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Red Sox officially acquire catcher Ryan Hanigan from the Padres for 3B Will Middlebrooks.

Hanigan is actually a great second catcher for the Red Sox as he will help mentor Christian Vazquez, the obvious catcher of the future for Boston. The two may start splitting the work evenly, but Vazquez is expected to take control of the job at some point during the season. Hanigan won;t give you a whole lot in the world of stats, but given his expected playing time, his average won't hurt you too much and maybe he gives you a little bit of pop to boot.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

19 Dec, 10:47 PMSource

Red Sox have agreed to sign Craig Breslow to a one-year deal.

The deal is for one year at $2 million. He will slot in as a primary left-handed set-up man for the Red Sox and doesn't see his fantasy value change at all from year to year.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

19 Dec, 09:03 PMSource

Padres nearing a deal that would send Ryan Hanigan to Boston for Will Middlebrooks.

Let the re-vamping of the Padres continue. Curently, the team has Yangervis Solarte and Cory Spangenberg penciled in at the hot corner, but in truth, Solarte is a better fit as a super-utility player and Spangenberg just isn't ready for full-time big-league duty. If Middlebrooks can stay healthy, he would serve as a significant upgrade to either player, though you can expect, not just his power to suffer, but that his plate discipline could as well with an adjustment period needed. The fact that he would only cost them Hanigan, when they just picked up Derek Norris, makes this deal worth the risk for them.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

19 Dec, 10:53 AMSource

Red Sox have not shown interest in trading Brock Holt.

Despite the array of moves the Red Sox have made during the offseason, Holt will stay put this year. Obviously some teams are going to be interested in acquiring the multi-talented, versatile fielder, but credit the Sox for not putting all their eggs into the baskets of an injury-prone Hanley Ramirez and an overweight Pablo Sandoval. Holt should at least make the club as a utility player and he should be the first in line to take over a job if an injury arises anywhere but on the mound or behind the plate. He'll open the year as the ultimate plug-and-play guy and could easily develop into something more.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

18 Dec, 11:18 AMSource

The Red Sox acquire P Anthony Varvaro from the Braves.

The Braves sent Varvaro packing a few days ago when he was designated for assignment. 2.99 ERA over 153 appearances for Varvaro out of the bullpen is a pretty nice line to give up on. He will add some nice quality depth to the Red Sox bullpen while the Braves will receive RHP Aaron Kurcz and cash in the deal.
Analyst: Drew Phelps  View Profile

17 Dec, 12:26 PMSource

Red Sox announce they've acquired minor league shortstop Marco Hernandez from Cubs.

Hernandez spent 2014 with the Daytona Cubs in High-A ball, playing 122 games at short. His triple slash line was .270/.315/.351 over 441 at bats and he stole 22 bases in 30 attempts. He is not likely to have any fantasy relevance until 2016. He also does not project out as much of a power threat, but as a line drive hitter, with his glove and arm he could stick if he posts a decent average.
Analyst: Ivar G. Anderson  View Profile

15 Dec, 07:02 PMSource

RedSox sign RHP Nestor Molina and C Luke Montz to minor league deals.

Molina is a 25 year old reliever who has yet to appear in a major league game. He has spent eight seasons in the minors for the Blue Jays and White Sox organizations. He spent last season in Double-A Birmingham going 7-4 with a 4.55 ERA over 44 games. Montz has played in 13 career major league games but owns a .163 career batting average and given that the Red Sox have a pair of catchers who rank among their top 10 prospects it's unlikely Montz will be anything more than a depth piece for them.
Analyst: Jonathan Impemba  View Profile

15 Dec, 01:36 PMSource

Red Sox are considering Mookie Betts as their leadoff hitter.

The Red Sox could probably use half of their eight outfielders in the leadoff spot. Betts would see more at-bats as the leadoff hitter, but as long as he actually plays everyday he should be a good player for fantasy leagues.
Analyst: Steve Pimental  View Profile

14 Dec, 02:15 PMSource

Justin Masterson could make up to $12 million next season. He will receive a $9.5 million base salary and could earn an additional $2.5 million in performance bonuses based on innings pitched. Masterson will earn $500,000 each if he reaches 185, 190, 195, 200 and 205 innings.

Masterson had a very poor season last year, plagued by diagnosed and untreated injuries and inconsistent command. That being said, he possesses one of the best pitches among major leagues starters, a sinker, which can be just about unhittable when he's on. The Red Sox aren't going all in on him just yet, so they will give him an incentive laden contract that only assures a great payday if he can perform at a high level.
Analyst: Ben Diamond  View Profile

13 Dec, 08:06 PMSource

Red Sox acquired RHP Zeke Spruill from Arizona for minor league RHP Myles Smith.

Neither player figures to do much at the major league level, though Spruill did pitch in 22 2/3 innings for the Diamondbacks last season, recording a 3.57 ERA. He was not as successful in the minors, with a 6.04 ERA as a starter. He could see the occasional spot start and long relief work. Smith, just 22, had a 5.82 ERA in A-ball in 2014.
Analyst: Ben Diamond  View Profile

12 Dec, 07:40 PMSource

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