Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts

A tremendous bounce-back season from Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was rewarded on Thursday with a Silver Slugger Award.

Bogaerts claimed the award for the first time in his career. It is given to one player at each position in each league, and Bogaerts beat out competition like impact rookies Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor of the Astros and Indians, respectively.

Bogaerts prevailed on the strength of a .320 average, good for second in the American League behind batting champ Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, as well as a .776 OPS, 196 hits, and 35 doubles, which led all AL shortstops.

In a mild surprise, designated hitter David Ortiz did not pick up his seventh award, despite batting .273 with 37 homers and 108 RBIs. The honor, which was voted on by coaches and managers, instead went to Kansas City’s Kendrys Morales, who hit .290 with 22 homers and 106 RBIs.

The complete AL team:

First Base: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
Second Base: Jose Altuve, Astros
Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
Third Base: Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays
Outfield: Mike Trout, Angels
Outfield: Nelson Cruz, Mariners
Outfield: J.D. Martinez, Tigers
Catcher: Brian McCann, Yankees
Designated Hitter: Kendrys Morales, Royals

And the NL team:

First Base: Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
Second Base: Dee Gordon, Marlins
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Giants
Third Base: Nolan Arenado, Rockies
Outfield: Bryce Harper, Nationals
Outfield: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
Outfield: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
Catcher: Buster Posey, Giants
Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner, Giants

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

It’s no secret the Red Sox will be going after relievers this offseason and with the conclusion of the GM meetings, one of their targets has been revealed.

It’s no secret the Red Sox will be going after relievers this offseason and with the conclusion of the GM meetings, one of their targets has been revealed.

According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox are being “aggressive on multiple fronts” with one of them believed to be Reds’ hard-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman. Rosenthal adds the Sox could go for setup type to put in front of Koji Uehara.

The Red Sox would need to trade for Chapman, but with one of the best farm systems in baseball, the organization has plenty of prospects other teams would be interested in acquiring.

Chapman, 27, is one of the hardest throwing relievers in baseball, as his fastball is consistently over 100 MPH. The Cuban is a four-time All-Star and has saved 33 or more games in each of the last four seasons.

Last year he went 4-4 with 33 saves and a 1.63 ERA.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

On Wednesday, Red Sox manager John Farrell joined Dale & Holley at Mohegan Sun and besides

On Wednesday, Red Sox manager John Farrell joined Dale & Holley at Mohegan Sun and besides discussing his cancer treatment, which is now in remission, he also talked about team matters as it relates to the offseason.

One of the biggest storylines of the offseason is Hanley Ramirez, as he will shift to first base from left field. In his first year with the Red Sox, Ramirez hit .249 with 19 home runs and 53 RBIs and only 12 doubles.

With his issues in left field, the team is hoping transitioning to first base will work out better both for he and the team.

“Certainly that is what has been outlined to him, that he is going to shift to first base next year,” Farrell said. “There are some specific things that have already been given to him, both before he left Boston — there has been a recent meeting with Dave [Dombrowski] and there will be a follow up one with me a little bit later on with just what we need to get accomplished with a physical standpoint to give him that physical foundation.

“He’s going to need to play 140-plus games at first base next year. That means there is going to be a little bit of a different physical toll than one in left field. We need that bat in the lineup to be the hitter he’s been. That has been high doubles, maybe 20 home runs. We’re not looking for a guy that is going to hit 30-40 home runs, but what Hanley Ramirez has produced over the course of his career. We need to get him back to that level. He’s ours and that is what we’re gearing everything towards.”

With the Red Sox finishing in last place the last two years and three of the last four, there are plenty of improvements that need to be made.

“I think our efforts are going to have to center around improving our pitching,” Farrell said. “That’s where things will start. You look at April and then we went through a two month stretch where offensively we didn’t perform as we anticipated. Coming out of the All-Star break, after that initial road trip out on the West Coast where it was abysmal, we started to swing the bat and score runs like we were capable of. We finished in the top five in the league in offense. I think on the whole, offensively we performed to where we felt we could.

“In terms of pitching we need to be more consistent. The way the guys in the rotation threw the ball the last six weeks of the season is probably more indicative of their capabilities, but we have a bullpen to reconstruct and we have to perform better in that rotation from start to finish.”

Farrell said the team could acquire players both via trade or free agency, as the Red Sox are in a good position to do both.

“That is probably by a case-by-case basis because with any trade you don’t know what it is going to cost to give up,” he said. “I think any acquisition is going to be painful whether it is a lot of money and years, or whether it is giving up players you really like. Fortunately, we’re in a position where we can pursue both routes. We’re not hamstrung because we don’t have the wherewithal financially or in the case you look at the system, you look at the young players that have emerged this year, there are a lot of good players that many other teams, not only have taken note, but I think have expressed a lot of interest in.”

The manager was also asked if he has any “untouchables” on the current roster that he wouldn’t want to give up in a trade. Farrell pointed to Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts and Blake Swihart, noting how important the middle of the diamond is.

