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Red Sox | Daniel Nava abandons switch-hitting

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:29:22 -0800

Boston Red Sox OF Daniel Nava has abandoned switch-hitting and will just hit from the left side for the time being.

Fantasy Tip: Nava hit just .159 (10-for-63) from the right side in 2014, while hitting .293 in 300 at-bats from the left side. Nava is in a logjam in the outfield right now, and he is value is limited to AL-only leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Sean McAdam

Red Sox | Rusney Castillo unlikely to lead off

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:28:17 -0800

Boston Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo is behind others in the competition to bat leadoff, according to manager John Farrell. When discussing batting first for the Red Sox Farrell said, "whether or not Rusney is a guy who evolves into that in time I would say there are other guys ahead of him right now." Castillo is the apparent favorite to beat out OFs Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. for the starting center field job.

Fantasy Tip: Castillo flashed his power and speed in his first taste of MLB last year, hitting two homers and stealing three bases. He also batted .333, albeit in a small sample. He's an intriguing fantasy commodity with plenty of upside in all fantasy leagues if he secures regular playing time, but this news suggests it's unlikely he'll hit in a favorable run-producing spot in the order.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Gordon Edes

Red Sox | Shane Victorino to hit leadoff?

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:06:12 -0800

Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino could bat first, according to manager John Farrell. "Vic is a candidate, but it will be dependent on the opposing pitcher on a given day," Farrell said. OF Mookie Betts, who is battling OFs Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley Jr. for the center field job, hit .308/.393/.423 in his last 20 starts of the year hitting leadoff.

Fantasy Tip: With Victorino already declared the starter in right field to open the season if healthy, news of him possibly batting leadoff bumps his fantasy value up a notch. Still, Victorino is an older player with a recent injury history. He shouldn't be viewed as more than a late-round gamble in mixed leagues as a potential modest contributor across the board, with stolen bases serving as the category he's most likely to move the needle in.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Gordon Edes

Red Sox | David Ortiz to open year at 1B?

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:42:32 -0800

Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz opens the year in Philadelphia, a National League city, eliminating the designated hitter from their lineup. When asked whether he'd have any reservations about using Ortiz in the field the first three games in Philadelphia, manager John Farrell answered, "none at all." Ortiz has hit .220 in 127 at-bats since 2007 in games in which he's played first base.

Fantasy Tip: Ortiz remains a solid source of power, batting average and run production even at his advanced age. Farrell's willingness to use him in the field makes Ortiz an option in FantasyScore games if he opens with a favorable pitching matchup at homer-friendly Citizens Bank Park.

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Red Sox | BOS has no urgency on Cole Hamels

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.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Sean McAdam

Red Sox | CF up for grabs in Boston?

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.

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Red Sox | David Ortiz in Beantown for good?

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:03:54 -0800

Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday, Feb. 24, that DH David Ortiz "knows he's going to be a Red Sox (player) as long as he wants to be a Red Sox (player.)" He is set to turn 40 in November, and only three players in franchise history have played in as many of 100 games past the age of 40.

Fantasy Tip: D.O. smacked a team-high 35 homers last season, so he clearly still has plenty left in the tank. Unfortunately for fantasy owners he is limited to just designated hitter which hurts his appeal somewhat.

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Red Sox | David Ortiz's contract not discussed

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:44:19 -0800

Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz can remain in Boston for as long as he wants to, according to general manager Ben Cherington. Ortiz will turn 40 this year, and only 10 position players have played past their 40th birthday in Red Sox history. Ortiz hinted last year that the 2015 season may be his last. However, Cherington said there have been no talks regarding that recently. This is the last guaranteed year of Ortiz's contract, and he'll be paid $16 million. His $11 million contract will vest for 2016 if he reaches 425 plate appearances this year. Ortiz can make more next year for more plate appearances.

