This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

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I love fantasy sports. I started my first fantasy football league in 2005, and have played every year since, some years with more teams than others. I used to play fantasy baseball, but the problem with that is you have to find a league with people who are really (and I mean REALLY) into it, otherwise everyone loses interest by early June. I played fantasy basketball for a couple of years too, and while that was fun at first, it became apparent pretty quickly that, unless you had LeBron James or Kevin Durant on your team, you really didn’t have much of a shot at winning anything. Regardless of what fantasy sport you’re playing, though, or who’s in the league with you, they all have one thing in common: That Guy.

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Dombrowski Trims Rotation, Trades Wade Miley

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The Red Sox kept busy on day one of Winter Meetings today, this time trading lefty starter Wade Miley  and reliever Jonathan Aro to the Seattle Mariners for pitchers Carson Smith and Roenis Elias. You’re not going to believe it, but I have some thoughts on this: Continue reading

He’s The Ace

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The calendar had just flipped to December, but Santa came early this year for Red Sox fans.

About a week after reports trickled out that Boston was “all in” on the David Price sweepstakes, the Sox signed the 30-year-old lefty ace to the richest contract ever for a pitcher yesterday around 5 p.m.: seven years, $217 million. Dave Dombrowski finally got his man.

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Working on a Dream

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It’s pretty damn fun to dream, isn’t it? During the course of the past two seasons, last offseason and now this offseason, as a Sox fan, I’ve done a lot of it. I constantly find myself thinking, “Man, wouldn’t it be great to go get so-and-so?” and of course, it never happens. Last year it was the dream of signing back Jon Lester and going to get Giancarlo Stanton (before he signed for over $300 mil). Then it was the dream that the Sox would make a playoff push behind the bats of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, and a pitching staff with “a lot to prove.” During the 2015 season, it was the dream that the young guys would exceed expectations and make the Red Sox buyers at the deadline. Then, Boston would land deals for guys like Johnny Cueto, Craig Kimbrel (which ended up working out last month) or Tyson Ross, and somehow find their way into the playoffs.

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Red Sox Acquire Craig Kimbrel, Dombrowski Era is Officially Underway

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It was only a matter of time.

The Dave Dombrowski Brain Trust made its first strike of the offseason tonight, addressing the Red Sox biggest need by trading away four prospects to San Diego for closer/bullpen monster/freak of nature Craig Kimbrel. Some quick thoughts:

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Friday Update: O’Day vs. Chapman, Bogaerts wins AL Silver Slugger

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Baseball’s offseason is still in its relatively early stages, though that doesn’t mean things haven’t started happening on lots of fronts. Yesterday Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus became the first player in history to accept the current CBA’s 1 year, $15.8 million qualifying offer, electing to stay with the Astros in 2016 over pursuing a multi-year deal. The Angels made news last night by swapping shortstops with Atlanta, acquiring defensive wizard Andrelton Simmons for Erick Aybar and top pitching prospect Sean Newcomb in a deal that left all nine Braves fans outraged. Simmons is only 26, on a cost-friendly contract through 2020, and regularly does stuff like this:

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