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Red Sox President: Keeping Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez 'Difficult'

Oct 1, 2019 7:44 AM

Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy says there is a way for the team to keep Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez and stay below Major League Baseball's competitive balance tax, but it will be tough.

"There is a way, but obviously it will be difficult given the nature of the agreements and the contracts we have in place," Kennedy said.

"We have a very targeted and strategic plan that we're building now. Some of the dates related to contract decisions come right after the World Series. So we've had some time in September to focus on the offseason given where we were in the standings," he added. "It is going to be a challenging offseason, but we're ready to attack it head-on and do everything we can to put a competitive team out there not just for next year but 2021, 2022."

John Henry and Tom Werner met with reporters on Friday and said they were prepared to cut payroll to get under the luxury-tax threshold next season.


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

No Extension Talks Between Red Sox, Eduardo Rodriguez

Sep 30, 2019 7:56 AM

The Boston Red Sox haven't initiated any conversations with Eduardo Rodriguez about a long-term extension.

However, Rodriguez is open to such talks.

"I still have two more years here. We'll see how that goes. I love it here and I want to stay here for a long time. If they want me to, I'll stay here," Rodriguez said. "I haven't had that conversation yet so I don't know how that feels."

Rodriguez had a solid season for Boston, posting a 3.81 ERA and 213 strikeouts in 203.1 innings.

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

J.D. Martinez On Opt-Out: I Don't Mind Moving Around

Sep 30, 2019 7:52 AM

When asked about the opt-out clause in his contract with the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, J.D. Martinez raised eyebrows with his response.

"I don't mind moving around," Martinez said. "I kind of like it."

Martinez has played for three teams over the last four years.

He has an opt-out in the five-year, $110 million deal he signed with the Red Sox prior to the 2018 season.

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

Red Sox Plan To Slash Payroll To Avoid Luxury Tax

Sep 27, 2019 11:56 PM

Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner intend to slash payroll to get under the luxury tax threshold next season, saying they fired Dave Dombrowski because of differing opinions on how to build for the future.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

Theo Epstein Denies Red Sox Rumors, Says He's Focused On Cubs

Sep 26, 2019 7:40 AM

Theo Epstein is dismissing rumors that he could return to the Boston Red Sox and says he's focused on his job as president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs.

Epstein was the general manager for the Red Sox from 2002 to 2011.

"I'm here [with the Cubs]," he said. "We have a lot we need to work on to get back to the level we're accustomed to. I'm invested in that. That's what I'm focused on."

Epstein has two years left on an extension he signed after the Cubs won the 2016 World Series.

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

Giants' Bruce Bochy 11th Manager To 2,000 Wins

Sep 19, 2019 2:00 AM

The San Francisco Giants helped manager Bruce Bochy reach yet another milestone before his retirement at the end of the season.

San Francisco's 11-3 rout of the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night was Bochy's 2,000th career victory as a manager in the majors.

"I've been lucky. I've been blessed to have been doing this this long. That's what it means," Bochy said.

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Giants-Red Sox Combine To Use Record-Tying 24 Pitchers

Sep 18, 2019 7:29 AM

The San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox tied a Major League record on Tuesday night by combining to use 24 pitchers.

The game lasted 5 hours, 54 minutes and featured 50 players overall.

"I wanted to get my 10,000 steps, and I was a little behind," Bruce Bochy jokingly said of the pitching changes. "We had some guys that picked each other up. It was September baseball with added arms.

"You never like to use that many pitchers. Believe me."

San Francisco's pitchers threw 294 pitches to Boston's 253.


Tags: Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Stats

David Ortiz: 'I Almost Died'

Sep 15, 2019 11:58 AM

David Ortiz said he is still trying to mentally process the shooting at a Dominican nightclub that seriously injured him and doesn't know what led to the attack.

The retired Red Sox slugger spoke to Univision in an interview posted online Friday, his first since being shot June 9.

Ortiz dismissed speculation that he was a target and said he wasn't involved in anything shady that would have led to an attack.

"I don't have enemies. I don't know why anyone would want to do this to me," he said.

