8:25 PM EST, Thu November 27, 2014

Cherington: Red Sox turn focus to pitching, 'looking to add to the rotation'

BOSTON -- After the signing of third baseman Pablo Sandoval and left fielder Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday that the team will shift the majority of its offseason attention to adding more pitching help. Cherington also noted that the team is still looking for a backup catcher, with David Ross vacating that role as a free agent. "We're looking to add to the rotation and we're still working on that," Cherington said.
The Republican Nov 25, 2014

Boston Red Sox officially sign Hanley Ramirez, a 'new person' after maturing in Los Angeles

Hanley Ramirez said he contacted the Boston Red Sox about coming back to play left field.
The Republican Nov 25, 2014
John Henry says Red Sox willing to 'blow past' luxury tax threshold to sign Jon Lester

John Henry says Red Sox willing to 'blow past' luxury tax threshold to sign Jon Lester

BOSTON – John Henry and the Red Sox seem willing to pull out all the stops to get Jon Lester, too. The Red Sox principal owner spoke with reporters on Wednesday after his team introduced its second free agent signing of...
Full Count | WEEI Nov 25, 2014

John Henry isn’t averse to blowing through luxury tax threshold; ‘Hopeful’ about Jon Lester agreement

John Henry offered some clarity Tuesday as to where the Red Sox might go from here when it comes to their offseason approach. Following the press conference to introduce new left fielder Hanley Ramirez, the Red Sox principal owner said that he was not averse to blowing through the $189 million luxury tax threshold this […]
Full Count | WEEI Nov 25, 2014

Ben Cherington: Hanley Ramirez signing makes outfield trade more likely

There’s a crowd. The addition of Hanley Ramirez to an outfield group that already included Rusney Castillo, Yoenis Cespedes, Shane Victorino, Allen Craig, Daniel Nava, Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. suggests that the Red Sox have more outfielders than reasonably can fit into a roster. Does that necessitate a trade? “I don’t know that […]
Full Count | WEEI Nov 25, 2014

Pablo Sandoval came to Boston because he wanted a ‘new challenge’

There were no hard feelings or expressions of disrespect coming from Pablo Sandoval Tuesday at his introductory news conference inside the State Street Pavilion at Fenway Park. The reason the free agent third baseman said he chose Boston was a simple one. “I want a new challenge,” said Sandoval. “I made that choice to be […]
The Republican Nov 25, 2014

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell hopeful that Jon Lester will return

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell knows he doesn't have to pencil in a starting rotation yet. But he wants Jon Lester.
The Republican Nov 25, 2014
Catcher Ryan Lavarnway designated for assignment to make room on roster for Pablo Sandoval

Catcher Ryan Lavarnway designated for assignment to make room on roster for Pablo Sandoval

BOSTON – The Red Sox roster was at its 40-man capacity heading in Tuesday. In order to add Pablo Sandoval, who the team signed to a five-year, $100 million deal, they'd need to make a counter move. Ryan Lavarnway was...

Pablo Sandoval, newest Red Sox third baseman, talks about landing in Boston, 11-25-14

The Red Sox trotted out their newest FA acquisition Tuesday afternoon, third baseman, Pablo Sandoval. The Kung Fu Panda then joined MFB to talk about his conversations with (former) Giant teammate, Jake Peavy, about playing Boston. He also stressed that this move was the next big challenge in his life, and addressed some concerns about his defense, stating that he is focused on being at the hot corner for the duration of his contract.
The Republican Nov 25, 2014
Pablo Sandoval plans to work with Red Sox trainers on weight issues; wants to remain at third base, not DH

Pablo Sandoval plans to work with Red Sox trainers on weight issues; wants to remain at third base, not DH

BOSTON – Some of the same things have followed Pablo Sandoval from San Fancisco to Boston. On Tuesday, when the 28-year-old free agent third baseman was introduced at Fenway Park alongside general manager Ben Cherington, a life-size mascot of a Panda,...
Full Count | WEEI Nov 25, 2014

John Farrell: Yoenis Cespedes a consideration in center or right fields

Hanley Ramirez has been signed to play left field. So what does that mean for the Red Sox‘ season-ending left fielder? In the case of Yoenis Cespedes, manager John Farrell said that the Sox have begun talking about the possibility of a move to another position. As news of the Sox’ signing of Ramirez circulated, […]

Farrell: Cespedes a possibility in center

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell raised the possibility that Yoenis Cespedes could open the 2015 season as the team’s center fielder, even as Cespedes looms as a potentially valuable trading chip in Boston’s efforts to acquire starting pitching. Cespedes played left field after his July trade from Oakland, the Sox quickly abandoning their stated intentions of shifting him to right. But with the Sox adding Hanley Ramirez with the intention of moving him to left field, shifting Cespedes is back on the table, according to Farrell, who said he spoke with the Cuban slugger by phone on...
The Republican Nov 25, 2014
Report: Former Boston Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka looking to return to Japanese baseball

Report: Former Boston Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka looking to return to Japanese baseball

After two under-the-radar seasons with the New York Mets, it appears that Matsuzaka is heading back to Japan to continue his career.
Plain Dealer Nov 25, 2014

Boston Red Sox prove (once again) that competitive balance in baseball will never exist

Baseball, without a salary cap, has no chance of having a balanced playing field.
Full Count | WEEI Nov 25, 2014

John Farrell: Red Sox ‘are making every attempt’ to bring back Jon Lester

It comes as little surprise to see Red Sox manager John Farrell beaming at the shape that his 2015 lineup is starting to take. With Pablo Sandoval — a wrecking ball against right-handed pitchers — at third base and Hanley Ramirez (who hammers both lefties and righties) now slated to join the middle of the […]

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