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Simply Put . . . Shocked


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Do the additions of Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon make the Rays contenders again? My answer is no.

After losing Grant Balfour, Jason Bartlett, Joaquin
Benoit, Randy Choate, Carl Crawford, Matt Garza, Brad Hawpe, Dioner Navarro, Carlos
Pena, Fernando Perez, Chad Qualls, Rafael Soriano, and Dan Wheeler the Rays
think that by signing two outfielders, one 37 and the other 38, they along with
the rest of America thinks they are “good” again.

I mean I think that the Rays’ general manager, Andrew
Friedman, is one of the best in baseball. However, what the heck is he
thinking!

First off, the Rays didn’t really need any more
outfielders/ designated hitters. I mean Desmond Jennings, B.J. Upton, and Ben
Zobrist make up maybe one of the best outfields in baseball, even without
Crawford. Now, either Johnny Damon or Desmond Jennings will have to sit on the
bench. That is, unless, Jennings gets sent down to AAA.

However, Zobrist could also be moved to shortstop,
second base, and first base. If Zobrist does get moved to the infield, in my
opinion he would most likely take Dan Johnson’s spot at first.

Then at D.H. you have Matt Joyce and/or Dan Johnson
(depending on Zobrist) who aren’t the best players in the world, but they both
are capable of being an everyday D.H.

The problem with me is that I don’t understand why
they signed both Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon. Their outfield has enough
depth with Justin Ruggiano as to fourth outfielder and Joyce can play the
corner spots.

Jennings is ready for the majors so he shouldn’t be
sent down to AAA. I understand signing Damon or Ramirez to D.H. Yet, I think
signing both of them may have been the Red Sox’s “fault.”

Everyone knows that they Rays have had a pretty bad
offseason. I mean just look at the first sentence of this article. The Red Sox
on the other hand “stole” Carl Crawford and Dan Wheeler. So, I’m assuming that
these moves were made to say that they Rays aren’t just going to roll over.


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Also, another obvious reason is attendance. I mean
the Rays have always had low attendances. Heck, Carl Crawford said he signed
with the Red Sox in part to the fact that he knows that there is going to be a
full house every night. I mean Damon has an “attendance clause” for crying out
loud.

However, from Damon and Ramirez’s point of view this
is the perfect team. Damon could be “getting back” at the Yankees for not
resigning him. Also, I’m not exactly sure Damon likes Beantown anymore. Manny
might be trying to “get back” at Boston. I mean that’s just not how you want to
end your stay anywhere. Most likely though, both of those things are false.

But what can you expect from the two of them. Well, I
believe player A, will hit fifteen-twenty home runs, drive in over
seventy-five, and bat anywhere from .250 to .290. Player B will hit ten to
twenty homeruns, drive in either around fifty or eighty, and bat around .250.

Who do you think are player A and B? Player A is
Johnny Damon. Player B is Manny Ramirez. Damon has the potential to have some
nice power numbers this year while the odds are he’ll have a higher batting
average then Ramirez.

Manny though, has an injury history. If he stays
healthy though I think you might be able to see some of his old form return.

Regardless of the performance, baseball fans need to
play close attention to the Rays this year. It could be the last year that two
of baseball’s greatest players play.


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Also, in a completely off topic story, am I the only
one that found it ironic that Tom Brady got foot surgery after playing the
Jets?


Photo Credits

1.)  http://carolsxsblog.blogspot.com/2005_04_01_archive.html

2.) http://blog.mlive.com/cutoffman/2010/03/detroit_tigers_links_johnny_da_1.html

3.) http://www.loudsportsshorts.com/baseballs/manny/manny-ramirez.html


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Spending Limit

* Here is my persuasive essay for school and as you can imagine, I wrote it about sports. 

Spending
Limit

Small market teams don’t stand a chance against
the big spenders in Major League Baseball.


         At New Yankee Stadium,
Yankee fans cheer for “their” team, a team that had a payroll of $206,333,389
in 2010. One of their many star players, Alex Rodriguez, made thirty-three
million dollars last year.

