Red Sox Rumors & News

  • Dustin Pedroia on Red Sox leadership: 'It's not one leader'

    ESPN "As the longest-tenured player on the Boston Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia understands and accepts his role as the team's leader. But he also knows he can't do it alone. Pedroia was in a pensive mood Saturday as he arrived at spring training for his 13th major-league season. The feisty second..." February 17

  • Nunez: Contract with Red Sox hasn't been finalized

    Boston Globe "At a time when Eduardo Nunez may be close to rejoining the Red Sox, the free agent was at the team’s spring training facility on Saturday afternoon. The infielder, who hit .321/.353/.539 with eight homers in 38 games for the Red Sox after being acquired from the Giants in a late July trade, said..." February 17

  • Andrew Benintendi Hires Excel Sports Management

    MLB Trade Rumors "Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi has hired Excel Sports Management to represent him, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe (via Twitter). Benintendi had been represented by Jason Wood before troubling allegations arose recently as to the agent’s conduct. Benintendi, 23, was taken..." February 16

  • Hanley Ramirez Explains Why He Adopted Tom Brady’s ‘TB12 Method’ In Offseason

    NESN "Tom Brady has another satisfied customer, it seems. Hanley Ramirez reported to Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday for Boston Red Sox spring training, three days before the team’s first official workout. He looked a little slimmer, too, claiming he’s dropped 15 pounds over the offseason. His secret?..." February 16

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Red Sox’s Rick Porcello Looking To Have Bounce-Back Season In 2018

    NESN " The 2017 MLB season was a rough one for Rick Porcello. After taking home American League Cy Young Award honors in 2016, Porcello responded with a lackluster campaign, posting an 11-17 record with a 4.65 ERA." February 15

  • If Chris Sale backs off, David Price and Rick Porcello will need to step up

    Boston Herald "Expect less from Chris Sale this year, at least in the beginning. The Red Sox ace struck out 26 batters with just two walks in 21 spring training innings last year — a dominant performance, even by Grapefruit League standards — and began the regular season with a 1.19 ERA and 52 strikeouts in..." February 15

  • Red Sox reportedly agree to a deal to bring Eduardo Nunez back to Boston

    CBS Sports "The Red Sox have reportedly agreed to terms with infielder Eduardo Nunez on a one-year deal with an option for 2019. Robert Murray of FanRag Sports was the first to report that a deal was done, and multiple reporters have since confirmed. The contract is a pending a physical, which is..." February 15

  • Mookie Betts won’t talk contract extension until after the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "Mookie Betts is in a pretty good place right now. He just won his first go-around in arbitration, taking home a near-record for a first timer with a $10.5 million salary in 2018. Merely staying the course on his current levels of production will mean astronomical salaries in arbitration years two..." February 15

  • Why Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts Want To Change Red Sox’s Attitude In 2018

    NESN "Outside hiring a new manager, Boston Red Sox haven’t made many changes to the team that fell short in last year’s American League’s Division Series. But two of the club’s youngest players plan on shaking things up from within. Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts spoke to reporters Thursday morning..." February 15

  • Dombrowski: 'Names of prominence' may become available by trade

    NBC Sports Boston "No new hitters, the same lineup. This simply wasn’t the plan, and Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski acknowledged as much on Wednesday. “From a positional player perspective, no, that wasn’t, per se, our plan,” Dombrowski said. “As I’ve said every single year of my career when..." February 15

  • Steven Wright on domestic violence arrest: 'I never touched' my wife

    Mass Live "Steven Wright said he's unable to give the full details about his domestic assault case until MLB has closed its investigation. But he did say he didn't make any physical contact with his wife. Wright was arrested Dec. 8 on a domestic assault charge. The case was retired in court Dec. 21...." February 14

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees to benefit from Red Sox low-balling JD Martinez?

    Newark Star-Ledger "On paper, the Yankees seem like the team to beat in the American League East. After all, they came within a game of reaching the 2017 World Series, and all they did during the offseason was add NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton and his 59 home runs to the lineup. But to win the division, the Yankees..." February 13

  • David Price hopes to smooth things out with Red Sox, avoid opting out of contract

    Boston Herald "This could be David Price’s last year with the Red Sox. There’s just one person who can make that decision: David Price. Entering his third spring training with the Sox after signing a seven-year, $217-million contract before the 2016 season that gave him the ability to opt out after three..." February 13

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees stealing 'fed up' J.D. Martinez from Red Sox?

