Boston Red Sox Wiretap

Pablo Sandoval: Heart Remained In San Francisco During Boston Tenure

Aug 14, 2017 7:54 PM

Pablo Sandoval wrote an essay for The Players' Tribune about his experience playing for the Boston Red Sox and returning to the San Francisco Giants.

"I thought back to when San Francisco signed me to my first contract at 16 years old," wrote Sandoval about the moment he was called up to return to the Giants. "I wanted to be a Giant forever. Then I thought about being released by the Red Sox last month and doing everything in my power to get back to San Francisco. It was a lot of emotion."

Sandoval signed with the Red Sox on a five-year, $95 million contract, but "it just never felt like home."

"I had the greatest times of my life in San Francisco. And when I chose to leave, I left the special group of guys that I had shared those times with. I left behind the chemistry I had built with my teammates. I left behind a dynasty.

"And I think that’s another reason I struggled so much the last couple of years: Because every day I spent in Boston, my heart was still back in San Francisco."

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants

John Farrell Admits Error Trying To Bring Craig Kimbrel Into Game

Aug 14, 2017 7:42 AM

John Farrell was initially unsuccessful in trying to bring Craig Kimbrel into Sunday night's game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in the ninth inning.

With one out and and the winning run in scoring position, Farrell emerged from the dugout and motioned for Kimbrel to enter the game. Crew chief Fieldin Culbreth denied the request.

The request was denied because a manager or coach is prohibited from making multiple mound visits while the same batter is at the plate. Red Sox pitching coach Carl Willis had just gone out to the mound to speak to Addison Reed as Jacoby Ellsbury was coming to the plate.

Farrell had to wait until the next batter to make the change.

"I messed up," Farrell said. "I know the rule. I messed up trying to get Kimbrel into the game."

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

Red Sox Place Dustin Pedroia On DL For Third Time In 2017

Aug 12, 2017 3:29 PM

The Boston Red Sox have placed Dustin Pedroia on the disabled list for the third time this season.

Pedroia is suffering from left knee inflammation.

"His knee has flared up on him," John Farrell said. "Our goal was to get him some at-bats [at Tampa Bay] before this series. He's shown a little bit of a pushback in terms of the reaction to it."

Pedroia had arthroscopic knee surgery after last season. 


Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury

Red Sox May Have To Consider Extending Chris Sale's Contract

Aug 11, 2017 9:25 AM

The Boston Red Sox hold two years of options on Chris Sale's contract for a total of $26 million.

Sale will be the front-runner for the American League Cy Young this season and may receive a lot of MVP votes as well.

The Red Sox gave David Price a seven-year, $217 million contract before the 2016 season, which may prevent Dave Dombrowski from committing big, long-term money to Sale, who will be 30 when he's eligible for free agency.

Dombrowski extended Justin Verlander's deal in a similar fashion with the Detroit Tigers.

Asked whether he will ask Dombrowski to do for Sale what he did for Verlander, agent B.B. Abbott said, "You'll have to ask Dave that."

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

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

Yankees Likely To Start Jordan Montgomery Over CC Sabathia

Aug 11, 2017 9:18 AM

The New York Yankees say there's "a really good possibility" that Jordan Montgomery will be recalled from Triple-A to start against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Montgomery would start in place of CC Sabathia, who left Tuesday's loss to the Toronto Blue Jays after three innings because of soreness in his arthritic right knee.

"It's a really good possibility it will be Monty on Sunday," Joe Girardi said.

A scan Wednesday showed no new damage to Sabathia's knee, but Girardi said the veteran remains unlikely to make the start.

Associated Press

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

Giants Call Up Pablo Sandoval; Place Brandon Belt On DL

Aug 5, 2017 8:24 PM

Pablo Sandoval is back on the San Francisco Giants' major league roster, as the team called him up before its Saturday night game.

If Sandoval plays against the Arizona Diamondbacks, it would be his first appearance with the Giants since helping them win Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.

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

Chris Sale 'In-Line' To Face Yankees Often

Aug 4, 2017 1:43 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said ace pitcher Chris Sale would stay on his regular turn during the next few times through the rotation to assure that he started one game in each series against New York, including Aug. 13 at Yankee Stadium on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. He would then pitch against the Yankees again Aug. 19 at Fenway Park and on Sept. 3 at Yankee Stadium.

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

Fenway Park Crowd Gives Eckersley Some 'Love'

Aug 2, 2017 1:41 AM

Dennis Eckersley has yet to receive an apology from David Price, but the Hall of Famer sure got some love from the Fenway Park crowd Tuesday night.

Making a previously scheduled appearance in the "Legends Suite," which hosts a former player at each Red Sox home game, Eckersley was shown on the Fenway videoboard in the middle of the third inning of Boston's 12-10 win.

Upon being given a loud ovation, Eckersley placed his hand over his heart and appeared to say, "Thank you very much ... you're the best."

