Player News - Red Sox

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According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the market for free agent Ryan Hanigan "has started to pick up."

That's according to Hanigan's agent, Tom O'Connell. Hanigan hit just .171 for the Red Sox last year but has been in the league a long time and is still an excellent defensive catcher both in terms of pitch-framing and game-calling. The 36-year-old should land on his feet before spring training rolls around next month.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 21 - 7:27 PM

Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski doesn't expect Eduardo Rodriguez to pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Rodriguez suffered a minor knee injury while playing winter ball but should be fine for the start of spring training. E-Rod hasn't completely shut the door on representing his native Venezuela in the WBC, telling reporters Saturday, "If I can, I'll go." Rodriguez is competing with Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz for one of the last two spots in Boston's starting rotation.
Jan 21 - 5:39 PM

Blake Swihart said his ankle is "perfect" and won't have any impact on his catching.

He wound up missing the last four months of the 2016 season after injuring his ankle in left field. Swihart said he's done playing the outfield and will return to his usual position behind the plate this year. He's spent the offseason honing his catching skills under the tutelage of catching instructor Dana LeVangie and former Red Sox captain Jason Varitek. Swihart will face competition from Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez in spring training.
Jan 21 - 4:33 PM

Drew Pomeranz underwent a stem cell injection in his pitching elbow in October.

Pomeranz pitched through elbow discomfort which seemed to really hurt his performance in the second half of the 2016 season. The southpaw has indicated that his arm feels strong and pain-free since he began throwing, which is a very encouraging sign heading into 2017.
Jan 21 - 12:29 PM

Red Sox team president Dave Dombrowski said Saturday that the club expects to go to an arbitration hearing with Fernando Abad.

Abad requested $2.7 million from the club when arbitration figures were exchanged while the Red Sox countered at $2 million. projected that he would earn $2 million through the arbitration process, which would point to the Red Sox winning in a potential hearing.
Jan 21 - 12:16 PM

Red Sox team president Dave Dombrowski said Saturday that the club is close settling on a contract with Drew Pomeranz.

Pomeranz requested $5.7 million when arbitration figures were exchanged while the Red Sox countered at $3.6 million. An agreement somewhere in the middle, around $4.65 million seems a likely compromise for the 28-year-old hurler.
Jan 21 - 12:12 PM

Rick Porcello, who was on the provisional roster, declined an invitation to play for the United States in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner wants to instead focus on building up his arm strength and preparing for the regular season. The 28-year-old finally put it all together in his second season with the Red Sox, going 22-4 with a sparkling 3.15 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 189/32 K/BB ratio across 223 innings.
Jan 21 - 10:09 AM

Andrew Benintendi said Saturday that he packed on an extra 15-20 pounds over the offseason in an effort to stay healthy and strong over the grind of the 162 game MLB season.

Even with the added weight, the 22-year-old still checks in at a svelte 185 pounds. He's coming off of an impressive debut where he slashed .295/.359/.476 with a pair of homers, 14 RBI and a stolen base in 118 plate appearances. He's locked in as the club's Opening Day left fielder and has been rising up fantasy draft boards this winter.
Jan 21 - 10:00 AM

Red Sox manager John Farell said Friday that Carson Smith (elbow) could be ready to rejoin the Red Sox in late May or early June.

Smith underwent Tommy John surgery in May and has received glowing reports thus far in his recovery. A return in late May would be just over 12 months after undergoing the procedure. The 27-year-old was a dominant late-inning force before his injury and should provide a major boost to the Red Sox' bullpen upon his return.
Jan 20 - 8:22 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that he expects Steven Wright (shoulder) to be ready for the beginning of spring training.

Wright is still rehabbing bursitis and rotator cuff irritation in his pitching shoulder, but he's currently throwing from 90 feet without any apparent issues. The knuckleballer first injured his shoulder during a pinch-running appearance back in August and it lingered for the rest of the season, although he didn't undergo surgery. It's something to keep an eye on going forward, but for now it doesn't look like an issue that will hinder Wright.
Jan 20 - 9:11 AM

Craig Kimbrel is not going to pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, per Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald.

Kimbrel served as the closer for Team USA back in 2013, but he's passing this time around. With Kimbrel out of the mix, that leaves two representatives from the Red Sox participating. Xander Bogaerts will play for the Netherlands while Hanley Ramirez is set to play for the Dominican Republic.
Jan 19 - 5:48 PM

Xander Bogaerts will play for Team Netherlands in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

He's going to start at third base, deferring to defensive maestro Andrelton Simmons at short. Bogaerts noted to Boston beat writers Thursday that the Red Sox won the World Series after he participated in the 2013 WBC.
Jan 19 - 2:39 PM

Mookie Betts said Thursday that he will not play in the World Baseball Classic.

Betts had an amazing 2016 season, but the 24-year-old outfielder underwent a right knee arthroscopy, chondroplasty, and a loose body removal in mid-November and he will spend the entire spring in camp with the Red Sox and their training staff. It's probably for the best.
Jan 19 - 2:35 PM

Red Sox signed RHP Erik Cordier to a minor league contract.

Cordier spent the 2016 campaign plying his trade in Japan with the Nippon Professional Baseball League. That stint failed to prove particularly memorable, as he saw limited work (10 runs on 11 hits in 12 1/3 innings) with the Orix Buffaloes. Now, back to the States with the Sox. Cordier will turn 31 at the end of February and has not pitched in the majors since 2015. He has just 18 1/3 career frames of work under his belt at the big league level.
Jan 18 - 11:31 PM

Red Sox signed LHP Cesar Cabral to a minor league contract

Cabral, 27, has seen just a few cups of coffee at the major league level, none last season. Playing at Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles' system a year ago, the southpaw was batted around to the tune of 13 hits and 10 runs surrendered in 8 1/3 frames before being released on May 3. He holds a career 4.21 ERA over 504 2/3 innings of professional ball.
Jan 18 - 11:23 PM

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