|Red Sox among teams interested in Ryan Dempster||12.04.12 at 1:28 pm ET|
According to an industry source, the Red Sox have checked in on right-hander Ryan Dempster. The 35-year-old was 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA in 173 innings in 2012 with the Cubs and Rangers, though he went 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA after Texas acquired him at the trade deadline.
Though 35, Dempster has been durable with a strong track record since moving from the bullpen to the rotation with the Cubs in 2008. Over the last five years, he’s averaged 199 innings a year (2012, in fact, was the first time in that span during which he’d failed to log 200 innings) with a 65-49 record and 3.74 ERA.
The right-hander, according to a source familiar with his thinking, is seeking a three-year deal. With Dan Haren having agreed to a one-year, $13 million deal with the Nationals (pending a physical), Dempster will likely use that figure as a baseline for the average annual value he seeks.
Dempster vetoed a potential deal to the Braves last summer, when he preferred to go to the Dodgers at the trade deadline, but ultimately, when Los Angeles didn’t part with prospect Allen Webster (who later was traded by the Dodgers to the Sox in the August blockbuster), Chicago dealt him to Texas for minor league third baseman Carlos Villanueva.
Dempster is not ruling out any teams on the basis of geography. While the longtime NL pitcher (he’s spent all but two months of his career in the National League) has a slight preference to stay in the senior circuit, he isn’t ruling out teams on the basis of that.
Dempster figures to be among the pitchers whose market will heat up after the top tier free agent starters (Zach Greinke, Anibal Sanchez) find new landing spots.
|Hot Stove: Dan Haren gets one-year deal from Nationals||at 11:20 am ET|
|Tuesday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Jon Lester vs. Dan Haren||05.03.11 at 7:57 am ET|
After handing Angels No. 1 pitcher Jered Weaver his first loss of the season Monday night, the Red Sox now get to face the Angels’ 1-A starter in Dan Haren on Tuesday night. Haren, who is 4-1 this season, ranks second in the American League in ERA (1.23) and first in WHIP (0.75). As is the case with Weaver, Haren’s only loss came against the Sox. He gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks over six innings in a 4-3 Boston win on April 22.
With the loss, Haren dropped to 2-6 against the Sox in his career, although he does have a solid 3.19 ERA and 1.19 WHIP against them. David Ortiz has had plenty of success against Haren — he’s hitting .318 with three home runs and six RBIs in 22 career at-bats — but most of the Sox have struggled with him. As a team, Boston is hitting just .216 off Haren. No one has had a tougher go of it than Dustin Pedroia, who is 0-for-12 with a walk and five strikeouts in 13 plate appearances.
The Sox will counter Haren with an ace of their own in Jon Lester, who is 3-1 with a 2.52 ERA and 1.12 WHIP this season. The 27-year-old southpaw also opposed Haren in that April 22 game, and he earned the win by tossing six shutout innings. Lester, who has won each of his last three starts, improved to 3-1 against the Angels in his career. But in a reverse of Haren’s situation, Lester has a less-than-stellar 4.81 ERA and 1.63 WHIP against them.
Current Angels are hitting .238 against Lester. Torii Hunter has had the most success, as he is hitting .375 with a homer and four RBIs in 16 ABs. Vernon Wells, Bobby Abreu and Howie Kendrick — the three players with the most ABs — are all hitting .200 or worse against Lester. Read the rest of this entry »
|Friday’s Red Sox-Angels matchups: Jon Lester vs. Dan Haren||04.22.11 at 1:25 pm ET|
The second game of the Red Sox and Angels’ four-game set will feature what appeared to be the premier pitching matchup of the series going in, although it will now have to be pretty special to top Thursday night’s. Jon Lester, who has been solid in three starts since his struggles on opening day, will do battle with Dan Haren, who is 4-0 and has been virtually untouchable this year.
Haren will be looking to become the second Angels starter to reach 5-0 already this season after Jered Weaver accomplished the feat with a win Wednesday. Haren enters Friday’s game with a miniscule 1.16 ERA and 0.65 WHIP. He has allowed just 18 hits and two walks while striking out 27 over 31 innings.
Haren is just 2-5 in his career against Boston, but that record isn’t really indicative of his actual success. In eight starts, he has a 3.21 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. Moreover, current Red Sox are hitting just .217 against him.
Adrian Gonzalez has faced Haren the most, dating back to their days together in the NL West. Gonzalez has also been one of the few Sox to have any sort of success against him, hitting .289 with two home runs and six RBIs in 38 at-bats. David Ortiz has also done well in his 19 at-bats against the righty, as he is batting .368 with three homers and six RBIs.
Lester enters Friday’s showdown with a 1-1 record and 3.20 ERA. Since giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings on opening day, he has allowed just four runs over 20 innings in his last three starts.
Lester hasn’t fared too well in his career against the Angels despite having a 2-1 record in five starts. He has a 5.86 ERA and 1.77 WHIP versus the Halos. Torii Hunter has the best track record against him, as he is hitting .385 with a homer and four RBIs in 13 career at-bats against the lefty. Read the rest of this entry »
|Minor Details: Avoiding trade disasters||12.03.10 at 1:12 pm ET|
This week’s episode of the Minor Details podcast examined the importance of an organization’s ability to scout its own prospects. The significance is substantial, since an organization that undervalues its prospects risks a potentially disastrous trade along the lines of the 1990 deal made by the Red Sox of then-prospect Jeff Bagwell for middle reliever Larry Andersen. At the same time, an organization that overvalues its prospects risks inaction, and missed opportunities to trade for players who can help a club or even stars.
