Clay Bachholz

10 starts, 72.2 innig, ERA- 40, xFIP- 79

He is one of Boston Red Sox players. Before the season, analysts agreed that the Red Sox will be able to forget the last season as a bad dream only if Buckholz and John Lester reach a new level, glimpses of which they occasionally showed in the past. Probably this factor influenced the choice of the manager – John Farrell was the coach of the Boston pitchers when they both made their way to the base team. And while it works, Leicester gives very confidently, though not brilliantly, and Buckholz shows the best game in his career, both on the basis of traditional numbers – 8 wins and 1.62 ERA in the first 2 months, and on the basis of advanced statistics.

Buckholz already had one successful season – in 2010, 17 wins and 2.33 ERA, but then Clay was very lucky and his peripheral performance was only slightly above average. He almost did not miss home runs (the percentage of home runs of the total number of fly balls – balls repulsed in the air in 2010 was 5.6%, while the average for his career was 10.3%), and the ratio of strikeouts and lessons – One of the main indicators of pitcher’s power and ability to manage the feed was 1.79 – the result is not bad, but far from outstanding. And now the figures for 2013: the strike-to-strike ratio is 2.75, the total percentage of strikeouts – 25.8% is already a qualitatively new level. Of course, the statistics of Bakholz during the season level off, in particular, he, like in 2010, still barely misses home runs and leaves a record runner amount on the bases – 84.7% compared to the average career rate of 74.1%. But at the same time, Clay is now rightfully one of the best league pitchers, which was confirmed by his last start at Yankee Stadium.

Dustin Pedroya

2.9 WAR, 139 WRC +, .333 / .416 / .462

In baseball, the concept of “captain” means still somewhat less than in the same football or hockey. But there are always exceptions and Dustin Pedroya, according to many fans – this is a real symbol of Boston. And no less important is thathe is the barometer of the overall state of the team. In the past, terrible season for Red Sox, Pedroya struggled with injuries, clashed with the manager – in general, he was busy with everything except the game itself. Now he is healthy and focused on his work – and this gives a result. His best OBP in his career – 416, with an average career in .372 – a sign of greater patience at bit, combined with an incredible amount of infield hits. Looking at the statistics of Pedroya, cannot but be disturbed by the relative drop in power indicators – he is much less likely to hit the ball in the air, but given his baseball IQ, I want to believe that it’s not a matter of injuries, but rather a conscious restructuring – Boston’s lineup does not suffer from a lack of powerful batters and even if Pedroya will beat out almost only singles, he still has a lot of use. In addition, Dustin is a versatile player who is useful in defense and steals bases fairly well.


Pedroya’s main rival, Robinson Kano of the Yankees, conducts a mediocre season according to his own standards, which can cost him several tens of millions when signing a new contract. Ben Zobrist from Tampa, the analyst’s longtime favorite this year, irregularly comes out on second base, often speaking in an outfield, and generally looks not so bright, and Howe Kendrick from Angels is not up to the level of the first trio in principle, although this season holds decently.

David Ortiz

1.8 WAR, 167 WRC +, .314 / .395 / .623

Big Papi is still on schedule for his best season of 2007 – adjusted for missed games in April. At 37, he makes strikeouts less frequently than 10 years ago and knocks out the largest percentage of home runs of all fly balls since 2006 — 23.2%, with a career rate of 18.8%. In general, Ortiz is a lively refutation of the sabermetric thesis about the career peak (which usually falls on 27-30 years) and the vulnerability of the powerful hitters over the age of 35. Ortiz’s effectiveness has not decreased in the future. The athlete continues to show the highest results in almost all statistical parameters and consistently occupied the top lines in the League rankings. On April 10, 2006, David’s contract with Red Sox was extended for another 4 years; received under the terms of the contract Ortiz $ 52 million.

Craig Kimbrell

Last season: 42 saves, 13.86 K / 9, 4.48 BB / 9, 1.5 WAR.

Kimbrell also is a part of Red Sox players list. He has already earned himself the status of one of the best baseballs in the history of baseball, and now has won the championship ring with the Boston Red Sox. Usually, extremely reliable Craig was not dominant this season: his strike rate for the inning decreased, and the rate of lessons increased compared to last season. However, Kimbrell is still the cold-blooded and experienced closet that every manager dreams of. “Boston” will not want to lose its best receiver, without having any adequate replacement.

Alex Wilson

Then the best pitchers’ prospectuses of the Sox were either on the sick-list for a long time (Dubront, Tazava), or played worse than ever (Pimentel, Britton). Therefore, it is not surprising that the award was received by the conscientious workaholic Alex Wilson, who was considered the usual average avenue before the start of the season. Now Wilson is considered one of the main candidates for a place in the Red Sox bullpen at the end of the next season, and perhaps even earlier.

Bryce Brentz

He became one of the greatest discoveries. No, of course, when Socks chose him in the supplemental round of the draft in 2010, his potential was great, but how many justify their potential so early? For example, with the same draft, so far only impressive is Sean Coyle, and Ranaudau, Vitek, Cecchini are only promising. Yes, Brentz is so far only in the A-class, but with such progress he may well start a new season in Portland.

