The Red Sox have claimed righty Chris Mazza off waivers from the Mets, as MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand first reported (via Twitter). Mazza had recently been designated for assignment.
Though Mazza is already thirty years of age and has made just nine appearances in the majors, he obviously did something to catch the eye of the Boston front office. He allowed ten earned runs with a ho-hum 11:5 K/BB ratio in his first 16 1/3 frames in the majors, hitting four of the 74 batters he faced with errant pitches along the way.
While the early showing didn’t necessarily inspire confidence, the Red Sox were surely more favorably impressed by Mazza’s work at Triple-A. Through 76 innings in the tough International League, he worked to a 3.67 ERA with 7.3 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, and a 58.0% groundball rate. Mazza has always generated a good number of worm burners. He has also long been relatively hard to take out of the park — a particularly notable statistical history in this day and age. In 2019, Mazza allowed 0.71 home runs per nine at Triple-A and didn’t surrender a single dinger in the majors.
Dumpsta divin – ugh
I guess he replaces porcello while perez will replace price. Red sox are so cheap. They’d definitely make more money if they had a new stadium.
There is absolutely no reason for a new stadium. On top of real estate and construction pricing in metro Boston (and the fact that there’s no room to build a new stadium in the city), fenway attracts fans from across the world all season and will receive landmark status from the city, reducing it’s tax rate. Maintaining Fenway is a no brainer and FSG has been pretty transparent in their desire to do so.
The trek to Fenway is a baseball fan staple. I generally despise all things Red Sox and have flown all the way from California to make that trek. And on the stadium tour I took, there were people from all over the country.
Fenway and Wrigley attract far more non-locals than any other stadiums.
Bull. Move the team to Anaheim and call them the Los Angeles Red Sox of Boston.
it’s not a landmark yet?
Randy Red Sox
There will be lots of seats available for those tourists next season
I legit can’t believe someone said the Sox need a new stadium. I literally went on a tour in January one year. What’s next, wanna replace Wrigley? LOL
And it is such an enjoyable place to watch a game in the box seats; the person in the row behind you has his knees so close that you have a head rest and you are so easily able to share your hot dog and beer with the guy in the row in front of you as he can take a swipe at either by turning his head sideways.
That’s why they call in the cozy confines of Fenway.
You’re delusional. This is the first time anyone has said the Red Sox are cheap.
2020 – estimated #2 payroll
2019 – #1 payroll
2018 – #1 payroll
2017 – #2 payroll
2016 – #3 payroll
They have more dollars locked up for their 2022 payroll than 10 teams spent in 2019.
Are you actually bragging about the amount of money locked up in 2022?
I would be dreading the end of the PRICE and $ale contracts myself.
It’s a sign of poor management, not smart investments, don’t you think?
I don’t think cheap is the right word to use for the Red Sox.Haven’t been out of the top 5 in payroll in like 15 years.They’re just in a bad position from all of that spending,but they have won chips,so it’s hard to say it wasn’t worth it.It also don’t help much when 1 of the young stars you choose to build around,refuses to be extended because he’s set on testing free agency.
Matt I would hate a new stadium. I think the RS need to retool, trade Mookie n Price, the be prepared to fight the Evil Empire! Lol
New stadium LOL. As Regi put it, their in a bind more for the non payroll penalties that impact building the farm. It hurts as a fan who is still expected to pay the same (more) for tickets and amenities and the anticipated product is expected to be less. Could end up being like 13 when the team stole the championship. No one expected it and JDM is certainly capable of carrying the team like Papi did even if Mookie and/or Price get traded. Just depends on Sale and Eovaldi.
Trade perhaps the best player in your team’s history who is in his prime?
NOBODY is taking Evoldi and PRICE contracts, unless you trade young affordable talent that is locked up for 4-6 years.
Oh, Trade Dave emptied the cupboards and there is no talent in the minors.
These signings are intended to fill out the WooSox roster until AA players are moved up to AAA level at mid-season.
This is an important point. In November, 19 Sox minor leaguers became free agents, (only one of which has re-signed) and, a few days later, the Sox FO released eight more. The club needs to fill out a few levels of org depth. And, no, there aren’t going to be any marquee FA signings this winter. Maybe some marquee departures.
Wait. If Bloom is able to solve the tax issue, some known quantities could come back. Outside of Donaldson who they don’t need, what big ticket free agents are left? If Mookie and Price go without an outfielder coming back, Castellanos would make a fine consolation prize. Not expecting it but such would be fine with me if they also traded for a starter and remained under the cap. Given the injury history of their top starters, they need depth.
Thank goodness they raised ticket prices to go along with these signings. Due to “inflation“ huh? Goodness this is going to be a boring few years.
It’s incredible how spoiled our fanbase has become. Remember 20 years ago when most of us thought we’d never see them win it all even once, and they proceeded to rip off 4 ‘ships in 15 years (plus the ’03 and ’08 teams that came within a game of making the WS themselves)? Relax, life is good.
I’m not ungrateful or unaware of the amazing period of Sox success we are able to live through. I just find it frustrating to increase the cost of enjoying the team while cutting payroll and (potentially) trading away and fielding a team that can’t compete, in order to save drops in the bucket as far as $$ goes.
