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Keith Law Still High on Blake Swihart

Keith Law released his updated Top 50 Prospect List today. Blake Swihart still sits at #10 overall and is the highest Red Sox prospect listed.

Yoan Moncada, who signed after Law released his initial list, comes in at #16. 

The Red Sox don't appear willing to give up Swihart in a deal for Cole Hamels, especially now with the injury to Christian Vasquez.

Here is what Law had to say about Swihart:

The Red Sox won't give him up for Cole Hamels, and I don't think I would either. He's a super-athletic catcher with outstanding receiving and throwing skills, a good approach as a hitter and developing power. It's a potential All-Star set of tools and skills at a position that half of the clubs in baseball are trying to fill every winter.

The Red Sox have a total of four prospects in the Top 50. Here is Law's breakdown of the other three:

Yoan Moncada at #16

Moncada received a record $31 million bonus from the Red Sox, which doesn't reflect the 100 percent penalty the…

Forgetting Derek Jeter

I joked this would happen when the Yankees traded for Didi Gregorius. My joke has become a reality but even faster than I thought and not from Yankee fans but from actual Yankee players. In this piece by Ken Rosenthal, Yankee players gush over the defense by their new shortstop. It is almost like they haven't seen a shortstop with range in their lifetime....anyway...let's take a look at some of these quotes, most notably the ones from Alex Rodriguez

AROD seems to go out of his way to praise the defense of Didi. A well-played passive aggressive move by AROD. I defend AROD in this case especially since out of pure pettiness Jeter made AROD's life as a Yankee much harder than it had to be. This started in 2004 when a below average defensive SS in Jeter refused to change positions in favor of AROD who was the best defensive SS in the game.

“Didi is unbelievable, as good a shortstop as I’ve seen,” first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “And I’m not overexaggerating.”

“He has a rare…

How Believable is David Ortiz?

When it comes to athletes and PED use the rule of thumb is to not believe a word out of their mouths, We have been burned too many times. David Ortiz came out swinging in this Players Tribune piece about his innocence when it comes to being a cheater. He uses two defense mechanisms synonymous with PED users and liars. The first is that "he never knowingly" took any PEDs. This is out of the Barry Bonds playbook. His second defense rationale is to point to his lack of failed drug tests. This has been used by the likes of Lance Armstrong and Alex Rodriguez, not exactly great company. Until there is blood testing the argument that you never failed a test is a bit flimsy. Does this make Ortiz a liar? Not necessarily.

It is now 2015, Ortiz showed up on the list of those who failed a test in 2003. It has been 12 years and in that time Ortiz's name has not been brought up in any new allegations. There hasn't been a supplier that has come forward, his name has not surface…

Trying to Predict the AL East

Trying to predict the AL East for 2015 is not easy. There doesn't appear to be a great team and there definitely is not a bad team. You could make a case for each team winning the AL East and for each team coming in dead last. The experts have jumped on the Red Sox as the team to beat. They have had the sexiest off-season. The experts also seem to be abandoning the Tampa Bay Rays as contenders. The Blue Jays season may have just ended with the season ending injury to Marcus Stroman. While Cole Hamels could be the guy to take one of these teams over the top. I decided to look at talent to see where each team ranks in the AL East. I turned to Eric Karabell of ESPN and his Top 250 fantasy players for 2015. I realize that fantasy projections are much different than the pieces you need to make a championship team. However, I do think this can give you to some insight on overall talent on each team.

