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  • newFall Stars Game filled to brim with talent
    Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide tonight in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's active rosters feature 13 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
    - 3 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 12:13am -
  • newRed Sox decline Breslow's option for 2015
    The Red Sox declined their $4 million option on reliever Craig Breslow -- key component during Boston's run to the 2013 World Series championship -- allowing the veteran lefty to become a free agent on Friday.
    - 12 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:58pm -
  • newCherington hopes to meet with Lester
    Starting on Tuesday, the Red Sox can start negotiating with free agents on other teams. And that could include a pitcher the Red Sox are extremely familiar with in lefty Jon Lester, the man they traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes back in July.
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 12:53pm -
  • newRed Sox positioned for active Hot Stove season
    The conclusion of the World Series means the beginning of what will be a busy Hot Stove season for Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington. A second last-place American League East finish in three seasons didn't sit well within anyone in the offices of 4 Yawkey Way, and Cherington will try to spearhead a turnaround.
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 12:27pm -
  • Castillo may not play winter ball because of thumb injury
    Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo's plan of getting a number of at-bats during the offseason has been derailed by a right thumb contusion he sustained while playing in the Arizona Fall League.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 7:56pm -
  • Red Sox sign Uehara to two-year deal
    The Red Sox announced on Thursday that they signed reliever Koji Uehara to a two-year contract through the 2016 season. Sources say the deal is worth $18 million.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 7:38pm -
  • Young 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.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 6:39pm -
  • Red Sox mourn loss of former Mayor Menino
    The Boston Red Sox today joined the entire Boston community mourning the loss of former Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The club extends its deepest sympathies to his beloved wife Angela, their two children, Tommy Jr. and Susan, their six grandchildren, and the entire Menino family. The club also sends it sympathies to his loyal, devoted staff members.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 4:39pm -
  • Three-time All-Star Youkilis retires from baseball
    After spending the 2014 season playing in Japan, longtime Major Leaguer Kevin Youkilis is officially retiring from baseball, according to his agency.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:53pm -
  • Allen, Wills among new faces on Hall's Golden Era ballot
    Nine former players and one executive make up the 10-person National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 1:09pm -

ESPN Red Sox Blog

  • Ben Cherington: Red Sox look forward to 'constructive conversation' with Jon Lester
    BOSTON -- It ranks as the question most on the minds of Boston Red Sox fans entering the offseason: What are the chances that the Sox, who traded Jon Lester to Oakland at the July trading deadline after failing to sign him to a contract extension in the spring, can re-sign the ace left-hander as a free agent?The Sox cannot officially open negotiations with Lester until next Tuesday, five days after the start of free agency, but can signal their interest to Lester and his agents, Seth and Sam Levinson.
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:30am -
  • Thumb injury ends Rusney Castillo's Arizona Fall League season
    BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington downplayed the thumb injury that will sideline Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo for the rest of the season in the Arizona Fall League, but given the team's history with similar injuries suffered by Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis in recent years, there are grounds for at least some concern.Cherington said Thursday night that Castillo, who played in only eight games in Arizona, has been shut down because of a strained adductor muscle in his right thumb.
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:19am -
  • Boston teams/athletes remember Menino
    Boston’s athletes, team owners and executives joined the rest of the community Thursday in mourning the death of Thomas Menino, the longest-tenured mayor in the city’s history. Menino understood sports’ place in the fabric of Boston and was appreciated by all of the city’s franchises. What follows is a sampling of their remembrances and condolences:NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTSOwner Robert Kraft:“Today is a sad day for so many in Boston who are mourning the loss of Mayor Menino.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:51pm -
  • Where were you when Red Sox won it all?
    "Swing and a ground ball, stabbed by Foulke. He has it. He underhands it to first. And the Boston Red Sox are the World Champions. For the first time in 86 years, the Red Sox have won baseball's world championship. Can you believe it?" -- Red Sox play-by-play voice Joe Castiglione, calling the final out of the 2004 World Series.***Exactly 10 years ago tonight, the Red Sox ended an 86-year drought and kicked off a celebration the likes of which New England hasn’t seen in the decade since.
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 2:19pm -
  • Finals: Pick most memorable '04 moment
    On the 10-year anniversary of the Red Sox ending 86 years of heartbreak on a ground ball to Keith Foulke, our "2004 Red Sox Most Memorable Moments" bracket gets pared down to the final two. Ironically, neither of the top two moments comes from that World Series. In fact, they both come from the same game: the epic Game 4 of the ALCS. Which gets your vote?:The Steal: Trailing the Yankees 3-0 in the ALCS, the Red Sox were three outs away from elimination.
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 2:02pm -
  • Olney: Hamels could be in play for Red Sox
    With interim Phillies president Pat Gillick saying he thinks his team is a couple of years away from contending, ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney speculates in his blog that it's possible the Phillies would be willing to trade star left-hander Cole Hamels for a package that could help their rebuilding process.Olney also points out that the Red Sox would likely be very interested in Hamels, as they wouldn't have to make as big of a commitment to him in terms of dollars and years as they would Jon Lester on the open market in free agency:For a team such as the Cubs or Red Sox -- two organizations flush with prospects -- Hamels might be incredibly attractive.
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 1:39am -
  • Dustin Pedroia, Yoenis Cespedes, Jackie Bradley Jr. named as Gold Glove finalists
    Finalists for the Gold Glove Awards were announced Thursday, and the Boston Red Sox have three contenders: Dustin Pedroia at second base, Yoenis Cespedes in left field and Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field.Pedroia is vying for his second straight and fourth Gold Glove overall at second base, having also claimed the honor in 2008, 2011 and 2013. His competition this year includes the Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano, who won two Gold Gloves while playing for the New York Yankees, as well as the Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler.
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 5:55pm -
  • Edes' 2004 top moments: ALCS Games 4-5
    BOSTON -- A moment? Ha. I can't crystallize 2004 into a single moment, any more than a historian could summarize the French Revolution by one swoosh of the guillotine.But for the purposes of this exercise, I can narrow it down to 10 hours and 51 minutes, the time it took for the Red Sox to black out the first syllable of impossible as deftly as those graffiti artists transformed the "reverse curve" sign on Storrow Drive into "Reverse the Curse."On Oct.
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:25pm -
  • Facebook chat: Gordon Edes at 2 p.m.

