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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.

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Red Sox, Porcello Agree To Extension Through 2019

Apr 7, 2015 8:02 AM

The Boston Red Sox have signed Rick Porcello to a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2019 season.

The deal is worth $82.5 million, according to a Major League source.

It breaks down to a $500,000 signing bonus, $20 million in 2016 and 2017 and $21 million in 2018 and 2019. His 2015 contract remains at $12.5 million.

The average annual value of the contract is $20.625 million.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

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

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Porcello, Red Sox Won't Negotiate During Season

Apr 6, 2015 7:53 AM

The Boston Red Sox and Rick Porcello have agreed not to discuss a contract extension during the regular season.

Porcello told the organization that he would prefer not to negotiate once the season begins. The Red Sox open up in Philadelphia on Monday.

A team source confirmed that the organization has agreed that negotiations should wait until season's end.

"I don't want any distractions when we start the season," the pitcher said. "I just want to focus on pitching."

Porcello will be eligible for free agency following the 2015 season.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

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

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Victorino Expected To Start In Right For Red Sox

Apr 1, 2015 4:19 PM

The Boston Red Sox are expected to start Shane Victorino in right field when the season kicks off next week.

The decision, which John Farrell all but confirmed, would put Rusney Castillo in limbo.

"The biggest thing to me was health," Farrell said. "Getting back to close to 100 percent of what Shane Victorino is. He's an impact player and myself included we haven't forgotten what he's done for us.

"But at the same time we're looking at what he brings to our team and that's a guy who is a very smart, intelligent baseball player who plays [all out] and he's going to help give a personality to our team."

Victorino is coming off back surgery. Castillo could begin the season in Triple-A.

Glenn Miller/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox Get Sandy Leon From Nationals

Mar 30, 2015 5:04 PM

The Boston Red Sox have acquired Sandy Leon from the Washington 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.

Leon was acquired for cash considerations.

The 26-year-old is out of options, and the Nationals didn't believe he would clear waivers, making him expendable.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

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

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Clay Buchholz To Start Red Sox Opener

Mar 29, 2015 8:19 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell eased the speculation about his Opening Day starter by naming Clay Buchholz to go against the Phillies on April 6, according to an report.

"He came into camp in a good place, both mentally and physically," Farrell said. "The line score last time out to me doesn't reflect the way the ball came out of his hand. Now, line scores are important. I get it. But he feels good physically. He's confident. We've seen when Clay has been in that place, he's one of the better pitchers in baseball."

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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."

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.

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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.


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.

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

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Red Sox Feel 'No Urgency' To Deal For Hamels
The Red Sox continue to monitor Cole Hamels and the Phillies, but "there's no sense of urgency" to trade for the left-hander, according to a source.

Sean McAdam/CSNNE

Ortiz Rants Against Pace Of Play Rules
David Ortiz has ranted against baseball's planned pace of play rules, especially the rule that stipulates a batter keep one foot in the box at all times.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

GM: Ortiz Can Play For Red Sox As Long As He Wants
David Ortiz, who will turn 40 this year, has an open-ended future with the Red Sox.

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Henry: Red Sox Are As Strong As Ever
The 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.

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