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MLB Network

  • newRed Sox drop series; no match for Jays' Stroman
    A series that started so well for the Red Sox ended on a sour note on Thursday, as Boston dropped its third straight game in an 8-0 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:45pm -
  • newOrtiz day to day with back spasms after exiting late
    David Ortiz left Thursday's 8-0 loss to Toronto in the ninth inning with back spasms after he checked his swing on an offering from Blue Jays lefty Rob Rasmussen.
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:30pm -
  • newLester, Red Sox take on streaking Rays in division clash
    With the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming, two of the best pitchers in the American League square off on Friday with their disappointing teams trying to fight their way into the playoff picture. Tampa Bay ace David Price, a potential AL Cy Young candidate, faces off against Boston's Jon Lester at Tropicana Field.
    - 12 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:15pm -
  • newHenry: Red Sox, Lester will talk contract after season
    The Red Sox and starting pitcher Jon Lester have tabled contract negotiations until the offseason, principal owner John Henry told the Boston Herald late Wednesday.
    - 16 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:55pm -
  • newHolt crosses final frontier with start at 2B
    As he filled in for Dustin Pedroia at second in the series finale in Toronto on Thursday, Brock Holt became the first player in Red Sox history to start at every position outside of pitcher and catcher.
    - 17 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 11:43am -
  • newRehabbing Middlebrooks on fire at Pawtucket
    Will Middlebrooks, who's on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right index finger, continues to produce offensively since being sent on his rehab assignment on July 18.
    - 17 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 11:43am -
  • Roma blanks Liverpool in Fenway friendly
    Even with the Red Sox in Toronto, the bars and streets surrounding Fenway Park had a normal feel to them on Wednesday night. Drinks flowed and the cheers were loud as fans dressed in red prepared to enter the stadium. That red was worn in support of Liverpool FC, which took on AS Roma in a friendly at a sold-out Fenway Park. Roma won, 1-0, scoring off a corner kick in the 89th minute.
    - 1 day ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:00am -
  • Red Sox let pair of leads slip away, fall to Blue Jays
    The Red Sox couldn't sustain a big first inning as they fell, 6-4, to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Wednesday night. David Ortiz hit a three-run homer in the top of the first, but Clay Buchholz gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning and eventually took the loss. Xander Bogaerts' double put the Sox up a run in the fifth, but his throwing error in the sixth allowed Toronto to take the lead for good.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jul 14, 11:20pm -
  • Papi sets record for HRs by visitor at Rogers Centre
    With his three-run blast in the top of the first inning against the Blue Jays on Wednesday night, David Ortiz passed Alex Rodriguez for the most homers by a visiting hitter at Rogers Centre.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jul 14, 7:58pm -
  • After playing in 59 straight, Holt gets breather
    Brock Holt, who led the American League with 533 innings in the field since his May 17 recall from Triple-A, was not in the starting lineup Wednesday as the Red Sox faced the Blue Jays.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jul 14, 7:14pm -

