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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

Jan 16, 2019 7:55 AM

The Boston Red Sox are scheduled to visit the White House to be honored as World Series champions on Feb. 15.

Club president Sam Kennedy said he expects "a healthy representation of ownership, executives, coaches and players" to attend the ceremony, but it is not mandatory.

Red Sox pitchers and catchers report Feb. 12, with position players due in camp five days later.

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Red Sox, Mookie Betts Agree On $20M Deal

Jan 12, 2019 2:33 AM

American League MVP Mookie Betts, who went to a salary arbitration hearing and beat the Boston Red Sox last year, on Friday settled for $20 million this time around.

The $20 million sets a new standard for players with four or more years of service, and it almost doubles the salary for Betts, who was awarded $10.5 million in 2017 after the Red Sox had countered with a $7.5 million offer.

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Craig Kimbrel Could Still Return To Red Sox

Jan 4, 2019 7:50 AM

It once seemed inevitable that Craig Kimbrel would leave the Boston Red Sox, but it would now not be surprising if the reliever returned to the World Series champions.

David Robertson agreed to a two-year, $23 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, who had been linked to Kimbrel.

Kimbrel has also been linked to the Atlanta Braves.

When the offseason began, it was reported that Kimbrel's asking price could total $100 million in value. It has since been reported that he has dropped his asking price to $86 million, which is what the New York Yankees paid for Aroldis Chapman two years ago.

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Red Sox Owe Nearly $12M In Luxury Tax

Dec 15, 2018 1:19 PM

The World Series champion Red Sox owe $11,951,091 in luxury tax for having baseball's top payroll, according to final calculations by the commissioner's office obtained by The Associated Press. The only other team that owes is the Washington Nationals, who must pay $2,386,097, their second straight year with a bill.

Because Boston was more than $40 million over the tax threshold, it also became the first team to incur a new penalty put in place for the 2018 season: the top Red Sox selection in next June's amateur draft will be dropped 10 places. Boston's top pick had been projected to be No. 33 overall before the penalty.

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Craig Kimbrel Reportedly Seeking $100M-Plus Deal

Dec 13, 2018 8:24 AM

Craig Kimbrel is looking for a massive contract in free agency.

Kimbrel is seeking a six-year deal worth more than $100 million, according to a report.

The right-hander is one of the best closers in Major League history, but will be entering his age-31 season.

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Red Sox To Move Mookie Betts To Second In Lineup

Dec 12, 2018 7:33 AM

Alex Cora announced at baseball's winter meetings on Tuesday that the Boston Red Sox will move Mookie Betts to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, while Andrew Benintendi will leadoff.

Betts is the reigning American League MVP. He has hit second 32 times in his career.

"I think we're going to maximize Mookie in a different spot. Flip-flop them, Beni leading off and Mookie hitting second. Talked to him, it makes sense," Cora said.

"And I know Beni's OK with it. But if you play 162 games, you're going to come up 162 at-bats with nobody on," he added. "And last year, what I wanted from him in the leadoff spot, we accomplished. It's a different season and we have to make adjustments, and that's where we're going to go."

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Mike Napoli Announces Retirement

Dec 8, 2018 9:33 PM

Mike Napoli, a popular clubhouse figure who hit 267 home runs and made three World Series trips during his 13-year career, announced his retirement Saturday.

Napoli, who did not play in the majors last season because of a knee injury, said in a statement that he hopes to "be remembered as someone who always tried to keep the clubhouse atmosphere light and inclusive."

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Nathan Eovaldi Nearing Agreement To Return To Red Sox

Dec 6, 2018 8:02 AM

The Boston Red Sox are nearing an agreement to bring back Nathan Eovaldi, according to a report.

The report states that "the market is really just the Red Sox at this point."

Jon Heyman reported that Eovaldi could receive a four-year deal worth $17 million annually.

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Red Sox Accept Invitation To White House

Dec 4, 2018 7:47 AM

The Boston Red Sox have accepted an invitation to go to the White House.

Alex Cora, who has been critical of President Donald Trump's comments on Puerto Rico, says he will attend.

"I'm gonna use my platform the right way," Cora said. "I'm not gonna embarrass anybody. Actually, I'm gonna represent 4 million people from back home the right way when we go there."

No date has been scheduled for the World Series champions to be honored.

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Adrian Beltre Retires After 21 Seasons
He retires with a career 286/.339/.480 line.

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Nathan Eovaldi Drawing Plenty Of Interest
It is being reported that the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Angels, White Sox, Blue Jays, Giants, Padres, and Red Sox are interested in free-agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.

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Red Sox Re-Sign Steve Pearce
The Red Sox have signed World Series MVP Steve Pearce to a one-year, $6.25 million deal.

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Mookie Betts Tops Mike Trout, Jose Ramirez For AL MVP
Mookie Betts also won the batting title, recorded a 30/30 season, earned a Gold Glove and led all of baseball in slugging percentage.

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Red Sox Reward Alex Cora With Contract Extension
Alex Cora was one of the lowest-paid managers in baseball last season, but the Red Sox have rewarded him with a contract extension.

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Red Sox, Nationals Only Clubs To Exceed Luxury Tax
The Red Sox and Nationals were the only two clubs to exceed the $197 million luxury tax threshold this season.

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Seven Players Receive Qualifying Offers
In six years, only five of the 73 players issued a qualifying offer have accepted it.

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Braves Match Red Sox With Three Gold Gloves
The World Champion Red Sox had the most AL players winning Gold Gloves, with Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Ian Kinsler receiving honors on Sunday night.

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David Price Won't Exercise Opt-Out With Red Sox
David Price is staying with the Red Sox as he will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract.

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World Series Ratings Down 25 Percent
Ratings for this year's World Series between the Red Sox and Dodgers averaged 14,125,000 viewers on Fox, down 25 percent from last year and the fourth-lowest ever.

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Scott Boras Jokingly Claims Bryce Harper Has Deal In Place
Bryce Harper becomes a free agent ten days from now since the World Series is complete.

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Steve Pearce Named World Series MVP
Steve Pearce hit two home runs on Sunday night to help lead the Red Sox to a 5-1 win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series.

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Red Sox, Astros Co-Favorites To Win 2019 Series
The Red Sox and Astros are each listed at 6-1 at the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas.

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Price, Pearce Lead Boston To World Series Title
The Red Sox beat the Dodgers by the score of 5-1 on Sunday night to win their fourth World Series title in 15 years.

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Dave Roberts Explains Pulling Rich Hill
Rich Hill had expressed concern he might not be able to hold up much longer, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

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Red Sox To Start David Price In Game 5
The Red Sox have decided to change their pitching plans and start David Price against the Dodgers in Game 5 on Sunday.

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Red Sox Rally For Game 4 Win, Take 3-1 Series Lead
The Red Sox beat the Dodgers by the score of 9-6 on Saturday night to take a 3-1 lead in the World Series.

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Red Sox To Start Eduardo Rodriguez In Game 4
Eduardo Rodriguez pitched one-third of an inning in Game 3, coming in with two outs in the fifth inning.

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Hank Aaron Award Goes To Christian Yelich, J.D. Martinez
Christian Yelich hit .326 with 36 home runs and 110 RBIs, whole J.D. Martinez hit .330 with 43 home runs and 130 RBIs, leading the majors in RBIs and total bases.

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Dodgers Win Historical Game 3 In 18 Innings
The Dodgers' Max Muncy led off the bottom of the 18th inning with a game-winning HR to give the Dodgers a 3-2 win over the Red Sox.

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