Red Sox Rumors & News

  • Theo Epstein: David Ortiz requested trade from Red Sox in 2003

    Bleacher Report "David Ortiz is a Boston Red Sox legend and a primary reason the franchise broke the storied Curse of the Bambino with World Series titles in 2004, 2007 and 2013, but to hear Theo Epstein tell it, the slugger wanted out in 2003. The Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations, who was the Red..." April 24

  • Yankees on track to avoid luxury tax; Red Sox, Nationals only teams projected above threshold

    Newsday "The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals are the only teams on track to pay baseball’s luxury tax this year, according to opening-day payroll totals compiled by Major League Baseball and obtained by The Associated Press. Boston’s payroll at the start of the season for purposes of the tax was..." April 24

  • Roenis Elias experiment with Red Sox ends, traded to Seattle

    WEEI Boston "He always represented an intriguing option for the Red Sox. But ultimately Roenis Elias wasn't intriguing enough. The lefty reliever was traded to Seattle Monday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The 29-year-old Elias had come to the Red Sox prior to the 2016..." April 23

  • A's Manaea throws no-hitter vs. red-hot Red Sox "Baseball's best was in town, but it didn't matter. A hot-hitting Red Sox squad, winners of eight straight games, would not shake Sean Manaea. Not much can these days. The A's left-hander has been dealing, dominating with ease, and on Saturday he turned it up a notch, brilliantly orchestrating..." April 22

  • Andrew Benintendi isn't happy he was called out of the base path during Manaea's no-hitter

    CBS Sports "The first no-hitter of the 2018 season was thrown Saturday night at the Oakland Coliseum. Athletics left-hander Sean Manaea no-hit the Red Sox -- they were an MLB best 17-2 going into the game -- with shocking ease (OAK 3, BOS 0). With all due respect to the BoSox, Manaea carved them up. The..." April 22

  • Buck on Betts: 'Best right fielder I've ever seen' "You can start, if you want to, just for fun, with some of the things Mookie Betts is not, right before you get to all the pretty wonderful things he is on a baseball field. Betts is not Mike Trout, for example. He's not ever going to make the kind of money Bryce Harper is going to make after this..." April 20

  • Drew Pomeranz makes season debut vs. Oakland tonight

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox have the second-best ERA in the major leagues (2.66) and they’ve done it without one of their best starting pitchers from a year ago, Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz will make his 2018 season debut tonight against the Oakland A’s, the team that he pitched so well for out of relief during..." April 20

  • Even Dave Dombrowski didn't expect Red Sox' record start

    Boston Herald "Not even the architect of the 2018 Red Sox thought they would be this good. Off to the best start in franchise history at 16-2, the Sox just knocked around the Los Angeles Angels, who own the second-best record in the American League at 13-5, for a three-game sweep in which the Sox out-scored..." April 20

  • Red Sox' refusal to trade Mookie Betts for Giancarlo Stanton, or anyone, only looks better

    NBC Sports Boston "Giancarlo Stanton strikes out in his sleep while Mookie Betts has been the best hitter in baseball. On Wednesday, of all days, there’s absolutely no one in Red Sox camp who’s going to look back with regret on the little bit of history revealed by a former Marlins executive. (And no regret is going..." April 19

  • Red Sox have more grand slams than some teams have wins

    WEEI Boston "There are lots of ways to quantify the Red Sox’ torrid start. The most obvious indicator is their 15-2 record, which is the best a team has fared out of the gate since the 2003 Giants. The pitching staff is also incredible, sporting an ERA of 2.66. While the Red Sox’ starting rotation was..." April 19

  • Mookie Betts: Any player would want to be Mike Trout

    Boston Globe "One is jacked, the other is chiseled. One has two MVP awards, the other should have one. One has shown who he is and what he is, the other is about to get there. Mike Trout vs. Mookie Betts. Which player would you rather have? Any player would want to be Trout, perhaps the best player..." April 18

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani removed from game against Red Sox with blister after two innings

    USA Today "Well, Babe Ruth had a few clunkers, too, back a century ago. Shohei Ohtani, making his third start of his Major League Baseball career, lasted just two innings against the powerful Boston Red Sox. He developed a blister problem in the second inning, the Angels announced, ending his night..." April 18

  • Dombrowski deserves credit for Sox' hot start no matter how expensive the roster is

    NBC Sports Boston "In this unmitigated age of tanking, it’s important to recognize teams and executives who not only strive to make the playoffs annually, but actually do so. Money is a prerequisite for those teams, naturally. The Red Sox are case in point. And what’s the skill in winning with a large pile of..." April 17

