Red Sox Rumors & News

  • Schilling thought ESPN might fire him, donation form shows

    The Score "Suspended for making insensitive comments through his Twitter account in late August, pitcher turned analyst Curt Schilling apparently believed his tenure with ESPN would end as a result. Schilling posted, then quickly deleted, a tweet that likened Muslim extremists to Nazis. ESPN responded..." February 08

  • The Red Sox offseason could take them from worst to first

    MLB Daily Dish "Dave Dombrowski was relieved of duties by the Detroit Tigers at the beginning of August. By mid-August, he had accepted a promotion to President of Baseball Operations with the Boston Red Sox. From that point, it was clear that Red Sox ownership was looking to move on from Ben Cherington, and he..." February 08

  • Should the Red Sox sign Bogaerts or Betts to an extension?

    Boston Globe "In an offseason in which the Red Sox’ work was essentially done in December, a question looms: Why hasn’t the team had a bells-and-whistles press conference to announce an extension with either Xander Bogaerts or Mookie Betts? Such a line of inquiry is a bit misleading, of course, since it..." February 07

  • Mookie Betts: Xander Bogaerts is like my brother

    The Score "The 2016 season should be chock-full of interesting storylines for the Boston Red Sox, and while a lot of the campaign's spotlight will be on newly-acquired ace David Price and closer Craig Kimbrel, along with David Ortiz's final year in the big leagues, Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts look..." February 06

  • David Price gives $300,000 for field for special-needs kids

    Tennessean "Major league pitcher David Price on Thursday celebrated fundraising efforts for a Miracle Field for disabled ball players by donating $300,000. “It’s special,” Price told several dozen people gathered at the SportCom gym that’s within McKnight Park, where he competed as a young baseball..." February 05

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Twins GM reflects on releasing Papi in 2003

    MLB.com "Rarely are there do-overs in life, but Bill Murray's 1993 film "Groundhog Day" offered a scenario where a person can receive multiple chances to get a day right before moving forward. In the spirit of Groundhog Day, MLB.com is taking a look at one move each general manager would like a do-over..." February 03

  • What to expect from Pablo Sandoval

    Baseball Essential "Coming into last season, Pablo Sandoval had mammoth expectations but didn’t quite live up to them. The Boston Red Sox’s front office made two major moves last offseason– signing Sandoval to a five-year, $100-million deal and Hanley Ramirez to a four-year, $88-million deal. Both saw their..." February 03

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs

    MLB.com "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Dombrowski doesn't want Bogaerts thinking about home runs

    The Score "After watching Xander Bogaerts earn his first career Silver Slugger award in 2015, Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski doesn't want the 23-year-old to change his approach at the plate, even though he didn't hit for much power. "I don't want Xander Bogaerts to start..." February 02

  • It's time the Red Sox ditch Yawkey Way and honor David Ortiz instead

    Over The Monster "Dodger Stadium is no longer located on Elysian Park Avenue. Thanks to a Los Angeles City Council vote, it now lives on Vin Scully Avenue, as the street has been renamed in honor of the longtime announcer who is as central to the team's history as basically anyone who has ever put on their uniform...." February 01

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Sox give lefty Ross 1-year deal, avoid arbitration

    CSN New England "The Red Sox avoided arbitration with left-handed reliever Robbie Ross Jr. and agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports the deal is worth $1.25 million. " January 30

  • Ortiz ready to teach Ramirez how to DH

    The Score "With David Ortiz's historic career coming to a close at the end of the 2016 season, the Boston Red Sox will need to find a designated hitter to follow in his foot steps. Hanley Ramirez could fit the bill, and Ortiz is ready to offer his teammate all the insight he can to prepare him for the..." January 29

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • Hanley Ramirez Expecting ‘Easy’ Transition To First Base With Red Sox

    NESN "Hanley Ramirez isn’t sweating his transition to first base. “I’ve always been an infielder, so it’s going to be easy,” the former shortstop-turned-outfielder said Saturday at the Boston Red Sox’s Baseball Winter Weekend event at Foxwoods Resort Casino. “I think I know more of the territory,..." January 28

  • Red Sox hoping for big things from Eduardo Rodriguez' left arm

    Boston Herald "Eduardo Rodriguez’ gifted left arm unleashes an easy 95-mph heater, sometimes 96-97, and he even can reach back to touch 98. His delivery is quiet, just like his voice. His presence is soft, his sentences short and his eye contact minimal. At 22, Rodriguez embodies his youthfulness. But the..." January 28

  • Craig Breslow drawing interest from teams as potential starter

    WEEI Boston "It’s been a long offseason for a multitude of still unsigned free agents, including former Red Sox lefty pitcher Craig Breslow. But as the days until spring training dwindle, it appears as though the interest surrounding Breslow might be amplifying. According to a major league source, the 35..." January 27

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • Red Sox' Yoan Moncada is MLB's top prospect at second base