As for any suspicion surrounding him, he takes it personally.

"I almost died, man," he told Univision, tears in his eyes. "I was in a coma. People were criticizing me as if I deserved to be killed."

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Misc Rumor

Red Sox On Track To Pay $13.05M In Luxury Tax

Sep 14, 2019 7:49 PM

The Boston Red Sox are on track to pay a $13.05 million luxury tax for a season in which they are likely to miss the playoffs.

The World Series champions' payroll for purposes of the tax increased from $239.7 million on Opening Day to $242.8 million on Aug. 31, according to calculations by the commissioner's office obtained by The Associated Press.

Teams are allowed to get to $206 million before the luxury tax kicks in.

As of Opening Day, the Red Sox were projected for an $11.76 million tax.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Legal, Misc Rumor

Alex Cora Will Return To Red Sox In 2020

Sep 11, 2019 7:39 AM

Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy has confirmed that Alex Cora will return for the 2020 season.

The Red Sox fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski earlier this week.

"(Owners) John Henry, Tom Werner and I spent a lot of time yesterday with Alex and spent some time with the players and expressed our confidence and support for Alex and the incredible job he has done," Kennedy told WEEI in Boston.

"He has been everything you would want in a manager and I can’t speak more highly of Alex and the job that he’s done. And the job I know he’ll do as we move forward."

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

Dave Dombrowski, Red Sox Ownership Clashed Over Spending, Process

Tom Verducci/SI

Red Sox Likely To Lose Mookie Betts Or J.D. Martinez This Offseason

Alex Speier/Boston Globe

David Ortiz Throws Out First Pitch At Fenway Park


Red Sox Fire Dave Dombrowski

Jeff Passan/ESPN

David Ortiz Hires Ex-Police Commish To Probe Shooting


David Price Won't Return To Red Sox' Rotation This Weekend

Chris Sale Expected To Avoid Tommy John Surgery

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Chris Sale To See Dr. James Andrews About Elbow

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Chris Sale Becomes Fastest Ever To 2,000 Ks
He reached the milestone in the third inning on Tuesday night when he fanned Oscar Mercado of the Indians.


Red Sox May Listen To Offers For Mookie Betts
A number of rival team executives expect the Red Sox to listen to offers for Mookie Betts this offseason.

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Dodgers, Tyler Thornburg Agree To Minor League Deal
Tyler Thornburg was released by the Red Sox on July 10 with a 7.71 ERA over 16 appearances this season.

David Ortiz Glad To Be Home
Former Red Sox star David Ortiz is glad to be home with his family after surviving a botched assassination attempt in the Dominican Republic.

Yankees Talking To All Teams, Except Red Sox
Yankees GM Brian Cashman continues to discuss potential moves as the Wednesday trade deadline approaches.

Red Sox Protest Loss To Rays After Messy Late Subs
Alex Cora protested the Red Sox's loss to the Rays on Wednesday due to the placement of subs into Rays' lineup after the designated hitter was removed.


Red Sox Acquire Andrew Cashner From O's
The Orioles will receive minor leaguers Elio Prado and Noelberth in the deal with the Red Sox.

David Ortiz Undergoes Third Surgery After Complications
David Ortiz underwent a third surgery earlier this week because of complications from the gunshot wound he suffered last month in the Dominican Republic.


J.D. Martinez Not Close On Opt-Out Decision
J.D. Martinez can opt out of his contract with the Red Sox this offseason and hit the free agent market.

Chris Cotillo/Mass Live

MLBPA: Baseball Doing Poor Job Promoting Mookie Betts
Tony Clark says Major League Baseball has done a poor job of marketing Mookie Betts, the reigning American Leagye MVP.

Associated Press

Red Sox, Yankees In Talks With Mets On Zack Wheeler
The Mets have begun discussing Zack Wheeler in trade talks and the Red Sox and Yankees have entered into negotiations.

Andy Martino/SNY

Red Sox Sign Noah Song
Pitcher Noah Song might not be able to begin his pro career until 2021 due to his Navy service uncertainty.