Peter Gammons: GM Meetings, Red Sox off-season options, and more

There was a time when business was accomplished at the General Managers Meetings. They weren’t media events, covered by few, with quiet meetings and dinners when the official business of the day was finished. Today, it is different. “It’s mainly the agents meeting, a sale conference,” says one American League general manager. “Frankly, we’d get […]

Peter Gammons: Moving on from the anticipated departure of John Farrell

Right after one of the network pregame shows Saturday, a current manager called. “I listened to Joe Girardi and John Farrell being bashed by talk show and ex-player guys,” he said, heatedly, “people who have never managed, don’t know about 30 second replay times, dealing with players and the media and they wonder why there […]

Peter Gammons: John Lynch and the game for athletes

Orrin Freeman knows Gary Hughes is very happy now. “Gary is a huge 49ers fan,” says Freeman, “and now he can just call the general manager and get a nice, comfortable box to watch them.” The General Manager, of course, is John Lynch, one of the great safeties in the history of the National Football […]

Peter Gammons: For those with trader’s remorse

We are so familiar with prospects we were stunned when Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez went in a trade for Adam Eaton. Never mind that one hybrid scouting and analytics general manager referred to Eaton as “one of the 15 best players in the game” and my personal fondness for Eaton’s game likeness to Ken Linseman, the […]

Peter Gammons: Chris Sale trade, Red Sox are officially all in

Make no mistake, the Red Sox are all in. They gave up seven young players, three of them among their very best. But while they need to replace David Ortiz‘s presence and production and have told Jose Bautista‘s agent they cannot go above the luxury tax threshold even on a one year deal, they have, […]

Peter Gammons: Offseason notes, turning to 2017

As a historic World Series and histrionic post-season gives way to another season, it has been interesting to listen to voices from people different than we are. One club president with decades of leadership said, “in the end, we felt the teams with the most talent were the Cubs, Red Sox and Indians, and for […]

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: Midway Point Thoughts (Parts 1 and 2)

As the 2016 passes the midway point with the curtsy of the All Star Game, last weekend’s game at Fort Bragg, N.C. perfectly captured its responsibility as the National Pastime, symbolically, and because of the Marlins and Braves players, the reality in a time when the country is struggling to maintain its most important freedom, […]

Peter Gammons: What to make of Boston’s third base situation

Ft. MYERS, FL- All it took was just one look. It was this way in George Scott’s days, when Boomer decided he would stick to salads, and there he was in the middle of the clubhouse after a game devouring a salad—with add-ons—that appeared to be an entire July harvest from the state of Iowa. […]

Peter Gammons: Reconstructing Gillickism in Boston

One of the many reasons Pat Gillick is arguably the most respected executive since Branch Rickey is that as he moved from building the Blue Jays franchise from scratch to taking the Orioles to first place from wire to wire in 1997 to winning 116 games in Seattle to taking the Phillies to a world […]