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Rockies Reach Agreement with DJ LeMahieu on two-year deal

Arbitration season in Major League Baseball reached a conclusion just as pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training. The Colorado Rockies inked 27-year-old All-Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu to a two-year, $7.8 million deal. The LSU product, who was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Cubs in 2009 and arrived in Colorado via trade in December 2011, filed for a $3.3 million salary while the Rockies countered at $2.8 million. LeMahieu will receive $3 million in 2016 and $4.8 million in 2017. If he does not sign another extension,... 
 

2016 Boston Red Sox Preview, Projections and Question Marks

On paper, it appears that the Boston Red Sox have few holes. This is why they are projected by multiple media outlets and oddsmakers to win the American League East and even reach the World Series. A team’s appearance on paper in February does not guarantee a parade in late October, and the Red Sox do have their share of questions to answer as spring training nears. Here are five topics that will determine whether the club contends for the postseason or matches last year’s finish in the American League East basement: Hanley Ramirez,... 
 

Boston Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski Stay the Course With Prospects

During a storied career that has seen him taste success as general manager of the Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins and Detroit Tigers, Dave Dombrowski has authored a history of trading high-profile prospects for impact veterans. When the Boston Red Sox named him vice president of baseball operations late last season, pundits wondered whether he would tap into the organization’s highly-rated farm system, or keep a bulk of the names who could be instrumental in the club’s long-term vitality. Dombrowski did ship a package of promising minor... 
 

Pirates Rumors: Third Baseman Needs Come Into Focus

Versatile third baseman Josh Harrison will miss seven weeks after undergoing surgery for a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Wednesday. Harrison’s injury arrives in the midst of his team’s eight-game winning streak that has lifted it within four games of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League East with a 50-34 record. Pittsburgh currently owns a 3.5-game lead in the NL wild card race. The Pirates are also without outfielder Starling Marte, who left Sunday’s game after... 
 

Reds Trade Rumors: Johnny Cueto Very Much In Play

With one of the most dominant starts in all of baseball this season, Cincinnati Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto eased concerns from major league clubs interested in acquiring his services as the trade deadline nears. On Tuesday, the 29-year-old Dominican Republic native silenced the Washington Nationals by tossing a complete game, two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and one walk. He threw 122 pitches in Cincinnati’s 5-0 win and retired 17 of the final 18 batters he faced. The stellar performance could have been Cueto’s last with the Reds,... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Rodriguez , Jason Grilli

Jonathan Papelbon has loudly voiced his desire for  a trade to a contender. Francisco Rodriguez could be on the move if the rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers get an offer they can’t refuse. Yet, for a contender that needs a closer – like the Toronto Blue Jays – Atlanta’s Jason Grilli would cost less in terms of salary and prospects. Over 35 games and 33.2 innings this year, the 38-year-old right-hander has a 2.67 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings and 24 saves for a surprising Braves team that is 42-43, 4.5 games... 
 

Red Sox Trade Rumors: Cole Hamels Deal Could Work

Now that the Boston Red Sox have rebounded from an atrocious beginning to the 2015 campaign and are back in the American League East race, talk about the club landing a frontline starting pitcher by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is again percolating. A new set of trade chips in Boston’s deep farm system could be played to acquire that arm. Last offseason, trade chatter regarding the Red Sox and Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels centered around highly regarded young players like shortstop Xander Bogaerts, outfielder Mookie Betts and... 
 

Kansas City Royals DFA Jason Frasor

Traditional stats say that veteran right-hander Jason Frasor is having an effective season out of the Kansas City Royals bullpen. According to Sabermetrics, he is struggling. Based on the the latter, the Royals designated Frasor for assignment on Monday to make room on the active roster for outfielder Paulo Orlando. The 37-year-old Frasor was a key member of a Royals bullpen that was pivotal in the team’s American league pennant last season. He posted a 1.53 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP and a 4.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 23 appearances and 17.2 innings... 
 

2015 MLB All-Star Game Starters, Pitchers, Reserves Announced

Youth will be served at the 86th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati next Tuesday. A day after the starters were named, the reserves and pitchers were announced, as well as the 10 contenders for the MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. When introductions are made before Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic, fans will see 35 players who are 27 or younger. The game will also feature 28 first-time All-Stars. Each league’s roster will include 34 players, 33 of which were announced and the other to be decided by... 
 

