Jacoby Ellsbury passed his physical, making his $153 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees official, the team announced. The deal has a club option for 2021.
Also today, we got our first glimpse of Ellsbury in pinstripes via MLB.com in this baseball card-style image:FULL ENTRY
Spring training starts in about two months. But the Red Sox may already be done assembling the team that will defend their World Series championship.
In a span of four days, the Red Sox signed three free agents: catcher A.J. Pierzynski, righthanded reliever Edward Mujica and first baseman Mike Napoli. That filled the biggest gaps on the roster.
“The way team stacks up right now, we’ve gotten some stuff done and we think that if Opening Day was tomorrow we’d be in pretty good shape,” general manager Ben Cherington said on Saturday. “It’s not, so we’ll keep working.
“There are things that we could do. There are some things we’d like to do, to pursue. There’s still the flexibility and means to do that.”
The Red Sox seem comfortable with the idea of using Xander Bogaerts at shortstop and Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field.FULL ENTRY
First baseman Mike Napoli made it clear after the World Series that he wanted to stay with the Red Sox. He liked his first season in Boston so much that he stuck around for a few weeks after the World Series.
Team officials also wanted Napoli back and on Friday night a two-year, $32 million deal was reached.
“The beard is coming back to Boston!!! Couldn’t be happier!!” Napoli posted on Twitter at 9:09 p.m. WEEI reported first that a deal was in place.
The Red Sox had competition from the Texas Rangers and several other teams on Friday, another busy day for baseball. That served to bring the agreement into place.
The Rangers, major-league sources said, had a more lucrative deal on the table but Napoli elected to stay with the Red Sox. He said several times during and after the season how much he enjoyed playing in Boston and his teammates.FULL ENTRY
When Dustin Pedroia signed an eight-year, $110 million extension with the Red Sox this summer, we all wondered how much Pedroia shortchanged himself in order to remain a Red Sox. Now we know by how much.
After Robinson Cano agreed to a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners today, the difference between the two deals is $130 million.
And you know something? Pedroia doesn’t seem to have any regrets. He’s with the team he wants to be with, he has more money than he’ll ever need, and he’s happy. His reaction to the Cano signing was an indication of that.
“Couldn’t be happier for him and for us," Pedroia wrote in a text. "We don’t have to face him 19 times a year.“FULL ENTRY
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum opened its World Series "Autumn Glory" exhibit on Thursday, and the artifacts include many items from the Red Sox' run to the World Series title.
• Bat used by World Series MVP David Ortiz in the postseason.
• Spikes worn throughout the World Series by closer Koji Uehara.
• Jacket worn in Game 6 by Red Sox Manager John Farrell.
• Catcher’s helmet and mask worn by Red Sox catcher David Ross.
• Glove used through the 2013 postseason by Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew.
• Batting gloves used by Boston rookie Xander Bogaerts during the World Series.
• The fake beard Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk wore when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch in Game 6.
• Bat and batting gloves used by Jonny Gomes in Game 4 when his three-run homer gave Boston the win.
• Number “0” from Fenway Park scoreboard at end of Game 6.FULL ENTRY
Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan reports the deal is for two years and $9.5 million.FULL ENTRY
Red Sox manager John Farrell called the departure of Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees a jolt after the thrill of winning the World Series.
But it was not unexpected. Ellsbury had steadfastly refused all entreaties to sign an extension with the Red Sox and entered free agency at a time when baseball is awash in revenues. That Ellsbury went to New York was a bit of a surprise. But if not the Yankees, it would have been another team.
A.J. Pierzynski was hired by Fox to provide analysis during the postseason, a position that gave him a close-up view of the Red Sox and their run to the World Series title.
The veteran catcher, who was about to become a free agent, used the opportunity to check out the Sox as possible landing spot. He was impressed with what he saw.
“As a member of the media you learn a lot and you get to see a lot more than you do as a player,” Pierzynski said Wednesday during a conference call.FULL ENTRY
My colleague Nick Cafardo wrote in the paper today that he thought Jacoby Ellsbury would return to the Red Sox.
This topic is one Nick and I have disagreed on over the last few years and we'll have to again. There was more of a chance that Carl Crawford would light the Christmas tree at Faneuil Hall than Ellsbury would come back.FULL ENTRY
A.J. Pierzynski passed his physical and the Red Sox announced his signing to a one-year contract. Terms were not announced, but sources said Pierzynski received $8.25 million.
Red Sox fans have read this story before. A popular and speedy center fielder becomes a free agent and decides to switch sides in baseball's most heated rivalry and sign a big contract with the hated Yankees.
Johnny Damon did it in 2005 and Jacoby Ellsbury followed the same template Tuesday night, agreeing with the Yankees on a seven-year deal worth $153 million, according to major league sources.FULL ENTRY
Jarrod Saltalamacchia has agreed to terms with the Miami Marlins on a three-year deal worth $21 million, according to a major league source. The former Red Sox catcher selected the Marlins over the Minnesota Twins.
Saltalamacchia resides in Wellington, Fla., about 70 miles from Marlins Park.
Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, who had a 3.52 earned run average in 29 regular-season starts, has been voted the winner of the 24th Tony Conigliaro Award. The honor is presented to a major league player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of Tony C.FULL ENTRY
Let's be honest, the public image of new Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is that he's a pain in the butt. He has tangled with teammates and opponents over the course of his 16-year career and built a reputation for being irksome.
Pierzynski throws his helmet, he curses, and he talks trash. He is known to be an avid fan of pro wrestling and he enjoys playing the heel. In the oh-so-sensitive world of baseball, Pierzynski makes waves.
It won't take you long to find YouTube.clips of him brawling or the poll from Men's Journal in 2012 that named him the most hated player in baseball.
But that's a simple-minded approach. The guess is that the Red Sox looked well beyond Google in assessing whether Pierzynski would fit into their clubhouse.FULL ENTRY
The Boston Red Sox announced that “Sox Pax” and single-game tickets for April and May games will go on sale Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. Registration for the chance to attend the 11th annual Christmas at Fenway event begins today.
The Red Sox have agreed to terms with veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski. The one-year deal is worth $8.25 million.
Pierzynski will be playing for his third team in as many years. After spending 2005-2012 with the White Sox, he joined the Texas Rangers last season and hit .272 with a .722 OPS. He had 17 homers and 70 RBIs. Pierzynski started 111 games behind the plate.FULL ENTRY
Two major league sources said Monday night that catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is unlikely to return to the Red Sox.
Saltalamacchia is the top catcher remaining on the free-agent market and is expected to command at least a three-year contract. The Red Sox have held at two years and are prepared to move on.FULL ENTRY
For righthanded reliever Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Kalish, the last few seasons have been marked by long stretches on the disabled list and major surgeries. On Monday night, the Red Sox made them free agents.
The two were not offered contracts by the midnight deadline and are now free to sign with any team, the Red Sox included.FULL ENTRY
The Los Angeles Dodgers have hired former Red Sox star Nomar Garciaparra as an announcer.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Garciaparra would leave ESPN for a new role with the Dodgers.
Garciaparra, 40, is a southern California native and played three seasons for the Dodgers near the end of his 14-year career. Garciaparra was with the Red Sox from 1996-2004.
A few notes while we wait for official word on the Red Sox tender decisions:
• The catching market is growing thinner with the news that Dioner Navarro has signed a two-year, $8 million deal with Toronto. The Red Sox did not have great interest in Navarro.FULL ENTRY