Fantasy Tip: Because of his age and restrictive position qualifications, Ortiz often falls far in fantasy baseball drafts. But remember, he still managed to hit 35 home runs last year and has hit 20 homers in 13 straight seasons. There remains a point at which Ortiz becomes a bargain for his consistent power.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Gordon Edes

Red Sox | Rusney Castillo likely to make team

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:23:54 -0800

Boston Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo is likely to make the team, according to general manager Ben Cherington.

Fantasy Tip: The Red Sox have a logjam in the outfield, but Castillo is a good OF4 candidate in mixed leagues with loads of promise.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Peter Abraham

Red Sox | Mike Napoli has more energy

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:55:14 -0800

Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli says he has more energy this spring after having surgery in the offseason to correct a severe case of sleep apnea. He isn't feeling sluggish anymore after his condition and nagging injuries left him hitting .248 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI in 2014. "It's been night and day," Napoli said. "Just my energy level. When I wake up and when I get out of bed and get my day started. Before I'd lay in bed until like one o'clock. It's totally different."

Fantasy Tip: Napoli's renewed energy levels and strength could go a long way in helping restore the power he lost last season. Consider him a deep sleeper at the first base position and keep tabs on him during spring contests.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Steve Silva

Red Sox | Yoan Moncada expected to start in minors

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:30:12 -0800

Boston Red Sox SS Yoan Moncada, who is just 19 years old, is expected to start in the minor leagues given his relative inexperience. However, Moncada doesn't expect to stay in the minors for long. It's unclear where the Red Sox would like to play him. One National League executive said Moncada is "a younger Robinson Cano type with better speed and more positional versatility."

Fantasy Tip: Moncada is another Cuban sensation that'll likely be overvalued in fantasy drafts initially. It's unclear what his timetable might be to reach the majors, and even if he does, there's not a clear path to consistent playing time in Beantown, barring an injury somewhere. Moncada might be worth a late-round flier in really deep mixed leagues, and a low investment in AL-only formats, but be prepared to stash him for a while.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Gordon Edes

Red Sox | More on Yoan Moncada deal

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:32:58 -0800

Updating an earlier report, Boston Red Sox SS Yoan Moncada agreed to a $31.5 million deal. The Red Sox will have to pay 100% tax on the deal, which means he'll cost the team $63 million.

Fantasy Tip: Moncada is a 19-year-old phenom, and he has a chance to reach the majors this season if he's as developed as advertised. He has several hurdles to overcome, though, as the team's roster is loaded. Watch him in camp before spending a late-round flyer on him.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Jon Heyman

Red Sox | Yoan Moncada agrees with Boston

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:18:43 -0800

Cuban INF Yoan Moncada agreed to a deal in the $30 million range with the Boston Red Sox Monday, Feb. 23.

Fantasy Tip: The 19-year-old Moncada has a chance to see the majors this season, as he is believed to be quite advanced for his age. However, it's a stretch with the amount of talent ahead of him. Keep tabs on him in camp, but he's not worth a later-round flyer in traditional leagues yet.

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Red Sox | Jackie Bradley might not be dealt

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:16:27 -0800

Boston Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley Jr. is still held in high regard by the team, and a source said Sunday, Feb. 22, that the Red Sox and Atlanta Braves have not spoken about a deal for Bradley in weeks. The source added that it would seem unlikely talks will intensify again.

Fantasy Tip: Bradley is likely ticketed for Triple-A Pawtucket to start the season rather than languishing on the bench due to a crowded outfield in Beantown. With the team facing roster changes with Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino in the final year of their deals, and Davis Ortiz turning 40 in November, two outfield spots might come open in 2016. Bradley might still have a future in Boston, but his immediate fantasy prospects are bleak.

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Red Sox | Mitchell Boggs has opt-out clause

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:06:23 -0800

Boston Red Sox RP Mitchell Boggs can opt out of his contract if he is not on the major league roster by April 4. He signed a minor league deal with the club last month.

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