Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:22:26 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels has had trade talks cool with the Boston Red Sox, who feel no urgency to deal the pitcher. The Red Sox do not want to part with either OF Mookie Betts or C Blake Swihart in any deal and the Phillies are interested in those players.
Fantasy Tip: All indications are Hamels opens the season in Philadelphia and stays there, at least until the trading deadline. If Hamels can get past his trade demands and is healthy to pitch, he remains a solid option in most mixed and NL drafts.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:32:51 -0800
Boston Red Sox OFs Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. could all be competing for center field duties this spring, with OF Hanley Ramirez slated for left and OF Shane Victorino (if healthy) in right field. Castillo could have the inside track on the job based on the $72.5 million deal he signed last year. General manager Ben Cherington doesn't think Castillo needs more seasoning before playing in the big leagues. Betts impressed the team in his rookie season last year, while Bradley struggled offensive but continues to impress with his defense. Manager John Farrell has been impressed with Bradley's compact swing at the plate so far in spring. All three outfielders have minor league options left. The Red Sox could find considerable playing time for one of the center fielders off the bench. However, OFs Allen Craig and Daniel Nava are also competing for playing time.
Fantasy Tip: The most likely scenario is that Castillo starts in center with Betts coming off the bench to replace Ramirez and Victorino where needed. Bradley would then be the odd-man out and start the year in the minors. As a result, Castillo should be taken in the middle rounds of standard drafts for his upside, while Betts remains relevant in mixed leagues for his speed later on.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:49:39 -0800
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (back) has arrived to spring training early, and he said he ready to take on OF Mookie Betts in a "friendly competition" for the starting right field job. Victorino had a serious procedure known as a lumbar discectomy to fix a herniated disc in his back in the offseason, and there are questions as to whether he can make a comeback. Victorino is using talk about him being washed up as motivation, and he has been doing baseball activity for weeks and has returned to switch hitting.
"I've done nothing that's made me stop," Victorino said. "I've done everything I can possibly do. The only thing I haven't done is run the bases. I hit left-handed. I hit right-handed. I swung as hard as I can. I took live BP, I did flip and tee work. Consistently, every day, sometimes 50 to 100 swings every day."
Fantasy Tip: The Red Sox must still pay Victorino $13 million in the final year of his three-year deal, so if he's healthy, he'll likely contribute in some fashion. However, Betts clearly has much more upside, especially with stolen bases. Depending on how camp goes with injuries, Victorino probably shouldn't be an option in standard 12-team leagues, but he could be useful in daily games based on matchups.
Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:08:48 -0800
Boston Red Sox OF Mookie Betts is starting spring training at 181 pounds, which is up from his listing at 155 pounds at his Baseball Reference page.
Fantasy Tip: Betts, who had seven stolen bases in 52 games as a rookie last year, will be a nice source of late thefts in mixed drafts with a full season in the bigs. The added weight could be a concern for his quickness on the base baths, but it also might help him hit for a little bit extra pop.
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 11:22:17 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels had been a trade target of the San Diego Padres, and the Friars made an aggressive bid to trade for Hamels before they signed SP James Shields to a four-year deal. The Phillies, though, were adamant about acquiring a blue-chip prospect in a trade for Hamels, according to sources, and the Padres might have "not had enough." Another source said the Phillies prefer to trade with the Boston Red Sox, presuming they could receive OF Mookie Betts or C Blake Swihart. However, Hamels can also block a trade to Boston.
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:34:54 -0800
Boston Red Sox OF Mookie Betts has hired a running coach this offseason to help him work on his form on the base paths.
Sun, 11 Jan 2015 10:55:22 -0800
The Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies have not had trade talks this month regarding SP Cole Hamels, according to a major league source. Boston is reportedly unwilling to part with OF Mookie Betts or C Blake Swihart, either of whom the Phillies would want in order to make a deal they feel comfortable with.
Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:59:24 -0800
Boston Red Sox OF Mookie Betts appears to be the favorite to be the team's leadoff hitter, with 2B Dustin Pedroia expected to bat second.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:20:02 -0800
The Philadelphia Phillies are looking at Boston Red Sox OF Mookie Betts, C Christian Vazquez and P Matt Barnes, which is fueling speculation a trade for Phillies SP Cole Hamels may be near.
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:10:31 -0700
Boston Red Sox 2B/OF Mookie Betts is expected to be used as the centerpiece of any trade the team could make for a big-name starting pitcher this offseason.