The Jimmy Fund Council of Greater Boston will host its annual New Stars for Young Stars event on Jan. 11 at Jillian's Boston across from Fenway Park. It will run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The event will feature an autograph session with A.J. Pierzynski along with prospects Mookie Betts, Drake Britton, Rubby De La Rosa and Blake Swihart.
There is a buffet lunch, sports memorabilia sale, opportunity drawing, silent auction, and a bowling contest to help strike out cancer.
Tickets start at $89 and VIP tickets are $250. All proceeds will benefit the Jimmy Fund.
Go here to purchase tickets.
Since 2006, New Stars for Young Stars has raised more than $221,000, hosted approximately 300 clinic patients and their families at private parties with Red Sox players, and contributed nearly 1,500 pieces of autographed memorabilia to patients at the Jimmy Fund Clinic.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — A few notes from Ben Cherington's session with the beat writers:
• The Red Sox have not spoken recently with agent Scott Boras about shortstop Stephen Drew. But Cherington hopes that will happen before the Winter Meetings end. The Red Sox are interested in keeping Drew if the terms are right.
• Cherington said many of the trades he has been discussing would be smaller ones involving bench players. Those, he said, would be more likely to be made than any major deals he has talked about so far.
• There was an interesting discussion about younger pitchers. Cherington said the Red Sox like the idea of Brandon Workman, Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo and others in that group to either pitch extensively in Triple A (a model the Rays favor) or break in through the bullpen (which the Cardinals do).
• The Sox obviously have an extra starter. But that depth could have more value than trading one of them.
"Every time we think about potentially moving a starter, something in the back of our head reminds us, don’t do it unless it really makes sense. We know we’re going to need more than five starters to get through the season, probably need more than six starters to get through the season," Cherington said.
Young pitchers, Cherington said, would get their opportunities over the course of the season even if the Red Sox have a full rotation.
• The Red Sox have extra pitchers and the Yankees have extra outfielders. Why not make a deal? Cherington said minor deals with division foes are possible but a major trade is difficult because you would want $1.50 worth of value for $1.
-- The Red Sox haven't made a trade with the Yankees since 1997 (Tony Armas for Mike Stanley).
-- The last player swap with Baltimore was in 2009 (David Pauley for Randor Bierd.).
-- The last (and only) deal with the Rays was in 1999. Minor leaguer Will Silverthorn was swapped for Julio Santana.
-- The Sox traded Mike Aviles to Toronto last October for John Farrell and David Carpenter. Before that, the last player-for-player deal was in 2004.
Some other notes from around the meetings:
• Yankees manager Joe Girardi on his new outfielder, Jacoby Ellsbury: “I think we've acquired a great player. We've seen the damage can he do against us. We first-hand witnessed that how he can change a game.” Ellsbury will be introduced in New York on Friday.
• For what it’s worth, the Marlins again said they won’t trade Giancarlo Stanton and Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said he doesn’t need to trade one of his outfielders, including Matt Kemp.
• One-time Red Sox OF prospect Brandon Jacobs is expected to be a player-to-be-named in the three-team deal between the White Sox, Diamondbacks, and Angels. Jacobs would go from Chicago to Arizona assuming he not selected in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.
The deal has Mark Trumbo going to the Diamondbacks, pitchers Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs joining the Angels, and Adam Eaton going to the White Sox.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jon Lester is going to have to determine his priorities sometime soon. The lefthander is entering the final year on his contract and Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday that an extension is on the team’s agenda.
“He’s a key guy, obviously. He’s been a horse for us for us for a long time. He didn’t show any signs of slowing down this October. Obviously he’s a guy we’d like to keep,” Cherington said.
Those negotiations usually come just before or during spring training.
“We’ll see,” Cherington said. “There’s certainly a willingness to have a conversation and we’ll see where that goes. But we haven’t done that yet.”
Dustin Pedroia took a below-market extension from the Red Sox in July, saying he wanted to end his career with the team. But Lester could benefit by waiting. It is increasingly rare for a No. 1 or No. 2 starter to enter the free agent market and he could command a multiyear deal worth at least $20 million a year.
