Peter Gammons: Focus shifts to Rusney Castillo after deadline

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The trading deadline passes at 4 p.m. Thursday, at which time 27-year old Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will become the focus of the baseball—and twitter—world. Castillo held a workout in Miami last Saturday attended by nearly 100 scouts representing 28 teams. “He was really good,” says one general manager. “He showed everything—power, speed, defensive ability. […]

Coffee and Clippings: Pirates interested in Lester, maybe more from Red Sox

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John Perrotto (@jperrotto) of the Times Online writes that the Pirates are interested in Jon Lester and possibly more from the Red Sox… The Pirates, as reported by The Times earlier this month, had been considering making a push for Lester for a while. Lester is eligible for free agency after this season, and the […]

Peter Gammons: The increasingly high value of MLB prospects

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The names sound good. Get Oscar Taveras, Carlos Martinez and Rob Kaminsky from the Cardinals for David Price, as Red Sox fans threw out Jon Lester to the Dodgers for Julio Urias, Joc Pederson and Corey Seager. But for a myriad of reasons, while the historic precedent of what the Mariners got for Randy Johnson in […]

Coffee and Clippings: Red Sox own several chips to cash as Thursday deadline closes in

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Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) of the Boston Herald writes that the Red Sox hold several trade pieces as the deadline approaches… There will be ample time — two months of playing out the string, in fact — for the Red Sox to ask the tough questions in their self-evaluation of why things went so wrong in […]

Peter Gammons: Peavy deal initiates 2015 Hot Stove season for Red Sox

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The Jake Peavy deal was the official opening of the 2015 Hot Stove season. For all but $2M remaining on Peavy’s contract, Boston got two high end arms on which to dream, and develop. Lefthander Edwin Escobar, 22, had been the focus of several teams’ interest earlier in the season, although his success has been […]

Peter Gammons: A Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—Henry Aaron’s float was, naturally, near the front of the parade that tours Main Street this July Saturday every year. He was greeted by the crowd loudly chanting “Home Run King, Home Run King,” and when he carefully used his cane to go up the steps to the entrance to The Hall of Fame, […]

Peter Gammons: Red Sox, Rays faced with deadline dilemma

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When Ben Cherington addressed the media in announcing the release of A.J Pierzynski, he turned the mirror on himself. “A.J. is not the reason we’re in last place,” Cherington said. “This is on me, decisions made, decisions not made.” Little more than a month earlier, when the Rays were dead last, Andrew Friedman called in […]

Peter Gammons: Angels add Huston Street in their pursuit for first in AL West

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In a three game weekend, they played 37 innings, scored 11 runs, allowed 10, used 16 relievers, and when the Mariners finally left Anaheim the Angels still trailed the Oakland Athletics by a game-and-a-half with the second best record and run differential in the majors and a reminder verbalized by Jerry Dipoto “that no one […]

Peter Gammons: Bidding Farewell to the Toughest Job in Baseball

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In between the glow of Derek Jeter’s elegant respect and next weekend’s historic inductions in Cooperstown, the murky, backroom politics of baseball kept Bud Selig from enjoying prolonged moments of the sport he loves, and the business he runs. Were there flaws in the entire All-Star festival? Of course. The notion that an exhibition game […]

Coffee and Clippings: The pitching prospect hailed as Yankees’ best in a decade

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Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) of the NY Post talks about Luis Severino, who is being hailed as the Yankees’ best pitching prospect in a decade… Severino was not on any significant top-prospect list to begin this year. But at the midseason, Baseball Prospectus had him at No. 48 and Baseball America at No. 34. Severino also was […]