Red Sox Rumors & News

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • Chris Sale gets Opening Day start

    Boston Herald "One year after injuring his elbow during a live batting practice session, David Price is one start away from completing an injury-free spring training. After Price made progress with another smooth outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday, Red Sox manager Alex Cora was happy to announce..." March 21

  • David Price Could Be Most Important Piece To Red Sox Taking Next Step In 2018

    NESN "David Price turned in another fine effort Tuesday, the latest positive step in his attempts to once again become one of baseball’s best pitchers. That might be optimistic thinking for the Boston Red Sox pitcher who’s seven years removed from winning the Cy Young Award and who’s elbow may or may..." March 21

  • Red Sox signal they'll keep Swihart, may trade Marrero or Holt

    NBC Sports Boston "Blake Swihart’s strong spring seems to have the Red Sox more inclined to deal one of their natural utility infielders, such as Brock Holt or Deven Marrero, rather than Swihart, a converted catcher with high upside who's getting a look in other roles. "Sounds like they’re holding Swihart to..." March 21

  • Red Sox Legend David Ortiz Defends Boston Against Reputation For Racism

    NESN "The City of Boston has garnered a reputation as a racist city, but one legendary athlete says nothing could be farther from the truth. Red Sox legend David Ortiz remains adamant about how well Boston has treated him and African Americans alike. The 10-time All-Star went on The Glass Half Empty..." March 20

  • Report: Yankees, Red Sox near agreement to play two-game series in London in 2019

    Hardball Talk "Janet Paskin and Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg are reporting that the Yankees and Red Sox are near an agreement to play a two-game series in London in 2019. The games would be played at London Stadium, which hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics. Major League Baseball has had games played..." March 19

  • Craig Kimbrel to return to Red Sox after almost three weeks away

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox are getting their flamethrowing closer back in spring training on Sunday, and the reason why he’s returning has the club relieved. Craig Kimbrel had spent nearly three weeks in Boston after his newborn daughter, Lydia Joy, needed another heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital...." March 19

  • Former Red Sox Reggie Smith: 'I wish they would leave it Yawkey Way'

    Boston Globe "Reggie Smith and Jim Lonborg, two stars of the 1967 “Impossible Dream” Red Sox, are in favor of keeping the name “Yawkey Way” on the street that runs in front of Fenway Park. “I wish they would leave it Yawkey Way,’’ said the 72-year-old Smith, an African-American who came up through the Red..." March 18

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Eduardo Rodriguez is making things interesting for Red Sox

    WEEI Boston "The way things are going for the Red Sox and Eduardo Rodriguez, you might be able to harness that talk of a need for an April full of fill-in starts. Rodriguez took another big step toward re-entering the Red Sox' rotation, throwing three innings of live batting practice Thursday without..." March 15

  • Blake Swihart Expected To Add Third Base To His Resume

    CBS Boston "Red Sox Spring Training won’t end until Blake Swihart plays every position around the diamond. At least, that’s how it appears. Boston’s quest to turn the catcher/outfielder/catcher again into an ultra-utility man will send Swihart to third base, likely on Sunday when the Red Sox take on the..." March 15

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • What’s different for Hanley Ramirez this season?

    Boston Herald "The question tripped an alarm in Hanley Ramirez’ mind. “You’re trying to get me to say something about the coaches or manager last year. I know that’s what you want me to say, I know you,” he said. I get it. Ask a player what’s different with him and the team the year after the manager..." March 14

  • Red Sox' young stars have different paths to improvement

    NBC Sports Boston "Last names bonded by alliteration have made it easy to lot Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi together. The rebound of a Red Sox offense that had a brownout in 2017 requires not only the success of J.D. Martinez, but improvement among at least some of those..." March 14

  • Red Sox having difficulty attracting additional pitching depth

    NBC Sports Boston "The Red Sox have had an eye on adding pitching depth in the form of minor-league free agents, according to a baseball source. But, in a situation similar to last year, they’re not the most appealing destination for veteran free agents because opportunity in the big leagues appears..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Despite injuries, not much worry around Red Sox rotation

    Boston Herald "Before joining a ping-pong game in which he displayed sure-footed lateral motion, a high spin rate on his serve and a wicked backhand, Eduardo Rodriguez agreed with the opinion that his confidence about being a force on the pitching mound this season is running strong. “Way better,” Rodriguez..." March 13

