Boston Red Sox Wiretap

Masterson Will Start For Red Sox

Dec 15, 2014 8:11 AM

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

The Red Sox signed the right-hander to a one-year deal worth a reported $9.5 million. It includes $2.5 million in possible incentives based on innings pitched.

Masterson was a reliever for Boston when they traded him to the Cleveland Indians in 2009.

"We clearly see Justin as a starter," Ben Cherington said. "That's what he's really been just about all the time since he was traded, so that's the role we expect him to be in, and if he's what we think he will be then he'll be a good one. Justin has had experience pitching out of the bullpen, so obviously he can do that, but we're signing him to be a starter."

Joe McDonald/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Tigers, Porcello Discussed Extension Prior To Trade

Dec 12, 2014 8:49 AM

The Detroit Tigers "briefly discussed" a contract extension beyond the 2015 season with Rick Porcello before he was traded to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, according to the pitcher's agent.

Jim Murray, Porcello's agent, said the trade wasn't a result of unsuccessful contract extension talks.

"Rick thoroughly enjoyed being a part of such a classy organization and I can assure you that he was not traded based on anything to do with contract talks," Murray said.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mets Wouldn't Trade Young Pitchers For Cespedes

Dec 12, 2014 8:44 AM

The New York Mets inquired with the Boston Red Sox about Yoenis Cespedes toward the end of the season, but were told the asking price would be Zack Wheeler or Jacob deGrom.

New York was unwilling to discuss the two young pitchers, ending talks before they really began.

The Red Sox dealt Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday for Rick Porcello.

David Lennon/Newsday

Tags: New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Red Sox Bring Back Justin Masterson

Dec 11, 2014 1:57 PM

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

Masterson, who began his career with the Red Sox, split the 2014 season between the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

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

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Tigers, Red Sox Will Swap Porcello, Cespedes

Dec 11, 2014 10:55 AM

The Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox have agreed to a trade involving Yoenis Cespedes and Rick Porcello.

Two additional players will head to Detroit along with Cespedes, including right-hander Alex Wilson.

Porcello is arbitration-eligible for the final time this offseason. Cespedes has one more year on his contract.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Source: Masterson Close To Deal With Unknown Team

Dec 11, 2014 8:45 AM

Justin Masterson is nearing a contract agreement with an unknown club, according to a source.

Masterson has been linked to the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers most recently.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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

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Red Sox Get Miley From Diamondbacks

Dec 11, 2014 8:27 AM

The Boston Red Sox will acquire Wade Miley from the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster and a minor-leaguer yet to be identified, according to a Major League source.

As of now, Miley appears to slot in as Boston's No. 3 starter.

Miley is arbitration eligible in 2015 and is projected to receive $4.3 million in arbitration this winter. He is under team control for the next three seasons, eligible for free agency after the 2017 season.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Red Sox Wanted To Discuss Lester Deal More In Spring

Dec 10, 2014 7:08 PM

Ben Cherington says he wishes the Boston Red Sox had some time with negotiate with Jon Lester prior to the 2014 season.

Lester agreed to a deal with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. He became a free agent this offseason after the Red Sox dealt him to the Oakland Athletics in July.

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.

"Back at the beginning of this process, we made a commitment with (Lester's agent Seth Levinson) and Jon to not talk about the details of the conversations publicly and we've honored that," Cherington said. "So I'm not going to stop honoring that now.

"The problem when pieces of conversations or pieces of information get put out without the whole context of what's going on, it can sort of shape the public narrative. All I can say is that we had a lot of conversations prior to making an offer. I think there was a decent understanding on both sides of where, back in spring training, and during the season, of where the range of both sides were looking. We felt that we could enter into a conversation, and we could start a conversation and that’s the only way you get to a deal, is to start a conversation. We just weren't able to have the kind of dialogue back in the spring, or during the season, that we wanted to.

"As I've said before, can we learn things from what happened? Sure. Always can. But right now, once you get into free agency, it becomes a different animal. We understand that. Simply put, the Cubs offered more than we did and he made a choice and we respect it and wish him nothing but the best. We go back to focusing on putting our team together and we feel really good about where we are."

Jason Mastrodonato/Mass Live

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

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Boston's Final Offer To Lester Was $135M Without Vesting Option

Dec 10, 2014 7:52 AM

Jon Lester agreed to terms with the Chicago Cubs late Tuesday night, turning down a chance to return to the Boston Red Sox.

Lester will receive $155 million over six years from the Cubs as well as a vesting option for a seventh season.

Boston's final offer was for six years and $135 million and it did not include a vesting option, according to a report.

The Red Sox originally offered the left-hander a four-year, $70 million deal in March in an effort to keep him from becoming a free agent.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

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

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Jon Lester To Sign With Cubs On Six-Year, $155M Deal

Dec 10, 2014 1:23 AM

Jon Lester will sign with the Chicago Cubs on a six-year, $155 million deal, according to sources.

Lester also considered the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Red Sox were the runners up with a six-year, $135 million bid.

The Giants were willing to offer a seven-year deal worth $168 million.

Ken Rosenthal/Fox Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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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

Red Sox, Padres Have Discussed Cespedes, Kennedy Trade
Boston is hesitant to make the deal because they feel Cespedes could bring an even better pitcher back in return.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Giants Continue Focus On Lester, Possibly Headley
The Giants continue to have interest in free-agents Jon Lester and Chase Headley.

San Jose Mercury News

Report: Lester Meets With Red Sox Owner In Atlanta
John Henry has made a strong push for Jon Lester to return to Boston.

Dodgers Claim Lavarnway From Red Sox; Drop Butera
The Dodgers have claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway from the Red Sox.

Dice-K Signs With Japan's Softbank Hawks
Daisuke Matsuzaka went 3-3 with a 3.89 ERA for the Mets in 2014.

Sources: Dodgers Enter Race For Lester
The Dodgers are a late entrant in the race to sign Jon Lester, according to sources.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Lester Could Decide On New Team By Week's End
There is, however, no deadline in place for the left-hander to come to terms on a deal, according to source.

Ian Browne/MLB

Andrew Miller Moving Closer To Deal
Andrew Miller is moving closer to a rumored four-year, $40 million contract with the Yankees and Dodgers looming.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Yankees, Red Sox Interested In Andrew Miller
The Yankees are one of the teams interested in Andrew Miller, who is also drawing interest from the Red Sox, according to sources.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Allen Craig Potential Target For Marlins
The Marlins continue to look for help at first base and they have added Allen Craig to their list of targets.

Clark Spencer/Miami Herald

Headley Will Benefit From Sandoval, Ramirez Deals
The Yankees have expressed their desire to re-sign Chase Headley.

Anthony Castrovince/MLB

Padres Have Reached Out To Red Sox About Cespedes
Having missed out on Pablo Sandoval, the Padres are now focused on improving via trade.

Corey Brock/MLB

Red Sox Willing To Exceed Luxury Tax, 'Hopeful' On Signing Lester
Owner John W. Henry left no doubt that after signing Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, Jon Lester is Boston's top target.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Report: Cubs Offer Lester $135M Deal
Jon Lester has drawn interest from multiple teams and has an offer on the table from the Cubs.

David Kaplan/CSN Chicago

Mariners Have Talks About Cespedes, Kemp, Upton
The Mariners are looking to acquire a right-handed-hitting corner outfielder via trade.

Jon Paul Morosi/FOX Sports