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Pedro Will Represent Red Sox In Cooperstown

Jan 22, 2015 1:33 PM

Pedro Martinez will represent the Boston Red Sox in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"I cannot be any prouder to take Red Sox Nation to the Hall of Fame with the logo on my plaque," Martinez said in a statement. "I am extremely proud to represent Boston and all of New England with my Hall of Fame career. I'm grateful to all of the teams for which I played, and especially fans, for making this amazing honor come true."


Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Sandoval Says He Left Money On Table In San Francisco

Jan 20, 2015 3:52 PM

Pablo Sandoval told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday that he didn't give the San Francisco Giants a chance to make a final offer before he left for the Boston Red Sox.

Sandoval signed a five-year, $95 million contract with the Red Sox that includes a $17 million club option. The third baseman said he wouldn't have returned to San Francisco for a larger offer.

"No. I left more money out there. I didn't let the Giants make the final offer," Sandoval said. "I just wanted to get out and try new things, try a new challenge. I just want to be a part of a new challenge."

Cash Kruth/MLB

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Cardinals, Padres, Rangers, Red Sox Linked To Hamels

Jan 15, 2015 3:54 PM

Cole Hamels, who has been available since last summer, can still be acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies for a steep price.

Four primary suitors remain for the left-hander, according to sources, the San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.

The Phillies will not move Hamels unless they get the haul they are looking for in return.

Hamels is signed through 2018 at $96 million and possibly through 2019 at $110 million if his option kicks in.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers

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Ogando Drawing Interest From Red Sox, Dodgers

Jan 14, 2015 8:18 AM

The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have been "aggressive" in pursuit of Alexi Ogando, according to Peter Gammons.

Ogando has a troubled injury history, but reportedly impressed scouts at a workout last week. The workout was attended by approximately two dozen teams.

Peter Gammons

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox May Have To Sell Low On Bradley

Jan 14, 2015 8:00 AM

Jackie Bradley Jr. has lost a significant amount of his trade value since he first arrived on the scene with the Boston Red Sox.

Bradley fell from 31 to 50 in Baseball America's prospect rankings from 2013 to 2014.

He hit .198/.265/.266 with one home run and 30 RBI in 423 plate appearances last season. He struck out 121 times against 31 walks. Bradley is still a plus-defender is center field.

Boston traded Will Middlebrooks to the San Diego Padres for a backup catcher earlier this offseason when his value become low.

"Obviously we're not trading Will at a particularly high point right now, we understand that," Ben Cherington said at the time.

The Red Sox may have to do the same thing with Bradley, who was once a hot prospect. There isn't a lot of room in the outfield with Hanley Ramirez, Rusney Castillo and Shane Victorino on the roster.

Jason Mastrodonato/Mass Live

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Farrell Sees Hanley Ramirez As Cleanup Hitter

Jan 9, 2015 4:33 PM

John Farrell has three months to decide on a lineup for the Boston Red Sox, but he is leaning towards hitting Hanley Ramirez in the cleanup spot.

Farrell likes the left-right balance that hitting the left-handed David Ortiz, Ramirez (righty), Pablo Sandoval (switch-hitter) and Mike Napoli (right-handed) from third to sixth would give the club.

"The one thing that clearly stands out is we have balance left- and right-handed," Farrell said.

"I have always liked David in the No. 3 hole. You know he is going to come up in the first inning. I think Hanley gives David some protection behind him. Then you start to create some protection, and we want to keep Sandoval on the left side of the plate as much as possible -- so if you sandwich him in between Ramirez and Napoli, you start to have a formidable middle of the order where you're going left-right-left-right all the way through there."

Ian Browne/MLB

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Red Sox Sign Breslow To $2M Deal

Jan 8, 2015 8:49 AM

The Boston Red Sox have signed Craig Breslow to a one-year, $2 million deal to remain with the club.

Dan Butler was designated for assignment to make room for Breslow on the 40-man roster.

Breslow, who was a key part of Boston's 2013 World Series victory, struggled in 2014.

Ian Browne/MLB

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz, Biggio Elected To Hall Of Fame

Jan 6, 2015 2:08 PM

Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Martinez, Johnson and Smoltz were voted in their first year of eligibility. 