I get it, it’s not as fun to be on the downslope of the peak. But to me it was worth it due to the fact that we did reach the peak. Now we’ve got to pay the piper a bit for some of those win-now moves that were made to get there, but I’m fine with it. I wouldn’t trade the World Series runs this team has had for anything in the baseball world.
Agree except they should not have raised prices by even a penny after last year considering the Globe reported today they are the third biggest sports conglomerate, worth over $6B when counting Liverpool and the rest. $3.2B just the club.
Dirty water your so right. Our younger counterparts didn’t live through the misery. I love the passion but I just can’t get behind any complaining about a couple down years In-between duck boat rides. It’s not a perfect science. They’re spending the money. Unfortunately that doesn’t guarantee anything. As far as professional sports go I myself feel extremely lucky to be from Boston. Postseason after postseason. Parade after parade. But I never forget about the years of failure after failure.
Like Aparicio tripping himself up, costing the division? Everyone remembers Buckner who should get live for the HOF before Mattingly based on the full body of work. Sorry Yankee fans but Mattingly while phenomenal, did it for too short a period in my view. Billy Buck got no love because of one play when he shouldn’t have been on the field. Anyone try to take something for granted, remember that play. He was on the field only because his manager wanted him to share in the on field celebration. Anyway. Aparicio would be remembered the same way if his p,ay happened towards the end of the WS instead of the final weekend of the season. Anyone old enough to remember, that feeling was worse than The ball going through Buckner’s legs. Maybe not as it happened but in hindsight because truth be told, Boston had their own miracles in the championship series against the Angels and some could argue the team was lucky to get to play tgevMets in 86.
It’s beginning to remind me of that neo-Henry ownership period, and Theo (much later) confessed that he wasn’t concerned about the 40-man roster, because after organizational meetings, he didn’t think he had 40 players worth protecting.
Move ’em in, Virgil….move ’em out……
If I was in the AL East, I would definitely target ground ball rate. Those stadiums are small, some of the porches are ridiculously small. Keep the ball on the ground.
Randy Red Sox
Yeah this is a FANTASTIC signing. Bloom is a GENIUS !!
Sox going to suck this season.
With a core of X, Devers, JDM, Benny, Mookie (?) Sale, E-Rod, Price (?), Workman, Barnes…I doubt they’ll suck. Make the playoffs? Doubt it. But suck should be reserved for other teams. Miami, Baltimore, etc.
well for Boston standards yeah they are going to.
Nobody wants the Yankees to win anything so ill be rooting for TB/Boston
Have fun with smoak
have fun being in the basement in the AL East again, with your obese 3rd basemen.
Pedro Cerrano's Voodoo
Do you watch baseball?
Really? Your comment is not only completely inaccurate, it’s stupid!
Go troll some other team. Your comments have zero value.
What are you in the 3rd grade? A real mature response.
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Do you like that comedian from the 90s who’s catchphrase was just saying “haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamburger”
“He allowed ten earned runs with a ho-hum 11:5 K/BB ratio in his first 16 1/3 frames in the majors…”
What’s “ho-hum” about that? This article was ho-hum.
You know you’re in trouble when you’re taking players from the Mets
You do realize, in 2019, the Mets had more wins than the Sox….
16 teams were worse than the Mets last year, but OK.
Idk,im a Phillies fan,and I’m feeling pretty good about taking Zach Wheeler from them.
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The Mazza Pike
The Sox will end up putting Mazza on waivers themselves, hoping to sneak him through and get him on their AAA roster. Fear not, he won’t be on the 40 man roster too long.
How could the Orioles pass this guy up?!
he’s not all that young
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And he may be too lousy even for the birds
This guy Bloom is starting to remind me of Dan Duquette and his pickups of Dwayne Hosey, Vaughn Eshelmann, Rudy Pemberton, of 1994-1995. All other teams throwaways that he was picking up.
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Tough to compare the two considering how Duquette was taking advantage of an extremely surreal situation after the work stoppage but I get your point. Although in this scenario it’s not gamesmanship, it’s just cutting costs so Henry can buy another chandelier.
Duquette also signed Pedro. Jus’sayin.
Bloom/ Duquette is knocking it out of the park with all these guys he is picking up. Reminds me of all the team throwaways Dan Duquette picked up in 1995
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You just said this.
Neat Bloom, so smrt.
Why fire dombrowski if this is what you were planning? He did the same thing last year and was only one year removed from a championship. Ownership to fans: suck it up for another year. We have a tremendous lineup but we won’t supplement it with a bullpen because we’d have to pay the luxury tax. But keep coming!
Why fire dombrowski?
He depleted the rich farm system so it is barren. The young players in the team were all recruited and developed before him. Dave likes old guys.
Oh, speaking of old guys how about the Price deal?
Want something better, how about Evoldi’s contract?
Let’s top it off—ok dodge? $ale should have been given a slightly less rich deal, don’t you think?
So if you piss away your bosses money and deplete his assets, what does John Henry do?
humphrey x boegarts
Dream big Red Sox
Brett M. 2
It’s just a depth signing you idiots.