Player News - Red Sox

Date: Team: Pos:

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe doesn't believe the Red Sox are in a rush to sign Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts to extensions.

The Red Sox have plenty of time to work that out as neither player is even arbitration-eligible yet. While signing Betts and Bogaerts to extensions now would save money, that isn't a huge concern for a big-market club like the Red Sox. Even if Boston did offer extensions, Betts and Bogaerts would probably wait until the new CBA to sign their deals anyway.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 6 - 5:20 PM

Red Sox and LHP Robbie Ross avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman says the reliever can earn more through incentives. Ross, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time, requested $1.325 million when figures were exchanged earlier this month.
Jan 29 - 3:12 PM

Justin Masterson may throw for teams in mid-March, per Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

Cotillo reports that Masterson has drawn interest from "several teams," but he's just starting his throwing program this week and is apparently content with waiting out the process before signing with a team. The veteran right-hander posted an ugly 5.61 ERA over 59 1/3 innings with the Red Sox last season before undergoing undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder in September.
Jan 27 - 11:57 AM

WEEI's Rob Bradford reports that Craig Breslow "has recently drawn interest from multiple teams."

Bradford notes that some clubs are intrigued by Breslow's potential versatility, as he showed late last season that he might be able to start. The 35-year-old held a 4.15 ERA over 65 innings for the Red Sox in 2015, making 43 relief appearances and two starts.
Source: WEEI.com
Jan 26 - 11:36 PM

Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said Blake Swihart is the team's No. 1 catcher right now.

By saying "right now," Dombrowski is leaving at least little leeway for Christian Vazquez, who is still recovering from Tommy John surgery. Vazquez and Ryan Hanigan are better defensive catchers but Swihart is easily the best hitter in the group and should open the year as Boston's starter. Swihart hit .274 as a rookie including .303 after the All-Star break.
Jan 23 - 5:40 PM

Joe Kelly was told by manager John Farrell over the winter that he would be in the starting rotation.

He was also assured the Red Sox wouldn't look to add any more starters. Kelly's first full season in Boston began poorly but he turned things around in the second half following a brief demotion. He'll slot in as the No. 5 starter behind David Price, Clay Buchholz, Eduardo Rodriguez and Rick Porcello. Henry Owens will be next in line if Kelly falters.
Jan 23 - 4:25 PM

Dustin Pedroia announced Saturday at the Red Sox' Winter Weekend that he plans to run more in 2016.

The 32-year-old has altered his training regimen this winter in order to improve his speed and agility on the bases. He explained that part of the reason he hasn't run as much in recent seasons is that he was hitting in front of David Ortiz and he didn't want opposing hitters to simply walk Big Papi if he swiped second base. Perhaps he can return to his thieving ways from when he averaged 21 swipes per season from 2011-2013.
Jan 23 - 3:48 PM

Brandon Workman (elbow) said Saturday that he hopes to return at some point in 2016.

He's currently recovering from Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss most, if not all of, the 2016 season. Even if he does make it back, it would be in a minimal role and he wouldn't hold any fantasy value.
Jan 23 - 12:50 PM

Brian Johnson (elbow) said Saturday that he has begun throwing off of a mound.

Johnson believes that he's fully over the nerve issue that plagued him last season and that he will be fully healthy and ready to go for the beginning of spring training. The 25-year-old southpaw posted a 2.53 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 90/32 K/BB ratio over 96 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket in 2015.
Jan 23 - 12:48 PM

Rusney Castillo said Saturday that he has worked this offseason to shorten his swing in an effort to better handle major league velocity.

Castillo struggled to consistently catch up with the fastball during his 80 games with the Red Sox last year. He also struggled to get on base, slashing .253/.288/.359 with five homers, 29 RBI, four stolen bases and a 54/13 K/BB ratio in 289 plate appearances. The 28-year-old is slated to open the season as the club's starting right fielder.
Jan 23 - 11:06 AM

Christian Vazquez (elbow) is currently throwing from up to 120 feet.

Making his way back from Tommy John surgery, Vazquez is expected to be ready for Grapefruit League play when the schedule gets underway. However, with Blake Swihart and Ryan Hanigan around, the Red Sox figure to take things slowly with Vazquez and have him begin the season in the minors.
Jan 22 - 10:57 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Hanley Ramirez is expected to arrive at spring training early to focus on his defense at first base.

The Red Sox were rumored to be attempting to move Ramirez earlier this winter, but with that plan going nowhere the next step is to have him move to first base. Anything to get him out of left field, really. It may actually be a good move for the oft-injured 32-year-old, as he can hide a bit at first base, both from injury and from embarrassing defensive situations. Ramirez is in the second year of a four-year, $88 million contract signed last offseason.
Jan 21 - 4:20 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters at a press conference Thursday that Pablo Sandoval has dropped 20-22 lbs. since the end of the 2015 season.

Oh, this storyline again. Sandoval was a major disappointment in his first year with Boston, batting just .245 with a .658 OPS and 10 home runs in 126 games. Maybe a fitter physique will help, though off-field and on-field inconsistency has plagued the 29-year-old third baseman throughout his major league career and that is probably going to continue. Sandoval is owed $72.4 million from the Red Sox over the next four seasons.
Jan 21 - 3:03 PM

Red Sox signed C Dan Butler to a minor league contract.

Butler, 29, has appeared in just seven major league games in his professional baseball career. He batted .227/.316/.316 with one home run in 83 games last season for the Triple-A affiliate of the Nationals.
Jan 21 - 12:44 PM

Red Sox and RHP Junichi Tazawa avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.375 million contract.

When arbitration figures were exchanged last Friday, the Sox offered $2.7 million, while Tazawa asked for $4.15 million. They found a middle ground on Wednesday. In 2015, the 29-year-old reliever pitched to a 4.14 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 56/13 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings. It was the first time he had posted an ERA north of 3.20 since he became a regular arm in the Boston bullpen back in 2012.
Jan 20 - 7:45 PM


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