1. Boston Red Sox: 5 Reasons Carl Crawford Will Dominate in 2012

    Carl Crawford is many things. A replacement-level player is not one of them. And yet, in 2011, that is exactly what he was; Crawford’s WAR (wins above replacement) last season sat exactly 0...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about over 2 years ago 5,287 reads 0 comments

  2. Boston Red Sox: Bobby Valentine and Ben Cherington Are Allowed to Disagree

    Here we go again. That is what Red Sox fans have to be saying to themselves after the Boston Globe reported this morning that a “wedge” is already developing between general manager Ben Cherington and manager Bobby Valentine...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about over 2 years ago 3,210 reads 12 comments

  3. Boston Red Sox: The Daniel Bard Experiment Is Failing

    The Boston Red Sox have a big problem this spring, and nobody is talking about it. Daniel Bard , expected to make a smooth transition to the rotation and hold the No. 4 spot throughout the season, is not a good starting pitcher...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about over 2 years ago 739 reads 5 comments

  4. Boston Red Sox: 10 Reasons Jose Iglesias Should Start at Shortstop

    There is little doubt in the Boston Red Sox organization regarding who their shortstop of the future will be...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about over 2 years ago 738 reads 3 comments

  5. Boston Red Sox: 10 Reasons Felix Doubront Deserves the No. 5 Spot

    After the failures (and subsequent injuries) of John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka , et al., the Boston Red Sox entered spring training in 2012 without a bona fide No. 5 starter...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about almost 3 years ago 1,289 reads 5 comments

  6. Tampa Bay Rays Roster Battles: 3 Most Intriguing Spring Position Battles

    After a season of miraculous comebacks, the Tampa Bay Rays enter spring training in 2012 with high hopes for their young squad. With perhaps the best starting rotation in baseball, the Rays and their fans have a lot to be optimistic about this season..

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about almost 3 years ago 873 reads 2 comments

  7. Cole Hamels Free Agency: 6 Teams That Will Offer Him over $100 Million

    At this time next year, Cole Hamels is going to be a very rich man. Who will be signing his paychecks is anyone’s guess. With negotiations over a contract extension going nowhere, Hamels and the Phillies have come to a stalemate...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about almost 3 years ago 353 reads 0 comments

  8. Andy Pettitte Returns to Yankees: Why the Red Sox Must Sign Oswalt to Respond

    The arms race in the AL East is on. With the New York Yankees’ luring Andy Pettitte out of retirement and back into their rotation, the balance of power in the division has swung even further away from the Red Sox...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about almost 3 years ago 582 reads 1 comments

  9. Boston Red Sox Spring Training Report: Breaking Down Biggest Roster Battles

    Although the games don’t count, there is already serious competition underway in Ft. Myers. Unlike last year, the Boston Red Sox will enter the season with the starters at several key positions on the field unsettled...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about almost 3 years ago 2,396 reads 5 comments

  10. Boston Red Sox: 10 Ways Andrew Bailey Is an Upgrade over Jonathan Papelbon

    For the first time since 2006, the Boston Red Sox will start the season with someone other than Jonathan Papelbon as their closer...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about almost 3 years ago 757 reads 1 comments

  11. Jason Varitek Retirement: Ranking All 19 Captains in Boston Red Sox History

    Now that the tears have subsided and the deluge of tributes has slowed, we can ask the question: Where does Jason Varitek rank all-time among Boston Red Sox captains? Nineteen ...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about almost 3 years ago 1,633 reads 0 comments

  12. MLB Wild Card 2012: 5 Other Playoff Changes MLB Needs

    If Bud Selig orders a cup of coffee and finds it too weak, do you think he pours water in it? With the announcement coming today that Major League Baseball will be expanding its ...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about almost 3 years ago 1,901 reads 3 comments

  13. Boston Red Sox 2012: Who Is the Face of the Franchise?

    The 2012 Boston Red Sox have an identity problem. The problem is that they don't have one. Obviously, it is a little early to be concerned about what personality the team is going to take on...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about almost 3 years ago 522 reads 1 comments

  14. Jason Varitek Retirement: The 10 Greatest Moments of His Red Sox Career

    Though the sun may be shining in Ft. Myers tomorrow, it will be a dark day for many Red Sox fans. With his retirement, Jason Varitek will write the final chapter of his Red Sox career...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about almost 3 years ago 1,280 reads 0 comments

  15. Boston Red Sox: 10 Pitchers They Could Trade for to Fill out Their Rotation

    When a team goes into camp trying out three players on minor league contracts, one who has never started more than four games in a season and one coming off major surgery, they’re probably not contenders for a spot in the team's starting rotation...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about almost 3 years ago 4,263 reads 10 comments

  16. Boston Red Sox: Saying Goodbye to the Legendary Jason Varitek

    Everything we need to know about Jason Varitek can be summed up in one enduring image: the Red Sox captain shoving his mitt in Alex Rodriguez ’s face. It isn’t often that one play, one moment can define a career...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about almost 3 years ago 528 reads 0 comments

  17. Boston Red Sox: Why They'll Finish Fourth in the AL East in 2012

    Take a deep breath, Red Sox fans. Brace yourselves. This is going to sting a little. The 2012 Boston Red Sox are going to finish fourth in the AL East this season. I know, it doesn't make sense on the surface...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about almost 3 years ago 567 reads 5 comments

  18. Boston Red Sox: Is This Lineup Good Enough to Compete in the AL East in 2012?

    The last time the Boston Red Sox finished below third place in MLB ’s American League East, Bill Clinton had just begun his second term as president, the only portable music ...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about almost 3 years ago 1,026 reads 7 comments

  19. Boston Red Sox 2012: 10 Things to Watch for in Spring Training

    After a catastrophic 7-20 record in the month of September, the Boston Red Sox plummeted out of the playoff picture and became a punch line throughout the sporting world...

    Douglas Sibor Written by Douglas Sibor about almost 3 years ago 1,069 reads 2 comments