Boston Red Sox Wiretap

Rusney Castillo Out Indefinitely After MRI

Mar 5, 2015 8:28 AM

Rusney Castillo will be out indefinitely after an MRI showed a strained left oblique muscle, according to Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Castillo sustained the injury in his last at-bat during Tuesday night's exhibition against Boston College.

"He's going to be down for some time," Farrell said. "I don't have a time frame to give you or projected length, but he's going through some treatment to calm down the strain right now, and he'll do rotational exercises and rehab when he's ready for it."

It's too early to tell if the injury will keep Castillo from playing in Boston's season opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 6.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury

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Red Sox Feel 'No Urgency' To Deal For Hamels

Feb 26, 2015 4:46 PM

The Boston Red Sox continue to monitor Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies, but "there's no sense of urgency" to trade for the left-hander, according to a source.

Boston has been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Hamels since last season.

Hamels recently told USA Today that he would prefer being dealt to a contender.

Another source said the Red Sox are known to have made their interest in Hamels clear to the Phillies.

Sean McAdam/CSNNE

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

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Ortiz Rants Against Pace Of Play Rules

Feb 25, 2015 4:51 PM

David Ortiz has ranted against Major League Baseball's planned pace of play rules on Wednesday, especially the rule that stipulates a batter keep one foot in the box at all times.

"Is that new?'' Ortiz asked about the foot-in-box rule.

"It seems like every rule goes in the pitcher's favor. After a pitch, you got to stay in the box? One foot? I call that bulls---.

"When you come out of the box, they don't understand you're thinking about what the [pitcher] is trying to do. This is not like, you go to the plate with an empty mind. No, no, no. When you see a guy, after a pitch, coming out of the box, he's not just doing it. Our minds are speeding up.

"I saw one pitch, I come out, I'm thinking, 'What is this guy going to try to do to me next?' I'm not walking around just because there are cameras all over the place and I want my buddies back home to see me and this and that. It doesn't go that way.

"When you force a hitter to do that, 70 percent you're out, because you don't have time to think. And the only time you have to think about things is that time. So, I don't know how this baseball game is going to end up."

Ortiz complained that no one on the committee charged with improving the pace of play consulted players.

"It doesn't matter what they do, the game is not going to speed up. That's the bottom line. When you argue for a pitch and they got to review it, that takes some time. Is that our fault? No. It's their fault. But we still got to play the game."

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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GM: Ortiz Can Play For Red Sox As Long As He Wants

Feb 25, 2015 8:32 AM

David Ortiz, who will turn 40 this year, has an open-ended future with the Boston Red Sox.

"David knows he's going to be a Red Sox [player] as long as he wants to be a Red Sox [player]," Ben Cherington said when asked about Ortiz's status beyond this season.

This season is the least guaranteed year on Ortiz's contract. He is due to make $16 million and with 425 plate appearances a vesting option for 2016 will trigger.

"There's been no discussion on it recently," Cherington said. "Honestly, we're just happy he's here. He's a huge part of what we're doing on the field. I think, given his stature and personality, I know he means a lot to people off the field too. He's part of the Red Sox legacy, part of the Boston pro sports legacy. He's also a DH who hits in the middle of the lineup. That's what we're focused on. We're happy to keep him there as long as he keeps doing it. There hasn't been any conversation."

Gordon Edes/ESPN

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

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Henry: Red Sox Are As Strong As Ever

Feb 25, 2015 8:15 AM

The Boston Red Sox have won three World Series since he and his partners took over the club in 2002, but John W. Henry believes his club is as strong as ever before.

"I think we're as strong throughout the organization as we've ever been," Henry, principal owner of the Red Sox, told the media on Tuesday.

"Honestly, I would say from my perspective it's never been better," he said. "I saw John [Farrell] and Ben [Cherington] today, and we were saying it's never been better. Yes, we finished last [in 2014]. No doubt about it. Same thing in 2012.

"[But] if you look at 2012 and look at 2014 midway through the season, we play for championships, and midway through those seasons it became clear that wasn't going to happen. So we tore those teams apart. I mean, radically tore those teams apart, and we sacrificed the second half of the season, no doubt, to rebuild. We don't want to do that again. If we had kept those teams together, I doubt we would have finished last either year."

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Yankees Made 'Significant Offer' To Moncada

Feb 23, 2015 4:16 PM

The New York Yankees offered Yoan Moncada a $25 million contract on Sunday, but that wasn't enough to land the Cuban infielder.

Moncada opted to sign a deal with the Boston Red Sox that included a $31.5 million bonus.

Brian Cashman was intrigued by the 19-year-old's talent and projection, but the price moved higher than ownership was willing to authorize.

