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Franklin Morales proved to be a valuable asset to the Red Sox last season, and his versatility didn’t go unnoticed.
According to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, a few teams have contacted the Sox about Morales this offseason and a few others have the left-hander on their list of pitchers to watch closely in spring training.
Morales went 3-4 with a 3.77 ERA in 37 appearances last season. While the lefty served primarily in a relief role, the Red Sox did use him as a starter for nine games, which evidently was enough to intrigue some teams. Cafardo notes that teams will be interested this spring to see if Morales can consistently maintain his high velocity — around 96 mph to be exact — for a full outing.
While it’s unclear which teams contacted the Red Sox about Morales, Cafardo thinks that the Nationals could be a suitor if Gio Gonzalez is forced to miss any time as a result of his alleged involvement with a PED-selling, anti-aging clinic in Miami.
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Another Red Sox outfielder will be unavailable for the start of spring training.
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2013 Fantasy Preview: Boston Red Sox
This team will need to wear name tags for the first few weeks of spring training, because the offseason turnover was astounding. Necessary, but astounding nonetheless.
Traded for RP Joel Hanrahan
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The Red Sox announced Tuesday that Dana Levangie has been named the team’s new bullpen coach.
Levangie replaces Gary Tuck, who retired last week after six seasons with the organization. Levangie, 43, has spent the past seven seasons serving as a major league advance scout with the Red Sox, and he also will continue to assist in advance scouting going forward.
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opportunity to review the entire roster. Lets face it, there's not much
else going on.
Let's Hope Hanrahan isn't staring this direction too much in 2013.
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