    Over The Monster "Yoan Moncada is the best prospect in the Red Sox organization. There isn't much of a debate to be had on the matter -- Andrew Benintendi is promising, but he's older and less established, and neither of Rafael Devers or Anderson Espinoza are proven enough to unseat Moncada and his five-tool skill..." January 26

  • Blake Swihart is, and should remain, a catcher

    Over The Monster "It's hard to find good catching these days. Last year, less than half the teams in the league saw 2 fWAR or better from their catchers. The Red Sox, thanks in large part to their need to turn to Sandy Leon for 128 plate appearances, were not one of those lucky teams. They're hoping 2016 will be..." January 26

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Dombrowski on Sandoval: 'They call him Panda Bear for a reason'

    Mass Live "John Farrell said Thursday at the Boston Baseball Writers Dinner that Pablo Sandoval has lost 20-22 pounds this offseason. Here Saturday at the Red Sox Baseball Winter Weekend event at Foxwoods Resort Casino, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski provided his thoughts on the Red Sox..." January 25

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

  • Hanley Ramirez says he's ready to play first base

    The Score "Hanley Ramirez doesn't expect any setbacks playing another new position with the Boston Red Sox this season. Ramirez, a shortstop for most of his career, struggled to adjust after moving to left field last year, leading the team to relocate him to first base in 2016. ''I've always been an..." January 24

  • Dustin Pedroia: 'I'm going to run more' for Red Sox in 2016

    Boston Herald "No longer hitting in front of David Ortiz and expecting his hamstring to be fully healthy, Dustin Pedroia made a promise about the way he intends to play baseball in 2016. “I’m going to run more,” he said Saturday, speaking at the Red Sox’ Winter Weekend at Foxwoods Casino. “The last couple..." January 23

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    Pete Abraham @PeteAbe

    Kelly said Farrell called him during the winter to say he would be in the rotation and no other starters were coming in. #SoxWinterWeekend

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    Brian MacPherson @brianmacp

    Rusney Castillo says he has shortened his swing in an effort to cope better with big-league velocity. pic.twitter.com/1CO7BbEOyq

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    Pete Abraham @PeteAbe

    #RedSox LHP Brian Johnson said the nerve issue in his elbow healed up and he’s full-go for sp. training. Potentially valuable depth starter

  • 16d
    Pete Abraham @PeteAbe

    Brandon Workman, who had Tommy John surgery in June, is a ways away. But he hopes to get back to the majors this season.

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

  • Farrell: Sandoval's lost 20 pounds in offseason

    CSN New England "It's been well documented that Red Sox manager John Farrell met with Hanley Ramirez recently in south Florida, with the meeting chronicled on Ramirez's Instagram account. What wasn't known until recently, however, is that Farrell also visited with Pablo Sandoval -- another Red Sox veteran..." January 21

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • Red Sox avoid arbitration with Junichi Tazawa for $3.375 million

    Hardball Talk "From Jon Heyman of MLB Network comes word that the Red Sox have avoided arbitration with reliever Junichi Tazawa by agreeing to a one-year, $3.375 million contract for 2016. This was Tazawa’s final turn through the arbitration process. He can become a free agent leading into the 2017 season." January 21

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    Tazawa settles at $3.375M with red sox

  • Will David Ortiz be a Red Sox problem at 40?

    Over The Monster "David Ortiz has made a whole career out of defying the odds, something Red Sox fans have long gotten used to at this point. Originally acquired off waivers to back up Jeremy Giambi in 2003, Ortiz is still swatting home runs at a near-unparalleled level for Boston 12 years later. Although I..." January 20

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, law360.com reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

  • Source: Joe Kelly, Red Sox avoid arbitration with one-year, $2.6 million deal

    WEEI Boston "According to a major league source, the Red Sox and pitcher Joe Kelly have agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million agreement for 2016, avoiding arbitration. It was the first year of arbitration eligibility for Kelly, who went 10-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 2015. " January 15

  • Red Sox must consider Junichi Tazawa's future as he enters final season under contract

    Boston Herald "Junichi Tazawa is like the best friend anybody could ask for; always reliable, never looking for the spotlight and willing to do anything for the good of the group. In the sixth, seventh or eighth inning, he’ll pitch five times a week if he’s asked to. He’ll do it fluidly, too, rarely walking a..." January 13

  • 156 Players File For Salary Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that 156 players have filed for salary arbitration. Players and teams will formally exchange arbitration figures on Friday, and in the five to six weeks that follow, dozens of agreements will be reached. Players and teams that are..." January 13

  • MLB teams must hire full-time Spanish translators for 2016

    ESPN "All 30 Major League Baseball clubs have received a joint directive requiring them to hire full-time Spanish translators for the 2016 season in conjunction with a new program negotiated between the commissioner's office and the players' union, multiple baseball officials told ESPN on..." January 13

  • MLB's top bullpens: Dominant trio puts Yankees on top

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals are the champions of baseball and a barometer of change in the sport. For decades, the conventional wisdom in baseball has been that you must have very good starting pitching to achieve success through the regular season and in the postseason, and with a handful of..." January 12

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