Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24
Hardball Talk "Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that the Giants and Red Sox are still “in the picture” for free agent starter James Shields, adding that the Yankees are another possible suitor. According to Cafardo’s source, Shields is expected to fetch five years and around $110 million. It was..." December 22
Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21
Sox not actively engaged in looking for another starting pitcher at this time, Cherington says
Breslow signing with Red Sox for $2 mill one year
Boston Herald "A few weeks ago, an executive from a team that had spoken with the Phillies about trading for Cole Hamels speculated that Philadelphia’s asking price — a multiplayer package headed by at least two “elite” prospects — would invariably come down later in the offseason. Don’t count on..." December 19
Sources: David Ross to #Cubs, two years, $5M.
Source: Padres nearing a deal that would send Ryan Hanigan to Boston for Will Middlebrooks.
david ross is signing with padres
#RedSox in "active" trade talks on Allen Craig with at least 1 team, sources say. He's said to be fully recovered from foot injury.
Arizona Republic "Wade Miley doesn't want to upset anyone with the Diamondbacks. He spent the first seven seasons of his professional career with them, leaves behind a lot of close friends and says he has no hard feelings. But he also sounded annoyed on Tuesday when addressing questions about his preparation..." December 17
Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17
NESN "Jon Lester’s been a busy man recently, but there was no way he was going to forget to call Dustin Pedroia. Lester and the Boston Red Sox second baseman spoke frequently in recent weeks. The free-agent Lester was being courted by multiple teams, and Pedroia obviously wanted a reunion in Boston with..." December 16
#RedSox sign RHP Nestor Molina and C Luke Montz to minor league deals.
ESPN.com "Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington made it perfectly clear Friday that pitcher Justin Masterson will be in the rotation for the 2015 season, despite the right-hander's subpar performance in 2014. During a conference call to reintroduce Masterson, Cherington called the 29-year-old an..." December 13
CSN New England "The Red Sox have bolstered their rotation by adding righthander Rick Porcello in a trade with the Tigers than sends outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit. The trade was first reported by former major league pitcher and current FOX Sports One analyst C.J. Nitkowski. CSNNE.com has confirmed that..." December 12
CSN New England "On the last full day of the winter meetings, the Red Sox were waiting for final confirmation on a deal in place that would land them lefthanded starter Wade Miley from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The trade will see the Red Sox send Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa to the Diamondbacks, a major..." December 11
ESPN.com "The Boston Red Sox reached an agreement Thursday with free-agent pitcher Justin Masterson, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney. The 28-year-old right-hander had a difficult 2014 campaign, struggling with a knee injury that landed him on the disabled list with the Cleveland Indians and later in the..." December 11
Told Cespedes to Detroit, Porcello to Boston is done.
Source confirms Jon Lester is signing with #Cubs and getting a six-year, $155 million deal.
CSN Chicago "The Cubs have agreed to terms with one of the biggest free agents on the market. Jon Lester has picked the Cubs over the other finalist - the Boston Red Sox - in a move that signals the Cubs are now taking the next step in the rebuilding of the franchise. When the Cubs open the 2015 season..." December 10
Forbes.com "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10
CSN Philly "Jon Lester’s decision to sign with the Cubs over the Red Sox isn’t the best scenario for the Phillies, but it isn’t the worst either. The best scenario would have been Lester’s signing with the Giants. That way the Phillies could have leveraged the Cubs, Red Sox and Dodgers against each other..." December 10
Bobby Evans: "we did not receive a rose" and Giants eliminated from race for Lester.
Fox Sports "Jon Lester might not take the most money. Free agents frequently say such things, talking about comfort, happiness, etc. But Lester has similar offers from the Cubs, Giants, Dodgers and Red Sox, according to major-league sources. The question, in the end, will boil down to which team he..." December 09
Red Sox offer to Justin Masterson would be for a starter job not relief. The Red Sox have offered at least two years.
Hamels likely Plan B for #RedSox if they fail to sign Lester. Could they get both? Not out of question, sources say.