This week’s guests on Minor Details are former Arizona Diamondbacks GM (and Red Sox assistant GM) Josh Byrnes and former Red Sox player and manager Butch Hobson, who served as Bagwell’s manager with Double-A New Britain in 1990. (The significance of the Bagwell deal resurfaced this week, as the Astros great is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.) Byrnes talked about the state of the trade market, some of his past trades and the idea of trading outfielder Justin Upton, who played for Byrnes in Arizona.
|Terry Francona on hiring Curt Young: ‘We really caught a break here’||11.02.10 at 4:07 pm ET|
Red Sox manager Terry Francona made no secret of the fact that it was going to be difficult to replace pitching coach John Farrell once he left Boston to become the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. Not only was Farrell a close friend, but he was also a valued source of council in whom Francona had virtually complete confidence to manage the pitching staff.
But Francona recognized that it was all but certain that, after four years of having Farrell as his pitching coach, he would lose him this offseason. Farrell was going to depart to become a manager somewhere else, leaving a void.
And so, down the stretch of the regular season, Francona — with the assistance of Farrell — began drawing up a list to identify the ideal person to serve as the next Red Sox pitching coach. Both men came up with the same name atop their lists: Curt Young.
It was unclear whether the pitching coach of the Athletics would be available, however. Young had longstanding roots in the Oakland organization (22 years as a player and coach). Moreover, he was highly valued for the quality of his work, as Athletics pitchers had a 4.03 ERA (tops in the American League) in Young’s seven years as pitching coach, and an AL-leading 3.58 mark in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »
|UPDATED: Red Sox vs. Angels matchups, 7/26||07.26.10 at 9:52 am ET|
After splitting a four-game series with the Mariners, the Red Sox will round out their West Coast road trip with a three-game set against the struggling Angels. A day after pulling off a major trade, Los Angeles will try to climb back up the AL West and wild card standings. On Monday night, Clay Buchholz makes his second start since returning from the disabled list new Angels righty Dan Haren.
Before being put on the shelf for nearly a month with a hamstring injury, Buchholz (10-5, 2.81 ERA) had one of the best first halves of any starting pitcher in the AL. At one point, he won nine of 11 decisions, including a streak of five straight victories. On July 21, Buchholz returned to make a start against the Athletics in Oakland, tossing four mediocre innings and allowing five runs. The rust was evident and he’ll hope to get back into a rhythm against a team that has hit him hard in the past.
Over his career, Buchholz is 2-2 against the Angels with a 6.35 ERA and a .326 batting average against. In his outing this season vs. Los Angeles in Boston, he had one of his worst performances of the year, allowing four runs over 5 2/3 innings. Buchholz and the Red Sox still earned the win, but he wasn’t particularly sharp, giving up eight hits and walking three batters. Hideki Matsui has the most experience against the Boston starter, mostly from his time with the Yankees, hitting .400 in 11 plate appearances.
The decision by the Angels to throw Haren against the Sox on Monday means the bumping of the night’s original starter in Joel Pineiro (10-7, 4.18 ERA). Haren was 7-8 with a 4.60 ERA for the Diamondbacks this season and struck out 141 hitters in 141 innings. The Angels gave up a package of Joe Saunders and three minor leaguers to land Haren and likely did so with the hopes that the ERA would revert back to the 3.07 mark he posted when he was last in the AL West. The centerpiece in the Mark Mulder deal in 2004, Haren spent three seasons in Oakland before being traded to the Diamondbacks in the offseason following the 2007 season.
In his career vs. Boston, Haren is 4-2 with a 3.30 ERA in seven regular season starts. He’s struck out 35 and walked 12 in 43 innings against the Sox. As a member of the Cardinals, Haren threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings combined in Games 1 and 4 of the 2004 World Series. Read the rest of this entry »
|Red Sox vs. Diamondbacks matchups, 6/17||06.17.10 at 2:47 pm ET|
After beating the Diamondbacks last night, and with losses from the Rays and Yankees, the Red Sox are now three games out of first place in the AL East. This marks the closest they have been to the top spot since April 16, and they will look to continue their success against the National League Thursday night with veteran John Lackey on the mound.
Lackey (7-3, 4.54 ERA) seems to have found his groove of late, having allowed two runs or fewer in his last two outings. Out of the seven wins he has this season, five have come at Fenway Park, although his ERA at home is an unimpressive 5.10. With a Diamondbacks offense ranked 10th overall with 312 runs scored, Lackey will look to limit the damage early by keeping the ball in the park. The free-swinging Diamondbacks have a .251 team average, but are fifth in the league with 79 home runs, making them a potentially dangerous team to pitch against.
Dan Haren (7-4, 4.61 ERA) toes the rubber for Arizona as they look to avoid losing their 13th straight game on the road. Stuck in last place in a very competitive NL West division, the Diamondbacks hope their ace can stop the bleeding and jumpstart a push towards relevancy. Haren went eight strong innings in his last outing against the St. Louis Cardinals, having allowed two runs while striking out nine.
The Sox offense, which was the target of much criticism heading into the season, is scorching hot with the second best offensive attack in the league (365 runs scored).They also have a few hitters with some good numbers against Haren in the past. Adrian Beltre, in 44 career plate appearances, has six doubles, two home runs, and six RBI. Victor Martinez and David Ortiz each have a home run and three RBI a piece against the three-time All-Star selection.
With a 6:10 start in order to accommodate fans looking to watch Game 7 of the NBA Finals, the Sox look to close out the their three game series with a sweep before Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers come to town this weekend.
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