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Hello and welcome to Blogging the Red Sox, I am your host Brendan Campbell. I am currently a college sophomore who lives in the Boston area and I have been a Red Sox fan my whole life. I figured I might as well create a blog to express my thoughts on the team more thoroughly than I do on Twitter. Hopefully, this blog will be full of previews, predictions, recaps, and news stories. I also plan to blog about other things in a smaller capacity like the Patriots or Celtics. Worst case scenario for this blog is that I post a blog once a week recapping what has been going on with the Red Sox. So, enjoy the blog and Go Sox.

I NEED Bryce Harper in a #RedSox Uniform in 2019.

So, in case you live under a rock, Giancarlo Statnton is going to be rocking the pinstripes next year in the Bronx.

That stinks, obviously. With the power he has, Stanton is a generational type of player, and he’ll probably hit 55+ home runs next season. Not only that, he’ll be in the same lineup as Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez too. Combined, the three mashed 169 long balls in 2017, one more than the ENTIRE Red Sox roster did. That’s crazy, and I expect those numbers to look the same for those three. Hopefully they will look better for the Red Sox, though. Not only do you have to worry about those three, the Yankees are oozing in talent over the place. Since they traded Starlin Castro, expect one of the best prospects in baseball, Gleyber Torres to take over. I don’t want to go on and on about the Yankees because they’re the Yankees, but they are going to be VERY good next season.

With that in mind, the last thing I want Dave Dombrowski is to overreact. Winter Meetings start Sunday night and I’m sure he’s ready to make some moves, but there’s no need to overspend this offseason. For instance, JD Martinez is a good player, one who is demanding at least $25 million AAV for at least 5 years. He is already 30 years old, that type of investment comes with a ton of risk. Instead of throwing all the money at Martinez, who will most likely compete with Eric Hosmer for richest contract awarded to a position player this offseason, I would go after other players demanding less. Carlos Santana first comes to mind, along with Eduardo Nunez, a player already familiar with the Red Sox. I’m not going to go into too much detail with this, because that’s not the point of this article.

The point of this article is the ultimate goal of this plan, and that’s Bryce Harper. Harper is set to hit free agency for the first time in his career at the conclusion of the 2018 season. He joins the likes of supreme talent like Manny Machado and Craig Kimbrel along with others. Yup, the 2019 Free Agent Class is stacked, and Harper is for sure the leader of that pack.

Similar to LeBron James a la the early 2000’s, Harper has been in the public eye since he was a teenager. Making his debut before his 20th birthday, Harper has already accomplished a lot in just a short time, including 2015 NL MVP honors.

In six career games at Fenway Park, Harper owns a slash line of .286/.375/.524 to go along with one home run and four RBIs. That’s a small sample size, but those numbers also say that Harper would most likely succeed as a hitter at Fenway. Defensively, I could see him playing either corner outfield position. What does that mean for the three guys who would be out there now? Well, I would say Jackie Bradley Jr. is the most movable piece out of the three. With Stanton out of the question, there’s no need to make Andrew Benintendi apart of any trade, unless it’s a blockbuster.

Anyway, this would be the perfect counter move to the Yankees acquiring Stanton. Throw all the money at Harper, it needs to be done. Dave Dombrowski said this team had a three-year championship window before last season. 2018 does not look promising but it can all be salvaged in 2019. Bring back Kimbrel and sign Harper. I know I’m getting way too ahead of myself, but it’s all I can think about. Harper and Betts vs. Judge and Stanton. Think about how electric that would be.

I know this is an overreaction, but I need Bryce Harper next winter. I need him to be recruited by David Ortiz, I need John Henry to give Dave Dombrowski a blank check, I NEED IT.

Enjoyed every minute of playing in Boston! Being able to take in opening day at Fenway Park was one of the best things that I've ever been apart of..N... - Bryce Harper (@bharper3407)

#OperationGetBryceHarpertoBoston will soon be a go. As for now, let’s see what Winter Meetings entails for the Red Sox.

What would a potential Giancarlo Stanton trade look like for the #RedSox?

With the MLB season offically ending tonight or tomorrow night, I thought I’d preview something that should get a lot of people talking this winter: Giancarlo Stanton. From what I’ve seen, heard and read, it doesn’t look like the Marlins, led by Derek Jeter, are too keen on retaining Stanton going into 2018. With that said, it has been reported that the Marlins slugger would have several suitors in the trade market. The Giants, Dodgers, Cardinals, Phillies, and Yankees have all been rumored to be interested. The team that has garnered the most interest though, if not the Giants, would be the Boston Red Sox. President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski is notorious for making big moves during the baseball offseason, and acquiring Stanton would be no different.

