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  • newOrtiz nominated for AL Aaron Award
    Major League Baseball named David Ortiz the Red Sox's nominee for the 2014 Hank Aaron Award, which annually recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each league.
    - 13 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 4:45pm -
  • newSox open to discussing extension with Cespedes
    The Red Sox are interested in negotiating a contract extension with outfielder Yoenis Cespedes during the offseason, but they aren't exactly sure when those talks will occur.
    - 14 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 4:16pm -
  • newFarrell, Cherington take responsibility for rough season
    Last year at this time, Red Sox manager John Farrell and general manager Ben Cherington were receiving well-deserved accolades for a magical season that would end in championship glory. This year, both men are more than willing to take their share of accountability for a title defense that went bad early.
    - 14 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 4:15pm -
  • newCherington to focus on rotation, lefty bats and bullpen
    The offseason didn't officially start until Monday, but Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has had a clear priority list that includes starting pitching, left-handed bat(s) and relievers.
    - 14 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 3:50pm -
  • newOffseason gives Sox a chance to overcome injuries
    The injury bug bit many Red Sox players during the 2014 season. They'll now take the offseason to recover and be ready for the '15 campaign.
    - 15 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 3:30pm -
  • newRed Sox's coaching staff may see changes
    Unlike a year ago, when the Red Sox brought back their entire coaching staff, there's a chance for changes heading into 2015. Bench coach Torey Lovullo is drawing interest as a managerial candidate, particularly from the Houston Astros, and other teams with managerial openings could call him soon. Third-base coach Brian Butterfield also has plenty of skills that could make him a good manager.
    - 15 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 3:03pm -
  • newAFL the next stop for Red Sox's Castillo
    The Red Sox are wasting no time in making sure Rusney Castillo gets back on the diamond. After spending a few days at his home in Florida, Castillo will report to the Arizona Fall League later this week. He'll stay there through the end of October.
    - 15 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 2:55pm -
  • newYoung stars, free agents can help Red Sox rebound in 2015
    It's always daunting for a last-place team to pick up the pieces and figure out how to regroup as quickly as possible. But the Red Sox are probably more comfortable than just about any other team in this predicament, considering they just went through it two winters ago and bounced back with a stunning World Series championship.
    - 18 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 12:20pm -
  • newRed Sox reverse course a year after World Series title
    Fresh off the glory of going worst to first, the Red Sox encountered disaster en route to an anemic title defense, doing the exact opposite in 2014. David Ortiz had another terrific year and players such as Brock Holt stepped up to be productive, but Boston finished fifth in the AL East.
    - 18 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 11:50am -
  • Red Sox toast Jeter with exceptional ceremony
    On the last afternoon of his big league career, Derek Jeter received one more sendoff from the Red Sox and several fellow captains of the Boston sports scene, paying their "RE2PECT" prior to the last game of the regular season.
    - 1 day ago, 28 Sep 14, 8:43pm -

