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January 27, 2015 at 9:18 PM

Trade Analysis: Scouting Anthony Ranaudo

Tuesday night, the Red Sox announced the trade of right-hander Anthony Ranaudo (pictured) to the Texas Rangers for left-hander Robbie Ross. Similar to the Wade Miley trade the Red Sox dealt from a position of depth, with the surplus of arms they have built up in the upper minors. In Ross, the Red Sox acquire a player with a longer big league track record than Ranaudo and someone who has been successful out of a bullpen role, with plus velocity from the left side.

Ranaudo was a supplemental first-round pick in 2010 after a disappointing junior season at LSU. Ranaudo entered the season as a potential top-five pick, but suffered through a combination of injuries and poor performance. After the draft, he pitched in the Cape Cod League and excelled, striking out 31 and walking eight in 29 1/3 scoreless innings. He signed just before the midnight signing deadline on August 16 for a $2.55 million bonus, the highest given by the organization that year and one of the ten-highest bonuses given out to any pick. With the Red Sox he has progressed steadily, but he has not developed into the potential ace he once seemed he could become, now projecting as either a number five starter or reliever.
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Red Sox deal Anthony Ranaudo to Rangers for Robbie Ross Jr.

The Red Sox have announced the trade of right-hander Anthony Ranaudo (pictured) to the Texas Rangers in exchange for lefty Robbie Ross, Jr

Ranaudo made his major league debut last season for the Red Sox after the club dealt away four of their starters at the trade deadline. In seven starts, Ranaudo, 25, went 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA and 1.39 WHIP.

Originally drafted by the Rangers in the 11th round of the 2007 draft, Ranaudo did not sign and was later drafted 39th overall in the 2010 draft by the Red Sox after three years at Louisiana State. Ranaudo enjoyed a breakout season in 2013 when he posted a 2.96 ERA over 140 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. In his first full season with the PawSox in 2014, Ranaudo went 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.
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January 26, 2015 at 9:51 AM

Fall/Winter League Roundup: Perth heads to the playoffs

This week's fall/winter league roundup covers play from the period of January 19-25, a light week with very little Red Sox activity. For the full list of Red Sox players who participated in offseason action, check out our Fall and Winter Leagues page.

Note that this will be the last roundup of the offseason. You will be able to find further winter ball updates in our regular offseason notes columns. 

Australian Baseball League

Perth won nine of its last 11 games, and earned a spot in the Preliminary Final, where they will play Sydney in a best-of-three series starting this Friday, January 30. The winner will take on Adelaide in the ABL Championship Series, which will stream on ESPN from February 6-8.
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January 24, 2015 at 5:02 PM

Rookie Dev Program notes: Ramos healthy, Swihart looks back

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- After missing more than half of the 2014 season with a leg injury, Henry Ramos (pictured) is “physically healthy” after playing winter ball in Puerto Rico this offseason, according to Director of Player Development Ben Crockett, who spoke about Ramos at the Red Sox Rookie Development Program last week.

“Just from what we’ve seen here, he’s been running well with Mookie [Betts] and Rusney [Castillo] and Sean Coyle, right up at the front of the pack with those guys every day,” Crockett said of Ramos.

Ramos fouled a ball off of his leg and left the game on May 28 last season, subsequently being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left tibia. He would miss the remainder of the season. 

After rehabbing the injury, the 22-year-old played 32 games in winter ball in his native Puerto Rico this winter. Understandably rusty, he posted a .217/.317/.264 line.
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January 23, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Mookie Betts is prepared for whatever 2015 may bring

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The acquisition of Hanley Ramirez, the return of Shane Victorino, and the arrival of Rusney Castillo at the end of the 2014 season have made the Red Sox outfield a crowded place. With so many moving pieces, it remains to be seen just where Mookie  Betts, fresh off a year in which he proved his ability to succeed at the major league level, fits. 

“I just know [that] I want to be in the lineup, that’s my main focus right now,” Betts said last week while attending the Red Sox Rookie Development Program at Harvard University. 

While it would be understandable if the 22-year-old wanted to know for certain where his place is in a still-crowded outfield picture that also includes Daniel Nava, Allen Craig, and Jackie Bradley Jr. in addition to the three aforementioned players, Betts is focusing his attention on the things he can control rather than worrying about the uncertainty of what lies ahead.
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January 21, 2015 at 9:47 AM

Brian Johnson prepared to follow up stellar 2014 campaign

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Coming off of his best professional season to date, a year in which he posted a 1.75 ERA in 118 Double-A innings en route to being named the Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Brian Johnson is getting a jump start on the follow-up to his breakout year.

The big left-hander was one of the ten players to attend the Red Sox Rookie Development Program last week.

“I can’t thank the Red Sox enough for selecting me to come to this,” Johnson said of the week-long camp. “It’s been a huge help for me, just from talking to some of the guys from the team and some of the speakers we’ve had.”

