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The Ranger won the rights to negotiate with Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish this offseason with a $51.7 million bid, a number that exceeded the Red Sox' posting fee for Daisuke Matsuzaka prior to the 2007 season. Now, the Rangers are reportedly offering "Dice-K money" when it comes to Darvish's actual contract, as well. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have offered Darvish a contract for somewhere in the $52 million range -- hence the term "Dice-K money" -- but there's no evidence a deal is at hand. Heyman says it's unknown whether $52 million is the exact amount...

Red Sox Fans Keeping Warm This Winter With Thoughts of Starting Rotation

The end of the Red Sox' season left most fans feeling cold in October. As the temperatures dip below freezing this January, that feeling's only going to get worse ... unless you think happy thoughts. The idea of Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz pitching three out of five nights is certainly one of them, and it can help cure those winter blues, as shown in the cartoon above.

Bobby Valentine Visits Beckett, Buchholz, Still Not Crawford

Valentine and Beckett were able to smooth over some past issues at a meeting in Texas at the beginning of the month.  Valentine also spent time with Clay Buchholz before heading to Arizona to meet with Ellsbury and Pedroia.  The one big name missing from Valentine's checklist was Carl Crawford. Last month I predicted the meeting with Crawford would not happen because the Red...

Hiroki Kuroda may consider Boston

Aging right-hander, Hiroki Kuroda, will remain in the majors and test out the free-agent waters. WEEI via NBP Tracker ...multiple media outlets in Japan are reporting that free agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda has informed the Hiroshima Carp that he intends to pitch in the Major Leagues in 2012. The report also passes along news from Chugoku Shimbun that Kuroda intends to decide...

Red Sox Sign Aaron Cook To Minor League Deal

As the Boston Red Sox found out during the 2011 season, you can never have enough starting pitching. According to multiple reports, the Red Sox have added some pitching depth by signing former Colorado Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook to a minor league deal. Alex Speier of reports that Cook will make $1.5 million if he makes the big league roster. Cook has spent his entire...

Bobby Valentine visits Josh Beckett, others

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. - Bobby Valentine rang in 2012 by spending New Year's Day at Josh Beckett's ranch in Texas. "I...

January 9, 2012: Hall of Fame Day…

Well, the Hall of Fame Results were announced today at 2:00pm, and Cincinnati’s Barry Larkin, in his 3rd Year of Eligibility, was the sole candidate to be elected from the 2012 Class of nominees. The shortstop garnered 86.4% of the vote, over 24% more than his 2010 results. The best of the rest with over 50%: Jack Morris (66.7%) Jeff Bagwell (56%), and Red Sox pitcher Lee Smith...

Joe Lemire: Cubs' new administration wasting no time in remaking roster

The Theo Epstein administration is off to a busy start in Chicago. Less than 100 days after the ex-Red Sox GM took over the Cubs, change has been constant, writes Joe Lemire.

Red Sox Sign Justin Germano

The Red Sox have signed Justin Germano, reports Jon Heyman of (on Twitter). The 29-year-old righty finished last season in Korea, and Heyman says he turned down more than $1MM overseas for a chance to make the Sox. Germano allowed eight runs in 12 2/3 innings for the Indians last season before joining the Samsung Lions. He owns a 5.02 ERA in 253 career innings for...

Time For John to Stand Up

Like many of you I am a diehard Red Sox fan.  As long time readers know I have the ability to see the best of even bad situations related to the Sox.That does not mean I turn a blind eye to times when the Red Sox are clearly in the wrong.  Certainly one area where the Sox have a historical track record that is less than pride inspiring is their track record with regard to race...

Red Sox sign Cook to Minor League deal

Aaron Cook, the starting pitcher the Red Sox defeated in the decisive win of the 2007 World Series, has agreed to join Boston on a Minor League deal, according to multiple reports Sunday night.
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