ESPN Red Sox Blog

  • newJays' beatdown dims Sox-Rays showdown
    TORONTO -- When the Red Sox crossed the border into Canada on Sunday night, they were hoping this trip would be a catalyst to playoff contention.Now, sobered by three straight losses to the Blue Jays that buried them deeper in last place in the AL East, the Sox this weekend visit the Tampa Bay Rays with an altered agenda. With the trading deadline a week away and little incentive to keep this group intact, this almost surely represents the end of the road for any number of Sox players.
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:04pm -
  • newRapid Reaction: Blue Jays 8, Red Sox 0
    TORONTO -- Yes, they’re still in the playoff race, after all.The Toronto Blue Jays, that is.The Red Sox? Well, this trip was supposed to be a referendum on whether they could improbably play their way back into contention. After their third straight loss to the Blue Jays, this one by an 8-0 count, that answer is starting to come into focus.The Sox had fanned the comeback talk with five straight wins, the last a 14-1 rout of the Jays here Monday night.
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 3:39pm -
  • newA fan's case for Jon Lester
    TORONTO -- He didn’t want his name to be used, because he likes to send ideas to the Red Sox and didn’t want to risk being cut off. But a man who describes himself as a passionate fan of the club shared a recent e-mail he sent to the Sox front office, making a case for re-signing Jon Lester. He shared it with ESPN Boston; because it’s so well-stated, we’re sharing it with you.Some input on Lester (and I know that none of it will be particularly novel, but you've often encouraged me to keep the inputs coming):I know it's not my money and that Lester has to be viewed in the larger context -- creating an overall salary structure, the kids on the way up, the risk that he declines over time, etc.
    - 15 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 1:33pm -
  • newPedroia gets the day off
    TORONTO -- Dustin Pedroia was not in the Red Sox lineup on Thursday, and manager John Farrell said it was a scheduled day off. Pedroia broke an 0-for-17 skid with a first-inning single Wednesday night, but is batting just .083 (2 for 24) since the All-Star break. Brock Holt, who sat Wednesday, is playing second base, which will make him the first Sox player ever to start games at seven different positions (all except pitcher and catcher).
    - 16 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 1:13pm -
  • newStatus quo in Lester talks
    TORONTO -- It’s curious that after weeks of silence on the topic, Red Sox majority owner John W. Henry finally weighed in on the Jon Lester contract situation, emailing the Boston Herald to say that the sides have agreed to “put off” further negotiations until after the season. But it’s a stretch to say that Henry’s comments are a sign that Lester is a goner or that the Sox will not ultimately make an offer more in line with the current market for a top-of-the-line pitcher.
    - 17 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:01pm -
  • newOrtiz talks evolution of Sox-Yanks rivalry
    BOSTON -- The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees is considered one of the greatest in all of sports.It's built on incredible moments, amazing comebacks, plenty of bench-clearing brawls, and memorable triumphs and heartbreak. Both sides have experienced it all. This rivalry was at its peak during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.During Game 3 of the 2003 ALCS, Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez hit the Yankees' Karim Garcia in the top of the fourth inning at Fenway Park.
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 10:32am -
  • Peavy drew a crowd; other moves loom
    TORONTO -- The Blue Jays, of course, won. The Rays won their seventh straight. The Yankees won a rain-shortened affair. And although the division-leading Orioles lost in Anaheim, the Red Sox were assured of being in last place when they go to Tropicana Field Friday for this weekend’s series against the Rays.They fell back to seven games under .500 (47-54) with 61 to go, seven of those games coming before the July 31 trading deadline. The Sox had hoped this 13-game stretch against division rivals would give some closure to the back-and-forth of whether they can still contend this season or should retool for 2015 and beyond.
    - 1 day ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:31am -
  • A hole in the Sox lineup -- no Holt
    TORONTO -- There was something noticeably different about John Farrell’s lineup card Wednesday night.Brock Holt was nowhere to be found. Not in left field, right field or center field. Not at first base, second base, short or third. And not batting leadoff, something Holt had done in each of the team’s previous 54 games, a span in which he’d delivered more hits (77) than any player in the game.The rookie who is the only player in the big leagues this season to have appeared at every position but pitcher and catcher was on the bench, manager John Farrell having decided after Holt failed to hit the ball out of the infield four times Tuesday night that he could use a night off.
    - 1 day ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:09am -
  • Buchholz escapes injury, can't dodge loss
    TORONTO -- There was a dazed aspect to Clay Buchholz’s pitching Wednesday night, and that was even before he took a comebacker from Munenori Kawasaki off the side of his head.The Boston Red Sox barely had time to savor the 3-0 lead David Ortiz gave them with his fourth home run in three nights before Buchholz gave it all back in the bottom of the first, foreshadowing what would become a 6-4 Sox defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays."I’ll take the blame for this one, for sure," Buchholz said.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jul 14, 11:56pm -
  • A 'Bogey' is not just a bad hole in golf
    TORONTO -- Before anyone offers Xander Bogaerts’ tie-breaking error Wednesday night as further proof that the Red Sox should have never moved him to third base, remember that he made game-deciding errors at shortstop too, like the throwing error he made on a cold night in Chicago in April that resulted in a walk-off White Sox win.But it’s fair to say that the 21-year-old rookie, asked to transition to third two months into the season, has had his fair share of head-hanging moments, which was his reaction Wednesday night when he bounced a throw to first baseman Mike Napoli on what should have been an easy inning-ending play on Jose Reyes’s ground ball in the sixth.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jul 14, 11:26pm -

