Player News - Red Sox

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Red Sox signed INF Esteban Quiroz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Quiroz started at second base for Team Mexico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and hit two home runs over just 10 plate appearances before Mexico's controversial early exit. He then put up an impressive .293/.428/.488 batting line with 11 home runs, 49 RBI, eight stolen bases, and 64 runs scored in 89 games this summer for Leones de Yucatan in the Mexican League. The 25-year-old second baseman could challenge for a spot on the Opening Day roster in Boston with a big showing next spring, as Dustin Pedroia (knee surgery) will likely be sidelined through late May or early June.
Nov 22 - 9:35 AM

Red Sox purchased the contract of RHP Chandler Shepherd from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Shepherd was added to the 40-man roster after compiling a 4.07 ERA and 68/18 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 innings in Triple-A this year. The 25-year-old has been developed as a reliever, but the Red Sox have been having him start in the Mexican Winter League.
Nov 20 - 12:58 PM

Red Sox purchased the contract of RHP Ty Buttrey from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Buttrey is now protected from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. The 24-year-old made the move to the bullpen a couple of years ago. He was hit hard in his time in Triple-A this year and his control can be problematic at times, but his strikeouts are on the rise.
Nov 20 - 12:52 PM

Red Sox purchased the contract of LHP Jalen Beeks from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Beeks earned a spot on the 40-man roster after posting a 3.29 ERA across starts between Double- and Triple-A this year. The 24-year-old gives the Red Sox some rotation depth going into 2018.
Nov 20 - 12:47 PM

Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com reports that the Red Sox could try Blake Swihart out at second base in 2018.

Swihart played first base, caught and functioned as the DH during his stint in the Dominican Winter League while slashing .407/.515/.481. He's willing to play anywhere that's necessary to help the club and the Red Sox have a hole to fill at second base with Dustin Pedroia set to miss the first two months of the season.
Nov 19 - 8:52 PM

Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that Bryce Brentz has the inside track on the club's fourth outfielder job in 2018.

Brentz was added back to Boston's 40-man roster earlier this month after batting .271/.334/.529 with 31 home runs and 85 RBI over 120 games this past season at Triple-A Pawtucket. The 28-year-old right-handed-hitter especially excels against left-handed pitching. He should make for a nice bench piece.
Nov 14 - 2:33 PM

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak met Sunday with the representatives for Addison Reed and Brandon Morrow.

Reed and Morrow have the same representatives as Yu Darvish, but it's no secret that the Cardinals are prioritizing late-inning relief. Reed posted a 2.84 ERA and 76/15 K/BB ratio over 76 innings this season between the Mets and the Red Sox. He offers plenty in the way of closing experience. As for Morrow, he put up a 2.05 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings during the regular season before some heavy usage during the postseason. Both figure to be attractive names, as they won't require giving up a draft pick like Greg Holland and Wade Davis.
Nov 13 - 10:58 PM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that the club views Marco Hernandez as a possible stopgap option at second base until Dustin Pedroia is ready to return from knee surgery.

The Red Sox will have to get by until at least May as Pedroia rehabs from a cartilage restoration procedure on his left knee. "We do like Marco Hernandez a lot," said Dombrowski. "We think he’s a really good player. And all you have to do is come to the meetings to know that other organizations think he’s a good player too." Hernandez, 25, batted .276/.300/.328 across 21 games with the Red Sox this season before undergoing shoulder surgery in May. Brock Holt, Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero are among the other options, though Dombrowski hasn't ruled out bringing someone else in. Re-signing Eduardo Nunez could make some sense, depending on how his market develops.
Nov 13 - 9:18 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com writes that it "sounds like" Brian Johnson is moving to the bullpen.

Johnson functioned as rotation insurance this past season, posting a 3.09 ERA over 17 starts in Triple-A and a 4.33 ERA over five starts in the majors, but he also missed some time with shoulder issues. He'll be out of options next spring, so the Red Sox could keep him around in a swingman role.
Nov 13 - 4:54 PM

The Red Sox have named Craig Bjornson their new bullpen coach.

Bjornson was the Astros' bullpen coach this past season, as he's following manager Alex Cora from Houston. He also served as a roving pitching instructor during his time with the Astros.
Nov 13 - 12:06 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Giants have interest in trading for Jackie Bradley.

Bradley is one "among many outfield options (the Giants) are currently considering," Morosi adds. They've also been connected to Giancarlo Stanton. Trading Bradley would be a hit to the Red Sox' defense, but they could move Mookie Betts to center field and add a big bat like Stanton or J.D. Martinez at a corner outfield spot. Bradley is under team control through 2020 and would give the Giants a big boost defensively in center field over the declining Denard Span.
Nov 12 - 9:42 AM

Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis hit a walkoff homer for Peoria on Thursday in the Arizona Fall League.

The homer is the second of the season, and came off of Athletics pitching prospect Sam Bragg. Chavis may not be showing it as much in the AFL, but his 31 homers in 2017 are more indicative of the plus power in his right-handed bat. There's a chance that he could spend time with the Red Sox in 2018 if he hits Triple-A pitching the way he did the lower levels over the summer.
Nov 10 - 10:56 AM

Red Sox catching prospect Daniel Flores has died due to complications from cancer.

It was reported Wednesday afternoon that Flores would miss part of the 2018 season due to a serious medical condition. Now the story has turned horribly tragic. Flores, a native of Venezuela, was given a $3.1 million dollar signing bonus in July, and was considered one of the best catching prospects in the international market in quite some time. He was 17 years old.
Nov 8 - 6:09 PM

Red Sox catching prospect Daniel Flores could miss part of the 2018 season due to a serious medical condition.

The exact diagnosis has not been revealed due to HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws and out of respect for Flores' family. The young Venezuelan backstop was recently in Boston to address the condition. Flores, 17, got a $3.1 million signing bonus from the Red Sox this past July. At the time, Ben Badler of Baseball America called him "the best catcher on the international market since Gary Sanchez."
Source: WEEI.com
Nov 8 - 3:47 PM

Dana LeVangie has been named the new pitching coach of the Red Sox.

LeVangie will be replacing Carl Willis, who joined the coaching staff of the Indians a few weeks after the Red Sox parted ways with manager John Farrell. LeVangie served as the bullpen catcher of the Red Sox for several seasons before getting promoted to the position of bullpen coach in 2013. Boston has also named Ramon Vazquez as the team's new quality control coach.
Nov 8 - 3:44 PM


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