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  • 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.
    - 49 mins ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:55pm -
  • newSecond base is versatile Holt's final frontier in field
    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.
    - 2 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.
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 11:43am -
  • newRoma 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.
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:00am -
  • newRed 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.
    - 14 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 11:20pm -
  • newPapi 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.
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 7:58pm -
  • newAfter 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.
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 7:14pm -
  • newPeavy aware of trade talks, but focus is on field
    Jake Peavy is trying not to let all the trade talk affect his performance on the mound, but the Red Sox right-hander is aware his name is frequently mentioned as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.
    - 19 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 6:57pm -
  • Red Sox miss opportunities as Peavy tires late
    After opening their four-game series against the Blue Jays with a bang, the Red Sox's offense went quiet for seven innings Tuesday behind Jake Peavy. And when it finally did come to life, it was too little, too late. David Ortiz hit a solo homer in the eighth and Stephen Drew knocked a two-run shot in the ninth, but the Red Sox could not overcome an early deficit in a 7-3 loss at Rogers Centre.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 11:43pm -
  • Vazquez impressing Red Sox in field, at plate
    With the Red Sox's win Monday, the team improved to 5-0 when rookie catcher Christian Vazquez is behind the plate. Vazquez is the first Red Sox catcher to win each of his first five starts behind the plate, and the first player in the Major Leagues in 31 years, since the Brewers' Bill Schroeder won his first six in 1983.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 7:13pm -

ESPN Red Sox Blog

  • 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 the fan’s case for re-signing Jon Lester. He shared it with ESPNBoston; 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.
    - 11 mins 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).
    - 31 mins 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.
    - 2 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.
    - 3 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 10:32am -
  • newPeavy 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.
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:31am -
  • newA 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.
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:09am -
  • newBuchholz 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.
    - 14 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 11:56pm -
  • newA '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.
    - 14 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 11:26pm -
  • newRapid Reaction: Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 4
    TORONTO -- The one-hop grounder that Clay Buchholz took off the side of his face in the first inning Wednesday night was more painful. But a second straight loss here to the Toronto Blue Jays may have left the more lasting bruise.The Red Sox, who can ill afford such reversals during this 13-game stretch against division rivals, took a little more air out of the “They Can Climb Back Into This” movement, losing, 6-4, to the Blue Jays.
    - 16 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 9:50pm -
  • newOrtiz eclipses 1,500-RBI mark
    TORONTO -- With his fourth home run in three games here Wednesday night, Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz became the 53rd player in major-league history to drive in 1,500 or more runs in his career. Ortiz lined a knuckleball from Toronto’s R.A. Dickey off the facing of the fourth deck in Rogers Centre for a three-run home run in the first inning. The distance was calculated by ESPN Stats and Info as 425 feet. By their calculations, the ball would have landed 89 feet beyond the right-field fence.
    - 17 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 8:39pm -

WEEI Full Count

  • 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 […]
    - 41 mins 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 […]
    - 3 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 […]
    - 3 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 […]
    - 3 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 […]
    - 4 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 […]
    - 4 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:18am -
  • newClay 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 […]
    - 15 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 11:10pm -
  • newXander 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. […]
    - 15 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 10:48pm -
  • newClosing Time: Clay Buchholz, Red Sox can’t hold off Blue Jays
    TORONTO — So much for momentum. Things were looking downright rosy for the Red Sox in the first inning of their Wednesday night tilt with the Blue Jays. David Ortiz launched a three-run homer against Toronto starter R.A. Dickey, giving the visitors a three-run lead before the Jays could even get an at-bat. The good […]
    - 16 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 9:46pm -
  • newKoji Uehara, Red Sox haven’t talked contract extension
    TORONTO — Normally news that there hasn’t been any negotiations between a 39-year-old relief pitcher in the final year of his contract might not be worth mentioning. But Koji Uehara isn’t your ordinary 39-year-old relief pitcher. Uehara told WEEI.com prior to the Red Sox‘ game against the Blue Jays on Wednesday night that his representation […]
    - 17 hours ago, 23 Jul 14, 8:14pm -

Boston Herald

  • newXander 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.
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 1:10am -
  • newTalk 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.
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:54am -
  • newJohn 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.
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:24am -
  • newClay 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.”
    - 13 hours 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.
    - 1 day ago, 23 Jul 14, 2:43am -
  • Tomase: Snakebit Jake Peavy needs a new home
    TORONTO — It turns out not even the rampaging Red Sox can overcome the human snakebite that is Jake Peavy.The right-hander, whose Boston career is almost certainly winding to an end, pitched well enough to end his personal losing streak last night. But his mere presence seems to release a pheromone that commands Red Sox bats to hibernate.The result was a 7-3 defeat that featured missed opportunities galore against Jays starter J.A. Happ, took the steam out of the Good Ship Red Sox, and ran Peavy’s personal winless streak to a mind-numbing 15 starts.
    - 2 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 12:57am -
  • Red Sox Notebook: Pain is afoot for Ross
    TORONTO — David Ross isn’t known for his speed, but it was downright painful to watch the veteran catcher run to first base on a third-inning single in the Red Sox’ 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays last night.Turns out it was painful for Ross, too.
    - 2 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 12:56am -
  • Red Sox Notebook: Stephen Drew becoming big hit
    TORONTO — It has been two months since Stephen Drew finally ended his protracted free agency, seven weeks since he resumed playing for the Red Sox. And in that time, his critics have blamed him for everything short of the Kennedy assassination.However, Drew’s teammates haven’t lost faith.
    - 3 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 12:00am -

Providence Journal

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 […]
    - 3 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 […]
    - 4 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, […]
    - 4 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 […]
    - 4 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 […]
    - 4 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 […]
    - 4 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 […]
    - 4 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 […]
    - 4 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 […]
    - 4 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 […]
    - 1 day 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 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...
    - 97 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...
    - 97 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...
    - 100 days ago, 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 -