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Anthony Rizzo: Cubs Won't Be Hated Like Yankees, Red Sox

Feb 17, 2017 6:32 AM

Anthony Rizzo doesn't think the Chicago Cubs' success will make them villains much like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.

Rizzo and others around the Cubs keep talking about the "likeable" personalities within their young core, the "authenticity" of players, the "fun" they have.

However, Rizzo got a taste of how some fans perceive success while working out in the offseason.

"I had an older man in the gym telling me he's a big Red Sox and Patriots fan," Rizzo said. "And he said, 'Yeah, congrats, you guys won one, but you haven't done anything until the whole country hates you.’

"In a way it's true, because growing up a die-hard Dolphin fan, I hated Tom Brady because he was the best. And now it’s like I'm almost a Patriots fan because he's so good."

Gordon Wittenmeyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Hanley Ramirez Hopes To Fill Leadership Void Left By David Ortiz

Feb 16, 2017 3:48 PM

Hanley Ramirez hopes to help the Boston Red Sox fill the leadership void left behind by David Ortiz, who retired after last season.

Ramirez took over Ortiz's spot in the Spring Training clubhouse, including the two end-row lockers near the door.

"He's my mentor," Ramirez said of Ortiz. "He's my everything."

Ramirez will also take over as Boston's primary designated hitter.

"The difference between me and David is David, he can talk. I don't like to talk a lot. I'm more quiet," Ramirez said. "David always finds a way to get to know you, to talk to you. That's a good thing. I learned that from him, and that's one of the things I'm going to try to do this year, too.

"He's teaching me, showing me the way to be a leader and a champion, every day. His legacy, his way to play the game, the way to teach people around him, how he tries to make everybody happy around him, David was unbelievable."

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Andrew Benintendi Thought He'd Be Part Of Trade For Chris Sale

Feb 13, 2017 4:18 PM

When Andrew Benintendi first heard news that the Boston Red Sox would trade for Chris Sale, he worried that he'd be sent packing to the Chicago White Sox.

"My agent texted me. He's like, 'You're either going to go or not in the next two minutes.' I was just like, 'Well, there's not much I can do.' After that two minutes was up, I saw everything on Twitter," Benintendi said. "People were texting me. Obviously, it was a big move for both sides. I'm excited he's on our side and I'm not facing him."

In reality, Benintendi didn't have to worry. Dave Dombrowski had little to no interest in trading his projected starting left fielder.

"Well, we were never planning on it," said Dombrowski. "That was not a goal of ours to trade him. We like him a lot. I know we've traded a lot of good, young players, but I think it's important to break young players in. He's going to be one of the young players to break in the door. We'll have some other young guys breaking in on a year-in, year-out basis. But our goal was that he really was our left fielder. We never came close to trading him."

Ian Browne/MLB

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Pablo Sandoval Arrives Early, Draws Praise From Teammates

Feb 10, 2017 7:07 AM

Pablo Sandoval reported to Fort Myers, Florida, where the Boston Red Sox spend spring training, eight days early on Thursday.

Sandoval had season-ending surgery last May.

He was seen taking swings from both sides of the plate at JetBlue Park and looked noticeably slimmer than he has in the past.

Sandoval has disappointed since signing a five-year, $95 million contract with the Red Sox prior to the 2015 season. In December, he admitted he got "complacent" after striking the big deal and pledged to start his career all over again with his shoulder healed.

"He worked his tail off," Jackie Bradley Jr. said. "You can definitely tell he's worked hard.

"Happy to see him. And happy to see him happy. He's a difference-maker. He's able to impact the game. We have faith that he's going to do very well.

"He has a chip on his shoulder, and I love that. I know he wants to get back and play in his element. People always doubt you, even if you're Mike Trout. You have to believe in yourself. You focus on that and getting better and not let the outside distractions bother you."

ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox To Sign Carlos Quentin

Feb 8, 2017 4:48 PM

The Boston Red Sox will sign Carlos Quentin to a Minor League deal, but he will begin the season in Triple-A without an invite to Major League camp.

The Red Sox don't have a lot of depth in the outfield in the minors.

Quentin last play in the Major Leagues in 2014.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

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

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Red Sox To Retire David Ortiz's No. 34 In June

Jan 27, 2017 8:14 AM

The Boston Red Sox will retire David Ortiz's No. 34 before their June 23 home game against the Los Angeles Angels.

The club had already told Ortiz toward the end of last season that his number would be retired at some point in 2017.

Ortiz's jersey will become the 11th to be retired, joining those of Bobby Doerr (No. 1), Joe Cronin (4), Johnny Pesky (6), Carl Yastrzemski (8), Ted Williams (9), Jim Rice (14), Wade Boggs (26), Carlton Fisk (27), Pedro Martinez (45) and Jackie Robinson (42).

Ian Browne/MLB

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Pedro Martinez Thinks David Ortiz Will Play Again

Jan 24, 2017 7:44 AM

Coming off a spectacular final season, David Ortiz has insisted that his decision to retire will remain final.

That hasn't stopped Pedro Martinez from causing a stir by predicting that Ortiz will return and play for the Boston Red Sox this season.

Martinez told Trenni Kusnierek and John Tomase that he won't believe Ortiz is retired until the end of the season.

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

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Yankees Wouldn't Give Up Gary Sanchez In Trade For Chris Sale

Jan 23, 2017 7:39 AM

Brian Cashman knew the Chicago White Sox wanted a lot in a trade for Chris Sale and the New York Yankees weren't willing to part with potential superstar Gary Sanchez.

