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Giants Get Alejandro De Aza From Red Sox

Sep 1, 2015 6:44 AM

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

The clubs announced the deal about 40 minutes after Monday's midnight deadline for players traded to be eligible for postseason rosters.

The Red Sox reportedly will send $650,000 to the Giants as payment toward the roughly $833,000 left on De Aza's $5 million contract.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Mike Hazen Is Strong Candidate To Become Boston's GM

Aug 31, 2015 7:25 AM

As Dave Dombrowski of the Boston Red Sox searches for a new general manager, Mike Hazen is a stronger candidate than most realize, according to a report by Peter Gammons.

Hazen is currently the team's assistant general manager, having remained on the job despite the dismissal of Ben Cherington earlier this month.

He has worked his way up the baseball operations ladder, much like Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Cherington before him.

Peter Gammons

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox Going With Jean Machi At Closer

Aug 31, 2015 7:11 AM

After Junichi Tazawa walked four batters in a row on Friday, the Boston Red Sox looked for another option at closer.

Torey Lovullo announced on Sunday morning that Jean Machi would be the club's closer going forward. The Red Sox added Machi in late-July via a waiver claim from the San Francisco Giants.

Koji Uehara, Boston’s closer for the last three seasons, is out for the year with a fractured right wrist.

Machi, a 33-year-old right-hander, is 3-for-3 in save opportunities for the Red Sox, working a 1-2-3 ninth in a 3-1 victory Saturday.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox Working Out Hanley Ramirez At First Base

Aug 26, 2015 1:06 AM

There's a simple reason, new Red Sox president David Dombrowski said Tuesday, that the team began working out Hanley Ramirez at first base.

Given the way the team's young outfielders are playing, it was the "logical" thing to do, Dombrowski said by phone from Boston. And judging by what Ramirez told reporters Tuesday, he agrees.

"We got Jackie, we got Mookie, we got the Cuban guy -- what's his name? I know his name -- they cover a lot of ground out there," Ramirez said. "It's what we need. You want young blood out there, hustling and diving all over the place.

"I can't do that. I had two surgeries on my left shoulder; I can't be flying all over the place. It's really impressive when you got those three guys out there, and I'm really happy to move to see that."

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Next Red Sox GM Could Be Dipoto, Eppler, O'Dowd Or Wren

Aug 21, 2015 6:45 AM

Dan Dombrowski plans to hire a general manager to replace Ben Cherington with the Boston Red Sox, but said during his introductory press conference this week that he won't rush the decision.

After speaking with multiple industry sources, Sean McAdam of has come up with a list of four strong candidates for the job -- Frank Wren, Jerry Dipoto, Billy Eppler and Dan O'Dowd.

Sean McAdam/CSNNE

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox Ownership, Cherington Differ On Dombrowski Timeline

Aug 20, 2015 6:53 AM

Boston Red Sox ownership and departing general manager Ben Cherington have conflicting stories regarding the timeline of the Dave Dombrowski hire.

Cherington said he did not learn of Boston's plans to hire David Dombrowski as president of baseball operations until this past Saturday, but ownership insists he knew before then.

"I was surprised," Cherington said. "I tried to make it clear to John that I wanted to be a participant in that [hiring] process and help him in any way I could to find the right solution for the Red Sox. I felt as long as I was a participant in that process that I needed to be prepared for what that solution might look like, even if it meant a change with me. I told him that.

"It just so happened that what I was told on Saturday just hadn't been part of that conversation. The first I heard of any pursuit of David was Saturday."

In his telling, John Henry cited a specific date when he first informed Cherington of his interest in Dombrowski.

"On Aug. 4, when the Tigers announced a shakeup of Dave leaving, I spoke to Tom and Ben about having a conversation with Dave," Henry said. "Tom and I wanted to see if there was a fit for Dave within the Red Sox organization. Ben did not object. Would our philosophies coincide in the present day?"

Cherington said he and Henry had spoken frequently in recent weeks about how best to address the Sox's ills, and valued those conversations.

"Up until Saturday, all I was thinking about was trying to find solutions for the Red Sox," Cherington said. "It appeared to me that the decision that John and Tom were making, which I respect -- I wasn't part of that conversation in a way I felt I could be all-in and helping it work. That's really what it came down to."

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Dombrowski Could Hire Wren As Boston's GM

Aug 19, 2015 1:27 PM

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

Frank Wren is a leading candidate for the position.

Dombrowski and Wren worked together with the Miami Marlins and Montreal Expos during the 1980s and 1990s.