  • The time the Red Sox thought they had landed Shohei Ohtani

    Hardball Talk "Shohei Ohtani will face off against the Boston Red Sox tonight in Anaheim. In honor of the occasion, Rob Bradford of relates the tale of the time the Sox thought they had a good chance to sign the Japanese star. Not this past offseason, but back when Ohtani was in high school. It’s..." April 17

  • David Ortiz signed a baseball to the FCC chairman with an F-Bomb

    Hardball Talk "Over at Bleacher Report today, Joon Lee has an oral history of the time when, in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, David Ortiz gave his instantly famous “This is our F***ing city” speech at Fenway Park. The story is, quite obviously, about the city, the impact of the bombings and..." April 16

  • Chris Sale’s First Four Starts Confirm Red Sox’s New Strategy For Ace

    NESN "What’s the key to winning a marathon? Pacing yourself, of course. No, Chris Sale isn’t using Monday’s off day to run in the 2018 Boston Marathon. But it’s become clear the Boston Red Sox are sticking to their 26.2-mile approach with their left-handed ace. Sale helped the Red Sox earn another..." April 16

  • Drew Pomeranz declares himself fit enough to start pitching for Boston

    ESPN "Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who has been recovering from a strained left forearm flexor since spring training, felt good after his second rehab start and could return to the rotation within a week. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Saturday that Pomeranz is likely to start either the final..." April 15

  • Mookie Betts leaves Red Sox game shortly after colliding with catcher at plate

    WEEI Boston "Mookie Betts left Saturday's game against the Orioles in the fourth inning, three innings after a collision at home plate left him limping off the field. Betts was injured in the first while scoring on Andrew Benintendi's double. The throw took Orioles catcher Chance Sisco into the base bath as..." April 14

  • Joe Kelly calls standing ovation from Red Sox faithful 'freaking badass'

    WEEI Boston "It has been one of the most remarkable two-week turnarounds in recent Red Sox history. This has nothing to do with wins and losses, or playing good or bad. The story of Joe Kelly's past 15 days is all about public perception. Flash back to March 29 at Tropicana Field, when Kelly four-run..." April 14

  • David Price gets extra day to rest, will start Tuesday "Red Sox lefty David Price will get an additional day of rest before making his next start on Tuesday in Anaheim, when the Red Sox open a nine-game road trip against the Angels. The decision was made Thursday by manager Alex Cora a day after Price was forced out of start against the Yankees..." April 13

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • David Price to play catch Thursday, hopes to make next start

    The Score "Forced from his start Wednesday after just one inning due to an irregular sensation in his throwing hand, Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price will play catch Thursday and hopes to make his next scheduled start, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Price, who spent roughly eight weeks..." April 12

  • Yankees' Phil Nevin says gesture by Red Sox manager Alex Cora was 'unprofessional'

    ESPN "The renewal of bad blood between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees has spilled over to the coaching staffs. While fans and media focused on Tyler Austin's hard slide into second base Wednesday night, Joe Kelly's retaliatory fastball that hit Austin in the ribs and the benches- and..." April 12

  • MLB hands down suspensions and fines for the Yankees-Red Sox brawl

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball has issued the following press release to levy discipline for the brawl between the Yankees and Red Sox that transpired on Wednesday night in Fenway Park. Here are the pertinent details regarding the suspensions of Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and Yankees DH Tyler Austin:..." April 12

  • Hanley Ramirez hit by pitch one day after Red Sox-Yankees brawl, but don't call it payback "Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez was drilled on the right wrist by a pitch from Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray in the bottom of the first inning on Thursday night at Fenway Park and had to be removed from the game. X-rays taken moments later were negative, revealing merely a contusion and allowing..." April 12

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • Report: Former manager blasts Cora's gesture after brawl as 'bush league'

    NBC Sports Boston "What did the Yankees take exception to more than Joe Kelly's fastball in the back of Tyler Austin? It may have been Red Sox manager Alex Cora's actions after the brawl between the rivals on Wednesday night at Fenway Park. A former major league manager told the New York Daily News that Cora's..." April 12

  • Pedro Martinez: How I would have started Yankees-Red Sox brawl

    Newark Star-Ledger "Pedro Martinez has been part of some memorable dust-ups between the Yankees and Red Sox. Remember, he's the guy who grabbed Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer by the head and tossed him. On Wednesday night, not long after the Yankees and Red Sox got into a crazy, benches-clearing brawl, Martinez..." April 12

