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Before he joined WEEI.com, Alex covered the Red Sox for several New England and national publications, including the New Hampshire Union Leader, Boston Metro, Boston Herald and Baseball America. Alex graduated from Harvard, where he served as the captain of the debate team, an experience that has been of surprisingly little use in press boxes across the country.

 
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Alex Speier
01/06/2011 - 8:57am
Mike Cameron had a pair of noteworthy phone conversations around the time the Red Sox signed free agent Carl Crawford to his landmark seven-year, $142 million deal.
Alex Speier
12/30/2010 - 4:00am
The Red Sox career of Bill Lajoie was mentioned as something of a footnote as the news circulated that he had passed away at the age of 76 on Tuesday. And with good reason.
Alex Speier
12/28/2010 - 9:28am
Rich Hill’s career has depended on one pitch: The curveball. That is the pitch that got him to the majors. That is the pitch that has allowed him to strike out nearly a batter an inning. And that is the offering that, he now hopes, will position him to crack the Red Sox roster as a left-handed reliever.
Alex Speier
12/21/2010 - 4:00am
The necessary caveat is that the offseason isn’t done. The Red Sox could still trim their payroll a bit, perhaps with a trade of Mike Cameron or another veteran (Marco Scutaro). Even so, for the second straight year, the Red Sox are poised to set a new team payroll record, and they’re willing to pay a premium to do so.
Alex Speier
12/19/2010 - 4:45am
Are they open to adding another left-hander to their bullpen? Sure. The Red Sox have made a pair of significant moves to upgrade their bullpen, adding right-hander Bobby Jenks (pending a physical that was rescheduled from Saturday to Monday) and right-hander Dan Wheeler. But the team's relievers skew quite clearly right at this point, with Jenks and Wheeler joining holdovers Jonathan Papelbon, Daniel Bard and Scott Atchison in the Red Sox bullpen.
Alex Speier
12/15/2010 - 8:57am
When watching Carl Crawford, one trait jumps out above all others: Speed.
Alex Speier
12/09/2010 - 1:23pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It may not seem like it right now, in the aftermath of a pair of staggering acquisitions, but the Red Sox operate within budgets.
Alex Speier
12/07/2010 - 5:14am
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Yes, on Monday, the Red Sox were in a mood for celebrating the acquisition of a superstar whom they expect to impact their club for years to come. But they were also mindful that the deal to land Adrian Gonzalez would have been impossible without a player who is already a centerpiece of the club.
Alex Speier
12/03/2010 - 10:11pm
According to multiple major league sources familiar with the conversations, the Padres are examining the trade market for All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. One of the teams to whom the Padres are talking, said one source, is the Red Sox, who are once again trying to see if the framework of a deal can be reached.
Alex Speier
12/02/2010 - 6:19am
It is time for bullpens to be made. The Red Sox entered the offseason with a stated top priority on rebuilding a relief corps that endured a massive struggle in 2010. The team has already acquired a couple of pitchers who represent buy-low opportunities, but perhaps the most noteworthy change could come on Thursday.
Alex Speier
11/29/2010 - 1:39am
It’s not hard to figure out why agent Scott Boras wanted to compare his client, Jayson Werth, to longtime Red Sox standout Dwight Evans.
Alex Speier
11/24/2010 - 10:00am
The Red Sox’ decision to hold the line and let Victor Martinez walk represented a choice of the kind of risk that the team wanted to assume.
Alex Speier
11/22/2010 - 1:39pm
After the 2008 season, the Red Sox faced an intriguing decision about whether to offer their captain salary arbitration. Jason Varitek was coming off a horrific year, having hit .220/.313/.359/.672. His salary that season was a bit more than $10 million, not exactly a bargain.
Alex Speier
11/19/2010 - 2:28pm
In five months, Jed Lowrie has gone from an afterthought to a player who has assumed a prominent role in the Red Sox' offseason plans. Where there seemed to be no role for Lowrie on the Sox in early 2010, as a result of is very strong performance over the final months of the season, there is now a wealth of possibilities facing the 26-year-old.
Alex Speier
11/13/2010 - 2:36am
In a startling development, agent Scott Boras suggested that third baseman Adrian Beltre -- one of his clients who is on the free agent market this winter -- compares to some of the game's all-time greats.
Alex Speier
11/09/2010 - 8:54am
The hot stove season is just underway, and it will be some time before the most prominent players settle on their destinations.
Alex Speier
11/05/2010 - 7:46am
There were several reasons why the Red Sox ultimately had more interest in bringing back David Ortiz on a one-year contract than a multi-year deal.
Alex Speier
11/02/2010 - 4:15am
No doubt that, as they watched the three-run home run sail over the fence in left-center, thousands of Red Sox fans smacked their foreheads and proclaimed almost in unison, “So THAT is why they signed him.”
Alex Speier
11/01/2010 - 3:08am
Former Red Sox prospect Freddy Sanchez has emerged as a key contributor to a team on the cusp of a championship.
Alex Speier
10/28/2010 - 3:45am
For most of his career, Juan Uribe has operated in relative obscurity. He is now 10 years into a big league career that is best described as solid rather than spectacular. At the plate, he is a hacker with an all-or-nothing approach who isn't about to waste a swing by trying to shoot a grounder through right side of the infield.
Alex Speier
10/27/2010 - 5:00am
The Red Sox will not hire another John Farrell.
Alex Speier
10/21/2010 - 4:08am
As reliever Kerry Wood worked his way back towards the big leagues during a minor league rehab assignment in July, he realized that he was likely spending his final days in the Cleveland Indians organization. It was late-July, and Wood was frustrated to be on the disabled list for the 14th time in his career and second for a blister on his right index finger.
Alex Speier
10/19/2010 - 1:39pm
Did a market miscalculation result in the Red Sox signing John Lackey at the expense of a chance to get Cliff Lee? In terms of both the 2010 season and the future, the possibility exists.
Alex Speier
10/13/2010 - 3:42am
It had been hanging over the Rays all season. This was the proverbial last-hurrah, the final opportunity for the core that won the American League pennant in 2008 to claim a championship.
Alex Speier
10/11/2010 - 4:34am
It was a moment that suggested a sea change in how winning teams are formed, both in the majors and in the American League East.


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