However, at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pirate
fans don’t cheer for a star player, because they don’t have one. In fact their
payroll last year was “just” $34,943,000. Is it fair that Alex Rodriguez made
nearly as much money as the entire Pittsburgh Pirates last year?

            Much like their
payroll, the Yankees were at the top of the list when it came to winning. The
Pirates on the other hand, had one of the worst records in baseball. Major
League Baseball needs a salary cap.

          A “salary cap” is a
limit on how much money teams can spend and/or how much money a player can
earn. It would level the playing field, increase fan attendance, and increase
team and league revenue.

However, if a salary cap was implemented, the
large market teams wouldn’t have enough money to have ten superstars on their
team. As a result of this, more superstars would have to play on “bad” teams
and the overall talent level would become more evenly divided among all thirty
teams.

Many casual baseball fans go to a game to see the
superstars. With the talent being more evenly divided, fans in Baltimore,
Pittsburgh, etc. will get to see more superstars play; thus increasing fan
attendance. Due to this increased interest and attendance of the game, the
league’s revenue would increase.

Personally, I’m a fan of the Boston Red Sox, who are a big
spender. With that said, is it fair that the Red Sox can out spend the Pirates
by over 160 million dollars?

Not everyone agrees on the topic of a salary cap. Some say
the fact that some teams can spend ridiculous amounts more money than other
teams is just a part of the game.

On one side, just because you have a high payroll doesn’t
mean you are going to be good. Despite having the third highest payroll in
baseball last year, the Cubs finished fifth in their division.

Then there are always teams like the Rangers and Rays, who
despite being in the bottom ten in payroll, made the playoffs.

However, there is one roadblock, the Players Association.
They would most likely reject anything about lowering player salaries. However,
I’m sure Alex Rodriguez can afford to give up a couple million dollars.

               So, Bud Selig (the commissioner of the MLB), if you
know what is good for the league you need to try to implement a salary cap
immediately. 

R-Y-A-N K-A-L-I-S-H

          

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 He
was born in Northridge, California and raised in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. His
name is probably the second most mispronounced name on the Red Sox behind
Jarrod Slatalamacchia. But, Ryan Kalish (KAY-lish) is making a name for himself
self in Bean town. He may have only eighty-four major league at-bats under his
belt, two home runs (one of which I saw, his first, in New York), a .238
batting average, and just ten RBIs but the outfielder deserves to be starting
in left fielder on Opening in 2011.

            First
off, I’m not turning the page for the year the Red Sox can and will make the
playoffs. I’m simply just looking at the potential roster next year. Both J.D.
Drew and Mike Cameron will most likely be gone after the 2011 seasons is over.
So the obvious choice would be to trade one of those two players in the
offseason. It would make more since to trade Cameron as that allows Ellsbury to
move back to center, where he has played most of his career.

            While,
Jacoby does not have the best arm for an outfielder his speed would be wasted
were he to play in left with the Green Monster as his backdrop. Which is why he
never should have moved to left in the first place.

Anyway, while Daniel Nava, Darnell
McDonald, and Bill Hall have had nice seasons there simply is not enough room
and are simply not better then Kalish, Cameron, Ellsbury, or Drew.

The point is though someone is
going to get traded. I doubt Ellsbury would get traded partially because I am
not sure there would be an takers till we know he can still play ball. Cameron
would most likely be a one-year rental as I expect him to retire after his
current deal. As for Drew, he is often regarded as one of the most overpaid
players in major league baseball, meaning the Red Sox would most likely have to
toss in some money.

So what can we expect for Mr.
Kalish in the future? Well, in that very bright future I can see him hit .325
with fifteen homeruns, and 100 RBIs. Eventually, I think he’ll be a line drive
machine and hit doubles off the monster every game. However, next year I think
maybe a .290 average with five-ten home runs with any where from 60 to 85 runs
batted in.

