Red Sox Rumors & News

  • Could Ian Kinsler be in the mix for job with Red Sox?

    Boston Herald "The names that were being thrown around in Orlando last week, when president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was asked about Dustin Pedroia’s replacement options, might have been palatable if the Red Sox were a mid-market team not in dire need of offensive potency. But it’s tougher to..." November 23

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • Red Sox sign intriguing second base option

    WEEI Boston "When asked about Dustin Pedroia's return from knee surgery, Dave Dombrowski routinely cites May as a possibility. He also almost immediately surfaces Marco Hernandez's name as a logical replacement during Pedroia's absence. But the Red Sox have now signed another second base option that might..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Red Sox, Phillies continue interest in Carlos Santana

    Sporting News "The Red Sox and Phillies have continued their interest in free agent first baseman Carlos Santana this offseason, according to Fox Sports. Santana had a .259/.363/.455 slash line last season — which was virtually similar to his 2016 numbers — while also hitting 23 home runs with 79 RBIs. A..." November 20

  • There is more than one way for Red Sox to add power this offseason

    Boston Herald "Twenty-nine teams spent last week at the general managers meetings trying to figure out how they can catch the baseball-bashing Houston Astros. For the Red Sox, that means one thing: Add power. Toward that end, we’ll take a stab at some potential scenarios: Trade CF Jackie Bradley Jr.,..." November 20

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Red Sox show interest in Logan Morrison

    NBC Sports Boston "The Red Sox' search for a power bat is off the ground right away. The Sox are meeting with reps for free-agent first baseman Logan Morrison on Monday at the first day of the general managers meetings in Orlando, a baseball source said. Morrison, entering his age-30 season, is coming off a..." November 15

  • Club looks into ways to extend Chris Sale’s early success into late-season effectiveness

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox are not in the market for an ace and are not looking to trade the one they already have, but the club has discussed tweaking the way Chris Sale is used next season. “We’ve talked about it,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said during yesterday’s second session of..." November 15

  • Can Hanley Ramirez actually return to first base? Dave Dombrowski thinks so

    WEEI Boston "A big piece of the equation when trying to figure out what kind of player the Red Sox can secure for their new power bat is Hanley Ramirez. If someone such as Eric Hosmer or Carlos Santana is scooped up via free agency, they can play first base while Ramirez slides into the designated hitter..." November 14

  • Report: Red Sox Have ‘Legitimate Shot’ At Japanese Free Agent Shohei Ohtani

    CBS Boston "The Red Sox seem to be dead-set on making big moves in free agency this winter, and one of their targets could come from overseas. Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani is making the jump to the major leagues in 2018, with the Red Sox reportedly having him on their radar. According to the Boston..." November 14

  • Stanton reportedly won't waive no-trade clause for Cardinals, Red Sox

    CBS Sports "As you know, the Marlins under new ownership are seeking to shed payroll, and to that end they're also looking to trade slugger Giancarlo Stanton and his mega-contract. What makes Stanton an appealing trade target is that coming off an age-27 season in which he mashed 59 home runs and wound up as..." November 14

  • Marlins' Derek Jeter shipping Giancarlo Stanton to Red Sox?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Derek Jeter's first big move as Miami Marlins owner could be to stick it to his old franchise. As every Major League Baseball general manager gets together in Orlando, Florida this week, the status of Giancarlo Stanton is the hottest topic. With the Marlins looking to clear salary and..." November 14

  • Red Sox Outfielder Mookie Betts Rolls Perfect 300 at World Series of Bowling

    SI "Bo Jackson. Deion Sanders. Jim Thorpe. These are the names that immediately come to mind when thinking of famous two-sport athletes. Mookie Betts is trying to crack that esteemed list by excelling in a non-traditional sport: Bowling. The Red Sox outfielder notched a perfect 300 game on Sunday..." November 13

  • Giants interested in acquiring Bradley Jr.

