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MLBPA Forbids Cabrera, Cano, Ortiz From Caribbean HR Derby

Feb 2, 2016 7:06 AM

The Major League Baseball Players Association has forbid Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano and David Ortiz from participating in the Caribbean Series' inaugural Home Run Derby after it was announced that they would compete.

The organizers of the 2016 Caribbean Series had the idea of including a Home Run Derby on the third day of the tournament as a way to enhance the event.

"Unfortunately, the people in charge of the event didn't follow the necessary protocol to ensure that any major leaguers participating in an event like that one is protected from a possible injury," said Tony Clark, MLBPA's executive director.

"As a result, in order to protect the rights and interests of the players invited to compete, we were forced to advise those players and their representatives that participating in the event was not in their best interests."

According to the organizing committee, the MLBPA said it would need a financial guarantee to allow Ortiz, Cano and Cabrera to participate, and the request for their participation had to be made no later than Jan. 1.

Jorge Morejon/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Pablo Sandoval Joins Beverly Hills Sports Council

Jan 8, 2016 7:47 AM

Pablo Sandoval has changed agents and will now be represented by the Beverly Hills Sports Council.

Sandoval, 29, had been represented by his brother Michael.

He is entering the second season of a five-year, $95 million deal signed last winter.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Celtics Discussing Outdoor Game At Fenway Park

Jan 4, 2016 4:14 PM

The Boston Celtics have had introductory talks about the playing an outdoor NBA game at Fenway Park.

Celtics president Rich Gotham told The Boston Globe that he has talked about the possibility with Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy.

"I've gotten into it. I really like the idea," Gotham said. "I think if you can find a way to sort of differentiate the game and make it fun for fans, that's a great thing. And the Winter Classic certainly does that.

"Even when Fenway stages certain events, like football games, it just makes it more special for people involved and the fans. I think if you can do it, great. At the same time, my job requires me to be pragmatic, so you'd need to look at the hurdles."

The NHL held it's Winter Classic last week at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

Gotham said the possibility of the Celtics playing at Fenway Park first came up a few years ago.


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Former All-Star Dave Henderson Dies At Age 57

Dec 27, 2015 3:30 PM

Former All-Star outfielder Dave Henderson died Sunday morning, Major League Baseball confirmed. He was 57.

Known as "Hendu," he spent 14 seasons in the major leagues, playing for the A's, Mariners, Red Sox, Royals, and Giants.

Henderson suffered a massive heart attack and died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the Mariners.

Tags: Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox To Retire Wade Boggs' No. 26

Dec 21, 2015 5:04 PM

The Boston Red Sox have announced that they will retire Wade Boggs' No. 26 at Fenway Park in a pregame ceremony on May 26.

Boggs, who was a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee in 2005, is wearing a Red Sox cap on his plaque.

"I am so humbled and honored to be among the greatest legends to ever put on a uniform for the amazing city of Boston," Boggs said in a statement. "To say that your number will never be worn again is the highest honor an athlete can receive. Thank you."

Ian Browne/MLB

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Record Four Teams Receive Luxury Tax Bills

Dec 21, 2015 6:55 AM

Four teams exceeded baseball's spending threshold and owe luxury tax, a record number of offenders.

The Los Angeles Dodgers were hit with a record tax of nearly $43.6 million for a payroll just shy of $300 million.

The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants, a first-time offender, also received bills.

The Dodgers, who have not reached the World Series since winning the 1988 title, have a three-year tax total of $81.6 million.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

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Mariners Acquire Wade Miley From Red Sox

Dec 7, 2015 4:51 PM

The Seattle Mariners have acquired Wade Miley and right-hander Jonathan Aro from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitchers Carson Smith and Roenis Elias.

Miley, 29, went 11-11 with a 4.46 ERA for Boston last season, but he pitched better as the season progressed.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Dombrowski: Red Sox Likely Done With Major Moves

Dec 2, 2015 4:30 PM

The Boston Red Sox are likely done making major moves this offseason, according to top executive Dave Dombrowski.

Boston has signed outfielder Chris Young and left-hander David Price.

"I feel good about the roster as it is. I think we've been able to address really our biggest needs," Dombrowski said. "I think our major moves are done. But when you go into the winter meetings, you never know what happens."

The Red Sox gave Young a two-year, $13 million deal and Price a seven-year, $217 million contract.

Associated Press

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

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David Price Initially Thought He'd Sign With Cardinals

Dec 1, 2015 8:55 PM

David Price thought as recently as Tuesday morning that he would sign a seven-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. He instead agreed to a seven-year, $217 million deal with the Boston Red Sox a few hours later.

