1. J.D. Drew: The Battle between What We See Visually and Numerically

    JD Drew.The greatest example of Sabermetrics vs. The Human Eye.For two years now, I have defended JD Drew as a player...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about over 6 years ago 198 reads 0 comments

  2. Steroids and the Red Sox

    While many Red Sox fans have met the news of Alex Rodriguez' past transgressions with unparalleled glee, casting enough stones to rebuild the Man in the Mountain, I caution you all to be careful...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about over 6 years ago 475 reads 0 comments

  3. The Red Sox's Top Five In-Season Trade Possibilities

    One reason why many clubs are shying away from doling out big-money free agent extensions (besides the economy, of course) is the potential to land a game-changing hitter at more favorable prices in-season from teams that experience a budget crunch...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about over 6 years ago 59 reads 2 comments

  4. Mechanical Analysis: Michael Bowden

    With Clay Buchholz slowly exhausting his prospect eligibility last season, Michael Bowden emerged by solidifying his status as the next best pitcher in the Sox system...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about over 6 years ago 230 reads 0 comments

  5. MLB Network's Propaganda

    So, here's what's going on with the MLB network this evening. Instead of hiding this story and saying "innocent until proven guilty" and letting the unofficial outlets like ESPN beat ...

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  6. Why Was Josh Beckett "Less Great" in 2008?

    Josh Beckett was a truly great pitcher in 2007. An integral piece to a championship team. Arguably the best pitcher in the American League that season. Arguably. But Beckett's 2008 campaign did not go over as smoothly...

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  7. The Boston Red Sox, from a Fantasy Perspective

    Originally published at Fire Brand of the American League: For those fantasy baseball aficionados, I want to point your attention to two places. First, Fantasy Baseball 365...

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  8. Breaking Jason Varitek's Psychological Hold on the Red Sox

    Yesterday, Pat discussed what the Jason Varitek signing means for the backup catcher position. Today, I look at the man himself, Jason Varitek.What does the return of Varitek mean for the club? Does it mean "more of the same?" No, I don't think it does...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about over 6 years ago 662 reads 4 comments

  9. Kevin Youkilis Signs Four-Year Deal Worth over $40 Million

    Peter Gammons is reporting that Sox first-baseman Kevin Youkilis has signed a four-year pact worth over $40 million, or over $10 million per year. The deal includes an option for a fifth year...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about over 6 years ago 138 reads 0 comments

  10. What Will Youk and Pap Command in Arbitration?

    Jayson Stark's latest piece has a look out on arbitration. Here are the relevant pieces: There's one more groundbreaking case on this list, and Papelbon is it...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about over 6 years ago 55 reads 3 comments

  11. A Look at Dom DiMaggio

    While we wait for the Jason Varitek saga to end, I went digging around in my unwritten entries archive and found one that I wrote a couple years ago that had yet to be published...

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  12. Fireside Chats No. 31: Where a little Smoltz and Baldelli goes a long way

    Boston Red Sox podcast on MVN Radio, Episode 31 where a little Smoltz and Baldelli goes a long way. Episode 31Hosts: Paul Testa, Tim DaloisioGuests: None Paul and Tim seem to have recovered ...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about over 6 years ago 38 reads 0 comments

  13. David Pauley designated for assignment

    David Pauley was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man spot. The Red Sox currently now have a full 40-man roster with the addition of John Smoltz and Takashi Saito.Over three years, Pauley had a 9...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about over 6 years ago 35 reads 0 comments

  14. Why Red Sox's Recent Additions Don't Mean Young Pitchers Will Be Dealt

    The Boston Red Sox have made a few sensational low-cost, high-reward moves lately, bringing in Rocco Baldelli, Brad Penny, Takashi Saito, and John Smoltz...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about over 6 years ago 217 reads 4 comments

  15. Lord, I Was Born a Gamblin Man...

    *Editor's note* I've spent the last 5 days in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (yes, I have a real job that requires some of my time) so be prepared for obligatory gambling references...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about over 6 years ago 61 reads 0 comments

  16. Jeff Jagodzinski's Firing Was the Right Move

    A poll on FOXSPORTS.com shows that 75 percent of respondents (over 130,000 votes cast) believe that Boston College football head coach Jeff Jagodzinski should not be fired, the reasoning being that "Coaches interview for other jobs all the time...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about over 6 years ago 184 reads 0 comments

  17. New York Yankees Keep Sticking It to the Boston Red Sox

    It started with Jose Contreras as the first strike then moved on to Mark Bellhorn and Alan Embree...it graduated to Johnny Damon and Carl Pavano.....

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about over 6 years ago 145 reads 5 comments

  18. Kevin Youkilis and the Curious Case of Selective Aggression

    In Kevin Youkilis' recent Q&A with MVN's The Bottom Line, I found one particular answer particularly interesting...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about over 6 years ago 133 reads 0 comments

  19. Tampa Bay Rays Nab Pat Burrell

    *hat tip MLB Trade Rumors, from Ken Rosenthal* "According to Ken Rosenthal, the Rays are close to signing Pat Burrell to a two-year, $16MM deal. It'd be a solid move, as the Rays can increase his value by not using him in the field...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about over 6 years ago 47 reads 1 comments

  20. Interviewing Red Sox prospect Stephen Fife

    Red Sox prospect Stephen Fife took some time out of his schedule to answer some questions for Fire Brand. Fife, 22, was drafted in the third round of the draft out of Utah. In 14 relief appearances for the Lowell Spinners, he posted a 2...

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  21. Whither Wakefield—Knuckleballer Not in Boston Red Sox Plans?

    *hat tip - YFSF, What Does Amalie Know?* As YFSF picked up, Tim Wakefield's name is omitted from the pitching options in the following response to a mailbag question of Amalie Benjamin. "The Red Sox will count on nothing of the sort...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about over 6 years ago 66 reads 0 comments

  22. Being the GM: Red Sox

    Folks, You may or may not know this, but I also write for MVN Outsider, the staff page of MVN. Over there, I've been doing a series of "Being the GM" and today it was the Red Sox' turn. Check it out and let me know what you think...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about almost 7 years ago 239 reads 0 comments

  23. Sumo Lounge TRIVIA: Tek Leads Catcher Postseason HR

    Jason Varitek has the most ever postseason homers as a catcher. How many did he hit? HONOR CODE: No search engines. WINNER GETS: To submit a featured community post. Register for an account, click PUBLISH A POST in the sidebar, and write your article...

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  24. Morning Cup o' Rumors: MLB; Sox needs

    Lot of twiddling our thumbs right now as we wait for the free agent season to officially kick off. Let's take a whirl throughout the rumors in baseball and see what's going on... Out west, the San Diego Padres are committed to trading starter Jake Peavy..

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about almost 7 years ago 567 reads 0 comments

  25. Morning Cup 'o Info: Red Sox News and Notes, Pedroia, Saltalamacchia, and more

    Just some quick notes to get your morning started. First, trust me when I say this, but my Top 50 Free Agents is probably my favorite piece that I do all year and because of that, I get way too fussy about it...

    Evan Brunell Written by Evan Brunell about almost 7 years ago 123 reads 0 comments