Stanton would join the likes of Craig Kimbrel and Chris Sale as big name players Dombrowski has acquired via trade just since joining the Red Sox in 2015. If Stanton were to come to Boston, what kind of package would that take to get him here? Since he is under contract until 2028, I would expect him to be here for the duration of that time. He has the option to opt out after 2020, but there is no reason to believe that will happen given how much Stanton will make after that. Up until this point, Stanton has not made more than $14.5 million in one season. Starting in 2018, Stanton will earn at least $25 million a year for the next ten seasons. With all this in mind, let’s go over some potential deals that could bring Stanton to Boston.

Deal #1:
Red Sox acquire:
Giancarlo Stanton
Majority of Stanton’s contract

Marlins acquire:
Andrew Benintendi
Midlevel prospect(s)

If the Marlins are more concerned about cutting payroll instead of reloading their farm system, this trade seems like a good option. The Red Sox take on most if not all of Stanton’s contract while also replacing Andrew Benintendi in the outfield. The Marlins also get a young outfielder who has already proven he can handle a place like Boston while also being a productive player. It’s too early to say if Benny is a guy a team can build around, but he’s a nice piece regardless.

Deal #2:
Red Sox acquire:
Giancarlo Stanton
Responsibility of half of Stanton’s contract

Marlins acquire:
Rafael Devers
Tanner Houck
Daniel Flores

If the Marlins are more concerned about restocking their farm system, then this trade could work. The Red Sox may have to give up more in this scenario, but at least they do not have to take on all of Stanton’s contract. The Marlins are also getting a future stud ofย  a third baseman to go along with two of the best prospects in the Red Sox farm system.

Deal #3
Red Sox acquire:
Giancarlo Stanton
Justin Bour
JT Realmuto

Marlins acquire:
Andrew Benintendi
Sam Travis
Christian Vazquez
Daniel Flores
Jalen Beeks
Bobby Dalbec

You wanna get nuts? I can get nuts. In this scenario, the Red Sox would be acquiring the three best players on last years Marlins team not named Yelich or Ozuna. Realmuto and Vazquez are essentially a wash, and Bour would take over as the every day first baseman with Travis and Moreland gone. The Red Sox would have to give up a lot more though, and this trade would elevate the Marlins farm system nicely.

Come December, some big moves could be made. On December 1, 2015, the Red Sox agreed to a deal with David Price, then the best starter on the free agent market. On December 6, 2016, the Red Sox acquired Chris Sale from the White Sox in a blockbuster trade. Will more of these big splashes happen in just over a month? We’ll have to wait and see.

The #RedSox have officially hired Alex Cora as their 47th manager.

After weeks of speculation, the Red Sox have officially named Alex Cora as their manager for 2018. The announcement was made official this afternoon, as Cora has inked a three-year deal with the club. Cora, who spent the better part of four seasons with Boston from 2005 to 2008, will look to tap into this teams full potential. Inking a three-year deal, the 42-year-old will not have too long of an adjustment period with his “new” team. The only player who remains from his playing days in Boston would be none other than Dustin Pedroia. The two won a World Series together back in 2007, and I’m sure that’s the type of attitude and Culture Cora will want to instill here.

Acquired back on July 7, 2005 for Ramon Vazquez, Cora proved to be valuable to the Red Sox despite never playing all that much. In the 301 regular season games he appeared in for the Red Sox, the infielder hit .252 with 6 HRs and 61 RBIs.

Known as one of the best baseball minds in the game, Cora began coaching with the Houston Astros at the beginning of this season under AJ Hinch. Ever since John Farrell was relieved of his managing duties, Cora was the heavy favorite to replace him. There were rumors that Ron Gardenhire would be the choice, but he has already signed with the Detroit Tigers to be their new manager.

Personally, I’m excited by this move. I remember liking Cora when he played here, he helped Dustin Pedroia get to where he is today. He could have been selfish and not wanted a rookie to take his job, but he was key in developing Pedroia back in 2007 and 2008. It appears that Cora is a better communicator than Farrell, and he may understand more since he has not been out of the game as a player for too long. I’m not saying this move guarantees a championship next year, but it definitely helps.

How did this #RedSox team meet your expectations?

With 2017 in the books, I thought I would share some of my thoughts from this postseason. To keep it simple, I’ll go over the good parts, the bad parts, and the ugly parts. Ready? Let’s go.

