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Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees Early Possibilities For Edwin Encarnacion

Oct 19, 2016 4:37 PM

Edwin Encarnacion is headed for free agency and figures to be coveted after another productive season.

The Boston Red Sox seem like the most likely landing spot for Encarnacion with the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers as possibilities as well.

Encarnacion hit .263/.357/.529 with 42 home runs and and league-leading 127 RBI in 702 plate appearances.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Tags: Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Frank Wren Now Unlikely To Be Named Boston's GM

Oct 19, 2016 6:06 AM

Previously tabbed as the most likely candidate for the vacant general manager job with the Boston Red Sox, Frank Wren is now unlikely to fill the position.

Wren, currently Boston's senior vice president of baseball operations, lives in Atlanta and wasn't guaranteed to accept a larger role with the Red Sox even if offered.

The Red Sox are looking for a new GM after Mike Hazen accepted a lead role with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dave Dombrowski said the club would ideally fill the vacancy internally.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Frank Wren Leading Candidate To Be Named Red Sox GM

Oct 17, 2016 8:06 AM

The Boston Red Sox are looking for a new general manager after Mike Hazen was hired away by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Hazen was named executive vice president and general manager by Arizona, making him the lead decision-maker.

According to reports, the Red Sox could replace Hazen from within and Frank Wren, who is currently senior vice president of baseball operations, is in the lead to get the job.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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D-Backs Name Mike Hazen New GM

Oct 16, 2016 9:16 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks tapped into the Boston Red Sox organization for their new executive vice president and general manager, naming Mike Hazen to replace Dave Stewart.

"We feel very strongly that we have found the ideal candidate to lead our baseball operations," Arizona managing general partner Ken Kendrick said in a statement. "Mike's reputation throughout the game is impeccable, and his championship experience gives us great confidence in naming him to this position."

Hazen, 40, had been serving as general manager of the Red Sox, but president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has the final say on baseball decisions. As executive vice president and general manager of the Diamondbacks, Hazen will have the authority.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Dustin Pedroia Undergoes Knee Surgery

Oct 14, 2016 7:28 AM

Dustin Pedroia underwent surgery to clean up his left meniscus, the Boston Red Sox announced.

The procedure -- a partial medial meniscectomy and chondroplasty -- was performed Wednesday by team orthopedist Dr. Peter Asnis at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Pedroia is expected to "make a full recovery" in time for spring training.

He was apparently injured when he ranged for a ball up the middle and twisted awkwardly to make a throw on Sept. 11. He sat out a Sept. 20 game with what the Red Sox called a sore knee.

This marks the latest in a series of offseason surgeries for Pedroia, who dealt with finger, thumb and wrist injuries after the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury

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Postseason Home Runs Coming At Record Clip

Oct 13, 2016 5:33 AM

After we saw a jump in home runs during the regular season, the spike has carried over into the playoffs.

Heading into play on Tuesday, 108 runs had been scored in the postseason and half of them were as a result of home runs, the highest percentage since the wild card was introduced.

Jeff Sullivan/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Red Sox Will Retain John Farrell, Entire Coaching Staff

Oct 12, 2016 7:59 AM

It didn't take long for the Boston Red Sox to determine that John Farrell wasn't the reason for the disappointing end to their season.

"John Farrell will be our manager for 2017," Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday, a day after the Red Sox were swept out of the ALDS by the Cleveland Indians. "He is all set, and his whole staff will be invited back."

Farrell guided the Red Sox to a World Series title in 2013, his first season on the job, but followed that up with a pair of last-place finishes. Boston won the American League East title this season, but failed to win a single postseason game.

"There are some decisions you need to address as quickly as you can because you know how important they are," Dombrowski said. "He's our leader going forward. He's very well-respected and it gives him the clear mind he needs going forward."

Associated Press

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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David Ortiz Bids Farewell To Fans After Indians Sweep Red Sox

Oct 11, 2016 9:47 AM

Fans at Fenway Park stuck around after the Cleveland Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox on Monday night, cheering for the retiring David Ortiz.

Chants of "Papi! Papi!" went on for nearly 15 minutes before Ortiz emerged from the clubhouse to take in the scene.

"I definitely always want to show love to the fans," Ortiz said. "I started thinking, I have my moment once I walk onto the mound, start looking around. And that moment, that hits you. You know you're never going to be able to be performing in the baseball world in front of all this. No disrespect to anyone, but I think we have the best fans worldwide. It's something that, it kind of hit me a little bit -- I'm not going to lie to you."

Ortiz knew his career would come to an end, but he didn't know it would be so sudden. The Red Sox won 93 games and the American League East, but struggled against the Indians.

"What made me happy and proud about walking home the way I am right now is that as long as I play in front of these fans, I never take anything for granted," Ortiz said. "I give everything I have, do something special while I play. And the fans respect that. The fans love that. The fans, they live through it. And that's all that matters to me.

"And everywhere I go, everywhere I bump into our fans, it doesn't matter if you bump into two of them or you bump into a thousand of them. They show the same love. And that's why I got better, that's why I got the opportunity to have the career that I had."

Scott Lauber/ESPN

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Indians Hit Trio Of Home Runs In Game 1 Win Over Red Sox

Oct 7, 2016 7:52 AM

The Cleveland Indians outlasted the Boston Red Sox 5-4 at Progressive Field on Thursday night in Game 1 of the ALDS.

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning, the Indians were powered by solo home runs off the bats of Roberto Perez, Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor.