ESPN Red Sox Blog

  • newMiddlebrooks opts not to play winter ball
    BOSTON -- Third baseman Will Middlebrooks said his priority this winter is to get healthy, which for him takes precedence over playing winter ball, something the Red Sox had asked him to do.“They know that and they understand that,” Middlebrooks said after Sunday’s season finale in Fenway Park. “That’s my first priority, is to be healthy. When spring training gets here, I want to be ready to compete. That’s my priority.
    - 8 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 10:10pm -
  • newCherington: How we'll fix the Red Sox
    BOSTON -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell spent 40 minutes Monday afternoon breaking down what went wrong with the Red Sox in 2014 and what they intend to do about it, at least in general terms.Here is what you need to know (Much of it you already knew):• Adding top-of-the-rotation starting pitching is a priority. [The Jon Lester watch begins the day after the World Series ends, as that’s when he becomes a free agent].
    - 14 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 4:23pm -
  • newRoundup: Napoli, Ortiz won't need surgery
    BOSTON -- Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, who missed the final 10 games of the season with an array of injuries, will not need an operation to solve any of his ailments. At a number of points this season, Napoli missed time managing injuries to his finger, toe, knee and back -- the finger requiring a stint on the disabled list back in May. While general manager Ben Cherington said the team believes Napoli should be able to recover with time, he didn’t rule out the possibility that further evaluation would be needed.
    - 15 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 3:18pm -
  • newSox have seventh pick in draft
    Following a 9-5 loss to the Yankees on Sunday, the Red Sox fell to 71-91, leaving the club with the sixth-worst record in the league. That means Boston will have the seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft. (Houston has a compensation pick locked in at No. 2 overall for the failure to sign 2014 No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken). The first 11 picks of the 2015 draft, which cannot be forfeited due to free-agency signings, will be as follows:1. Arizona2.
    - 15 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 3:16pm -
  • newHolt to seek clearance for normal offseason
    BOSTON -- Brock Holt, who missed the final 21 games of the season due to a concussion, will travel to Pittsburgh to see Dr. Micky Collins on Oct. 9 to receive clearance for a normal offseason. Although the Red Sox discussed sending Holt to the Instructional League for extra at-bats, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said Holt is now unlikely to need playing time anywhere during the winter.“We don’t think so,” Cherington said. “He was doing baseball activity here -- BP, ground balls.
    - 15 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 3:10pm -
  • Sox honored to be part of Jeter's day
    BOSTON -- As he had done 12,601 times before in his career, Derek Jeter stepped into the batter’s box in the third inning on Sunday.Ichiro Suzuki on third base, one out. Clay Buchholz threw the pitch. Jeter swung the bat. Garin Cecchini couldn’t rope the ball in off a high chopper. There it was, an RBI single and the end of Jeter’s illustrious career.And to those who were a part of the moment for the Red Sox, the game stopped as each took it all in.
    - 1 day ago, 28 Sep 14, 9:17pm -
  • Snapshots: Red Sox honor Derek Jeter
    Some of the memorable images from Sunday's ceremony at Fenway Park honoring Derek Jeter:
    - 1 day ago, 28 Sep 14, 8:19pm -
  • Sox end 2014 with another loss
    BOSTON -- Goodbye Derek Jeter and goodbye 2014.The Red Sox closed the book on their disappointing season with a 9-5 loss to the New York Yankees Sunday afternoon. The loss dropped their record to 71-91, 20 games under .500.Naturally, Jeter was the primary focus all afternoon as the Yankees shortstop ended his career going 1-for-2 with an RBI. He lined to short in his first at-bat before knocking in a run with an infield single in the third and being removed for a pinch runner.
    - 1 day ago, 28 Sep 14, 6:25pm -
  • Bogaerts sits out season finale
    BOSTON -- The fans were lined up well before gates opened, the pregame ceremony has been planned for days and chants began the first moment he walked onto the field for batting practice.Yes, it’s Derek Jeter’s last day in the major leagues at Fenway Park on Sunday. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a game to be played.“I don’t think it’ll be very difficult at all. When the first pitch is thrown, we’re all competitors,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
    - 2 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 1:12pm -
  • 20 Questions: Allen Craig
    ESPNBoston.com is playing 20 questions with some of the new faces on the team. Allen Craig talks about how he made history in two different World Series, why he has a pet tortoise and gives some fantasy football advice. (As told to Louise K. Cornetta)Coming from St. Louis, I actually have never been up in the arch. My family has done it and told me about it.My major at Berkeley was social welfare. With a lot of different majors at Cal, the classes were in the afternoon when we had baseball practice.
    - 2 days ago, 27 Sep 14, 11:00pm -

