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Fenway Nation Nov 26, 2014

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...
Fenway Nation Nov 26, 2014
Is A Three-Way Blockbuster Trade Coming?

Is A Three-Way Blockbuster Trade Coming?

While there have been several proposed trade scenarios to bring starting pitching to Boston, FOXSports.com's Dave Cameron has offered a really intriguing three-way blockbuster. It starts with assessing which teams need what. For example: Seattle needs right-handed power; Washington needs middle infield help; Boston needs starting pitching. So here's a triangular deal that might solve everyone's needs:1.) the Red Sox send Yoenis Cespedes and Mike Napoli to the Mariners. This get Seattle two right-handed power bats. The Red Sox could back-fill first base with either Daniel Nava or Allen Craig...
Viva El Birdos Nov 26, 2014

A Short and Probably Dumb Hypothetical About the Cardinals and Red Sox

There's a reason the Hot Stove is also called the silly season, and it's because of things just like this. A funny things happened over the past couple days. Not funny haha, you understand, but funny strange. Funny as in, "Huh. That seems really weird. I wonder what they're thinking over there?" The funny thing that happened is the Boston Red Sox went out and signed possibly the two biggest free-agent names on the position side of things in Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Now, a big market club signing a big name free agent isn't exactly news; or, well, it is news, but not news news....
Fenway Nation Nov 26, 2014
Panda-Monium Will Reign Supreme At Fenway

Panda-Monium Will Reign Supreme At Fenway

(AP Photo)Just from one day's experience, it feels like The Panda Era at Fenway Park is going to be a lot of fun. At yesterday's introductory press conference, Pablo Sandoval deftly handled an array of questions from the aggressive Boston media (including more than one question on his weight) and showed a real enthusiasm for his new role on the Red Sox. Something tells us that Sandoval could be one of the most popular Carmine Hosers in years—on the order of current and previous figures like David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis and Mo Vaughn. The Panda looks like he genuinely enjoys playing baseball...
Fenway Nation Nov 26, 2014

John Henry: We Can Break Luxury Tax Barrier

Red Sox principal owner John Henry stated on Tuesday that team is willing to exceed the $189 million luxury tax threshold for the 2015 season. Said the owner of a 12th-place foreign soccer team, "The way it's structured, we can blow through one year. Again for next year we have tremendous flexibility so we could go through for one year and not overly affect us." Henry also said his previous statements about abhorring long-term contracts were "overblown". Hey, if you don't like Henry's positions on these issues—wait a minute.
Over the Monster Nov 26, 2014

Can the Red Sox afford to keep Shane Victorino?

A $13 million bench bat is usually the sign of a contract gone horribly wrong, but Shane Victorino might fit perfectly into Boston's plans for 2015. It's no secret that the Red Sox have more outfielders than they have room for. Just for fun, let's go down the list: Rusney Castillo Mookie Betts Yoenis Cespedes Daniel Nava Hanley Ramirez Shane Victorino Jackie Bradley Jr. Allen Craig Brock Holt That's a lot of bodies! And even if we're giving, say, Allen Craig, Daniel Nava, and Brock Holt credit for being infielders, the Red Sox would still have to cut two of them and another one of the...
Fenway Nation Nov 26, 2014
Padres May Be Interested In Trade For Cespedes

Padres May Be Interested In Trade For Cespedes

According to MLB.com's Corey Brock, the Padres and the Red Sox have discussed a trade that would send OF Yoenis Cespedes to San Diego in exchange for one (or more) of the following four pitchers: Ian Kennedy, Andrew Cashner, Casey Kelly, Tyson Ross. Kelly is a former highly-touted Red Sox prospect who was dealt in the Adrian Gonzalez trade. Cashner (5-7, 2.55 in 2014) and Ross (13-14, 2.81 in 2014) both have big upsides—while Kennedy (13-13, 3.63 in 2014) is more of a veteran middle-of-the-rotation type pitcher. Kelly—still just 25—has had an injury-plagued career so far. Reportedly,...
Fenway Nation Nov 26, 2014

OFFICIAL: Hanley Ramirez Again In Red Sox

The Red Sox officially announced the signing of their second major free agent of the day on Tuesday—inking former Boston prospect Hanley Ramirez to a four-year, $88 million contract. The pact also carries a fifth-year vesting option that could make the total value $110 million. Ramirez was traded to the Marlins almost exactly nine years ago in exchange for Mike Lowell and Josh Beckett. He comes back to Fenway with a solid career under his belt at age 30—with a career .300 batting average. He was wooed by the only two remaining players from his early days in Boston—Dustin Pedroia and...
Over the Monster Nov 26, 2014

Daily Red Sox Links: Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Xander Bogaerts

Today's links cover the two big additions from the week, ownership's willingness to spend, and a new era for journalism. In just 24 hours, the Red Sox just completely overhauled their offense. But why? (Alex Speier; WEEI.com) How will the Monster affect Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval? (Tony Blengino; Fangraphs) One reason to be confident in these moves? How much these guys appear to legitimately love the idea of playing in Boston. (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) As many have speculated, John Henry confirmed his willingness to go over the luxury tax threshold to improve this...
Fenway Nation Nov 25, 2014
Cubs Breaking The Bank To Land Jon Lester

Cubs Breaking The Bank To Land Jon Lester

The next time someone tries to tell you there's no bad blood between Theo Epstein and Larry Lucchino, have them re-visit this year's Jon Lester Sweepstakes. Multiple reports suggest that the Cubs have blown past the Red Sox offer to Lester—offering a six-year, $135 million contract. For the cipher-impaired, that works out to $22.5 million per year—compared with Boston's $20 million a year offer. Worse yet, some reports have the Cubs going "north" of $135 million. And the Giants—recently burnt by the Red Sox in The Panda Chase—may go as high as $25 million per year for Lester. Hello,...
Over the Monster Nov 25, 2014