Lester was 15-8 with a 3.75 earned run average last season before going 4-1, 1.56 in the postseason with two victories in the World Series.
Lester turns 30 in January and has proven to be durable and effective, making an average of 32 starts over the last six seasons with a 3.74 ERA.
Tim Lincecum has a 4.76 ERA the last two seasons and the Giants gave him $35 million over two years. Lefthander Cole Hamels of the Phillies, who turns 30 in a few weeks, signed a seven-year, $153 million extension in 2012. Lester’s statistics compare favorably to those of Hamels.
See the Globe on Wednesday for more on Lester.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — New Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has hit 172 home runs over his 16 seasons in the major leagues, several at ballparks that have since been torn down.
But in 121 plate appearances at Fenway Park, Pierzynski has yet to go deep. He has played 32 games at Fenway, the first in 1999 and the most recent just last season. But that darn ball hasn't gone over the fence.
"It bothers me," Pierzynski said. "It's the only park I haven't hit one in. I haven't figured out a way to sneak one around the pole down there in right field.
"I've hit a few off the wall in left. But every time I seem to hit one to right, for some reason, they either catch it or it bounces. One of these days I'm going to run into one there and I'm going to have to probably get the ball."
Pierzynski is a career .322 hitter at Fenway with 12 doubles. He actually likes hitting there.
"It's always been a good place to hit," he said. "It always has a good feel as a batter. It always feels like you can reach out and touch left field. It's a good feeling when you know you can get beat and still get a hit.
"It's a good park and I've always loved playing there because of the energy. There's always a good energy. It's one of the special places in baseball."
Pierzynski, who lives in Orlando, stopped by the Winter Meetings to have lunch with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf. He played eight years in Chicago, helping the White Sox win the 2005 World Series, and the two remain close.
“I was trying to go unnoticed. But it didn’t go so well,” he said while standing in front of a semicircle of reporters from Boston.
Check back later for more from Pierzynski.FULL ENTRY
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Remember all those signings and trades last week? That's why the Winter Meetings have been so uneventful so far.
But persevere we must. So here are a few notes:
• Curtis Granderson, who was introduced by the Mets today, told reporters he negotiated with the Red Sox several times, including after Jacoby Ellsbury signed with the Yankees.
Granderson was looking for a long-term deal (he received four years from the Mets) and talks with the Red Sox proved fruitless. Granderson was left with the impression that the Sox would go with Jackie Bradley Jr.
• The Mets are interested in Stephen Drew, who would certainly be a major upgrade over the likes of Ruben Tejada. But don't expect the Mets to make a big play for Drew. Like the Red Sox, they would be content to see where his market goes first and sign him to a shorter-term deal.
The longer Drew is unsigned, the better the odds of his returning to the Red Sox. But don't underestimate the ability of agent Scott Boras to find a team. He just needs one and he's willing to wait.
Sox GM Ben Cherington said Monday that while the door is open to Drew, it won't be forever. At some point the Red Sox will set their roster and spend the money they have to spend.
• A.J. Pierzynski, who lives in the area, will be meeting with Boston reporters this afternoon.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — David Ortiz was named the winner of the Edgar Martinez Award as the game's most outstanding designated hitter for the seventh time. He was a unanimous pick of beat writers, broadcasters, and public relations departments in the American League.
Ortiz also won the award from 2003-07 and in 2011.
Detroit's Victor Martinez was second in the voting.
Ortiz hit .309 with 38 doubles, 30 home runs, and 103 RBIs for the Red Sox. He also walked 76 times and scored 84 runs. Ortiz is the career leader among DHs with 381 home runs and 1,245 RBIs.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Trade talk dominated the first day of the Winter Meetings according to executives from several teams, a byproduct of so many high-profile free agents making decisions last week.
For the Red Sox, though, inquiries on their starting pitchers have yet to pick up.
