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@GlobeChadFinn Is Yoan Moncada a potential successor to David Ortiz? Will his signing lead to other prospects getting traded for a pitcher?
— Phil Clayton (@claytonpjc) February 28, 2015
Nah, Hanley is likely his successor at designated hitter. Figure they can hide Moncada in an outfield corner if he doesn’t take to third base or someone else seizes the position. I don’t think they’re trading any of the young guys now, though ….
@GlobeChadFinn If you had to give up one in a deal for Hamels, would you rather give up Bogaerts, Betts or Swihart?
— David Ahola (@dmahola) February 28, 2015
… if one goes, I’d reluctantly say it will be Swihart. I’m not sure Vazquez is going to hit — hell, Yadier Molina never had an OPS-plus of 100 until his sixth season — but he’s a wizard defensively in pretty much every way a catcher can be. Swihart has a chance to be a star, but if the Sox can get a huge or essential return for him, at least they have a talented young player remaining at the position. Hope they keep ’em all, though. (OK, I would trade Henry Owens and lesser parts for Hamels. And I think that happens.)
@GlobeChadFinn Are the Patriots going to keep Revis? Just don’t see how Belichick lets that kind of talent leave knowing his impact.
— matthewjweiner (@matthewjweiner) February 28, 2015
I hope and believe the second part of your question is a clue to how the first part will ultimately be answered. Revis’s value and impact is obvious to us in so many different ways — now imagine how much appreciation Belichick, who understands the game at a higher level than pretty much anyone else ever to walk the earth, has for all of the subtle effects a true shutdown corner has on the Patriots’ defense. The Patriots have an unfair label of being cheap. They are unsentimental and particular, as they should be, but they have paid elite talent many times before. (Look at the salaries Richard Seymour made in his prime, for instance.) I believe they’ll get something done.
@GlobeChadFinn was Rondo addition by subtraction? Loved watching him, but question if he can lead a team himself.
— JOE (@JoeWilliston) February 28, 2015
It seems that way, but for this reason: He’s just not the player he used to be before the injury — at least not yet. And given his world-class stubbornness, he’s going to be the last guy to acknowledge any decline or any need to change. I’m not surprised by what happened in Dallas — Rick Carlisle doesn’t back down from anyone either — but I don’t have any respect for those who are taking joy in his relative struggles. He was a terrific player during some great times here. I hope he becomes that player again. Sure as hell won’t be for a max deal, though. Watching Rondo and and an ancient Kobe together with the Lakers would be fascinating, presuming you could bear watching Rondo in purple and gold.
@GlobeChadFinn: your bet as to who gets moved before the start of the season? (and i don’t mean who you want to be moved, i.e craig)
— steve o’grady (@sogrady) February 28, 2015
I think it’s one and the same. They’ll give Craig away, even if it means eating some cash. Not sure who else might be moved. I honestly believe John Farrell wants Shane Victorino to be the right fielder, so I don’t think he gets dealt anytime soon.
@GlobeChadFinn Would the Red Sox be wise to offer Rick Porcello a nine-figure deal tomorrow? (I say yes)
— Dan Corrado (@corrado_dan) February 28, 2015
My initial reaction was this: “Depends — is it a 20-year deal?” But snark aside, you’re probably on to something, if he’s the same pitcher (or slightly better) during his age-26 season than he was last year at 25. Porcello was worth 3.1 Wins Above Replacement last season according to the FanGraphs model, which put his value at $17.3 million. If he’s in that range again — and why wouldn’t he be given the direction in which he’s been trending — he’d certainly be within his right to ask for a six- or seven-year deal in the $110 million range.
@GlobeChadFinn I have one- who do you think is the biggest personality in Boston sports media?
— mannie fresh ‘(@bluebear204) February 28, 2015
It’s Felger. Co-host and driving voice of an afternoon drive program that gets huge numbers (it had more than a 20 share during Super Bowl week), and has about 15 different shows on CSNNE. He’s the one, for better or worse, who has fans wondering what he’s going to say after any big event.
@GlobeChadFinn My ? is y r u chatting just once a month. Your like a ballplayer who doesn’t hustle to 1st base.
— anthony brincolo (@anthonybrinks) February 28, 2015
Yeah, I did chat just once in February, in part because I took vacation after the Super Bowl. But there were four in January, so I’m gonna put the chat percentage at 62.5 percent in the new year. (Sorry, was at Sloan this Friday. Everything is taking an analytic bent right now.) I’d like to do it every Friday — hope that’s obvious — because it’s really fun on this side of it. I get to be a little more casual about discussing some media stuff than I can be in print, and I think the interaction with readers is huge for any writer. But the thing is, it’s not the priority of my bosses by any stretch — how many other chats do you see on either site these days? It’s pretty much just me now, and there’s very little if any promotion for it. And with responsibilities on both sites — including writing more columns per week than both Globe guys combined — there are things that have to take priority. It pretty much only exists now because I am hustling down the line to keep it alive.
@GlobeChadFinn Who best represents Spock on the Red Sox? I say Cherington.
— AlvinChipmunk (@AlvinChipmunk58) February 28, 2015
I can think of a better choice, but considering I hope my career lives long and prospers at this company, I’ll leave it to you to solve.
Until next week, the mailbox is closed. Exit music, please.
So Nimoy wasn’t quite as cool as Johnny Cash. Who is? It sure seemed he found the blueprint to having a happy and fulfilling life, and final public words don’t get more poignant than this.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015