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Category: ‘MLB Free Agency’

Jon Lester Wants to Remain on Boston Red Sox for Life
January 24th, 2014 at 11:13 AM
***PHOTO1*** Jon Lester wants to pitch for the Boston Red Sox until “…they rip this jersey off my back.” That is what the 30-year-old left-handed starter told reporters Thursday afternoon before attending the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers of America annual dinner in Copley Square. On the subject of whether Lester would...

Boston Red Sox Sign Outfielder Grady Sizemore
January 22nd, 2014 at 9:12 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Boston Red Sox Wednesday night inked former Cleveland Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore to a one-year contract. The base salary for Sizemore will be $750,000, but could reach $6 million if he reaches a number of undisclosed incentives. Sizemore, 31, was a five-tool player for Cleveland in the late 2000s...

Boston Red Sox Impacted by New York Yankees Signing of Masahiro Tanaka
January 22nd, 2014 at 10:33 AM
***PHOTO1*** The New York Yankees Wednesday landed their white whale, Masahiro Tanaka. The reported details are a seven-year deal that will pay the 25-year-old Japanese pitcher $155 million. The Yankees also threw in an opt-out clause after four years. Potentially, Tanaka can be a free agent again at 29. Ladies and Gentleman, New...

Have the Boston Red Sox Been Too Conservative This Offseason?
January 20th, 2014 at 10:16 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yes, this really has been a quiet offseason for the Boston Red Sox. The only free agent of note to come to Boston is catcher A.J. Pierzynski. The Sox never made any public overtures in either keeping center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury or grabbing outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, second baseman Robinson Cano or...

Boston Red Sox Will not Sign Masahiro Tanaka
January 19th, 2014 at 8:48 AM
***PHOTO1*** Masahiro Tanaka will not be a member of the Boston Red Sox. The Japanese website Nikkan Sports reports that five teams posted formal offers so far, the actual deadline is January 24th. Those teams are the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox. The winning deal,...

Jon Lester Will Cash in on Clayton Kershaw’s Contract Extension
January 16th, 2014 at 11:30 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Los Angeles Dodgers have taken ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw off the 2015 free agent market Wednesday by extending the 25-year-old a whopping seven-year extension worth $215 million. On top of that, Kershaw earned an opt-out clause to trigger after five years. Yes, boys and girls, Kershaw could be a free...

Ben Cherington Discusses 2014 Boston Red Sox Outline
January 10th, 2014 at 1:54 PM
***PHOTO1*** Boston Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington is ready to commit to the future. That was the general tone of his interview Thursday with Rob Bradford and Alex Speier on WEEI-FM. With the topic of Stephen Drew on the table, Cherington was asked at what point it was too late to...

Boston Red Sox Hold All the Cards on Stephen Drew
December 27th, 2013 at 11:19 AM
***PHOTO1*** In one of the more stunning developments of the Major League Baseball offseason so far, there appears to be no true market for shortstop Stephen Drew. Somewhere, Drew’s agent Scott Boras is beside himself in disgust. Boras was able to snag life-changing deals for Jacoby Ellsbury with the New York Yankees...

Boston Red Sox Should not Pursue Masahiro Tanaka
December 26th, 2013 at 11:46 AM
***PHOTO1*** Masahiro Tanaka will be pitching in a Major League Baseball stadium in 2014, as his parent club Rakuten Golden Eagles have posted him for free agency, but the hot prospect should not call Fenway Park his home. Tanaka, 25, has owned the Japanese Pacific League since his debut in 2007. In...

Stephen Drew, Boston Red Sox Need to Separate
December 17th, 2013 at 10:50 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Boston Red Sox have a logjam on the left side of their infield, going into 2014, and they need to make a decision. Either they need to re-sign Stephen Drew to play shortstop and let Xander Bogaerts play third, or they need to collect the draft pick attached to Drew...

2013 MLB Winter Meetings Quiet for Boston Red Sox
December 13th, 2013 at 3:38 PM
The Boston Red Sox front office did indeed attend the recently completed Winter Meetings in Orlando. They just did not do too much in between those meetings. Yes, they formally announced the re-signing of Mike Napoli. They also signed Shunsuke Watanabe, a submarine pitcher from Japan, to a minor league contract....

Boston Red Sox Re-sign Mike Napoli
December 6th, 2013 at 9:53 PM
The Boston Red Sox and Mike Napoli agreed to a two-year deal Friday night with $32 million according to multiple reports. WEEI's Rob Bradford, who broke the story, says that the Texas Rangers had "a larger contract on the table", but enjoyed Boston so much that he wanted to stay. The popular first baseman...

Boston Red Sox Sign Edward Mujica
December 5th, 2013 at 3:03 PM
The Boston Red Sox Thursday signed right-handed relief pitcher Edward Mujica to a two-year deal valued at $9.5 million, giving the bullpen another solid option and insurance in the closer role. Mujica, 29, saved 37 games last year for the St. Louis Cardinals before Trevor Rosenthal took over the job in the...

Boston Red Sox Lose Jarrod Saltalamacchia
December 4th, 2013 at 11:58 AM
As expected, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Boston Red Sox parted ways after the catcher signed a three-year deal with the Miami Marlins worth $21 million Tuesday night. Saltalamacchia finally became for Boston what he could not do for either the Atlanta Braves or Texas Rangers, a decent everyday catcher with an...

Jacoby Ellsbury Leaves the Boston Red Sox
December 4th, 2013 at 6:55 AM
Jacoby Ellsbury is a member of the New York Yankees now after signing a seven-year deal Tuesday night worth $153 million. An option for an eighth year is in the contract that could push the value to $169 million. For Boston Red Sox fans of a certain age, it was a...

Jarrod Saltalamacchia to Miami Marlins in 3-year Deal
December 3rd, 2013 at 10:17 PM
***PHOTO1*** Hours after the Boston Red Sox signed his replacement in A.J. Pierzynski, Jarrod Saltalamacchia agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Miami Marlins Tuesday night. The contract will pay Saltalamachhia $21 million. Arriving from the Texas Rangers during the 2010 season, Saltalamacchia was the primary catcher for three-and-a-half...

BREAKING: Jacoby Ellsbury Signs with New York Yankees
December 3rd, 2013 at 9:53 PM
***PHOTO1*** Jacoby Ellsbury will be playing center field for the next seven years with the New York Yankees. Ellsbury agreed with the Bronx Bombers on a seven-year deal worth a reported $153 million. There is an option for an eighth year that could bring the total up to $169 million. The 30-year-old Ellsbury played his...

Boston Red Sox in Transition Mode
December 3rd, 2013 at 2:43 PM
***PHOTO1*** Tuesday’s signing of catcher A.J. Pierzynski by the Boston Red Sox is the beginning of what will be a turbulent month for the club and fans. By the time Christmas rolls around, we should know the fate of all four frontline free agents and who their replacements are going to...

Boston Red Sox Sign A.J. Pierzynski to One-year Deal
December 3rd, 2013 at 9:28 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Boston Red Sox agreed to terms Tuesday with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski on a reported one-season contract. Terms have yet to be disclosed. Pierzynski, 36, spent last year with the Texas Rangers and the bulk of his career with the Chicago White Sox. Replacing Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the Red...

Boston Red Sox Wrong to Pass on Dioner Navarro
December 2nd, 2013 at 7:53 PM
The Boston Red Sox Monday missed out on filling their potential hole at catcher when Dioner Navarro signed a two-year/$8 million deal with American League East rivals, the Toronto Blue Jays. With Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s future uncertain with Boston—likely to leave the Red Sox if he wants anything more than two years—Navarro...