Red Sox Looking for First Baseman, David Ortiz not the guy

Perhaps a sign that Father Time has tracked him down, David Ortiz is having his worst season to date since joining the Boston Red Sox before the 2003 campaign. On Sunday, that did not prevent manager John Farrell from starting the likely future Hall of Fame designated hitter at first base for the first time in a non-interleague game since 2006. It was an appearance that saw Ortiz make Major League Baseball history. According to Elias Sports, Sunday’s game against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park marked the first time in Boston’s 17,867-game... 
 

Nationals Stephen Strasburg to the DL, Deadline Trade Not Likely

Thanks to enviable starting pitching depth, the Washington Nationals are not likely to pursue a trade in the wake of Stephen Strasburg‘s trip to the 15-day disabled list. Strasburg, who has logged a gaudy 5.16 ERA and a .289 batting average against in 13 starts this season, departed his Fourth of July outing against San Francisco after 56 pitches. He induced a ground out from Buster Posey and then grabbed at his left side. MRI results on Sunday revealed a right oblique strain, prompting his second stint on the DL this year. He was placed their... 
 

Minnesota Twins Continue to Surprise in 2015

At 43-39 and in a tie with Baltimore for the second wild card spot in the American League, the Minnesota Twins are one of baseball’s biggest surprises in 2015. First-year manager Paul Molitor‘s club received a boost with the return of Ervin Santana. On Sunday, the veteran right-hander made his regular season debut after serving an 80-game suspension for the use of a performance-enhancing drug, getting a no-decision while allowing two runs and three hits over eight innings in Minnesota’s 3-2 loss to Kansas City. The Twins fell 4.5... 
 

MLB All- Star Starters Include New Faces

It has been a long time – 15 years, to be exact – since a Kansas City Royals player was voted by fans as part of the American League All-Star starting lineup. In 2000, outfielder  Jermaine Dye received the honor. On Sunday, it was announced that four Royals – outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez and shortstop Alcides Escobar – were named by fans as part of the AL starting lineup for the Mid-Summer Classic slated for July 14 at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. The Royals, which won its first... 
 

Red Sox Pitching Finds Bright Spot In Eduardo Rodriguez

Now six games out of first place in the American League East after a 5-4 victory on Sunday, the Boston Red Sox still have an unsettled starting rotation with Joe Kelly trying to find his way at Triple-A Pawtucket, inconsistent right-hander Justin Masterson sent to the bullpen after another erratic outing on Saturday and projected ace Rick Porcello struggling with a 4-6 record and a 6.09 ERA.  At least there is one reliable arm to accompany Clay Buchholz and his 3.27 ERA. That starter is 22-year-old rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. The Red... 
 

Boston Red Sox Rumors: Games Before All-Start Break Will Decide Direction

Will the Red Sox buy or sell before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline? The likely answer to this widely discussed question across New England will become clearer in the club’s eight games leading to the All-Star break. As the season has reached the official halfway point of 81 games, they are 37-44 and six games behind first place Baltimore and New York in the American League East as well as six games out in the wild card standings. Boston opens a three-game series tonight against the surprising Houston Astros at Fenway Park before hosting... 
 

Braves Ready to Deal from Organizational Depth for Catcher

Stocked with an abundance of promising young pitching, the Atlanta Braves are open to dealing from that depth to acquire a young catcher who is productive at the plate, based on a Tweet from ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Still in the midst of a rebuilding project under new president of baseball operations John Hart, the Braves enter Thursday night’s contest with Philadelphia at 38-41, five games behind Washington in the National League East and five games out in the wild card standings. Atlanta’s farm system has made dramatic strides under... 
 

Red Sox Rumors, Buying or Selling, Clay Buchholz Drawing Interest

An atrocious start from Rick Porcello on Wednesday that saw him allow seven runs and seven hits in two innings at Toronto gives the Boston Red Sox another reason not to trade veteran right-hander Clay Buchholz, who is drawing interest from multiple teams. In his first five starts this season, Buchholz was 1-3 with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. After an improved May, he logged a 4-0 mark, a 2.21 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over six outings in June. His last three starts? The 30-year-old right-hander has surrendered a total of two runs and 19 hits over 22 innings... 
 