  • David Price exits Wednesday’s start vs. Yankees with apparent hand injury

    Hardball Talk "Red Sox starter David Price lasted only one inning in Wednesday night’s start against the Yankees. The lefty walked off the mound looking at his left hand or arm, per ESPN’s Scott Lauber. Update: Price was removed for “precautionary reasons” because he felt a “sensation” in his left hand. He’ll..." April 11

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • New York mayor and Red Sox fan Bill de Blasio thinks David Price has gotten a raw deal

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, New York mayor Bill de Blasio appeared on the Jonah Keri Podcast. In addition to politics, the pair discussed a few sporting items, including de Blasio's Boston Red Sox. One member of the Red Sox de Blasio went into detail about was left-handed starter David Price. Though Price..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018 "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Red Sox ratings reportedly up 40 percent this season

    WEEI Boston "It’s a small sample size, but the Red Sox appear to be capturing people’s interest so far this season. The team’s ratings on NESN are up 40 percent through nine games compared to last year, per the Herald’s Jason Mastrodonato. The Red Sox are off to an incredible start, winning eight of their..." April 10

  • Xander Bogaerts going on 10-day disabled list with cracked bone in ankle

    NESN "Xander Bogaerts’ season has gotten off to a great start, but an injury is going to put a pause on it. The Boston Red Sox’s shortstop will be headed to the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Monday afternoon. The injury is due to a cracked bone in his ankle that he suffered during the..." April 09

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • Pomeranz set for rehab start, close to return E-Rod activated; Walden optioned to Triple-A as corresponding move "Even short-handed, the Red Sox had the best rotation in the Majors during the first week of the season. Now, they are about to be back to full strength. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez was activated on Sunday for his 2018 debut, while lefty Drew Pomeranz was slated for a rehab start with Triple-A..." April 08

  • Pedroia to run bases in next step of rehab "Dustin Pedroia has already taken some steps toward his return from left knee surgery, and now he's ready to take some strides. The Red Sox's second baseman has been taking batting practice for a month already and recently began taking fielding practice. On Sunday, manager Alex Cora announced..." April 08

  • Xander Bogaerts exits game with ankle injury

    Boston "Shortstop Xander Bogaerts had to be helped off the field in the seventh inning of the Red Sox-Rays game Sunday. Bogaerts tried to save an errant throw from left fielder J.D. Martinez by sliding along the warning track to keep the ball from rolling into the Rays dugout." April 08

  • Michael Chavis Suspension Robs Red Sox Of Valuable Trade Chip

    The Big Lead "Michael Chavis has been suspended 80 games due to a positive test a banned substance. The top prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization was popped for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. Man that’s a long word. The 22-year-old Chavis appeared on the cusp of reaching the big leagues. He was the..." April 06

  • Michael Chavis, Boston Red Sox No. 2 prospect, suspended 80 games after positive PED test

    Mass Live "Boston Red Sox top prospect Michael Chavis was suspended 80 games without pay for testing positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a form of anabolic steroid. Chavis, a third baseman, ranks No. 2 on the Red Sox' top prospect list behind only pitcher Jay Groome on both MLB Pipeline's and..." April 06

  • David Price explains why he didn't acknowledge Red Sox fans after standing ovation

    The Sports Daily "David Price pitched an absolute gem during Thursday’s game against the Rays, but he failed to record a win, due to a lack of run support from his teammates. Price went seven innings — giving up just three hits and no runs. He also struck out five batters. Unfortunately for him, he left the game..." April 06

  • Boston’s starting rotation has been really good so far

    Hardball Talk "Red Sox starter David Price fired seven innings of shutout ball on Thursday afternoon against the Rays, continuing a trend of elite starting pitching to start the season. With seven starts in the books, Red Sox starters have compiled a minuscule 0.86 ERA. " April 06

  • David Price ready for home opener but knows October is what matters

    Boston Herald "The potential is there for a gem to be thrown by David Price at Fenway Park in the Red Sox’ home opener today against Tampa Bay. It’ll be just a few ticks above freezing. Batters are notoriously late with their swings during April games, and Price is throwing as well as he has in April since..." April 05

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Red Sox starting rotation off to a solid beginning

    Boston Herald "It was quite the first week for new Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie. The former bullpen coach changed jobs coming into this season and was lauded for being so well-prepared coming into spring training. LeVangie’s starting rotation rewarded his work by making history to begin the season...." April 03