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  • newLester-Cespedes trade marks rare All-Star swap
    The 2014 non-waiver Trade Deadline on Thursday was the wildest of any in recent memory, and the deal that got it all started -- Jon Lester for Yoenis Cespedes -- might have been the most extraordinary of them all.
    - 2 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 6:08pm -
  • newRed Sox acquire pitching prospect Rodriguez from O's
    The Red Sox traded lefty setup man Andrew Miller within the division on Thursday, sending him to the Orioles in exchange for highly-touted pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez.
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 4:51pm -
  • newSox send Drew to Yanks for Johnson
    A wild Trade Deadline day, during which the Red Sox moved five players from their World Series-winning team of a year ago, was capped with Stephen Drew being dealt to the Yankees on Thursday.
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 4:25pm -
  • newLester goes to A's for Cespedes in swap of stars
    The Red Sox and A's pulled off a blockbuster deal Thursday morning to swap All-Stars, Boston sending ace left-hander Jon Lester to Oakland for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:45pm -
  • newRed Sox set to host Yankees for weekend series
    Chris Capuano began the season with the Red Sox, but on Friday at Fenway Park, he'll take the hill as a member of the Yankees in the series opener.
    - 5 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 2:13pm -
  • newWho won Lester-Cespedes trade?
    It was early morning Thursday on the West Coast when word spread that the A's had acquired both Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox in exchange for Cuban sensation Yoenis Cespedes. We asked our MLB.com analysts for their opinion on who "won" this titanic trade.
    - 5 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 2:11pm -
  • newLackey to Cards as Sox get Kelly, Craig
    Just hours after trading ace Jon Lester, the Red Sox sent No. 2 starter John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday amid one of the most eventful Trade Deadlines in team history.
    - 7 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:49pm -
  • newWorkman uneven in spot start vs. Blue Jays
    With Jon Lester reduced to spectator status in the dugout on a night he was originally scheduled to pitch, the reeling Red Sox suffered a 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays Wednesday night in their final game before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:30am -
  • newFans recognize Lester amid uncertainty
    During the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday night, the Fenway faithful made their feelings clear to lefty ace Jon Lester, who has been in the midst of trade rumors all week as today's non-waiver Deadline closes in.
    - 20 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:54pm -
  • newVictorino removed for precautionary reasons
    Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino exited Wednesday night's 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays for precautionary reasons. Manager John Farrell didn't like the way Victorino was moving around in the outfield, so he sent Daniel Nava to pinch-hit for him in the fifth.
    - 20 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:21pm -