    - 12 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:38am -
  • Edes' eavesdropping: Allen Craig's future
    BOSTON -- Beyond introductions when he first arrived, I had not spoken with Boston Red Sox outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig, other than in a group, until the early September night in New York when he struck out four times against the Yankees.He was on his way out when I stopped him in the middle of the clubhouse. He had every right to brush me off and might have been inclined to do so, but instead he hung in there for a few brief responses after what had to be one of his most disheartening nights in the big leagues.
    - 13 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 11:30pm -

WEEI Full Count

  • Marlins president David Samson: Giancarlo Stanton will be on 2015 Marlins
    Marlins president David Samson told the Miami Herald that the team plans to discuss a long-term extension with outfielder Giancarlo Stanton — who hit .288 with a .395 OBP and .555 slugging mark while leading the National League with 37 homers despite missing the final weeks of the season after getting beaned by a pitch […]
    - 32 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 3:13pm -
  • Why Jon Lester feels he’s better heading into this postseason than last year
    While the folks at Kauffman Stadium might have skipped an entire generation when it comes to viewing postseason baseball — finally being reintroduced to the playoffs Tuesday night in the Royals’ one-game showdown with Oakland — for Jon Lester it’s old hat. The Wild Card play-in game will be Lester’s 14th playoff appearance, and 12th […]
    - 32 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 2:12pm -
  • Source: Red Sox won’t conduct private workout for Yasmani Tomas
    According to a major league source, the Red Sox won’t be one of the teams to conduct a private workout for Cuban slugger Yasmani Tomas. The Red Sox did attend Tomas’ showcase in the Dominican Republic April 21. According to the source, the team is intrigued by the 23-year-old’s power potential, which current Red Sox […]
    - 32 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 12:35pm -
  • Ben 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 […]
    - 32 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 3:52pm -
  • Red 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 […]
    - 33 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 2:03pm -
  • Will 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 […]
    - 33 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 1:47pm -
  • Looking 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 […]
    - 33 days 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 […]
    - 33 days 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 […]
    - 33 days 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 […]
    - 33 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 8:05pm -

Boston Herald

  • newRed Sox turn down option on lefty Craig Breslow
    Craig Breslow picked a bad time to have the worst season of his career.With a $4 million team option awaiting him next year, Breslow compiled a 5.96 ERA in 60 appearances for the Red Sox, a far cry from his 2.82 ERA over the previous six seasons. And so, as expected, the Sox announced yesterday that they have declined the lefty reliever’s option, buying him out for $100,000 and making him a free agent.
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:52pm -
  • newFormer Red Sox Kevin Youkilis retires
    BOSTON — "The Greek God of Walks" is walking away from the game.Former Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis is retiring, his agent says. Youkilis played parts of nine seasons in Boston and was a part of World Series teams in 2004 and '07. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 2012 and then played an injury-shortened year with the New York Yankees before spending last season in Japan.
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 8:31am -
  • Red Sox close two-year deal with Koji Uehara
    All along, the Red Sox insisted that neither Koji Uehara’s late-season struggles nor the specter of his 40th birthday in April would diminish their desire to re-sign him.Yesterday, they proved it.And then they doubled down.
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:37am -

