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Phillies Trying To Sell Red Sox On Re-Acquiring Papelbon

Apr 27, 2015 4:31 PM

The Boston Red Sox have issues with their pitching staff, including the rotation and bullpen.

Closer Koji Uehara's velocity is down about 3 miles per hour this season.

The Philadelphia Phillies have been trying to engage in trade talks with Boston, "trying to hook the Red Sox on bringing back Jonathan Papelbon."

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

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

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Red Sox Want To Draft, Develop More Versatile Players

Apr 27, 2015 8:10 AM

Brock Holt can play multiple infield and outfield positions and hold his own offensively, something the Boston Red Sox are starting to value.

The Red Sox want to begin drafting and developing more versatile players.

"Not everyone can do it — there are guys who are good players and talented but have a harder time staying productive if they're moving around in the field a lot and there are other guys who seem able to do it, and Holt's one of those guys, clearly," general manager Ben Cherington said.

"(Holt's skillset) has always been important, but with the challenges everyone faces of keeping teams and players healthy through a season and getting through the grind, those guys are becoming more and more important."

Michael Silverman/Boston Herald

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Draft, Misc Rumor

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Protesters Cause Disturbance Near Camden Yards

Apr 26, 2015 2:20 AM

Thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday in the largest Freddie Gray rally yet, and after hours of peaceful demonstrations, pockets of protesters smashed out police car windows and storefronts.

Two people were hurt in the mayhem, and at least a dozen were arrested. The problems happened near Camden Yards, where the Orioles game against the Red Sox went on as scheduled, only fans were told toward the end of the game to stay in the stadium because of public safety worries. 

The protesters blocked an intersection near the stadium for several hours and had a tense standoff with police Saturday night. The protesters were eventually cleared.

An announcement was made to the crowd at Camden Yards in the ninth inning asking fans to remain in the ballpark until further notice because of an "ongoing public safety issue." They were allowed to leave after a walk-off home run gave the Orioles a win in 10 innings.

ESPN.com

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Legal, Misc Rumor

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David Ortiz Suspended For Making Contact With Umpire

Apr 21, 2015 4:55 PM

David Ortiz has been suspended for one game and fined by Major League Baseball.

Ortiz made contact with umpire John Tumpane during the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles.

The Boston Red Sox designated hitter was ejected by Tumpane after the batter was upset that third-base ump Jerry Meals called a swing on an attempted check of a 1-1 pitch.

Ortiz is hitting .220/.340/.390 in 12 games this season.

Associated Press

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Hanley Ramirez Exits Game With Illness

Apr 20, 2015 5:11 PM

The Boston Red Sox removed Hanley Ramirez from Monday afternoon's game against the Baltimore Orioles due to an illness.

Ramirez was replaced by Allen Craig in left field at the start of the third inning.

Alec Shirkey/MLB

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox, Nationals Discussed Jordan Zimmermann

Apr 14, 2015 6:05 PM

Jordan Zimmermann, who will be a free agent this coming winter, will be on the mound for the Washington Nationals against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday evening.

Zimmermann is reportedly unwilling to discuss an extension with the Nationals.

Mike Rizzo admitted on Monday that he had many discussions with Ben Cherington this past offseason and while "sometimes it looks like a reasonable matchup on paper, it just doesn't work out."

Washington received good offers for the right-hander, but none good enough for Rizzo to pull the trigger. The Nationals had interest in some of Boston's position players.

"I don't think we laughed away any of them," Rizzo said. "We took them all serious. We were fortunate to be in a position where we didn't have to move the player and if we would've got the right deal we would've. The right deal is in the eye of the beholder and we felt like we needed to get legitimate value for who Zimmermann was, and not the fact that he has one year left of control.

"But there were no foolish trade discussions or anything like that. Our feel was, it had to fit what we were trying to do. Boston’s feel was, it had to fit what they were trying to do, and sometimes they match up and sometimes they don't."

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

Tags: Washington Nationals, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Lester Makes Pickoff Throw For First Time In Two Years

Apr 14, 2015 7:17 AM

Jon Lester threw to first base on Monday night for the first time since April 30, 2013.

