Boston Red Sox Wiretap

Ortiz Defends Past, Says No Player Is Tested More

Mar 27, 2015 8:23 AM

David Ortiz has written a first-person essay for The Players' Tribune, defending his past and candidacy for the Hall of Fame.

"Let me tell you something. Say whatever you want about me -- love me, hate me," Ortiz wrote. "But I'm no bulls------. I never knowingly took any steroids. If I tested positive for anything, it was for something in pills I bought at the damn mall. If you think that ruins everything I have done in this game, there is nothing I can say to convince you different."

Ortiz also told a story of being in the Dominican Republic last winter and being awakened by "two American guys holding briefcases" with "pee cups and big needles" who had come to administer drug tests mandated by Major League Baseball.

"In some people's minds, I will always be considered a cheater," he wrote. "And that's bulls---. Mark my words: Nobody in MLB history has been tested for PEDs more than me. You know how many times I've been tested since 2004? More than 80. They say these tests are random. If it's really random, I should start playing the damn lottery. Some people still think the testing is a joke. It's no joke. Ten times a season these guys come into the clubhouse or my home with their briefcases. I have never failed a single one of those tests and I never will.''

Ortiz's name surfaced in connection with steroids in 2009, when the New York Times reported that he and Boston Red Sox teammate Manny Ramirez were among 100 players who had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

Discuss Buy Tickets
Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

Discuss Buy Tickets
Released Linebacker To Try Out For Red Sox

Mar 25, 2015 4:17 PM

Brandon Magee, who was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday morning, is headed to spring training with the Boston Red Sox.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity they gave me at the time. Right now, I'm focused on spring training," Magee told the Tampa Bay Times.

Magee played both football and baseball at Arizona State and was drafted by the Red Sox in 2012. He previously was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics. Magee was with the Red Sox in extended spring training last year before signing with the Buccaneers.

The linebacker played primarily on special teams for the Buccaneers last season.

Pat Yasinskas/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

Discuss Buy Tickets
Koji Uehara Could Miss Opening Day

Mar 24, 2015 2:47 PM

The Boston Red Sox are concerned that Koji Uehara won't be ready to pitch on Opening Day.

Uehara is dealing with a hamstring injury.

The Red Sox will open the season on April 6 in Philadelphia.

"With each passing day that he's not in a game, there's growing concern in the sense of, 'Will he be ready for April 6?' We're just working through that," John Farrell said.

"Three games next week would give him six appearances in spring training. Is that enough? We just have to evaluate the stuff once he gets back in games."

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Misc Rumor

Discuss Buy Tickets
Jackie Bradley Calls Swing 'Work In Progress'

Mar 24, 2015 8:20 AM

The Boston Red Sox are expected to send Jackie Bradley to Pawtucket to begin the season after he hit .198 last year despite playing excellent defense.

In addition to his offensive struggles, the Red Sox have more than enough outfielders to fill their Major League roster.

Bradley has changed the way he swings to a more level/downward plane from the uppercut swings he took a year ago.

"A work in progress," he said.

His offensive struggles in 2014 may have been an aberration because he's hit well at every level he's been at.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

Discuss Buy Tickets
Red Sox Considering Extension For Mookie Betts

Mar 19, 2015 5:13 PM

The Boston Red Sox have held internal discussions about signing Mookie Betts to a long-term extension.

The club has yet to broach the subject with Betts or his representation.

Betts is enjoying a great spring and won't be eligible for arbitration until after the 2017 season. He won't be a free agent until after the 2020 campaign.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

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

Discuss Buy Tickets
Red Sox Seeking Trade Partner For Craig

Mar 19, 2015 7:50 AM

The Boston Red Sox are trying to find a trade partner for Allen Craig.

They have had some of their top pro scouts around the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Discuss Buy Tickets
Joe Kelly Leaves Start With Biceps Tightness

Mar 17, 2015 8:37 AM

Joe Kelly felt some tightness in his right biceps as he was warming up Monday, which led him to leave his start in the third inning.

"As the game progressed it got worse than I thought it was," said Kelly, who was limited to just fastballs against the New York Mets because of the tightness.

Kelly said he was not concerned because he has had biceps tendinitis before.

"Something we looked over in the training room," he said. "Everything checked out. A little biceps restriction. It's something we're going to work on and try to let it settle down a little bit, then continue on throwing."

The Boston Red Sox haven't indicated how long they'll rest Kelly.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Misc Rumor

Discuss Buy Tickets
Sandoval Fires Back At Huff's Claims On Facebook

Mar 14, 2015 1:33 AM

While the Giants have been measured in their response to comments made by Pablo Sandoval explaining his decision to leave and sign with the Red Sox this offseason, former San Francisco teammate Aubrey Huff did not exercise the same restraint.

