Archive for January, 2013

Red Sox sign Lyle Overbay to minor league deal

By Jeff Louderback Needing a left-handed bat to platoon with the right-handed hitting Mike Napoli at first base, the Boston Red Sox signed 36-year-old Lyle Overbay to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training on Thursday. According to multiple media reports, Overbay can opt out of the contract if he is not [...]

Five Red Sox prospects who need a favorable 2013

By Jeff Louderback The life of a top prospect is sometimes defined by the peaks and valleys of a stomach-churning rollercoaster. Few players reach the majors in swift and smooth fashion like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. In the Red Sox organization, high-ceiling prospects like shortstop Xander Bogaerts; center fielder Jackie Bradley; right-handed starting pitchers [...]

Bogaerts heads list of six Red Sox prospects among’s top 100

By Jeff Louderback Featuring a well-stocked farm system with multiple names who are Major League ready or almost prepared for their big league debut, the Red Sox have six minor leaguers who are among the top 100 prospects in baseball, according to The rankings, which are authored by Jonathan Mayo, include shortstop Xander Bogaerts [...]

Varitek will reportedly not replace Tuck as bullpen coach

By Jeff Louderback Highly respected catching instructor Gary Tuck announced his retirement as Red Sox bullpen coach, creating an opening that some media members speculated would be filled by longtime catcher and team captain Jason Varitek. That is not likely to happen, though, according to The 40-year-old Varitek was named special assistant to the [...]

Kalish shoulder surgery a success, another rehab begins

By Jeff Louderback Once a top prospect in the Red Sox system and still considered to have a promising Major League future, Ryan Kalish is facing yet another rehabilitation stint after undergoing successful surgery on his right (non-throwing) shoulder on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Kalish, who is a left-handed hitter and can proficiently play all three [...]

Red Sox give Durbin another chance at affiliated baseball

By Jeff Louderback Once a top prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization, 30-year-old right-hander J.D. Durbin‘s 13-year professional baseball career has included stops in the minors, two brief stints in the majors, stays in Japan and Mexico and two seasons with the independent league Lancaster Barnstormers. The Twins second round pick out of high school [...]

Red Sox bullpen loaded with talented arms

By Jeff Louderback Earlier in the offseason, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino told the media that the club would build “deep depth” for 2013 after a rash of injuries depleted the roster last year. That goal has been accomplished with the array of transactions during the Hot Stove League, and there is no deeper area [...]

Kalish to undergo shoulder surgery, Red Sox sign Sweeney

By Jeff Louderback Confronted with the news that 24-year-old outfielder Ryan Kalish will have right shoulder surgery and miss spring training plus part of the 2013 season, the Boston Red Sox signed Ryan Sweeney to a minor league deal on Friday. Kalish,  who two years ago was one of the top prospects in the Red [...]

Cubs reportedly interested in re-acquiring Carpenter

By Jeff Louderback Chris Carpenter, the hard-throwing right-handed reliever who was acquired last offseason from the Cubs as compensation for Theo Epstein and was designated for assignment this week to make room for Mike Napoli on the Red Sox 40-man roster – could return to Chicago. According to’s Bruce Levine, the Cubs “would be [...]

Red Sox name Pedro Martinez to front office post

By Jeff Louderback After a tumultuous 2012 campaign marked by dysfunction attributed to manager Bobby Valentine’s inability to get along with his coaches and players, the Boston Red Sox have stocked the on-field and front office staff with respected and likable baseball men. The most recent addition is former Red Sox great Pedro Martinez, who [...]

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