    Newark Star-Ledger "If you thought the Yankees lineup was a juggernaut already, imagine adding free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez to the mix. No, the Yankees aren't on the cusp of signing right-handed masher. But if talks between Martinez and the Boston Red Sox continue to sour during spring training, a fascinating..." February 12

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Does an Encarnacion for Bradley Jr trade make sense?

    Fanrag Sports "Rumors are once again circling that the Boston Red Sox have been trying to move outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. this offseason for a power bat. First the Dodgers tried to cajole Boston to take on right fielder Yasiel Puig in a move that made little sense for the Red Sox; Puig, of course, is back..." February 12

  • LoMo drawing interest from Red Sox

    MLB.com "The glacial pace of this offseason's free-agent market has drawn the most attention for the names still available at the top. But with Spring Training set to begin, plenty of talented players remain without a club -- including a slugger in Logan Morrison who's coming off a career..." February 10

  • ESPN Writer Believes Yankees Should Punish Red Sox and Steal JD Martinez

    12 Up "​Drake's "Big Rings" is going to be the theme song in the Yankees clubhouse this entire season. "I got a really big team, and they need some really big rings" will be played on repeat-- and for good reason. With Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez highlighting the Bombers' lineup,..." February 09

  • Red Sox have a plan if they miss out on J.D. Martinez

    CBS Sports "With spring training a week away, the Boston Red Sox seem to be engaged in a staring contest with free agent slugger J.D. Martinez. They've reportedly made him an nine-figure contract offer. Who will blink first? Does Martinez sign it, or do the Red Sox up their offer? Or does Boston pivot to..." February 08

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • How Drew Pomeranz is preparing for uncertain world of free agency, 2018 season

    WEEI Boston "Free agency is a nerve-wracking proposition. Ask any player who has entered into a season which promises to be punctuated by the chance to hit the open market. The weight of knowing the results of that one year is going to set the stage for their life's biggest payday is often times more..." February 08

  • Boras calls report that Martinez is fed up with Red Sox 'not accurate'

    NBC Sports Boston "A report of hurt feelings may have left some hurt feelings. J.D. Martinez’s agent, Scott Boras, outright denied to NBC Sports Boston that Martinez has expressed feelings of being fed up with the Red Sox, as was reported on Tuesday. “J.D. Martinez has never made any statement regarding the..." February 07

  • Indians, Red Sox discussed Edwin-for-JBJ swap this winter

    WKYC "A potential blockbuster deal between two of the American League's best team's "died on the vine," one prominent baseball writer wrote Wednesday. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Indians and Boston Red Sox discussed a trade during the offseason that would've sent designated..." February 07

  • Red Sox Rumors: J.D. Martinez 'Fed Up' with Boston, Could Sign with Another Team

    Bleacher Report "J.D. Martinez is reportedly considering turning down a contract offered by the Boston Red Sox unless they change their bid. Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Martinez has told people he is "fed up with the Red Sox's inflexibility" and would prefer to sign with a different team. Jon Heyman..." February 07

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • Red Sox hold position of power in deadlocked free agency

    NBC Sports Boston "Money sits while everyone grows restless. The Red Sox, like everyone else, are waiting in free agency. More than most teams, though, the Sox are the ones actually being waited on — at least when it comes to the high-end hitting market. The Sox are still looked at as the most likely landing spot..." February 06

  • David Price having no issues with elbow, eager to start games again

    Larry Brown Sports "David Price battled soreness in his pitching elbow throughout spring training last year and ended up missing the first two months of the season, but the left-hander insists he feels fine and is looking forward to resuming his role as a starter for the Red Sox in 2018. With roughly a week..." February 06

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • Quiet offseason leaves Red Sox with uncertainty

