Hardball Talk "The Washington Nationals have traded catcher Sandy Leon to the Boston Red Sox in a deal first reported by . . . Sandy Leon: No word yet what the Nats are getting in return. Fact was, however, that Leon was out of options and he wasn’t going to make the Nats with Wilson Ramos and Jose Lobatan..." March 30
NESN "The Boston Red Sox added some catching depth Monday morning. The Red Sox acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Washington Nationals in exchange for cash. The club also placed catcher Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain, which ultimately is what precipitated the..." March 30
MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox announced that they have acquired Leon from the Nationals in exchange for cash considerations. In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, Vazquez has been placed on the 60-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow. 7:05am: Catcher Sandy Leon tells James Wagner of the..." March 30
ESPN Boston "When Brandon Magee was growing up as a two-sport star in Corona, California, people told him he could be the next Bo Jackson. Now the 24-year-old Magee, after being released by the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is in the Boston Red Sox's minor league camp and is taking a shot at baseball --..." March 29
CSN New England "The Red Sox continue to hold onto the option of placing righthander Joe Kelly on the disabled list to start the season, lining up Kelly to pitch in a minor league game Wednesday, rather than in a major league setting. By keeping Kelly out of a major league exhibition game, the Red Sox could..." March 29
Farrell: Uehara felt discomfort in his hamstring in his bullpen Saturday and is "not likely" to be on the Opening Day roster.
Clay Buchholz is the Opening Day starter. Rick Porcello will follow. TBD after that.
Vazquez will see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for second opinion on ailing right elbow.
Farrell not ruling Uehara out for Opening Day even with less in-game preparation than usual: "He's a one-inning reliever, a veteran guy."
Vazquez says MRI 'found something,' but no firm diagnosis yet. Will get 2nd opinion.
The Player's Tribune "I was ready to shoot somebody, man. Literally. I was sleeping at my house in the Dominican this winter when I heard a banging on my front door at 7:30 in the morning. Now, I got security. My kids and family are sleeping in the house. I wasn’t expecting anyone. Who in the hell is banging on my..." March 28
NESN "Shane Victorino has no plans to waltz into manager John Farrell’s office and demand he play all 162 games this season for the Boston Red Sox. But the 34-year-old outfielder is preparing for a full slate. Victorino, who made waves at Red Sox spring training Thursday by firing back at his..." March 27
CSN New England "Christian Vazquez is set to catch Joe Kelly in an intrasquad game Friday morning, but later comes the moment of truth for the Red Sox catcher: a scheduled MRI to be performed on his balky right elbow. Vazquez hasn't caught in a major league game in two weeks after experiencing some discomfort..." March 27
NESN "The Boston Red Sox really want that Chairman’s Cup, apparently. OK, the annual award given to the winner of the spring training series between the Red Sox and Minnesota Twins probably wasn’t on Boston’s mind as Thursday’s Grapefruit League game progressed at JetBlue Park. But the Red Sox still..." March 27
Tampa Bay Times "Linebacker Brandon Magee, who had six tackles on special teams for the Bucs last season, is headed to spring training as a Red Sox prospect today after being waived by the team on Tuesday night. "I'm grateful for the opportunity they gave me at the time. Right now, I'm focused on spring..." March 26
WEEI Boston "The sight of David Ortiz‘s maple bat exploding violently is not what captured the attention of Red Sox manager John Farrell in the slugger’s second at-bat Thursday at JetBlue Park. It was the sight of him legging out a fielder’s choice that drove in Mookie Betts from third base. The ball..." March 26
Larry Brown Sports "Pablo Sandoval was an excellent player for the Giants during his seven seasons spent in San Francisco. He made two All-Star teams and helped lead them to three World Series titles. Despite his excellent regular seasons and postseason brilliance, the Giants always seemed to have an issue with..." March 26
Hardball Talk "Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino used to play in Philly, so when the biggest offseason trade rumors involve a Phillies player being traded from Philly to Boston, he’s a logical guy to go to for a comment. Which is what the Philadelphia Daily News did a few days ago. Victorino’s comments..." March 26
CBSSports.com "Pablo Sandoval says he changed his phone number after joining the Boston Red Sox in free agency. New house, new friends, the reasoning went. What hasn't changed: his feelings about his former employer since declaring that manager Bruce Bochy and slugger Hunter Pence were the only San Francisco..." March 25
Boston Herald "The health of Koji Uehara has turned into a big question mark. The Red Sox cannot even say for sure when their closer will pitch from a mound again this month. Little wonder, then, that the team is prepared for Uehara not to be ready to pitch on Opening Day, April 6 in Philadelphia. Given..." March 25
Farrell seems less sold on Koji for Opening Day then he did a week ago.
Providence Journal "The progression for Clay Buchholz continues, and it only a matter of time before the right-hander is named Boston's Opening Day starter. With the Phillies — Boston's season-opening opponent — at JetBlue Park on Buchholz's scheduled day to pitch, he instead pitched in an intrasquad minor-league..." March 23
Koji Uehara went through some agility testing on his hamstring and played long toss. He appeared to be fine. #redsox
Ortiz, who also has been dealing with flu, not likely to play until Thursday, after the off day
Victorino going back to hitting righty only.
