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Boston Red Sox Re-sign Closer Koji Uehara to a Two-year Extension

October 30th, 2014 at 5:41 PM
By Sean Penney

Well that didn't take long. With the World Series wrapping up last night, today was the first day players were able to declare for free agency. Teams have a five day "quiet period" to negotiate with their own free agents before those players can discuss financial terms with other teams and the Boston Red Sox didn't wait around long to come to terms with the biggest name from their roster to hit free agency.

The Red Sox agreed to a two-year, $18 million extension with Koji Uehara. The 39-year old closer has saved 47 games for the Red Sox over the last two seasons and is coming off a season where he posted a 2.52 ERA with 80 strikeouts in 64.1 innings.

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Koji Uehara Among Four Boston Red Sox Players That Declare for Free Agency

October 30th, 2014 at 4:55 PM
By Sean Penney

The conclusion of the World Series last night officially started the clock on the countdown to free agency. As of today, 121 players around the majors have declared for free agency, including four players from the Boston Red Sox.

Those players are headlined by Koji Uehara. The 39-year old closer may only be looking for a short term deal, which would fit the Red Sox needs perfectly. They aren't likely to splurge on a long term deal for top closer, but if they can get one of the game's best on a one or two year deal then they should jump at the chance. That would give them time to bring along some of their young pitchers to see if any of them have what it takes to be the team's closer of the future without tying them down long term to an expensive veteran.

The Red Sox will likely try to bring back reliever Burke Badenhop after an impressive season where he posted a 2.29 ERA in 70.2 innings. Veteran catcher David Ross is a candidate to come back on a short term deal, depending on if the team believes top prospect Blake Swihart will be ready to contribute in a platoon with Christian Vazquez. Pitcher Ryan Dempster will also hit free agency after sitting out the 2014 season on the restricted list, but has already announced his retirement.

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Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects – Part 2

October 30th, 2014 at 3:54 PM
By Sean Penney
Baseball America recently released its list of the top 10 prospects in the Boston Red Sox farm system. Most scouts agree that Boston has a very deep pool of young talent in its system with a bundle of prospects eager to burst through to the major leagues.
Yesterday we looked at the first half of the list to examine what stage the Red Sox top 5 prospects are at to help predict when they might debut in the majors. Today we'll look at the rest of the list, with prospects 6-10.

6. Rafael Devers, 3B
2014: .322/.404/.506, 7 HR, 57 RBI (Single-A: 70 Games)

Devers has a quick bat that should add some power as he fills out. He's only 18 years old, so he has a long road ahead of him to get to the majors, despite the Red Sox having a glaring hole at third base at the moment. Some scouts question if he'll be able to stay at the hot corner if he loses a step as he grows up and gets bigger, but his bat should allow him to find a spot in the lineup somewhere.

Expected debut: 2017

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Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects – Part 1

October 29th, 2014 at 12:28 PM
By Sean Penney

Baseball America recently released its list of the top 10 prospects in the Boston Red Sox farm system. Most scouts agree that Boston has a very deep pool of young talent in its system with a bundle of prospects eager to burst through to the major leagues.

We got a good look at a lot of rookies this year, including Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, and a handful of young pitchers. While the Red Sox surely learned their lesson about relying too much on young players too soon, we are still bound to see many of these prospects make an impact over the next couple of years.

Let's take a look at these top 10 prospects that Baseball America listed to see how they might fit in with this team and when we can expect them to be brought up to the majors.

1. Blake Swihart, C
2014: .293/.341/.469, 13 HR, 64 RBI (Double-A: 92 games, Triple-A: 18 games)

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Is Yoenis Cespedes on the Trading Block?

October 28th, 2014 at 4:47 PM
By Sean Penney

As the trade deadline approached last July, the Boston Red Sox saw an opportunity to get an early jump on rebuilding for next season. With the current season already spiraling down the drain, Boston sacrificed ace starter Jon Lester, sending him to Oakland in a deal that brought back outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The idea was that there was a real chance Lester would leave as a free agent after the season, while Cespedes is under control for 2015 and could help their struggling offense. After only two months of having Cespedes in Boston, are the Red Sox ready to move on?

Rumors have swirled lately that the All-Star outfielder could be on the trading block. The Red Sox have a surplus of outfielders and could be inclined to move at least one of them in a package for a starting pitcher. A lot of teams could come calling for Mookie Betts, but if the Red Sox determine they prefer to keep him, then Cespedes could become an attractive alternative. He has only one year left on his deal at a reasonable price tag of $10.5 million.

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