Peter Gammons: Agents, scouts, prospects, changing trends, and the MLB Draft

The Baseball Draft was changed in 2012 because the Commissioner’s Office felt that teams like the Red Sox could use their development revenues to sign players like Anthony Rizzo in later rounds for high round contracts. The idea was to restrict signing pools based on the previous year’s standings and allow losing teams better access […]

Peter Gammons: A deserved celebration and an unforgettable goodbye

It was one of those BP moments. David Ortiz, as was the team tradition, was finishing up in the last four man hitting group before the Red Sox went to the clubhouse, while Jason Kipnis, part of the Indians first group, was watching until Ortiz stepped out and moved to exchange pleasantries. No one had […]

Peter Gammons: With Pomeranz, Red Sox pitching staff is theoretically set

The cost was an 18-year old pitcher Pedro Martinez called “one guy we cannot trade,” but there is cost attached to finishing last in three of the last four seasons with a starters’ earned run average precipitously close to taking the Fifth. Anderson Espinoza may indeed be a once-in-a-decade talent, a ‘Julio Urias‘ as one […]

Peter Gammons: Red Sox’ bright future and more from San Diego

SAN DIEGO—It was at this time last season that across New England there were howls to trade Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley and even Xander Bogaerts for a pitcher, any veteran pitcher, no matter how he profiled pitching for the Red Sox, who play 108 games a season in four of the worst pitchers’ parks […]

Peter Gammons: The 2011 MLB Draft, 5 years later

It’s been five years since that draft, which is approximately the time teams should realistically wait before assessing the MLB amateur draft. That 2011 draft was historically good, as Gerrit Cole was the first pick and Jose Fernandez the 15th and they were—and are—prodigies. The first round included Anthony Rendon, Francisco Lindor, George Springer, Sonny […]

Peter Gammons: Red Sox rotation holds strong through April

Funny, Rick Porcello’s salary was not mentioned in the Boston papers Sunday. He’d shut out the Yankees for seven innings Saturday night. He extended his string of pitching his team into the seventh inning to 13, not coincidentally dating back to the first of August when he came off the disabled list and refined his […]

Peter Gammons: What the Red Sox need from Ramirez and company to contend in 2016

FORT MYERS, Fla—It was 13 years ago, on a back field in the old Red Sox minor league complex far across town, and then-Boston international scouting director Craig Shipley and I were watching a teenage Hanley Ramirez take ground balls. “If Hanley had gone to high school in…say…Boynton Beach, what do you think he’d be […]

Coffee and Clippings: Early rising Mets can’t wait to chase title they just missed

Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) of the NY Post discusses Mets Camp as more and more players flow in early to chase that missing title… You want to use this plethora of super-early arrivals as fuel for your fire? To get all the more excited as the Mets launch the next phase (pitchers and catchers report on […]

Rationalizing David Price’s Contract

Committing seven years and $217-million to someone who has never been considered the best pitcher in baseball is a risky proposition that leaves a lot of people questioning the landscape of free agency in the MLB. David Price is far from mediocre, he’s a tremendous starter and down the stretch of the year, for the […]

Peter Gammons: Craig Kimbrel and the Red Sox Pitching Staff

The haul the Padres got for Craig Kimbrel was expensive, as Dave Dombrowski knew it might be. Maybe too much, as Keith Law suggests, because Javier Guerra may be an everyday shortstop, Manuel Margot an everyday center fielder and Logan Allen a major league starting lefthanded pitcher. But reconstructing the Red Sox pitching was always […]