WEEI Full Count

  • newDavid Ortiz leaves game with back spasms
    Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz left Thursday’s 8-0 loss against the Blue Jays in the middle of his ninth-inning at-bat after experiencing what manager John Farrell described to reporters as spasms in his upper-middle back while checking his swing. Ortiz, who hit four homers in the first three games of the series, appeared to suffer […]
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 3:51pm -
  • newClosing Time: Red Sox see hopes flushed by Blue Jays in shutout loss
    Hours before the Red Sox took on the Blue Jays in the finale of a four-game set, Red Sox manager John Farrell took stock of the potential impact that the team’s forthcoming weekend series in Tampa Bay could have on the team’s approach to the July 31 trade deadline. “I’m sure it’s going to have […]
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 3:35pm -
  • newRed Sox minor league roundup: Will Middlebrooks, Travis Shaw mashing; Nick Longhi’s promising year comes to early end; Bryce Brentz starts back
    A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 3-2 LEAD (SUSPENDED IN FOURTH INNING) AT LEHIGH VALLEY (PHILLIES) (BOX) – Before the game’s suspension, Will Middlebrooks went 1-for-2, slamming his third homer in 14 rehab games this month with the PawSox. He’s hitting .313/.358/.563 in […]
    - 16 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 1:03pm -
  • newThursday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Rubby De La Rosa vs. Marcus Stroman
    The Red Sox finish their four-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Thursday afternoon when they send Rubby De La Rosa to the mound against Marcus Stroman. De La Rosa (3-2, 2.64 ERA) has been nearly unbeatable at Fenway Park this season. He’s given up one run or fewer in three of his […]
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 10:56am -
  • newLarry Lucchino on D&C: ‘I do think that we will be active’ leading up to trade deadline
    Red Sox president Larry Lucchino joined Dennis & Callahan Friday to discuss John Lackey‘€™s future in Boston and the team’€™s strategy as the trade deadline nears. To listen to the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. With just one week until the July 31 trade deadline, Lucchino said that the […]
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 10:47am -
  • newSource: Jon Lester would be open to efficient in-season negotiations
    TORONTO — According to an industry source, despite the statements by Red Sox officials (principal owner John Henry to the Boston Herald, CEO/president Larry Lucchino to WEEI) that the team has agreed with pitcher Jon Lester to postpone contract negotiations until after the season, the pitcher would be open to an in-season offer that was […]
    - 19 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 10:15am -
  • newLarry Lucchino confirms Jon Lester contract negotiations tabled until after season
    During his appearance on Dennis & Callahan on Thursday, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino confirmed that contract talks with Jon Lester have been put on hold until after the season, just before the left-hander officially becomes a free agent. “[Ben Cherington] may still have some continuing discussion with [agent] Seth [Levinson] on other issues or […]
    - 19 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:28am -
  • newRed Sox lineup: Dustin Pedroia sits in series finale against Blue Jays
    Dustin Pedroia will get a day off as the Red Sox look to earn a series split against the Blue Jays on Thursday. Brock Holt will get the start at second base, with the outfield featuring Daniel Nava in left, Jackie Bradley Jr. in center and Shane Victorino (batting second) playing right. Pedroia went 1-for-4 […]
    - 20 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:18am -
  • Clay Buchholz ‘dazed’ but ‘fine’ after taking grounder off head
    TORONTO — The first inning Wednesday night was a nightmare for Clay Buchholz. Not only did he allow the Blue Jays to claim three runs in the frame after the Red Sox had busted out with three in the top of the first, but the Red Sox starter also experienced another uncomfortable incident in the […]
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jul 14, 11:10pm -
  • Xander Bogaerts learns yet another valuable (and painful) lesson
    TORONTO — Every once in a while, you get a reminder that Xander Bogaerts is 21 years old. Wednesday night was one of those occasions. The talent of Bogaerts was on display in the fifth inning when he doubled in Daniel Nava for what was at the time the go-ahead run for the Red Sox. […]
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jul 14, 10:48pm -

