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Chris Sale Agrees To Five-Year, $145M Extension With Red Sox

Mar 22, 2019 3:00 PM

Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a five-year, $145 million contract extension.

Sale will turn 30 on March 30 and is entering the last year of his current contract. He will earn $15 million in the final season of the five-year contract he signed with the Chicago White Sox before the 2013 season. 

The deal adds to Sale's current contract (one year remaining) and will go through the 2024 season.

Sale went 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA and 237 strikeouts in 158 innings. He finished fourth in the Cy Young vote

 

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

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Mookie Betts Rejected $200M Extension With Red Sox

Mar 21, 2019 8:13 AM

Mookie Betts appears committed to exploring free agency when the time comes.

When asked if he expects to enter the 2019 season without signing a long-term extension, Betts said, "That's exactly what I expect. I don't expect anything to happen until I'm a free agent.

"It's just one of those things where you've just got to go out and play," he continued. "You can't worry about the economics of the game right now. [The Red Sox] have to take care of what they have to take care of, and I have to take care of what I have to take care of. The common thing is to win a World Series, and I think it's something we definitely both want to do."

Betts also confirmed a report that he rejected a $200 million extension offer from the Boston Red Sox before last season.

"Yeah, I was made an offer last year," he said. "That was just a disagreement, which is perfectly fine."

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Steven Wright Suspended 80 Games For PED Violation

Mar 7, 2019 7:59 AM

Boston Red Sox right-hander Steven Wright has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2.

Wright won't be paid during the suspension and he'll be placed on the restricted list. He won't be eligible to pitch in the postseason.

The Red Sox released the following statement:

"The Boston Red Sox fully support Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from the game. While we are disappointed by the news of this violation, we will look to provide the appropriate support to Steven at this time. Going forward, the club will not comment further on the matter."

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J.D. Martinez: Free Agency Has Been 'Embarrassing For Baseball'

Feb 25, 2019 7:36 AM

Teams are once again taking a slow approach to free agency and J.D. Martinez has had enough.

The Boston Red Sox slugger didn't land his own free-agent deal until Feb. 26 last season. He views the business of baseball as broken.

"One-hundred-percent," Martinez told WEEI.com. "I knew it was -- Why wouldn't it? They got away with it last year, why wouldn't they do it again? What's going to happen? Nothing. It's embarrassing for baseball, it really is. It's really embarrassing for the game. You have a business. They say, 'The market is down, the market is changing.' The market is higher than it's ever been. People are making more money than ever, and they're trying to suppress it. It's more of a race towards the bottom now than a race towards the top. You can go right now through everyone's lineup and you already know who's going to be in the playoffs. What's the fun in that? We might as well just fast-forward to the end of the season."

Rob Bradford/WEEI

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Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo Dies At 62

Feb 22, 2019 6:54 AM

Longtime Boston Globe reporter Nick Cafardo died Thursday after collapsing outside the Boston Red Sox's spring training clubhouse.

Cafardo, 62, covered the Red Sox and Major League Baseball for more than three decades.

The newspaper said Cafardo appeared to have an embolism. The team's medical staff responded quickly but was unable to revive him.

Cafardo joined the Globe in 1989 from The (Quincy) Patriot Ledger, where he had been on the baseball beat. He continued to cover the Red Sox before switching to the New England Patriots in time for the team's first NFL championship, in 2001.

He returned to baseball and has covered baseball for the past 15 years, writing a Sunday notes package and an "On Baseball" column.

ESPN

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Red Sox, Chris Sale Have Discussed Extension

Feb 19, 2019 7:59 AM

The Boston Red Sox would like to keep Chris Sale from hitting the open market and have discussed a long-term deal with the pitcher's representation.

Sale will be a free agent after this season.

The left-hander has averaged 200 innings over the last three years. He also finished in the top five in Cy Young voting each year.

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Red Sox Owner: Spending More Money Helps

Feb 19, 2019 7:44 AM

Boston Red Sox owner John Henry says that, while there is not a perfect correlation between a bigger payroll and winning, "spending more money helps."

Henry's Red Sox had the highest payroll in the sport in 2018 and won their fourth World Series title since he became principal owner of the franchise in 2002.

On Monday, commissioner Rob Manfred said, "I reject the notion that payroll is a good measure for how much a team is trying or how successful that team is going to be."

Asked about that comment and whether there is a correlation between spending and winning, Henry replied, "I think the Baltimore payroll was double what the Tampa payroll was last year. Close to double. There is a correlation, I'm sure there is a correlation, but it's not as perfect. It's very difficult to predict things in baseball, to predict player performance. Spending more money helps."

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Alex Bregman: No City I Want To Beat More Than Boston

Feb 14, 2019 8:58 AM

Alex Bregman is stirring things up with the Boston Red Sox, who eliminated the Houston Astros in last year's ALCS.

"After watching the Patriots win and with the Red Sox beating us last year, there's no other city that I would like to beat more this year than Boston," Bregman said on the "Going Deep with Chad and JT" podcast.

The Astros and Red Sox will meet for the first time in 2019 on May 17.

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Red Sox Still Waiting On Craig Kimbrel?

Feb 4, 2019 8:17 AM

The Boston Red Sox don't have a definite closer with Spring Training less than two weeks away.

Craig Kimbrel remains available and continues to be linked to the World Series champions.

The right-hander has been seeking a six-year deal, but the Red Sox don't want to spend excessively on a closer.

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Red Sox Unlikely To Spend Big On Closer

Jan 18, 2019 7:52 AM

The Boston Red Sox have no plans to spend big on a closer this offseason, says Dave Dombrowski.

"I still don't expect us to have a high expenditure on our closer situation," Dombrowski said at a Boston baseball writers event.

Craig Kimbrel is seeking a long-term, high-salaried contract, but the Red Sox are concerned about luxury tax.

"We have some flexibility, we don't have a lot," Dombrowski said.

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Red Sox To Visit White House On Feb. 15
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ESPN

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ESPN

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Jon Morosi/MLB

Seven Players Receive Qualifying Offers
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ESPN

Braves Match Red Sox With Three Gold Gloves
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ESPN.com

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CBS Sports

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Associated Press

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