Cubs reportedly offer Jon Lester 'north of' $135 million

The chances that $120 million were enough to get Lester seemed slim, and offers like this will require a response from the Sox eventually. The Red Sox offered $120 million to Jon Lester over six years earlier this offseason. It seemed like $120 million wasn't going to be enough to get it done, but the six years was a positive sign that showed the Red Sox were serious about bringing Lester back. They'll likely have to raise that money up for sure now, as the Cubs have reportedly submitted an offer "north of" $135 million over six years to Lester, according to CSN Chicago's David...
Fenway Nation Nov 25, 2014
Jon Lester's Value Is Soaring In Marketplace

Jon Lester's Value Is Soaring In Marketplace

While the Red Sox have reportedly offered Jon Lester a six-year $120 million contract ($20 million per year), industry sources peg his real value at $25 million per year. According to Bruce Levine of Chicago's WSCR Radio, the average annual value of a potential Lester contract is viewed in that stratospheric range—suggesting the Red Sox might be out of luck. The only pitchers to have averaged $25 million are Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez and Clayton Kershaw.
Fenway Nation Nov 25, 2014
Farrell: Cespedes Could Play Either CF Or RF

Farrell: Cespedes Could Play Either CF Or RF

(AP Photo)What?!? It's probably just a feint—but Red Sox manager John Farrell stated today that Yoenis Cespedes is willing to play either center field or right field. This puzzling bit of news came on the heels of the The Panda's introductory press conference. With Hanley Ramirez penciled in for left field, everyone was assuming that—with a likely Cespedes trade for pitching—Rusney Castillo would patrol center and one of about 68 potential players would man right. Not so fast, OutFieldLogJam Breath! Again, this is probably just a stall until Ben Cherington can "package" Cespedes in a...
Fenway Nation Nov 25, 2014
Dice-K Set To Sign With Japan's Softbank Hawks

Dice-K Set To Sign With Japan's Softbank Hawks

(Kelly O'Connor Photo)According to a report in The Japan Times, former Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is about to sign a deal with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks—the reigning Japan Series Champions. Dice-K pitched pretty well out of the Mets bullpen last year (3-3, 3.89), and is looking to re-ignite his starting career back in his home country. For Boston, he won 18 games in 2008—and captured a World Series ring in 2007. Former Dice-K teammate Hideki Okajima was a member of last year's championship Hawks team.
Fenway Nation Nov 25, 2014

Sandoval: 'Two-Part Deal—Me And The Panda'

The Red Sox held an introductory press conference this afternoon to announce the signing of Pablo Sandoval. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington praised Sandoval as the kind of competitive player the organization wants on the team. When asked about whether his Panda persona would translate from West Coast to East, Sandoval stated, "Ben didn't sign one guy. It was a two-part deal. Me and The Panda. I have a feeling fans are going to like The Panda." Honestly, it could be bigger here than it was by The Bay.
Over the Monster Nov 25, 2014

Here is Pablo Sandoval wearing a Red Sox uniform next to a panda

Yeah, that's...that's what that is. The Red Sox introduced Pablo Sandoval at a press conference today in which their new third baseman uttered the words "The Panda is with me." So perhaps it's no surprise that it took all of about five minutes for the first photos to emerge of Sandoval wearing a Red Sox uniform in Fenway Park next to a panda: He wasn't kidding about the panda. Give @KFP48 a follow #RedSoxNation! pic.twitter.com/kSNt5WAkF3 — Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) November 25, 2014 Alright, so it's somebody in a panda costume because that's probably a lot easier to manage. It...
Over the Monster Nov 25, 2014

Watch the Red Sox introduce Pablo Sandoval

Boston's new third baseman will be introduced on Tuesday. The Red Sox are introducing their new third baseman in a Tuesday afternoon press conference, which you can watch in its entirety below. Your browser does not support iframes.
Fenway Nation Nov 25, 2014

Red Sox Make Panda Deal Official, Will Be #48

The Red Sox made it official just before a 1PM news conference—stating they had signed Pablo Sandoval to a five-year contract. The release also noted that there is a team option in the contract for a sixth year. To make room on the 40-man roster, the team designated catcher Ryan Lavarnway for assignment. The Panda—sure to be a fan favorite at Fenway Park—will play third base and wear uniform number 48. Sandoval has a lifetime .304 average against right-handed pitching—and hit .317 against righties in 2014. It's expected that Sandoval will be introduced to the media at a 1PM press...
Over the Monster Nov 25, 2014

Red Sox designate Ryan Lavarnway for assignment to make room for Pablo Sandoval

The Red Sox needed to make room for Pablo Sandoval, spelling an end to Ryan Lavarnway's time on the 40-man roster. The Red Sox have made Pablo Sandoval's signing official, designating Ryan Lavarnway for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for the third baseman. It's been a few years since the heyday of Ryan Lavarnway. Once arguably the biggest name in a Red Sox system starved for talent, Lavarnway's hype reached its peak with a two-homer night in the penultimate game of the 2011 season. He had come to save the Red Sox from their disastrous slump, lifting the team to an 8-7 victory...
Over the Monster Nov 25, 2014

Red Sox discussing Yoenis Cespedes trade with Mariners

The Mariners need hitting. The Red Sox have pitching. This sounds like something that could work out. The Red Sox wanted Yoenis Cespedes because he's pretty good at that whole baseball thing. He has a power bat -- a rarity in today's game -- a tremendous arm, and while his career on-base percentage is a little worse than average, his overall offensive profile makes up for it. These are all reasons why, now that the Sox have Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval signed, Cespedes is appealing to a number of other teams. One of those is the offense-starved Mariners, whom FOX Sports' Jon Morosi...

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