The left-hander is relatively quick to the plate, which has limited base stealers the past two seasons. He has allowed just 28 stolen bases in 37 attempts over that span. However, the St. Louis Cardinals stole three bags in his first start with the Chicago Cubs on April 5.

Lester's throw to first on Monday night was errant, suggesting teams may test him more often and that he had a reason not to throw anywhere but home plate over the last two years.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, Injury, Stats

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Market Didn't Influence Porcello's Decision To Accept Extension

Apr 13, 2015 7:27 AM

Rick Porcello signed a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension with the Boston Red Sox earlier this month, removing him from what should be a deep market for pitchers this coming offseason.

Porcello would have gone up against numerous starters including Jordan Zimmermann, David Price, Johnny Cueto, Doug Fister and potentially Zack Greinke.

"I don't think it factors in that much in regards to my situation because I'm a lot younger than those guys," Porcello noted. "I felt like whatever career numbers they have, I feel confident that I'm going to have a good year this year and if I did that I would have no problem putting myself up against those guys.

"I didn't look at the class and say, 'Oh my God, there's a ton of guys out there. I don't want to compete with that many guys.' That wasn't the case. It really just came down to wanting to be here with a team I know wants to win. Going through the whole spring, seeing it first-hand, knowing what I have here and not knowing what else is out there, that was important to me. I don't want to play on a team that doesn't have a chance to win. You see a lot of guys who go to the highest bidder and the next thing you know a year or two down the road they want out. I don't want to end up in that situation. To me, having a chance to win is the most important thing."

Rob Bradford/WEEI

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

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Masterson Only Red Sox Starter Without Long-Term Deal

Apr 9, 2015 8:09 AM

Now that the Boston Red Sox have signed Rick Porcello to a long-term contract, Justin Masterson is the only member of the starting rotation not under control for several seasons.

Masterson, 30, is scheduled to become a free agent after the season. He is currently pitching under a one-year, $9.5 million deal.

"I think it's based on the person," Masterson said of how such a dynamic might affect someone in his position. "I think we all have different personalities. That was never even a concern for me. My time is my time, if it's not, we'll do something else."

Rob Bradford/WEEI

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

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Red Sox, Porcello Agree To Extension Through 2019
The deal is worth $82.5 million, according to a Major League source.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Porcello, Red Sox Won't Negotiate During Season
Rick Porcello will be eligible for free agency following the 2015 season.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Victorino Expected To Start In Right For Red Sox
The decision, which John Farrell all but confirmed, would put Rusney Castillo in limbo.

Glenn Miller/ESPN

Red Sox Get Sandy Leon From Nationals
The Red Sox are in need of a catcher. They placed Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list on Monday with a right elbow sprain.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Clay Buchholz To Start Red Sox Opener
The Opening Day start for Clay Buchholz will be the first of his nine-year career.

ESPN.com

Christian Vazquez Likely To Miss Opener
Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez will get a second opinion on his throwing elbow on Wednesday.

ESPN.com

Ortiz Defends Past, Says No Player Is Tested More
David Ortiz has written a first-person essay for The Players' Tribune, defending his past and candidacy for the Hall of Fame.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Released Linebacker To Try Out For Red Sox
Brandon Magee, who was cut by the Buccaneers on Wednesday morning, is headed to spring training with the Red Sox.

Pat Yasinskas/ESPN

Koji Uehara Could Miss Opening Day
The Red Sox closer is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Jackie Bradley Calls Swing 'Work In Progress'
The Red Sox are expected to send Jackie Bradley to Pawtucket to begin the season after he hit .198 last season despite playing excellent defense.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Red Sox Considering Extension For Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts is enjoying a great spring and won't be eligible for arbitration until after the 2017 season.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Red Sox Seeking Trade Partner For Craig
They have had some of their top pro scouts around the Giants, Padres and Cubs.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Joe Kelly Leaves Start With Biceps Tightness
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.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Sandoval Fires Back At Huff's Claims On Facebook
Aubrey Huff's post this week said, "I'm sure there wasn't a tear shed on behalf of all the players, and the coaches when he signed with Boston."

ESPN.com

Red Sox 'Fully Expect' Craig To Stick Around
John Farrell expects Allen Craig to remain with the Red Sox despite trade rumors and a surplus in the outfield.

Jason Mastrodonato

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

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