

    I entirely agree that Lester is more valuable than Ellsbury, but I also think that is a false comparison because Ellsbury to me was vastly overpriced (and likely to leave regardless of the Sox offer) more »

  • Posted 07/18/2014 05:44:23 EDT

    ma6dragon9, If you throw out 2013, I get to throw out 2012 because of Valentine.  I mean, come on.  To me 2013 was as much the result of design as motivation, and the key part of the design was dumpin more »

  • Posted 07/18/2014 05:14:07 EDT

    In response to SpacemanEephus' comment: [QUOTE] So, Buchholz is still pretty fresh off his lengthy re-tool stint.  Working hard to get his groove back, both physically and mentally.  Yeah, no idea why more »

  • Posted 07/18/2014 01:08:26 EDT

    It's an open forum, so disrespect should be acceptable.  The problem is these feuds which go on and on and take our attention.  If we had one single feuding thread, that would be great.  You want to f more »

  • Posted 07/18/2014 12:57:46 EDT

    I don't like any of the three.  More than that, none of them has a prayer of turning things around.  Better to stick with the current crew or trade for someone really good. 

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  • Posted 07/18/2014 12:53:12 EDT

    The top three salaries on the Sox right now are Peavy, Lackey, and Napoli, all at $16M.  Ortiz at $15.5M.  Lester gets $13M.  I am fine with Lester at about $20M for five years ($100M total), maybe a more »

  • Posted 07/18/2014 12:47:46 EDT

    I gotta go with the naysayers--very solid logic and stats.  Kemp ain't the fix. 

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  • Posted 07/18/2014 12:41:27 EDT

    Actually, the story line is still the same in Boston.  Lester and Buchholz both came up through the system.  The Sox got De La Rosa in 2012 when Beckett went to LA, but he was not then a MLB starter. 

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  • Posted 07/18/2014 12:37:50 EDT

    Back to the OP, which I have now re-read several times, no matter what ma6dragon9 might claim.  Two clear points where the OP is dead wrong:  1)disregarding 2009 which was in fact one of the "5 past y more »

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