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The Red Sox might not be done adding pieces to their bullpen just yet. After trading for Mark Melancon already, now it appears that the Red Sox have reached out to the Kansas City Royals about trading for closer Joakim Soria, according to The talks have reportedly "failed to progress," however, because the Royals asking price is too high. The Royals are said to be looking for "a couple of solid pieces" in return for their closer, despite his poor showing last year. Soria, 27, blew seven saves last year and finished with a 4.03 ERA last season, marking...

Bradford: Sox interested in Joakim Soria

No, Mark Melancon didn't solve all of our bullpen issues. Ben Cherington knows this, which is why, according to WEEI's Rob Bradford, he called up Kansas City if we might be able to take Joakim Soria off their hands for a few bat racks and access to NESN for a year. You're not gonna believe this, but the Royals were looking for "a couple of solid pieces". ...

Report: Red Sox pursuing Royals closer Soria to no avail

The Boston Red Sox have been trying to acquire closer Joakim Soria from the Kansas City Royals without success. in Boston, citing multiple sources, reported that Kansas City's asking price is too high for the Red Sox. Boston has been seeking bullpen help after longtime closer Jonathan Papelbon signed a four-year contract with Philadelphia. The Red Sox acquired Houston...

Red Sox Inquired On Joakim Soria

The Red Sox had discussions with the Royals about the possibility of dealing for closer Joakim Soria, multiple sources tell Rob Bradford of

Your Morning Dump... Where Melancon is just a pawn?

Every morning we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Mark Melancon, Red Sox closer?Or Mark Melancon, part of a game of chicken between the Sox and super agent Scott Boras? That's what Lou Merloni thinks. On Thursday's 'SportsNet Central'...

Melancon is fired up

Mark Melancon was shocked when he was traded to the Red Sox. There was no indication from the Astros that a trade was possible.

Bobby Valentine Tabs Mark Melancon as 'Frontrunner' to Be Red Sox Closer

Mark Melancon closed games for the Houston Astros, but after coming to the Red Sox in a trade, his role still seemed unclear. Now, manager Bobby Valentine has done a little bit more to clarify the Red Sox closer situation. Valentine declared Melancon the "frontrunner" for the closer gig on Friday in a Twitter chat set up by the Red Sox when asked about the team's closer...

Looking for brighter sides

Bill: Well, well, well, so it looks like there's more to Mark Melancon than we initially thought...   Bill: "One of the key’s to Melancon’s success has been a cutter he developed to accommodate his 92 mph fastball, sharp curveball and work-in-progress changeup."   Mike: Yeah, small...

Melancon leaves Houston with mixed emotions

Instead of helping the Astros establish themselves during their rebuilding efforts, reliever Mark Melancon is headed to the rough-and-tumble AL East and baseball-mad Beantown.

Who runs the PawSox Twitter?

I don't know, sorry. Oh, wait, it says 'PawSox Pete', whoever that is.Jed Lowrie's gone! He's gone and I miss him so much! Oh, I cry myself to sleep JED!!!False. I do not miss him.So like Mark Melancon's Red Sox property now and PawSox was all like, Oooh! We have this little video! OMG! Look, it's Mark Melancon at the ballpark like three years ago!YOU...

Send Red Sox Reporter Didier Morais a Question for His Weekly Mailbag

Last week, Ben Cherington finally tinkered with the Red Sox roster, trading for reliever Mark Melancon and signing catcher Kelly Shoppach and infielder Nick Punto. But the general manager may have flashier moves in store, having reportedly contacted the Marlins to inquire about Hanley Ramirez. If the deal remains on the table --- and Ramirez doesn't accept a position change to...

A Pair of Trades That Work For Both Sides

On Wednesday, the Red Sox acquired RP Mark Melancon from the Astros for SS/IF Jed Lowrie and SP/RP Kyle Weiland. Earlier today, the Reds acquired SP Mat Latos from the Padres for 1B/OF Yonder Alondo, C Yasmani Grandal, SP Edinson Volquez and RP Brad Boxberger. I know there’s a fairly strong desire among a lot of fans to anoint a ‘winner’ of a trade as soon as it’s consummated...

Astros will wait to sort out closer role

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow says his team is well-equipped to cover the eighth and ninth innings without traded closer Mark Melancon.
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