The 24-year-old emerged as one of the organization’s top prospects after his 2014 campaign, but within the Red Sox organization, Johnson’s success was far from a surprise.

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January 20, 2015 at 8:17 AM

Fall/Winter League Roundup: Weeks helps Mayaguez advance to finals

This week's roundup covers play from the period of January 12-19, a light week with very little Red Sox activity. For the full list of Red Sox players participating in offseason action, check out our Fall and Winter Leagues page, which will be updated continuously through the end of the offseason.

Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League (Puerto Rico)

Jemile Weeks (pictured, right) appeared in four games, going 4 for 16 with two doubles, and a run scored. Mayaguez advanced to the Puerto Rican Championship against Santurce with an 8-5 record in the round robin playoffs.
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January 16, 2015 at 8:56 PM

Rookie Development Program easing transition for young players

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Every offseason, the Red Sox hold a week-long program designed to help transition a number of players who are on the cusp of the major leagues. 

The 2015 Rookie Development Program took place at Harvard Stadium this past week. Ten players were chosen to attend the camp, including outfielders Rusney Castillo, Mookie Betts (pictured), catcher Blake Swihart, left-hander Brian Johnson, infielder Sean Coyle and outfielder Henry Ramos. Also chosen were pitchers Edwin Escobar, Heath Hembree and Eduardo Rodriguez, all of whom were acquired at the trading deadline in 2014. The newest member of the organization to attend was right-hander Zeke Spruill, who was traded to the Red Sox from Arizona in December.

The program addresses all facets of life in the major leagues. The day generally consisted of workouts every morning, focused on fundamentals and conditioning. The players also learned about life both on and off the field through a number of seminars and guest speakers, including the likes of manager John Farrell, general manager Ben Cherington, major league coaches and players, as well as speakers from the Red Sox’ mental skills and medical departments. The program also includes community work, such as visiting Jimmy Fund patients and painting murals with members of the Red Sox Scholars program.
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Offseason Notes: Veterans Bianchi, Boggs highlight minor league signings

As is usually the case in mid-January, the minor league rosters and organizational depth have begun to take shape. The Red Sox were involved in a number of transactions in the first half of the month.

  • In what was certainly the most bittersweet move of the month, Boston dealt catcher Dan Butler to the Washington Nationals in exchange for left-handed pitcher Danny Rosenbaum. Of the 12 players who made their major league debut in a Red Sox uniform last season, Butler was by far the most unlikely. The backup catcher at the University of Arizona, Boston signed him as an undrafted free agent shortly after the 2009 draft. Butler ended up playing in over 500 games with the organization, playing his first major league game on August 10 last year. Tim Britton of the Providence Journal gave a wonderful look at Butler's rise back in August. Rosenbaum, a ground-ball inducing starter during his time with the Nats, underwent Tommy John surgery in May and resumed throwing in November. He is not on the 40-man roster and will be a minor league free agent after this season.
The Red Sox announced the signings of several minor league free agents over the past two weeks, including some who had officially joined the club last month:
  • Infielder Jeff Bianchi (pictured) was signed to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training on December 31. Bianchi appeared in 162 major league games over the last three seasons with Milwaukee, seeing most of his playing time at third base and shortstop. In 402 plate appearances, he has hit .216/.251/.283. The 28-year-old has hit much better during his stints at Triple-A Nashville, with a solid .299/.349/.428 line. 
  • Mitchell Boggs was also brought in with a spring training invite. A right-hander, Boggs (no relation to Red Sox legend Wade Boggs) played a key role out of the bullpen for the Cardinals World Series-winning squad in 2011, but is coming off two consecutive disastrous seasons. Coming out of spring training in 2013 with the Cards' closer job, Boggs posted an 11.05 ERA in 18 appearances, walking more than a batter per inning.
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January 14, 2015 at 9:25 AM

Red Sox acquire Danny Rosenbaum from Nationals for Dan Butler

Boston has acquired left-handed pitcher Danny Rosenbaum from the Washington Nationals in exchange for catcher Dan Butler. Butler had been designated for assignment last week. Rosenbaum is not currently on the 40-man roster, giving the team additional flexibility. He appeared in only four games in 2014 before suffering an injury to the UCL in his throwing elbow that required Tommy John surgery. The news was first reported by Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe on Twitter.

Rosenbaum, 27, was originally selected by Washington in the 22nd round of the 2009 draft. The former Xavier Musketeer moved quickly through the low minors, reaching Double-A by 2011. Following the 2012 season he was selected by Colorado in the Rule 5 draft, but failed to make the team out of spring training and was returned to the Nationals before opening day. Rosenbaum went on to have a solid but unspectacular 2013 with Triple-A Syracuse, posting a 3.87 ERA and 1.478 WHIP in 158 1/3 innings. He returned to Syracuse to begin 2014 but underwent surgery in early May, ending his season. Per Chase Hughes at CSNWashington, Rosenbaum was cleared to begin a throwing program in November. 
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