What We Already Knew:

The Boston Red Sox have the best lineup in the AL East. They hav…

Answering Questions on the 2015 Red Sox

Daniel Shoptaw, of Cardinals Conclave, does a yearly series he calls "Playing Pepper". He poses a few questions to bloggers of specific teams on the upcoming season. For the second year in a row, I was one of the Red Sox bloggers who participated. Here is our question and answer section:


C70: What are your thoughts on the team’s off-season? Did they do what they needed to do? PP: I think the Red Sox offseason was a success and a case can be made that they had the best offseason of any team in the majors. Their major needs were offensive and they addressed that, especially in the outfield. Hanley Ramirez is that right handed power bat that they need,Rusney Castillo has looked impressive and all indications point to him being a regular All Star caliber type of player. Third base was also an issue last year and the Red Sox filled that hole with Pablo Sandoval. I think Pablo is a very good player who landed a superstar contract. My fear is that he will try to live up to that contr…

The Future is Cuban for the Red Sox

The Red Sox went 86 years between winning the World Series. Most of that was due to bad pitching, some bad luck and a lack of great players. In 1947, the color line was broken in MLB and there were a handful of teams that used it to their advantage by bringing in talented black ballplayers. The Red Sox were not one of those teams.

Willie Mays could have been in the same outfield with Ted Williams but the Sox passed on him due to the color of his skin. Mays was just one of many the Sox didn't sign because of skin pigment and by doing so the Red Sox were irrelevant for much of the 1950s and 1960s. The Red Sox were the last team to have a black player on their roster. The Red Sox history with race is not a proud one and superficially their stance hurt the product on the field. The Curse of the Bambino? No, lack of great ballplayers and a thing called karma.

Ted Williams would never get a ring and he has ownership to thank for that. He played his last decade plus on bad teams that …

Career in Jeopardy for Cliff Lee

There was talk that the Red Sox should go after Cliff Lee instead of Cole Hamels. The Sox would like to add pitching without giving up Mookie Betts and Blake Swihart. The consensus was the Red Sox could get Lee without giving up those two. The issue? Lee's health and that question reared its ugly head this weekend as Cliff Lee complained of elbow discomfort. 



"It would be 6-8 months out," Lee said. "So basically if I have the surgery this season will be done. Possibly my career I guess. I don't know. We'll have to see." Lee said he "felt a little something" in his elbow Friday, the day after his spring debut, in the same place where he dealt with an injury last season, and that it had been months since he felt any pain. "And it was really mild, but, it's just concerning because I knew what it turned into last year, and I just wanted to be open. I wasn't trying to hide anything," Lee said. "I truly felt nothing for mont…

Rusney Castillo Tops List of Fantasy Prospects

Rusney Castillo is listed as the #1 Fantasy Prospect for the upcoming season. Christopher Crawford compiled a Top 50 list for ESPN. Here is what Crawford had to say about Castillo:


1. Rusney Castillo, OF, Boston Red Sox
Thanks to opportunity, impressive athletic talent and his ability to win you a category, Castillo starts the year as our top fantasy prospect for 2015. His calling card is his speed, and it wouldn't shock me if he were among the league leaders in stolen bases at the end of the year. There's raw power in his right-handed bat, but he's more of a doubles hitter than a guy who's going to put up big home run totals. My concern right now is whether he'll hit for average, as while he has a swing path that should allow him to do so, he doesn't have the plate discipline to put himself into position on a consistent basis. That being said, he doesn't have to be a .300 hitter to have value, as Castillo should give you 30 to 40 stolen bases and 12 to 15 …

Is Shane Victorino on the Trade Block?

The Red Sox have a crowded outfield and some decisions to make. Could one of them be to trade Shane Victorino? It appears possible according to Peter Abraham who made his first prediction of what the Red Sox final roster would look like without Victorino. Abraham explains that Mookie Betts has to be in the lineup. He is too good not to be playing everyday. The question is what could the Sox get for Victorino and after last year do you really want to turn over the outfield keys to Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez who is playing in the oufield for the first time? Victorino is getting older, he is injury prone but he is also proven. He appears to be healthy and motivated to have a big year in the final year of his contract. Do the Red Sox really want to trade that? Stay tuned.

Here is Abraham's Roster Projection:


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RF Mookie Betts (R)
2B Dustin Pedroia (R) DH David Ortiz (L) LF Hanley Ramirez (R) 3B Pablo Sandoval (S) 1B Mike Napoli (R) CF Rusney Castil…