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  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • Red Sox manager Alex Cora pays tribute to the late Nick Cafardo

    NBC Sports Boston "Friday morning at JetBlue Park, Red Sox manager Alex Cora spent his entire press conference honoring the late Nick Cafardo. Cafardo passed away Thursday at the Red Sox spring training complex in Fort Myers due to an apparent embolism. The widely beloved Boston Globe reporter was..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • David Price: Switch from No. 24 to No. 10 all began with Dwight Evans

    NBC Sports Boston "We now know the significance of David Price's new No. 10 uniform. But what prompted his switch from No. 24 in the first place? Well, Price doesn't believe it will be available for much longer. The Boston Red Sox pitcher explained Wednesday in an interview with..." February 21

  • Nick Cafardo, longtime Boston Globe baseball writer, dies at 62

    ESPN "Longtime Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo has died after collapsing at the team's spring training ballpark. The newspaper said Cafardo had an embolism Thursday and Red Sox medical staff was unable to revive him. He was 62. Cafardo joined the Globe in..." February 21

  • Yankees favored over Red Sox to win AL East

    ESPN "Sports fans questioned Tom Brady for recently adopting the underdog label. However, the Boston Red Sox have a legitimate claim to that mantra, even coming off a World Series title and franchise record in wins. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has posted the New York..." February 20

  • Is Craig Kimbrel Returning To Red Sox Still Legitimate Possibility?

    NESN "Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner made it fairly certain a reunion with free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel wasn’t in the cards for the defending World Series champions. Asked Monday about the likelihood of Kimbrel returning to Boston, Werner succinctly indicated the chances..." February 20

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • Mookie Betts reacts to Manny Machado signing, Boston Red Sox star says his next contract is ‘not just about me’

    Mass Live "Manny Machado’s free agency is finished. He reportedly has signed a 10-year, $300-million contract with the Padres. The news broke during Red Sox manager Alex Cora’s press conference Tuesday. WEEI’s Lou Merloni, who is here in Fort Myers, made the manager aware..." February 20

  • Eduardo Rodriguez is the most hyped player in Red Sox camp

    Boston Herald "What happens when the third-hardest-throwing left-hander in the majors scraps his old breaking ball for a new one, taught to him by Chris Sale? Answer: the kind of spring training hype that has Eduardo Rodriguez being built up as a Cy Young Award contender instead of just another..." February 20

  • Red Sox owner John Henry says Adam Wainwright's concern over a midseason strike is 'crazy'

    Yahoo! Sports "Many players have expressed their opinions on the current state of free agency in Major League Baseball, but veteran Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright's comments especially have raised eyebrows. "Unless something changes, there's going to be a strike, 100 percent,"..." February 19

  • John Henry admits Red Sox 'blew' Jon Lester negotiations in 2014

    NBC Sports Boston "Chris Sale’s impending free agency is reminiscent of the Red Sox situation with Jon Lester five years ago. Boston reportedly offered Lester a four-year deal worth $70 million before the 2014 season, but the team ended up trading their homegrown left-hander to the Athletics at..." February 19

  • Red Sox owner: “spending money helps”

    Hardball Talk "The other day Rob Manfred said, as he and other owners have said often in the past, that there is no correlation between payroll and winning. He said that defensively, in response to criticism of the slow free agent market of the past two offseasons. As we have noted in the past,..." February 19

  • Red Sox owners to attend Trump’s White House in May

    Boston Herald "Red Sox principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner announced on Monday that they would be attending the White House when the Sox visit to celebrate their World Series title on May 9. Players in the clubhouse have been fairly split over who will attend, who won’t and who..." February 19

  • Red Sox owner John Henry says spending more tends to helps teams win

    ESPN "In apparent contradiction to his own commissioner, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry said Monday that, while there is not a perfect correlation between a bigger payroll and winning, "spending more money helps." His Red Sox had the highest payroll in the sport in 2018 and won..." February 18

  • Red Sox chairman: Re-signing Kimbrel is 'extremely unlikely'

    Mass Live "Red Sox chairman Tom Werner closed the book on the possibility of the team re-signing closer Craig Kimbrel before Opening Day. “I think it’s extremely unlikely,” Werner said Monday. Kimbrel is one of a handful of top free agents who remain unsigned as clubs..." February 18