“There’s been a handful of teams that have been calling since the beginning of the offseason and that hasn’t really changed since some of the free agents have gone off the board,” general manager Ben Cherington said on Monday.
The Sox have six starters on their roster, seven if you count Brandon Workman. Trading one of the veterans could bring a good return and free up some payroll space.
But it’s also appealing to go into spring training with the depth to protect against injuries. Trades can always be made in March.
“We’re very comfortable not doing anything,” Cherington said. “If the movement with free agents or trades creates motivation on some team’s part and that leads to something that makes sense for us, we’ll certainly consider it.”
A few other Sox notes:
• Dustin Pedroia, who had surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb in November, recently had a pin taken out. “He feels good,” Farrell said. “We'll see how things advance but everything points to him being ready not only for spring training, but getting ample at-bats.”
• Clay Buchholz, who ended the season with right shoulder fatigue after making only 16 regular-season starts, has recovered. “No residual feeling of any kind of physical discomfort. He's initiated his normal offseason strengthening program,” Farrell said. “So all of that has calmed down from last year.”
• Felix Doubront was instructed by the team to make his annual trip home to Venezuela earlier in the offseason so he could report to the team complex in Fort Myers in mid-January and work on his conditioning. The Sox were angry when the lefthander reported out of shape last season. Righthander Rubby De La Rosa is on the same program.
• If the Red Sox were to retain free agent shortstop Stephen Drew they would be fine with Xander Bogaerts playing third base after seeing him in the postseason. “I think we're completely comfortable with him playing either position,” Farrell said.
• Cherington offered no odds on the idea of retaining Drew. “I don’t know right now. You can’t handicap it,” he said. “We’ll see. He’s someone, we obviously like him. He’s a good player and he did a really good job for us. If there’s a way to make it work, we’ll see if we can do that.”
• The Red Sox hope to soon announce their deal with Mike Napoli, who is finishing off his physical. The Sox have a full 40-man roster and could be looking to deal off a spare part before officially adding Napoli.
• The Sox are close to hiring a manager for Triple A Pawtucket to replace Gary DiSarcina, who joined the Angels coaching staff. Cherington said the leading candidate was from within the organization. Double A manager Kevin Boles could be the choice. Many of Pawtucket's players in the coming season will be prospects Boles has worked with.
• The Red Sox are seeking an infielder who can play shortstop and third base. Brock Holt, who played 26 games last season, remains an option. Cherington said the Sox remain in touch with 39-year-old John McDonald, a late-season addition. McDonald also could be a candidate for a coaching position in the organization.
• Ryan Lavarnway is stuck in the middle between two veteran catchers and three prospects. But stuck is where he may stay.
“He’s a good hitter," said Cherington. "Obviously we made a decision not to just pencil him in the lineup next year. But we still like him. I think that overall at that position, we’ve obviously got two veterans with one year left on their contracts and a bunch of young guys behind them. ... But there’s plenty of opportunity for competition down the road, not too far down the road. Nothing has really changed. I’m sure he’d prefer an open door to a major league job and he may not have that quite yet."
Cherington said no consideration has been given to Lavarnway changing positions. He lacks the speed to play anywhere other than first.
"At some point it’s something to think about. We’re not quite at that point. If we get to a point where we think his bat might help us at at another spot, it’s something to consider," Cherington said.FULL ENTRY
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jarrod Saltalamacchia expressed his disappointment that he and the Red Sox could not work out a deal to keep him in Boston. The Red Sox only offered him a two-year deal.
But Saltalamacchia, who blogged his appreciation to the Red Sox fans, has moved on and said in a press conference today how happy he was to be a Miami Marlin.
"On my side of it, I was a little bit (disappointed)," said Saltalamacchia at the Winter Meetings at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel. "But at the same time, they're in a different situation. I'm not in all the meetings. I don't know what their plans are in the future. I didn't see a lot of the players besides up in the big league level. So, I understand there's a lot of thought process that goes into it and a lot of different things. I wasn't hurt by it. I'm in a good place, so at the end of the day, that's kind of what's important."
