Friday, February 25, 2011

Hip Hip... Jose!

One of the major debates from this 2011 MLB Spring Training is whether Scutarro or Lowrie deserves the nod at short stop. Regardless of who plays there this season, it will be Jose Iglesias who mans the position for years to come. Get used to the name.

The 20 year old from Cuba is currently in his second Red Sox Spring Training. Last year he was working on his English while learning the American style of baseball. This year he's getting reacquainted with his future Red Sox teammates. AL Rookie of the Year, AL MVP, Gold Glove award winner, Silver Slugger, and future double play parter Dustin Pedroia is probably Young Jose's biggest supporter. Iglesias is going to be one of the top defensive players in MLB once he gets there, but for right now he needs to learn how to be less flashy.

While MLB teams were scouting Jose some footage of him made it's way to 11-Time Gold Glove winner Omar Vizquel. Widely considered the best fielding short stop of all time, Vizquel had some pretty compliments to throw at the young short stop, "That's me", said Omar, "this kid is going to be good".

This offseason Jose also worked with New York Yankee, and former short stop Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod is a player that Iglesias has looked up to and even modeled his swing after. While Jose doesn't have the power Rodriguez has, he is still a very capable hitter. His offensive game is based more on contact, which is fine because of all the other things he brings to the taple. I'd expect Jose to make his major league debut next season, but if injuries strike he's defensively ready right now.

So while Terry Francona is deciding between Scutarro and Lowrie this season, the decision should be much easier come 2012.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Kaberle To Bruins "Basically Done"

The Boston Bruins will acquire 4 Time All-Star defenseman Tomas Kaberle from Toronto. In return The Maple Leafs receive Joe Colborne and The Bruins 2011 First Round Pick (not the pick BOS received from TOR in exchange for Phil Kessel).

In order to make cap room, Peter Chiarelli will have to move another player out of town. It's very possible that Mark Stuart will be moved shortly.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bruins Acquire Chris Kelly.

The Boston Bruins have traded a 2nd round pick in 2011 NHL Draft for Ottawa Center Chris Kelly. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is familiar with Kelly from when he was an assistant for The Senators. Chiarelli spoke on the 30 Year Old Center...

"It was important to get this one done. We need help in a couple of areas and this is one of the areas", Chiarelli continued, "He's a smart player and a responsible player, he can play up the middle and play the wing, but he's a natural center."

Kelly (on being traded to Boston):
"It's pretty tough to get traded. It's my first time, but these things happen, especially the way things have gone this year," Kelly said. "I get an opportunity to play in the postseason and an opportunity to go, hopefully, deep in the playoffs."

Chris Kelly has had double digit points and assists in each other past 6 seasons. He currently has 12 goals and 11 assists with The Senators, those would rank 6th and 11th in Boston.

The Senators will host Kelly and his new Bruins teammates on Friday night.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Kaberle To The Bruins? has reported that Maple Leaf Defensemen Tomas Kaberle will waive his No Trade Clause for a move to Boston. The Bruins are the only team he's granted Toronto permission to negotiate with. Other reports indicate that Toronto isn't looking to reacquire their 2011 1st Rounder, the pick was originally sent to Boston as part of the Phil Kessell trade.

If this deal can go through, Boston's power play woes could be coming to an end.

Tomas Kaberle's numbers via Hockey-Reference

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Bruins To Shut Down Savard.

Marc Savard is expected to be shut down for the season. The Boston Bruins should make an announcement sometime tomorrow. With Marc's recent history it is definitely the best move to just let him go home and get healthy.

The Boston Bruins will receive some cap space to fill his shoes but it's unknown how, or even if, they'll use that money.

Marc Savard hasn't shown his previous effectiveness this season, but was beginning to take that step forward. After the hit from former teammate Matt Hunwick, it's quite possible that Marc Savard will never be the player he once was. There's even question if he'll ever play again at all.