  • Red Sox players wear shirts to support Craig Kimbrel’s daugther

    Yardbarker "Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel has not been with the team for about two weeks as he deals with family health issues, but his teammates are showing their support for the pitcher at spring training. Kimbrel and his wife Ashley welcomed a baby girl, Lydia, in November. Just four days after..." March 11

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Chris Sale Looks Like He’s Ready To Go After First Spring Training Start

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox are taking it easy with Chris Sale this spring, but the Cy Young Award runner-up already looks to be in midseason form. Sale made his first start of the spring Friday afternoon in Jupiter, Fla., against the Miami Marlins — and so far, so good. Sale pitched four innings..." March 09

  • Eduardo Nunez to start season at second for injured Dustin Pedroia

    ESPN "The Boston Red Sox have named their Opening Day starter ... at second base. With Dustin Pedroia bound for the disabled list while he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery, Eduardo Nunez will play second base in three weeks when the season begins March 29 against the Tampa Bay Rays at..." March 08

  • Could they go without a lefty reliever?

    WEEI Boston "It would certainly be unconventional. Meeting with the media prior to his team's Grapefruit League game against the Twins at JetBlue Park, Alex Cora suggested that there is a scenario where his final 25-man roster doesn't possess a single lefty reliever. "No. It doesn't matter to me," he..." March 07

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Rick Porcello aims to fix his mental game this year

    Boston Herald "By day, Rick Porcello builds up core and legs, strengthens his arm and hones his pitches. By night, the Red Sox starter puts in work on his mind. On Porcello’s nightstand in his temporary southwest Florida home sits Harvey Dorfman’s “The Mental ABC’s of Pitching,” a bible for pitchers since..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • Why You Can Expect Jackie Bradley Jr. To Steal More Bases In 2018

    NESN "Jackie Bradley Jr. is ready to run. The Boston Red Sox center fielder hasn’t exactly been a stolen-base threat over the past two seasons, as he only has attempted 22 thefts in that time period. But 2018 is a different season. Bradley stole his first base of spring training Saturday..." March 06

  • David Price feels good and relaxed after first throwing session

    Boston Herald "A year ago, David Price was already on the shelf with a forearm-elbow issue that derailed him for most of the season. Today, after facing the first live hitters this spring in a controlled minor-league game on a back-field at JetBlue Park, Price was in a good place, physically and..." March 05

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • J.D. Martinez doesn’t like his reputation as a bad defender

    Hardball Talk "New Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez‘s wish will be granted: he will play some outfield throughout the season, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Manager Alex Cora said, “At home, he’ll play left field and if somehow he plays somewhere on the road here, he’ll play right..." March 04

  • Pomeranz exits start early, but Red Sox don't seem likely to pounce on Cobb or Lynn

    CBS Sports "The Boston Red Sox entered Friday knowing that two starters (Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright) were likely to begin the season on the disabled list. The last thing they wanted to see was another starter go down less than four weeks before Opening Day. Alas, that's what happened, as..." March 02

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02

  • The cores of the baseballs used since 2015 have changed

    Hardball Talk "Last year two different studies — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur — found evidence that baseballs were altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season. In 2015, 4,909 home runs were hit across the league. That wasn’t..." March 01

  • Closer Craig Kimbrel leaves Red Sox for infant daughter’s heart surgery

    Sportsnaut "Craig Kimbrel will be away from the Red Sox during a part of spring training to deal with something much more serious than baseball. His infant daughter is having a second procedure done on her heart. The Kimbrel’s daughter, Lydia, was born in November. Before Lydia’s birth, Kimbrel and his..." February 28

  • Red Sox file petition to change name of Yawkey Way back to Jersey Street

    CBS Boston "It appears the wheels are in motion for a big change outside of Fenway Park. The Red Sox filed a petition with the City of Boston on Wednesday to change the name of Yawkey Way. The street would go back to Jersey Street, which it was a continuation of before it was renamed Yawkey Way back in..." February 28

  • Velazquez, Elias getting shots at fifth spot

    NBC Sports Boston "The starting pitchers for the Red Sox in the first two games of the Grapefruit League season, Hector Velazquez and Roenis Elias, are likely going to get major league opportunities in 2018 — and one of them very well might get a look in the first week of the season. The first four starters the..." February 27