It will certainly a different place as the Marlins will struggle for a while. But Saltalamacchia pointed out the Red Sox went from worst to first.
Saltalamacchia said he didn't speak to either John Farrell or Ben Cherington until well after the World Series parade.
"It wasn't about anything in the future," Saltalamacchia said when asked about his conversation with Cherington. "It was just mainly about what I've done since I've been here and how proud he was of me. And it was kind of the same for him. I thanked him for giving me the opportunity that I wasn't getting in Texas. They gave me the opportunity and brought me over here and took a chance on me, and I think it paid off for both sides."
Saltalamacchia will earn $7 million per year on a three-year deal. He's reunited with former Red Sox coach Rob Leary, who is now Mike Redmond's bench coach.
Click the full entry button to see video of Saltalamacchia.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — At baseball's Winter Meetings Monday, Red Sox manager John Farrell talked about a few of the trending topics involving his team:
On the recent additions: "We addressed areas that not only were current needs. There are still [needs] that remain. I think bringing Mike [Napoli] back certainly keeps a mainstay in the middle of our lineup together. I thought Edward Mujica as an addition into the back of our bullpen is a guy with good experience, good addition, and very good strike thrower.
"With all things considered on the catching side of it, I thought with some young guys coming, some talented young guys, A.J. [Pierzynski]'s selection and him joining us is a really good fit for multiple reasons. More than anything, it's his overall desire to win, which I think will really fit in."
On a leadoff hitter: Probably looking at a couple of guys that quickly come to mind. Obviously, it's Vic [Shane Victorino], and it's Daniel Nava, both guys hit in the leadoff spot sparingly this past year. But I think the most important thing is we're not going to replace some 50-something stolen bases by Jacoby [Ellsbury]. The biggest thing would be who is our best on-base percentage guys to keep them or keep that individual in front of Pedey, and David [Ortiz], and Nap, those are the two guys that quickly come to mind right now."
On Jackie Bradley Jr. playing center field: "Defensively, no question. He showed us that each time he was on the field. And I think through this past year and the transition he went through and the challenges he faced and the way he faced major league pitching, swung the bat, I think, with a little more productivity late in the season in September. And if that's the way we go, you know, we're more than willing to have him in center field. He's a good player."
On having six starters: "Well, we're certainly comfortable going six guys. I know that there are teams and Ben [Cherington] has fielded a number of calls on our starters. And rightfully so. They're talented, they've pitched well, they've long track records. So whether or not we show up in Fort Myers with six or seven capable starters remains to be seen."
On Dustin Pedroia'a health following thumb surgery: "Everything is looking like it [he will be ready for spring training]. I know he was getting his pin out here late this past week. I don't have the exact date. But my recent conversation was that was to be removed, and he feels good We'll see how things advance, but everything points to him being ready not only for spring training, but getting ample at bats."
On whether Will Middlebrooks will play a significant role on the team: "Yes, yes. This is a guy that's still got very good raw talent. He had some challenges this past year, but there is no reason to think that he can't regain some of the form which he came with into the big leagues in 2011. So, yeah, that is a talented guy. Collectively we've got to get back on track and be consistent."
Click the full entry button to watch video of John Farrell at the Winter Meetings.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be introduced by the Miami Marlins today at the Winter Meetings. "Salty" joined the Red Sox on July 31, 2010 in a trade with Texas and was a key member of the 2013 World Series champions.
In his own words, here is a message he asked to send to Red Sox fans:
I was going to say that I’ve made the decision to take my talents to South Beach but I heard that someone took that line already. Seriously, I wanted to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the city of Boston, its fans, the Red Sox and especially my teammates for providing me the best three-plus years of my baseball life.
When I was first traded to the Red Sox in the late summer of 2010, I was thrilled and humbled to be able to join such a storied franchise in such a great city. But honestly, I never in my wildest expectations thought it would be the tremendous experience it turned out to be. This Southern boy became absolutely amazed at the warmth and hospitality that a New England town’s fans provided me and my family.