Orioles DFA Delmon Young, Trade Possible

The Baltimore Orioles will attempt to trade Delmon Young after designating the veteran outfielder for assignment, general manager Dan Duquette told the media on Wednesday. The move was made to clear a roster spot for 25-year-old right-handed pitcher Tyler Wilson. Young, who is in his second season with Baltimore after inking a one-year, $2.25 million contract last offseason, has a .270 average with two home runs, 16 RBI and just a .628 OPS in 180 plate appearances this season. In 2014, the right-handed hitting corner outfielder batted .302 with... 
 

Miguel Sano Called Up by Minnesota Twins

In a season that has seen the arrival of super prospect Byron Buxton in Minnesota, the Twins will give another top prospect his Major League debut. Miguel Sano, a 22-year-old third baseman who is MLB.com’s No. 11 overall prospect, will join the Twins tomorrow, the website reported. Regarded by most scouts as the best right-handed power hitting prospect in the minors, Sano has clubbed 105 home runs in five minor league seasons, including 15 this year at Double-A Chattanooga. He missed the 2014 campaign while recovering from Tommy John surgery.... 
 

Angels Jerry Dipoto Resigns, Bill Stoneman Named Interim GM

Just four games behind the Houston Astros heading into Wednesday night’s clash with the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Angels remain legitimate contenders for the American League West title. They will try to overtake the Astros with an interim general manager after Jerry Dipoto resigned and was replaced by baseball front office veteran Bill Stoneman. According to multiple media reports, Dipoto and Angels manager Mike Scioscia were involved in a power struggle and could no longer co-exist. That struggle centered around an unwillingness from... 
 

Boston Red Sox Call Up Rusney Castillo

Wielding a hot bat at Triple-A Pawtucket while the woeful Red Sox lineup has struggled to score, Rusney Castillo likely knew that his 2015 Major League debut was inevitable. The 27-year-old right-handed hitter from Cuba, who was batting .365 (19-for-52) over his last 12 games after returning from the disabled list, was called up on Friday and is in the starting lineup. He is in the No. 8 spot and playing right field. After inking a seven-year, $72 million contract last year, Castillo worked his way to Boston and batted .333 with two home runs in... 
 

Castillo, Craig and Kazmir could bolster Red Sox

Considering the widely publicized pitching woes and the unexpectedly anemic offense, it could be worse for the Boston Red Sox. Almost a quarter of the 2015 regular season is complete, and the team favored by many pundits to win the American League East title is 19-20 and 2.5 games behind the New York Yankees. With the trade deadline still more than two months away, and most teams unlikely to execute trades since they still believe they are at least in the wild card race, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has little choice but to look within... 
 

Red Sox dismiss Nieves, DFA Mujica

Following Wednesday night’s debacle that saw Red Sox pitching issue nine walks in a 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay, Boston general manager Ben Cherington made two moves to address a pitching staff that is last in the American League in most statistical categories, including a 4.86 ERA. The club dismissed pitching coach Juan Nieves. In addition, right-handed reliever Edward Mujica was designated for assignment, according to WEEI.com. Nieves, a former Major League pitcher who authored a respectable track record as bullpen coach with the Chicago White... 
 

Boston Red Sox Need Changes, and Now

For the Boston Red Sox, Wednesday’s night’s loss to Tampa Bay served as an excruciating microcosm of how the young 2015 campaign has unfolded. Plagued by woeful starting pitching, a leaky bullpen and a lack of hitting with runners in scoring position, they plunged to 13-15 with a 5-3 loss to the Rays at Fenway Park. Now in the American League East cellar and four games behind the New York Yankees, Boston has reached a point where general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell must make adjustments to the roster to plug the holes... 
 

Red Sox Trade Analysis: Robbie Ross, Anthony Ranaudo

Desiring a power left-hander for their bullpen, the Boston Red Sox tapped into their pitching depth once again to acquire Robbie Ross from the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. Boston sent 25-year-old right-hander Anthony Ranaudo to Texas. A former supplemental first rounder (39th overall out of LSU in 2010), the Texas native was No. 67 on Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list entering the 2011 campaign. Earlier this offseason, the Red Sox packaged fellow promising young pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster to Arizona for 28-year-old left-handed... 
 