    CBS Sports "The Giants are coming off a tremendously disappointing 2017 season in which they lost 98 games -- their most losses in a season since 1985. The reasons for their failures are varied, but instability and lackluster production in the outfield stand out. To the end of addressing that roster flaw, the..." November 12

  • Red Sox ‘definitely in play’ for Giancarlo Stanton

    Larry Brown Sports "As it grows increasingly likely that Giancarlo Stanton will be traded this winter, another team is reportedly looking into stepping up and making a deal. A source told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that the Boston Red Sox are “definitely in play” for Stanton, and talks “may be heating up”..." November 12

  • Red Sox Begin Talks With Marlins About Stanton

    CBS Boston "Are the Red Sox positioning themselves for a major offseason splash? According to one report they’re at least considering it. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Friday night that the Red Sox are among the teams who have had “preliminary communication” with the Marlins about a possible trade for..." November 11

  • Red Sox prospect Daniel Flores, 17, dies of cancer

    CBS Sports "Daniel Flores, a 17-year-old prospect for the Boston Red Sox, died of cancer on Wednesday, the team announced. Flores, who was one of the team's top catcher prospects, was in Boston receiving treatment and died as a result of complications from that treatment. Flores signed with the Red Sox in..." November 08

  • Red Sox promote Dana LeVangie from bullpen to pitching coach

    ESPN "In 27 years with the Red Sox, Dana LeVangie has been a minor league catcher, a bullpen catcher, a pro scout, a major league advance scout, a catching instructor and a bullpen coach. One thing he hasn't done: pitch. But the pitching coach position was still vacant on new manager Alex Cora's..." November 08

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Red Sox notes: Staying under luxury tax not a goal for 2018

    NBC Sports Boston "Whether or not Red Sox ownership is excited to open up its wallet, the team is in a renewed position to spend after finishing 2017 under the luxury tax threshold, and there’s a clear need to improve the offense. “We’re having our meetings right now so I don’t want to jump to it,” Sox president..." November 08

  • Red Sox looking to add offense at first base or DH with Hanley Ramirez playing either position

    Mass Live "With Alex Cora officially sworn in as Red Sox manager, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski can get to work on improving the club's roster. On Monday after Cora's introduction, Dombrowski was asked about his offseason priorities with adding offense seemingly the most important...." November 07

  • Red Sox hire hitting coach Tim Hyers

    Hardball Talk "The Red Sox added hitting coach Tim Hyers and assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett to Alex Cora’s coaching staff on Saturday, per a team announcement. Hyers is fresh off of a two-year stint as the Dodgers’ hitting coach and director of Minor League hitting, while Barkett recently completed a..." November 04

  • Report: Red Sox expected to pursue Eric Hosmer in free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox may be getting a major upgrade at first base this winter. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Thursday that “there is an expectation” the Red Sox could pursue former All-Star slugger Eric Hosmer in free agency. The 28-year-old Hosmer is coming off perhaps his best season..." November 03

  • Red Sox pick up options for Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel

    Fanrag Sports "The Boston Red Sox have officially picked up the organization’s 2018 club options for both left-handed pitcher Chris Sale and right-handed reliever Craig Kimbrel. In addition, Boston has also activated infielder Marco Hernandez and right-handers Tyler Thornburg and Steven Wright from the club’s..." November 02

  • Tony LaRussa expected to join Red Sox organization

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox are expected to announce Thursday that Hall of Fame manager and former Diamondbacks executive Tony La Russa has joined the organization. His exact role is unclear, but a source told the Herald that La Russa’s next stop will be in Boston following four years in Arizona’s front..." November 02

  • David Ortiz has gotten all of his World Series predictions wrong

    Sporting News " David Ortiz is not very good at making predictions. The former Boston Red Sox star and current FOX analyst has been asked to make a prediction before each of the first six games of the 2017 World Series, and for each of those games, he's been wrong." November 01

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Is David Price to blame for John Farrell’s firing?

    New York Post "The Red Sox have not provided the exact reasoning behind the firing of manager John Farrell after winning the AL East title, but one source offered an explanation to The Boston Globe. “It wasn’t that John lost control of the clubhouse. I keep hearing that and I say to myself, that’s not the..." October 30

  • Farrell had 'tough time' dealing with Price

    New York Daily News "John Farrell paid the ultimate price for not being able to deal with David Price. The former Red Sox manager, who was fired after Boston’s early exit from the playoffs, reportedly had issues trying to handle the team’s highest-paid player. “I think the David Price situation was tough on..." October 29

  • Kimbrel, Jansen named Relievers of the Year

    MLB.com "Craig Kimbrel of the Red Sox and Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers threw "immaculate innings" within a week of each other back in May, each striking out the side on nine pitches for only the 78th and 79th occurrences in Major League Baseball history. Maybe it was a harbinger that they would accept..." October 28

  • Smart money says Red Sox should stay away from talks of breaking the bank to add Stanton

    Boston Herald "It’s OK for the Red Sox to gawk, to admire and even admit to lust in their hearts. How could they not? Giancarlo Stanton is only the best pure power threat currently residing on the planet, an almost cartoonishly chiseled modern-day sultan of swat. Of course the Red Sox will explore the..." October 26