It's pretty obvious that this past season was one that was special in too many ways to count. Walking to Fenway Park every day to go to battle with teammates I loved, in front of the world’s greatest fans was something that I’ll cherish long after my playing days are over.
But I am now starting another chapter in my baseball life in a place that is actually and in reality, home. I’m very grateful for the opportunity the Marlins have provided and extremely excited to bring with me the lessons learned from my Boston experience.
So I close with once again thanking all of you for the opportunity to be small part of Boston Red Sox history. It was an unbelievable experience.
Click the full entry button to see a video of Saltalamacchia Monday at the Winter Meetings.FULL ENTRY
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Retired managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre were unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.
They will be inducted in July along with any player elected in the Baseball Writers' Association of America voting.
Cox managed the Braves and Blue Jays for 29 seasons, leading his teams to 15 first-place finishes. From 1991-2005, Cox led the Braves to 14 straight seasons where they finished in playoff position.The Braves won five National League pennants and the 1995 World Series under Cox, who finished with 2,504 victories – the fourth-best total of all time.
La Russa managed the White Sox, A’s and Cardinals for 33 seasons, winning 2,728 games – the third-highest total of all time. He led his teams to 12 first-place finishes, six pennants and three World Series titles.
Torre led the Yankees to six AL pennants and four World Series titles in his 12 seasons in New York, and also managed the Mets, Braves, Cardinals and Dodgers. His 2,326 wins in 29 seasons rank fifth on the all-time list. Torre also spent 18 seasons as a major league catcher and third baseman, earning nine All-Star Game selections and the 1971 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
"It hits you like a sledgehammer," Torre said. "I can't tell you excited I am."
Cox said he hoped that two of his former Atlanta Braves aces, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, would join him in Cooperstown. Both are on the ballot for the first time this year.
Torre was asked whether he had a feeling he would get in.
"Sometimes you believe what you hear," he said. "People said, 'Oh don't worry about it.' Well that's what they said when I was up 3-0 against the Red Sox."
Said commissioner Bud Selig: “I am thrilled that these great managers during my tenure as commissioner will join the legends of our game in the halls of Cooperstown. In careers of consistent excellence and incredible longevity, Bobby, Tony and Joe all left indelible impacts on our national pastime."
Twelve votes were needed for election. The 16-member panel, which consists of Hall of Famers, baseball executives and media members, did not give any other candidate more than six votes. That includes former MLB Players Association director Marvin Miller or former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
MLBPA executive director Tony Clark criticized the vote in a statement.
"Words cannot adequately describe the level of disappointment and disbelief I felt when learning that once again the Hall of Fame has chosen to ignore Marvin Miller and his unparalleled contributions to the growth and prosperity of Major League Baseball," Clark said. "Over the past 50 years, no individual has come close to matching Marvin’s impact on the sport. He proved to all involved in Major League Baseball, and to outside observers, that a healthy collective bargaining environment would benefit all the game's stakeholders.
"Today, players, owners, front office personnel, fans and the media owe Marvin a debt of gratitude. Despite the election results, Marvin’s legacy remains intact, and will only grow stronger, while the credibility of the Hall of Fame continues to suffer.”FULL ENTRY
Major League Baseball is a strong supporter of Stand Up To Cancer. An online auction to raise money to fight the disease is underway on MLB.com and one of the prizes is a chance to bring the 2013 World Series trophy to your home or office.
Check all out the different awards on this list. Several are Red Sox-related.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Red Sox manager John Farrell will meet with reporters at 4 p.m. this afternoon.
The big news of the day will come at 10 a.m., when the Hall of Fame announces the results of the Expansion Era Committee elections. That could be very good news for Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre. The late Marvin Miller, head of the MLB Players Association, also is a prime candidate for election.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be here as well as the Miami Marlins have a press conference for their new catcher.
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington also will speak to Red Sox beat writers at some point. As to whether he'll have anything to talk about, we shall see.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Baseball's Winter Meetings are back at the Swan and Dolphin hotel complex at Disney World for the first time since 2010. It was here the Red Sox made their ill-fated seven-year, $142 million deal with Carl Crawford.
