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Rick Porcello Wins AL Comeback Player of the Year

The offseason has been very good to Boston Red Sox ace Rick Porcello. The right-hander, who led the Red Sox to the American League East championship during 2016, was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year on Tuesday. The award is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and is presented each year to the player who re-emerged on the field of play during the past season. One player from each team is chosen then reporters vote on the top player from each league. Porcello adds to his awards with this one. He was named the AL Cy... 
 

Red Sox Could Start Pablo Sandoval at Third in 2017

In 2016, the offense for the Boston Red Sox had very few spots up and down the order that were weak. However, one of those spots happened to be third base. During the 2016 season, third basemen for the Red Sox combined to have a batting average of only .242 while the average third baseman in the major leagues hit for an average of .266. That deficit in production adds up through the course of a 162-game season. It appeared that Travis Shaw would be the stabilizing force at third, but he became exposed at the plate over the course of the season.... 
 

Red Sox, Astros and Others Amongst Those Interested in Carlos Beltran

When the Texas Rangers were eliminated by Toronto during the postseason, veteran Carlos Beltran, who has become a free agent, said he would not be retiring. He added that he hoped he would be playing again with Texas. However, Jon Daniels the general manager of the Rangers said that he would love to have every free agent back under the correct circumstances, but allocating resources is what it is all about. If Beltran must look elsewhere, he will have a number of suitors on his doorstep. Even though the veteran would be 40 to start next season,... 
 

Yoan Moncada Joining Red Sox for Playoff Chase

The Boston Red Sox announced that the top-ranked prospect for many ratings sites, Yoan Moncada, would be put on their roster for the opener on Friday of a three-game series to be played in Oakland. On Thursday, Boston has the day off, which happens to be September 1, the first day clubs are able to expand their roster at the Major League level to 40 players. Where Moncada, just 21, can best help Boston at this point is third base, where he recently transitioned to for Portland the Sox Double-A affiliate after he signed with the organization as a... 
 

Mookie Betts: Legitimate American League MVP Candidate

The American League East race is turning into the best in baseball. The Toronto Blue Jays now lead the second place Boston Red Sox by one game and the Baltimore Orioles by 2 games. One of the reasons the Boston Red Sox have stayed close all season is the offensive output of Mookie Betts. Some pundits are even saying he deserves more than just a look as the AL MVP this season. At this time, the Red Sox slugger is hitting .317 with 28 home runs and 89 runs batted in. On Tuesday night, he hit a pair of home runs to go with three that he knocked out... 
 

Mookie Betts Leading For Last Spot in American League Outfield

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts moved into the lead for the third spot in the outfield of the American League for the All-Star Game. At the same time, Jose Bautista from the Toronto Blue Jays is making a big move up the board as well despite being placed on the disabled list due to a big toe injury on his right foot. Mike Trout leads outfielders in voting for the American League. The Angels outfielder has over 2.3 million votes, while Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. is in second with over 1.7 million. The two have been joined by Red Sox outfielder... 
 

Red Sox Scout Knew Xander Bogaerts Was Special

Mike Lord a pro baseball scout remembers well what Xander Bogaerts was like as a 16-year old. Lord arrived in 2009 on the island of Aruba. He traveled looking for possible baseball prospects and on the Caribbean island is where he first saw Bogaerts. He recalls that Bogaerts moved with ease at shortstop that someone at 16 did not usually do. Lord added that something else, an intangible separated Bogaerts from the rest of his peers. He believes it was Bogaerts’ smile, his laugh, the way he was made up and how much enjoyment he got by playing baseball. Bogaerts... 
 

Red Sox Offense Continues to Produce

The Boston Red Sox offense this season is setting a pace to become one of the best ever in franchise history. Earlier this week, the Red Sox swept the Oakland Athletics in three games while scoring 40 runs in the process. Boston before its Thursday night games against the Houston Astros had scored 196 runs over its first 34 games, which is an average of 5.75 per game that would project out to 934 on the season. However, the record for the team is 1,027 set in 1950 in just 154 games. Times are different now and run scoring has not been that great... 
 

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... 
 

Red Sox Reach Agreement With David Price, 7 Years $217 Million

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly reached an agreement with free-agent left-hander David Price on a seven-year deal worth $217 million. Price is coming off a 2015 season where he pitched to a 2.45 ERA over 220 1/3 innings of work for the Detroit Tigers and the Toronto Blue Jays. Over his career, Price owns an ERA of 3.09 across parts of eight major-league seasons for the  Tampa Bay Rays, Tigers and Blue Jays. Price won the AL Cy Young Award in 2012, and he has worked at least 200 innings in five of the past six seasons. The $217 million contract... 
 

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... 
 

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... 
 

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... 
 

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... 
 

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... 
 

Hanley Ramirez off to Hot Start for Red Sox

Hanley Ramirez is adjusting well to Fenway park as the free agent signee has ripped eight home runs in his first 18 games in a Boston Red Sox uniform. Only Nelson Cruz has more home runs in the season’s early going. The 31 year-old owns a .300/.359/.643 slash line for a Red Sox team that has a collective batting line of just .234/.325/.366. Ramirez, who started his career in the Red Sox organization before being dealt to the then-Florida Marlins in the Josh Beckett deal, signed a four year, $88 million contract with Boston last offseason.... 
 

