Red Sox Rumors & News

  • Former Braves and Red Sox reliever Anthony Varvaro becomes a police officer

    New York Daily News "He's going from pitching to catching — crooks, that is. A former Major League Baseball player who gave up the game this year is set to graduate from the Port Authority Police academy on Friday. Anthony Varvaro, 32, a Staten Island resident and St. John’s University graduate, will join 79..." December 10

  • Pablo Sandoval admits he grew complacent after signing with Boston

    Larry Brown Sports "There is always something of a fear that some professional athletes will grow complacent after signing an expensive long-term deal. Few actually admit that it’s the case, but Pablo Sandoval readily did so. The Red Sox third baseman, who signed a five-year, $95 million deal after the 2014..." December 08

  • Red Sox Designate Williams Jerez For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox have announced that they’ve designated lefty Williams Jerez for assignment. The move clears roster space for first baseman Mitch Moreland, whose one-year deal is now official. The Red Sox drafted Jerez in the second round in 2011." December 08

  • Cubs reportedly close to signing pitcher Koji Uehara

    CBS Sports "The Cubs are still not done adding to their bullpen even after acquiring Wade Davis from the Royals. According to a report by Nikkan Sports, and corroborated by Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald, the Cubbies are close to signing veteran right-hander Koji Uehara. The deal is not final and the..." December 08

  • Dombrowski: 'If Ortiz wanted to come back, he would call'

    Providence Journal "Whether or not David Ortiz is serious about thinking about a return, Dave Dombrowski knows better than to ask. "I wouldn't want to reach out to him," the Red Sox president said. "I wouldn't want to keep bothering him." Ortiz responded to Boston's blockbuster trade for Chris Sale with an..." December 08

  • Red Sox Looking to Trade Clay Buchholz

    WEEI Boston "Dave Dombrowski noted Wednesday night that the Red Sox had spent the day fielding calls from teams interested in some of their starting pitchers. Specifically, the president of baseball operations noted, the focus from other clubs were on Eduardo Rodriguez, Drew Pomeranz, Steven Wright and Clay..." December 08

  • 'Excited' Sale eager to win ring with Red Sox

    MLB.com "The newest Red Sox pitching star won't worry about being called "ace" on a staff that already includes reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and five-time All-Star and 2012 AL Cy Young Award winnerDavid Price. Instead, Chris Sale is ecstatic to join forces with his new..." December 07

  • Brian Cashman dubs rival Red Sox 'Golden State Warriors of baseball' after Sale deal

    Sporting News "As general manager of the New York Yankees, it's not in Brian Cashman's blood to stand idly by while the Boston Red Sox add one of the five best pitchers in baseball to their riches. But even Cashman had to hand it to the rival Red Sox for acquiring ace Chris Sale in a blockbuster Monday..." December 07

  • David Ortiz posts about comeback on Instagram

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox’s addition of Chris Sale via trade on Tuesday has David Ortiz contemplating a comeback. That’s according to the slugger’s Instagram account. Ortiz posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday of Sale, whom the Red Sox acquired from the White Sox. In his caption, Ortiz wrote, “My god..." December 07

  • Red Sox out of the running on Jose Bautista

    Boston Globe "The Red Sox have told Jose Bautista’s representatives that they are out on signing him. Bautista, who is seeking a two-year deal, had seen Boston as his No. 1 preference. The Red Sox ruled out Edwin Encarnacion earlier in the week because the former Toronto slugger wanted at least four..." December 06

  • Red Sox acquire Sale from White Sox

    TSN "The Boston Red Sox have landed Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal reports the Red Sox will send third baseman Yoan Moncada, pitcher Michael Kopech and two other prospects to the White Sox. Sale posted a 17-10 record with a 3.34 ERA in 32..." December 06

  • Red Sox, Indians Reportedly Pursuing Mitch Moreland

    MLB Trade Rumors "Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that Boston is “strongly in the mix” for Moreland. 10:17am: The Red Sox are in on first baseman Mitch Moreland, tweets Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, who also notes that the Indians are in the mix for Moreland. The Rangers, according to Wilson,..." December 06

  • Red Sox Acquire Reliever Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee

    WEEI Boston "The Red Sox have seemingly taken care of their top offseason priority. According to a major league source, the Red Sox have acquired hard-throwing relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers. Multiple outlets report that the Red Sox will “likely” be sending the Brewers infielder Travis..." December 06

  • Red Sox exercise 2018 option on manager John Farrell

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Scott Lauber reports that the Red Sox have exercised their 2018 option on manager John Farrell. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said that “players played hard for him” and cited the skipper’s “solid presence.” Farrell, 54, has a 339-309 (.523) record in four seasons at..." December 05

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Red Sox Target Greg Holland

    WEEI Boston "If there Red Sox are going to lock up Greg Holland, it’s not going to be easy. According to a major league source at the Winter Meetings, the 31-year-old reliever is “a popular guy” in this free agent market. WEEI.com recently learned the Red Sox have been among the most aggressive teams..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Pedro Alvarez emerging on Red Sox radar

    Fanrag Sports "Pedro Alvarez, who spent his 2016 season with the Baltimore Orioles, has emerged as another name on Boston Red Sox radar, along with Mike Napoli and Matt Holliday. All would be considered to play first base or designated hitter as the team attempts to make up some of the production lost by the..." December 04

  • 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