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Red Sox sign Pierzynski

The Red Sox seem to have moved on from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as they've signed A.J. Pierzynski to be their new catcher. Pierzynski may be something of a stopgap, as the Red Sox have a few catching prospects on the verge of making it to the majors, but if his numbers from last year are any indication, he's a definite offensive downgrade from Saltalamacchia. The Red Sox seem to be willing to deal with that, however, over signing Saltalamacchia to a likely three-year deal.

  • What do you make of the Red Sox signing A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year, $8.25 million deal?

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  • Which catcher would you rather have?

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  • How far will the Red Sox go in 2014?

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Francona, Hurdle are top managers

Clint Hurdle won the National League Manager of the Year award Tuesday, and it should be no surprise; his Pittsburgh Pirates shocked baseball by shaking off a 20-year futility streak to win 94 games. The American League recipient -- the Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona -- was a bit surprising, as second-place finisher John Farrell was also a popular candidate. In the end, though, it a 24-victory improvement that helped Francona edge out the Boston Red Sox skipper. Did voters get these awards right?

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  • What do you make of Clint Hurdle winning NL Manager of the Year?

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  • Which team's season was most surprising?

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  • Which team will fare better in 2014?

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  • Which made the bigger difference for the Red Sox in 2013?

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  • Who is the better manager?

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Red Sox's offseason questions

Beards have been shaved, duck boats have been put away, and the long offseason has begun for the world champion Boston Red Sox. The team extended qualifying offers to three key players today -- Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew and Mike Napoli. Ellsbury is likely to test the free-agent market, but Drew and Napoli seem far more likely to return after turning in unexpectedly solid seasons. The team also has to decide what to do at catcher -- they did not extend Jarrod Saltalamacchia a qualifying offer and could go for free agent Brian McCann to take up duties behind the plate.

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  • Who would be a better choice to start for the Red Sox at shortstop this season?

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  • Who would be a better choice to start for the Red Sox at catcher this season?

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Red Sox win Series in six games

For the first time in 95 years, the Boston Red Sox fans got it: a World Series title clinched at Fenway Park. The win, sealed with a 6-1 victory Wednesday night, adds a third trophy to their post-curse case -- enough to bring up the "D" word. And we don't mean "David Ortiz," whose walk-filled Game 6 added to his MVP performance (.688/.760/1.188, seven runs, six RBIs, two homers). Is Papi the best postseason hitter ever? Is Boston MLB's best franchise?

Are the 2004-present Boston Red Sox a dynasty?

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  • Is David Ortiz the most clutch postseason hitter of all time?

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  • How would you describe John Lackey's career?

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  • Is Michael Wacha a future ace?

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  • Will Koji Uehara, now age 38, be an elite closer next season?

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  • Which is the best-run franchise in baseball?

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  • How will the Cardinals fare in 2014?

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John Farrell vs. Mike Matheny

Neither John Farrell nor Mike Matheny have a whole lot of experience as managers, and it's shown at times in the World Series. Farrell and Matheny have made both great calls and somewhat questionable ones in the first five games of one of the more exciting World Series in recent memory. Which manager has been doing the better job with the tools he's been given?

Who has done the best job in the World Series?

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