ESPN Red Sox Blog

  • newRanaudo debuts, Middlebrooks back Friday
    BOSTON -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington met with the media for roughly 40 minutes, answering questions about Thursday’s trades.Here is a summation of how the deals immediately impact the composition of the team: * Rookie right-hander Anthony Ranaudo will make his major-league debut Friday night, starting in John Lackey’s place against the New York Yankees.* Xander Bogaerts will return to shortstop, where he opened the season and started 53 games before shifting to third base.
    - 22 mins ago, 31 Jul 14, 7:17pm -
  • newSnapshot: Lester bids Henry farewell
    On a whirlwind day of roster upheaval in Boston, Red Sox-turned-A's pitcher Jon Lester said goodbye to the only team he's known in his nine-year big league career.
    - 2 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 5:49pm -
  • newRodriguez projects as back-end starter
    Eduardo Rodriguez, whom the Red Sox acquired from Baltimore for reliever Andrew Miller, signed out of Venezuela in January 2010 and moved quickly, for an international signing, through the Orioles system, reaching Double-A Bowie in 2013 as a 21-year-old. He was a consensus top-100 prospect entering 2014, being ranked in the 60s on preseason lists by Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus and MLB.com.Repeating Double-A this year, Rodriguez has had his troubles, putting up a 4.
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 5:03pm -
  • newDealing Littrell helps glut of Class A arms
    Corey Littrell, who was sent to the Cardinals as part of the John Lackey trade, was a fifth-round pick in last year’s draft as a junior out of the University of Kentucky. He has climbed through the system quickly, skipping Low A Greenville to start 2014 in High A Salem. At the time of the trade, he was ranked 36th on the SoxProspects.com rankings of the top prospects in the system. In his pro debut in 2013, he excelled against New York-Penn League bats, putting up a 1.
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:51pm -
  • newRed Sox dealings: Real-life fantasy baseball
    BOSTON -- This is fantasy baseball, if the rotisserie version was played with hundreds of millions of dollars, playoff berths, civic prestige and professional reputations at stake. You want Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes? OK, we’ll take Yoenis Cespedes and a draft pick.John Lackey? How about Joe Kelly and Allen Craig?Andrew Miller? We'll take a top-tier lefty prospect, the likes of 21-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez.The Red Sox went to the World Series last season with a starting rotation anchored by Lester and Lackey and supplemented by, among others, Jake Peavy and Felix Doubront.
    - 5 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 2:55pm -
  • newThings to know about OF Craig
    BOSTON -- The Red Sox prefer players with versatility and proven success, and Allen Craig fits that description. The Sox acquired the outfielder/first baseman, along with pitcher Joe Kelly, from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for starting pitcher John Lackey on Thursday. Craig, 30, was an All-Star in 2013 and helped St. Louis reach the World Series. He hit .315 with 13 homers and 97 RBIs in 134 games for the Cardinals last season. This season, he’s hitting .
    - 6 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:57pm -
  • newThe rundown on right-hander Kelly
    BOSTON -- While the Red Sox’s starting rotation has been depleted with the trades of Jon Lester to Oakland and John Lackey to St. Louis, Boston did acquire right-hander Joe Kelly from the Cardinals. Kelly, 26, started Game 3 of the 2013 World Series against the Red Sox at Busch Stadium, and had to settle for a no-decision in a 5-4 Cardinals win. He worked 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on two hits, with three walks and six strikeouts. Kelly, who has a 3.
    - 6 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:50pm -
  • newGomes: Soft spot in heart for Boston
    Traded earlier in the day along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics, outfielder Jonny Gomes said Thursday that he’ll always have a “soft spot” in his heart for Boston and the Red Sox.“I’m in a situation right now where I’m getting packaged up with the best pitcher in the game, heading over to the team with the best record in the game,” Gomes said in a phone interview with Boston sports radio station WEEI.
    - 7 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:44pm -
  • newSource: Sox close to dealing Lackey
    A few hours after trading ace Jon Lester, the Boston Red Sox were close to dealing right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals, according to a major league source. More to come ...
    - 7 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:35pm -
  • newPapi to Lester: 'Large Father will miss you!'
    Wishing my man Jon Lester all the best, Red Sox Nation and the Large Father will miss you! pic.twitter.com/7uWpXw8XnH— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) July 31, 2014
    - 7 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:22pm -

