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John Farrell has settled into his job at Red Sox manager and the Sox brass has convened in California for the annual MLB GM meetings. The Red Sox are not likely to make any major moves during the meetings but these yearly affairs are usually used to plant the seeds for whatever the teams have planned out for their off-season. If you read the tea leaves you can see a strategy coming together for the Sox.
Torii Hunter could be a LF option for the Red Sox
First is the outfield. The Red Sox have both corner positions to fill and Cody Ross is a free agent and no sure bet to return. They have been linked to young Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton but the price tag seems to be a bit high. The Diamondbacks are keen on getting a young infielder for the left side of their infield and the Sox are not about to give up Will Middlebrooks or Xander Boegarts for Upton. The other big name going around is Torii Hunter. Hunter will be 38 next season but has still been productive and relative...
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The Red Sox’ bullpen had a lot of moving parts in 2012, and in an effort to add some stability, general manager Ben Cherington may be looking outside the country.
According to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, 32-year-old Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa is drawing interest from the Red Sox. Boston could have some competition in landing the right-hander, though, as reports indicate...
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will remain with the American League East club for at least two more seasons after signing a two-year contract extension worth $26 million with the baseball club on Nov. 5.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said signing the 37-year-old was one of the top priorities during the off-season because he’s performed at an incredible level for the...
The Red Sox could be looking at a former Yankee to turn around their fortunes.
ESPNBoston.com reports the Red Sox had preliminary talks with ex-Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez for the hitting coach vacancy.
A day earlier, Boston skipper John Farrell expressed interest in possibly hiring two hitting coaches. The candidates would be replacing Dave Magadan, who took the same position...
John Farrell thinks the hitting coach position has evolved, and he’s therefore open to having two men to call upon.
Farrell said Wednesday, according to The Boston Globe, that he may opt to go with a hitting coach and an assistant hitting coach, which is a strategy many teams are going with nowadays.
“That would be the preference, to go with two guys,” Farrell reportedly said...
Now that Jason Bay is gone, we can delve into some outfield options for the Mets. Will they make a big push to sign Melky Cabrera or Cody Ross? Will they attempt to re-sign Scott Hairston? Will they pursue a trade for Justin Upton or Shin-Soo Choo?
One outfielder who probably won’t be an option is Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the...
Juan Nieves will be the Boston Red Sox's fourth pitching coach in three years, and he'll attempt to revive a staff that has gone from being dominant to being a symbol of the team's problems in recent seasons. The team announced that Nieves would be the pitching coach under new manager John Farrell, whose departure from the pitching coach role following the 2010 season...
The Red Sox announced that Juan Nieves will join John Farrell's coaching staff as the new pitching coach. Nieves has never been a pitching coach in the majors but hid did spend five years as the White Sox bullpen coach. This will be the fourth pitching coach for the Red Sox in the last three years.
Despite John Farrell's endorsement of Rick Peterson, the Red Sox will name Juan Nieves as their pitching coach.
A major league source on Wednesday confirmed a report that the Red
Sox will name Juan Nieves pitching coach. Nieves, a former Brewers
pitcher, most recently served as bullpen coach for the White Sox since
CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman had...
The Boston Red Sox have missed the playoffs three consecutive seasons. Their fans have every right to expect that the streak stops there.
Yes, the Red Sox are coming off their worst season in 47 years, a six-month nightmare in which the clubhouse turned toxic under the bungling Bobby Valentine. But the atmosphere will improve with the steady presence of John Farrell, and the roster...
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A source tells Rob Bradford of WEEI.com (via Twitter) that Jason Bay would be very interested in returning to the Red Sox. Earlier today, the Mets reached an agreement with the outfielder to make him...
Ben Cherington has his work cut out for him to put together a competitive team this offseason. The manager is in place and so is most of the coaching staff; it was announced yesterday that Gary Tuck would remain as bullpen coach. The team will interview Rick Schu for the hitting coach position today. Now the focus turns to the players on the field.
Cody Ross, Jacoby Ellsbury...
Like death and taxes, one thing you can always count on is that Bobby Valentine will not stop talking.
On Thursday the former Red Sox skipper headed to Salem State with NESN’s Peter Gammons to participate in an ongoing lecture series at the college. Unsurprisingly, Valentine’s tenure in Boston was a topic of discussion, and despite the unending amount of criticism Valentine received...
Jacoby Ellsbury‘s name has been bandied about in trade rumors during the offseason, but those whispers could be dying down in the immediate future.
The Red Sox are currently “disinclined” to trade their 29-year-old center fielder who will be a free agent after 2013, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal points out that Ellsbury’s trade value is diminished after...
In August the Red Sox traded their incumbent first baseman in Adrian Gonzalez, and have since been left with a gaping hole at the position.
That hole has yet to be filled as free agency begins in earnest, and suffice to say the Red Sox are looking at existing major-league options from outside the organization to fill that role. One of those options may be Adam LaRoche, who spent...
Now that David Ortiz has been re-signed, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington can turn his attention to other areas of need, and one question mark surrounding the team is its right field situation.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Cody Ross is seeking a contract in the three-year, $25 million range. While Ross was a heck of a player for Boston last season, there’s a chance...