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Red Sox Tell Hanley Ramirez To Lose 15-20 Pounds

Oct 7, 2015 1:29 PM

The Boston Red Sox have told Hanley Ramirez to lose 15 to 20 pounds this offseason.

“To be an infielder, you have to be a little more agile,” Torey Lovullo said. “It’s all from a health standpoint, all for getting through a season and not having those aches and pains that a big body has.

“We all know when you carry extra weight it puts more stress on your joints. I think that’s the main reason why.”

Ramirez is listed at 225 pounds, but he reported to spring training at 240.

Scott Lauber/Boston Globe

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John Farrell To Remain Manager Of Red Sox In 2016

Oct 4, 2015 3:01 PM

John Farrell, who recently completed his final course of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, will return as manager of the Boston Red Sox in 2016, the team announced Sunday.

In addition, Torey Lovullo will return as bench coach.

Lovullo agreed to a two-year extension in which he agreed to waive the right to pursue managerial openings with other teams.

According to the statement, the 53-year-old Farrell has been given a "clean bill of health."

Gordon Edes/ESPN

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Red Sox Had Hoped To Retain Jerry Dipoto

Sep 30, 2015 8:04 AM

Jerry Dipoto, who was officially hired as general manager of the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, worked for a few months as a member of the Boston Red Sox front office.

Dipoto evaluated Boston's minor-league talent as a consultant after he stepped down as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels.

"I wish he would have been able to stay," president Dave Dombrowski said. "I figured once Seattle started interview him it was probably a long shot. But, sure, I wish he would have been able to stay."

Dipoto left a mark on the Red Sox despite his short stay.

"His basic task was to review our personnel in the organization and then report on them, which he did. He would have continued to watch us in the Instructional League, but that’€™s obviously over now," Dombrowski said. "So he did all of that. He did a great job, had a very thorough assessment of our talent, and gave me the information. He also, when he was around, contributed to other ways in talking about general baseball. But we never got a chance to pursue any of that because of the circumstances.

"It was great. He supplemented the information I already had from people in the organization, so the combination of getting that from within, but while also getting it from an outside observer, was great. It was very good and really good information. And now I obviously have all that information for future reference."

Rob Bradford/WEEI

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Dombrowski Has Retained Several Red Sox Employees

Sep 28, 2015 11:49 AM

In addition to hiring internal candidate Mike Hazen to be his general manager, Dave Dombrowski has retained several members of the Boston Red Sox front office.

Dombrowski wanted some changes made in terms of scouting, but the highly-respected Gus Quattlebaum was promoted and the remainder of the staff was essentially kept in place.

"I am really impressed by the people here," Dombrowski said recently.

Peter Gammons

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David Ortiz's 2016 Option Maxed Out At $16M

Sep 27, 2015 9:16 PM

David Ortiz's salary for the 2016 season with the Boston Red Sox is now maxed out at $16 million.

Ortiz recorded his 600th plate appearance of 2015 on Sunday, triggering the option.

Ortiz has had a productive second half of the season and turns 40 in November.

Zach Links/MLB Trade Rumors

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Red Sox To Try Hanley Ramirez At First Base In 2016

Sep 27, 2015 9:14 PM

The Boston Red Sox are considering moving Hanley Ramirez to first base next season.

Ramirez's season recently ended due to a shoulder injury.

Ramirez had an OPS of just .717 in 2015 and has become a liability on defense. Ramirez has three seasons remaining on his contract with the Red Sox.

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Red Sox Hire Frank Wren As SVP Of Baseball Operations

Sep 25, 2015 4:32 PM

The Boston Red Sox announced on Friday that they have hired Frank Wren as their senior vice president of baseball operations.

Wren, formerly the general manager of the Atlanta Braves, joins Boston's front office a day after Mike Hazen was introduced as the team's new GM. The Red Sox named Dave Dombrowski president of baseball operations in August.

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Red Sox Name Mike Hazen General Manager

Sep 24, 2015 6:23 PM

The Boston Red Sox have hired Mike Hazen as their new general manager.

It's the first big move made by Dave Dombrowski since he was hired as president last month.

Hazen has spent a decade in several areas of Boston's Major League operations, including player acquisitions, player evaluation, contract negotiations, major league scouting and pro scouting.

"Over his 10 years with the Red Sox, Mike has proven to be an invaluable member of the baseball operations department," Dave Dombrowski, Boston's president of baseball operations, said in a statement. "We are thrilled to have him in this position and I'm excited to have him working with me on every aspect of baseball operations."


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Boras Won't Rule Out Extension Talks For Xander Bogaerts

Sep 24, 2015 7:47 AM

Scott Boras hasn't ruled out a possible contract extension for client Xander Bogaerts with the Boston Red Sox.

Boras has a history of preferring to wait for his clients to reach free agency rather than potentially sacrificing money early in their careers.

