Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

The accolades keep rolling in for Red Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada.

The 20-year-old Cuban, signed to a record $31.5 million bonus last winter, checked in at No. 7 on the Baseball Prospect top 101 prospect list.

Moncada headlines a list that includes four other Red Sox: third baseman Rafael Devers (No. 35), outfielder Andrew Benintendi (No. 46), right-hander Anderson Espinoza (No. 73), and right-hander Michael Kopech (No. 98).

Moncada made good on the team’s investment in his debut at Single-A Greenville, hitting .278 with eight homers, an .817 OPS, and 49 steals in 52 chances.

For more on Moncada’s first year with the Red Sox and his adjustment to life in the U.S., check out Rob Bradford’s story.

The list could’ve included another Red Sox prospect, but outfielder Manuel Margot, who checked in at 14th, was traded to the Padres, alongside infielder Javier Guerra (No. 56).

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was the No. 1 overall prospect, one year after checking in at No. 7.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

And then there were none.

Robbie Ross Jr.

Robbie Ross Jr.

And then there were none.

The Red Sox on Friday announced a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with left-hander Robbie Ross, avoiding arbitration. Ross was the team’s last remaining unsigned arb-eligible player, which means they won’t have any arbitration hearings this year.

The 26-year-old shuttled between the majors and minors last year before settling in as closer down the stretch. He went 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 54 appearances, striking out 53. He recorded six saves and went a perfect 5-for-5 after being named closer on Sept. 13.

Ross was particularly effective against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .224 average. He joined the Red Sox almost exactly a year ago, last Jan. 27, in a trade from the Rangers. He’s 13-10 with a 3.95 ERA lifetime.

Ross opened eyes in September last year after the arrival of president Dave Dombrowski, and a job in the bullpen will be his to lose when spring training opens next month.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

David Ortiz believes Hanley Ramirez at first base this season. But he also knows the reality that is coming after the 2016 season.

David Ortiz said he is going to take Hanley Ramirez under his wing when it comes to learning how to be a DH. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today)

David Ortiz said he is going to take Hanley Ramirez under his wing when it comes to learning how to be a DH. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today)

David Ortiz believes Hanley Ramirez at first base this season. But he also knows the reality that is coming after the 2016 season.

Whether or not the first base switch works, Ramirez remains the No. 1 candidate to slide into the Red Sox‘ designated hitter spot once Ortiz retires.

That’s why the current DH is ready to offer some proactive advice.

“This year I’€™m going to talk to him about it and take him through things I normally like to do,” Ortiz said. “In case it happens, he will be ready for it. I’€™ve got no problem showing my boy anything that I know.”

Talking to reporters at last weekend’s Winter Weekend, it certainly didn’t seem like Ramirez was going to take offense to the idea he might slide over to DH a year from now.

“Hell, yeah,” Ramirez said when asked about his interest in potentially DHing. “When you’ve got two things to do, play defense and offense (versus) just sitting in the dugout, it’s a little different.”

Thus far in Ramirez’s career, the DH spot seems to fit him well.

In his 11 games as a designated hitter in 2015, Ramirez totaled a .295 batting average with five homers and a 1.001 OPS. For his career, the 32 year old has hit .316 with a .946 OPS in 25 games at the position.

Some factors to consider when playing out Ramirez’s potential move to first base is the development of Travis Shaw and/or Sam Travis, along with the Red Sox’ interest in Blue Jays first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion when/if he becomes a free agent after the ’16 season.

Until then, Ortiz believes Ramirez’s second season with the Red Sox will be a productive one — both while playing first and under the mentorship of the retiring DH.

“Hanley has the same personality that I have. He’€™s a lovely guy. He’€™s a guy who is noisy. He loves his teammates. He likes to have a good time. He loves the game,” Ortiz said.

“I definitely believe that he’€™s going to be OK. He’€™s going back to the infield. All he needs to learn is how to move around the bag, which isn’€™t anything that is impossible, and go from there.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

David Ortiz said he is going to take Hanley Ramirez under his wing when it comes to learning how to be a DH. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today)

David Ortiz said he is going to take Hanley Ramirez under his wing when it comes to learning how to be a DH. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today)

David Ortiz believes Hanley Ramirez at first base this season. But he also knows the reality that is coming after the 2016 season.

Whether or not the first base switch works, Ramirez remains the No. 1 candidate to slide into the Red Sox‘ designated hitter spot once Ortiz retires.

That’s why the current DH is ready to offer some proactive advice.

“This year I’€™m going to talk to him about it and take him through things I normally like to do,” Ortiz said. “In case it happens, he will be ready for it. I’€™ve got no problem showing my boy anything that I know.”

Talking to reporters at last weekend’s Winter Weekend, it certainly didn’t seem like Ramirez was going to take offense to the idea he might slide over to DH a year from now.

“Hell, yeah,” Ramirez said when asked about his interest in potentially DHing. “When you’ve got two things to do, play defense and offense (versus) just sitting in the dugout, it’s a little different.”

Thus far in Ramirez’s career, the DH spot seems to fit him well.

In his 11 games as a designated hitter in 2015, Ramirez totaled a .295 batting average with five homers and a 1.001 OPS. For his career, the 32 year old has hit .316 with a .946 OPS in 25 games at the position.

Some factors to consider when playing out Ramirez’s potential move to first base is the development of Travis Shaw and/or Sam Travis, along with the Red Sox’ interest in Blue Jays first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion when/if he becomes a free agent after the ’16 season.

Until then, Ortiz believes Ramirez’s second season with the Red Sox will be a productive one — both while playing first and under the mentorship of the retiring DH.

“Hanley has the same personality that I have. He’€™s a lovely guy. He’€™s a guy who is noisy. He loves his teammates. He likes to have a good time. He loves the game,” Ortiz said.

“I definitely believe that he’€™s going to be OK. He’€™s going back to the infield. All he needs to learn is how to move around the bag, which isn’€™t anything that is impossible, and go from there.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

While we were so focused on Dave Dombrowski not lying, Hanley Ramirez‘s Instagram posts, and the deluge of Winter Weekend player availability at Foxwoods last weekend, we’ve been missing Koji Uehara’s offseason document

While we were so focused on Dave Dombrowski not lying, Hanley Ramirez‘s Instagram posts, and the deluge of Winter Weekend player availability at Foxwoods last weekend, we’ve been missing Koji Uehara’s offseason documentary.

While the video documentation isn’t exactly “Man on Wire,” or “Making a Murderer,” the nine episodes of You Tube videos does offer proof that the Red Sox reliever is fully recovered from his broken wrist and would seem to be ready once his stay in Fort Myers begin.

So, get the popcorn out …

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

It's been a wild ride over the last year for Yoan Moncada, as well as those who have helped him along the way. (Red Sox)It was a lot of money. But it took some time for Yoan Moncada to understand why it wasn't more.



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