Boston Red Sox Wiretap

David Ortiz Insists He'll Remain Retired

Jan 17, 2017 7:53 AM

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

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz said.

The 41-year-old said he is not physically preparing to play baseball this offseason.

"Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow,'" Ortiz said "Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

Curt Schilling Blames Trump Support For HOF Shut-Out

Jan 3, 2017 7:05 AM

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.

Schilling has received only 55.1 percent of the vote, well below the 75 percent needed for induction, according to Ryan Thibodaux's public ballot tracker.

In addition, several weeks ago Schilling shared an image on Twitter that supported lynching journalists and several voting members have admitted that the image hurt his candidacy.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

Red Sox Not Concerned After Eduardo Rodriguez Tweaks Knee

Dec 30, 2016 8:24 AM

The Boston 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.

Dave Dombrowski characterized the injury as merely a "tweak," and the team hasn't asked Rodriguez to return to Boston to be examined by their medical staff.

"At this point, we are not sure if he is coming to Boston or not," Dombrowski said. "We are staying in contact with him in Venezuela and will determine that over the next few days."

Rodriguez missed five weeks in spring training and the first nine weeks of last season with a dislocated right knee that the club didn't deem serious when it happened Feb. 28.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

Report: Red Sox, Yankees May Play In London In 2018

Dec 24, 2016 2:04 AM

American League East rivals Boston and New York could be playing each other a bit farther east than usual.

The two longtime rivals could play a series in London as soon as 2018 at former 2012 Olympics venue London Stadium, according to the Boston Herald.

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

Red Sox Trade Clay Buchholz To Phillies

Dec 20, 2016 3:12 PM

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

The Red Sox picked up their $13.5 million option on Buchholz's contract at the end of last season, but the possibility of a trade always seemed present.

After Boston acquired Chris Sale, it was rumored that they would deal Buchholz or Drew Pomeranz.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Record Six Teams To Pay Luxury Tax This Season

Dec 17, 2016 1:37 AM

A record six teams are paying baseball's luxury tax this season, led by the Dodgers at $31.8 million and the Yankees at $27.4 million.

The Red Sox ($4.5 million), Tigers ($4 million), Giants ($3.4 million) and the World Series champion Cubs ($2.96 million) also were sent bills Friday by the commissioner's office, according to information obtained by The Associated Press.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Legal, Misc Rumor

Marlins, Brad Ziegler Agree To Two-Year, $16M Deal

Dec 17, 2016 1:28 AM

The Marlins have added to their bullpen again, agreeing to a two-year, $16 million deal with right-hander Brad Ziegler, a source told ESPN's Jim Bowden, confirming a story first reported by Fox Sports.

The moves come on the same day the Marlins officially signed another ex-Red Sox reliever, Junichi Tazawa.

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

Red Sox Won't Add Payroll To Sign Jose Bautista

Dec 13, 2016 5:13 PM

Jose Bautista and his agent approached the Boston Red Sox, but the two sides won't be working out a contract agreement.

Dave Dombrowski told Bautista's agent, Jay Alou, that the Red Sox are done adding significant payroll.

Peter Gammons

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Cubs, Koji Uehara Agree Upon $4.5M Deal

Dec 9, 2016 7:16 AM

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

Uehara had a 3.45 ERA with the Boston Red Sox this past season.

He has held left-handed hitters to a .183 average in his career (right-handers have hit .208).

Carrie Muskat/MLB

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

Red Sox Prefer To Trade Clay Buchholz

Dec 9, 2016 6:58 AM

The Boston 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.

Clubs have called about Buchholz, Drew Pomeranz, Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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.

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

Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello Earn Cy Young Honors
Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello were named the Cy Young winners of the National and American League, respectively, on Wednesday night.

RealGM Staff Report

Carlos Beltrain Drawing Interest From Astros, Jays, Red Sox, Yankees
The Rangers were believed to be in the mix as well, but aren't currently.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Red Sox Aggressively Pursuing Greg Holland
The Red Sox are among the most aggressive teams in pursuit of Greg Holland in free agency.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Red Sox Haven't Had Serious Discussions With Edwin Encarnacion
The Red Sox hadn't had serious discussions with Edwin Encarnacion's camp as of Sunday, according to Major League sources.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Mookie Betts Undergoes Knee Surgery
Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts is expected to be ready for spring training and possibly the World Baseball Classic.

Red Sox Interested In Carlos Beltran
The Red Sox have some level of interest in Carlos Beltran this offseason.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Red Sox Won't Break Bank To Replace David Ortiz
The Red Sox plan to replace David Ortiz internally or with a short-term free agent rather than spend excessively on a prominent long-term option.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

D-Backs Hire Torey Lovullo As Manager
The D-Backs are expected to introduce Tony Lovullo at a Monday news conference.

Red Sox Haven't Informed Clay Buchholz About His Option
The Red Sox have until five days after the end of the World Series to make a formal decision.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Red Sox May Not Hire New General Manager
The Red Sox may not hire a new general manager to replace Mike Hazen, who left to become the lead decision-maker with the Diamondbacks.

Peter Abraham/Boston Globe