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Red Sox | Mookie Betts leading candidate for CF

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:10:06 -0800

Boston Red Sox OF Mookie Betts is now the leading candidate for the starting center field job with OF Rusney Castillo (oblique) dealing with a strained left oblique. It seems like a certainty that Betts will start the year as the center fielder. There is no timetable for Castillo's return and the likely best-case-scenario will that Castillo will be given more time to prepare for the regular season. Betts spent much of the offseason trying to get stronger, and he said he now weighs 180 pounds after being listed at 160.

Fantasy Tip: With the injury to Castillo, we're likely to see Betts' stock rise in standard 12-team leagues. He's likely to hit leadoff, too, further making him an intriguing sleeper candidate in the late middle rounds, mainly for his speed.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Gordon Edes

Red Sox | Rusney Castillo out indefinitely

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:41:45 -0800

Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo (oblique) will be out indefinitely after an MRI exam showed a strained left oblique, according to manager John Farrell. Farrell said it's too early to tell if Castillo's availability for opening day will be affected. "There's caution to the progression, there's no doubt," Farrell said. "(Pain) tolerance, for one. How aggressive you become to build that back. We just want to be careful of a setback, because everything is rotational in this game." The competition with OF Mookie Betts for the starting center field job will be on hold for now. Castillo doesn't think the injury will affect his ability to be ready for the season. OF Jackie Bradley Jr. will see more playing time in center in camp with Castillo sidelined.

Fantasy Tip: Oblique injuries are often tricky, as Farrell alluded to. The BoSox must not rush Castillo, or they might not be able to use him to start the regular season. This bodes well for Mookie Betts' chances of making the opening day roster and for the center field job, for now. Until we know more on Castillo's availability for opening day, you may want to temper your bids on Castillo in the middle rounds of drafts.

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Red Sox | Rusney Castillo out a week

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:39:05 -0800

Boston Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo (oblique) is dealing with a strained left oblique and will miss at least a week in camp.

Fantasy Tip: Castillo is an intriguing late middle rounds pick in standard 12-team leagues for his power-speed combo. However, he's competing for the starting center field job with Mookie Betts, and he's no lock to win the job, especially now that he's dealing with a tricky oblique injury. It'd still be a surprise to see Castillo not make the active roster on opening day given Boston's financial commitment to him, but his injury is definitely worth monitoring to see how it make affect the outfield competition.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Nick Cafardo

Red Sox | Rusney Castillo has pain in side

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:01:26 -0800

Boston Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo (side) is reporting some pain in his left side, and he'll be re-evaluated Wednesday, March 4.

Fantasy Tip: Castillo is competing with Mookie Betts for the starting center field role this spring, and many believe Castillo is the front-runner for the job. A significant injury obviously wouldn't help his cause, though. Stay tuned. Castillo is worthy of a late middle rounds selection because he has plenty of upside as a power/speed commodity.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Peter Abraham

Red Sox | Mookie Betts a lock to win CF job?

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:42:37 -0800

Boston Red Sox OF Mookie Betts appears to be a lock to hit leadoff and start in center field in 2015, in the opinion of The Boston Globe's Steve Silva. The Red Sox need a dynamic leadoff hitter, and OF Daniel Nava won't be a starter and OF Shane Victorino is no longer a viable option there. Betts hit .291/.368/.444 in 213 plate appearances in 2014. Despite have little experience in center field, Betts is improving every day in camp. "He's a good athlete," manager John Farrell said. "He asks a lot of great questions. The aptitude is clearly there. In time, he's going to be a very good center fielder." Farrell won't announce a starter now, so Betts and OF Rusney Castillo will see equal playing time in center in spring training.

Fantasy Tip: We don't know that Betts is a lock to start in center field on opening day because of the money Boston invested in Castillo, but it does seem highly likely that both Betts and Castillo are on the active roster to start the year. At the end of the year, both outfielders should contribute greatly in the outfield picture, and both are worth drafting in standard 12-team leagues. Castillo has the more palpable upside of power and speed, while Betts will mainly help you as a stolen base asset.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Steve Silva

Red Sox | Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts competing

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:27:06 -0800

Boston Red Sox OFs Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts will share center field work in spring training, and manager John Farrell said there isn't a favorite for the job. "Like we said at the outset of camp, we'll take all of camp to determine that," said Farrell. "They're going to get equal playing time. But I think it's important they both get comfortable with the combination of the guys on the flank because of communication, the responsibilities for balls in the gap, fly ball communication and those priorities."

Fantasy Tip: Castillo is widely believed to have an edge on the center field job, and he's the better gamble as a high-upside prospect in the middle rounds of mixed league drafts. However, Betts is also expected to make the roster, and he should serve as a nice source of steals in the later rounds.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Ian Browne

Red Sox | Cole Hamels unlikely for Boston

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:12:25 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels doesn't appear likely to be dealt to the Boston Red Sox, as there are no signs that point toward any progress in trade talks surrounding Hamels between the two clubs, according to two major league sources. The Phillies have been rumored to covet Red Sox C Blake Swihart and OF Mookie Betts in a package for Hamels. However, Boston is in no rush to swing a trade, and they are unlikely to agree to any trade that involves either Swihart or Betts. Boston is also high on SP Henry Owens.

Fantasy Tip: Hamels' fantasy value would look much better away from the Phillies, but a trade might not happen until closer to the All-Star break now. Regardless, Hamels is one of the more reliable starting pitchers in the league, and he'll keep fantasy ace qualification in Philadelphia to start the season.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Boston Herald - Jason Mastrodonato

Red Sox | Daniel Nava abandons switch-hitting

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:29:22 -0800

Boston Red Sox OF Daniel Nava has abandoned switch-hitting and will just hit from the left side for the time being.