Boston Herald

  • newNice knowing you, Jon Lester
    TORONTO — The Red Sox have had months to strike a deal with Jon Lester without coming close. And now the more inevitable it appears this dance will conclude in the last way Red Sox fans want to hear.He’s a goner.Wednesday night, principal owner John Henry told the Herald the sides agreed to delay extension talks until the offseason. This isn’t exactly a surprise, since two months of negotiations produced nothing better than the team’s four-year, $70 million proposal.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 12:00am -
  • newRed Sox Notebook: David Ortiz in big pain
    TORONTO — Turns out, the long-awaited rematch between David Ortiz and David Price might have to wait.Ortiz was lifted in the ninth inning of the Red Sox’ 8-0 loss to the Blue Jays yesterday after experiencing a spasm in the middle of his back on a check swing. He received treatment after the game and will be reevaluated today before the opener of a three-game series at Tampa Bay — where his nemesis, Price, is scheduled to pitch for the Rays.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 12:00am -
  • newRed Sox seller dwellers
    TORONTO — There’s a moment near the end of the movie “Trading Places” when millionaires Randolph and Mortimer Duke, having received bad insider information about the price of frozen orange juice futures, pull their besieged broker off the trading floor and urge him to “Sell! Sell! Sell!”That scene is about to be reenacted in the offices at 4 Yawkey Way.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 12:00am -
  • newThe Minors: Anthony Ranaudo worth wait
    When the Red Sox drafted Anthony Ranaudo out of LSU in June 2010, many believed he would rocket into the big leagues. The hard-throwing 6-foot-7 right-hander had an advanced curveball and changeup for a 20-year-old with three years of college baseball under his belt. Ranaudo was the “it” kid. And then he wasn’t.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 12:00am -
  • newAnother rocky road for young Rubby De La Rosa
    TORONTO — The next time Rubby De La Rosa steps on a visiting mound, perhaps he’d be best served closing his eyes, clicking his heels three times, and reciting the words of Dorothy: There’s no place like home.At Fenway Park, De La Rosa has looked like an elite pitcher, going 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA. But as yesterday afternoon at Rogers Centre illustrated, he remains a work in progress on the road.
    - 5 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 12:00am -
  • Xander Bogaerts’ shaky ways continue
    TORONTO — Tom Glavine went 7-17 for the 1988 Braves. Alex Rodriguez hit .232 for the 1995 Mariners. Mike Trout had everyone wondering what the fuss was all about when he hit .220 in 2011 with the Angels.Very good players often get their careers off to very bad starts. You ride it out, wait for the stardom on the other side, and then retroactively contend it was there all along.That doesn’t make it easy to watch it unfold in the here and now, however, which has made Xander Bogaerts’ 2014 season particularly frustrating.
    - 1 day ago, 24 Jul 14, 1:10am -
  • Talk of the Town: Christian Vazquez catching on
    Humble and timid, Christian Vazquez is the newest member of the big league Red Sox, but certainly not the first to make his Major League debut this season at Fenway Park. Like Jackie Bradley Jr., who was brought up to replace Jacoby Ellsbury in center, Vazquez was thrown into the fire after the sudden departure of veteran catcher AJ Pierzynski, who for more reasons than one, wasn’t a good fit on a club that prides themselves on team chemistry.
    - 1 day ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:54am -
  • John Henry says Jon Lester talks off
    TORONTO — If Jon Lester re-signs with the Red Sox, it won’t be until after the season.In an e-mail to the Herald last night, Red Sox principal owner John Henry said the team has agreed not to resume contract talks with its ace left-hander until the season is done. In late June, Lester said he didn’t want to be bothered during the season with negotiations and risk becoming a distraction for the team.
    - 1 day ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:24am -
  • Clay Buchholz takes blame for blown leads in Red Sox loss
    TORONTO — Xander Bogaerts dropped to one knee, angry with himself for rushing a throw that didn’t need to be quite so rushed and committing an error that allowed the go-ahead run to score.But that wasn’t why the Red Sox lost last night, and Clay Buchholz knew it.“I’ll take the blame for this one,” Buchholz said. “For sure.”
    - 1 day ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:16am -
  • Streak ends as Red Sox take step back in Toronto
    TORONTO — Reality bites.In losing to the Blue Jays, 7-3, last night, the Red Sox were shut out for seven innings, went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, left nine men on base, and generally offered no support to starter Jake Peavy, who finally broke by allowing two home runs in the sixth.As catcher David Ross said, “That happens,” and he’s right. Over the course of a six-month season, and especially after winning five games in a row, every team is bound to have some stinkers.
    - 2 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 2:43am -