He could see time in the two, five,
six, or seven holes depending on injuries. He will most likely play all three-outfielder
spots. But at the end of the day the most important thing is that Kalish is
nearly a five-tool player. He can hit for contact, field (he has one error and
44 put outs), he can throw (he has two outfield assists), he has decent speed
(he’s faster then Big Papi J),
and the power will come as he reaches his prime.

He might turn out to be a six-tool
player, meaning he can hit in the clutch. I have said it before and I will say
it again, some players, like Alex Rodriguez just can’t hit in the clutch and
choke up. And for the record I think A-‘Roid last year in the postseason was a fluke.

Kalish’s first homerun was at Yankee
Stadium and the other was a grand slam. In his first game against the Tigers he
had two hits in four at-bats with an RBI and a run. Is that a sign of greatness
in the clutch or just a fluke? I believe the answer is greatness.

            Kalish
was often over shadowed in the minors by prospect Josh Reddick but know with
the opportunity to play full time Kalish is showing he is just as good if not
better then Reddick.

Ryan Kalish (second from left)) is greeted at the plate by teammates J.D. Drew, David Ortiz and Mike Lowell following his fourth inning grand slam. The Boston Red Sox take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Fenway Park.

Photo Credits

1- http://sports.yahoo.com/fantasy/blog/roto_arcade/post/Opening-Time-Ryan-Kalish-goes-deep-deserves-at?urn=fantasy-260896

2- http://bostondirtdogs.boston.com/daily_headlines.html

Nice Way To Start

The 2010 season has started! Adrian Beltre, Mike Cameron, and Marco Scutaro, all had nice games. Beltre has a sac fly and a total of two RBIs, Cameron had a walk, two hits, and a run, and Scutaro had two hits, a run, one RBI, and a walk. Youk had the first Red Sox hit of the decade with a double off the monster.

So here is a list of baseball “first of the decade.”
-First Play, Derek Jeter grounds out to shortstop Marco Scutaro.
-First Hit/Run/Home Run/RBI, Jorge Posada hit a home run off the Pesky Pole.
-First Reliever, Scott Schoeneweis
-First Sac Fly, Adrian Beltre
-First Single, Nick Swisher
-First Double, Kevin Youkilis
-First Strikeout, C.C. Sabathia strikes out Dustin Pedroia
-First Walk, Josh Beckett walks Nick Johnson
-First Double Play, Marco Scutaro, Dustin Pedroia, and Kevin Youkilis get Nick Johnson out at second and Alex Rodriguez at first.
-First Steal, Derek Jeter
-First Win, Boston Red Sox
-First Loss, New York Yankees
-First Winning Pitcher, Hideki Okajima
-First Loosing Pitcher, Chan Ho Park
-First Save, Jonathan Papelbon
Beckett though has not had a nice start to 2010. His command was terrible. Martinez is setting up low and he has thrown high and it has been very consistent. His velocity also has not been so good. He only threw about 95 MPH at his highest and not his regular velocity of about 98 MPH. Beckett through gave up five runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. He struck out only one, Nick Johnson and walked three.
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Youk is now 100 percent a beast if he was not earlier with a double, triple, two RBIs, and two runs. Pedroia was probably a little more clutch but for me Youk was player of the game.
Scott Schoeneweis and Hideki Okajima helped my fantasy team while Ramon Ramirez didn’t. Schoeneweis pitched an inning, not allowing a hit and striking out one. Okajima got the win, pitched one inning, and gave up a hit and one walk. However, Okajima allowed two of Ramon Ramirez’s runners to score.
Ramon Ramirez’s stats look like this: 0.1 innings pitched, two hits, two earned runs, and a walk. Not the best way to start 2010 but no need to worry because the Red Sox got the win.

