2009 Offseason: Arbitration offers, Traber signed

Yesterday was the deadline for teams to offer salary arbitration to their impending free agents. This is important because if the player accepts, the team must go through the arbitration process to hammer out a one-year deal with the player. If he refuses, it means that if/when he signs with another team, the Red Sox will get compensated with draft picks if they are Type A or Type B status.

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2008 Offseason: Is it broke?

The Red Sox are positioned to field a highly competitive team for at least the next few seasons, with their veterans locked into various short-term contracts and young talent continuing to come in from their excellent farm system. GM Theo Epstein has already come out and said that the Sox will be “selective shoppers” this offseason.

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2008 ALDS: Game 4 and Wrap

It was a great game, it was a great series. I had a great view of home plate, and I totally lost my voice, cheering our Sox on to victory. I want to give the Angels credit for their pitching, which was excellent for the most part. A few bad plays in the field, on the basepaths, and at the plate basically cost them this series. I almost feel kind of bad for them, and wonder if they’ll be able to be this good again any time soon. I say “almost” because they’re such sore losers. But on to the game: Read more of this post

2008 ALDS schedule released

There seemed to be a lot of interest in this, so here’s the remaining schedule, courtesy of the ProJo. I have tickets to Game 4! Go Sox!

Mike Lowell is not doing well after playing in the opener, but it appears that J.D. Drew will continue to play. Look for Kevin Youkilis to man third and Sean Casey or Mark Kotsay to play first.

My feeling is that the Sox come back here tied at 1-1, but there is a lot of pressure on Ervin Santana right now. Game 2 is a must-win for them, and Los Angeles has that 10 straight postseason game loss record on the line. If he cracks, the Angels might just cough up Game 3 without a fight.

Smith up, Van Every down

Reliever Chris Smith was called up yesterday for the 5th time this year, and Jonathan Van Every was sent back down to Pawtucket in time to start in the IL playoffs.

Friday will be a big day for Boston, as they expect to get Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell and Sean Casey back. Let’s hope they are all healthy down the stretch, so that we can go get that AL East title.

Bowden to start tonight

In a last minute change, the Red Sox have pushed David Pauley out to the bullpen and called up Michael Bowden to make his Major League debut tonight against the Chicago White Sox. Just 21 years old, Bowden has made a rapid ascent this season, and finally joins his good friend Justin Masterson on the big league club. I expect him to give us 5 decent innings, and if he can hold them to three runs or less, I’ll be happy.

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Zink, Sox shelled; Lowell out with oblique injury

Wow, a lot happened yesterday. Knuckleballer Charlie Zink made his Major League debut last night, and was staked to a 10-run lead in the first inning. He pitched well for four innings, but things started unraveling in the 5th inning. Zink actually did much better than his line reflected, but the bullpen suffered a meltdown of historic proportions. What should have been a laugher turned into a 19-17 slugfest that the Sox barely pulled out on a go-ahead homer by Kevin Youkilis. Zink was optioned back to Pawtucket after the game.

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