Red Sox Should Stay the Course With Jackie Bradley Jr.

In Major League Baseball, producing difference-making young players is crucial to building an annual contender. Even the big market teams cannot fill every position with premium names carrying salaries north of $20 million a year. Typically, the cornerstones to any team that advances deep into October are prospects who develop into All-Star caliber performers or fill valuable roles in the lineup, rotation or bullpen. Boston Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington understands all of the above. It is why, even after the club struggled through a 2014... 
 

Red Sox Should Pass On Cole Hamels, Consider Cliff Lee

Monday marked the beginning of this year’s Boston Red Sox Rookie Development Program, which consists of 10 players and is designed to ease their transition into  the majors. Outfielders Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo and Henry Ramos; catcher Blake Swihart; infielder Sean Coyle, left-handed pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez, Brian Johnson and Edwin Escobar; and right-handed pitchers Heath Hembree and Zeke Spruill are the participants who will participate in activities that include workouts, meetings with front office executives and seminars about... 
 

Boston Red Sox Analysis: Still Some Work To Do

In his attempt to spearhead back-to-back worst-to-first claims in the American League East, Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington continues to revamp his club’s 40-man roster. On Thursday, the Red Sox acquired veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan from San Diego for third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Yet to be formally announced is the reported re-signing of 34-year-old left-handed reliever Craig Breslow, who was a vital part of the bullpen in Boston’s 2013 World Series championship campaign but scuffled to a career-worst 5.96 ERA and 1.86... 
 

Red Sox, Padres Swap Will Middlebrooks, Ryan Hanigan – Analysis

Formerly considered a likely long-term fixture at third base for the Boston Red Sox, Will Middlebrooks is getting a much-needed fresh start with a new club for which he has a chance to fill the hot corner role in 2015. On Thursday, the Red Sox traded the 26-year-old Middlebrooks to San Diego for veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan. The teams agreed on the deal’s framework early in the day but did not announce the transaction until late last night once Boston’s former top overall prospect passed his physical in San Diego. Though the Padres have... 
 

Boston Red Sox, Justin Masterson reunite with one-year deal

Early Wednesday evening, the Boston Red Sox starting rotation consisted of Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly and an array of promising young Major League arms and top prospects. Less than 24 hours later, the club has acquired Wade Miley and Rick Porcello in separate trades, and now they have signed veteran right-hander Justin Masterson to a one-year, $9.5 million deal. The 29-year-old Masterson, who will be 30 in March, returns to the organization that drafted him in the second round in 2006 out of San Diego State University. As a rookie in 2008, he was... 
 

Red Sox, Tigers swap Yoenis Cespedes, Rick Porcello

Boston’s rotation reconstruction continued Thursday morning. The Red Sox acquired 25-year-old right-hander Rick Porcello from the Detroit Tigers for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, right-handed reliever Alex Wilson and a minor leaguer, according to multiple media reports. The 29-year-old Cespedes was traded to Boston at last July’s deadline in the transaction that sent Jon Lester to Oakland. At the time, the A’s were one of the best teams in baseball, but subtracting the Cuban-born slugger from their lineup proved detrimental. Cespedes... 
 

Red Sox Begin Rotation Rebuild, Acquire Wade Miley

Hours after Jon Lester signed with the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters that his club would make multiple moves to bolster the starting rotation. One transaction was initiated on Wednesday night when the Red Sox acquired 28-year-old left-hander Wade Miley from the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-handed pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster. Miley, who was projected to serve as Arizona’s Opening Day starter, will join a rotation that also includes Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz. The Red Sox are likely... 
 

Phillies Start Restructure by Dealing Jimmy Rollins to Dodgers

Questions have lingered about the Philadelphia Phillies’ off-season plans. Will they unload veterans and rebuild or keep their prominent names and make one final run at a Natioanl League East title with the current group? Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro delivered an answer Wednesday afternoon when he traded shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 36-year-old Rollins has spent his entire 15-year Major League career in Philadelphia. A second round pick out of an Oakland area high school in 1996, Rollins made his big league... 
 