Jacoby Ellsbury mishandled two balls now off the monster. I was not expecting that Ellsbury would play the balls off the Monster perfectly but I thought he could do better as Jacoby could win a gold glove.
J.D. Drew though had a very nice play on a ball that one hopped the wall. In most ball parks it would be a home run but Drew got it barehanded and held Robinson Cano to a single.
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Victor Martinez still is not a gold glove catcher and probably never will be. With Jeter on first and Brett Gardner on third Martinez threw to second then Gardner stole home.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Big Papi had an opening day to forget going a combined, zero for eight with a walk by Papi. I am not worried yet because it is only the first game. However, at this point I am more worried about Ellsbury because Papi is a second half hitter.
However, we couldn’t finish talking about the game without mentioning the little guy, Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia went two for four with a game tying home run off of Chan Ho Park in the seventh. Pedoria also had two runs, three RBIs,  a walk, and a K.
After Pedroia tied it Youk came home on a pass ball making the lead 8-7. Then in the bottom of the eighth Pedroia added an insurance run driving in Mike Cameron.
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Daniel Bard pitched a hitless eighth inning then Papelbon gave up a hit to Posada but got Granderson to ground out to end it as the Red Sox won nine to seven. So much for pitching and defense!
UPDATE: Now it is Tuesday and the game is just strarting
Photo Credits
1-http://thestartingfive.wordpress.com/2007/10/19/beckett-to-cleveland-not-yet/
2-http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/10/
3-http://oneseasontrader.com/features/dustin-pedroia-stock-trading/

We Better Not Have Another Traitor

Pedro Martinez has not pitched in the majors since September 25, 2008 but that has not stopped Pedro. Martinez pitched for the Dominican Republic In the 2009 World Baseball Classic and in six innings he gave up one hit, walked none, struck out six, and hit one batter.
Martinez “auditioned” for a roster spot along with Sidney Ponson and Ivan Rodriguez. Ponson signed with the Royals but is currently on the D.L. Pudge signed with the Astros and yesterday passed Carlton Fisk for the most games played by a catcher.
Before the season the Cubs and Rays had showed interest in Pedro. I thought the Cubs would be a bad fit because I thought he might have to pitch in the bullpen. Chicago though already has six starting pitchers. However Martinez would give the Cubs depth incase Rich Harden gets hurt again or Carlos Zambrano gets suspended again for having a tantrum.
The Rays though would be a good fit because Pedro is an experienced veteran and the Rays have a lot of injuries. However  with Scott Kazmir soon to be back and David Price getting called up Pedro would probably be pitching in the bullpen there.
Now that the season has started the Angels and Yankees have joined the Pedro talks. Yep the Rays, Yankees, and Angels all want the former Red Sox great. What do the Rays, Yankees, and Angels have in common with each other? All are rivals with the Red Sox on some level.
If Martinez went to the Yankees he would probably get the most money but he would have to work out of the bullpen and I believe that Pedro wants to leave New York after four “terrible” seasons with the Mets, in which he pitched in just 79 games and went 32 and 23.
Going to the Angels Martinez would have the biggest chance of pitching in the rotation but the odds are he will not because Matt Palmer, who is the fifth starter, is six and zero with an ERA of 4.13. Even with Kelvim Escobar on the D.L. the Angels do not really need Pedro because they have one of the best bullpens in baseball.
According to a report by Ken Rosenthal on Foxsports.com the Cubs, Rays, Yankees, and Angels will go to watch Martinez Friday in the Dominican Republic. Every team is now downplaying their interest in the 214 game winner. One executive said his team is sending scouts as a courtesy to Pedro’s agent, Fernando Cuza.
Which team do I think that is. Well I doubt it is the Cubs or Rays because they where the first teams to talk about signing Martinez. That leaves the Yankees and Angels. The Yankees have one of the worst bullpens in baseball while the Angels have a good rotation and bullpen. So I bet the Angels are the team that is being nice to Pedro and his agent.
However Cuza’s clients include Yankees closer, Mariano Rivera along with Angels slugger Valdimir Guerrero and Cubs outfielder, Alfonso Soriano. However I still think the Angels are doing it to be nice.
Martinez who turns 38 in October was seeking five million dollars at the start of the season but Martinez now would take three million for the rest of the season. However if Martinez goes to the Yankees he could get four million or maybe that “elusive” five million dollars. Heck maybe even six million but that is very unlikely.
Pictures: Pedro Martinez Photo
If Martinez would agree to sign a minor league deal he could attract more teams like maybe the Rangers, Astros, Blue Jays, and Brewers. Martinez would probably also be able to start at all four locations. The Rangers though just signed Orlando Hernandez to a minor league deal. The Rangers and Brewers are first in their respective divisions while the Blue Jays are in third in the A.L. East by five games and even though the Astros are last in the N.L. Central by six and a half games the Astros hate to give up. 
But should Pedro come back. All the signs point to yes but look into the numbers more. Pedro only has 99 career loses. I believe that having less then one hundred losses helps you get into the Hall of Fame and the three time Cy Young winner wants to get in. What if though he gets hurts. I do not want to see one of the best pitchers ever go out like that. 
The seventeen year veteran who spent time with the Dodgers, Expos, Red Sox, and Mets has a career record of 214 and 99 with an ERA of 2.91 and has struck out 3,117 in 2,782.2 innings. He is tied for thirteenth on the all-time strikeout list. Of the sixteen members of the 3,000 strikeout club Martinez has given up the east amount of earned runs with 901. One thing though about the 3,000 strikeout club is today it does not seem like it puts you in the hall. Just look at Bert Blyleven. Who also finished his career thirteen wins shy of 300.
So Is Pedro Hall Of Fame Worthy? Well he was not as good of a post season pitcher as Curt Schilling and he has three more wins then Pedro. martinez though does have one more strikeout for Curt so you could make a pretty good argument for either. I see both getting in though. But I am getting off topic.
We could go on and on and on about Pedro and how great he is and what team he will pitch with this year if any and all kinds of stuff. Heck if I wanted to I could write an entry about his fastball. But that might be kind of boring. 
Anyway the bottom line is I think Pedro will sign with the Rays for a three million dollar deal. I also think that if Tampa Bay signs Pedro then they can win the WIld
Card because Boston has already won the East. (Wow that was one of my best sentences ever in my opinion) Once your a Red Sox your a Red Sox for life, Pedro is not going to the Yankees. (Sorry but man I’m on a roll) Even though the Rays are rivals with Boston as of the 2009 season I do not care if a former Red Sox player that is 37 played for the Rays. Okay I do and Pedro would kill me but I want Pedro to be back and I want him to pitch and I want him to be happy even if he does play with the Rays. Now if it was with the Yankees well we might have some issues. (Dang best paragraph of my blogging career. 🙂
Anyway the game is in a rain delay right now and the BoSoxs are losing but I did get a new Red Sox hat about an hour ago. (It is the new alternate ones with the hanging soxs.) So even though we are losing it does not “sting” as much as it does some days. Anyway I am getting off topic again. Okay where ever Pedro pitches I wish him good luck . . . unless it is against the Red Sox.
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Photo Credits
1- theinsider.com
2- purplerow.com
3- redsoxworld.mlblogs.com