Turns out Joe Kelly will NOT start Sunday as scheduled. He'll throw a side while Steven Wright takes the hill.
Boston Globe "International man of mystery Rusney Castillo played in his first Grapefruit League game Friday, coming in to play center field in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles. When he came to the plate in the bottom of the inning, Castillo homered over the wall in left-center. For his..." March 21
MLB.com "Rusney Castillo had another pain-free day playing in a Minor League game, and he could make his Grapefruit League debut for the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon in Bradenton against the Pirates. The center fielder injured his left oblique on an awkward swing against Boston College on March..." March 20
MassLive.com "The Red Sox continued the roster trimming on Friday. Two of the organizations top prospects, catcher Blake Swihart and lefthander Eduardo Rodriguez, were reassigned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Swihart has been a coveted prospect within the organization since being drafted in the first round in..." March 20
WEEI Boston "First off, Mookie Betts and the Red Sox haven't yet talked about a contract extension. "No," said the Sox outfielder when asked if there had been any discussions. "I haven't done anything for that." But just because they haven't gone down that road doesn't mean they haven't thought about it...." March 19
CSN Baltimore "When Hanley Ramirez packed his bags to join the Boston Red Sox, he also brought along his baseball baggage. That is a reputation as a talented player who doesn’t necessarily always give his full effort. But Ramirez, who signed a four-year, $88 million deal as a free agent and will move from the..." March 19
Boston Herald "For a guy who wears his hair in a mohawk with a gold streak dyed along the right side, drives the fastest sports car in the players’ parking lot and recently signed a $72.5 million contract, Rusney Castillo sure has kept a low profile here these last few weeks. An injury will have that..." March 19
Over The Monster "The Red Sox and Giants have discussed a trade that would send Allen Craig to San Francisco, but according to Peter Gammons, the Red Sox are "not interested in selling low," and the Giants may have called off their search: Allen Craig has been in a strange baseball limbo for about a year now...." March 18
Castillo said he felt no discomfort at all in two minor league at-bats and expects to have time to get ready for start of season.
ESPN Boston "Veteran Red Sox closer Koji Uehara strained his left hamstring during a running drill before Tuesday’s game and is day to day, manager John Farrell said. Uehara, who was to have pitched in Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, will be shut down indefinitely. He has pitched three innings..." March 17
ESPN.com "Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly said he felt some tightness in his right biceps as he was warming up Monday, and didn't think much of it. But by the third inning, when he was reduced to throwing only fastballs to New York Mets batters and couldn't spin a pitch, Kelly wasn't surprised when..." March 16
#RedSox OF Rusney Castillo, out since 3-3 (left oblique) was taking high-intensity swings at soft toss in the cage this morning.
San Francisco Gate "When I first read Pablo Sandoval’s criticisms of the Giants, I thought of Gregor Blanco, who always had Sandoval’s back and supported him through good and bad. This morning, I asked Blanco about his old Giants teammate, among other things, and he took the high road and wished Sandoval well. He..." March 15
The Score "Major League Baseball has approved a revised product for pitcher's head protection that it hopes will be user-friendly enough to trigger widespread use. The league introduced a padded cap for the first time last season, but San Diego Padres lefty Alex Torres was the only pitcher to use it in a..." March 14
ESPN.com "While the Giants have been measured in their response to critical comments made by Pablo Sandoval explaining his decision to leave San Francisco and sign with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent this offseason, former teammate Aubrey Huff did not exercise similar restraint. And Sandoval fired back..." March 14
Hardball Talk "Several weeks after signing Yoan Moncada the Red Sox finally made the deal official today by holding a press conference introducing the 19-year-old Cuban prospect. Boston’s total investment in Moncada is $63 million, with $31.5 million going to Moncada and $31.5 million being tacked on as a..." March 13
Fox Sports "The Boston Red Sox will officially introduce Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada at a press conference Friday in Fort Myers, Florida, FOX Sports MLB Insider Jon Paul Morosi reported Thursday. Moncada, 19, reportedly agreed to a $31.5 million deal in late February, though it still hasn't been made..." March 13
NESN "Talent evaluators love Mookie Betts. Two scouts who follow the Red Sox told The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, unsolicited, on Tuesday the idea that Betts could start the season in the minors simply is crazy talk. “Not have him as your center fielder and leadoff hitter? Are you kidding me?”..." March 12
NESN "Pablo Sandoval isn’t piling on, but he’s also not backing down. Sandoval said in a recent Bleacher Report article his decision to leave the Giants was “not hard at all” because he felt disrespected by the way San Francisco approached the sides’ contract negotiations. The Red Sox third baseman..." March 11
NESN "Pablo Sandoval seemingly had it all in San Francisco: fame, fortune, rings. So why on Earth would he leave the defending World Series champions, who originally signed him as an amateur free agent in 2003, to join a team that’s coming off a last-place finish? Respect. “The Giants made a..." March 09
Rick Porcello said he's had no contract talks with the Red Sox this spring, doesn't expect to. Already weary of answering that question.
Farrell: Still no timetable for Castillo. Will take swings off a tee "in the coming days."
There's optimism that Yoan Moncada's deal with the Red Sox could finally be official by midweek, with press conference soon thereafter.
General soreness for Victorino will keep him out a couple of days. Nothing serious.