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Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:02 am
Edited on: December 13, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Boston Red Sox



By Matt Snyder


What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

One of the main reasons we came up with this exercise was because of the massive amount of fighting in the comments sections over who "buys" their teams instead of drafting and developing their own talent. In some cases, the accusations are true. In others, they aren't. While these Red Sox don't have Adrian Gonzalez or David Ortiz or Josh Beckett, you'll certainly see several key, familiar names.

Lineup

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
4. Hanley Ramirez, DH
5. David Murphy, LF
6. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
7. Jed Lowrie, SS
8. Kelly Shoppach, C
9. Josh Reddick, RF

Starting Rotation

1. Jon Lester
2. Clay Buchholz
3. Justin Masterson
4. Anibal Sanchez
5. Carl Pavano

Bullpen

Closer - Jonathan Papelbon
Set up - Daniel Bard, Rafael Betancourt, Frank Francisco, Hideki Okajima
Long - Kyle Weiland, Daisuke Matsuzaka? (Not sure I could stomach that ... )

Notable Bench Players

Ryan Lavarnway, Lars Anderson, Freddy Sanchez, Engel Beltre

What's Good?

The top of the order is sick. If Hanley Ramirez had one of his good years, that's a top four that few in baseball could match. The entire pitching staff is really, really strong, too. Lester as an ace works fine and Masterson and Sanchez are pretty darn good in those slots. There was one point last season (May) when Sanchez was almost as good as anyone. Then you move into the bullpen and the back-end is what it was in 2011, with Bard and Papelbon. Here, though, we get to add Betancourt and Francisco to the mix. That's quite a bridge to Papelbon, and remember, this with a good rotation.

What's Not?

The lineup thins out quickly. It's not awful by any stretch, because Lowrie, Shoppach and Reddick are a decent 7-9, but Murphy isn't good enough to be a fifth hitter in a great lineup and we still can't be sure how Rizzo pans out. Also, there is no depth, either on the bench or in the bullpen. The onus is entirely on the main guys to shoulder the entire workload.

Comparison to real 2011

Let's avoid all the off-field crap and just focus on the issue at hand. Is this team better than the one that was in the AL playoff race until the final out of the season? The offense isn't as good, that's for sure. Most of the other spots are at least close, but the Rizzo/Gonzalez gap at first base is gigantic. Pitching-wise, though, this group is better, top to bottom. There's no Josh Beckett, but there also isn't a full season of John Lackey with mixed in Dice-K and then the spare-part injury replacements they had to use for most of the season. The real-life Red Sox won 90 games and this group feels like a similar one in terms of wins. It's not elite, but it's pretty good.

Next: Detroit Tigers

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 9:58 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Report: A's send Harden to Red Sox

By Matt Snyder

With Hiroki Kuroda and Ubaldo Jimenez coming off the trade block Saturday, the Red Sox had to resort to a lesser addition. They got it in the injury-prone yet very talented Rich Harden, from the A's. The Red Sox are sending Lars Anderson and a player to be named later to Oakland (Danny Knobler).

Harden, 29, has long been one of the more talented pitchers in the majors, but his arm has deteriorated over the years due to many injuries. He went 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 89 strikeouts in 71 innings after he was traded to the Cubs in July of 2008. This season, however, Harden's got a 4.30 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with a lower strikeout rate. He's only made five starts this season, all in July after returning from injury.

Anderson, 23, is a Triple-A first baseman. He was expendable for the Red Sox with Adrian Gonzalez in house. Anderson is hitting .261/.362/.420 with 10 homers and 57 RBI in 102 games.

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 1:34 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 1:49 pm
 

Top 10 Red Sox prospects revealed

Ranaudo Mere years after ranking as the No. 17 prospect overall, first baseman Lars Anderson has fallen clear off Baseball America 's top 10 Red Sox prospects list.

Topping the list is Casey Kelly, who just completed his first full season as a pitcher and spent the year in Double-A. While his 5.31 ERA isn't pretty, his peripherals were strong and the innate talent in the 20-year-old shows that Kelly still has it. In fact, Boston has taken the tack of creating aggressive promotions so their prospects are not complacent. As a result, they had some of the youngest players in certain leagues, which helped contribute to overall statistics not being as strong as they could have been.

Ryan Westmoreland, like Anderson, is no longer on the top 10 list although Westmoreland's is for a different reason entirely: he had brain surgery to remove a cavernous malformation in spring training and has been working his way back. There's no way of telling if Westmoreland will be back to the top prospect of old or if something will have been lost in the transformation.

While Boston drafted Kolbrin Vitek with their first pick in the 2010 draft, it's two later names that also show up on the top 10 list in Anthony Ranaudo (pictured) and Garin Cecchini. Ranaudo dropped due to injury concerns, but had a sublime summer season at Cape Cod and if the draft was re-done, would probably be in the top 5. Cecchini, meanwhile, was plied away from a college scholarship.

Here's the top 10:
1. Casey Kelly, rhp
2. Jose Iglesias, ss
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
4. Anthony Ranaudo, rhp
5. Drake Britton, lhp
6. Reymond Fuentes, of
7. Josh Reddick, of
8. Felix Doubront, lhp
9. Stolmy Pimentel, rhp
10. Garin Cecchini, 3b

-- Evan Brunell

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