Links 1-14-2010: Signed Shouse, more defensive hype, the rookie program

The Red Sox signed 41-year old Brian Shouse to a minor league deal last week. Shouse is a decent LOOGY candidate can could fill a Javier Lopez-type role this season.

For those of you who want to know what kind of difference improved defense could make this year, defensive stats guru John Dewan suggests that Boston may have added something like 8 wins based on defense alone. I’m a fan of good defense, but I’ll believe it when I see it. More likely, an improvement of 2-4 wins is in order. Dave Cameron writes about the shift of the Red Sox this offseason from OBP to UZR.

The Red Sox began their annual rookie program on Monday this week. The roster includes a bevy of Boston hopefuls: P Randor Bierd, P Felix Doubront, P Casey Kelly, P Ryne Miller, P Junichi Tazawa, P Kyle Weiland, C Luis Exposito, SS Jose Iglesias, SS Yamaico Navarro, OF Ryan Kalish, OF Che-Hsuan Lin, and OF Josh Reddick. You can also pay $10 and get their autographs at an event on Jan 18th at the Best Buy at Fenway from 3:30-5PM (first come, first serve). The money goes to the Jimmy Fund.

In the wake of a confession of hidden injury last season, Daisuke Matsuzaka appears to be serious about making good on 2010.

A fluff piece about new pitcher John Lackey, if you’re into that sort of thing.


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