WEEI Full Count

  • newBen Cherington, John Farrell take stock of a season gone awry, and where the Red Sox go from here
    On the one hand, Ben Cherington is the architect of a World Series winner. On the other hand, he’s steered the team to a pair of last-place finishes that have bookended that triumph. Good luck reconciling those drastically different conclusions to the three years of Cherington’s GM tenure. Of course, Cherington is not interested in […]
    - 14 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 3:52pm -
  • newRed Sox health updates: Clay Buchholz to undergo right knee procedure; Allen Craig’s foot considered a non-issue
    Red Sox GM Ben Cherington announced that right-hander Clay Buchholz was expected to undergo a minor right knee procedure to repair his meniscus by head team orthopedist Dr. Peter Asnis. Cherington said that Buchholz had been dealing with the issue on and off for some time, though the discomfort hadn’t always been present and it […]
    - 16 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 2:03pm -
  • newWill Middlebrooks not playing winter ball
    Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who missed the final homestand of the season with soreness in his right hand/wrist (an area that had been injured when hit by a pitch in May), is expected to return to complete health with rest. That said, the 26-year-old has decided against the team’s recommended course of going to winter […]
    - 16 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 1:47pm -
  • newLooking back and forward with Jon Lester and the Red Sox
    Once again, Jon Lester will occupy center stage in the postseason. The left-hander is slated to start the Athletics’ one-game playoff against the Royals on Tuesday night, his opponent (in almost comical coincidence) Kansas City ace James Shields. With Lester on the mound following a 16-11 season, career-low 2.46 ERA, career-high 219 1/3 innings, 220 […]
    - 19 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 11:02am -
  • Poll: What did you think of the Derek Jeter ceremony?
    It was the season of the selfie. Just more than five months after David Ortiz snapped a photo with President Barack Obama, Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly used the camera-phone technology to punctuate the campaign’s final day. Upon greeting Derek Jeter during the entire Red Sox roster’s meet and greet with the Yankees shortstop during […]
    - 1 day ago, 28 Sep 14, 10:31pm -
  • Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart say farewell to Derek Jeter (on Fenway scoreboard)
    The wave of tributes to Derek Jeter came and went at Fenway Park Sunday afternoon during his final major league game. In the midst of them all was this video tribute from Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and Chris Rock (courtesy “Funny or Die”), played on the center field video board: Will Ferrell, Chris Rock and […]
    - 1 day ago, 28 Sep 14, 8:20pm -
  • Derek Jeter’s final game through the eyes of Derek Jeter: ‘I’m ready for this to be the end’
    In the end, he was ready to cross the finish line. Derek Jeter acknowledged that, after the nearly overwhelming emotion that accompanied his final Yankee Stadium contest on Thursday, he gave some consideration to never playing again, to sitting out the entirety of his team’s final three games of the year against the Red Sox […]
    - 1 day ago, 28 Sep 14, 8:05pm -
  • John Farrell: ‘We’ve got a lot of work to do … This is not what we envisioned’
    The long, painstaking, sometimes interminable procession to the finish line finally sputtered to its conclusion. With a 9-5 loss to the Yankees, the Red Sox wrapped up a 71-91 campaign that represents both a disappointment and embarrassment for the team that still claims the title, at least for another month, of reigning champions. The record […]
    - 1 day ago, 28 Sep 14, 7:05pm -
  • Why You Should Have Cared About Red Sox’ Season Finale: A farewell, and a new beginning
    For most in attendance, including those on the field, the reason to care about the 162nd game of a very, very long season boiled down to this: Your browser does not support iframes. Beyond the final at-bat of the magnificent career of Derek Jeter, however, there were other important final notes to the season in […]
    - 2 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 4:53pm -
  • Brian Butterfield on Derek Jeter: ‘I couldn’t wait to wake up and watch him work’
    As former and current Red Sox players honored Derek Jeter at Fenway Park prior to the final game of his 20-year career, it was the presence of Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield that had special significance. Butterfield has an interesting history with the Yankees superstar. He first coached Jeter in the instructional league after […]
    - 2 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 3:38pm -

Boston Herald

  • newRed Sox roster not in best position
    The offseason is upon us, which means we can finally turn our attention to the hot stove.The Red Sox haven’t faced a more important winter since John Henry bought the team. Moves made now will reverberate not just next season, but for the three and four beyond it as well.Get it right, and the Red Sox could once again be instant contenders. Screw it up, and it will take at least a couple of years to unspool the mess.With that in mind, let’s zip around the diamond for a roster primer. 
    - 6 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • newRed Sox: Worst-case scenario
    Worst to first? No sweat. The Red Sox have done it before — and only last year. Surely, general manager Ben Cherington has this thing down to a science by now.So, why does the task in front of him seem so much more daunting this time?
    - 6 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • newBen’s puzzle to piece together
    News flash: The object of the game of baseball — scoring more runs than the other team — remains the same.The old news is that the Red Sox went from whiz kids to dunces in the span of one season when it came to their offense.What has yet to be revealed, however, is if the Red Sox have learned their lesson and can produce more in 2015.They don’t have all the time in the world, either.
    - 6 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • newRed Sox Notebook: Will’s taking winter off
    Regardless of the Red Sox’ recommendation, Will Middlebrooks has made his decision: He won’t play winter ball.Middlebrooks, who struggled so much with injuries and underperformance that his spot on the Opening Day roster is in peril, informed the team he will return to his home in Texas and concentrate on getting healthy for spring training. The Sox suggested the 26-year-old third baseman play in a winter Caribbean league to make up for the at-bats lost to two stints on the disabled list.
    - 6 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • David Ross’ run may be over
    This is how most careers end. You pull off the uniform, pack up and head home. You consider yourself a big leaguer, but then the non-roster invitations and bus rides in Triple A blur, and the unreturned calls hammer home what you couldn’t tell yourself — it’s over.No ceremonies at shortstop. No parade of legends to see you off into immortality. No gifts or ovations or flyovers or serenades.
    - 1 day ago, 29 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • Jeter, Yanks retire ’14 Sox
    Derek Jeter called it a career after chopping an infield single in the third inning yesterday.The Red Sox should have called it a season then, too.Alas, there were still six meaningless innings to play, plenty of time for the last-place Sox’ two-run deficit to sprout into a 9-5 loss — No. 91 of the season — and for Fenway Park to morph into Yankee Stadium North in celebration of the retiring New York shortstop’s storied 20-year run in the majors.
    - 1 day ago, 29 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • Jeter brings out best
    “. . . and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks . . .”Nobody thought it could be done, but Derek Jeter brought a cease-fire to Red Sox-Yankees hostilities yesterday.There’s no telling how long this peace will hold, but the occasion of Jeter’s final game as a New York Yankee brought out the Woodstock and the best in everyone at yesterday’s 9-5 Yankees victory at Fenway Park.
    - 1 day ago, 29 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • Red Sox Notebook: Bogaerts helps team fete Jeter
    Xander Bogaerts didn’t want to impose, so he never did get the sit-down meeting with his childhood idol over the weekend.But what happened yesterday on the field at Fenway Park might have been even better.With the Red Sox honoring Derek Jeter before the season finale — the last game of his Hall of Fame-worthy career — Bogaerts was picked to help David Ortiz present the New York Yankees captain with a green scoreboard placard that read “RE2PECT.”
    - 1 day ago, 29 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • Sox work on changeups
    Got a few minutes to burn? OK, check out the Red Sox roster and jot down the players you’re absolutely positive will be on the team on Opening Day next year.Short list, right?
    - 1 day ago, 28 Sep 14, 11:57pm -
  • Theft prevention
    Red Sox rookie Christian Vazquez’ arm is something special and he has already staked a claim to being one of the best young catchers the franchise has ever seen. After 52 games, Vazquez sits atop the Red Sox’ all-time list for throwing out base stealers, based on caught stealing percentage (CS%)Here is a look at the best eight seasons in that category in franchise history (minimum 50 games played):Player Year G CS%Christian Vazquez * 2014 52 51.7Rich Gedman 1986 134 49.5Carlton Fisk 1977 151 45.5
    - 2 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 8:07am -

