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: Dee Gordon, Beltre, and more spring notes

SURPRISE, Ar.—It was a year ago in Jupiter, Fla. that Dee Gordon outlined his spring training plan. “My game has to be leadoff,” Gordon said. “Now, I realize why people want me to take a lot of pitches and walk more. But what pitcher even thinks about walking me? That’s giving me my game. The […]

Coffee and Clippings: A’s top prospect Sean Manaea has tons of talent, fun and hair

Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) of SF Gate profiles A’s top pitching prospect, Sean Manaea and his big personality… MESA, Ariz. — If you don’t know who Sean Manaea is, manager Bob Melvin said Sunday, “look for the hair.” The A’s top pitching prospect, in camp for the first time after coming from Kansas City in the Ben […]

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: 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: What is Andrew Friedman thinking? He finally tells us

Houston Mitchell (@latimeshouston) of the LA Times on Andrew Friedman and his perception of the direction of the Dodgers… When asked to explain to fans what the Dodgers’ main objective is: “We’re going to do everything we can to compete as quickly as we can, and all the while build up our farm system as […]

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 […]

Peter Gammons: Ramirez and Sandoval’s future in Boston; Power arms on the rise

The public perception is that the $173M invested in Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval played a major role in Boston ownership’s switch from Ben Cherington to Dave Dombrowski. Ramirez hit .183 with no homers in the second half of the season, Sandoval hit .245 with 10 homers for the season, and their defensive metrics in […]

Coffee and Clippings: Baez continues sizzling stretch for I-Cubs

Alex Kraft (@kraftmac21) of talks about Javier Baez’s eighth multi-hit performance in the minors… It was a classic case of Javy being Manny. After getting a chance to meet Manny Ramirez before taking the field Monday, Javier Baez turned the former big-league star’s advice into a huge night at the plate. The Cubs’ infielder […]

Peter Gammons: Two players for whom the second half is very important to their future

As this weekend was the midway point of the season, here are two players for whom the second half is very important. David Ortiz For nearly a month, Ortiz has been chastising media members for suggesting that at 39 age has caught up on him. He argued that he was struggling with his mechanics, the […]