Player News - Red Sox

Date: Team: Pos:

Red Sox designated RHP Ben Taylor for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Eduardo Nunez. Taylor held a 5.19 ERA over 14 relief appearances for the Red Sox last season.
Feb 18 - 10:01 AM

Red Sox signed INF/OF Eduardo Nunez to a one-year, $4 million contract with a $4 million player option for 2019.

The buyout for the player option is $2 million, so Nunez is guaranteed at least $6 million and he can also net an additional $2 million in incentives. Nunez batted .313/.341/.460 with 12 homers and 24 steals across 491 plate appearances for the Giants and Red Sox last season. He'll play second base while Dustin Pedroia (knee) recovers and then can shift to a super utility role.
Feb 18 - 9:56 AM

Dustin Pedroia (knee) told reporters Saturday that he feels great and is no longer in any pain.

Pedroia noted that throughout the 2017 season, it hurt to get up and walk around, but that he could tell immediately after his surgery that the issue had been corrected. The Red Sox still plan to take things cautiously with him during spring training, but barring any setbacks there's a chance he could be ready for Opening Day.
Feb 17 - 9:25 AM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the option for 2019 in Eduardo Nunez's new contract with the Red Sox is likely to be a player option.

It makes sense after Nunez took a one-year deal when it seemed like he'd probably get at least a couple years. The contract is not yet official, as the utility player still needs to pass a physical.
Feb 16 - 2:36 PM

Hanley Ramirez said Friday that his surgically-repaired left shoulder is "fantastic" and "ready to go."

Ramirez admitted that his health wouldn't allow him to really throw last season, but he said he's ready for "around 150 ... 158" games at first base this season. He's currently projected as the Red Sox' designated hitter, but that would change if they bring in J.D. Martinez (or possibly someone else). Ramirez also noted that he lost 15 pounds over the winter while following Tom Brady's workout routine.
Feb 16 - 11:08 AM

According to FanRag's Robert Murray, the Red Sox and Eduardo Nunez have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with an option for 2019.

A three-year deal for Nunez seemed likely at the end of the regular season last year, but then he hurt his knee in the postseason and the free agent market collapsed. It benefits the Red Sox, who get a versatile player on a short-term deal. Nunez can start at second base on Opening Day and move into a utility role after Dustin Pedroia returns.
Feb 15 - 6:34 PM

MLB.com's Ian Browne reports that the Red Sox and free agent Eduardo Nunez are talking and could be close to a new deal.

As one of the teams willing to exceed the luxury tax, the Red Sox need to flex some of that financial muscle. Nunez likely would rather have had a clear starting job elsewhere, but the Red Sox can use him to replace Dustin Pedroia (knee) early on and likely will be able to find room for him on a semi-regular basis after Pedroia returns. If the price tag has come down some, the reunion makes a great deal of sense.
Feb 15 - 6:12 PM

Mookie Betts said he will not discuss a contract extension with the Red Sox until after the 2018 season.

Betts is under contract through 2020, so there's no real rush from either side. He also just scored a $10.5 million salary for 2018 in his first foray through the arbitration process -- very close to a new record for a first-year arbitration player. The 25-year-old outfielder is going to be really expensive next winter -- whether via arbitration or an extension -- if he puts up the kind of numbers we've seen for the last three seasons. Betts finished with 24 home runs, 102 RBI, 26 stolen bases, and 101 runs scored over 153 games in 2017.
Feb 15 - 8:56 AM

Marco Hernandez (shoulder) will be eased into baseball activities at Red Sox camp.

Hernandez needed season-ending surgery last May on his left shoulder. His rehab has come along smoothly, but the Red Sox plan to play it safe with his workload early on this spring. The 25-year-old could see significant playing time at second base in April and part of May while Dustin Pedroia recovers from an October cartilage restoration procedure on his left knee.
Feb 14 - 9:40 AM

David Price said Tuesday that he feels healthy and isn't thinking about the opt-out in his contract.

Price appears determined for a rebound after being limited to 74 2/3 innings last season due to elbow issues. He also admitted Tuesday that he could have handled things better in regards to his interactions with the media. As far as the opt-out, he'd be passing over $127 million from 2019-2022. He'll be 33 years old in August and now has questions about the elbow, so it would probably take a pretty special year for it to be a real possibility. We're betting against it.
Feb 13 - 12:15 PM

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Tuesday that Blake Swihart could get a look at second base.

The Red Sox are willing to get creative as they to cover for Dustin Pedroia (knee) in the early part of the season. Swihart is out of options this spring and expanding his versatility could help justify keeping him around. The 25-year-old originally came up as a catcher and also has experience at first base and in left field, but he has never played second base in pro ball.
Feb 13 - 11:45 AM

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Braves have expressed "serious interest" in Eduardo Nunez.

Nunez could take over as the Braves' starting third baseman, shifting Johan Camargo to a utility role. Atlanta thinks that third base prospect Austin Riley could be ready to take over at the hot corner as soon as 2019, but Nunez has the flexibility to move to another position or become a super utility player if need be. The Rays, Yankees and Red Sox are also in on the 30-year-old.
Feb 8 - 6:56 PM

Jake Romanski has been suspended for 100 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for amphetamines.

Romanski got hit with a 50-game suspension back in December 2016 for the same offense. The 27-year-old catcher batted just .250/.263/.290 with one home run in 48 games last season between the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Red Sox. He had been invited to major league camp this spring, but probably just to catch bullpen sessions. That invite has now been rescinded.
Feb 8 - 3:39 PM

David Price (elbow) has already begun working out at JetBlue Park, the spring training home of the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Florida.

Price spends his winters in nearby Naples. He told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that he is raring to get back on track in 2018 after being limited to 74 2/3 regular-season innings last year. "No doubt I’ll be ready to go in Tampa [where the Red Sox open the season]," said the 32-year-old left-hander. "I feel strong in both [the elbow and arm]. I had a good offseason. I felt relaxed spending time with family, and it feels good. I started throwing earlier than normal but taking it slow this offseason. It’s felt good up to this point." Price is a high-risk, high-reward type of fantasy commodity for the upcoming campaign.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 7 - 9:17 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays have "checked in" on the market for Eduardo Nunez.

The cost-conscious Rays are hoping that Nunez's asking price will drop closer to their comfort zone, but with the Yankees and Red Sox also in pursuit that may be unlikely. Nunez was also said to be drawing free agent interest from the Mets before they signed Todd Frazier earlier this week to a two-year, $17 million deal. Nunez, 30, batted .313/.341/.460 with 12 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 114 games last year between San Francisco and Boston while appearing defensively at shortstop, third base, second base, and both corner outfield spots. He'd be a nice late-offseason addition for a range of clubs.
Feb 7 - 12:12 AM


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