“Contract” wars between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox

The Yankees and Boston rivalry is the most charismatic standoff not only in baseball, but possibly in all sports. Their opposition extends not only on the field, but also beyond. One of the elements of the confrontation is the “contract” wars for players. Below we can see clashes per player over the past 15 seasons.

Doug Mirabelli

One of the most bizarre fights between the Yankees and Boston is backup catcher Dag Mirabelli. Mirabelli, who was Tim Wackfield’s personal catcher, spent 4.5 seasons in Boston before being traded to San Diego Padres for infielder Mark Loretta. Instead of Mirabelli, Boston planned to use Josh Bard. After five games, for which there were 10 “passed ball”, the patience in Boston was over, and they called the general manager of San Diego Kevin Towers. But they were not alone.

“I couldn’t let Boston get Mirabelli easily. They had to pay the highest price,” Brian Cashman, general manager of New York Yankees said. “Everyone in the Major League Baseball knew that they [the Red Sox] would call San Diego. And I had to do something to raise the price … I am not saying that I like it, but this is my work.” Boston had to pay for the Mirabelli Bard plus the receiver Cla Meredith [Cla Meredith]. The former Boston catcher returned to Fenway Park under a police escort on May 1, right before the game with the Yankees. Boston won 7–3. In 2006, Mirabelli beat .194, and the team finished just third in its division, losing to the Yankees and Toronto. Bard in 93 games for the Padres had crazy OPS .943. and Meredith for 50 2/3 innings missed on average only 1.07 wound

Eric Gagne

In July 2007, Texas hopelessly stuck in last place in the division and could easily prepare for the next season. They had Eric Gagne in the team, whom they decided to trade. That season, Gagne in Texas made 16 saves and missed an average of 2.16 wounds per 9 innings. The Yankees were the first to go to the Rangers, but Texas wanted to get either starting pitcher Ian Kennedy or outfielder Melky Cabrera. The Yankees decided not to exchange.

Boston decided to take this step and sent pitcher Caeson Gabbard and outfielders David Murphy and Engel Beltra to Texas. Gagne came to the team on July 31 and in two months his average transmittance in Boston was 6.75. Despite this, Boston got into the playoffs and later won the World Series. However, Gagne went to the playoffs only once in Game 2 against Cleveland. He went out in the 11th inning, missed two wounds and Boston lost. At the end of the season, Boston decided not to leave him in the team.

Karl Pavano

Now it seems incredible, but in the winter between the 2004 and 2005 seasons, Karl Pavano was one of the main pitchers in the free agent market. In the 2004 season for Florida, Marlins Pavano won 18 games, missing an average of three wounds per game. With their agent, they toured the country, visiting many clubs of Major League Baseball. Pavano was once part of the Boston system, but was exchanged in 1997, as part of compensation for Pedro Martinez. Boston lost two starting pitchers (Martinez and Derrek Low) in that offseason and was looking for a replacement for them.

Boston pitcher Curt Schilling invited Pavano to his home for lunch. However, this did not help. Despite the fact that Boston and Cincinnati offered the best conditions, Pavano chose the New York Yankees and signed a four-year contract for $ 39.95 million. The main reason was that in childhood, Pavano rooted for the New York Yankees. In Yankees Pavano played very badly. The reason for this was injuries plus not quite developed relationships with teammates. For four seasons, Pavano played a total of 26 matches in the starting lineup. It turns out that the Yankees paid more than a million dollars for each game of Pavano. In this off-season, Pavano is again a free agent and again his shares are high. Among the applicants for it are called Toronto, Milwaukee.

Bernie Williams

Bernie Williams became a free agent after the 1998 season. He played in a team that won 114 games of the season, and then the World Series. Bernie himself played in the central outfield and became the best in the American League for the percentage of beating. Initially, the Yankees offered him a five-year contract worth $ 60 million, while simultaneously negotiating with Albert Belle from the Chicago White Sox.

On November 23, the Red Sox entered the market, who wanted to upgrade their central outfield, where Darren Lewis played with them. Boston offered Bernie Williams a seven-year contract worth $ 91.5 million. The next day Williams’s agent Scott Boras met with Yankees owner George Strainbrenner and voiced the Red Sox proposal. Boras said that Williams preferred to stay with the Yankees. After weighing all the options, on the evening of November 24, the Yankees offered 60 million to Albert Bellu. Belle agreed at first, but after half an hour he gave a backup. Then the Yankees returned to the Bernie version. The next day, the Yankees announced that they had signed a seven-year contract with Bernie Williams for $ 87.5 million, making him the highest paid Yankee at the time.

Over the next seven seasons, Williams had OPS of 0.866, won two golden gloves and helped the Yankees win two World Series. Belle played two seasons for Baltimore, and was forced to end his career at 34 due to chronic problems with his hips. In 1999, Darren Lewis played again in the Red Sox, who was then exchanged for Karl Everett.

