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So what would the Red Sox look like with Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval?


The deals are not done yet. Hanley Ramirez is said to be close and Pablo Sandoval is not even signed yet (though some dude claims Sandoval was on his flight to Boston last night; we’re clearly in silly season, folks). And heck, it could be that the Sox went after Ramirez with the notion of giving up on the pursuit of Sandoval. But let us ponder what the 2015 Red Sox look like if both of these highly-sought-after infielders sign in Boston.

Well, for one thing they probably aren’t both infielders anymore. Sandoval would be. He’d be the Red Sox’ Opening Day third baseman and, eventually I presume, their DH once David Ortiz retires. But what of Ramirez? Because the Sox have Xander Bogaerts to play shortstop, and he’ll certainly play it way better than Ramirez can.

You have to figure Ramirez becomes an outfielder. And you have to assume that he’d be the left fielder because, really, isn’t that where you’d be most likely to put a converted infielder? And if Hanley Ramirez is an outfielder some dudes need to be moved. Because at the moment they Red Sox have a lot of outfielders: Mookie Betts. Yoenis Cespedes. Rusney Castillo. Shane Vicotorino. Allen Craig and Daniel Nava are floating around too.

Yoenis Cespedes has been rumored to be on the block already. If both Sandoval and Ramirez were signed he could be traded, either on his own or packaged up somehow with, I dunno, Will Middelbrooks, likely for some much-needed starting pitching. And that, of course, is assuming the Sox don’t also sign Jon Lester which, heck, I suppose they could too. At any rate, they could enter 2015 with a lineup like this:

1. Mookie Betts RF
2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
3. David Ortiz DH
4. Hanley Ramirez LF
5. Pablo Sandoval 3B
6. Mike Napoli 1B
7. Xander Bogaerts SS
8. Rusney Castillo CF
9. Christian Vazquez C

That would play. And, you have to figure — assuming they use their cash and thier outfielder surplus to get some pitching — would make the Sox the early favorites in the A.L. East.

Alex Gordon and Yadier Molina win Platinum Glove Awards

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The fourth-annual Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards were announced last night, recognizing the best defensive player in each league. Royals left fielder Alex Gordon took home the honors for the American League while Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won the award for the National League.

Only those won the 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were eligible for the Platinum Glove Award. The winners were determined by a combination of a fan vote and SABR’s Defensive Index metric.

Mark Newman of MLB.com writes that Gordon finished with 21.6 percent of the vote in the AL, topping teammate Salvador Perez (15.9 percent) and Dustin Pedroia (13.2 percent). Things were a bit closer in the National League, as Molina got 20.6 percent vote, just ahead of Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (17.7 percent), and Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (15.5).

This is Molina’s third Platinum Glove Award in the four-year history of the award. Simmons won for the National League last year.

Dustin Pedroia: “It’s been a long time since I’ve been myself”

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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia played through a wrist injury for most of the season before finally shutting things down and undergoing surgery in mid-September, finishing with career-lows in batting average (.278), on-base percentage (.337), and slugging percentage (.376).

During a radio interview Pedroia told WEEI in Boston that he’s “100 percent” recovered from the surgery to repair a tendon in his left wrist, adding:

Now that it’s fixed, it’s night and day. I can already tell that. There’s a lot of IOU’s to hand out to people, so I’m pretty excited about it. I feel great. I’m back to a hundred percent. I’m doing all my lifts and everything. My rehab’s going good. I’m full strength and I’m pretty excited. It’s been a long time since I’ve been myself. It’s going to be a lot of fun next year.

Pedroia has been banged up a lot in recent years and because of it the former MVP’s performance has varied wildly, with lots of unproductive stretches. He topped an .800 OPS each season from 2007 to 2011, but during the past four seasons his OPS has fallen from .861 to .797 to .787 to .712.

Pedroia, now 31 years old, has seven seasons and $97 million remaining on his contract.

2014 Gold Glove winners

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The 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipients are being revealed during an hour-long special airing right now (7:00 p.m. ET) on ESPN2. We will list all of the winners here, position-by-position, as they are announced by the Baseball Tonight crew …

National League

C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers
2B DJ LeMahieu, Rockies
3B Nolan Arenado, Rockies
SS Andrelton Simmons, Braves
LF Christian Yelich, Marlins
CF Juan Lagares, Mets
RF Jason Heyward, Braves
P Zack Greinke, Dodgers

American League

C Salvador Perez, Royals
1B Eric Hosmer, Royals
2B Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
3B Kyle Seager, Mariners
SS J.J. Hardy, Orioles
LF Alex Gordon, Royals
CF Adam Jones, Orioles
RF Nick Markakis, Orioles
P Dallas Keuchel, Astros

Gold Glove Awards are voted on by the managers and coaches in each league. A sabermetric component was added in 2013, providing a statistical research guide from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) to the voters, but there are obviously still deep flaws. Leave some outrage in the comments if you’d like.

2014 Fielding Bible Award winners announced

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The Fielding Bible Awards are back. And they have an interesting wrinkle this time around.

If you aren’t familiar with the Fielding Bible Awards, just think of them as an alternative to the traditional Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. Voted on by a 12-person panel consisting of some familiar names, including Bill James, Joe Posnanski, Brian Kenny, Rob Neyer, and others, the award aims to identify who was the best defensive player at each position for each season.

The big change this year is the introduction of the multi-position award, which recognizes a brilliant defensive player who plays multiple positions. In order to qualify, a player must have played at least 600 innings across all positions and played no more than 70 percent of those innings at any one position. I think you are going to like their choice.

Here’s the full list of the 10 winners for 2014:

Multi-position –  Lorenzo Cain, Royals
C– Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
1B – Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers
2B – Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
SS – Andrelton Simmons, Braves
3B– Josh Donaldson, Athletics
LF – Alex Gordon, Royals
CF – Juan Lagares, Mets
RF – Jason Heyward, Braves
P – Dallas Keuchel, Astros

It’s hard to quibble with these choices. Six of the 10 are first-time Fielding Bible Award winners, including Cain, Gonzalez, Donaldson, Lagares, Lucroy, and Keuchel. Of course, what’s interesting about Cain is that he wasn’t even a finalist for a Gold Glove Award this year. Too bad.

You can see the full ballot here.