Providence Journal

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Peter Gammons

  • newPeter Gammons: The Jeter Generation
    On the final day of Derek Jeter’s career, it was Détente Sunday in Boston. Red Sox and Yankee fans alike wore RE2PECT t-shirts, Bostonians wore shirts commemorating Jeter retiring in Fenway Park, Yankee fans by the thousands lined Yawkey Way in Jeter uniforms and the best there can be in baseball came when Jeter ran […]
    - 14 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 3:51pm -
  • newThe finality of September 28
    There are so many things to love about attending a baseball game even when it is the last game of the season. Yesterday, I had the honor of being with dear friends as we watched the end of the Derek Jeter‘s brilliant career. For them it served as an ideal distraction from the loss of […]
    - 15 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 3:36pm -
  • newUnderstanding the final standings – 9/29 edition
    Nine to Know This season, 15 teams finished above .500, 15 teams below, and no team finished at .500. No team had more home wins than the Angels (52), road wins than the Dodgers (49), interleague wins than the Royals (15), and extra-inning wins than the Orioles (14). Dodgers starters had the most wins this […]
    - 17 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 1:18pm -
  • newCarlos Carrasco Expands the Strike Zone — Literally
    Terry Francona’s Cleveland Indians won’t participate in October baseball, and that’s a darn shame because Carlos Carrasco was filthy down the stretch. The 27-year-old Venezuelan put the finishing touches on a productive stint in Cleveland’s rotation on Saturday, striking out 10 Tampa Bay Rays hitters over 7.2 frames while ceding just one earned run. The outing shrunk Carrasco’s earned run average since […]
    - 18 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 11:45am -
  • new2014 MLB Cost Per Win
    There it goes, the 2014 regular season is in the books. With each team officially finishing their 162 game schedule we can now make some league wide evaluations. Today we will be viewing an owners most important stat: Cost Per Win. The following information has been gathered by a simple equation: Each team’s salary to […]
    - 18 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 11:39am -
  • newMLB Video Highlights: Regular Season Finale, Zimmermann’s No-hitter
    Steven Souza saves Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hitter with an unbelievable diving catch… Your browser does not support iframes. Souza on game-ending catch… Your browser does not support iframes. The no-no out-by-out… Your browser does not support iframes. Zimmermann on his no-no… Your browser does not support iframes. A special Fenway finale as Derek Jeter plays his final […]
    - 20 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 10:26am -
  • newAround the majors report: September 29, 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 @BaseballEncyclo. 1) Yesterday’s scores– AL Indians 7, […]
    - 20 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 10:17am -
  • newStats report: Cardinals & Tigers clinch the division titles
    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 @BaseballEncyclo. 1) Yesterday, the Cardinals clinched 1st […]
    - 20 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 10:17am -
  • newGame recaps: Tigers & Cardinals clinch division titles
    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 @BaseballEncyclo. 1) TIGERS 3, TWINS 0 1 […]
    - 20 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 10:17am -
  • newNews report: Ryan Braun will have surgery
    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 @BaseballEncyclo. 1) Brewers RF Ryan Braun will […]
    - 20 hours ago, 29 Sep 14, 10:16am -

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 -