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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Monday that the club is interested in discussing a contract extension with Yoenis Cespedes this offseason.

"It is just a conversation that we will have at the right time," Cherington said. "There is no specific date we'll plan on having that, but so far, we think the relationship is off to a good start." Cespedes, who will make $10.5 million in 2015 in his final season before free agency, said on Saturday that he's "still not sure if I want to sign an extension or if I want to go to free agency." He batted .269/.296/.423 with five homers and 33 RBI over 51 games for Boston this season and hit .260/.301/.450 with 22 bombs and a career-high 100 RBI overall between the A's and Red Sox.
Sep 29 - 6:35 PM

According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, the Red Sox have not decided whether they'll tender a qualifying offer to free agent Koji Uehara.

The one-year qualifying offer for this winter's free agent crop is expected to be worth around $15.1 million. That's a hefty price for any reliever and Uehara stumbled down the stretch this season. He also turns 40 years old next April. Boston may be better off trying to negotiate a new deal with him on the open market.
Sep 29 - 3:16 PM

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said Monday that "we've done everything we can" for Allen Craig's foot.

"No further testing needed," added Cherington. Craig wound up hitting just .128/.234/.191 in 107 plate appearances after the trade that sent he and Joe Kelly to the Red Sox for starter John Lackey. Maybe Craig will be rebound after a full offseason of rest, but this Lisfranc injury dates back to late 2013 and he has been a different player since it happened. Boston owes him $26.5 million in guaranteed money through 2017.
Source: WEEI
Sep 29 - 2:15 PM

Will Middlebrooks will not play winter ball.

Middlebrooks appeared in only 63 games this season due to injuries and the Red Sox were hoping that he'd be open to making up for lost time in a Caribbean league, but the 26-year-old wants to focus on getting healthy so he'll opt for a winter of rest instead. "He feels he can address what he needs to address without playing winter ball. That’s a decision that he’s made," Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said Monday. Middlebrooks batted just .191/.256/.265 in 2014 and is not a lock to open the 2015 campaign as Boston's starting third baseman.
Source: WEEI
Sep 29 - 1:51 PM

Clay Buchholz is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday to repair the meniscus in his right knee.

Buchholz should be fully recovered from the procedure by the start of spring training next February and will look to bounce back after a dismal 2014 that saw him register a 5.34 ERA and 1.39 WHIP across 170 1/3 innings. The knee bothered him for much of the year. He's due a $12 million salary in 2015.
Sep 29 - 1:01 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Monday afternoon that he is "very comfortable" with Christian Vazquez as his starting catcher for 2015.

Vazquez batted just .240/.308/.309 with one home run and 20 RBI in 55 games this season, but the 24-year-old is tremendous defensively and the Red Sox will hope that his offense catches up as he gets more playing time at the major league level. Think of Yadier Molina's early years in St. Louis. Vazquez is doubtful to hold much fantasy relevance next season.
Sep 29 - 12:50 PM

Clay Buchholz lost to the Yankees after allowing four runs in six innings on Sunday.

All four runs scored in a third, an inning that started with a walk to Francisco Cervelli and included four hits, including the last of Derek Jeter's career. Buchholz allowed just one hit over the rest of his outing. He generally looked pretty good in the second half of the season, but he still had enough bad outings mixed in to finish with a 5.34 ERA overall. The Red Sox still have to be feeling much better about him now than they did three months ago.
Sep 28 - 5:34 PM

Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a steal Sunday against the Yankees.

The Red Sox have made it clear in recent days that they see Betts as an outfielder next year, leaving him in a very crowded mix with Yoenis Cespedes, Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Daniel Nava. Betts has spent the last month looking like a legitimate major leaguer, hitting .317 with two homers, seven doubles and 11 walks in 104 at-bats. Still, he's going to be a risky pick in fantasy leagues next spring, given all of Boston's alternatives.
Sep 28 - 5:24 PM

Allen Craig went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts on Sunday and would up hitting .128 with one homer and two RBI in 94 at-bats for the Red Sox.

Overall, Craig hit .211 with eight homers and 46 RBI in 461 at-bats for the season. He's the first first baseman or corner outfielder since 1943 to end a season with a sub-.200 average, fewer than 10 homers and fewer than 50 RBI in 450 at-bats since Joe Kuhel in 1943. Yes, he really was that bad. The Red Sox owe him $26.5 million through 2017, so they have to hope it was an aberration. He was certainly plenty good up until this year.
Sep 28 - 5:21 PM

Xander Bogaerts is not in Sunday's lineup due to a hamstring injury.

Bogaerts tweaked his hamstring on Saturday. The young shortstop's season concludes with a disappointing .240/.297/.362 batting line, though he did slug 12 homers and closed with a .313/.317/.490 line in September.
Sep 28 - 11:21 AM

Joe Kelly allowed four runs over 7 1/3 innings Saturday in a 10-4 win over the Yankees.

It was the longest start of his career. Kelly held the Yankees scoreless over the first six innings before Brendan Ryan hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh. He then gave up an RBI single to Chris Young in the eighth before being pulled for Tommy Layne, who allowed the final two runs to score. All told, Kelly gave up nine hits and two walks while striking out three. The hard-throwing right-hander owns a 4.11 ERA across 10 starts with the Red Sox and should begin 2015 with a rotation spot, though he's not going to have much value in mixed fantasy leagues until his velocity begins to translate to strikeouts.
Sep 27 - 4:27 PM

Yoenis Cespedes was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored against the Yankees on Saturday.

Cespedes knocked home a run with a single in the first inning and added another RBI single in eight-run second inning for the Red Sox. He now has 100 RBI for the year, marking the first time in his career that he has reached the century mark.
Sep 27 - 4:25 PM

Daniel Nava went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored in Saturday's blowout win over the Yankees.

Nava had a two-run single in the second inning and later drove in another run with a single in the sixth. He reached base in four out of his five plate appearances, as he was also hit by a pitch in the third inning. Nava got off to a slow start this season, but he's now batting .272 with a .348 on-base percentage and remains a useful piece against right-handed pitching.
Sep 27 - 4:25 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Saturday that they are interested in bringing back impending free agent Burke Badenhop.

Farrell cited the right-hander's reliability the past few years as the reasoning. He has excelled in his first season in Boston, compiling a 2.33 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 39/19 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings.
Sep 27 - 10:54 AM

David Ortiz (wrist) remains out of the Red Sox lineup on Saturday.

The veteran slugger continues to deal with inflammation in his wrist and is likely done for the season. Yoenis Cespedes is serving as the DH on Saturday.
Sep 27 - 10:42 AM


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