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The Red Sox on Thursday added a small piece whose importance could grow exponentially by the time the dog days of summer roll around.
The Sox inked veteran first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Boston’s major league spring training. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the deal is worth $1.25 million and includes $250,000 in performance bonuses. Overbay could opt out of the deal if he isn’t on the Red Sox’ Opening Day roster, but given Boston’s current first base situation, there’s a good chance manager John Farrell will want to keep the 36-year-old around to serve as Mike Napoli‘s backup.
It seems like a minor role on the surface, but serving as Boston’s backup first baseman could wind up being a huge responsibility. Napoli says he’s healthy, his agent says he’s healthy and his teammates say he’s healthy. Basically, all indications are that he’s healthy. Yet despite the overabundance of optimism surrounding the recently signed slugger
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An official with knowledge of the deal says the Boston Red Sox have signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract.
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
If he makes the Boston roster out of spring training, Overbay would share duties with Mike Napoli.
Overbay is a career .270 hitter with 133 homers and 581 RBI...
When well-respected bullpen coach Gary Tuck decided to suddenly retire earlier this week, Jason Varitek seemed like a logical fit. It appears Varitek will remain in his current role as special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington, though.
According to WEEI.com’s Alex Speier, it does not appear that Varitek is being considered, or even wants to be considered, for the position...
The Red Sox may have filled the most obvious hole on their roster today by agreeing to a minor-league deal with Lyle Overbay, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.
I was all ready to line up joke after joke about Overbay being old (36) and always hurt, but really on a minor-league deal this is a solid move. He's a patient hitter (career OBP .353 vs. AVG of .270) with plenty of...
Welcome to Boston Stephen Drew, may your time be much more memorable then your brothers. This offseason the Boston Red Sox signed a replacement for Mike Aviles as a transition to Jose Iglesias. Seeing the last name Drew on the back of a Red Sox jersey will make me cringe, just the thought of it gives me the chills. Drew does have potential in Boston, but the likelihood of him performing...
For the 11th straight year, the Boston Red Sox held their annual event on Jackie Robinson's birthday to celebrate the life the legend. This year, Robinson's son David decided to join the festivities. David Robinson participated by visiting Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park and McCormack Middle School in Dorchester. The purpose of the event is to educated young students of...
Gary Tuck earned what so many seek to earn throughout their coaching careers: respect. So while replacing a bullpen coach hardly leads to the fanfare of signing a free agent or executing a trade, the Red Sox need to choose wisely in replacing Tuck.
Immediately, the name that comes to mind is Jason Varitek.
The former Red Sox captain rejoined the organization in September as a special...
Tickets to most of the Red Sox’ 2013 regular season home games are already on sale. The tickets that a lot of people have been waiting for will soon be as well.
Registration for the opportunity to purchase Opening Day, Green Monster, and Red Sox-Yankees tickets began at noon on Wednesday and will run through noon on the day of each drawing. Fans are invited to register on redsox...
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After making his final start of last season, on Sept. 29 in
Baltimore, Felix Doubront finally conceded what everyone had suspected
He was tired.
There wasn’t any shame in that
Economist Andrew Zimbalist has been studying sports for a long time, writing his first book about the business of baseball all the way back in 1992.
In a recent interview, NESN Daily‘s Adam Pellerin sat down with Zimbalist, a professor of economics at Smith College, to talk about the Red Sox’ ownership, with Zimbalist saying the group is among the best in professional sports...
Ben and Sam preview the Red Sox` season with Matthew Kory, and Pete talks to Boston Globe and Boston.com columnist Chad Finn (at 22:25).
Both the Yankees and Red Sox added veteran bats to their roster yesterday, as Travis Hafner and New York agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million, while the Red Sox inked first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league deal with an invite to Big League Spring Training. Were these two moves linked to one another, like the old days? That’s doubtful, but it was a good way to start...