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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.


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Yankees' Interest In Marcus Stroman Wasn't Very High

Sep 24, 2019 7:41 AM

The New York Yankees were strongly linked to Marcus Stroman at the trade deadline, but the club's interest in the pitcher wasn't especially high.

The Toronto Blue Jays ultimately traded Stroman to the New York Mets.

"We were interested in Stroman but we didn't think he would be a difference-maker," Brian Cashman said. "We felt he would be in our bullpen in the postseason."

The Blue Jays were reportedly asking for Clint Frazier in a package for Stroman, a price the Yankees deemed too high.

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Tags: New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Twins Investigating Giants Over Sam Dyson's Health

Sep 24, 2019 7:36 AM

The Minnesota Twins acquired Sam Dyson from the San Francisco Giants at the trade deadline.

At the time Dyson had a 2.47 ERA and 6.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Since joining the Twins, the reliever has a 7.15 ERA and 1.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 12 appearances.

Dyson is also expected to miss the remainder of the regular season with a shoulder injury.

The Twins aren't happy and have begun "investigating" whether the Giants knew about Dyson's injured shoulder at the time of the trade.

Dyson reportedly informed the Twins shortly after joining them that he had been pitching with some discomfort, dating to a July 15-17 series against the Colorado Rockies.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Tags: Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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

Sep 10, 2019 7:47 AM

The Boston Red Sox are likely to part with either Mookie Betts or J.D. Martinez, if not both, this coming winter.

Doing so would allow the Red Sox to get under the luxury tax threshold.

Betts has one year of team control left before he qualifies for free agency.

Martinez, meanwhile, can opt out of his contract after this season or next. If he doesn't opt out, he'll make $60 million over the next three years.

Alex Speier/Boston Globe

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Cubs Regret Not Trading For Justin Verlander In 2017

Sep 4, 2019 7:19 AM

Jed Hoyer admitted during an interview on Tuesday that the Chicago Cubs regret not trading for Justin Verlander back in 2017.

The Houston Astros acquired Verlander from the Detroit Tigers for three prospects. Since then, he has a 2.43 ERA in 68 starts for Houston.

"Of course we have regret," Hoyer said.

At the time, it was reported that the Cubs were deep in talks with the Tigers and that Verlander preferred to go to Chicago.

670 The Score

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Red Sox May Listen To Offers For Mookie Betts

Aug 10, 2019 8:16 AM

A number of rival team executives expect the Boston Red Sox to listen to offers for Mookie Betts this offseason.

Betts will be one year away from free agency this winter. He rejected an eight-year, $200 million extension from the Red Sox after the 2017 season.

Only Mike Trout has more WAR among position players than Betts since the 2015.

Jon Morosi/MLB

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Tim Beckham Suspended 80 Games For PED Violation

Aug 7, 2019 7:25 AM

Tim Beckham has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

The former No. 1 overall pick, now with the Seattle Mariners, tested positive for Stanozolol.

"I was given a product from a trusted source, who had advised me that it was safe to take," Beckham said in a statement. "Regrettably, the product was tainted."

Beckham also said he presented his case to an independent arbitrator and that he is "disappointed in the result."

"I accept full responsibility for putting myself in this position," he said. "I sincerely apologize to the Mariners' organization, the fans, my teammates, and my family for this mistake. I look forward to resuming my career once my suspension has been served."


Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Tigers Turned Down Trades For Javier Baez, Alex Bregman In 2017

Aug 5, 2019 8:38 AM

The Detroit Tigers turned down trades for future superstars back in 2017, according to a report.

The Tigers failed to capitalize on the height of Michael Fulmer's trade value two summers ago.

According to multiple sources, the Chicago Cubs offered Javier Baez as part of a three-player package for Fulmer. The Houston Astros also offered Alex Bregman for Fulmer and reliever Justin Wilson.

Anthony Fenech/Detroit Free Press

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Mets Decide To Stand Pat At Deadline

Aug 1, 2019 1:29 AM

After Wednesday's deadline passed without another splash from the Mets, the answer seems clear enough.

"Our focus at the trade deadline isn't really different than what our focus was early in the offseason and and what I hope will be our focus as we go forward," general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said during a post-deadline conference call. "And that is simply to try and win now, and to win in the future."

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Cashman: Yankees Had Trouble Finding Fair Offers

Aug 1, 2019 1:21 AM

NEW YORK -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stood firmly behind his organization's inactivity at Wednesday's trade deadline, saying that despite his best efforts, he had trouble finding fair offers with the potential trade partners he spoke to in recent weeks.

"We didn't get close to anything," Cashman said a couple hours after the deadline passed. "But we certainly knocked on all doors and had a lot of ideas and exchange of ideas with clubs in our effort to improve."

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Giants Acquire Scooter Gennett From Reds
The Giants traded for second baseman Scooter Gennett and cash from the Reds for a player to be named.

Astros Send Four Prospects To D-Backs For Zack Grienke
The Astros sent Corbin Martin, J.B. Bukauskas, Seth Beer, and Josh Rojas to the D-Backs to complete the trade.

Braves Add Shane Greene, Mark Melancon Before Deadline
Tigers closer Shane Greene has a 1.18 ERA and 22 saves this season.

Braves Close To A Deal For Shane Greene
Closer Shane Greene has 22 saves for the Tigers this season.

Phillies Acquire Corey Dickerson From Pirates
Corey Dickerson is hitting .300 with four home runs and 25 RBIs this season.

D-Backs To Acquire Zac Gallen From Marlins
The Marlins will receive the D-Backs No. 1-ranked prospect, Jazz Chisholm.

Nationals Acquire Roenis Elias, Hunter Strickland From M's
The Mariners reportedly receive three pitching prospects from the Nationals -- RHP Elvis Alvarado, LHP Taylor Guilbeau and LHP Aaron Fletcher.

A's Acquire Tanner Roark From Reds For Prospect
Tanner Roark went 6-7 with a 4.24 ERA in 21 starts with the Reds this season.

Giants Trade Pomeranz, Black To Brewers For Top Infield Prospect
The Giants receive a middle-infield prospect, Mauricio Dubon, 25, who was hitting .297 with 16 homers for Triple-A San Antonio.

Nationals Trade Prospect To Jays For Daniel Hudson
The Blue Jays get right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Johnston from the Nationals.

Cubs Trade Martin Maldonado To Astros
The Cubs receive utility man Tony Kemp in the deal with the Astros.

Noah Syndergaard Confident He'll Stay With Mets
Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard went 7 1/3 strong innings on Tuesday night.

Indians Trade Trevor Bauer To Reds In Three-Team Deal
Outfielder Yasiel Puig is heading to the Indians in the deal.

Report: Astros Making Push To Acquire Madison Bumgarner
The Astros and Giants are reportedly in trade talks for starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner.

Bleacher Report

Cubs Acquire Blue Jays' David Phelps
The Blue Jays will receive minor league pitching prospect Thomas Hatch from the Cubs.

Giants Could Move Drew Pomeranz
Since moving to the bullpen, Giants' pitcher Drew Pomeranz has struck out six in 4 1/3 shutout innings.

East Bay Times

Sources: Blue Jays Trade Marcus Stroman To Mets For Pitching Prospects
The Blue Jays will receive pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson in the deal with the Mets.

Rays Acquire Eric Sogard From Jays For Two Players To Be Named
Eric Sogard is hitting .300/.363/.477 after signing a minor-league deal over the winter with the Blue Jays.

Sources: Twins Trade For Sergio Romo
The Twins will also receive one prospect, and the Marlins will receive Double-A first baseman Lewin Diaz, according to a source.

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