The Good:

Chris Sale

Craig Kimbrel

Bullpen David Price

Christian Vazquez

Rafael Devers

Andrew Benintendi

Eduardo Nunez

The bullpen

The Bad:

Xander Bogaerts

Hanley Ramirez

Sandy Leon

Chris Young

Rick Porcello

John Farrell losing his job

The Ugly:

David Price and the media

Apple watches

Manny Machado

Pablo Sandoval

Fan treatment of Dustin Pedroia

Overall, this team fell short of the ultimate goal. From the flu in April, to 21-21 in May, to Pablo Sandoval being DFA’d, to Apple watches, to losing to the Astros in four games. They were built for a championship, but they couldn’t even get out of the first round. That’s part of the reason John Farrell was fired, and that’s why Dave Dombrowski has some work to do this summer. To make things worse, the Yankees are going to the ALCS, yup, a team that was supposed to be in a rebuild made it further into the postseason than the Red Sox. Hopefully, that’s enough to motivate Dombrowski to make some moves. Giancarlo Stanton? JD Martinez? We’ll see.

The #RedSox have decided to move on from John Farrell.

Folks, it happened. At long last, after way too much speculation, John Farrell is no longer the manager of the Boston Red Sox. Recently, I haven’t been too hard on Farrell, I actually think he has done a decent job. That’s the key word, DECENT, not great. Dave Dombrowski has gone out and gotten two of the best starting pitchers of this decade and the Red Sox have yet to get out of the first round of the playoffs. That’s a problem, and I’m not saying Dombrowski has done an excellent job either, but the manager deserves to take some of the blame.

As I have watched this team over the past two seasons, I feel like this team has never reached their full potential. It’s been tough to win the division in back-to-back seasons and I don’t think there is any excuse for this. You see teams like the Astros and Indians clinch in the middle of September, then you look at the Red Sox and how it took until the second to last game of the season to clinch. That should not be the case with this talented of a team. Whoever is next is really going to have to know how to get the most out of his guys, because I don’t think John Farrell did that. 2013 was nice, but John Farrell is not the main reason they won that year, that’s a fact.

So, who will be the next manager of the Red Sox you say? Well, it’s hard to say. In my opinion, Alex Cora is the most attractive option. Not only has he played in Boston, but he seems to be regarded as one of the best baseball minds in the game while coaching with the Astros. Brad Ausmus is another, far less attractive option. The only reason to throw his name out there is because of the connection to Dave Dombrowski. Could they go in-house and hire Gary Disarcina or Jason Varitek? Perhaps. Tek seems to be the fan favorite right now, but I would prefer if it were not him. Say he struggles and gets scrutinized by the media here, doesn’t that dirty the great reputation he had here during his playing career? He might not even be ready to fully commit himself to something like that, I have no idea. Personally, my top choice would be Cora, could do great things here if he can tap into this teams full potential, which is World Series titles, of course.

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RECAP: Astros end #RedSox season with narrow 5-4 win.

Well, that’s it, the season is over. What looked so promising just a few hours ago ended in disappointment. The Red Sox had the lead in this game going into the eighth inning, but they could not hold on.

Once again, the starting pitching was abysmal, with Rick Porcello only lasting three full innings before getting saved by Chris Sale. In that span, Porcello surrendered two runs on five hits, three walks, and a hit batsman to go along with four strikeouts. Allowing nine guys to reach base while only being able to record nine outs is far from spectacular, especially if you take into account that he needed 70 pitches to do so. Like I said though, Chris Sale stepped up like David Price did yesterday. He took things over in the fourth inning and was nails until the eighth. Four innings pitched, two walks, and six strikeouts from the fourth until the seventh. Did they stretch him too far? Maybe, but I didn’t have a problem letting Sale start the eighth. Unfortunately, he was running out of gas, and the Astros took advantage of it. Alex Bregman tied the game by taking Sale deep on a 2-1 changeup and the air was taken out of Fenway Park. Craig Kimbrel would come on with two outs in the inning, and that marked the beginning of the end. A George Springer walk put runners on first and second with two outs and Josh Reddick at the plate. The former Red Sox farm hand drove in the go-ahead run on an RBI single to left, essentially ending his former team’s season.

Carlos Beltran drove in another run in the ninth, which proved to make a difference given what Rafael Devers in the bottom half of the inning. All and all, when we needed him most, Craig Kimbrel basically disappeared. The flamethrower did not make many big pitches tonight, nor did he prove effective in his first meaningful action of this series. It was only one run, but that matters too much in the postseason to go untouched.

