I have returned. Apparently people enjoyed following my previous franchise threads. (Though some didn't care.) So I've decided to give it one more go. I've been in an out of franchises this year. It was hard to get into it without real baseball. Now that we are back. I am giving it one more go. I love the Red Sox, but let's face it. They are in a rebuild. At least with pitching.
You guys deserve better than me so let's try this one more time. Franchise start with the latest ridinroster. Ill provide at least monthly updates as I sim the first 102. Ill edit the comments I've made here first before starting new comments. More to come as I rebuild my beloved sox.
Red Sox Spring Training Notes:
Rafael Devers signed to 1 year 2.00M contract. This move will avoid his first year of arbitration this winter.
Notes From Around The League:
Only minor injuries. No impact players on the IL to start the season.
The Rays, Royals & Rockies all showed signs in spring training that could be among the underdog teams to make a surprise run this season. Will any of these pan out?
Stay tuned. Red Sox baseball is officially back in 2020.
Baseball is back! Red Sox fans are still reeling from the recent Mookie Betts trade that has many questioning the new management. It doesn't help that the Red Sox need for pitching has been met by adding several journeymen and seeminy washed up arms instead of a serious pursuit. However it seems the new management will be given a few years to attempt to build "the next great Sox team." Leading many to believe the Sox will look really different on August 1st. As a result the analysts count the Sox out this season but the nation remains hopeful. Let's take a look at the Red Sox opening day roster.
Catcher: Christian Vazquez will call the games and attempt to replicate his 2019 offensive breakout. Kevin Plawecki will start the year as back up.
First Base: Former gold glover Mitch Moreland will hold down the position while mentoring the youngsters. He will split time with Michael Chavis.
Second Base: Jose Peraza will bridge the gap giving the newly acquired Jeter Downs a little more development time before he inevitably takes over next season. Tzu-Wei Lin will back up the left side of the infield.
Short Stop: Xander Bogaerts is a lock fresh off a new 7 year deal. With Betts now in Dodger blue and Pedroia out indefinitely. He also takes on the role of team leader. Can he handle the pressure?
Third Base: Rafael Devers will continue to develop his defense at the position. The question on every ones mind is can he replicate that great offense year he had in 2019 and establish himself as one of the leagues top hitters.
Right Field: Alex Verdugo will attempt to mend the hole left in Sox fans hearts. As eyes will be on him comparing him to Betts all season long. Though he has gone on record saying "he doesn't care about shoes to fill and is here to play his game.
Center Field: Jackie Bradley Jr. will start the year. However many believe his is ticketed to be the next one out of Boston. Kevin Pillar will get time in all 3 outfield positions especially against lefties.
Left Field: Andrew Benintendi will continue to build his legacy. However many think his days in Boston are also limited.
Designated Hitter: JD Martinez will continue to mash the ball in the middle if the line up. Many believe he may opt out of his contract for better world series odds at seasons end and with the new universal DH rule the sky is the limit. If the Sox do infact struggle I wouldn't be surprised to see them move Martinez before the deadline.
Starting Pitching: Chris Sale is coming off arguably his worst career season. He was plagued with injuries. It will be interesting to see if he stays healthy and returns to ace status. Eduardo Rodriguez on the other hand is coming off his best season. He will undoubtedly attempt to replicate and prove he can stay consistent. Nathan Eovaldi will attempt to justify that big contract he signed just a season ago. New comers Collin McHugh and Martin Perez will round out the rotation.
Long Relievers: Work horse Marcus Walden will return to the role. He will be joined by Ryan Webber.
Middle Relievers: Josh Taylor, Heather Hembree and new comer Robert Stock will start the year.
Set Up Men: Matt Barnes and former Twin Trevor Hildenberger will attempt to get the game to the closer.
Closer: Brandon Workman who took on the roll mid last season will see how he fairs in a full year.
Should be in interesting season. We will have more on these stories and others as they develop along with notes from
Around the league. Stay tuned for more Red Sox baseball.
Notes From Around The League 3/30/20:
Early blows to the Cardinals & Phillies. As the Cardinals loose Dexter Fowler for 3 months due to a torn calf. The Phillies will be with out their star catcher J.T.Realmuto for just a few weeks as he pulled his shoulder.
Notes From Around The League 4/2/20:
A very unfortunate turn of events for the White Sox as they lost 2 players to injuries this past series. Danny Mendick broke his shin and will miss up to 2 months. Yasmani Grandol is experiencing some shoulder inflammation. He is expected to miss less than 2 weeks. .
Red Sox Notes 4/6/20:
Martin Perez fractured his forearm today and will miss up to 2 months. Zach Godley was recalled from triple A to fill the roster spot. Despite the industry The Red Sox are silencing critics early on with a AL East leading 7-3 record.