    Boston Herald "Red Sox pitchers and catchers report to spring training next Tuesday. Their first full-squad workout is two weeks away, and they’ll play the Grapefruit League opener in 19 days. How can it possibly be this late in the offseason and we still don’t know whether the Red Sox are going to land the..." February 05

  • Why Todd Frazier, a possible target for the Yankees, also makes sense for the Red Sox

    CBS Sports "God knows when another signing of note will happen, but veteran third baseman Todd Frazier may wind up back with the Yankees. He proved a popular presence on the roster last season after a July trade brought him to the Bronx, and most importantly, the Jersey native also addresses a near-term..." February 04

  • Alligator spotted in batting cage at Red Sox’s spring training complex

    The Sports Daily "An alligator apparently wanted to get some time in the batting cage at the Red Sox’s spring training complex. The small alligator was recently spotted at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida, just hanging out in the cage. " February 04

  • Dombrowski: Red Sox relationship with Betts fine despite arbitration hearing

    Boston Herald "After going head-to-head in an arbitration hearing, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said he’s confident there’s no residual animosity between the team and Mookie Betts. Hard feelings from the player were surely mitigated by his winning the case for a record $10.5..." February 02

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Mookie Betts wins his arbitration case against the Red Sox

    Hardball Talk "Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox went to an arbitration hearing yesterday. Betts was asking for $10.5 million and the Red Sox countered at $7.5 million. Betts won, and now he’ll be making eight figures for 2018. This was Betts first year of arbitration eligibility. He won’t hit free agency..." January 31

  • Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez offers advice that could end David Price's feud with Boston media

    WEEI Boston "David Price's problems last year came down to his dislike of messengers. He lambasted Comcast's Evan Drellich, embarrassed Hall of Fame broadcaster Dennis Eckersley, and engaged in a pointless battle with the media that cast a pall over the entire Red Sox clubhouse. Red Sox legend Pedro..." January 31

  • Red Sox, led by manager Alex Cora, deliver supplies to Puerto Rico

    Sporting News "Alex Cora is heading back to his hometown. The Red Sox manager on Tuesday departed for Caguas, Puerto Rico, to deliver nearly 10 tons of supplies to those in need. "Go to the mountains, go to where we are going to be today. On a daily basis, they're in need," Cora said, via WCVB-TV. Cora,..." January 31

  • Pedro: Price's health key to fixing his relationship with Boston media

    WEEI Boston "David Price's problems last year came down to his dislike of messengers. He lambasted Comcast's Evan Drellich, embarrassed Hall of Fame broadcaster Dennis Eckersley, and engaged in a pointless battle with the media that cast a pall over the entire Red Sox clubhouse. Red Sox legend Pedro..." January 30

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • Pitching coach Dana LeVangie earns universal praise after promotion

    Providence Journal "Rick Porcello figured the Red Sox pitching staff would be in good hands once Dana LeVangie was elevated from bullpen coach to pitching coach. It took one phone call to prove it. “A couple of days after he got the pitching coach job, he called me and we talked for an hour on things he had mapped..." January 29

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • Lorenzo Cain move affects Red Sox’ pursuit of J.D. Martinez

    Boston Herald "Considering the Brewers just locked up a center fielder through age 36 yesterday, it makes it much easier to understand why a corner outfielder who will spend plenty of time as DH wants the Red Sox to lock him up through age 36 as well. It also makes it easier to ask the Red Sox to make that..." January 27

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

  • Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'

    Bleacher Report "Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White..." January 25

  • Red Sox-Yankees sign-stealing scandal encourages MLB to monitor dugout phones

    NBC Sports Boston "Their calls may now be monitored for quality assurance. The sign-stealing scandal between the Red Sox and Yankees didn’t exactly slip away and disappear. The part of the saga that drew the most attention was the primary accusation: that the Red Sox were using some sort of portable electronic..." January 25

  • Curt Schilling doesn't care what you think as Hall of Fame vote looms

    Philly.com "Curt Schilling emerges from behind the wheel of a Ford F-150 that’s just rumbled into a small strip mall parking lot. It’s a miserable, rainy New England afternoon in mid-January, but Schilling offers a cheerful smile. A black-and-gold Navy SEAL cap hides his straw-colored hair, and his broad..." January 24