  • Steven Wright is ready to resurface in Red Sox rotation

    WEEI Boston "Steven Wright walked down the Kenmore Square sidewalk Tuesday morning, heading for another meeting with the Red Sox' medical staff at Fenway Park. There was no hitch in his step, or doubts in his mind. It was a far cry from five months earlier. Wright, the pitcher who entered 2017 spring..." October 25

  • Source: Dustin Pedroia had knee surgery Wednesday, went 'very well'

    WEEI Boston "Dustin Pedroia had left knee surgery on Wednesday and it went "very well," according to a source. At this time a timetable for his return is unknown. The 34-year-old second baseman battled a knee injury for much of the season, including two different stints on the disabled list with knee..." October 25

  • Handling Red Sox clubhouse will be big challenge for Alex Cora

    Boston Herald "No need to mince any words: The Red Sox clubhouse is a sinkhole. It should come as no surprise, then, that the team’s official announcement of Alex Cora as manager of this splintered, disaffected bunch was accompanied by a statement from principal owner John Henry that spoke to clubhouse..." October 23

  • Red Sox name Alex Cora their new manager, give him 3-year deal

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox have a new manager, but for now, he has another job to do. Alex Cora, the Astros bench coach and former Red Sox infielder, will be the 47th manager in Red Sox history. The team announced today that Cora has accepted a three-year deal with a club option for 2021 to replace John..." October 22

  • Cora offered and expected to take Red Sox job

    Fanrag Sports "Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora, who’s been linked to four teams with managerial openings, has been offered the Boston Red Sox managing job, and assuming a contract is completed is expected to be named Boston’s manager as soon as Houston’s season is over, which could be as early as Saturday..." October 21

  • Nats Reportedly Hope To Speak With Alex Cora

    CBS Boston "Alex Cora as the next Red Sox manager seemed like a sure thing in recent days. But one other team is hoping to change that. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported on Saturday that when the American League Championship Series ends on Saturday night, the Washington Nationals plan to ask..." October 21

  • Red Sox decision on a manager still in process

    Boston Herald "As of last night, the Red Sox had yet to make a decision about who their next manager will be. But with the Dodgers on the verge of clinching a spot in the World Series, and the Yankees one win away from taking out the Astros, a window of opportunity will open for the Red Sox to make an..." October 20

  • Report: Alex Cora to be named Red Sox manager after the ALCS

    Hardball Talk "Astros bench coach Alex Cora has been described as a leading candidate for multiple managerial openings since the end of the regular season. He has been tied most closely to the Red Sox job, however, having already interviewed with Boston and with several people reporting that he is the Sox’ top..." October 19

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Red Sox pitcher Rodriguez out 6 months after knee surgery

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox need more than a manager. Looks like they need a starting pitcher, too. And maybe a second baseman. And a reliable power hitter wouldn’t hurt. Injuries already are starting to mount, and Opening Day is more than five months away. Left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez underwent..." October 17

  • Red Sox could be targeting Monday for managerial hire

    WEEI Boston "Consider this an educated guess. The way the Red Sox are moving with their managerial search, along with Major League Baseball protocol, you might want to clear your calendar for Monday. Putting the pieces together, that date is starting to seem like the sweet spot for Dave Dombrowski..." October 17

  • Hanley Ramirez undergoes offseason shoulder surgery

    WEEI Boston "After originally saying he would not need offseason shoulder surgery, Red Sox first baseman/designated hitter Hanley Ramirez went under the knife on Tuesday. Ramirez tweeted a picture of him in the hospital with the caption: Hi my people, went in for left shoulder surgery today, keep me in..." October 17

  • Report: Brad Ausmus Could Be Next Red Sox Manager

    CBS Detroit "Brad Ausmus has again surfaced as a candidate for another managing job, and this time it’s for an even better franchise. It was reported a couple of weeks ago that Ausmus was “in the mix” for the vacant Philadelphia Phillies manager position, and now he’s reportedly a candidate to take over as..." October 16

  • Red Sox request D-Backs' permission to interview Gardenhire

    Boston "The search for the next Red Sox manager is beginning to come into focus. With former Red Sox infielder – and current Astros bench coach – Alex Cora scheduled for an interview, another name is reportedly in the mix. Ron Gardenhire, who was the Diamondbacks’ bench coach in 2017, is reportedly a..." October 15