Notes From Around The League 4/6/20:
Injuries continue to plauge the leauge early in the season as over the past series the Rockies placed Daniel Murphy on the IL with a torn hamstring, he will miss at least half the season. Also missing at least half the season with a fractured shin is the Astros Carlos Correa & Danny Santana of the Rangers with a fractured foot. The Twins also place Lois Arraez on the IL with a broken hand, though he will only miss a month or 2. Lets hope earlybin the season players can find a way to stay healthy.
Notes From Around The League 4/9/20:
The Rockies sign closing Pitcher Brandon Morrow to a 1 year 3.30M contract.
Red Sox Notes 4/13/20:
Colin McHugh suffered a shoulder tear and will be out for up to half the season. Stephen Gonzalves was recalled to aid the make shift pitching staff. The Sox also made a move to recall Mike Shawaryn. They will send down Zach Godley.
Notes From Around The League 4/16/20:
The Phillies place Nick Williams on the IL with a broken collarbone. He will miss 2 months. Also headed to the IL is Victor Robles of the Nationals. He pulled his calf and will miss a few weeks.
Notes From Around The League 4/24/20:
The Giants Donovan Solano and the Rockies Brenden Rodgers both hit the IL with broken forearms. They will miss around half the season.
End Of The Month Report April 2020:
Starting with the Red Sox:
Steven Gonsalves, Mike Shawaryn and Tzu-Wei Lin were all sent to triple A. Zach Godley, Dylan Covey & Yario Munoz were recalled to replace them. Brian Johnson was removed from the 40 man roster to make room for Munoz. He was claimed by the Mets. The Sox used the free roster spot to sign Mike Foltynewicz to a 3 Year 15.00M. contract. He was assigned to triple A to get his arm ready for the season. The now struggling Sox sit in 4th place 16-17.
The AL East currency belongs to the 18-14 Yankees. The surprise Blue Jays are right on their coat tails 17-14. The Indians have a comfortable 5 game lead in the central 21-12. The AL west crown currency sits with the 20-10 Angels who look to dethrone the Astros. The Astros and Blue Jays lead the wild card. In the NL the Nationals dominate the east 20-10. Also 20-10 the surprise Reds lead the central. Of course our west a dominating Dodgers team leads 22-8 though a 18-13 Padres team will try to upset. They along with the Cubs occupy the wild card.
Ptchers Of The Month: Charlie Morton & Trevor Bauer.
Players Of The Month: Mike Trout & Mookie Betts.
Rookies Of the Month: Nick Madrigal & Shogo Akiyama.
More From The IL:
The Padres Greg Garcia will miss up to 2 months with a shoulder tear. Also out 2 months is the Cardinals Tommy Edman with a fractured shin. Kevin Kramer suffered a concussion, the Pirates will be without him for 2 weeks. Long time Brewer Ryan Braun fractured his hand and will miss at least 2 months. Some wonder if this will signal the end of the road for the slugger. Finally the Tigers will miss the presence of Johnathan Schoop in their line up for a few months after he broke his arm.
Stay tuned to find out what happens as we move into May baseball fans. Hopefully the injuries will slow.
Red Sox Notes 5/4/20:
Heath Hembree will be out 2 weeks with a head concussion. Ryan Braiser will hold down his roster spot. Dylan Covey will also be sent down and replaced by Chris Maza and Coltan Brewer will replace a struggling Robert Stock.
Sorry for the delay all. Was dealing with some personal things. Lots of simming and updates today.
Red Sox Notes 5/19/20:
Martin Perez & Heath Hembree both came off the IL this past series. To make room for them Colton Brewer & Chris Maza were sent to the minors. A struggling Ryan Webber was also replaced by Matt Hall.
Also Around The Leauge From the Last Few Weeks:
A HUGE blow to the pirates as both Colin Moran (torn MCL) & Adam Fraser (torn Achilles tendon) are out for the season. The White Sox Lucas Giolito will be out for 2 months with a shoulder tear.
Red Sox Notes 5/22/20:
Josh Taylor will miss a significant amount of time with a broken Collarbone. Coltan Brewer will be the first to try and fill his roster spot.
In Other News:
The Braves Dansby Swansen broke his arm and will miss 2 months.
End Of The Month Report May 2020:
Red Sox: Marcus Walden broke his ankle abd and will miss at least 3 months. Darwinzon Hernandez will take over his roster spot. Zach Godley & Matt Hall were also sent to the minors and were replaced by Mike Foltynewicz & Josh Osich. The Red Sox are currently in third place.
Around The League.
The Yankees still own the east 35-27. The Blue Jays still nipping at coat tails. The 37-23 Indians are maintaining their strong lead in the central. Out west the Angels hold a 38-20 record and a 6 game lead on the Astros. Who share the wild card with the Blue Jays. The Nationals have a 6 game lead and are 34-24 in the NL east. The Reds are 37-22 and holding on in the central. The Cubs however are only 4 games back. The Dodgers hold their lead in the west. How6the Padres are sticking around 5 games back still hoping to upset. They share the wildcard with the Cubs.