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams Over Revenue Sharing Funds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has initiated a grievance proceeding against the Athletics, Marlins, Pirates, and Rays regarding those teams’ spending of revenue sharing dollars, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. This general issue has been..." February 27

  • J.D. Martinez Contract Includes Medical Protection For Red Sox, Third Opt-Out For Martinez

    MLB Trade Rumors "After a week of medical reviews and some reported alterations to the language in his five-year, $110MM contract, J.D. Martinez was introduced by the Red Sox at a press conference this morning (video link via Seemingly, the Lisfranc foot injury that hampered Martinez early in the 2017..." February 26

  • Dave Dombrowski, J.D. Martinez’s Agent Clarify Holdup On Red Sox’s Signing

    NESN "Good things come to those who wait. Such was the case for the Boston Red Sox, who had been having a quiet offseason before finally landing their man in free agent slugger J.D. Martinez. But even Martinez’s signing came with an extra delay: Reports of an agreement first surfaced last Monday, but..." February 26

  • Red Sox' starting pitching depth suddenly looks a little thin

    Boston Herald "Not even two weeks have passed since pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, and already the Red Sox are digging into their uncertain rotation depth. The Sox have known for months that Eduardo Rodriguez will not be available to open the season, but are now convinced Steven Wright..." February 26

  • Red Sox, Martinez expected to finalize 5-year, $110M deal Monday

    Boston Herald "It’s about to be official. J.D. Martinez is finally ready to join the Red Sox. A press conference is expected on Monday morning to announce Martinez as the team’s new designated hitter, the offensive upgrade the Sox have been seeking for four months. News broke on Feb. 19 that Martinez had..." February 25

  • Source: Contract language delaying J.D. deal "The reason the Red Sox haven't held a press conference yet to announce the signing of prized slugger J.D. Martinez is because some contract language is still being worked out as a result of findings from the physical, a source told There are no concerns about Martinez's ability to play..." February 25

  • Red Sox sign Tommy Layne out of MLBPA free-agent camp

    Mass Live "The Red Sox signed left-hander Tommy Layne to a minor-league deal on Saturday. Layne, one of the several free agents who had been unsigned this offseason, spent the last two season with the Yankees organization. Layne pitched for the Red Sox from 2014-16, posting a 3.30 ERA over 128..." February 25

  • Medical issue delaying Martinez announcement with Red Sox

    NBC Sports Boston "J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox are indeed sorting through a medical matter, but one that a baseball source with knowledge of the situation said would not have any effect on Martinez in the immediate future. It's unclear what the specific issue is, but a better understanding between the parties..." February 24

  • Cora 'not concerned' as Sox mull J.D. physical "Perhaps it's only fitting that the signing that took the entire offseason and into the early portion of Spring Training to happen would have a little bit more of a delay before it becomes official. Slugger J.D. Martinez is still expected to walk through the entrance to the Red Sox's clubhouse..." February 24

  • Blake Swihart has good start to spring, and he needs it

    Boston Herald "None of this should have mattered. Not in the middle of February. Not with a college kid on the mound. Not with so little, really, on the line. But Blake Swihart hit a booming fly ball Thursday, and he might have been the only guy on the field who really needed it. The center fielder never..." February 23

  • Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23

  • Alex Cora provides further proof that he's not John Farrell

    WEEI Boston "Spring training games start on Thursday afternoon against Northeastern. That means we've had a couple of weeks to get know new Red Sox manager Alex Cora. Before the NU game, he addressed a number of topics that helped shed further light on his managerial style. Here are some..." February 22

  • Martinez's physical with Red Sox not complete, announcement delayed

    CBS Boston "The Red Sox agreed to terms with free-agent power hitter J.D. Martinez on Monday, according to several reports. But as of Thursday afternoon, the team had yet to officially announce the signing, and an introductory press conference has reportedly been delayed for two days now. It all begs the..." February 22

  • Brian Cashman: Yankees haven’t caught the Red Sox

    New York Post "Despite adding Giancarlo Stanton to an already muscular lineup and getting Brandon Drury to play third base, Brian Cashman said he doesn’t believe the Yankees have caught the Red Sox, who likely will announce the signing of J.D. Martinez on Thursday. “They are the American League East champs so..." February 22

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