A Bad Day In Baseball

First off I am sorry I have not been blogging lately. This whole week I have had drama practice along with a baseball game on Tuesday and on Thursday I had my drama show. In case you were wondering we did Peter Pan and I was John, the kid with the glasses. Friday I went to the Astros game because my godmother’s husband is the announcer for the San Diego Padres. Sunday I will get to go up into the booth and I will show you pictures of both games.
Wow lots of steroid news lately. Ugh . . . Can we just ban steroids from the USA or something. Well I guess that would not even work because the Blue Jays are in Canada and many players come from outside of the USA. But until someone solves this problem you will be seeing posts like these.
Manny, Manny, Manny. Wow, I really did not expect this. I mean I usually say my least favorite players (A-Rod, Jeter, etc.) took steroids but most of the time I joke around about that stuff. Well when the news about A-Rod happened then I would joke around that I was right.
However I never would have thought Manny would have done this. Believe it or not I fell sorry for Manny. Even though Manny did do something illegal he should not be suspended for 50 games. He did not do HGH or something like that. It is pretty strange what he took but he did not make him self stronger with the drug. If I was Bud Selig I would have suspended him for 30 games. I know rules are rules but they need to make it so if you take illegal substances besides steroids suspended you for 30 games and HGH and other steroids suspended you for 50 games.
Believe it or not Manny is still one of my favorite players. I have never been mad at him just very . . . very irritated. I do not believe in all that junk people said about Manny and why he left Boston. If it was not for Manny the Red Sox would not have won the 2004 World Series and maybe not the 2007 World Series. Sure he was a terrible fielder but up until the end he was a good person in the clubhouse.
The one problem is the facts are not all right. Just read what Manny had to say. 

“Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I’ve taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons. I want to apologize to Mr. McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, Mr. Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. LA is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I’m sorry about this whole situation.” 
Why did the doctor not know that it was banned. Was the doctor a Padres, Giant, or Angel fan? Just kidding If he did know about that and he was a fan of another team well can I just say jerk! If When I play in the MLB I am going to ask if this medicine or whatever is legal before I eat it or whatever.
The Dodgers should somewhat be thankful. What if MLB suspended Manny in September. Then LA would lost him for the postseason. Every one said who ever got Manny would win the west well I think it nows relies on another Dodger. More on him in the next few days though. But whoever guess correct will get a prize. Manny will come back sometime around July third which is better then October third.
Now one of the big questions that pops up is how will this effect his Hall of Fame voting. This one is very, very hard. He did not use HGH but many Hall of Fame voters want to be consistent. If they did not vote for McGwire they will probably not vote for Bonds or Clemens. However I would vote for Manny if I could vote. It might take longer then say Ted Williams but I think it will take him six to nine years for him to get in.
The problem is though I wonder how kids fell. No I do not mean me I mean little kids in say first grade. The probably do not understand all of the steroid stuff. So what do the parents say to them. Do they tell them Manny got hurt or do they say he took HGH and not the real stuff he took. I do not know since well I am not a parent but if you are I would like to know what you would say if your kid was around seven.
The problem is though Manny just added to the list of Red Sox juicers. Now I doubt he took them with Boston but what about Roger Clemens and many say Mo Vaughn took steroids. A few people at school say Big Papi took steroids and one person told me Jon Lester took legal steroids when recovering from cancer. I could care less about Lester taking steroids because if he did they where legal.  Now maybe I am just over reacting but maybe I should be worried. I mean the Yankees only player I can think of that took steroids was A-Rod.
Speaking of A-Rod what was that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why did he have to do that! What about karma! Was being out for the season it! I do not care if he hits home runs but on his first at bat! I would have loved him to strike out. I mean kids know he took steroids. I some ways he is “telling” kids that steroids make you hit home runs. They somewhat do but think of all the bad things they do. It is gross and disturbing.
I do not want to go to much into A-Rod because that really is old news but before I go I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to the families of Dom DiMaggio and former Detroit Piston’s coach Chuck Daly.

The Rivalry Continues Part-1

Written on April 24, 2009 before the game last night.
First off let me just say that am I sick of people saying that the rivalry starts today. It does not. It never ends. Maybe for some teams like the Cubs and Brewers or inner state rivalries such as the Rangers and Astros or the Phillies and Pirates. I mean besides the Cubs the Brewers, Astors, Rangers, and Pirates are either small market teams are medium market teams. This rivalry never ends though. Still do not believe me? Well I will show you.
November 2008

The Red Sox made their first move of the offseason on November 19 when they traded for Ramon Ramirez. Coco Crisp was also in the deal as he went to the Royals. They also traded for Wes Littleton on November 28. Littleton is now with the Brewers after they got him off waivers from Boston.
The Yankees made a pretty big trade in November. Nick Swisher was traded from the White Sox along with Kanekoa Texeira for Wilson Betemit, Jeff Marquez, and Jhonny Nunez. New York then resigned relief pitcher Damaso Marte to a three year deal with an option for 2012.
 December 2008