“We’re in such a good position when you look up the center of the diamond,” Farrell said. “The strength of a team is in two main areas: the starting rotation and the center of the diamond. You look at the young players that have emerged — Xander [Bogaerts] and Mookie [Betts] have had breakthrough years and really taken a major step forward in their own major league careers. I thought Blake Swihart outperformed what we expected. This is a guy that came to the big leagues long before we were expecting him to because of the need based on the injuries to both [Ryan] Hanigan and [Christian] Vazquez. The second half of the year I think he hit around .310-.315 and not only did he begin to survive, he began to flourish. Those three in particular and the with Christian Vazquez on the mend, that is the center of the diamond that is young, it’s productive and along with [Dustin Pedroia] at second base, that is a darn good backbone of a team.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Red Sox manager John Farrell joined the Dale & Holley show on Wednesday live from Mohegan Sun to discuss his treatment for stage

John Farrell joined Dale & Holley at Mohegan Sun on Wednesday. (WEEI Twitter)

John Farrell joined Dale & Holley at Mohegan Sun on Wednesday. (WEEI Twitter)

Red Sox manager John Farrell joined the Dale & Holley show on Wednesday live from Mohegan Sun to discuss his treatment for stage 1 lymphoma, which is now in remission, and also to discuss the team’s plans for the offseason. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

On Aug. 14 Farrell was diagnosed with stage 1 Non-Hodgkin’€™s Burkitt lymphoma and after a few months of treatment on Oct. 21 tests showed his cancer was in remission.

“The last couple of months have been very different,” Farrell said. “I’ve been very fortunate in a lot of ways. From the early diagnosis, the staging that was done, Dr. Jeremy Abramson at MGH and his incredible talents to have me in remission. I can tell you that 24 hours from the time you get a scan until the news you receive is filled with some anxiety, but not many better words can be said when he said everything was clean.”

On a road trip in early August, Farrell was told he needed hernia surgery and it was during that surgery the cancer was found and Farrell was told the news.

“I said, ‘Doc, I think you just hit me in the forehead with a sledgehammer.’ I was probably in denial the first week,” Farrell said. “There’s no doubt about it because that was on Monday. Tuesday I flew back to Miami to rejoin the team and was there for the two-game series against the Marlins and came back to Boston for a full day of examination on that Thursday, the off-day. That is when the slides came back 100 percent sure that you have Burkitt lymphoma. Then quickly you’re in the midst of all this information being thrust upon you. I had to ask the doc just to stop for a moment so I could take a breath. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, yet alone being diagnosed, what was coming down. Four days after that I am in 12 hours of chemo. It was happening at lightning speed so denial probably got me through the first week.”

Farrell went through three cycles of chemotherapy, with each cycle being different mentally.

“You go through some stages,” he said. “I think with each cycle, there were three cycles that I went through. With each cycle here were different phases mentally as you went through it. The first time through you don’t know what to expect. The second time through you’re in the heart of it and it’s not a whole lot of fun knowing there is another cycle out there waiting to be administered at some point. That’s the low point. Then you finally get into that third cycle, and fortunately in my case there were only three cycles needed. Dealing with an aggressive form of lymphoma, it was an aggressive regimen of chemo, basically in a nutshell, six months of chemo in roughly seven and a half weeks. There was a lot given in a short given in a short period of time, but thankfully it worked out well.”

The manager said Indians manager Terry Francona, who accompanied him to his first day of chemo, texted him every day. Francona was just one of many who showed tremendous support. “I’m very thankful for all of that,” Farrell said.

Prior to the diagnosis, the Red Sox were struggling and right after Farrell announced he had cancer, the Red Sox hired a new president of baseball operations in Dave Dombrowski. Bench coach Torey Lovullo look over as interim manager, but Farrell said he never needed to make a case to keep his job once he was back to good health.

“That was never presented in that way,” he said. “I can tell you, John [Henry], Tom [Werner], Larry [Lucchino], Michael Gordon, others and the support that they showed. The number of times John and Tom would come down to my office and sit down talk. There has always been support there. Even through the treatment, it wasn’t that way. It wasn’t that way in terms of making a case to stay on the job. It was you’re coming back provided everything checks out and it has.”

With each passing week Farrell is getting his strength back and has now begun jogging. He has no restrictions when it comes to his duties during the offseason and was present in Arizona when the Red Sox organization met last week to go over its offseason plans.

Even though he was undergoing chemo treatments, Farrell still kept up with the team’s decisions and he began to build a relationship with Dombrowski. With getting to know each other out of the way months ago has made the offseason much easier for everyone.

“With Dave, I was in step with every decision that was made along the way. There was constant communication with him. I knew of him, we didn’t have any relationship other than a surface hello at the Winter Meetings or when Detroit was coming through Cleveland when I was working there. We’ve begun to forge that relationship now. It’s disappointing that Ben [Cherington] is not here, as he was the one who brought me back to Boston, but at the same time with Mike Hazen being promoted into the GM role, Frank Wren lending his expertise to that trio, we’re in good hands with the number of decisions that are coming our way.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco might be exactly what the Red Sox are looking for. (Elsa/Getty Images)BOCA RATON, Fla. -- It's about that time to start figuring this thing out.

Hanley Ramirez isn't a good fit on the Red Sox roster. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)BOCA RATON, Fla.

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