Phillies ship Bastardo to Pirates for minor league pitcher

With Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett signed to solidify the rotation for 2015, the Pittsburgh Pirates shifted their attention to the bullpen by acquiring 29-year-old left-hander Antonio Bastardo from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitcher Joely Rodriguez. Earlier this week, the Phillies were reportedly talking to the Boston Red Sox about trading Bastardo for minor league infielder and Philadelphia area native Sean Coyle. Bastardo has spent all six of his Major League seasons with the Phillies. He surrendered just 43 hits in 64 innings... 
 

What Would a Cole Hamels to the Red Sox Deal Look Like?

Now that Jon Lester has inked a lucrative deal with the Chicago Cubs, the team with which he earned two World Series rings is shifting its focus to construct a starting rotation for 2015 and beyond. The Boston Red Sox are in prime position to add at least two starters, and there is a possibility they will add a third. Currently, the club has right-handers Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly slated to occupy two-fifths of the rotation. With an abundance of highly regarded young arms, Boston could feasibly reserve the final rotation spot for one of Rubby... 
 

Jon Lester agrees to deal with Chicago Cubs

Jon Lester has finally made his decision. After deliberating for days, the 30-year-old left-hander has agreed to a six-year, $155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to multiple media reports. Lester will earn a $25.83 annual average salary. Over the last 24 hours, Lester eliminated the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers from his list of potential destinations, leaving the Cubs and Red Sox. Lester was an instrumental part of Boston’s World Series titles in 2007 and 2013. Reports indicate the the Red Sox offered him six... 
 

Red Sox-Phillies talking swap for lefty Antonio Bastardo

After their ill-fated attempt to reunite with Andrew Miller, the Boston Red Sox are discussing a deal with Philadelphia to acquire another power left-hander. According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Boston is interested in landing 29-year-old lefty Antonio Bastardo for infield prospect Sean Coyle, who is from the Philadelphia area. At the trade deadline last July, the Red Sox traded Miller to Baltimore for highly regarded left-handed starting pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez. Boston pursued Miller this offseason before the veteran inked a four-year,... 
 

For Boston Red Sox, 2015 Begins Now

In the wake of a dizzying trade deadline day, 2015 begins now for the Boston Red Sox. Over the span of hours yesterday, the club reshaped its present and future with deals that included left-handed ace Jon Lester, durable right-handed starter John Lackey, right-handed hitting outfielder Jonny Gomes, dominant left-handed reliever Andrew Miller and the expendable Stephen Drew. In return, the Red Sox received power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig, right-handed starting pitcher Joe Kelly and a highly regarded... 
 

Red Sox, A’s Trade Analysis: Red Sox Trade About Future, A’s About Now

Over the last few years, a debate that stoked wide-ranging comments circulated around New England and across baseball about Jon Lester. Is he a legitimate ace or a solid yet unspectacular No. 2 starter? Perhaps Oakland general manager Billy Beane extended the most powerful answer this morning when he traded left fielder Yoenis Cespedes to Boston for Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes. Beane is taking a monumental risk consdering that Lester is eligible for free agency at season’s end and he will undoubtedly command a contract north of $125... 
 

Red Sox Trades Could Come Fast and Furious

Literally and figuratively, the Boston Red Sox aren’t the Houston Astros. Nor are they the Chicago Cubs. Though the 2013 World Series champions are mired in the American League East basement and could remain there by season’s end, they will be in prime position to emerge as a formidable World Series contender in 2015 because of their deep farm system, a group of talented core players and enviable financial flexibility to accompany an ownership group that is willing to spend to fill holes. These factors are why the Red Sox could still... 
 

Red Sox Rumors: Lester, Miller, Drew Among Trade Chips

A five-game losing skid that was snapped by his club’s 3-2 win on Sunday at Tampa Bay clinched the mindset of Boston Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington in the final days leading to Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline. On Saturday, the Red Sox made the first of several expected transactions when they traded veteran right-hander Jake Peavy to San Francisco for highly regarded left-handed starting pitching prospect Edwin Escobar and 25-year-old right-handed reliever Heath Hembree, who has been viewed as a potential future closer for... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Koji Uehara on the Move?

Shut down closers are difficult to find, especially one like the right-handed arm of Koji Uehara. July is a month marked by escalating speculation by the media since the non-waiver trade deadline is July 31. With the Red Sox mired in the American League East cellar and needing a prolonged winning streak just to reach .500, much has been written about the club potentially dealing the veteran right-hander for promising prospects like those the San Diego Padres received from the Los Angeles Angels for Huston Street. The Red Sox are unlikely to deal... 
 

