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Joel Hanrahan is dealing with tightness in his right forearm.

The reliever will be re-evaluated Tuesday, but it seems likely that he'll wind up on the disabled list. With Andrew Bailey (biceps) also on the shelf, Koji Uehara could handle the ninth inning for the Red Sox for a while.
Mon, May 6, 2013 11:56:00 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports the Blue Jays have talked about Jay Bruce as a possible acquisition target.

The Jays, according to Morosi, are looking to add a left-handed bat to their lineup, and the Reds are rumored to be considering dealing the 27-year-old. Bruce would be a nice addition for a team that has lost Adam Lind and possibly Melky Cabrera from the left side. The Padres are among the other teams reportedly talking to the Reds about the slugger.
Nov 24 - 8:42 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Dodgers have joined the pursuit of Phillies starter Cole Hamels.

That pursuit includes the Red Sox, who Nightengale earlier Monday classified as having "had the most serious talks" regarding Hamels. The Dodgers have the prospects and the payroll muscle to get a deal done, and Hamels would certainly strengthen a rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren. If the Phillies do decide to deal their ace, they appear to be in a good position to do so.
Nov 24 - 6:07 PM

Pablo Sandoval’s agent Gustavo Vasquez confirmed that his client's deal with the Red Sox is done.

Media outlets have been reporting the news of a done deal all day, but Vazquez had remained curiously silent until now. Sandoval will take a physical at some point over the next day. Assuming he passes, he, along with Hanley Ramirez, will be introduced to the Boston media on Tuesday. Sandoval will receive a five-year deal worth around $100 million.
Nov 24 - 5:44 PM

Xander Bogaerts is still considered Boston's shortstop, according to two team sources who spoke with The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham.

In other words, as expected, Hanley Ramirez is ticketed for a position change. Most have speculated, in light of Pablo Sandoval's concurrent signing, that Ramirez will be Boston's left fielder next season. At this time, that scenario seems most likely. The only thing that will keep Ramirez at shortstop in 2015, it would appear, is a trade of Bogaerts. If the Red Sox are serious about trading for an ace, Bogaerts would be a logical target of their transaction partner.
Nov 24 - 5:31 PM

Dodgers acquired RHP Juan Nicasio from the Rockies for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Colorado designated Nicasio for assignment last week, allowing new Dodgers' honcho Andrew Friedman to swoop in and acquire him at a (presumed) discount. However it turns out, consider it a worthwhile gamble. Yes, Nicasio has posted an ugly career ERA of 5.03 over four seasons in the majors. That number, of course, was compiled in Coors Field. Nicasio, the owner of a nice right arm, still retains a little upside, and has already proven, by the age of 28, to be capable of both starting and pitching out of the bullpen. In Los Angeles, he'll be a swing man, and a possible possessor of NL-only intrigue at some point in 2015 if the Dodgers suffer rotational injuries.
Nov 24 - 4:22 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Rangers have checked in with the Mariners about Michael Saunders.

Crasnick reported a few weeks ago that the M's are prepared to shop Saunders "hard" this winter, and Texas reportedly has some interest. Saunders is arbitration-eligible for the second time after an injury-plagued 2014. The 28-year-old outfielder has put up some promising numbers in the past.
Nov 24 - 3:59 PM

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are "still very much engaged" with Jon Lester.

The Sox have signed both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval in the last 12-24 hours, but they're apparently not done spending in this market. Lester is also drawing serious interest from the Cubs and Braves, and the Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Royals have also been linked. The 30-year-old left-hander registered a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland.
Nov 24 - 3:43 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms that the Red Sox have signed Pablo Sandoval.

Shea says the official announcement is only pending a physical. Jake Wesley, who's not affiliated with a news agency, was first to break word of the agreement on Twitter Sunday night, calling it a five-year deal worth close to $100 million. Sandoval will play primarily at third base in Boston (with some DH starts mixed in), which means Hanley Ramirez is likely ticketed for a move to left field. It's been a productive 24 hours for Boston's offense.
Nov 24 - 3:24 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox "have had the most serious talks" with the Phillies regarding a trade for ace Cole Hamels.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported a few weeks ago that the Red Sox had already rejected a couple of trade proposals from the Phillies, but the dynamic has changed now that the Sox have signed both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. It's easy to make matches between Boston's surpluses and Philly's needs. Hamels, 30, is owed $96 million over the next four seasons with a $24 million option for 2019, but that's not terrible money in this market for a starter of his caliber.
Nov 24 - 1:20 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, free agent Hanley Ramirez has agreed to a four-year, $88 million contract with the Red Sox.

It was originally reported to be a five-year deal, but that fifth year will actually be a vesting option worth $22 million. The average annual value of this contract is quite lofty, but the Red Sox have to feel pretty good that it only required a four-year guaranteed commitment. Hanley has always raked when healthy, and he'll carry big-time fantasy upside with Boston. It's still unclear which position the 30-year-old will play.
Nov 24 - 1:09 PM

Josh Willingham has retired from baseball.

The 35-year-old outfielder informed ESPN of that decision on Monday afternoon. Willingham probably could have done pretty well for himself on the market this winter, but he'll hang up his cleats to spend more time with his family. "After praying on my decision many times and talking to my wife, my father and ex-players who have gone through the same process toward the end of their careers, I have decided to retire," Willingham said. "I'm honored to have played for as many years as I have, and I feel even luckier to walk away on my own terms instead of having the decision made for me."
Source: ESPN
Nov 24 - 12:49 PM




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