Fantasy Tip: Nava hit just .159 (10-for-63) from the right side in 2014, while hitting .293 in 300 at-bats from the left side. Nava is in a logjam in the outfield right now, and he is value is limited to AL-only leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Sean McAdam

Red Sox | Rusney Castillo unlikely to lead off

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:28:17 -0800

Boston Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo is behind others in the competition to bat leadoff, according to manager John Farrell. When discussing batting first for the Red Sox Farrell said, "whether or not Rusney is a guy who evolves into that in time I would say there are other guys ahead of him right now." Castillo is the apparent favorite to beat out OFs Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. for the starting center field job.

Fantasy Tip: Castillo flashed his power and speed in his first taste of MLB last year, hitting two homers and stealing three bases. He also batted .333, albeit in a small sample. He's an intriguing fantasy commodity with plenty of upside in all fantasy leagues if he secures regular playing time, but this news suggests it's unlikely he'll hit in a favorable run-producing spot in the order.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Gordon Edes

Red Sox | Shane Victorino to hit leadoff?

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:06:12 -0800

Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino could bat first, according to manager John Farrell. "Vic is a candidate, but it will be dependent on the opposing pitcher on a given day," Farrell said. OF Mookie Betts, who is battling OFs Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley Jr. for the center field job, hit .308/.393/.423 in his last 20 starts of the year hitting leadoff.

Fantasy Tip: With Victorino already declared the starter in right field to open the season if healthy, news of him possibly batting leadoff bumps his fantasy value up a notch. Still, Victorino is an older player with a recent injury history. He shouldn't be viewed as more than a late-round gamble in mixed leagues as a potential modest contributor across the board, with stolen bases serving as the category he's most likely to move the needle in.

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Red Sox | David Ortiz to open year at 1B?

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:42:32 -0800

Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz opens the year in Philadelphia, a National League city, eliminating the designated hitter from their lineup. When asked whether he'd have any reservations about using Ortiz in the field the first three games in Philadelphia, manager John Farrell answered, "none at all." Ortiz has hit .220 in 127 at-bats since 2007 in games in which he's played first base.

Fantasy Tip: Ortiz remains a solid source of power, batting average and run production even at his advanced age. Farrell's willingness to use him in the field makes Ortiz an option in FantasyScore games if he opens with a favorable pitching matchup at homer-friendly Citizens Bank Park.

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Red Sox | BOS has no urgency on Cole Hamels

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:22:26 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels has had trade talks cool with the Boston Red Sox, who feel no urgency to deal the pitcher. The Red Sox do not want to part with either OF Mookie Betts or C Blake Swihart in any deal and the Phillies are interested in those players.

Fantasy Tip: All indications are Hamels opens the season in Philadelphia and stays there, at least until the trading deadline. If Hamels can get past his trade demands and is healthy to pitch, he remains a solid option in most mixed and NL drafts.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Sean McAdam

Red Sox | CF up for grabs in Boston?

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:32:51 -0800

Boston Red Sox OFs Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. could all be competing for center field duties this spring, with OF Hanley Ramirez slated for left and OF Shane Victorino (if healthy) in right field. Castillo could have the inside track on the job based on the $72.5 million deal he signed last year. General manager Ben Cherington doesn't think Castillo needs more seasoning before playing in the big leagues. Betts impressed the team in his rookie season last year, while Bradley struggled offensive but continues to impress with his defense. Manager John Farrell has been impressed with Bradley's compact swing at the plate so far in spring. All three outfielders have minor league options left. The Red Sox could find considerable playing time for one of the center fielders off the bench. However, OFs Allen Craig and Daniel Nava are also competing for playing time.

Fantasy Tip: The most likely scenario is that Castillo starts in center with Betts coming off the bench to replace Ramirez and Victorino where needed. Bradley would then be the odd-man out and start the year in the minors. As a result, Castillo should be taken in the middle rounds of standard drafts for his upside, while Betts remains relevant in mixed leagues for his speed later on.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: - Gordon Edes

Red Sox | David Ortiz in Beantown for good?

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:03:54 -0800

Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday, Feb. 24, that DH David Ortiz "knows he's going to be a Red Sox (player) as long as he wants to be a Red Sox (player.)" He is set to turn 40 in November, and only three players in franchise history have played in as many of 100 games past the age of 40.

Fantasy Tip: D.O. smacked a team-high 35 homers last season, so he clearly still has plenty left in the tank. Unfortunately for fantasy owners he is limited to just designated hitter which hurts his appeal somewhat.

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Red Sox | David Ortiz's contract not discussed

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:44:19 -0800

Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz can remain in Boston for as long as he wants to, according to general manager Ben Cherington. Ortiz will turn 40 this year, and only 10 position players have played past their 40th birthday in Red Sox history. Ortiz hinted last year that the 2015 season may be his last. However, Cherington said there have been no talks regarding that recently. This is the last guaranteed year of Ortiz's contract, and he'll be paid $16 million. His $11 million contract will vest for 2016 if he reaches 425 plate appearances this year. Ortiz can make more next year for more plate appearances.

Fantasy Tip: Because of his age and restrictive position qualifications, Ortiz often falls far in fantasy baseball drafts. But remember, he still managed to hit 35 home runs last year and has hit 20 homers in 13 straight seasons. There remains a point at which Ortiz becomes a bargain for his consistent power.

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