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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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07/06/15 04:49 EST
A week from right now, the Red Sox should know what's what. The players will have dispersed for the All-Star break either living the life of a contending team in the American League East or bracing themselves for another breath-holding non-waiver trade deadline yard sale. It seems reactionary considering we will still be sitting in mid-July. But considering the desperation John Farrell's team has had to douse itself with starting just over a week ago, such a sense of urgency would appear fitting. The Sox suddenly have earned the right to at least keep in the conversation a little longer ... at least until the Yankees leave town early Sunday evening. Here are the bullet points of what we're talking about with this team heading into the most important week of its season: -- The Red Sox are six games out of first place in the American League East. Considering the Cardinals were five games out of first on the same date last season and ended up winning their division by two games, such a
06/28/15 11:56 EST
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TORONTO -- Did the Red Sox do due diligence on Rusney Castillo? At this point, with the outfielder living life as a member of Triple-A Pawtucket three months into his first pro season, and two weeks shy of his 28th birthday, the question continues to be surfaced. There's no better person to try and clarify the conundrum than Allard Baird. "We feel," the Red Sox vice president for player personnel said, "he's going to be a good player for us." Baird was primary person charged with the responsibility of identifying if Castillo would be worth the investment, having led the charge when it came to analyzing the outfielder's potential and worth to the organization. Castillo's slow progress thus far has brought the Red Sox' analysis of the player into question, with some suggesting their seven-year, $72.5 million investment was predicated on workouts and not actual game experience. Baird takes exception to that notion. According to the Red Sox executive, the team's scouting
06/24/15 01:45 EST
It's a familiar refrain every time word comes down that the Red Sox might be integrating a new starting pitcher: Can they survive pitching in the big, bad American League East? Maybe the Red Sox thought there might be a reprieve from the usually daunting dynamic this time around, with the division supposedly scheduled for a downturn. Or perhaps they were convinced this group or starters were were good enough to survive the annual pitfalls that come with playing these teams. Well, to this point, there has clearly been a drastic miscalculation. After Joe Kelly's 3 2/3 innings Tuesday night against Baltimore at Fenway Park, in which the righty allowed five runs on eight hits, the numbers for the Red Sox starters paint an ugly, yet accurate, picture. Against American League East teams, Red Sox starting pitchers are 6-15 with a 6.10 ERA. They have allowed 10.66 hits per nine innings and an .810 OPS. What's it led to has been a horrific, season-killing 10-22 record for John Farrell's squad
06/22/15 08:47 EST
The lessons would seem to be many. Yes, the Royals' payroll is about $80 million shy of what the Red Sox boast. They have two players making more than $9.5 million, compared to nine in that pay bracket for the Sox. And perhaps this isn't the best time to suggest Kansas City can teach these Red Sox something considering they just lost two of three to John Farrell's team. But when it comes to looking at what the Royals have done and where the Red Sox are, a few reminders (courtesy Kansas City) shouldn't be ignored. Since July 23, 2013, no American League team has won more games than the Royals. It's a stretch in which Kansas City has gone 169-125, compared to the Red Sox' mark of 139-155. The defined period is an important one for two reasons: 1. It is just about the time the current way of playing baseball in the major leagues started being defined; 2. That was the jumping-off point for one of the best recent examples of a team digging out of from the kind of hole the Sox currently find



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