November did not continue the rivalry as much as some might have wanted. However December did continue it.
Boston did not do much besides sign Enrique Gonzalez, Paul McAnulty, and Billy Traber to minor league deals with invites to spring training. They also resigned Gil Velazquez to a minor league deal with an option for spring training. Billy Traber pitched in nineteen games for the Yankees last year. However the Yankees would later “steal” a player from the Red Sox.
The Red Sox had a quite offseason in December. The Yankees did not. They signed A.J. Burnett to a five year, worth $82.5 million. That same day they signed ace, C.C. Sabathia to a seven year, 161 million dollar deal. The most ever for a pitcher. They Yankees did not do anything else that month but what they did made a huge impact on them, the Red Sox, baseball, and the rivalry.
January 2009

After the new year Boston made a ton of deals. They signed catcher Josh Bard who was later released on March 18th. Bard the signed with the Washington Nationals on April fourth and then on April 20th he was sent down to AAA. On January eighth Boston signed former Tampa Bay Ray, Rocco Baldelli to be the fourth outfielder. Rocco is now on the D.L. and I wish him a speedy recovery. The next day Boston signed starting pitcher, Brad Penny to a one year deal. Then the next day Boston signed relief pitcher Takashi Saito to a one year deal that included a club option. Three days after the Saito signing Boston signed, future Hall of Famer Jon Smoltz to a guess what, a one year deal. Two days later they signed utility man, Mark Kotsay. Kotsay was thought to go somewhere where he could be a starter but he did not.
After Boston’s “little deals” New York made two huge ones and one worth mentioning. On the days before January sixth offseason fireworks started. Boston, New York, Washington, Los Angeles (Angels), and Baltimore where all in the bidding war for Mark Teixeira. However it was really only a two team battle with Boston and New York. Boston planed on moving Youk to third and Mike Lowell to the bench or trading him. Well this was the happiest move the Yankees have ever made for me. While Teixeira whined for four day about his wrist, Mike Lowell has hit .322 with three home runs, nineteen hits, and sixteen RBI’s. Teixeira has only hit .240 with three home runs, twelve hits, and thirteen RBI’s. Lowell has also made a ton of nice plays at third while Teixeira has struck out nine times in thirteen games. 
On January 14th the Evil Empire got revenge as they signed former Red Sox, Kevin Cash. Cash could not do much besides catch a knuckleball so I really do not care know. However I did write a post about the deal. You can find in here
On the 26th New York made a move pretty expected. They resigned veteran pitcher, Andy Pettitte to a one year deal worth to a deal up to twelve million dollars. Like Manny Ramirez, no other team really showed interest in him. Some teams showed a little bit of interest but not much. For a little bit, before the Brad Penny signing I thought Boston might try to get him. I was wrong though.
February 2009

On the sixth of February Boston made a obvious move for veteran catcher, the captain, Jason Varitek. Like Manny and Pettitte no other team made a move towards Tek. Teams made a little effort but no one really went after him. Boston wanted him and he wanted to go to Boston. It took longer then Red Sox Nation wanted but it all worked out.
Ten days later, Brad Wilkerson signed with the Red Sox. Wilkerson competed for a roster spot after Mark Kotsay had surgery. Chris Carter won the spot though. Wilkerson spent a little bit in AAA but retired I think about a week ago.
February was a quite month for the Yankees. They made one trade and signed one guy. Neither are really worth mentioning though. They traded for Chase Wright for Eric Fryer. Nine days later they signed starting pitcher, Brett Tomko. Who is not with the Yankees.
March 2009

In March Spring Training began. The Red Sox played one game at the Yankees’ ballpark and the Yankees played one game at the Red Sox’s stadium.
On Friday the thirteenth Boston played at home against the Yankees. They won eight to four. On March twenty-fourth the Yankees played at home. They won seven to one. If I remember correct Boston had two regular day starters, Jed Lowrie and David Ortiz. While the Yankees had around seven.
April 2009

Now we’re in April. Boston plays tonight with Jon Lester on the mound I like or chances and I expect some fireworks like Joba throwing a Youk’s head. It will probably be closer but I think the Yankees bullpen will lose the game because Joba can only pitch around five innings a game. Marino is heading into the twilight of his carer and is not his old self. I see the Red Sox winning seven to six.