Sandy Leon homered in the fifth inning to bring the Red Sox to within a run, but Kipnis answered with an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning to give Cleveland a cushion.

Brock Holt hit the game's sixth solo shot in the eight inning and the Red Sox put the tying run on base in the top of the ninth, but Cody Allen struck out three in the final frame.

Game 2 of the ALDS will be Friday afternoon at 4:30 PM EST with David Price and Corey Kluber on the mound.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Game Recap

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Rob Manfred: It's Possible David Ortiz Was PED-Free In 2003

Oct 4, 2016 7:31 AM

Rob Manfred says it's possible that David Ortiz was free of performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, as the slugger as long insisted.

Ortiz's name was leaked in a New York Times report that marked him as one of 100 players who failed an anonymous drug test in 2003.

Manfred said the anonymous survey testing agreed upon by Major League Baseball and the players' union returned at least 10 scientifically questionable results in addition to the 5 percent of positive tests required to trigger mandatory testing the following year.

According to Manfred, those particular tests were inconclusive because "it was hard to distinguish between certain substances that were legal, available over the counter, and not banned under our program."

"The list was supposed to be confidential. I take very seriously the commitment on confidentiality," Manfred said. "It is really unfortunate that anybody's name was ever released publicly, Point 1. Point 2: I don't think people understand very well what that list was.

"There were legitimate scientific questions about whether or not those were truly positives. If, in fact, there were test results like that today on a player and we tried to discipline them, there'd be a grievance over it. It would be vetted, tried, resolved. We didn't do that. Those issues and ambiguities were never resolved because we knew they didn't matter.

"We knew we had enough positives that everyone agreed on that we knew were going to trigger the testing the following year. Even if Rob Manfred's name was on that list, he might have been one of those 10 of 15 where there was probably or at least a very legitimate explanation that did not involve the use of a banned substance."

Scott Lauber/ESPN

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Jays Beat Red Sox, Will Host O's In AL Wild-Card Game
The Blue Jays beat the Red Sox by the score of 2-1 on Sunday to clinch the AL's top wild-card spot.

Indians To Start Trevor Bauer In ALDS Game 1
Trevor Bauer will face the Red Sox on Thursday in the first game of the AL Division Series.

Drew Pomeranz Won't Make Another Start This Season
Drew Pomeranz has felt soreness in his left forearm and is at a career-high 169 1/3 innings.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

David Ortiz Annoyed By Gary Sanchez's Mound Visits
"They tricked me tonight. Too much talking between the pitcher and catcher," David Ortiz said. "I'll trick them tomorrow."

Associated Press

MLB Record: Red Sox Strike Out 11 Straight Rays
Eduardo Rodriguez and Heath Hembree combined to strike out 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league-record on Sunday.

Pablo Sandoval Progressing 'Faster Than Expected'
Red Sox manager John Farrell has not ruled out Pablo Sandoval rejoining the team, if needed.

David Ortiz Sets HR Record For Player Aged 40 Or Older
David Ortiz hit his 35th home run of the season on Monday night, setting a new single-season record for a player aged 40 or older.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

David Ortiz Second-Guessing Decision To Announce Retirement
After a season full of gifts, interviews and appearances, David Ortiz is second-guessing his decision to announce his retirement before the season.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Hanley Ramirez Warming To Leadership Role With Red Sox
Hanley Ramirez is quieter than natural leaders David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia, but he's settling into a leadership role with the Red Sox.

Michael Silverman/Boston Herald

A.J. Preller Suspended 30 Days After Investigation Of Pomeranz Trade
Major League Baseball has suspended A.J. Preller for 30 days without pay after an investigation into the Drew Pomeranz trade between the Padres and Red Sox.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Rick Porcelllo First To Win 20-Games
A milestone win for Rick Porcello over the Blue Jays gives the Red Sox a two game lead in the AL East.

Red Sox Calling Up Yoan Moncada For Stretch Run
With rosters set to expand, the Red Sox are calling up Yoan Moncada for the stretch run.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Red Sox Now Likely To Pick Up Clay Buchholz's $13.5M Option
Clay Buchholz has a 5.63 ERA as a starter and a 3.05 mark as a reliever.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

David Ortiz Ties Jimmie Fox On All-Time Home Run List
David Ortiz hit the 534th home run of his career against the Royals on Sunday night, tying him with Jimmie Foxx for 18th place on the all-time list.

Ian Browne/MLB

Red Sox Place Andrew Benintendi On DL With Knee Sprain
The Red Sox are hopeful that the rookie will return before the season ends.

Associated Press

David Ortiz Becomes Oldest Player To Have 30-Home Run Season
David Ortiz became the oldest player in Major League history to hit 30 home runs in a season in the Red Sox's extra-inning loss to the Rays.

Associated Press

Red Sox Haven't Closed Door On Signing Jonathan Papelbon
Dave Dombrowski suggested that Boston still has interest in an interview with MLB Network Radio.

MLB Network Radio

Red Sox Unlikely To Reunite With Jonathan Papelbon
The Red Sox are unlikely to reunite with Jonathan Papelbon, who was released by the Nationals last weekend.

Jason Mastrodonato/Boston Herald

Jonathan Papelbon Continues To Assess Options
It had been reported that Jonathan Papelbon would decide on a team by Wednesday night.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Tigers Deny Foul Play On Start Time Against Red Sox
The Tigers insist the decision to deny the Red Sox's request to push back Thursday's 1:10 p.m. start time was not a vindictive one.

Katie Strang/ESPN