Pitchers Of The Month:
Hyun-Jin Ryu & Will Smith.
Players Of The Month:
J.D. Martinez & Nolan Arenado.
Rookies Of The Month:
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo & Edward Oliver's.
The Orioles & Mets place Shawn Armstrong & Paul Sewald on the IL with a fractured hands for around 2 months. The Tigers Jake Rodgers also fractured his hand but he will miss at least 3 monthe. The Rockies will loose Josh Fuentes for a few weeks with a pulled hamstring.
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Red Sox Notes 6/9/20:
Coltan Brewer & Josh Osich have been sent to the minors Jeffery Springs & Philips Valdez will replace them.
The Cardinals will be without their star shortnstop Paul DeJong for half the season as he fractured his leg. The Cubs will misd David Bote for a few weeks withna concussion. The east leading nationals suffered a blow and will miss their closer Sean Doolittle for 2 months out with a torn hamstring. Delano Desheilds Jr. of the indians will miss a few months with a fractured leg. Finally the Royals star catcher Salvador Perez will miss 2 months with a torn calf.
Around The Leauge 6/15/20:
The injuries keep piling up. The Indians suffered another blow loosinf Franmil Reyes for 2 months after he damaged cartilage in his shoulder. It will be interesting to see if they can hold on to first place. The Padres will be with out Wil Myers for a bit while he recovers from a concussion. Likewise the Blue Jayd will.shortly miss Derek Fisher as he recovers from a torn finger ligament. Eade Davis of the Rockies fractured bis hand and will miss the rest of the season. Finally an already hurting Pirates roster will miss Jameson Taillon for a few months as he too damaged cartilage in his shoulder.
Red Sox Notes 6/22/20:
Colin McHugh came off the IL. Philips Valdez was sent down to make room for him.
Perhaps the biggest blow of the season so far has come in the form of the Cubs Javier Baez becoming the latest player to fracture his hand and missing 2 months. The Cardinals Harrison Bader will also miss significant time with a fractured arm.
End Of The Month Report June 2020:
Management continues their rebuilding strategy as a trade was made the Red Sox sent Brandon Workman, Marco Hernandez & Matt Hall to the Braves for Christian Pache & Luke Jackson. Who were both assigned to triple A. A struggling Matt Barnes was also sent to tripple A to rework a few things. Philips Valdez & Austin Brice were recalled to fill the vacancies. The six currently occupy second place though they are 12 games back.
The 57-30 Yankees are running away with the east. The Indians still lead the central at 50-37 however the Twins are creeping back into it 3 games back. In the west the Angels are pulling away from the Astros at 56-30. The Astros now share the wild card with tge Twins. The Nationals are still leading the NL east at 48-39 but the Phillies have crept back in 4 games back. The 52-35 Reds are pulling away a bit in the central with an 8 game lead. Lastly the Dodgers sit at 58-29. The Padres once hoped to upset but they have fallen off 13 games back. They share the wild card with the Cubs.
James Paxton & Blake Treinen.
Mark Canha & Kris Bryant.
Nick Madrigal & Shogo Akiyama.
Astros trade Aledmys Diaz to the Yankees for Ben Ruta. The Giants trade Chadwick Tromp to the Rays for Greg Jones.
The Orioles Pat Valaika will miss a short time with a finger contusion. The Athletics Mike Fiers becomes the latest to fracture his hand. He is likely done for thr year. The As will alsi miss Ramon Laureano for a period with a fractured shin. The indians suffered another blow loosing Bradley Zimmer for a few months with a torn finger ligament. This puts their entire starting outfield on the IL. Perhaps most heart breaking. The Phillies will loose Zach Wheeler for 2 months with a torn finger ligament. This coming right as they were gearing up to make a play at the Nationals.
Keep it here for more as we near the all star break.
All Star Break Update:
The Red Sox sign free agent Yoelkis Cespedes to a 1 year 90K contract.
J.D. Martinez won the home run derby.
The AL won the All Star game 6-4.
Looking at trades the last week or so. The Athletics have started a fire sale. First moving Liam Hendricks to the Cubs for Dan Winkler & Alec Mills. Then flipping Sean Manaea & Dan Winkler to the Pirates for Ji-Hwan Bae, Mason Martin, Nick Gonzales & Chris Sharpe. The Rays also traded Tyler Glasnow to the Braves for Sean Newcomb, Charlie Culberson and Darren O'Day.
Big blow to the Yankees as bot Aarons (Hicks & Judge) will miss considerable time. The first with a torn calf the second with a fractured forearm. The Twins will loose Alex Avila for a few weeks with a MCL sprain. The Rangers will loose Lance Lynn for a month or so with a torn finger ligament and Ronald Guzman for the rest of the year with a fractured shin. Chance Sisco of the Orioles will miss 2 months with a shoulder separation. The Brewers Brett Anderson is out for the season with a fractured wrist.