1:36 AM EST, Thu November 27, 2014
Fenway Nation 7 hours ago

Conflicting Sox And Lester Reports Persist

Some reports tonight characterize a Red Sox-Jon Lester deal as "done"—and just waiting for an announcement on Friday. The terms have ranged from 6 years and $120 million—to over $140 million over that same span. Others say the entry of the Giants has ratcheted up the stakes beyond a simple Boston-Cubs competition. Yet others say the Red Sox have told Lester they will match the highest offer from anyone—including the Cubs and Giants. The bottom line is: there is no deal yet. As soon as definitive word is available, we will report it to our readers. Until then—assume that Joe Kelly is...
Topeka Capital-Journal 2 hours ago

Local sports briefs for Sept. 26: Royals acquire shortstop Jackson

The Kansas City Royals announced Wednesday they have acquired infielder Ryan Jackson from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations. Jackson, 26, missed most of the 2014 season with a right wrist injury. He was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers from the San Diego Padres on Nov. 3. The shortstop played in six games at Triple-A El Paso, going 3 for 16 with a double and five walks. He also played in five games on his rehab assignment with the Padres’ Arizona Rookie League Team. read more
Baltimore Sun 7 hours ago

Major League Baseball's $25M loan to Nationals compromised its impartiality, MASN says

Major League Baseball compromised its impartiality in the Orioles-Washington Nationals TV rights fee dispute when it made a nearly $25 million loan to the Nationals that gave it a financial stake in the outcome, attorneys for the Orioles' television network allege in a new court filing.
The Ledger 2 hours ago

Rays Reliever Frieri Agrees To $800,000 Contract

Reliever Ernesto Frieri and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 6 hours ago

TFD: Eddie Guardado spending Thanksgiving with Torii Hunter, trying to recruit him to the Twins

We had a good chat with former Twins pitcher and new bullpen coach Eddie Guardado today on a number of subjects for a future Page 2 story, but one nugget stood out as relevant for both amusement and news: Guardado is spending Thanksgiving in Texas with old teammates LaTroy Hawkins and Torii Hunter. Guardado and Hawkins have remained close for years, and both are clearly still pals with Hunter. The interesting thing, of course, is that the Twins are said to be in pursuit of Hunter in free agency. So we naturally had to ask Guardado if he would be doing any recruiting while he was hanging out...
Athletics Nation 8 hours ago

The Athletics trade tree: 7 degrees of Mark Mulder

Have you ever played the game Seven Degrees of Kevin Bacon, in which you connect actors who have been in the same films as each other until you get to Bacon himself? If you did that with the Oakland Athletics, how many players could you link together? It was, I thought, going to be a simple task. Take each player on the 40-man roster or recently allowed to become a free agent, and follow every transaction up until it takes me to the amateur draft, a waiver claim, or a free agent, and down until the A's waive, release, or trade a player away for cash considerations. I figured there would be...

Ex-Texas Rangers land in Korea

Three players who appeared with the Texas Rangers this season have signed one-year contracts with clubs in the Korea Baseball Organization. Outfielder Jim Adduci received the biggest deal: $650,000 from the Lotte Giants. Adduci, who hit .239 in 101 at-bats, …
DRaysBay 15 hours ago

Twins hire Neil Allen as Pitching Coach

Neil Allen, pitching coach for the Triple-A Durham Bulls since 2011 and responsible for working with each of the Rays' front line starters, has taken the same position at the major league level, joining the Minnesota Twins. A fan favorite for some hen he was pitching in the majors for the Mets, Neil took on the role of bullpen coach for the Yankees in 2005 before joining the Rays system. Allen helped lead the Bulls to three division titles and a Governors' Cup Championship during his four year tenure. He joined the Rays in 2007, coaching with Double-A affiliate Montgomery until 2009, and...
MetsBlog 14 hours ago

Players to acquire, players to lose in Rule 5 Draft

Michael Mayer looks at six players that should interest the Mets during December’s Rule 5 Draft, including Astros infield prospect Delino DeShields Jr. >> Read more at MetsMerized. Similarly, Julian McCarthy looks at five players the Mets left …

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Boston Herald 1 hour ago
2015 Red Sox: Not a bad look

2015 Red Sox: Not a bad look

So now that the Red Sox have these pieces on offense, where will they play? Here’s one writer’s opinion of the best Red Sox lineup. It does not include Shane Victorino or Yoenis Cespedes, one or both of whom will be traded. Bottom line: as things stand now, the Red Sox should hit. A lot.1. Mookie Betts, RFWith all due respect to Victorino, the dynamic Betts needs to play.2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

Follow-up thoughts on Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval joining the Red Sox

BOSTON -- A few thoughts in the aftermath of Tuesday's day-night press conference doubleheader with Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez: • Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly was responsible for one of the worst days of Ramirez's career, when he drilled Ramirez with a 95 mile-an-hour fastball while pitching for the Cardinals in the first inning of Game 1 of the 2013 NLCS. Turns out that the pitch fractured a rib, even as Ramirez remained in the game and played all 13 innings.
Toronto Sun 2 hours ago
Jays' Martin a 'culture-changer'

Jays' Martin a 'culture-changer'

Mark DeRosa was always studying.
New York Daily News 3 hours ago
Yankees rule out Jimmy Rollins for shortstop

Yankees rule out Jimmy Rollins for shortstop

The Yankees must find a replacement for Derek Jeter, but apparently it’s unlikely to be Philadelphia star Jimmy Rollins.
Fort-Worth Star Telegram 3 hours ago

Rangers notes: Prospect faces probe in fatal accident

The wreck happened near his hometown in the Dominican Republic.
Plain Dealer 6 hours ago

On this day, a thank you to those who mean so much to us -- the readers: Terry Pluto

On Thanksgiving, I am so grateful to have readers who have been there for so long!

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