Pitchers Under Pressure in 2015: Red Sox Clay Buchholz

As we head into Spring Training there are always questions when it comes to your favorite Major League Baseball team.  Today I want to begin to  take a look at some pitchers that are going to be under the microscope this spring because a lot of the their ball clubs fortunes will begin and end with their performance as we preview the 2015 MLB season. Some are going to be asked to fill the void left by a free agent like the Kansas City Royals Edison Volquez, others will be asked to carry more weight since the team did not add any fresh arms like... 
 

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... 
 

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,... 
 

Red Sox Sign Hanley Ramirez to four-year deal

You can’t say the Boston Red Sox are taking the holiday week off. Already in agreement with free-agent Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox have reached an agreement with Hanley Ramirez on a four-year $88 million deal that will bring the talented but injury prone 30 year old back to Boston. Ramirez was dealt  to the Marlins as part of the trade package that brought Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to Boston back in 2005. Ramirez, is a career .300 hitter, batted .283 with 13 homers and 71 RBIs in 128 games last season. Ramirez projects as the... 
 

Pablo Sandoval, Red Sox Reach Agreement on Five-Year Deal

The Boston Red Sox and free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval have reached and agreement on a five-year deal in the neighborhood of $100 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The Red Sox are close to a deal with Hanley Ramirez, as well. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported he is on the verge of a deal with Boston and is traveling to Boston to finalize an agreement. The Red Sox could “win” the trifecta if former ace Jon Lester returns. Boston’s initial offer is believed to be about $110 million to $120 million for... 
 

MLB Free Agent Profile: Jon Lester

Along with Max Scherzer, Jon Lester is the biggest prize of this offseason’s free agent market. The 30 year-old left-hander is coming off a career year and is sure to command a big payday. His salary demands will likely price out a lot of teams, but the bidding will be fierce for Lester. Lester is a workhorse who has made at least 31 starts in every season since 2008. Over that time he’s been one of baseball’s best pitchers. He ranks 6th in fWAR. In the last two years he’s 7th in fWAR, just behind David Price. Furthermore,... 
 

Boston Red Sox Youth Movement – Largely Disappointing

A year ago the Boston Red Sox had the oldest roster in the major leagues. That season ended with them winning the World Series. Then, they allowed center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to depart in free agency, Stephen Drew went unsigned until June and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signed with the Miami Marlins. Youngsters Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley won starting jobs out of spring training. After a host of trade deadline activity, the Sox dealt away pitchers Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jake Peavy and Felix Doubront and replaced them with an array of young... 
 

Koji Uehara May Get Shut Down by Red Sox

Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara gave up two home runs in the ninth inning last night to allow the New York Yankees a come-from-behind win, and has allowed 10 runs  in his last 4 2/3 innings of work.  Coupled with the fact that Uehara  is 39 years old, the team may just decide to shut him down for the rest of the season, or at the very minimum limit his appearances over the last three weeks of the season.  Red Sox manager John Farrell would not make an announcement before talking to his All-Star closer,  but did leave the door open to that... 
 

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 Trades Continue: Lackey To Cardinals For Kelly, Craig

The Boston Red Sox made another trade on the heels of the blockbuster deal that sent Jon Lester to the Oakland A’s . This time starter John Lackey was dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig . Lackey, 35, is 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 21 starts and 137 1/3 innings this season two years removed from Timmy John surgery. Last year he went 10-13 with a 3.52 ERA in 189 1/3 innings. Lackey’s is under contract for only $500,000 next season significantly raising his trade value. Kelly... 
 

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... 
 

Oakland Gets Jon Lester from Red Sox for Cespedes, Gomes

The Oakland Athletics have acquired Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for Yoenis Cespedes. Oakland is also sending a competitive balance draft pick to the Red Sox in the trade, and the Red Sox will be sending cash to Oakland. Lester has been the talk of the trade rumors of late and a number of teams were reportedly interested in acquiring the Red Sox ace, including the Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Miami Marlins to name a few. Oakland traded for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel earlier this... 
 

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... 
 

Giants Acquire Jake Peavy In Deal With Red Sox

The San Francisco Giants have made a move to acquire right-hander Jake Peavy in a trade from the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox will receive minor league pitchers in the deal. The deal helps the Giants to solidify their rotation and Peavy is no stranger to the National League West. Peavy is 14-2 lifetime with 2.21 era and a .199 BA vs Dodgers from Padres days The Red Sox acquired Peavy at the deadline last year. Peavy, 33, has posted a 4.72 ERA and 100/46 K/BB ratio over 124 innings this season. He’s due to be a free agent this winter. The Red Sox... 
 

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... 
 

Red Sox to Designate A.J. Pierzynski for Assignment

The Boston Red Sox signed free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a a one-year, $8.25 million deal to join the team over the past offseason. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports the team will designate the 37 year old for assignment, leaving the team to pay the remaining $3.6 million left on his contract, unless another teams claims him on waivers.  As per MLB rules, the team now has 10 days to trade, release or waive him. Pierzynski is hitting .254/.286/.348 in 2014 in 274 plate appearances. He has four home runs. The Red Sox will give a chance... 
 
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