Four players haven't been voted in during the same year since 1955 when Joe DiMaggio, Gabby Hartnett, Ted Lyons and Dazzy Vance were elected.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Personal Award

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Phillies Want To Move Hamels Before Opening Day

Jan 5, 2015 7:29 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies are motivated to move Cole Hamels before the 2015 season begins.

The left-hander is owed at least $90 million over the next four years. His contract increases to $110 million over five seasons if Hamels is traded to one of the nine teams on his no-trade list.

The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals remain linked to Hamels.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Teams May Balk At Shields Asking Price Of Five-Years, $100M

Jan 5, 2015 12:51 AM

Fox Sports reported Sunday evening that although the front-runners for James Shields are still unknown, he is expected to sign a deal of at least five years and $100 million.

The report also notes that some league executives believe any offer of that magnitude would be surprising, considering Shields is 33 years old and coming off eight consecutive seasons of 200-plus innings.

The latest news leaves the market for Shields unclear, as several teams would likely bow out of the running at the expected price.

Tags: Miami Marlins, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Market For James Shields Remains Unknown
The Red Sox don't seem to be a significant player in the sweepstakes for James Shields.

Breslow, Red Sox Agree To One-Year Deal
The Red Sox have agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with Craig Breslow, addressing their need for left-handed bullpen help.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Report: Padres, Phillies Discussing Trade For Hamels
The Boston Globe reported last week the Padres, Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Rangers were interested in Cole Hamels.

Source: Red Sox, Padres Nearing Middlebrooks Deal
San Diego will reportedly send Ryan Hanigan to Boston in the deal.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Red Sox Actively Discussing Allen Craig In Trade Talks
The Red Sox are actively discussing Allen Craig with at least one club, according to a report.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Masterson Will Start For Red Sox
Justin Masterson struggled last season, but the Red Sox insist that he will be in their starting rotation in 2015.

Joe McDonald/ESPN

Tigers, Porcello Discussed Extension Prior To Trade
The Tigers "briefly discussed" a contract extension beyond the 2015 season with Rick Porcello before he was traded to the Red Sox on Thursday.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Mets Wouldn't Trade Young Pitchers For Cespedes
The Mets inquired with the Red Sox about Yoenis Cespedes toward the end of the season, but were told the asking price would be Zack Wheeler or Jacob deGrom.

David Lennon/Newsday

Red Sox Bring Back Justin Masterson
The Red Sox have agreed to a one-year, $9.5 million deal with Justin Masterson that includes incentives.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Tigers, Red Sox Will Swap Porcello, Cespedes
Two additional players will head to Detroit along with Cespedes, including right-hander Alex Wilson.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Source: Masterson Close To Deal With Unknown Team
Justin Masterson has been linked to the Red Sox and Tigers most recently.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Red Sox Get Miley From Diamondbacks
The Red Sox have acquired Wade Miley from the Diamondbacks for pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster and a minor-leaguer yet to be identified, according to a Major League source.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Red Sox Wanted To Discuss Lester Deal More In Spring
The Red Sox made Lester an offer of $70 million over four years, which has been reported multiple times. Cherington wishes Boston had a chance to improve that offer, which he felt was a starting point

Jason Mastrodonato/Mass Live

Boston's Final Offer To Lester Was $135M Without Vesting Option
Jon Lester will receive $155 million over six years with the Cubs as well as a vesting option for a seventh season.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Jon Lester To Sign With Cubs On Six-Year, $155M Deal
Jon Lester also considered the Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers.

Ken Rosenthal/Fox Sports

Report: Lester Decision 'Nearing Finish Line'
Jon Lester is expected to have all his final offers on the table soon, possibly by the conclusion of Tuesday night.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Phillies Keeping Tabs On Lester, Which Could Shift Hamels Market
Philadelphia isn't in the mix to sign Jon Lester, but where he lands will help set the trade market for Cole Hamels.

Corey Seidman/CSN Philly

Source: Red Sox Make Offer To Masterson
The Red Sox traded Justin Masterson to the Indians in 2009 as part of the Victor Martinez deal.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Sources: Lester's Pick Slowed By Negotiations
Jon Lester has multiple offers of at least $150 million over six years, which has slowed down his ultimate choice because of having to deal with negotiations with those teams, according to sources.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Jon Lester Expected To Choose Between Cubs, Giants
Jon Lester has also been considering the Red Sox and Dodgers.

Ken Rosenthal/Fox Sports