WEEI Full Count

  • newWhat the heck just happened? Red Sox trade deadline day first thoughts
    As the names entered the rumor mill, the idea became more and more confusing. Sure, dealing away players who would reach free agency after this season for assets who would remain in Boston beyond 2014 made sense, but when the names expanded beyond the likes of Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes and Andrew Miller to […]
    - 1 hour ago, 31 Jul 14, 6:33pm -
  • newA brief look at new Red Sox 1B/outfielder Allen Craig
    Among the two pieces coming the Red Sox way in exchange for John Lackey is Allen Craig. Craig was a key member of the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals team that the Red Sox defeated en route to their World Series championship. While many may know Craig from the infamous obstruction play with Will Middlebrooks, the […]
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 4:18pm -
  • newSleeping with the enemy: Red Sox send Stephen Drew to Yankees for Kelly Johnson
    According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox have traded shortstop Stephen Drew to the Yankees in exchange for Kelly Johnson. The deal is most stunning for the participants — the Red Sox and Yankees hadn’t consummated a trade since 1997, when the team acquired Tony Armas Jr. in exchange for Mike Stanley — with […]
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:55pm -
  • newRed Sox send LHP Andrew Miller to Orioles for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, stockpile potential rotation members and trade chips
    According to an industry source, the Red Sox have sent left-handed reliever Andrew Miller to the Orioles in exchange for left-handed starting prospect Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez, 21, is viewed as perhaps the Orioles’ fourth-best pitching prospect, behind largely untouchable young starters Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey. The 21-year-old out of Venezuela was rated […]
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:26pm -
  • newTrade deadline roundup: David Price reportedly likely to be traded
    The domino effect following the Jon Lester trade is in full force. David Price will be traded before the trade deadline, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. There are multiple teams that are in on Price. The Tigers are interested in the lefty’s services, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. The […]
    - 5 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 2:46pm -
  • newTrade deadline roundup: Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller reportedly garnering a lot of interest
    Now that Jon Lester and John Lackey have been dealt, all eyes turn to what the Red Sox are going to do with lefty reliever Andrew Miller. Miller is garnering a lot of interest, according to multiple reports. The Red Sox are being swarmed with offers, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted. The Orioles are interested, […]
    - 6 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:24pm -
  • newRed Sox confirm Jon Lester trade
    The Red Sox sent out a press release shortly after noontime Thursday confirming that they have traded Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes and a draft pick (as first reported by WEEI’s Alex Speier). The Red Sox also are sending cash to Oakland. Following is the team’s release. The Boston […]
    - 7 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:57pm -
  • newSource: Red Sox trade John Lackey to Cardinals for Joe Kelly, Allen Craig
    A source confirmed to WEEI a report that John Lackey is being traded to the Cardinals. Update.: The Red Sox will get right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig, while surrendering minor league left-hander Corey Littrell. Kelly, in his third major league season after being drafted in the third round in 2009 by St. […]
    - 7 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:42pm -
  • newTrade deadline roundup: A’s send Tommy Milone to Twins for Sam Fuld; David Price trade talks reportedly intensify
    In a move that was overshadowed by the Red Sox‘ trade of Jon Lester to the Athletics, the Twins acquired left-handed starter Tommy Milone from Oakland in exchange for New Hampshire native Sam Fuld. Milone, a 27-year-old lefty, lost his spot in the A’s rotation when the team acquired the services of Jeff Samardzija and […]
    - 7 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:32pm -
  • newRed Sox add power, defense with addition of Yoenis Cespedes
    While parting ways with ace Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes was no easy move for the Red Sox, the addition of power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes should soften the blow. Even though the 28-year-old slugger has only played in the majors for 2 1/2 seasons after defecting from his home county of Cuba in the summer of […]
    - 7 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:21pm -

