2010 Free agent profile: Vladimir Guerrero

The Red Sox definitely need a contingency plan in case they can’t land Matt Holliday or Jason Bay this offseason. Theo Epstein and company have been thinking outside of the box, even looking at acquiring Dan Uggla to play in left. A right-handed OF with some power who could play left field in Fenway. Hmm, let’s see. How about asking Vladimir Guerrero to move to left?

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Post-2009: Potential free agents

The best way for me to get my mind off the fact that the Red Sox are no longer in the hunt while the Yankees are is to get thinking on the 2010 season before the corpse of 2009 gets too cold. It’s good to know that Epstein sees this team’s core as having one more year left to contend; could that mean we’ll have a bit more of a “win now” approach this offseason?

Bring ‘em back?

First we should address the expiring contracts. The Red Sox need to decide whether they want to re-sign these players or let them go to free agency. Then we can examine what to do about any holes.

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Caught red-handed: Just Manny being Manny

Effective yesterday, Manny Ramirez has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned substance. Maybe it was the way it all happened that was surprising, but I must say that it doesn’t truly surprise me. I told you the Dodgers would regret signing Ramirez. “Mannywood” indeed!

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2009 Offseason: Rule 5 results, Manny threatens retirement

In the first round of the Rule 5 draft, the Red Sox selected 24-year old RHP Miguel Gonzales out of the Angels organization. SoxProspects.com already has a page on him; he throws in the low 90s with good command, mixing a slider and a changeup. He has worked as botha  starter and a reliever at Double-A, but missed all of 2008 with a knee injury. He seems to be fully recovered, as he played well in the Mexican Winter League. According to Rule 5, he must stay on the Major League 40-man roster all year, or else be sent back to the Angels.

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2009 Offseason: What we really need

I’d like to try a thought experiment. Let’s examine what the Sox lineup, rotation and bullpen looks like for next year, and figure out where we really need help. Can we realistically expect to be as good as last year?

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Dustin Pedroia, AL MVP!!!

Oh. My. Goodness. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is the proud winner of the AL MVP Award. He walked off with the trophy, garnering 16 first-place votes and 317 total points. While he was left off of one ballot altogether, he was widely recognized by the voting sportswriters for his skills, his heart and his numbers. Finishing second was Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, with 7 first-place votes, and fellow Red Sox Kevin Youkilis finished third. Looks like Boston’s unexpected push deep into the playoffs changed some minds out there.

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2009 Offseason: Pedey wins Silver Slugger, other news

Dustin Pedroia has been awarded the AL Silver Slugger at second base. He was clearly the best hitter at his position this year. Put that together with his Gold Glove, and you’re talking arguably the best second baseman in baseball. Congrats, Dustin!

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Dodgers offer 2-year, $60M deal to Manny?

Under intense public pressure to re-sign his slugger, Dodger GM Ned Colletti may be offering a 2-year deal worth $60M to Manny Ramirez. This is similar to the deal that Los Angeles gave to Andruw Jones last offseason, big money for short years. In contrast, agent Scott Boras has said that his 37-year old-to-be client is looking for a 5-year deal valued at $25M per year, but that’s just not going to happen.

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2008 Projections roundup

At the beginning of the year, I said a lot of things. But how right (or wrong) was I?

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2008 ALCS Preview

Say what you want, Tampa Bay is a good team that has had an extraordinary season. They are young, athletic and have a ton of potential. They deserve a lot of credit for keeping the intensity up until the end of the season and finishing with 97 wins, and this will be a great series to watch. And now for the comparison:

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