  • Red Sox Have Discussed Extensions With Bogaerts

    MLB Trade Rumors "Werner and principal owner John Henry met with the Boston media today and indicated that they’ve not only discussed a long-term deal with Sale but also with Xander Bogaerts (link via the Globe’s Peter Abraham). Like Sale, Bogaerts is slated to become a free agent at the end of the..." February 18

  • Red Sox Have Had Extension Talks With Sale

    NESN "It sure sounds like there’s mutual interest between the Boston Red Sox and Chris Sale in regards to a contract extension, but it’s a fairly complicated situation. The Red Sox ace is entering the final season of his contract, and both sides now have gone on record with..." February 18

  • The Yankees and Red Sox will both be wearing home whites for the London Series

    Hardball Talk "This summer’s series between the Yankees and Red Sox in London is, technically, a home series for the Red Sox, with the Yankees serving as the visitors. Pete Abraham reports that Major League Baseball is dispensing with the usual sartorial formalities, however, and will have both teams..." February 18

  • JD Martinez explains why he felt he had no chance of winning MVP

    Larry Brown Sports "By any measure, J.D. Martinez had a remarkable 2018 season. The Boston Red Sox DH hit .330 with 43 home runs and a league-best 130 RBIs, but those numbers were only good enough for a fourth-place finish in the race for American League MVP. It turns out Martinez wasn’t remotely..." February 17

  • Astros’ Alex Bregman Doesn’t See Problem With Comments About Red Sox

    NESN "Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman has taken some shots at the Boston Red Sox of late. Since making comments about Nathan Eovaldi during the 2018 American League Championship Series, Bregman has added that he would like to beat Boston the most over any other team the Astros..." February 16

  • Dustin Pedroia determined as ever to contribute for Red Sox

    ESPN "The first thing you need to know about Dustin Pedroia's left knee is that it will never be 100 percent again. "It ain't even my knee. It's somebody else's, bro," the Red Sox second baseman said Friday, speaking with the media from spring training camp, where..." February 16

  • Newcomer Colten Brewer draws high praise as ‘intriguing’ Red Sox bullpen option

    NBC Sports Boston "The Red Sox will have most of the band back together for 2019. But that doesn’t mean you won’t see some new faces making an impact this season. One of those players could be right-handed reliever Colten Brewer. Brewer was acquired in November from San Diego for..." February 15

  • Craig Kimbrel-Braves Rumors Intensify After He's Spotted at Orlando Airport

    12 Up "A Braves reunion for Craig Kimbrel may be in the cards if everything goes right for Atlanta. The prolific closer, who recently won the World Series with Boston in 2018, was drafted by the Braves in 2008 and stayed with the team until 2015. Kimbrel is now a free agent though and..." February 15

  • Bogaerts on signing extension rather than risking free agency: 'You obviously have to think about that'

    WEEI Boston "We've been discussing a contract extension for Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts since about 2013, which makes it strange that his impending free agency seems to be catching so many of us by surprise. Bogaerts is entering his final season of Red Sox control and could easily be..." February 15

  • Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia 'wouldn't have' had knee surgery after 2017 season

    ESPN "Dustin Pedroia says if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn't have had the knee surgery after the 2017 season that sidelined him for all but three games in 2018. "No, I wouldn't have done it. I don't regret doing it, but looking back and knowing what I know..." February 15

  • Alex Cora sidesteps Alex Bregman’s anti-Boston smack talk

    Mass Live "Astros star Alex Bregman is best buddies with both Alex Cora and Blake Swihart, but he sure isn’t shy about expressing dislike for the dominance by Boston sports teams. The Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins have combined for 12 championships in the past 17..." February 14

  • Back in Red Sox camp, David Price still holds all the cards

    Boston Herald "The last time David Price held a press conference, he had just walked off the field following a successful World Series in which he threw 13-? brilliant innings in three games over five days. But Price was already looking forward to his next press conference, anticipating a fresh set..." February 14

  • Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright: ‘I don’t think I’m ever going to feel 100 percent’

    Boston Herald "Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright is facing his new reality that he may never feel fully healthy again. After undergoing left knee surgery, the same cartilage restoration procedure Dustin Pedroia had done, in May of 2017, Wright has had a difficult recovery that forced him to miss..." February 13

