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  • January 23rd, 2014

    January 23, 2014:
    Signing Grady Sizemore…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:24 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    While Grady Sizemore is not even a blip on the radar in terms of superstar status–although if he hadn’t been derailed by a myriad of injuries, surgeries and the like, I think he may have gotten there–I reallyREALLY like this deal. I know, he hasn’t played in the bigs since 2011, but when he was healthy, he was of the best outfielders in the game, with 3 All-Star appearances and 25 Gold Gloves to his credit. He is also a career .279 hitter with a .861 OPS. And another bonus: He has speed, averaging 22+ steals each season. While it’s not Jake caliber, it’s certainly an extra bump…

    And the best part is this is virtually a no risk signing, but the potential could be pretty big. He has been signed to 1 year deal with a base salary of $750K. With incentives, he could earn up to $6 million for the 2014 campaign…

    But what is interesting is now the Sox have Jackie Bradley Jr (the heir apparent for Center Field) Sizemore, Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, Mike Carp, and Jonny Gomes–for 3 outfield positions. Not sure how this is going to play out…but outfield depth is certainly a good problem to have…

    And in a move that surprises absolutely no one, the Skanks have signed Japanese Ace Masahiro Tanaka to a deal almost identical to the one they signed Jake to. 7-years, $155 million for the 25 year old–with an opt out clause after year 4. In addition, they are on the hook for the $20 million posting fee to the Rakuten Golden Eagles, as they still hold his contract…So it remains to be seen how the transition to American ball will go for the right hander–will he be a Darvish? Or a Daisuke?

    Oh, and in case you were wondering? The Skanks have signed contracts worth about $483 million so far this off-season.

    I thought the Dodgers would have went harder at Tanaka, since they seem to have money to burn, just resigning Clayton Kershaw to a ridiculous 7-year, $215 million deal, with an opt out clause after 5-years, for the 2-time Cy Young winner. He is 25 years old, and will be the most expensive pitcher in the game, at an average of $30.7 million a year…

    And in the Arbitration sweepstakes, the Sox inch closer to year 11 of no hearings, agreeing to terms with 3 out of the remaining 4: Mike Carp ($1.4 million), Jonathan Herrera ($1.3 million) and Junichi Tazawa($1.275 million) all got 1-year deals, leaving Andrew Miller as the lone holdout…

    ESPN has released its schedule for the 8:00 games, and the Sox have 3 of them. And they are not all with the Skanks–only the 1st one is: April 13th, then the following week as well where the Sox will play the Oreos, and in a strange move (as if playing the cookies on a prime time Sunday night game isn’t strange enough…) they are moving the game to 7:00pm, because the next day is Patriot’s Day, and that game starts at 11:00am. The final game is May 18th against the Tigers…

    Finally, Stadium Journey recently released their 2013 version of the Top 100 Stadium Experiences. And, again, for the 3rd year, the Holy Land in the Fens ranked #1. Check it out here

    Coming up: Ticket Day! 10:00am Saturday morning, me and my daughter, coffee in hand (I drink the coffee, she’ll be having milk), will be planted in from of my computer at the Home Office of Boston Red Thoughts to get our tickets for the 2014 campaign.

    As always Opening Day, all Skankee games, Green Monster seats, and Right Field Roof Deck tickets will not be available for sale on Saturday. They will be part of the random drawing thing as we get closer to the season start.

    I really need to look at the schedule, as I have no fracking clue what game I want to see. I do know it will be end of June or later, as I have done the May games before, and holy hell it was cold… So we’ll see…

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