Boston Herald

  • newBuckley: Jon Lester deserved better from Red Sox
    I suppose Red Sox fans could content themselves for the next couple of months watching Yoenis Cespedes playing balls off the Green Monster like a young Yaz, and making dazzling throws to the plate like a young Roberto Clemente.And, of course, the Marching & Chowder Society that gets blinded by the sunshine of every Red Sox roster move will want you to know that with Cespedes and Jackie Bradley Jr., the Hometown Nine now has the best-throwing outfield in The Entire History of Baseball.
    - 7 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:39pm -
  • newESPN announcers to call game atop Green Monster
    BOSTON — ESPN announcers will call Sunday night's Red Sox-Yankees game from atop Fenway Park's Green Monster.The network said Wednesday that Dan Shulman and John Kruk will be located in Section 9 of the stands above the stadium's famous Wall. Boston first installed the Green Monster seats in 2003.In May, Shulman and Kruk called the Cardinals-Cubs telecast from the bleachers at Wrigley Field.
    - 11 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 8:38am -
  • newLooking to bolster pitching, Royals consider John Lackey of Red Sox, Bartolo Colon of Mets
    As his baseball operations department foraged for solutions to improving the Royals’ roster, general manager Dayton Moore sought to diminish expectations heading into Thursday’s non-waiver trading deadline.
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 5:57am -
  • newMarlins eye Red Sox starters Jon Lester, John Lackey as trade deadline looms
    MIAMI -- The Marlins' preference is to add a controllable starter before Thursday afternoon's non-waiver trade deadline. That hasn't precluded them from entertaining a rental – specifically Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester.The demand is such that the Red Sox seem poised to acquire at least one top-shelf prospect in return. Though the Marlins aren't willing to deal a young gun like Andrew Heaney for two months of Lester or anyone else, an American League source in contact with the Red Sox said the Marlins are "not completely" out of the sweepstakes.
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 5:50am -
  • newTalk of the Town: David Ross a veteran force for Red Sox
    Backup catchers can be extremely valuable to a ball club, especially when they are veterans with strong leadership skills and a contagious positive attitude. Yes, I’m talking about David Ross, the Red Sox’ version of “Crash Davis,” who is here not only to keep things light, but to mentor the young Christian Vazquez and prepare him for everything that comes with being an everyday catcher in the Majors.
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:51am -
  • newBrandon Workman can’t stop latest Red Sox loss
    Playing in front of Jon Lester and John Lackey for perhaps the last time, the Red Sox lost another baseball game last night, 6-1, to the Blue Jays.Brandon Workman, who started in place of Lester on the eve of today’s trading deadline, was the victim of his own ineffectiveness and poor defense. He allowed four walks and four hits in five innings, but only two of the five runs he allowed were earned.The Red Sox have lost eight of their last nine games.Toward the end of the game, half-hearted chants of “Jonny Lester” could be heard.
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:45am -
  • newEnd near for Jon Lester, John Lackey at trade deadline?
    At 7:10 last night, some 21 hours before the non-waiver trade deadline, Jon Lester — John Lackey, too, for that matter — was still dressed in his Red Sox colors, still on the roster and still standing in the home dugout at Fenway Park even as Brandon Workman, called up to take his start, threw the first pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays.Three hours later, after the Sox had lost for the eighth time in nine games, 6-1, Lester and Lackey were still active members of the team, their lockers intact, without any overt signs that a deal was imminent.
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:37am -
  • newTrades only a start for Red Sox
    The trading deadline will pass, mercifully, at 4 o’clock this afternoon, at which time Jon Lester, probably John Lackey, and maybe even Andrew Miller, Stephen Drew and/or Jonny Gomes are expected to be ex-Red Sox.But the passing of the deadline hardly means the Red Sox’ re-building project is over.
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:21am -
  • newRed Sox Notebook: Felix Doubront gets his out
    Felix Doubront got his wish.Having grown increasingly unhappy over the past month since being moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen and bottoming out Monday night when he looked disinterested while getting rocked by the Blue Jays for six runs in two-thirds of an inning, Doubront wanted the Red Sox to trade him.Yesterday, the team dumped him off on the Cubs for a player to be named.According to a major league source, the Red Sox likely will receive that player after the Rule 5 Draft in December.
    - 20 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:00am -
  • Could A's deal Tommy Milone, get Jon Lester from Boston Red Sox in return?
    HOUSTON -- It's closing in on 48 hours before the trade deadline (1 p.m. PDT Thursday), and just where do the A's stand?For one thing, they're in a position where they don't need to make a trade, although they continue to explore second base options. And while they don't need an outfielder long term, they could use one until they know that Craig Gentry (disabled list, broken right hand) and Coco Crisp (neck) are healthy.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 5:48am -