The Red Sox made a final push for Price, even increasing an initial offer, as they also negotiated with Zack Greinke, according to a source.

Casey Close, the agent for Greinke, told Dave Dombrowski that he wanted an answer by Tuesday night on a proposal that had been made to the club. Dombrowski, hedging his bets, then went to Price's agent, Bo McKinnis, with another offer and a similar deadline.

St. Louis had offered Price the richest contract in team history, a seven-year deal worth at least $30 million less than what the left-hander received from Boston.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox, David Price Agree To Seven-Year, $217M Deal

Dec 1, 2015 8:38 PM

The Boston Red Sox have reached an agreement on a seven-year, $217 million contract with David Price, according to multiple sources.

The Boston Globe first reported the agreement.

Price's $31 million average annual salary is the most ever for a pitcher and matches that of Miguel Cabrera.

The most the Red Sox had ever paid for a pitcher before this agreement was the five-year, $82.5 million extension they gave Rick Porcello in April.

Price has an opt-out after three years with no deferred money. The yearly payout for Price is $30 million, $30 million, $30 million, $31 million, $32 million, $32 million and $32 million.


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Red Sox, Chris Young Reach Multiyear Deal
No terms have been reported for the deal, which brings Chris Young over from the rival Yankees.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Report: Red Sox Looking To Trade Hanley Ramirez
There is talk around baseball that the Red Sox are trying to move Hanley Ramirez in a trade.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Several GMs Predict Red Sox Will Sign David Price
As many as six general managers predicted to Peter Gammons that the Red Sox will sign David Price amid reports that they are the leaders for the left-hander.

Peter Gammons

All Top Pitchers 'Under Consideration' For Red Sox
The Red Sox have been linked to top free agent pitchers David Price, Johnny Cueto, Jordan Zimmermann and Zack Greinke since the season ended and Dave Dombrowski has done nothing to hide the club's in

Jamal Collier/MLB

Reports: David Ortiz To Retire After 2016 Season
David Ortiz's base salary of $11 million for the 2016 season with the Red Sox was guaranteed when he reached 425 plate appearances last season.


Red Sox Acquire Kimbrel From Padres
The Red Sox have acquired Craig Kimbrel from the Padres in exchange for four Minor League players.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Cubs, Mariners, Royals Interested In Jackie Bradley
Amid reports that Dave Dombrowski could break up the young outfield of the Red Sox, the Cubs, Mariners and Royals have shown interest in Jackie Bradley, Jr.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Red Sox Interested In Aroldis Chapman?
The Reds are willing to listen to offers and the Red Sox may have interest in electric closer Aroldis Chapman.

Ian Browne/MLB

Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez On 'Same Page' Regarding First Base
The Red Sox met with Hanley Ramirez on Sunday night to confirm his willingness to play first base next season and discuss offseason weight loss.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Boston's Young Prospects Drawing Interest
The Red Sox have several highly-regarded young prospects in their system and Dave Dombrowski says they have drawn quite a bit of interest.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Price Primed For $200 Million Contract, Blue Jays Won't Be In Play
David Price is expected to receive a contract of around seven years and north of $200 million this offseason as perhaps the most coveted free agent on the market.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Dombrowski: 'No Question' Bradley, Castillo Start For Red Sox In 2016
Dave Dombrowski spoke about a wide range of topics during a radio appearance on Tuesday night on WEEI in Boston, including the Red Sox's starting outfield for next season.

John Tomase/WEEI

Red Sox Exercise Buchholz's $13M Option
Clay Buchholz, 31, was 7-7 with a 3.26 ERA in 18 starts this year, striking out 107 and walking 23 in 113 1/3 innings.

Associated Press

Red Sox Could Target Alex Gordon In Free Agency
Dave Dombrowski has said he's pleased with the Red Sox's position players, but there has been speculation that they could go after Alex Gordon in free agency.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Yankees Tried To Hire Ben Cherington
The Yankees called Ben Cherington about a job in their front office not long after he resigned as general manager of the Red Sox.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Ruben Amaro Jr. To Coach First-Base For Red Sox
Ruben Amaro Jr. is the former GM of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Dombrowski Expected To 'Blow Up' Red Sox Farm System
One rival executive expects Dave Dombrowski to blow up the Red Sox's farm system this offseason in search of Major League talent.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

John Farrell's Cancer In Remission
The Red Sox have announced that post-treatment testing has revealed John Farrell is in remission from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.


Red Sox Will Consider Signing Johnny Cueto
Johnny Cueto has struggled with the Royals, but that may not keep the Red Sox from making a run at him in free agency this winter.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

Red Sox Looking For 'Horse' For Starting Rotation
The Red Sox have made finding a front-line starter a priority this offseason.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

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