Being the most aggressive, living-in-the-present, future-be-damned franchise in baseball has served the Boston Red Sox well, bringing together the players who last season delivered the franchise its fourth World Series title this century. Doing so required the Red Sox to push their payroll well beyond the luxury tax threshold and to strip their farm system of prospects, but as the saying goes, “Prospects are cool; parades are cooler.” It was easy to get behind the Red Sox’s philosophy when the team was winning 108 games and going 11-3 against the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 postseason. But when that same team, with largely the same roster, approaches the 20-game mark of the new season as one of the worst teams in the game – with a 6-13 record, a minus-42 run differential and a 6.01 ERA entering Friday – the effects are doubly concerning, and the solutions are few. The Red Sox’s aggression carried them to a … [Read more...] about The Red Sox went all-in last season and won big. It’s costing them this year.
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The University of Virginia won the men’s NCAA basketball national championship on Monday night, defeating Texas Tech in overtime, 85-77. Also, the Red Sox prepare for the team’s home opener on Tuesday afternoon against the Blue Jays. First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m., while the team will also get their 2018 World Series rings during a pregame ceremony. Is there an issue with honoring the Patriots and Red Sox together? While many Boston fans are excited for the prospect of the Red Sox welcoming the Patriots at today’s home opener to honor both teams for winning championships, one Boston radio host isn’t as enthused. Lou Merloni, a host on WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni and Fauria,” expressed his disapproval of the move during Monday’s show. “I would contact [the Patriots] and say, ‘We would like to honor the Super Bowl victory. You tell me what’s better, Saturday or Sunday? Which day do you want to do? Saturday’s game … [Read more...] about Morning sports update: Lou Merloni thinks it’s ‘stupid’ the Red Sox will also honor the Patriots at the home opener
The San Francisco Giants paid Pablo Sandoval the league minimum last season. In addition to the nine home runs the infielder hit in 92 games, Sandoval pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning in a staff-saving appearance on the mound in April. Of course, Sandoval made far more than the league-mandated $545,000 for his efforts in 2018. He collected an additional $18,445,000 from the Boston Red Sox as part of the five-year, $95 million deal he signed with the club in 2015. The Red Sox will pay Sandoval, who won three World Series with the Giants before his brutal stint in Boston, another $18,445,000 this season to not play baseball for them. This should be the last season the Sox have to pay the 32-year-old, as the team can escape the deal with a $5 million buyout next year. Sandoval isn’t the only player not on the Opening Day roster to whom the Red Sox owe money, according to Spotrac. Manny Ramirez, 46, will receive $2,008,397. The retired slugger is set to reap in roughly $2 million … [Read more...] about Here’s how much the Red Sox are paying in dead money this season
NEW YORK — Washington pitcher Max Scherzer took over from Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout as baseball's highest-paid player at $37.4 million and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox remained the sport's bigger spender for the second straight year, according to a study of major league salaries by The Associated Press. Baseball's average salary dropped for an unprecedented second straight year on opening day, falling about $36,000 to approximately $4,375,000. But the drop was due to signing bonuses in new contracts for Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a few others. Baseball's accounting rules allocate signing bonuses in equal portions over each guaranteed year of a contract, and the signing bonuses of nine players caused an $82,000 drop in the opening-day average. Trout was the highest-paid last season at $34.08 million but his new deal dropped his salary for this year in exchange for a $20 million signing bonus. Scherzer's salary is discounted … [Read more...] about Scherzer highest-paid player, Red Sox top payroll list again
Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press Published 12:34 AM EST Feb 13, 2019 I’m happy for former Tigers' broadcaster Mario Impemba. He will be a Boston Red Sox play-by-play radio announcer on the team’s flagship station WEEI, according to the Boston Globe. But there is a part of me that thinks something else: Dave Freakin’ Dombrowski does it again. He has stolen another Tigers asset. Impemba was fired from his Tigers gig after a highly publicized altercation with Rod Allen in September. The Tigers have moved on, hiring Matt Shepard, who I’m certain will do a fantastic job, calling the Tigers games on Fox Sports Detroit. I’m actually excited to hear Shepard call games every night, to see how good he can be, when he’s not trying to work three jobs in one day. [ How Matt Shepard is coping with wife's recovery from horrific crash ] But on a personal level, I’m happy Impemba has found another job. He is a tremendous broadcaster. … [Read more...] about Mario Impemba becomes latest Detroit Tiger to join Red Sox