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Rob Bradford joined WEEI.com after serving as a Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Herald and the Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, Mass.). Prior to manning the Red Sox beat, he spent several years at the Lowell Sun. He has written two books: “Chasing Steinbrenner,” following the front offices of the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays through the 2003 season, and “Deep Drive: A Long Journey to Discovering the Champion Within,” which he co-authored with Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell.

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08/26/15 10:14 EST
CHICAGO -- There was really no other move. Hanley Ramirez had to give first base a try. Now comes the hard part. With a kick-start from Dave Dombrowski, the Red Sox enacted their long-discussed plan to introduce Ramirez to first base Tuesday. The lessons with infield instructor Brian Butterfield continued Wednesday, with the pair conducting a brief instructional session during batting practice. But just because we've now seen the slugger don a first baseman's mitt doesn't mean he's even close to being a first baseman. Ask two-time Gold Glove shortstop Alex Rodriguez how tough a transition it is. Pull up some black and white footage of Dick Stuart committing 29 errors for the Red Sox in 1963. Heck, give Mike Napoli a call. All we know is that the Red Sox will hand Ramirez over to Butterfield -- whose success rate, thanks in part to the transformations of Edwin Encarnacion and Napoli, speaks for itself -- and see where things stand come Oct. 4. "There's no timetable," Butterfield
08/25/15 02:53 EST
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CHICAGO -- It has become perhaps the most under-the-radar conversation when it comes to figuring out what to make of Dave Dombrowski's 2016 blueprint: Will the Red Sox pick up Clay Buchholz' option? What seemed like a formality a few months ago, thanks to an injured right elbow, now has a growing sense of mystery. For starters, any inkling Buchholz might have had regarding the organization's motivation in regards to this $13 million option went out the window with the turnover from former general manager Ben Cherington to the new president of baseball operations. "I haven't talked to anybody," said Buchholz prior to the Red Sox' 5-4 win over the White Sox Monday night. "I think it would have been easier to talk to Ben about this situation because I've been around Ben for 10 years. Obviously, Dave is well known in his craft and he's really good at what he does. I'm not sure what his outlook on priorities are. It's not like there's loyalty from him to me, so that's one of the
08/21/15 02:11 EST
Not familiar with Johnny Cueto? Friday night, there will be a Fenway Park introduction … for both the pitcher and those anxious to witness the dreadlocked whirling dervish. "I would like to see him. It's the first time I'll get to see that in person," said Red Sox rookie pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. "I don't know how he can do it, being able to balance (during his twisting and turning delivery) and still throw the ball for strikes. He's unique." "He's as close to Luis Tiant as anybody since Luis Tiant," said one American League scout. Tiant -- the Red Sox legend whose delivery and performance electrified throughout most of the 1970's -- obviously thinks so, telling people he would be happy to help recruit the free agent-to-be when the offseason rolls around. He is Tiant. He is what Pedro Martinez represented. He is more than ace. He is a show. And he should be in the conversation when it comes to the Red Sox emerging from these depths and re-enter their
08/19/15 02:13 EST
John Henry on Feb. 24: "From my perspective, [the Red Sox organization has] never been better." Henry on June 2: "[Ben Cherington] is going to be the general manager of this club for a very long time." Henry on Aug. 18: "Tom [Werner] and I have no doubts that Dave [Dombrowski] is the right person to strengthen our baseball operations group going forward." OK, time to review ... The first statement I deemed as the first misstep of the Red Sox' season. Just because you're throwing money at the problem doesn't mean the problem is going to be fixed. It wasn't. And, sure enough, it was the first misstep of a whole bunch of missteps. Second, the vote of confidence was something I think Henry actually believed at the time, and perhaps even was convinced of when officially locking up Dombrowski as president of baseball operations Sunday night. Cherington, however, wasn't going to allow that vision to come to light, declining the chance to work under the former



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