CBSSports.com "Free-agent pitcher Justin Masterson, looking for a big bounce-back year, has met with the Red Sox and has meetings set up here at the winter meetings with the Marlins, White Sox and possibly Cubs. Masterson met with Boston in his hometown of Indianapolis on Saturday. Masterson broke into the..." December 08
Boston Herald "In a matter of days, perhaps hours, Jon Lester is going to make one team quite happy it landed a coveted ace. The Red Sox, who continue to put on a full-court press to sign Lester, might nevertheless be shut out, which will force them to come up with an alternative. The first name that is..." December 07
WEEI Boston "According to multiple major league sources, Red Sox principal owner John Henry flew to the Atlanta area Friday to personally visit with free agent pitcher Jon Lester. With Lester on the cusp of making a decision as to where he might sign, Henry´s visit was thought to be a chance for the owner..." December 07
New York Post "The road back for Alex Rodriguez will be difficult after his Biogenesis suspension. Not only on the field but in with his relationship with David Ortiz, one of the most influential players in the game, a player greatly respected by his peers. Ortiz said Thursday he was deeply upset when..." December 06
WEEI Boston "The priority for David Ortiz at his annual golf tournament is to play the role of host for those helping support the event. But there have been times he uses the occasion to get a message across via the small gathering of media attending the fundraiser. Last year, for example, the Red Sox..." December 05
CBSSports.com "With all the excitement and hubbub over the Dodgers' late entry into the Jon Lester sweepstakes, folks should not forget that the Giants also represent a formidable West Coast option for Lester. Lester has at least four excellent alternatives, in fact, with the Cubs and his longtime Red Sox..." December 04
CBSSports.com "The Dodgers have expressed interest in both top free-agent starters Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, and it appears they may make a late try for Lester, who's expected to make a decision among four or so teams within a week or so. WEEI radio station in Boston first suggested that, in fact, the..." December 04
CSN New England "The Juan Francisco era was extremely short-lived. The Red Sox announced on Tuesday that they will not tender a 2015 contract to Francisco, making him a free agent. The Sox tendered 2015 contract to the other 28 unsigned players on its roster. " December 03
CBSSports.com "Andrew Miller appears to be getting closer to a deal that will surely make him the highest paid non-closer in baseball history, and the latest word is that it might be a big-market battle, with the Red Sox appearing to bow out and the Dodgers and Yankees appearing to be among the..." December 03
Only #RedSox non-tender was Juan Francisco, who was previously designated for assignment.
ESPN New York "The New York Yankees are one of the teams in serious pursuit of left-handed reliever Andrew Miller, who is also drawing interest from the Boston Red Sox and other teams, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney. His agent, Mark Rodgers, said earlier this month that the reliever is generating strong..." December 01
Boston Globe "Is Xander the new Hanley? The Red Sox likely thought about that when they reacquired Hanley Ramirez and signed him to a four-year, $88 million deal. Ramirez had the same body type — tall, lean, 6 feet 2 inches, 200 pounds — when he was younger as Xander Bogaerts does now. Red Sox first..." November 30
Hardball Talk "Yesterday, we learned that the Marlins were considering Evan Gattis and Chris Davis as trade options for an upgrade at first base. You can add Brandon Moss of the Athletics to the list, per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, as well as Allen Craig of the Red Sox (via Clark Herald of the Miami Herald). The..." November 29
WEEI Boston "Through all the uncertainty that has encompassed the Red Sox‘ offseason, Shane Victorino has taken solace in his own run of certainty. Monday, for the first time since undergoing back surgery, the outfielder will swing a bat. It is the latest step forward in a rehabilitation process that has..." November 28
New York Post "The Mets remain willing to let the market take shape and see if anything develops to their liking in their continued search for a starting shortstop. One new name that could intrigue them is Xander Bogaerts, but it appears he may stay in Boston with newly signed Hanley Ramirez shifting to left..." November 27
Sporting News "Well, there you go: The Red Sox are taking an old-school Yankees approach this offseason. A first-to-worst season will do that. Sox owner John Henry told reporters Tuesday night he's willing to pay the luxury tax next year to upgrade the roster. Boston's well on its way after signing free..." November 26
CSN Bay Area "The Red Sox introduced Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez on Tuesday. Sandoval will play third base, but Ramirez will shift from shortstop to left field due to the presence of 22-year-old Xander Bogaerts. That means incumbent left fielder Yoenis Cespedes will have to find a new..." November 26
CBSSports.com "With both Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez now on the board, the Red Sox suddenly have a major outfield surplus. Hanley joins Yoenis Cespedes, Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig, Jackie Bradley Jr., Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, Mookie Betts and Bryce Brentz as outfielders on the 40-man roster. At..." November 25