The Sox were kings that week, trading for Adrian Gonzalez and signing Crawford in a span of a few days.
Don't expect that kind of action this week.
The Red Sox have filled their primary needs by signing free agents Mike Napoli, A.J. Pierzynski and Edward Mujica. No matter what happens, the offseason has been a success.
At the moment, the lineup could be something like this:
Shane Victorino RF
Daniel Nava / Jonnny Gomes LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
A.J. Pierzynski / David Ross C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
That lineup, right now, is not as good as the group that finished last season. There's no real leadoff hitter, for instance. But taken as a whole, the Sox should score plenty of runs. Bogaerts will have a Manny Machado-like impact on the offense.
Pedroia, now that his left thumb has a working ligament, should be a more productive offensive player. Pierzynski will likely provide roughly the same production as Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Middlebrooks can't help but be better than he was last season.
The drop off will come in center field. But Bradley is better than his brief stints in the majors showed last season.
The Sox also have a strong rotation and bullpen. They'll send a solid starter to the mound every day and that is where success starts.
“I do think we go into the Winter Meetings in a position of strength, with a very strong roster and one that we feel good about going into the season if not much changes,” Cherington said.
In a way, having a largely settled roster could create more work for Cherington and the baseball operations staff. Not having many specific needs will allow the Sox the freedom to be creative in the trade market and seek ways to improve a team they already feel is strong.
“I have a feeling it will be just as busy. The pace won’t be any different. We’ll just be talking about different kind of things,” Cherington said. “When there’s a clear need to fill, there’s more of a linear process and we’re focusing on certain things and trying to march down the field on certain things, a certain player or trade that fills that need.
“When you’re not doing that kind of thing as much, it’s a bigger universe so there’s a lot of ideas floating around the room and a lot of conversation.”
A few thoughts on where those conversations could go based on talks with sources from various teams, including the Red Sox:
• Making a big trade: The Sox have an extra starter, an extra catcher in Ryan Lavarnway and some solid prospects. It's enough to cobble together a deal.
The Dodgers have spoken to the Sox to gauge interest in outfielder Matt Kemp, a two-time All-Star. But there is ample reason for caution.
In the last 14 months, Kemp has twice had surgery on his left shoulder and once on his left ankle. He had a torn labrum repaired in Oct. of 2013 then a procedure on the AC joint a year later.
Kemp hit only six home runs in 263 at-bats last season and there is concern that the shoulder injury affected his mechanics and power, much in the same way it did Adrian Gonzalez.
Gonzalez has averaged 22 home runs in the three seasons since his shoulder surgery. He averaged 32 in the five years prior.
Kemp also has six years and $128 million remaining on his contract. The Dodgers would presumably pick up part of that in a trade, but the Red Sox have avoided long-term deals for two years now outside of Dustin Pedroia.
• Making a medium-sized trade: The Sox could deal from their depth and pick up a solid first base or outfield prospect, two areas where the farm system is a little deficient.
• Pick up an infielder: The Red Sox need a utility infielder, somebody who could back up at second, third and shortstop. Free agent Justin Turner would work. Maybe they will bring John McDonald back.
• Retaining Stephen Drew: In what has been a frenzied market for free agents, Drew's name has not come up much because of the draft-pick compensation attached to his price. If he is still searching for a team on Jan. 20, the Red Sox could be waiting. They would take him back on their terms and play Bogaerts at third base.
The Red Sox are willing to be patient with Drew because they can always simply play Bogaerts at shortstop and Middlebrooks at third.
It's important to note that the Sox are close to their payroll number of last season. Contracted raises, arbitration and a full year of Jake Peavy added to the payroll along with the free agents. Cherington also values having some money to be flexible for in-season additions.
So don't expect the Red Sox to be in play for a prominent free agent like Shin-Soo Choo. Such a move would require some roster manipulation.
No matters what happens, we'll have coverage from the Meetings all week here on Extra Bases and in the Globe.
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