Red Sox Rumors & News

  • Hanley won't recruit Encarnacion, Bautista while vacationing

    Boston Herald "Hanley Ramirez's first choice seems to be no choice. Or he's just being shy. The Red Sox first baseman said here Friday afternoon that he didn't care whether he plays first base or is the designated hitter in 2017. "Why you got to come up with that? I don’t care," Ramirez said. "I just want..." December 03

  • Hanley Ramirez willing to play first base or DH for Red Sox

    ESPN "Hanley Ramirez has come back here, to a resort on the eastern edge of his native country, to play golf and support the David Ortiz Children's Fund. But considering the guest list at Big Papi's ninth annual charity bash, Ramirez is in position to do some heavy duty recruiting for the Boston Red..." December 02

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • Who will replace Big Papi in Boston?

    ESPN "Big Papi is retired. So, although Ortiz still occasionally walks through the doors of Fenway Park (he recently wrote for The Players' Tribune that he surprised team officials last month when he dropped by to work out), the Boston Red Sox must get on with replacing their iconic slugger -- or at..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • Mike Napoli’s former teams all interested in reunion

    Fanrag Sports "Mike Napoli is coming off one of the finer seasons of his career, and as a result, the free agent first baseman is drawing interest from several teams. Indications are that the three most serious in their pursuits of the 35-year-old slugger are all former teams of Napoli’s — the Boston Red Sox,..." November 30

  • New York in 'full pursuit' for Rich Hill, Boston 'in mix,'

    Mass Live "ESPN's Jim Bowden is reporting that the New York Yankees are among four teams "in full pursuit" of free agent starting pitcher Rich Hill while the Boston Red Sox are one of two teams "in the mix to a lesser degree." Bowden reported: "Rich Hill has four teams that are all 'in' full pursuit of..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • Source: Red Sox ‘probably’ not going to be finalist for Edwin Encarnacion

    WEEI Boston "It was trending this way for the last month, but now it looks like there will be some certainty very soon. According to a major league source, the Red Sox are “probably” not going to be a finalist for the services of free agent first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion. Encarnacion’s..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Call it a comeback: Porcello, Rendon honored

    MLB.com "Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello and Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, who each bounced back to lead his team to an East Division championship in 2016, have been named recipients of the American League and National League Comeback Player of the Year Awards, respectively, Major League..." November 29

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Red Sox, Yankees among teams still discussing Encarnacion

    Mass Live "Boston Globe national baseball reporter Nick Cafardo wrote in his Sunday notes column that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are among multiple teams interested in free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. Cafardo noted: There's "a healthy amount" of interest in the slugger, according to..." November 28

  • Giants refute talks about acquiring Sandoval

    MLB.com "Contrary to reports issued on Saturday, the Giants have not internally discussed reacquiring third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who has struggled with the Boston Red Sox since leaving San Francisco. Club executives are prohibited from publicly discussing the potential acquisition of players under..." November 27

  • Giants have considered trading for Pablo Sandoval

    Boston Herald "At least internally, the Giants have considered a reunion with third baseman Pablo Sandoval, a baseball source told the Herald. How motivated the Red Sox should be to trade Sandoval depends on two other questions: how well do they believe the third baseman can control his eating, and how much..." November 25

  • Pablo Sandoval expected to get first crack at the third base job in Red Sox camp

    Hardball Talk "2016 has been a year that Pablo Sandoval would like to forget. He had a miserable spring training, batting .204 in 49 at-bats and lost out on the starting third base job to Travis Shaw. The press took shots at his weight and the Sox front office made it clear that they were unhappy with his..." November 23

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Yankees have heavy company in Carlos Beltran sweepstakes

    New York Post "The perception of executives inquiring is the Yankees, Red Sox and Astros are the most competitive teams for Carlos Beltran, with perhaps the Rangers lurking to try to retain him. The executives say that beyond the obvious – Beltran, even with his 40th birthday approaching in April, remains a..." November 22

  • Justin Verlander Trade Would Propel Red Sox to the Top of AL Hierarchy

    Bleacher Report "Justin Verlander and Boston Red Sox fans may not be on the best terms right now. After Verlander lost the American League Cy Young Award to Boston sinkerballer Rick Porcello, Verlander's fiancee, Kate Upton, voiced her displeasure via Twitter [warning: NSFW language]. While Upton's and,..." November 22

  • Red Sox hesitant to sign free agents until new CBA

    WEEI Boston "For a second straight offseason, it appears Dave Dombrowski wasn’t steering us down the wrong path. The Red Sox president of baseball operations proclaimed during the recent GM meetings that his team’s timeline when it came to signing free agents was going to be dictated by the new Collective..." November 22

  • The Red Sox have a problem at third base (again)

    Fanrag Sports "Entering the 2016 season, the Boston Red Sox had a choice to make at third base. Did they go with underwhelming and overpaid Pablo Sandoval? Promising but unproven Travis Shaw? Utility-man extraordinaire Brock Holt? I suppose you could call this déjà vu then. A lot has changed about the Red..." November 19

  • Rick Porcello Won’t Be Taking His Talents To The World Baseball Classic

    NESN "Rick Porcello won the American League Cy Young Award after pitching admirably for the Boston Red Sox in 2016, but he won’t be making similar contributions this spring in the World Baseball Classic. Porcello appeared on WEEI’s “Dale, Holley & Thornton” show Thursday and revealed he’s going to..." November 19

  • Price donates $2.5 million to alma mater Vanderbilt

    Tennessean "David Price, a former Vanderbilt and current Boston Red Sox pitcher, has donated $2.5 million to complete the Commodores’ new $12 million baseball facility project. Vanderbilt made the announcement Friday afternoon during a ceremony at the construction site with Price, Coach Tim Corbin,..." November 19