Providence Journal

NESN Red Sox News

Peter Gammons

  • newYoenis Cespedes can be a power-hitting 2016 free agent outfielder
    In March of 2012, the Oakland A’s signed Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year $36 million contract. Today, in exchange for Jon Lester , the 2015 free-agent lefty pitcher, and Jonny Gomes, he became a member of the Boston Red Sox. Cespedes is a seriously good hitting outfielder and will be a huge addition for the Sox outfield […]
    - 8 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 11:53am -
  • newCorey Kluber’s 85-pitch shutout
    Corey Kluber threw an 85-pitch three-hit shutout to defeat Felix Hernandez and the Mariners as Cleveland defeated Seattle, 2-0. Yan Gomes hit a two-run bases loaded double in the 5th inning to drive home the game’s only runs. King Felix had not allowed a baserunner until the 5th. Kluber threw 69 strikes and 16 balls […]
    - 8 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 11:50am -
  • newHenry Owens’ impressive year in the minors
    Henry Owens just set the Portland Sea Dog record with his 14th win of the season. The 22-year old from Huntington Beach, California is making a strong case as heir to the Red Sox pitching throne. The 6-6 southpaw owns a 14-4 record in double-A ball with a 2.60 ERA, 1.124 WHIP and 9.4 K/9. […]
    - 8 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 11:24am -
  • newMLB Video Highlights: Kemp’s walk-off single, President Bush visits Jeter in Texas
    Matt Kemp’s walk-off single in the 10th Jim Adduci makes an incredible leaping catch in foul territory before crashing into the wall President George W. Bush surprises Derek Jeter in Texas Manny Machado fields a ground ball at third, then fires to first from foul territory for the out Justin Masterson on joining the Cardinals […]
    - 9 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 10:26am -
  • newAround the majors report: July 31, 2014
    Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @ATMreports. 1) Yesterday’s scores– AL Astros 8, […]
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 10:03am -
  • newStats report: Felix Hernandez sets a couple of records
    Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @ATMreports. 1) Yesterday, Mariners P Felix Hernandez […]
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 10:03am -
  • newGame recaps: Felix Hernandez has a good game
    Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @ATMreports. 1) INDIANS 2, MARINERS 0 1 […]
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 10:02am -
  • newNews report: Cardinals-Indians trade
    Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @ATMreports. 1) The Indians traded P Justin […]
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 10:01am -
  • newLegends of the Game: Team by team career RSAA leaders, American League
    Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @ATMreports. Today’s Legends of the Game is […]
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 10:01am -
  • newCoffee and Clippings: Cardinals choose depth over drama
    Bernie Miklasz (@miklasz) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Cardinals chose depth over drama with Masterson deal… As tempted as he might have been, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak declined to go overboard in an all-out expedition to reel in the biggest fish in the sea. His target was a starting pitcher. His […]
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 9:17am -

