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Jon Lester Takes David Ortiz’s Number 34 with Him to Chicago
December 16th, 2014 at 4:18 PM
Jon Lester will be pitching for the Chicago Cubs next season, but he's taking a small token from his time with the Boston Red Sox with him - David Ortiz's number 34. The Cubs held a press conference yesterday to introduce their new ace and reveal the jersey that he...

Boston Red Sox Receive Marco Hernandez to Complete Felix Doubront Deal with Chicago Cubs
December 16th, 2014 at 2:33 PM
Remember that time that the Boston Red Sox shipped Felix Doubront out of town without having any idea what they would get back in return? Well, good news! We finally found out who that mysterious "player to be named later" is. Boston has acquired shortstop Marco Hernandez from the Chicago...

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...

Boston Red Sox Lose Prospect to Rule 5 Draft, Sell Their Own Selection
December 14th, 2014 at 5:14 PM
The Boston Red Sox were plenty busy during the winter meetings last week, but not to be overlooked is the impact the Rule 5 draft had on their farm system. The Houston Astros plucked RHP Jason Garcia from the Red Sox organization, then sold him to the Baltimore Orioles. Boston...

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...

Boston Red Sox Send Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers for Rick Porcello
December 11th, 2014 at 1:26 PM
The addition of middle of the rotation starters continues for the Boston Red Sox, who can now add Rick Porcello to the list. Boston will send outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, reliever Alex Wilson and rookie level left-hander Gabe Speier to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Porcello. ***PHOTO1*** Cespedes was acquired from the...

Boston Red Sox Acquire Wade Miley from the Arizona Diamondbacks
December 11th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Well it wasn't the big name left-handed starting pitcher fans had been pining for, but the Boston Red Sox did make a move to bolster their rotation by trading for Arizona Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley. ***PHOTO1*** Boston will send Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and a minor league prospect to Arizona...

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...

Chicago White Sox Trade for Jeff Samardzija
December 9th, 2014 at 2:18 PM
The name Jeff Samardzija had been floated around as a potential trade target of the Boston Red Sox over the past couple weeks, but it turns out he'll be wearing a different color pair of "Sox." The Chicago White Sox have completed a deal to acquire Samardzija from the Oakland...

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...

Boston Red Sox Among Teams Interested in Jeff Samardzija
December 1st, 2014 at 1:16 PM
When the Oakland A's traded away Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays, it signaled that the team was entering into another rebuilding stage. Oakland has a habit of trading away their best players before they get too expensive or before they hit free agency. If Oakland is still selling...