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  1. Half-full, half-empty: Mike Napoli

    David Schoenfield

    Last offseason, the Boston Red Sox had agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli, but a physical revealed a degenerative hip condition and the two sides eventually settled on a one-year deal. That contract wo...

    Blog | November 09, 2013
  2. No surprises in qualifying offers

    David Schoenfield

    Thirteen free agents received one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offers from their previous team, meaning those players will have now a choice: See what the market bears or return to their team for that one-year offer (or negotiate a new contract wit...

    Blog | November 04, 2013
  3. Quick thoughts: The best team wins it all

    David Schoenfield

    World Series history is filled with dramatic Game 6 contests -- 2011 (Cardinals-Rangers), 2002 (Angels rally), 1993 (Joe Carter), 1992 (Jays clinch in extra innings), 1991 (Kirby Puckett), 1986 (Bill Buckner), 1975 (Carlton Fisk)... just to name a fe...

    Blog | October 30, 2013
  4. Bullpens in the spotlight for Game 4

    David Schoenfield

    Some random thoughts on a whole bunch of things as we wake up from Saturday evening's crazy, once-in-a-lifetime ending: Everybody is talking about the obstruction call, of course, but as Jim Caple pointed out, Red Sox manager John Farrell is as...

    Blog | October 27, 2013
  5. Quick thoughts: Good Lester, bad defense

    David Schoenfield

    Thoughts on a Game 1 of the World Series that was over early and ended up 8-1, Red Sox over Cardinals ... Hero: Jon Lester. The line score says it all: 7 2/3 innings, five hits, no extra-base hits, no runs, one walk, eight strikeouts. He tied his ...

    Blog | October 23, 2013
  6. Cabrera, Fielder fail in decisive at-bats

    David Schoenfield

    You like offense? Home runs make you happy and strikeouts make you sad? Then this is not the postseason for you. But if you like dominant pitching and fastballs in the upper 90s and splitters that dive like Italian soccer players and changeups tha...

    Blog | October 15, 2013
  7. Thoughts: Mike Napoli is a strong dude

    David Schoenfield

    Thoughts on Wednesday's games ... Have a night, Mike Napoli. First, he did this to Mark Buehrle. And then he did this to Esmil Rogers. Distances: 472 and 467 feet, making them the third- and fifth-longest home runs of the season, according to the...

    Blog | May 02, 2013
  8. Home-field factor key for these players

    David Schoenfield

    Baseball teams don't have the same home-field advantage as, say, NBA teams, but it's still an important element of the game. Last season, 26 of the 30 teams had a better record at home, although a big home-field advantage isn't necessarily a path to ...

    Blog | April 04, 2013
  9. Offseason report card: Rangers

    David Schoenfield

    2012 in review Record: 93-69 (91-71 Pythagorean) 808 runs scored (1st in AL) 707 runs allowed (9th in AL) Big Offseason Moves Lost free agents Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli, Mike Adams, Scott Feldman, Ryan Dempster, Roy Oswalt and Koji Uehara. Si...

    Blog | February 20, 2013
  10. Offseason report card: Red Sox

    David Schoenfield

    2012 in review Record: 69-93 (74-88 Pythagorean) 734 runs scored (5th in AL) 806 runs allowed (12th in AL) Big Offseason Moves Signed free agents Ryan Dempster, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew, Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes, Koji Uehara and David Ros...

    Blog | February 18, 2013
  11. The money is just getting insane

    David Schoenfield

    Five years and $75 million for a player coming off a .298 on-base percentage (B.J. Upton), and everyone is already referring to the deal as a bargain. Four years and $40 million for a 31-year-old center fielder (Angel Pagan), and nobody blinks an ...

    Blog | December 05, 2012
  12. Joe Saunders pitches Orioles past Rangers

    David Schoenfield

    The Atlanta Braves playing a wild-card game where they committed three throwing errors, got burned on a controversial umpire's call, and saw their fans delay the game after littering the field with debris? Sure, I can envision all that happening. ...

    Blog | October 06, 2012
  13. White Sox take good risk with Liriano

    David Schoenfield

    Kenny Williams never seems to get a lot of respect. During his tenure as Chicago White Sox general manager, which began after the 2000 season, he's built two division winners, including the 2005 World Series champions. Maybe the most impressive as...

    Blog | July 29, 2012
  14. Rangers fans stuffing the All-Star ballot box

    David Schoenfield

    When I was a kid, I loved filling out the All-Star ballot. When Alvin Davis was a rookie in 1984 and tearing up the league, my friends and I procured huge stacks of ballots and spent the entire game writing in his name (he wasn't on the ballot). We k...

    Blog | June 26, 2012
  15. All-time draft rosters: AL West

    David Schoenfield

    A look at the AL West as we reveal the all-time draft rosters. Other divisions: AL East | AL Central Los Angeles Angels C -- Mike Napoli 1B -- Wally Joyner 2B -- Damion Easley 3B -- Troy Glaus SS -- Dick Schofield OF -- Jim Edmonds OF --...

    Blog | May 31, 2012
  16. Catching talent at highest level in years

    David Schoenfield

    Are we in a golden age for catchers? In the wake of the Carlos Santana contract extension, there was some debate on where he ranks among the game's elite backstops. My colleague Eric Karabell called him the best catcher in the game. I'm not sure S...

    Blog | April 11, 2012