"We scouted him extensively and obviously engaged with his agents," Cashman said. "We made our final and best [offer] yesterday and we were told that it wasn't going to be good enough. Obviously we were waiting to hear where he was going to be going. It sounds like he's going to Boston."

Bryan Hoch/MLB

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

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Report: Red Sox, Moncada Agree To $30M Deal

Feb 23, 2015 9:17 AM

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to sign Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada to a contract in the range of $30 million, according to a report.

Moncada was also being courted by the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres, among others.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

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

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Lucchino-Led Group Set To Purchase PawSox

Feb 23, 2015 8:14 AM

The Pawtucket Red Sox have agreed to be sold to a group of investors headlined by Boston Red Sox president and chief executive officer Larry Lucchino.

The group also includes several Rhode Island-based businessmen.

The deal is expected to be announced on Monday. It will not include McCoy Stadium, the team's 73-year-old home that is owned by the City of Pawtucket and the state of Rhode Island.

The PawSox have been owned by Ben Mondor and his family since 1977. Mondor died in 2010; his widow, Madeleine, remains the franchise's majority shareholder.

Kevin McNamara/Providence Journal

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox May Not Be Inclined To Deal Bradley, Jr.

Feb 23, 2015 8:09 AM

The Boston Red Sox have a crowded outfield, but they may not be inclined to trade Jackie Bradley, Jr.

Bradley was the club's everyday center fielder as a rookie last season, but hit .198/.265/.266 and was replaced by Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo.

According to a league source, the Atlanta Braves had interest in Bradley earlier this offseason, but the two sides couldn't agree on a deal.

Bradley is Boston's best defensive outfielder and has Minor League options available.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Bids On Moncada Have Surpassed $20M

Feb 23, 2015 8:00 AM

Contract offers for Yoan Moncada have surpassed $20 million, according to a report.

The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres are considered the front-runners for the Cuban phenom.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox Give John Farrell New Deal
The Red Sox extended John Farrell's contract by two years.

Farrell: Victorino Will Start For Red Sox
Shane Victorino wants to start for the Red Sox and John Farrell said Friday that his request will be granted.

Ian Browne/MLB

Sandoval Isn't Bothered By Criticism Over Weight
Pablo Sandoval's weight became a hot topic on social media Thursday when an unflattering photo surfaced.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Victorino Has 'No Intentions Of Being Bench Player'
Shane Victorino feels healthy and wants a starting role with the Red Sox.

Ian Browne/MLB

Hamels Hopes To Be Traded To Contender
Cole Hamels wanted to be clear that he's not demanding a trade, but expressed his desire to win.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Red Sox Discussed Scherzer With Boras
After speaking with Scott Boras, it became clear that the right-hander's price would be too high for the Red Sox.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Red Sox, Phillies Not Close To Hamels Deal
The Boston Globe reported on Sunday that the Red Sox were one of four teams to make an offer for Cole Hamels.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Moncada To Field Offers Over Next Two Weeks
The Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers and Padres have shown interest in Yoan Moncada.

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Red Sox Sign Wade Miley To $19.25M Extension
The deal includes a fourth-year club option that could bring the deal's value to $30.75 million.

Kyle Brasseur/ESPN

Yoan Moncada Wants To Sign Quickly
Yoan Moncada, cleared to sign with a Major League club earlier this week, is eager to begin his career in the United States.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Five, Six Teams Still Trying To Trade For Cole Hamels
No team has offered a package that Philadelphia would seriously consider for Cole Hamels.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Red Sox "Expressed A Willingness" To Trade Mujica
Edward Mujica, 30, is slated to earn $4.75 million this coming season.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Red Sox Reportedly Have Deal With Ogando
The Red Sox have agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Alexi Ogando, according to a report.

Quinn Roberts/MLB

Red Sox, Nava Reach $1.85M Deal
Daniel Nava, 31, was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time in his career.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Rangers, Red Sox Swap Pitchers
The Red Sox have traded Anthony Ranaudo to the Rangers for Robbie Ross.

Kyle Brasseur/ESPN

Pedro Will Represent Red Sox In Cooperstown
Pedro Martinez will represent the Boston Red Sox in the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Sandoval Says He Left Money On Table In San Francisco
Pablo Sandoval told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday that he didn't give the Giants a chance to make a final offer before he left for the Red Sox.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Cardinals, Padres, Rangers, Red Sox Linked To Hamels
Cole Hamels, who has been available since last summer, can still be acquired from the Phillies for a steep price.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Ogando Drawing Interest From Red Sox, Dodgers
Alexi Ogando has a troubled injury history, but reportedly impressed scouts at a workout last week.

Peter Gammons