Sanchez hit 20 home runs in 53 games after being promoted on Aug. 3

The Boston Red Sox eventually gave up Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz for Sale on Dec. 6.

"You saw what the White Sox got for Sale," Cashman said.

"I try to play in my mind what the equivalency would be with the Yankees," the general manager said. "Is Moncada the Gary Sanchez? You'd have to give up a Gary Sanchez-type. Would it be the equivalent of Moncada?

"And then you have to play around with the next (piece). Is it (a touted pitching prospect such as James) Kaprielian or Chance Adams or Justus Sheffield? It would probably be (Luis) Severino right now. So those are the two primers just to get the ball rolling with the other two players yet to be named to try to match up for Sale."

Randy Miller/NJ.com

Tags: New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts Not Yet Seeking Long-Term Deals

Jan 20, 2017 7:45 AM

Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts aren't ready to consider signing long-term contract extensions that would buy out at least the remainder of their arbitration years and possibly a few years of free agency.

"Not yet," Bogaerts said of a long-term deal with the Boston Red Sox. "I know I still have three more years [of arbitration], hopefully three exciting years that I'm looking forward to, especially with the roster that we have. I always say if you keep playing good, the team recognizes that and maybe you can get something done. As of now, it's just me going out there and performing and see what happens."

Betts agreed.

"I know about all of it. I'm fully aware of everything that kind of goes on, and I just know I have my mind set on one thing and that's going one year at a time," Betts said. "I don't need anything extra in my head and in my mind. The game's already hard enough to play."

Scott Lauber/ESPN

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

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Red Sox Sign Kyle Kendrick To Minors Deal

Jan 19, 2017 6:47 AM

The Boston Red Sox have signed Kyle Kendrick to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Kendrick will earn a $1 million base salary and the deal has multiple opt-out dates for the right-hander.

Evan Drellich/Boston Herald

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

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David Ortiz Insists He'll Remain Retired
Despite rumors to the contrary, David Ortiz says he's happily retired from baseball and has no plans for a return.

Enrique Rojas/ESPN

Curt Schilling Blames Trump Support For HOF Shut-Out
In a recent video published by TMZ, Curt Schilling said he believes his support of President-elect Donald Trump is one reason he's losing Hall of Fame support among baseball journalists.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Red Sox Not Concerned After Eduardo Rodriguez Tweaks Knee
The Red Sox say they aren't concerned after Eduardo Rodriguez tweaked his right knee after he slipped on a wet mound during a winter ball start in Venezuela on Tuesday.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Report: Red Sox, Yankees May Play In London In 2018
The AL East rivals could play a series in London Stadium in 2018.

ESPN.com

Red Sox Trade Clay Buchholz To Phillies
The Red Sox have traded Clay Buchholz to the Philadelphia Phillies for for minor league second baseman Josh Tobias.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Record Six Teams To Pay Luxury Tax This Season
The Dodgers will have to pay a luxury tax of $31.8M this season.

ESPN.com

Marlins, Brad Ziegler Agree To Two-Year, $16M Deal
In 33 appearances with the Red Sox, Brad Ziegler posted a 1.52 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 11 walks.

ESPN.com

Red Sox Won't Add Payroll To Sign Jose Bautista
Jose Bautista and his agent approached the Red Sox, but the two sides won't be working out a contract agreement.

Peter Gammons

Cubs, Koji Uehara Agree Upon $4.5M Deal
Looking to improve against left-handed hitters late in games, the Cubs have reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year, $4.5 million deal with Koji Uehara.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Red Sox Prefer To Trade Clay Buchholz
The Red Sox have been fielding calls for one of their starting pitchers following the acquisition of Chris Sale and their preference is to trade Clay Buchholz.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Red Sox Tried To Trade For Wade Davis
The Red Sox offered Travis Shaw, who they eventually dealt to the Brewers for Tyler Thornburg.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Red Sox Brush Off David Ortiz Return Talk After Instagram Post
Nobody with the Red Sox is taking a recent Instagram post by David Ortiz seriously.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Nationals Aren't Looking For Starter After Missing Out On Chris Sale
Chris Sale was the only starting pitcher the Nationals were interested in and they won't pursue any other rotation options, according to a report.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Brian Cashman: Red Sox Are Now MLB's Golden State Warriors
The Red Sox starting rotation in 2017 will feature Chris Sale, David Price and Rick Porcello.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Red Sox Acquire Chris Sale From White Sox
Chicago will receive Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech and two other prospects from the Red Sox for Chris Sale.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Edwin Encarnacion Currently Prefers Signing With Blue Jays, Red Sox
Edwin Encarnacion is currently focused on three teams in free agency -- the Red Sox, Blue Jays and a third team, according to a source.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Red Sox Pick Up John Farrell's Option For 2018
The Red Sox had until 10 days after the end of the 2017 season to decide on the option, but doing so now avoids John Farrell managing next season with lame duck status.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Indians, Rangers, Red Sox Looking At Reunion With Mike Napoli
Several clubs have interest in Mike Napoli this offseason and all have employed him in the past.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Giants Deny Interest In Pablo Sandoval
A Boston Herald report on Saturday cited a baseball source claiming the Giants had discussed bringing back Pablo Sandoval.

MLB.com

Market For Carlos Beltran Down To Four Teams
Carlos Beltran is expected to land a one-year deal in the $15 million to $18 million range.

Joel Sherman/New York Post