  • Yankees, Red Sox could get into bidding war for Beltran

    Boston Herald "There’s no question the Red Sox want Carlos Beltran as a replacement for David Ortiz. One baseball source called him a “top priority,” another tempered that description, noting the Sox want to see how the market develops. Either way, there’s mutual interest, but there’s no shortage of patience..." November 18

  • Yankees writers give Red Sox's David Ortiz his only 1st- and 2nd-place votes for 2016 AL MVP

    Mass Live "Yankees beat writer Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News gave David Ortiz his only first-place vote for the 2016 AL MVP. New York Post's George A. King III gave Ortiz his only second-place vote. Mike Trout won the AL MVP, finishing with 356 points. Runner-up Mookie Betts received 311..." November 18

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Red Sox's Rick Porcello narrowly wins AL Cy Young award

    USA Today "With three comparable choices among the American League Cy Young Award candidates, voters had to pick among two former winners and a young veteran who enjoyed a breakthrough season. In a tight and unpredictable contest, Boston Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello came away with his first Cy Young..." November 16

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Red Sox among 'most aggressive' suitors for Holland

    WEEI Boston "The Red Sox recognize Greg Holland might be a really good fit. But they also have come to understand there are other teams that feel the same way. According to a major league source, the Red Sox are among the most aggressive suitors for the free agent relievers. There are, however, “several..." November 14

  • Five potential MLB trades that make too much sense

    Sportsnaut "The 2016-17 season has already yielded a few MLB trades, but there are more to be made. Which ones make the most sense for all teams involved? Where should All-Star pitchers like Sonny Gray and Chris Sale wind up? Can the Red Sox find a home for Pablo Sandoval? How can the champs improve? Would..." November 14

  • Red Sox not in on Edwin Encarnacion?

    WEEI Boston "He was the guy David Ortiz endorsed to be his heir apparent. He was the free agent most everybody was quick to suggest would be the Red Sox' chief offseason target. Yet, 1 1/2 weeks into the offseason, Edwin Encarnacion seems to live on the distant outskirts of Dave Dombrowski's..." November 14

  • Dombrowski says Red Sox aren't looking for full-time DH

    WEEI Boston "The names have been out and about throughout the GM meetings. Carlos Beltran. Kendrys Morales. Somebody in a trade. While the Red Sox aren’t quite ready to lock down a primary target to replace David Ortiz, they have settled in on a few realities when it comes to filling the position. First,..." November 12

  • Mookie Betts undergoes right knee surgery, expected to be ready for spring training 2017

    Mass Live "Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts underwent right knee arthroscopy, chondroplasty and a loose body removal Thursday, according to the team. The surgery was deemed a success. He is expected to make a full recovery for spring training 2017. Dr. Peter Asnis, the head team orthopedist,..." November 11

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • Red Sox aren’t serious players for Edwin Encarnacion

    Larry Brown Sports "Pump the brakes on the Edwin Encarnacion in Beantown talk for now. According to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox aren’t considered serious players at the moment for Toronto Blue Jays free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. Instead, they are said to be..." November 09

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • Red Sox Continue to Show Interest in Greg Holland and Carlos Beltran

    WEEI Boston "Dave Dombrowski needs a replacement for David Ortiz and an eighth-inning relief pitcher. But, according to sources, as the GM meetings wind down, no free agents are being classified by the Red Sox as the be-all, end-all in terms of players who might fit those roles. Two examples of how the..." November 09

  • Red Sox should forget free agency, stay in-house with Hanley Ramirez as DH

    Sporting News "A lot of the early fire of the hot stove is burning around the Red Sox and the American League East champions’ need to replace David Ortiz as their designated hitter. Edwin Encarnacion has been linked to Boston. Jose Bautista has been mentioned as a possibility. Carlos Beltran’s name has come..." November 09

  • Jose Bautista met with the Red Sox on Tuesday

    Sportsnaut "It’s not yet known whether free agent outfielder Jose Bautista will leave the Toronto Blue Jays for greener pastures. We’re not far enough along in the process to draw a sound conclusion here. What we do know is that the six-time All-Star has already met with the division-rival Boston Red..." November 09

  • Why Trading Miguel Cabrera To The Red Sox Doesn’t Add Up

    CBS Detroit "The Tigers want to get younger and leaner. General Manager Al Avila is open to anything that helps them achieve that. According to reports, the team is taking calls on the availability of Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera. When next season begins, one – or both – of those superstars may be..." November 09

  • A year after setting the market, Red Sox plan to be more reactive this offseason

    Providence Journal "The Red Sox are prepared to embrace a slower approach this offseason. After the 2015 season, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was about as proactive as any executive could be. With the Sox coming off a second consecutive last-place finish, he promptly identified Boston's major..." November 09

  • Silverman: Red Sox should be all-in to deal for White Sox’ Sale, Quintana

    Boston Herald "Go try to get Chris Sale, Red Sox. Try very, very hard to go get him. Jose Quintana, another 27-year-old White Sox pitcher who would come relatively cheap and is entering the peak of his career, is the other name the Sox should begin pestering and nagging White Sox general manager Rick Hahn..." November 09

  • Yankees weigh Kendrys Morales for spot if they unload McCann

    New York Post "As a hedge in case they are able to trade Brian McCann, the Yankees have inquired about Kendrys Morales, The Post has learned. The Blue Jays and Red Sox also have reached out on Morales, who led the Royals with 30 homers in 2016. Boston designated hitter David Ortiz retired after last season...." November 08

  • Red Sox look internally, short term for David Ortiz's replacement

    ESPN "The Red Sox might replace retiring designated hitter David Ortiz internally or with a short-term free agent, rather than pursue one of the prominent long-term options on the market, Boston's president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters at the MLB general managers meetings on..." November 08

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08