Red Sox Rumors: Winning Has Team Exploring Options

Fueled by brighter times that have seen them win seven of their last eight games, including a three-game weekend sweep of the Kansas City Royals, the Boston Red Sox face growing uncertainty about their plans as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline draws nearer. Though they are six games under .500 at 46-52 and in the American League East basement, percentage points behind Tampa Bay, the Red Sox have drawn within 7.5 games of first place Baltimore and six games behind Seattle for the second wild card spot. Will general manager Ben Cherington opt... 
 

Will Red Sox Sign Give Jon Lester an Extension?

While Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington will work over the All-Star break to explore ways to upgrade his club’s lineup and determine whether or not to trade starting pitcher Jake Peavy, he might also be involved in discussing a contract extension with veteran left-handed ace Jon Lester. The 30-year-old Lester is just 9-7, but he is having the best season of his nine-year Major League career with a 2.65 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and 134 strikeouts in 129 innings over 19 starts. The Red Sox will shed more than $72 million in payroll after... 
 

Red Sox Rumors: Hold Them, Fold Them or Trade Them ?

Now that a second wild card offers another route to October baseball, more Major League teams remain in contention later into the season. Mathematically, that is. This creates a dilemma for general managers of teams that enter the All-Star break under .500. They must determine whether to emerge as buyers or sellers for the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and even the August 31 deadline where players must pass through the waiver process. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington faces that question. With an 11-0 rout of the Houston Astros on Sunday, Boston stands... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Red Sox, Who Stays, Who Gets Traded

Considering they are 39-50 and 10 games out in the American League East standings, it’s an understatement that the season has not progressed as anticipated for the Boston Red Sox. After winning their third World Series in 10 years in 2013, this year’s version has endured injuries to key players and a woeful offensive display that has the club near the bottom of the majors in many categories. With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline rapidly approaching, it is likely that the Red Sox will trade pieces that don’t fit for the long... 
 

Could Atlanta Braves Have Interest in Ervin Santana

Ervine There is no such thing as too much pitching. The Atlanta Braves are the most recent Major League team to discover that old adage’s truth. A day after 23-year-old right-hander Kris Medlen was plagued with elbow tightness on Monday, 24-year-old right-hander Brandon Beachy departed an outing with discomfort in his shoulder and forearm. Medlen and Beachy are expected to serve integral roles in the Braves rotation. On Tuesday, the Braves announced that an MRI showed ulnar collateral ligament damage in Medlen’s right elbow. Later this... 
 

Boston Red Sox: Jon Lester Deal Needs to Get Done

Locking up Dustin Pedroia through 2021 on a team-friendly $110 million contract represented a monumental step by the Boston Red Sox to remain a formidable contender for the long term. Inking Jon Lester to a lengthy deal and retaining the anchor to what has become a strong starting rotation would further bolster general manager Ben Cherington’s goal to battle for a playoff spot every season. The 30-year-old Lester, who is 100-56 with a 3.76 ERA over eight Major League seasons and is 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA in three World Series starts, has proven... 
 

Stephen Drew Could Return to the Red Sox if…

Stephen Drew still could accept the reported one-year, $11 million offer to play one more season with the Boston Red Sox, but the longer the 30-year-old shortstop remains a free agent, the less likely it is he will wear the uniform of the defending World Series champions. The Red Sox received an unexpected gift when veteran right-hander Ryan Dempster announced he will not pitch in 2014, a move that freed the team of his $13.25 million salary for 2014. Boston inked 35-year-old left-hander and Massachusetts native Chris Capuano to serve as a long... 
 

Red Sox Avoid Arbitration With Andrew Miller

A deep and talented bullpen was an instrumental reason why the Boston Red Sox won the World Series last October. They expect to have the same level of success with their relievers in 2014, albeit with a few new names. This weekend, the Red Sox avoided arbitration with 28-year-old left-hander Andrew Miller by reaching a one-year, $1.9 million deal. The club also signed veteran right-hander Francisco Cordero to a minor league contract. Before a torn ligament in his left foot prematurely ended his season in July, Miller posted a 2.64 ERA with 48 strikeouts... 
 
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