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

Dombrowski: Yankees Are Now 'Warriors' Of MLB

Aug 1, 2017 1:57 AM

In December, when the Red Sox pulled off a blockbuster trade for Chris Sale, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman called them "the Golden State Warriors of baseball now," and referred to Boston's starting rotation of Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez as "their Durant and Green and Thompson and Curry."

And so, eight months later, when the Yankees landed right-hander Sonny Gray at the trade deadline on Monday -- after acquiring third baseman Todd Frazier, relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle, and starter Jaime Garcia earlier this month -- Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski returned the compliment, and then some.

"You mean the Golden State Warriors?" Dombrowski said when asked for a reaction to the Yankees' big deal. "Yeah, I think the Golden State Warriors have significantly made some moves. I expected it. I would've been surprised if they didn't. But I think Brian probably has made them the Golden State Warriors and we're the significant underdogs, when I'm listening to the MLB Network. I would anticipate, like he said earlier in the year that he didn't know how the Red Sox would lose a game, I think it'll be the same. I don't know how they'll lose a game right now. They made some good moves. They made their club significantly better."

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

Red Sox Send Three Prospects To Mets For Addison Reed

Jul 31, 2017 12:56 PM

On Sunday, the Red Sox watched their bullpen cough up a two-run lead in the eighth inning of a oss to the Royals.

On Monday, they did something about it.

The Red Sox beat the trade deadline by acquiring reliever Addison Reed from the Mets for three minor league pitchers, sources confirmed to ESPN. Reed, a 28-year-old right-hander, is expected to serve as the primary eighth-inning reliever and setup man for All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel.

The trade has not been announced because the teams are exchanging medical information.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Multiple Teams Have Interest In Tigers' Justin Wilson
The Astros are now considered the favorites in the hunt for lefty reliever Justin Wilson.

Price: I Could Have Confronted Eckersley 'Probably A Different Way
David Price would like to see Dennis Eckersley spend more time in the Red Sox' clubhouse.

Red Sox Acquire Eduardo Nunez From Giants
The Red Sox will send two pitching prospects to the Giants in exchange for third baseman Eduardo Nunez.

Red Sox Have Scouted Zack Cozart
The Red Sox have some interest in trading for Zack Cozart of the Reds.

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Red Sox Decide To Promote Rafael Devers
The Red Sox announced on Sunday that rookie third baseman Rafael Devers will join the team on Monday in Seattle.

Pablo Sandoval Returns To Giants, Plays For Single-A San Jose
Pablo Sandoval served as a DH, going 1-for-4 for Class-A San Jose on Saturday night.

Red Sox 'Moving Closer' To Deal For Todd Frazier
The Red Sox and Yankees sent scouts to watch Frazier and David Robertson on Sunday.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Red Sox Protest Saturday's Loss To Yankees
The Red Sox claim Matt Holliday interfered with a potential double play on a slide back to first base in the 11th inning.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Red Sox Designate Pablo Sandoval For Assignment
Pablo Sandoval signed a five-year, $95 million contract with the Red Sox after the 2014 season.

RealGM Staff Report

Red Sox Keeping Tabs On Market For Pat Neshek
The Red Sox have interest in trading for Pat Neshek, according to Major League sources.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Chris Sale, Max Scherzer To Start All-Star Game
Chris Sale and Max Scherzer will start for the American and National League, respectively, in Tuesday's Major League Baseball All-Star Game.


Red Sox' Dombrowski: 'No Need For More Starting Pitching'
The Red Sox do have a need to improve the team's third base position, which currently has the second-least production in major league baseball.

Mookie Betts Has Eight RBIs From Leadoff Spot To Tie Record
Mookie Betts is one of only five players who have recorded eight RBIs in a game from the leadoff spot since 1920.

David Price Has Words With Dennis Eckersley After Win
Red Sox pitcher David Price had a verbal confrontation color commentator Dennis Eckersley after Thursday's win over the Twins.

Hanley Ramirez Surprised To Hear He's Bad Against Lefties
Hanley Ramirez was surprised to be told that he's hitting just .143 against left-handed pitching this season.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Red Sox 'Keen' On Trade For Sonny Gray
The Red Sox have sent respected scouts to Sonny Gray's last two starts.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

John Farrell Suspended One Game, Fined By MLB
John Farrell will serve his punishment on Tuesday when the Red Sox face the Twins.


Red Sox Retire David Ortiz's No. 34
Big Papi became the 10th person to be so honored by the Boston Red Sox.

Boston Renames Street After David Ortiz
The city of Boston has honored David Ortiz by renaming the street formerly known as Yawkey Way Extension, near Fenway Park, to David Ortiz Drive.

Associated Press

Dustin Pedroia Sent To Hospital After HBP
Dustin Pedroia was taken to a nearby hospital after he was hit in the back by a pitch in Sunday night's game between the Red Sox and Astros.