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Jon Lester Says Getting Traded Made It Easier to Sign with the Chicago Cubs
December 15th, 2014 at 4:54 PM
Well now it's official - Jon Lester isn't coming back to Boston. The Chicago Cubs held a press conference this afternoon to officially introduce their new ace. As he slipped on his new number 34 jersey, Lester acknowledged the difficulty of his decision. ***PHOTO1*** If Red Sox fans can take any solace...

Ground-Ball Pitchers are a Good Fit for Fenway Park
December 12th, 2014 at 5:23 PM
It was a busy week at the winter meetings for the Boston Red Sox as they worked to revamp their starting rotation. They pulled off a pair of trades to acquire Rick Porcello from the Detroit Tigers and Wade Miley from the Arizona Diamondbacks, then capped it off by signing...

Boston Red Sox Sign Pitcher Justin Masterson
December 11th, 2014 at 3:40 PM
The Boston Red Sox have reached an agreement with right-handed pitcher Justin Masterson, as first reported by ESPN's Buster Olney. The free agent signing is still pending a physical, but he is expected to receive a one year contract for $9.5 million, as he looks to re-establish his value after...

Ben Cherington Explains How Jon Lester Negotiations Unfolded
December 10th, 2014 at 4:17 PM
The question on the minds of fans today is how the Boston Red Sox managed to let Jon Lester slip away. General Manager Ben Cherington spoke to reporters this afternoon to explain how the negotiations with their former ace unfolded. ***PHOTO1*** Cherington was informed late last night that Lester had decided to...

Jon Lester Agrees to 6-year, $155 Million Deal with the Chicago Cubs
December 10th, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Listen closely - do you hear it? That's the sound of millions of hearts breaking around the Boston area. They were one of the final two teams standing in the Jon Lester negotiations, but the Boston Red Sox ultimately fell short in their pursuit of their top free agent target. ***PHOTO1*** Lester...

Jon Lester’s Decision Nearing the Finish Line
December 9th, 2014 at 12:42 PM
We've reached the homestretch of the negotiations with Jon Lester, with the free agent pitcher expected to make his decision any day now. The general consensus at the winter meetings was that Lester would make his decision no earlier than Monday night and no later than Tuesday, but talks seem...

Income Tax Could Give the Boston Red Sox an Edge in Signing Jon Lester
December 8th, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Let's hope that Jon Lester has a good accountant. He's on the verge of signing a new contract that will pay him a staggering amount of money, but the state income tax for the destination he chooses will determine how much of that money he gets to keep. Given some...

How Much is Too Much for Jon Lester?
December 7th, 2014 at 2:44 PM
If the Boston Red Sox hope to bring Jon Lester back to town, they better be prepared to pay a hefty price for him. The Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants are among the teams competing with the Sox for his services, which has created a bidding war. If the...

Boston Red Sox Owner John Henry Visits Jon Lester
December 6th, 2014 at 3:52 PM
With free agent pitcher Jon Lester on the cusp of making his decision on where he'll pitch next season, Boston Red Sox principal owner John Henry wanted one last chance to emphasize his team's interest in bringing him back to Boston. ***PHOTO1*** Sources told WEEI's Rob Bradford and Alex Speier that Henry...

David Ortiz Says Boston Red Sox Need to “Step up” to Sign Jon Lester
December 5th, 2014 at 3:42 PM
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has a message for his bosses in regards to their pursuit of free agent pitcher Jon Lester - step up. ***PHOTO1*** Ortiz stated his case for why his team needs to bring back their former ace when he spoke to reporters at his charity golf tournament...

Are the Boston Red Sox Better Off Chasing Jon Lester or Cole Hamels?
December 4th, 2014 at 2:03 PM
The primary goal for the Boston Red Sox this off-season is to find a top of the rotation starting pitcher. How much are they willing to pay or what will they give up to get it done? The success of this offseason may very well boil down to their decision...

Boston Red Sox Non-Tender Juan Francisco
December 3rd, 2014 at 4:36 PM
The Boston Red Sox announced that they will not tender a 2015 contract to infielder Juan Francisco. As a result, he will become a free agent, ending his brief tenure with the team. ***PHOTO1*** The 27-year old Francisco was designated for assignment on November 25 to clear room on the roster for...

Chicago Cubs Bid $138 Million for Jon Lester
December 2nd, 2014 at 1:20 PM
The race to sign Jon Lester is heating up, with the free agent pitcher's decision potentially coming as early as this week. The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs remain the top contenders, while the San Francisco Giants have thrown their hat in the ring and the Atlanta Braves are...

San Francisco Giants Meeting with Jon Lester Today
December 1st, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Jon Lester is a proven winner, so wherever he ends up signing will presumably be with a team he expects will contend for the duration of his new contract. Which is why it should come as no surprise that the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants have joined the...

David Ross Could Be the Key to Bringing Back Jon Lester
November 26th, 2014 at 12:42 PM
It's already been a busy week for the Boston Red Sox, but there's more work yet to be done. The team's primary need is a front line starting pitcher and Jon Lester remains their top choice. If the Red Sox want to bring their former ace back to Boston, they...

Spending Spree Does not Make the Boston Red Sox the New Evil Empire
November 26th, 2014 at 11:25 AM
It seems like only yesterday that the Boston Red Sox were preaching financial restraint. They aimed to spend their money wisely and be cautious of handing out long-term contracts to aging veterans. Except yesterday was the day they tossed that philosophy aside by spending over $180 million on two of...

Boston Red Sox Officially Announce Signing of Hanley Ramirez
November 25th, 2014 at 8:21 PM
In their second big press conference of the day, the Boston Red Sox announced the signing of Hanley Ramirez to a four-year, $88 million deal that includes a vesting option for an additional year worth $22 million. ***PHOTO1*** Ramirez will be paid a $3 million signing bonus and make $19 million in...

Boston Red Sox Officially Announce Signing of Pablo Sandoval
November 25th, 2014 at 2:36 PM
The Boston Red Sox held a press conference at Fenway Park this afternoon to officially announce the signing of third baseman Pablo Sandoval to a 5-year, $95 million deal that includes a team option for an additional year worth $17 million. ***PHOTO1*** Upgrading at third base was one of Boston's primary goals...

Boston Red Sox Sign Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez
November 24th, 2014 at 12:25 PM
It's been a busy weekend for the Boston Red Sox, who are finalizing deals with the two top hitters on this year's free agent market - Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. ***PHOTO1*** The team reached an agreement with Sandoval that is believed to be for 5 years and close to $100 million,...

Boston Red Sox Making a Push for Hanley Ramirez
November 23rd, 2014 at 7:14 PM
The Boston Red Sox have been as active as any team in free agent discussions this off-season, and they can now add another target to their list. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Boston is making a push for free agent Hanley Ramirez. ***PHOTO1*** The news comes as a surprise, considering the...