  • Aaron Boone admits seeing Red Sox win World Series was motivating

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Yankees were considered among the favorites to win the World Series for much of last season, but ended up having to watch their arch rivals win it instead. Yankees manager Aaron Boone admitted that he watched the entire postseason, including the Boston Red Sox winning the..." February 13

  • Sale: 'I'd love to keep playing here' "Ace Chris Sale arrived with the Red Sox a couple of years ago thirsting for the chance to pitch in the playoffs and win a World Series title. As he chased those things, he fell in love with the sports passion of Boston and fit in seamlessly with his new organization. Even though he..." February 13

  • Alex Bregman wants to put an end to Boston’s run of sports success

    Mass Live "Astros infielder Alex Bregman isn’t afraid of giving the Red Sox some bulletin-board material for the second time in a four-month span. Bregman recently appeared on the “Going Deep with Chad and JT” podcast and said he believed the Astros and Red Sox were the..." February 13

  • Dombrowski: No 'big expenditure' for closer "The first question Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski received at his opening press conference of Spring Training on Wednesday had to do with one of the few players who isn't back from last season's juggernaut. "How will you replace Craig..." February 13

  • Chris Sale Calls Out MLB Teams For Tanking As Craig Kimbrel Remains Unsigned

    NESN "Craig Kimbrel played a huge part in helping the Boston Red Sox secure the 2018 World Series title, but as pitchers and catchers begin to report to spring training, the All-Star closer remains unsigned as the free agent market slogs along. Kimbrel is a seven-time All-Star and one of..." February 13

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • Red Sox Still Shopping Catchers, Seeking Rotation Depth

    MLB Trade Rumors "As pitchers and catchers report, the Red Sox are still looking to swing some deals to tweak their personnel mix in those areas. According to Sean McAdam of the Boston Sports Journal (subscription link), the organization is dangling its three backstops in trade talks while hoping to find..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • Alex Cora Admits He Bombed Tigers Interview Before Landing Red Sox Job

    NESN "The Detroit Tigers’ loss is the Boston Red Sox’s gain. Alex Cora interviewed for the Tigers’ managerial vacancy after the 2017 Major League Baseball season before ultimately interviewing with the Red Sox and becoming Boston’s new skipper. Clearly, Cora..." February 11

  • Red Sox CF: I wouldn't go to White House even 'if Hillary (Clinton) was in office'

    USA Today "On Wednesday, Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. told the Boston Globe that he will be among the players not attending the World Series champion's celebration at the White House in May.  He told the newspaper that "I don't get into politics. But I..." February 09

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. 'won’t be going' on White House visit

    Sporting News "Jackie Bradley Jr. is the third Boston play to announce he won't go to Washington D.C. The Red Sox outfielder on Wednesday revealed he will not join his team for their White House visit in the spring. “I don’t get into politics. But I won’t be..." February 07

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • How Throwing With Craig Kimbrel May Have Prepped Matt Barnes To Be Next Closer

    NESN "Pitchers and catchers are just days away, from reporting to spring training, and the Boston Red Sox seemingly have yet to finalize their plans for the bullpen in 2019. The closer role remains a question mark as Craig Kimbrel sits on the open market, but the Sox seem prepared to head..." February 07

  • MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball

    USA Today "The baseball equipment and uniforms have been packed, the trucks are rolling on the highways, and in just a few days, spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona. While local TV crews have breathlessly showed clips and soundbites of team equipment trucks leaving their snowy..." February 06

  • Which MLB teams are actually trying to win in 2019?

    USA Today "Baseball has lurched to the one-week mark until almost every spring training camp opens, and of course you’re well-aware dozens of unsigned players won’t be walking through those doors. But never mind the unknown destinations of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a..." February 06

  • After a taxing 2018, Red Sox rotation will need workload watched this season

    NBC Sports Boston "The lasting image of the 2018 World Series may well be the performance of a losing pitcher, a starter used in relief for three consecutive games, Nate Eovaldi. The Red Sox prioritized re-signing Eovaldi this offseason, and in doing so, committed to maintaining what everyone believed..." February 06

  • Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a..." February 06

  • After injury-devastated season, Dustin Pedroia plots his comeback for Red Sox

    USA Today "Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, sitting on the weight bench in the gym of his palatial home, is restless, rubbing his hands together, chugging another bottled water, keeping an eye on the latest baseball news on his big-screen TV. He has played only three baseball games..." February 06