1-2-2011: Okajima signs, bullpen and roster complete

With the signing of Hideki Okajima over the weekend, the Red Sox bullpen makeover is complete and we are looking at a full 40-man and a filled-out active roster.

Here’s what our projections see for this bullpen going forward:

Name IP K/9 BB/9 ERA
Papelbon 68.2 9.9 2.9 2.95
Doubront 38.2 8.5 3.8 3.57
Jenks 55.1 8.3 3.1 3.59
Bard 60.2 9.1 3.9 3.61
Miller 38.0 7.8 3.9 3.77
Okajima 57.0 7.9 3.5 3.85
Wheeler 57.1 7.9 3.0 4.09
Albers 34.0 6.6 4.4 4.50
Hill 23.1 8.0 5.4 5.21

Not bad, Mr. Epstein, not bad at all. The projections see Jonathan Papelbon returning to form this season. His ERA was high, but his peripherals were still solid last season, as shown by his 3.51 FIP and 3.72 xFIP last season. As long as he can avoid the DL, I think this is a distinct possibility.

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Links 12-17-2010: Sox round out bullpen, Patterson to SD

Red Sox Beacon likes the addition of Bobby Jenks to the end of the bullpen. I think he’ll be very strong as an additional setup man/occasional closer.

The Red Sox announced a slew of minor league signings yesterday, including lefties Rich Hill, Andrew Miller, Randy Williams, Lenny DiNardo. They also signed right-handed pitchers Clevelan Santeliz and Ryan Harvey. So they are obviously trying hard to sift out a quality lefty out of that bunch. Out of those players, Hill, Miller, Williams and Santeliz have Spring Training invites.┬áThe nice thing about this bunch is that they’re not all old guys, and have some potential for breakouts. I’m glad we got Miller back, since we traded to get him.

Eric Patterson was sent to San Diego as the PTBNL in the Adrian Gonzalez deal. Patterson will make a nice complement with Cameron Maybin for the Pads as they try to sort out their mix for center field.

Links 7-2-2010: Catcher crisis, MDC to DL, Gammons, SaberCards are back

Like Deepwater Horizon, the Red Sox DL just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Jason Varitek has a broken foot and will miss 4-6 weeks. Which wouldn’t be so bad, except our other catcher, Victor Martinez, has a broken thumb. So the Red Sox went out and got Kevin Cash, trading away Angel Sanchez as a temporary stopgap. Gustavo Molina will act as the backup for now. Neither of these guys can contribute much offensively, so we just have to hope that Martinez returns quickly.

Manny Delcarmen is also going on the DL today with what is being called a forearm strain. It is thought that Michael Bowden, who has been pitching well recently, might get the call. But he’s been throwing as a starter, and we need bullpen help right away. The recently-signed Rich Hill could be called upon as well.

Peter Gammons talks about the Red Sox woes. Interestingly, he brings up Kerry Wood and his 98 mph fastball as a possible deadline acquisition.

For those of you who love the SaberCard idea (like me), there’s another update, this time featuring our own David Ortiz.

Another baseball visualization, the season TripTik. You can quickly see how hot we’ve been at home in June, and that July and August are going to be tough for the Sox, with so many games on the road.

Links 7-1-2010: Bullpen troubles, Beltre’s increasing value, Rivera’s cutter

The bullpen woes continue. Manny Delcarmen, who has actually been pretty good the last month or so, has an elbow issue that led to a terrible outing against the Rays yesterday. He may go on the DL, which leaves us with precious few relief options other than Daniel Bard and the rapidly deteriorating Hideki Okajima. If he goes on the DL, I expect to see Robert Manuel up here shortly. To improve depth, the Sox have signed Milton native Rich Hill to a minor league deal, and he will start out at Pawtucket.

His success this season pretty much guarantees that Adrian Beltre won’t return next season, but Brian MacPherson points out another likely benefit of Beltre’s great year – Type A free agent status and two compensation draft picks for the good guys.

Via David Pinto’s Baseball Musings, the New York Times has a really cool video explaining what pitch makes Mariano Rivera the best closer of all time.

Trade rumor: Crisp for Rich Hill?

The Chicago Cubs have had a moderate interest in Coco Crisp as a centerfielder since the off-season, but they weren’t willing to give up enough in order to get him. Some rumors had mentioned Matt Murton, who was traded from Boston as part of the Nomar Garciaparra trade of 2004. Not really in our best interests.

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