Providence Journal

  • newDonaldson: Peavy gets more than enough support
    Not necessarily from his teammates, mind you, who too often in this disappointing season have failed to produce at the plate when he’s pitching.
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 7:29pm -
  • newBlue Jays 8, Red Sox 0: Flicker of hope snuffed out
    TORONTO — The sequel is never as good as the original, anyway.
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 3:34pm -
  • newDavid Ortiz leaves game with back spasms
    TORONTO — David Ortiz felt spasms in his upper back when he checked his swing in the ninth inning Thursday and came out of the game. Ortiz held up his swing on a pitch from Toronto lefty Rob Rasmussen and immediately turned away and walked slowly out of the batter’s box. He was being examined as the team was packing up to fly to Tampa.
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 3:34pm -
  • newXander Bogaerts struggling defensively at third base
    TORONTO — Perhaps lost in the conversation about whether the Red Sox should move Xander Bogaerts back to shortstop if they deem themselves out of contention is this: Bogaerts hasn’t been very good at third base so far.
    - 16 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:46pm -
  • newPedroia takes day off, Holt starts at seventh position
    TORONTO — Dustin Pedroia had a “planned day down” on Thursday, sitting out a day game after a night game in the middle of a seven-game road trip. It was the first game Pedroia had sat out since May 31.
    - 17 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:11pm -
  • newSome Red Sox trades might not depend on team’s record on July 31
    TORONTO — In many ways, how many games the Red Sox win over the next week will determine what they do at the July 31 trading deadline.
    - 17 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 11:54am -
  • newRed Sox brass: Lester talks off until October
    TORONTO — If the Red Sox sign Jon Lester to a new contract to keep him in Boston long-term, they’ll have to do so while competing with 29 other teams.
    - 19 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:56am -
  • newIf the Red Sox sign Jon Lester, what they’ll want is Mark Buehrle
    TORONTO — Should the Red Sox sign Jon Lester to the $100 million-plus contract it figures to take to sign him, they’ll be betting boatloads of money that Lester will stay healthy and effective until he’s 35 or 36 years old. Part of their background work has to be finding examples of pitchers who have done just that.
    - 19 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:43am -
  • The Takeaway: Clunker from Clay Buchholz costly
    TORONTO —  It’s been an all-or-nothing season for Clay Buchholz so far.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jul 14, 10:55pm -
  • Clay Buchholz checked for concussion after comebacker
    TORONTO — Clay Buchholz was checked for concussion symptoms after a one-hop comebacker off the bat of Munenori Kawasaki hit him in the side of the head. Buchholz threw several warm-up pitches after he was hit but stayed in the game.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jul 14, 10:37pm -

NESN Red Sox News

Peter Gammons

  • newStrasburg’s road woes continue
    The Washington Nationals are in first place in the NL East this morning in part because of their decent record on the road. Baseball’s long-standing formula to make the postseason has been: play .667 at home and .500 on the road. It’s a proven formula because it results in about 95 wins. NL Road Records […]
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 11:11am -
  • newThe Different and Possibly Better Chris Sale
    Chris Moran is a second-year law student at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also an assistant coach with the baseball team at Washington University. He graduated from Wheaton College, where he wore the tools of ignorance for the baseball team. Follow him on twitter @hangingslurves. In 2013, Chris Sale was one of the best […]
    - 19 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:53am -
  • newAround the majors report: July 24, 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 Twins 3, […]
    - 19 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:52am -
  • newGame recaps: Miguel Cabrera moves up on the HR list
    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) TIGERS 11, DIAMONDBACKS 5 1 […]
    - 19 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:52am -
  • newStats report: David Ortiz sets a HR record
    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, Red Sox DH David […]
    - 19 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:52am -
  • newNews report: Tigers acquire Joakim Soria
    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 Rangers traded P Joakim […]
    - 19 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:51am -
  • newLegends of the Game: Tim Raines
    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 […]
    - 19 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:51am -
  • newPeter Gammons: Red Sox, Rays faced with deadline dilemma
    When Ben Cherington addressed the media in announcing the release of A.J Pierzynski, he turned the mirror on himself. “A.J. is not the reason we’re in last place,” Cherington said. “This is on me, decisions made, decisions not made.” Little more than a month earlier, when the Rays were dead last, Andrew Friedman called in […]
    - 19 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:40am -
  • newDombrowski and the Tigers are playing to win
    Let me start by saying I’m an unabashed Dave Dombrowski fan. During the off-season, if I were a rival GM and I got a phone call from the Tigers GM, the first thing I would do is take note of everything in my wallet because I would know in a matter of moments my pockets […]
    - 20 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:27am -
  • Papelbon resurgence begs the trade talk
    Jonathan Papelbon finds himself atop the list of players the Phillies will try to unload at the trade deadline. Struggling to live up to exceptions as the highest compensated closer in the game, fair or not, Papelbon has been the but of ridicule for the past few years. However, he has come on this season with […]
    - 2 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 11:45am -

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 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...
    - 98 days ago, 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...
    - 98 days ago, 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'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 -