"Look, I always tell every team and every player, we're an open door," Boras said. "Anything they want to look at and offer, and then the player just has to make his judgments, so we evaluate that.

"So I did all of these studies of [Bogaerts] and even a great player like [Derek] Jeter, he was more home runs, more RBIs, and he's made more playing time in the big leagues at 22 than Jeter had. So when you're talking about a player at that level, that great, to be ahead of him in many ways, you can really see where Xander and the organization in combination have worked hard to get him to that level, so it's nice to see."

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Hanley Ramirez May Play First Base For Red Sox Soon

Sep 22, 2015 4:26 PM

Hanley Ramirez may play first base for the Boston Red Sox sooner rather than later.

Ramirez is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder, but he expected to have a meeting with Boston's powers that be on Tuesday.

"I think we're going to have a meeting [Tuesday] and we're going to talk about it," he told "The shoulder feels stronger. I feel better."

Ramirez has been working with Red Sox infield coach Brian Butterfield on manning the position.

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Red Sox To Interview Quinton McCracken For GM Role
Ben Cherington stepped down as Boston's GM when Dave Dombrowski was hired as president last month.

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Blue Jays, Red Sox To Play Exhibition Games In Montreal
The Red Sox and Blue Jays will meet for two exhibition games in Montreal's Olympic Stadium at the end of spring training in 2016.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Dombrowski Won't Give Red Sox Advantage In Signing David Price
David Price, who will be a free agent this winter, says the presence of David Dombrowski in Boston won't give the Red Sox an advantage in signing him.

John Tomase/WEEI

Dombrowski Hasn't Interviewed Candidates For GM Position
Dave Dombrowski added that he values continuity, which may bode well for current assistant general manager Mike Hazen.

John Tomase/WEEI

Mariners Plan To Interview Jerry Dipoto
The Mariners plan to interview Jerry Dipoto for their vacant general manager position.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Smokeless Tobacco Banned At Fenway Park
A ban on smokeless tobacco products at Fenway Park and other Boston sports venues has been approved by the city council.

Associated Press

Giants Get Alejandro De Aza From Red Sox
The Giants acquired Alejandro De Aza from the Red Sox on Monday night in exchange for Class A pitcher Luis Ysla.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Mike Hazen Is Strong Candidate To Become Boston's GM
As Dave Dombrowski of the Red Sox searches for a new general manager, Mike Hazen is a stronger candidate than most realize, according to a report by Peter Gammons.

Peter Gammons

Red Sox Going With Jean Machi At Closer
After Junichi Tazawa walked four batters in a row on Friday, the Red Sox looked for another option at closer.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Red Sox Working Out Hanley Ramirez At First Base
Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski says working Hanley Ramirez out at first base was the "logical" thing to do considering the way the team's young outfielders are playing.

Next Red Sox GM Could Be Dipoto, Eppler, O'Dowd Or Wren
Dan Dombrowski plans to hire a general manager to replace Ben Cherington with the Red Sox, but said during his introductory press conference this week that he won't rush the decision.

Sean McAdam/CSNNE

Red Sox Ownership, Cherington Differ On Dombrowski Timeline
Red Sox ownership and departing general manager Ben Cherington have conflicting stories regarding the timeline of the Dave Dombrowski hire.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Dombrowski Could Hire Wren As Boston's GM
Dave Dombrowski, hired by the Red Sox as president of baseball operations on Tuesday night, is expected to hire a general manager to work under him.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Red Sox Hire Dombrowski; Cherington To Step Aside
Dave Dombrowski, who described Boston's courtship as a "whirlwind," was fired as president of the Tigers two weeks ago.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Dodgers, Red Sox Discussing Alejandro De Aza
The Dodgers are considering De Aza as an alternative acquisition target to Chase Utley, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Francona Will Accompany Farrell To First Cancer Treatment
Terry Francona, who has been friends with John Farrell since they were teammates on the Indians in 1988, said he plans to accompany the Red Sox manager to the hospital Tuesday when Farrell begins his

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Farrell Diagnosed With Lymphoma, Lovullo To Manage Red Sox
John Farrell has been diagnosed with lymphoma and is stepping away from the Red Sox immediately.


Red Sox Could Move Ramirez Or Sandoval To First Base
The front office has not approached either Hanley Ramirez or Pablo Sandoval about a possible move, but talks could take place in the offseason.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Jim Callis: Red Sox Have No. 1 Farm System
Boston has seven prospects among's Top 100, including second baseman Yoan Moncada (No. 10) and third baseman Rafael Devers (No. 15).

Jim Callis/MLB

500 Home Runs Suddenly In Play For David Ortiz
David Ortiz, 39, hit a pair of home runs on Wednesday afternoon, the continuation of a surge that has put the 500-home run mark in play.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

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