Wren was fired by the Atlanta Braves last September.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox Hire Dombrowski; Cherington To Step Aside

Aug 19, 2015 6:37 AM

The Boston Red Sox have announced that they have hired Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations.

Dombrowski, who described Boston's courtship as a "whirlwind," was fired as president of the Detroit Tigers two weeks ago.

Dombrowski, who will be introduced on Wednesday, said he intends to hire a new general manager. He offered the position to the incumbent, Ben Cherington, but Cherington declined the offer.

"I was hoping as late as this afternoon that Ben would stay," Dombrowski, 59, said, "I was prepared for him to stay, but I understand his reasons for not staying."

The Red Sox said in a statement that Cherington, who was in his fourth season as the team's general manager, agreed to assist in the transition.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

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Dodgers, Red Sox Discussing Alejandro De Aza

Aug 18, 2015 7:08 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox are engaged in trade talks involving Alejandro De Aza.

Boston acquired De Aza from the Baltimore Orioles earlier this summer.

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

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Francona Will Accompany Farrell To First Cancer Treatment

Aug 18, 2015 6:52 AM

Terry Francona, who has been friends with John Farrell since they were teammates on the Cleveland Indians in 1988, said he plans to accompany the Boston Red Sox manager to the hospital Tuesday when Farrell begins his first cycle of chemotherapy.

Farrell, who announced Friday that he had been diagnosed with Stage 1 lymphoma and would not manage the rest of the season while he undergoes treatment, is scheduled for three 21-day cycles of chemotherapy at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Francona is in Boston to manage the Indians as they open a three-game series against the Red Sox on Monday.

"We were just talking," Francona said of his offer to accompany Farrell. "I was just asking questions, the normal questions. He mentioned he was starting Tuesday. I said, 'I'm right there. I'll go with you, whatever.' I may not do anything other than get in the way, like normal, but being a friend, the only thing I know how to do is be a friend. Like the rest of us, we don't know exactly what to do, but I do know how to be a friend. I care about him a lot. That's what I'm trying to do."

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor

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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

Red Sox Hire Jerry Dipoto As Consultant
Jerry Dipoto will help in player evaluation and offseason planning.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Rangers To Use Mike Napoli In Platoon At First Base
Mike Napoli is a better option than Mitch Moreland against left-handed pitchers.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

David Ortiz Says He'll Return To Red Sox For 2016
David Ortiz is now guaranteed a base salary of $11 million for 2016.


Red Sox Trade Mike Napoli To Rangers
The Red Sox have traded Mike Napoli to the Rangers along with cash in a waiver deal.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

David Ortiz Nearing $11M Guarantee For 2016
David Ortiz is just 10 plate appearances shy of the 425 needed to guarantee his $11 million for 2016 with the Red Sox.

John Tomase/WEEI

Rays Claim Daniel Nava Off Waivers
Boston had designated the 32-year-old for assignment on July 30th.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Angels, Blue Jays, Red Sox Could All Covet Dombrowski
Dave Dombrowski was released from his contract with the Tigers on Tuesday, but doesn't figure to be unemployed long if he so chooses.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

More Changes Could Be Coming For Boston Front Office
More changes could be coming in the front office for the Red Sox following the departure of Larry Lucchino.

Michael Silverman/Boston Herald

Red Sox Could Move Mike Napoli In Waiver Trade
The Red Sox didn't trade Mike Napoli last week, but that doesn't mean he won't change teams this season.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Doug Melvin Believes Mets Have Been Unfairly Criticized
Milwaukee had a deal in place with the Mets that would have sent Carlos Gomez to New York in exchange for Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores.

Jim Bowden/MLB Network Radio

Larry Lucchino Leaving As Red Sox President, CEO
Larry Lucchino has been with the Red Sox since February, 2002.

Rays Recall Grady Sizemore From Triple-A
The Rays have optioned Mike Mahtook to Triple-A Durham.

Red Sox Discussing Kimbrel, Ross With Padres
The Red Sox continue to search for controllable pitching and have discussed a trade with the Padres.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Cubs, Red Sox Discussing Carlos Carrasco With Indians
Carlos Carrasco is signed through 2018.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Red Sox 'Unlikely' To Get Cole Hamels
The Red Sox have long been linked to the Phillies left-hander, but his no-trade clause has been a consistent road block.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Red Sox Trade Shane Victorino To Angels
Boston will pay $3.8 million of the $4.9 million remaining on Shane Victorino's contract, according to a Major League source.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

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