Player News - Red Sox

Date: Team: Pos:

Eduardo Nunez is drawing free agent interest from the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and "possibly Yankees," per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Nunez excelled in a utility role with the Giants and Red Sox in 2017, slashing .313/.341/.460 with 12 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 114 games. He battled a knee injury down the stretch, but the versatile 30-year-old is expected to be 100 percent by the start of spring training in February.
Dec 13 - 2:09 PM

Marc Carig of Newsday hears that the Mets are still in on Addison Reed.

Reed was said to be nearing a three-year deal with the Phillies on Tuesday evening, but that turned out to be inaccurate. Things are moving quickly on the free agent relief market, so he should land somewhere soon. The 28-year-old right-hander opened the 2017 season as the Mets' closer before they traded him to the Red Sox on July 31 for three minor leaguers.
Dec 12 - 9:33 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms that there is no agreement in place between the Phillies and free agent reliever Addison Reed.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier that Philadelphia was closing in on a three-year agreement with Reed, but it seems there has been a last-minute pivot to Tommy Hunter. Reed should still land somewhere soon as the relief dominos continue to fall at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. The 28-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.40 ERA, 0.996 WHIP, and 167/28 K/BB ratio in 153 2/3 innings over the last two seasons and he operated as the Mets' closer for a time in 2017.
Dec 12 - 8:38 PM

Addison Reed is closing in on a three-year agreement with the Phillies, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

This comes on the heels of Philly's reported two-year, $16.25 million free agent agreement with setup man Pat Neshek. Reed could get another chance to close in Philadelphia after tallying 19 saves with the Mets in early-to-mid 2017 before a July 31 trade to the Red Sox. The 28-year-old right-hander owns a dominant 2.40 ERA, 0.996 WHIP, and 167/28 K/BB ratio over his last 153 2/3 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2016 season. Olney is hearing that the three-year deal will be worth around $9 million annually.
Dec 12 - 8:09 PM

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Tuesday that he will consider using Craig Kimbrel in non-save situations next season.

If a higher-leverage situation presents itself earlier in the game -- say, the seventh or eighth inning -- the new Boston skipper said he might deploy Kimbrel without worrying about his closer's saves total. It's a smart baseball strategy, though it could obviously present some frustrating days and nights for fantasy owners. Kimbrel dominated to the tune of a 1.43 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, and 126/14 K/BB ratio in 69 innings this past season.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 12 - 5:15 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Phillies have had "ongoing discussions" with free agent reliever Addison Reed.

The Phillies have reportedly inked Pat Neshek to a two-year, $16.25 million contract, but they apparently aren't done improving their bullpen. Reed will be more costly and perhaps require another year. He posted a 2.84 ERA and 76/15 K/BB ratio over 76 innings this season between the Mets and the Red Sox.
Dec 12 - 2:03 PM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that reports of the team making Jackie Bradley available via trade are "not accurate."

"I don't know where those rumors have started but they're not accurate," Dombrowski said. It's a notable denial but doesn't necessarily mean anything, as the Red Sox can say they're not shopping Bradley but still be willing to trade him for the right return. The Royals and Giants are two teams that reportedly have interest in the outfielder. Bradley is under team control through 2020.
Dec 11 - 5:05 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Royals continue to show interest in Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley.

Bradford cautions that he's "not sure there's a match" given Boston's needs. Still, the club is at least listening to offers for their center fielder. The Royals are looking at him as a replacement with Lorenzo Cain likely to land a lucrative contract on the open market.
Dec 11 - 10:51 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Red Sox have let several teams know that Jackie Bradley, Jr. is available via trade.

The Red Sox are looking to add some power to their lineup, so they are keeping an open mind about the composition of their outfield. If Bradley is moved, the Red Sox could slide Andrew Benintendi to center field. Bradley dropped off offensively in 2017, but he remains a brilliant defensive center fielder. He's under team control through 2020. Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported last month that the Giants were interested in Bradley.
Dec 11 - 9:29 AM

Red Sox' right-hander Steven Wright was arrested Friday on charges of domestic assault.

Wright was released from jail on Saturday. The knuckleballer was limited to just five starts in 2017 before undergoing left knee surgery in May. He had been expected to open the season as the club's fifth starter, though it's unclear if he'll face any disciplinary action.
Dec 10 - 10:45 PM

Marc Carig of Newsday says the Mets have "targeted" reliever Addison Reed.

Reed actually revived his career with the Mets after arriving in 2015. The club only just dealt him to the Red Sox a few months ago, in fact. The Mets would have competition from the Cubs and Cardinals, at least, for Reed's services. Wherever he ends up, it sounds as though the 28-year-old is being viewed as a high-leverage, late-inning reliever by clubs.
Source: Newsday
Dec 9 - 11:40 PM

Relievers Addison Reed and Brandon Morrow are "high on the Cubs' wish list," according to CBS Chicago's Bruce Levine.

The Cubs are primed to lose closer Wade Davis in free agency and Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said the team needs to "retool the bullpen to a certain extent." Reed has closing experience and put up a 2.84 ERA and 76/15 K/BB ratio over 76 innings this past season. The Cardinals are among the other teams said to have interest in both Reed and Morrow.
Source: CBS Chicago
Dec 9 - 9:18 PM

According to Rob Bradford of WEEI, the Blue Jays are showing interest in free agent reliever Robbie Ross.

Ross should come rather cheap this winter after being limited to eight appearances during the 2017 season and requiring back surgery in late August. He's been effective in the past as a lefty specialist, with 2016 ranking as maybe the finest year of his career. Bradford notes that there is a connection between Ross and Blue Jays vice president of baseball operations Ben Cherington, who spent a long time in the Red Sox front office.
Dec 6 - 1:00 PM

Red Sox and RHP Tyler Thornburg avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.05 million contract.

Sean McAdam was first to report news of the salary, which matches what he made in 2017. The Red Sox sent Travis Shaw and three prospects to the Brewers for Thornburg last winter, he missed the entire season with shoulder issues and required surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in mid-June. He'll hope for better luck on the health front in 2018.
Dec 4 - 1:34 PM

Hanley Ramirez said Friday that he "felt a difference right away" in his left shoulder after he had surgery in October.

"Now I can have that Hanley Ramirez swing that I always had with the Marlins," Ramirez said. "That's what I feel." Ramirez has dealt with shoulder issues for a few years, and while he had a big 2016 season, he fell back to a disappointing .242/.320/.429 line in 2017. He was also limited almost exclusively to designated hitter duties this past season in large part due to his shoulder problems, but he's expected to be able to handle first base regularly in 2018, if needed.
Dec 1 - 4:36 PM


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