Player News - Red Sox

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Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said the club has moved on from free agent Koji Uehara.

Boston made an offer a few days ago, but Uehara wasn't ready to give an answer and the Tyler Thornburg addition now makes the veteran reliever unnecessary to the club's needs for 2017. Uehara turns 42 years old next April, but he did finish strong in 2016 and there should be a market for him if he wants to remain in the United States.
Dec 6 - 4:43 PM

Red Sox acquired LHP Chris Sale from the White Sox for INF Yoan Moncada, RHP Michael Kopech, OF Luis Alexander Basabe, and RHP Victor Diaz.

It's a massive haul of prospects -- Moncada and Kopech being the centerpieces -- but the Red Sox get one of the top starting pitchers in baseball to line up next to David Price and 2016 American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello. Sale, 27, registered a 3.34 ERA, 1.037 WHIP, and 233/45 K/BB ratio over 226 2/3 innings for the White Sox in 2016 and carries a very team-friendly contract that can run through 2019 if all the options are exercised.
Dec 6 - 4:02 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox will acquire left-hander Chris Sale from the White Sox.

Oh baby. The Red Sox are paying a big price, as top prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech are involved, as well as two other prospects. The Nationals were said to be in the lead late Monday, but Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski is known for being aggressive on the trade front and he was able to get his man. More details should pour in soon.
Dec 6 - 1:14 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears from multiple sources that the Red Sox have "built momentum" toward a deal with the White Sox for Chris Sale.

Buckle up. Rosenthal notes that this doesn't mean that the Nationals are out on Sale, but the sense is that the Red Sox are stronger at the moment. Given that the Nationals' offer reportedly centered around Victor Robles and Lucas Giolito, it will have to be a whopper of a return package. It's hard to say Sale wouldn't be worth it. He carries a very team-friendly contract which would keep him under team control for three more years.
Dec 6 - 12:57 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox "remain strongly" in the mix for White Sox left-hander Chris Sale.

Rosenthal adds that the Nationals are still involved, but apparently a deal isn't as close as it appeared late Monday night. It's worth noting that those talks centered around top prospects Victor Robles and Lucas Giolito, so the cost for the Red Sox would be considerable. While this is just speculation for now, the White Sox could potentially insist on Yoan Moncada as part of the deal. Things are getting very interesting here.
Dec 6 - 12:43 PM

Red Sox acquired RHP Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers for INFs Travis Shaw and Maurico Dubon, RHP Josh Pennington, and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The Red Sox paid a big price in the way of players, but Thornburg comes cheaper in the way of money than the going rate for relievers in free agency. The 28-year-old broke out in 2016 by posting a 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 67 innings. He even saved 13 games late in the year, though he’ll be setting up for Craig Kimbrel with his new club. Thornburg will be arbitration-eligible this winter, so he’s under team control for three seasons.
Dec 6 - 11:04 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have acquired Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers.

The return package hasn't been confirmed, but Travis Shaw is expected to be part of the deal while prospects Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington are also reportedly involved. It's a high price, but the Red Sox feel that's worth it to bring Thornburg aboard in a set-up role. The 28-year-old is coming off a brilliant 2016 where he posted a 2.15 ERA and 90/25 K/BB ratio over 67 innings. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, which makes him cheaper than some of the huge prices we are seeing in free agency. With Thornburg out of the picture, the Brewers will likely go with Corey Knebel as their closer in 2017.
Dec 6 - 9:24 AM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are considering Brad Ziegler and Koji Uehara if they are unable to add Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman.

The Marlins have thrown their hat into the ring for either Jansen or Chapman and are prepared to go either four or five years for $80 million or more, but they are keeping their options open in case the bidding gets out of control. Frisaro indicates that the Marlins could potentially a pair of proven relievers at a lesser cost, which is where Ziegler and Uehara come in. Both offer previous closing experience and would at least be in the mix to set up for A.J. Ramos. Of course, Jansen or Chapman would get the closer role if they end up signing with Miami.
Dec 6 - 8:26 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox "checked in" with the White Sox on Monday regarding Chris Sale.

It was Rosenthal who reported that the Nationals' pursuit of Sale was gaining steam, but he cautions that it's "not necessarily a one-team race" for the left-hander. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has downplayed a potential pursuit of a marquee starter, but that doesn't automatically mean he won't try for one.
Dec 5 - 9:54 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there is a "legitimate chance" Chris Sale is traded to the Nationals for a package headed by Victor Robles and Lucas Giolito.

Rosenthal says that the two teams are "haggling over the final pieces in the deal," so it sounds like they could complete something relatively soon. It had looked like the Nats were focused on Andrew McCutchen, but they've shifted their attention to Sale as they look to form a super rotation that would consist of Sale, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Tanner Roark and Gio Gonzalez or Joe Ross. Giving up both Giolito and Robles would sting, but it would be hard to pass up putting together a starting five like that.
Dec 5 - 9:20 PM

The Red Sox have exercised manager John Farrell's 2018 option.

Farrell was under fire a bit when the Red Sox got off to a slow start last season, but they wound up just two wins off the AL lead with 93 victories. They're 339-309 in four years under Farrell, which includes a World Series title back in 2013.
Dec 5 - 5:33 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Nationals are meeting with the White Sox about Chris Sale on Monday afternoon at the Winter Meetings.

Heyman adds that the Nats are "said to be stepping up" for the ace left-hander. Sale is also drawing heavy interest from the Astros, Braves, and Red Sox, and it's a safe guess that other teams have checked in. The 27-year-old delivered a 3.34 ERA, 1.037 WHIP, and 233/45 K/BB ratio over 226 2/3 innings for the White Sox in 2016 and carries a very team-friendly contract that can run through 2019 if all the options are picked up.
Dec 5 - 2:05 PM

A source told SB Nation's Chris Cotillo that free agent Brad Ziegler has drawn interest from nine of the 10 teams that made the playoffs in 2016.

That source is probably Ziegler's agent, but it's no surprise the veteran reliever is generating significant attention in this market after he registered a 2.25 ERA across 68 innings between the Diamondbacks and Red Sox in 2016. Mike Puma of the New York Post says the Mets are among the interested teams. There are also probably some non-contenders involved.
Dec 5 - 1:24 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the "perception of outside executives" is that the Astros and Nationals are trying hardest on a Chris Sale trade.

Those execs place the Braves as the next-likeliest suitor. Getting the White Sox to trade Sale is going to take a bevy of young talent, but all three of these organizations are rich in that department. Sale, 27, posted a 3.34 ERA, 1.037 WHIP, and 233/45 K/BB ratio across 226 2/3 innings this past season for the Southsiders. He's on a team-friendly contract that carries options through 2019.
Dec 5 - 10:13 AM

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have "reached out" to free agent Brad Ziegler.

They've also touched base with Daniel Hudson. Those two were teammates on the Diamondbacks until Ziegler joined Boston at this year's trade deadline. Ziegler is also familiar with new D'backs' GM Mike Hazen, who held the same position in Boston this past season. The 37-year-old has reportedly drawn interest from a dozen teams and would be a nice consolation prize for clubs that miss out on top-tier closers like Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman.
Dec 3 - 11:33 PM


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