Know what I think? I think the Red Sox knew a year ago – or more – that Friedman was entering the final year of his contract and that he might want to come to Boston. Heck, they probably talked to him – or someone close to him – while the Red Sox were cleaning up on the Dodgers in the 2018 World Series. And that is probably why Friedman hasn’t agreed to new terms with the Dodgers.
A great deal has to happen between now and February for Brady and Garoppolo to meet in the Super Bowl. But it's also fun to discuss.
Beginning with last year’s Super Bowl – a game won on defense – the Pats are now 2-0 in their last two games when scoring fewer than 20 points. If you think that sample isn’t big enough, you might be right. But while we’re waiting for more evidence, let’s also tell you that the 2003-04 Patriots went 7-0 in their final seven games when scoring fewer than 20 points.
Rick Porcello's Red Sox career is probably over, barring moves in the offseason. Tony Massarotti asks the question, was Porcello worth it? Watch as Mazz breaks down the numbers.
But if Epstein can’t get by whatever issue he had (or has) with Henry, well … forget it. Ditto for Jed Hoyer, the Cubs general manager who has been by Epstein’s side for much of his career. Sniping at Henry is easy for all us, to be sure, but Epstein has had enough failures now that we can question the size of his ego, too.
The Red Sox have some highly paid starting pitchers, but when it comes to ERA, they're in the basement. Tony Mazz has the numbers - is the team getting what it pays for?
Mazz: With Next Hire, Henry And The Red Sox Need Experience and Stability - And To Stay Out Of The Way
Today, the Red Sox find themselves in the unfortunate position of having significant needs while also possessing very little payroll flexibility and a decrepit farm system. It’s not an easy job. And the idea that Red Sox owners want “a more collaborative model between ownership and their next head of baseball operations” scares the bejeezus out of me for obvious reasons.
The Boston Red Sox need to trim the payroll in order to get under the luxury tax threshold, and that means we could be looking at some departures that we aren't ready to say goodbye to.
Make no mistake, what Dombrowski’s Sox achieved this year was every bit as extraordinary as in 2018: for the first time in a long, long time – maybe ever? – the Red Sox played a season in which they were largely irrelevant.
Over a quarter of Mookie Betts' home runs this year have come in just three games, leaving the rest to be balanced throughout the rest of the season.
That said, the Red Sox need to understand something here. This season did damage. Between the Bruins run to the Stanley Cup finals and the start of another Patriots quest, there was a relatively small window for them. They never even opened it.
Barring some miracle, the Red Sox will not see the postseason this year. Tony Mazz looks at potential moves that should be made in the offseason.
Brady vs. Belichick is one of the greatest debates of this Patriots dynasty – is Brady or is it Bill? – and many rest on the side of the quarterback. Many also reside with the coach. But if you were and are a Brady guy more than a Bill guy – and I am – the case of Andrew Luck provides the simplest case of the environment making all the difference.
Xander Bogaerts' egregious baserunning blunder on Tuesday night illustrated the sheer stupidity and ineptitude that has defined the 2019 Red Sox.
Before you suggest it's “good news” that Chris Sale doesn't need surgery, let’s make this clear: Sale does not need surgery NOW, and the Red Sox have a depreciating asset despite limiting him over the last two years.
Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe says Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski is not long for the job. Tony Mazz breaks down how we've gotten to this point.
Behind The Seams: Quiet trade deadline puts onus on existing Red Sox to play closer to their potential
The Red Sox did nothing at the 2019 trade deadline, but that just means the onus is on their existing players to play closer to their potential.
The Red Sox are now 9-11 behind Price this season and just 8-14 behind Chris Sale, a combined record of 17-25 that would translate into roughly 66-96 over a 162-game schedule. More importantly, the Sox are just 1-3 behind Price and Sale since beginning their 14-game gauntlet against New York and Tampa Bay – and 5-0 behind everybody else.
We all know the plan with Chris Sale this year, but looking at the numbers after his high pitch games, his performance is inconclusive.
Sale has a maybe a dozen starts left to validate a baby-Sale plan that certainly seemed to have blown up in the Red Sox’ faces in the earliest stages of this season, when the Red Sox opened by going 6-13 and Sale went 1-7.
The Boston Red Sox have picked up where they left off before the All-Star Break, and that's not a good thing. Tony Mazz has more in this week's Behind the Seams.
Andrew Cashner was the Red Sox' “solution” to the pitching problems that have affected them since they showed, which isn’t even the equivalent of putting a tuxedo on a pig. It’s buying the pig a t-shirt and some Army fatigues at the thrift store.
The reigning world champions are closer to the bottom of the real AL, not the top, and there is simply no excuse for that.
Dave Dombrowski called it "urgency". But the reality is that his decision to name Nathan Eovaldi the Red Sox' closer is a move that screams "desperation".
A very wise person once told Mazz, "show, don't tell." He shows you just how bad the Boston Red Sox bullpen is this year. They need to fix it, and fast.