And Sandoval fired back Friday.

"Who is Aubrey Huff?" Sandoval asked in response to a post made by the former first baseman on Facebook. "What is important here is to see where the person who made those comments is, and where I am now, that's what counts."

"I'm pretty sure their (sic) wasn't a tear shed on behalf of all the players, and the coaches when he signed with Boston," Huff's Facebook post from earlier in the week.

ESPN.com

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

Discuss Buy Tickets
Red Sox 'Fully Expect' Craig To Stick Around

Mar 10, 2015 8:38 AM

John Farrell expects Allen Craig to remain with the Boston Red Sox despite trade rumors and a surplus in the outfield.

The Red Sox are expected to make Craig a part-time player.

"It'll be an adjustment — how difficult remains to be seen," Farrell said. "He's been accustomed to being an everyday player."

Craig will make $5.5 million this season, $9 million in 2016 and $11 million in 2017.

"We fully expect him to be on this team," Farrell said. "There's nothing to expect otherwise. He's the one in particular that we just said, 'Let's get the appropriate number of at-bats that spring training would provide,' and we'll go from there. His attitude has been great. He understands the situation that he's in. He understands that, coming off last year, we had to make decisions to improve the team, and he's got to compete for at-bats. He's more than willing to embrace that."

Jason Mastrodonato

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Discuss Buy Tickets
Sandoval: Giants Made It Easy To Leave
Pablo Sandoval felt disrespected by the Giants and knew as early as spring training last season that he would leave the team as a free agent.

ESPN

Red Sox In No Rush To Trade Craig
The Red Sox are in no rush to trade Allen Craig, who they coveted long before acquiring him from the Cardinals via trade last summer.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Yankees Have Come Closest On Hamels
Of all the teams that have expressed interest in Cole Hamels, the Yankees have come closest to acquiring the left-hander.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Rick Porcello's Contract Status Not An Issue
Rick Porcello signed a one-year, $12.5 deal this winter with the Red Sox, avoiding arbitration.

ESPN.com

Rusney Castillo Out Indefinitely After MRI
Rusney Castillo will be out indefinitely after an MRI showed a strained left oblique muscle, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Red Sox Feel 'No Urgency' To Deal For Hamels
The Red Sox continue to monitor Cole Hamels and the Phillies, but "there's no sense of urgency" to trade for the left-hander, according to a source.

Sean McAdam/CSNNE

Ortiz Rants Against Pace Of Play Rules
David Ortiz has ranted against baseball's planned pace of play rules, especially the rule that stipulates a batter keep one foot in the box at all times.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

GM: Ortiz Can Play For Red Sox As Long As He Wants
David Ortiz, who will turn 40 this year, has an open-ended future with the Red Sox.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Henry: Red Sox Are As Strong As Ever
The Red Sox have won three World Series since he and his partners took over the club in 2002, but John W. Henry believes his club is as strong as ever before.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Yankees Made 'Significant Offer' To Moncada
The Yankees offered Yoan Moncada a $25 million contract on Sunday, but that wasn't enough to land the Cuban infielder.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

Report: Red Sox, Moncada Agree To $30M Deal
The Red Sox have agreed to sign Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada to a contract in the range of $30 million, according to a report.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Lucchino-Led Group Set To Purchase PawSox
The Pawtucket Red Sox have agreed to be sold to a group of investors headlined by Red Sox president and chief executive officer Larry Lucchino.

Kevin McNamara/Providence Journal

Red Sox May Not Be Inclined To Deal Bradley, Jr.
Jackie Bradley, Jr. is Boston's best defensive outfielder and has Minor League options available.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Bids On Moncada Have Surpassed $20M
The Yankees, Red Sox and Padres are considered the front-runners for the Cuban phenom.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Red Sox Give John Farrell New Deal
The Red Sox extended John Farrell's contract by two years.

ESPN.com

Farrell: Victorino Will Start For Red Sox
Shane Victorino wants to start for the Red Sox and John Farrell said Friday that his request will be granted.

Ian Browne/MLB

Sandoval Isn't Bothered By Criticism Over Weight
Pablo Sandoval's weight became a hot topic on social media Thursday when an unflattering photo surfaced.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Victorino Has 'No Intentions Of Being Bench Player'
Shane Victorino feels healthy and wants a starting role with the Red Sox.

Ian Browne/MLB

Hamels Hopes To Be Traded To Contender
Cole Hamels wanted to be clear that he's not demanding a trade, but expressed his desire to win.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Red Sox Discussed Scherzer With Boras
After speaking with Scott Boras, it became clear that the right-hander's price would be too high for the Red Sox.

Rob Bradford/WEEI