On the other side of things, Charlie Morton wasn’t too good either. He was charged with two runs in 4.1 innings he pitched, though he only allowed one run while he was on the mound. That run came early for the Red Sox, as Xander Bogaerts hit his first and only home run of the postseason in the first.

The second run was charged in part because of Justin Verlander. Surprisingly, Astros manager decided to make like the Red Sox and roll with his best starter out of the bullpen. Andrew Benintendi introduced him to the new role by taking him deep to right field for a two-run home run, giving his team a 3-2 lead.

I was really feeling it after this. I was already thinking about Game 5 in Houston on Wednesday when I shouldn’t have been. That was the only hit Verlander allowed and he definitely deserved that W he picked up.

The Astros closer Ken Giles came on after Verlander responsible for the last six outs of the game and ending the Red Sox season. He got them in order in the eighth, but the ninth got very interesting. Rafael Devers led off the inning with an inside the park home run in one of the most surprising plays these eyes have seen.

Unfortunately, the next three batters could not do anything against Giles and Dustin Pedroia ended the season with a ground out.

I forgot to mention it before, but John Farrell was ejected from this game arguing balls and strikes in the second. Also, Brian Butterfield pretty much cost the Red Sox a run in the third by sending Mitch Moreland home when he should not have. If these two things don’t happen who knows how this game goes.

With all that out-of-the-way and the season coming to an end, Dave Dombrowski has a lot to consider this offseason. Does John Farrell remain manager? Do they go after Giancarlo Stanton? JD Martinez? Resign Mitch Moreland? Eduardo Nunez? Only time will tell. Should be a long offseason, wish it could have been a little shorter.

As for me, I’ll have a few blogs coming this week recapping the year and what to expect this offseason. Thanks for a great season, I had a lot of fun doing this.

RECAP: David Price comes through in big spot as #RedSox stave off elimination with 10-3 victory.

Win or go home. That was the mindset the Red Sox had to have coming into today’s game against the Astros. Doug Fister got the start, and there were reasons to be confident given how good his postseason numbers are. Unfortunately, that’s not how things went for Fister as he only lasted 1.1 innings before being taken out. In that span, the Astros scored three times, all in the first inning. Once again, Carlos Correa hit a first inning home run, marking the third straight game the Astros had done so.

Honestly, I thought the game was over after that home run. It just got over the center field wall and the first thing I thought was, “here we go again.” Luckily though, things did not spiral out of control for the Red Sox. Joe Kelly picked up the win by getting out of the second thanks to Mookie Betts…

…and pitching a clean third inning. This made way for David Price to pitch for the first time since Friday, and he was really something else. Four complete innings to go along with four strikeouts in the lefty’s most important performance of the season. We all know about the problems Price has had in the postseason, but he looked like a different guy today. I was surprised they stretched him out for so long, and with 53 pitches today, there’s no way he pitches tomorrow. I do love what he had to say after the game, though:

The remainder of the game was wrapped up by Addison Reed and Carson Smith, who bounced back nicely from Friday’s game with two scoreless innings.

Offensively, the Red Sox showed approximately five times more life then they did in Houston. The funny thing is, all the run production came from the bottom half of the lineup. Batters 1-4 went a combined 3 for 18 with two runs scored while batters 5-9 went a combined 12 for 20 with eight runs scored and all 10 RBIs. In an inning where they easily could have scored more runs, Sandy Leon got the Red Sox scoring started in the second with an RBI single. Hanley Ramirez followed this up with an RBI single next inning, and the lead was cut to one run. After Brad Peacock was taken out of the game in favor of Francisco Liriano, Rafael Devers had a moment. On an 0-1 slider, Devers mashed his first career postseason home run into the bleachers, giving his team the lead.

The bats would take a short break, but they really turned it on in the seventh. Hanley and Devers continued their great days with some more RBI hits, and Jackie Bradley Jr. secured the W with a three-run home run off of Joe Musgrove.

One thing I found interesting was how much Hanley Ramirez was into this game. Over the span of this past season, we’ve rarely seen Hanley this fired up, but it’s been much more noticeable since last Thursday. I mean…look at that intensity.

This is what the Red Sox need. They needed their guys to step up and that is exactly what happened tonight. Rick Porcello faces off against Charlie Morton tomorrow afternoon. Another do or die game, I expect them to play just as they did today.

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