Providence Journal

  • newLoading up on lefties might be formula for playoff success
    Madison Bumgarner put his stamp on October like few pitchers in baseball history have, rising above in what had already been a terrifically compelling postseason and making it his own — including a dynamite World Series that made him a household name.
    - 11 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:01pm -
  • newRed Sox decline contract option on Craig Breslow
    The Red Sox announced Friday that they have declined the $4 million option on Craig Breslow’s contract for 2015. Breslow will receive a $100,000 buyout and become a free agent.
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:27pm -
  • Cherington: Red Sox expect to talk to Lester
    With the World Series over, players without contracts for next season have become free agents — and that includes former Red Sox ace Jon Lester, who will hit the open market as one of the best two or three pitchers available.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 7:11pm -
  • Red Sox sign Koji Uehara to two-year, $18 million contract
    Koji Uehara became a free agent Thursday morning, the day after the conclusion of the World Series. Uehara came off the market by the end of the day Thursday, signing a two-year, $18 million contract to return to the Red Sox.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 5:24pm -
  • Luis Tiant among those on Hall of Fame committee ballot
    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Gil Hodges, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills are among 10 candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for its Golden Era committee.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:41pm -
  • Cardinals exercise John Lackey's contract, at major-league minimum
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have exercised their 2015 contract option on pitcher John Lackey, which is at the major league minimum.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 2:21pm -
  • Tom Menino's 'ionic' sports moments
    Longtime Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who died on Thursday, was an enthusiastic sports fan who frequently found himself making cameos on the national stage.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 12:15pm -
  • Andrew Miller hitting free agency at the perfect time
    BOSTON — Andrew Miller could not be hitting free agency at a better time.
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 3:43pm -
  • Swihart leads list of Baseball America’s top 10 Red Sox prospects
    Though the World Series isn’t yet over, Baseball America has unveiled its top 10 Red Sox prospects — a list topped by switch-hitting catcher Blake Swihart, a first-round pick in 2011 who reached Triple-A Pawtucket last season. Perhaps most notable is the presence of three upper-level lefthanded pitchers among the top five prospects in Henry Owens, trade-deadline acquisition Eduardo Rodriguez, and Brian Johnson. All will likely start this season at Triple-A Pawtucket.
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 10:13am -
  • Headley might be more attractive target than Sandoval for Red Sox
    Though the Red Sox do have three in-house options to play third base in Will Middlebrooks, Brock Holt and Garin Cecchini, it seems a foregone conclusion that they’ll dive headfirst into the bidding for a free-agent third baseman. Boston still needs to upgrade its offense, and every other position on the field is spoken for.
    - 4 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 2:48pm -

NESN Red Sox News

Peter Gammons

  • newPeter Gammons: Maddon’s Impact On And Off The Field
    To the good people, this is your new Cubs manager: Each June, the Foundation to be Named Later, started a decade ago by Theo and Paul Epstein, stages a game in Chicago called The Urban Classic, between the 18-and-under team from the Jackie Robinson West program and the Boston Astros, the two-time AAU champions from […]
    - 11 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 4:17pm -
  • new2015 Free Agents: Top Three Shortstops
    When putting together a team to make a serious run, solidifying the middle infield can go a long way to help your chances. Here is a look at the top three free agent shortstops… 1. Hanley Ramirez  (Age 31): In regards to the offensive side of the game, Ramirez is definitely the best available. Apart […]
    - 13 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:41pm -
  • newBreaking Down Bumgarner’s Epic October
    Madison Bumgarner just logged a five-inning, World Series-clinching save that further solidifies his reputation as the Mr. October of moundsmen. During a postseason rife with quick hooks, the Giants ace tossed an MLB-record 52.2 innings and posted an ERA (1.03) worthy of the dead ball era. He was even more lethal in the Fall Classic, […]
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:39pm -
  • newNine quotes to end a baseball season
    Nine to Know: Baseball quotes from the Bill Chuck Files There are only two seasons – winter and Baseball. – Bill Veeck, Jr. It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then […]
    - 16 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:41am -
  • newThe 2014 Fielding Bible Awards
    The 2014 FIELDING BIBLE Awards have been officially announced and this year, for the first time, there are 10 winners. The goal of THE FIELDING BIBLE AWARDS is to state: “Here is the best fielder at this position in Major League Baseball last season.” A complete record of the voting can be found in The […]
    - 16 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:04am -
  • new2015 Free Agents: Top Three Pitchers
    With the World Series now over and every team looking to 2015, it is time to see what available weapons are on the free agent market. There is no better way to improve a team than to add a new arm to the staff. Here is a look at the top three free agent pitchers this […]
    - 16 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • newDrew Hutchison: Baseball’s Next Great Swing-and-Miss Artist?
    In his post-season press conference earlier this month, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthropolous pointed out to reporters the blatantly obvious when he said his club didn’t achieve its goals this season. Toronto finished third in the American League East in 2014 and in the process extended its postseason drought to 21 consecutive seasons — […]
    - 17 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:11am -
  • newPeter Gammons: The Giants Way of Winning
    Sure, sure, there is always Hunter Pence, part Jerry Falwell, part Rodney Harrison, somewhere between Darin Erstad and Mickey Hatcher. But otherwise the Giants always have that feeling of peace, comfortable with who and what they are, unafraid of things that go bump in the night or failure. That something comfort that when Brandon Crawford […]
    - 18 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:22am -
  • newAround the majors report: Options
    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) The Nationals declined their options […]
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 8:08am -
  • The World Champion San Francisco Giants of 2014
    The 2014 members of the dynasty and the games they played by position for the Giants Name Age Yrs G GS Bat Def P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR Tony Abreu 29 6 3 0 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 […]
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 1:22pm -

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 -