Mike Mussina is the next player

In 1997, Mike Mussina signed a three-year agreement with Baltimore for only $ 20.2 million. This was well below the market price for such a pitcher level. Mussina was criticized by Tom Glavin, who said that Mussina’s deed reduced the price for other top pitchers. Three years later, Mussina asked for a six-year contract from Baltimore, and now he wanted a market price. Negotiations lasted a whole season, but did not succeed – Mussina became a free agent. That offseason on the market Mussina was the most desirable starting pitcher. After that as he announced that he wanted to play near his home in Pennsylvania, three candidates emerged — Yankiz, Metz and Boston.

The management of the Red Sox that season decided to increase its payroll by $ 50 million and the main goals for them were Mai Mussina and Danny Neagle. The Yankees, who won four of the last five World Series, were looking for a replacement for the aged David Cone. Although Mussina didn’t want to go to bustling New York, manager Joe Torre and players Derek Jeter, Paul O’Neal, Andy Pettitt constantly called Mussine and described the merits of the Yankees game. On November 30, Mussina signed a six-year contract worth $ 88.5 million. The main thing that became the key in wanting to go to Yankees is the opportunity to get a ring for the World Series. But the ring bypassed Mussina, although he played for the Yankees for 8 years. Surprisingly, the Yankees won the World Series in a season before the arrival of Mussina, and immediately after he finished his career.

Boston was unable to sign not only Mussina, but Nigla (he signed a five-year contract with Colorado). Boston let the money saved to sign an eight-year contract ($ 160 million) with Manny Ramirez. Ramirez and Boston won two World Series.

Johnny Damon

At the end of the 2005 season, centerfielder Johnny Damon was hoping for a good contract from Boston, for which he had played two powerful seasons before that. Boston, too, was not against and offered a contract in the region of $ 35 million for three seasons. Agent Damon Scott Boras decided to do the same as he did with Moussina – he met with the leadership of Boston and said that there is a team that gives a five-year contract in the region of $ 65 million, but Damon wants to stay in Boston. In Boston at that time there was confusion and vacillation in the leadership, since the general manager unexpectedly resigned.

According to rumors, “the team” that offered the five-year contract to Damon were the New York Yankees. However, when the contract was announced on January 3, 2006, it turned out that it was a four-year contract worth $ 52 million. Cunning rogue Boras could not raise the price due to the proposal of Boston.

 Daisuke Matsuzaka

Japanese pitcher for the first time “lit up” in front of the scouts of the Major League Baseball, when in early 2006 he played for the World Classics. He won three matches for the tournament, including the final match against Cuba. His game was very interested in the Major League Baseball team.

At the end of the season, his team, Seibu Lyons, allowed to release him for compensation. According to the rules, Major League Baseball teams should offer compensation for the Japanese player. Compensation amounts are provided in sealed envelopes at the Commissioner’s office. The winner is the one who offered the most. The Japanese team has four days to accept or reject the offer.

Matsuzaka got crazy interest in Major League Baseball. November 14, it was announced that the auction was won by Boston, which will offer dollars. It was much more than the Yankees, who are rumored to have offered compensation in the region of $ 33 million

In addition to compensation, Red Sox signed a six-year contract worth $ 52 million. In the first two seasons, Matsuzaka won 33 games and helped the team win the World Series in 2007.

Kurt Schilling

After the 2003 season, the Arizona government Diamondbacks announced that it plans to reduce payroll from $ 98 million to $ 80 million. It became clear that Curt Schilling would be exchanged into another team.

Schilling, who last season had indicators of 8-9, 2.95 ERA, announced that the only teams for which he is ready to abandon the exchange ban set in his contract are Philadelphia (where he played before Arizona) and New York Yankees.

In the offseason, the Yankees lost Roger Clemens and David Wells, and later Andy Pettit, and badly needed starting pitchers.

Diamondbecks wanted to get Nick Johnson first baseman and Alfonso Soriano second baseman for Shilling. Negotiations reached a dead end and Yankees turned their attention to pitcher Montreal Javier Vasquez.

Boston, after a heartbreaking defeat in ALCS 2003, was also looking for an improvement in the starting rotation. Boston’s general manager, Theo Epstein, invited Schilling to Thanksgiving dinner.

Alex Rodriguez

In the same offseason, when Boston signed Schilling, Boston general manager Theo Epstein began negotiations with the Texas Rangers about getting Alex Rodriguez. Compensation for Rodriguez was offered by Manny Ramirez.

Rodriguez, who played the shortstop, was to replace Nomar Garciaparra, whom they wanted to trade for the Chicago White Sox with Magglio Ordóñez. Everything was agreed, and Rodriguez agreed to reduce his contract.

Texas agreed to the exchange, but the Major League Baseball Players Association vetoed this transition, motivated by the fact that it is impossible to reduce the salary of the player.

Rodriguez seemed to remain in Texas — he was appointed captain in Texas. However, he stayed a short time captain. All decided case. Primary Yankees third base player Aaron Boon was ridiculously injured playing basketball. And the Yankees had to enter the market.