MLB Trade Rumors

  • Red Sox Designate Ryan Roberts For Assignment
    Not long after signing him, the Red Sox have designated infielder Ryan Roberts for assignment, tweets Alex Speier of WEEI.com. Brock Holt was brought up to take the active roster spot. Signed 11 days ago, Roberts struggled in his limited time in Boston, hitting safely only twice in 22 plate appearances and drawing three walks against seven strikeouts. Roberts' a one-year, MLB deal was not guaranteed, tweets Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, so the club will only be on the hook for the approximately $61K he has already earned. As the 33-year-old looks for a new job, he will...
    - 18 Apr 14, 3:35pm -
  • Hanrahan Talking With Multiple Clubs Following Showcase
    12:19pm: Hanrahan isn't yet negotiating with anyone but is expected to start taking offers next week, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports (via Twitter). Some teams have requested to see Hanrahan's medicals. FRIDAY, 11:24am: The Twins aren't one of the teams talking contract with Hanrahan, Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN tweets. There is similarly "nothing brewing" between Hanrahan and the Mets, The Record's Matt Ehalt reports. The Astros, meanwhile, weren't at the tryout at all, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports (Twitter link). THURSDAY: Upwards of 20 teams were on-hand today to watch free-agent right-hander Joel Hanrahan's showcase at the...
    - 18 Apr 14, 1:19pm -
  • AL East Notes: Rays, Drew, Pineda, Lester
    Over at Fangraphs, Dave Cameron provides an interesting look at team age, weighted for anticipated playing time. The unsurprising result is that the oldest current MLB roster belongs to the Yankees. With the Red Sox and Blue Jays also falling in the top five, and the Rays landing in the top half with what Cameron calls a "sneaky old" roster, the American League East would appear to be the most veteran-laden division in the game. The loss of pitchers Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, and Jeremy Hellickson has exposed the fact that the Rays are thin on pitching depth in their...
    - 15 Apr 14, 7:15pm -
  • Quick Hits: Puig, Yankees, Lester, Tigers, Blackouts
    For some players, just getting the chance to play is the biggest hurdle. That certainly holds true for Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, whose journey out of Cuba and into Major League Baseball is perhaps more astounding than anyone realized. Jesse Katz of Los Angeles Magazine provides a narrative of Puig's unbelievable tale. Here are a few notes from around the game: The Yankees come in at a surprising second in the early-season defensive shift count, writes ESPN.com's Buster Olney (Insider subscription required). As Olney notes, that kind of decision requires organizational commitment on every level, and two offseason infield acquisitions...
    - 14 Apr 14, 10:49pm -
  • Injury Notes: Anderson, Moore, Phillies, Yankees, Red Sox
    Needless to say, the season has gotten of to a rough start in terms of injury news. Offering some hope, perhaps, Baseball America's J.J. Cooper writes (answering a reader question) that two-time Tommy John patients have a better track record of recovery than is perhaps commonly thought. Here's the latest on a few situations around the league that have (or could have had) hot stove implications: Rockies starter Brett Anderson is expected to be out for a lengthy stretch with a broken index finger, as he will need four to six weeks to recover before rehabbing, according to Thomas Harding...
    - 14 Apr 14, 8:19pm -
  • AL East Notes: Rays, Kelley, Drew, Gomes, Sox
    Facing the possibility of losing Matt Moore to Tommy John surgery, Rays manager Joe Maddon offered his take on the recent rash of Tommy John surgeries in the game. Via the Associated Press: "Sometimes you have to look underneath the surface and I tend to agree it has a lot to do with youth sports and travel teams and multiple travel teams and kids pitching to win when they're really young and throwing too many pitches. I think the more recent epidemic curiously might be tied to what they're doing before they even get here professionally." Of course, Moore's injury...
    - 14 Apr 14, 9:39am -
  • AL East Notes: Red Sox, Lester, Hanrahan, Rays
    The possibility exists that at some point this season, the Red Sox could field a lineup, along with a good chunk of their rotation and bullpen, that is comprised almost exclusively of players and pitchers who have played only for Boston, writes Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. Thanks to the club's emphasis on homegrown talent, injuries/days off for David Ortiz, A.J. Pierzynski, David Ross, and Mike Napoli could make this idea a reality sometime this summer. Here's more out of the AL East.. Two winters ago, the Red Sox were able to find success by overpaying free agents on...
    - 13 Apr 14, 10:56am -
  • AL Notes: Indians, Fuld, Lester
    Dr. James Andrews tells MLB Network Radio (via MetsBlog) that a number of factors have contributed to an increase in Tommy John surgeries throughout baseball. One issue is that high school pitchers are throwing too hard, and their ligaments aren't maturing quickly enough to keep up with their velocity. Year-round baseball is another issue, as is throwing breaking balls at a young age. High school pitchers who throw harder than 80-85 MPH also run the risk of having arm issues. Here are a few notes from around the American League. The Indians' trade of Shin-Soo Choo was one of GM...
    - 12 Apr 14, 5:38pm -
  • Red Sox Offered Lester Deal Worth $70MM
    3:56pm: Lester says that he isn't ruling out the possibility that he will remain with the Red Sox, Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston tweets. "Why does it mean I'm out of Boston?" Lester says. "Things can definitely change.'' 11:59am: The Red Sox' most recent extension offer to starting pitcher Jon Lester was for four years and between $70MM, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan tweets, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports initially reported that the Red Sox had offered between $70MM and $80MM. Lester is eligible for free agency after the season, and Rosenthal writes that sources tell him that Lester will not...
    - 12 Apr 14, 4:56pm -
  • Rosenthal's Latest: Sandoval, Pirates, Cubs, Abreu
    Here are a few tidbits from Ken Rosenthal's latest video from FOX Sports: There aren't many good third base options available this offseason (Chase Headley is available, and Aramis Ramirez has a mutual option), so retaining Pablo Sandoval makes sense for the Giants. Rosenthal wonders if the Pirates could sign either Stephen Drew or Kendrys Morales after the draft in June, at which point they wouldn't have to worry about the draft-pick forfeiture attached to each of them. After a quiet offseason, the Pirates should have the financial wherewithal to pursue a bigger-name player. In a tiny sample size, Jordy...
    - 12 Apr 14, 3:38pm -