Player News - Red Sox

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Red Sox signed OF Junior Lake to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lake is a career .235/.278/.376 hitter over parts of four seasons in the majors. He'll turn 27 in March and is merely organizational depth.
Dec 9 - 5:15 PM

Koji Uehara has reached a deal to join the Cubs, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

We're still awaiting confirmation regarding the particulars, but a report out of Japan pegs it as a one-year deal in the neighborhood of $4.5 million. This represents a bit of a bargain for the veteran set-up man as long as he stays on the mound. He figures to be the eighth-inning bridge to new Cubs closer Wade Davis. Uehara has a career 2.53 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in 437 2/3 innings. His ERA bumped up to 3.45 this season despite an elite 12.06 punchouts per nine innings. He is a right-handed pitcher, but has actually fared better versus left-handed batters.
Dec 8 - 7:01 PM

Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports that Koji Uehara is close to signing with the Cubs.

No deal is official, but Nikkan Sports in Japan says it's a one-year deal at $4.5 million. If true, the Cubs have made big strides to rebuild their bullpen after moving on from Aroldis Chapman. Chicago acquired former Royals closer Wade Davis in a trade on Wednesday. Uehara will be 42 years old next season, but remains a top setup reliever. He threw 47 innings this year with seven saves and a 3.45 ERA. He posts elite strikeout rates year after year but has struggled to stay on the mound due to injury. He is unlikely to see save chances in 2017, but his ratios make him a solid fantasy option even in leagues that don't use holds as a category. He has a career 2.53 ERA with 93 saves in 387 games since leaving Japan in 2009.
Dec 8 - 4:59 PM

Red Sox signed 1B Mitch Moreland to a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

The agreement was reached Tuesday during the Winter Meetings and then finalized Thursday after Moreland passed his pre-signing physical. He is expected to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2017 after earning Gold Glove honors at the position with Texas in 2016. That means Hanley Ramirez will DH -- a role he's well-suited for.
Dec 8 - 3:50 PM

Red Sox designated LHP Williams Jerez for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for new first baseman Mitch Moreland. Jerez, 24, posted an uninspiring 4.71 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 65/30 K/BB ratio in 65 innings this past season at Double-A Portland.
Dec 8 - 3:48 PM

Red Sox selected INF Josh Rutledge from the Rockies with the No. 14 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

Rutledge spent the entire 2016 season with the Red Sox before inking a minor league contract with the Rockies in late November. Now he'll head back to Boston. The 27-year-old utility infielder has batted just .262/.312/.397 in 333 career games at the MLB level.
Dec 8 - 10:11 AM

A source told WEEI's Rob Bradford that the Red Sox have "prioritized" dealing Clay Buchholz over Drew Pomeranz.

Pomeranz figures to draw the better offers, but that's also because he's the better, more reliable pitcher. Buchholz registered an ugly 4.78 ERA in 139 1/3 innings (21 starts, 16 relief appearances) this past season for the Red Sox, yet still had his $13.5 million club option picked up for 2017. He did finish strong in the second half. And there should be some kind of low-level trade market for him.
Source: WEEI.com
Dec 8 - 8:32 AM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said that the team will not contact David Ortiz in regards to coming out of retirement.

Ortiz took to Instagram following his former team's trade for Chris Sale, writing, "my boy sale to Btown? You guys got me thinking." Dombrowski logically took it as a joke, but made a point to deny that the team would try to lure Ortiz out of retirement. "I know David well enough -- and I know that if he really had sincere interest, that he would call," Dombrowski said. For what it's worth, Ortiz would not be eligible to return from the voluntary retirement list for the first 60 days of the 2017 season. But he's not coming back, guys.
Dec 7 - 8:29 PM

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that the club is considering Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa.

We've heard about Uehara before, but Tazawa is a new name in regard to the Marlins. Ultimately, it's not surprising to hear he's in the mix, as the Marlins are targeting pitchers at all levels in the market. Tazawa, 30, posted a 4.17 ERA and 54/14 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings this past season with Boston.
Dec 7 - 10:06 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal with Mitch Moreland.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network says the deal is worth $5.5 million. Moreland figures to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2017 after winning Gold Glove honors there with Texas in 2016. Which means much more DH time for Hanley Ramirez. Moreland, 31, tallied 22 homers and 60 RBI over 147 games for the Rangers this summer, though it came with an underwhelming .720 overall OPS. He had an .812 OPS in 2015.
Dec 6 - 6:00 PM

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


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