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Dave Dombrowski on Red Sox trading for another starter: ‘It’s really not something that we’re exploring’

12.08.15 at 8:07 pm ET
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NASHVILLE — Red Sox fans hoping to see the Red Sox make another splash for a starting pitcher, don’t hold your breath.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski sounded happy with what the Red Sox have during his meeting with reporters at the winter meetings on Tuesday, and said the Red Sox aren’t looking to trade for another starter or sign one in free agency, at least for now.

He noted that the sky-high cost of acquiring a frontline pitcher, for one.

“It was a very steep market for requests and in some ways, I understand because you’€™re talking about premium guys,” he said. “They all would have involved people off of our Major League club of guys that we really weren’€™t looking to trade. That’€™s why it became real clear to me that after early investigation, that most likely between who was available in free agency and from the starting market . . . the request was so steep.”

Asked later if the price had come down, Dombrowski said no.

“It’s really not something that we’re exploring,” Dombrowski said. “I think after a while when you ask and that’€™s what they say, I think we keep abreast of what’s going on with our scouts out there and talking to people. But from my understanding, it hasn’€™t changed at all.”

On the free agency front, Dombrowski was asked if he’s keeping an eye on free agency — as well as any cash in reserve — in case a starting pitcher falls through the cracks. He said it’s too soon for that.

“I think we’€™re a long way away from exploring that question,” Dombrowski said. “We haven’€™t even tackled that one. Do I keep track of what’€™s going on? Yes, I keep a constant flow of what’€™s taken place and it’€™s important to always know what’€™s going on. But I don’€™t think that takes place now where you start following or worrying about it. It used to be Christmas time but that’€™s way past. Now I think you’€™re talking beginning of February. So we’€™re a while away from that where people are going to start saying I’€™m getting nervous about getting a job. Somebody might be worried about their finances before that, but I don’€™t think they’€™re worried about a job situation until way past a long time from now. And we’€™ll have those conversations at the time.”

In other news:

* Dombrowski declined comment on a Boston Globe report that the Red Sox were aware of Aroldis Chapman’s legal issues in November, which prompted them to back off trade talks. “I would not get into that,” Dombrowski said. “It’s another organization’s player. I wouldn’t discuss that at all.”

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Dan Shaughnessy headed to Baseball Hall of Fame as winner of Spink Award

12.08.15 at 3:42 pm ET
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Longtime Boston Globe writer Dan Shaughnessy was named winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award on Tuesday, earning him a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He will be presented with the award in Cooperstown, New York, on July 23 during Hall of Fame induction weekend, and included as part of the Hall’s permanent exhibit that honors writers and broadcasters.

Shaughnessy received 185 of the 417 votes cast by the Baseball Writers Association of America to beat out the late Furman Bisher of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Juan Verne, a Spanish syndicated columnist.

“I want to thank the Boston chapter for nominating me, particularly Nick Cafardo,” Shaughnessy said in a story at Boston.com. “It’s a great honor and I have so much regard for those who have won this award in the past. It’s staggering to be included with those names.”

A 1975 graduate of Holy Cross, Shaughnessy joined the Globe in 1981 after stints with newspapers in Baltimore and Washington. He served as the Red Sox beat writer and national baseball writer before settling into his current columnist position.

The Spink Award is named for the longtime publisher of The Sporting News. It has been presented annually since 1962.

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Source: Orioles have no interest in trading for Hanley Ramirez

12.08.15 at 2:21 pm ET
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NASHVILLE — You can cross one destination for Hanley Ramirez off the list.

According to a major league source, the Orioles have no interest in trading for Ramirez even if the Red Sox picked up part of the first baseman’s salary.

Baltimore was considered one of the teams who might be interested in the Sox’ first baseman, as Chris Davis is a free agent. Baltimore did trade for Mariners first baseman/outfielder Mark Trumbo just last week.

Ramirez is due to make $22 million a year from now until 2019.

Despite rumors throughout the offseason, the Red Sox have stood by their plan to have Ramirez be their Opening Day first baseman.

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Jim Leyland isn’t surprised about Dave Dombrowski’s offseason

12.08.15 at 1:19 pm ET
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NASHVILLE — Much has been made about the swift and decisive nature Dave Dombrowski has hit this offseason with.

Craig Kimbrel. Chris Young. David Price. Carson Smith.

The new Red Sox president of baseball operations identified the spots he felt needed to be filled, and seemingly found all the answers before the first day of the winter meetings could wrap up.

Surprised? Jim Leyland, the man who managed under Dombrowski for eight seasons with the Detroit Tigers, said you shouldn’t be.

“I managed for him for a long time, so I know how he operates,” Leyland said from a lobby at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. “He’€™s going to do what he always does, make his team as good as he can, and work at it. He’€™s not afraid.

“He believes in his convictions, he believes in his people and he goes about his business.”

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Winter meetings live chat, noon

12.08.15 at 8:37 am ET
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Join WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford and John Tomase for a live chat from the winter meetings, talking all things Red Sox offseason and major league baseball. It all starts at noon, so get your questions in now …

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Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski believes offseason has gone according to plan

12.07.15 at 7:43 pm ET
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NASHVILLE — Dave Dombrowski opened the offseason hoping to add a closer, right-handed-hitting outfielder, No. 1 starter, and bullpen depth.

Just a few hours into the start of the winter meetings, he could say mission accomplished on all of the above.

The acquisition of reliever Carson Smith in a deal that sent starter Wade Miley to Seattle completed his to-do list, coming on the heels of a trade for former Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, the acquisition of free agent outfielder Chris Young, and the signing of left-hander David Price.

“Well, we’ve been fortunate,” Dombrowski said on Monday. “A lot of things have fallen into place. Our guys have done a nice job being prepared. Our scouts, people from the front office, the ownership of course supported us, particularly in Price’s case. It’s fallen into place well for us. You don’t want to take anything for granted because you can always get better. But we were able to add the No. 1 starter we wanted, a back-end bullpen guy to improve our depth a little bit, and we were able to add a fourth outfielder.”

Dombrowski touched on a number of other topics in his meeting with the Boston media in a suite at the Opryland Hotel.

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Dave Dombrowski explains how, and why, Carson Smith trade came together

12.07.15 at 7:31 pm ET
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Wade Miley

Wade Miley

NASHVILLE — Monday’s deal didn’t come as too much of a surprise. Somebody had to go, and it was probably going to be Wade Miley.

The question was: who was the Red Sox going to get back for their starting pitcher?

Speaking to the Boston media at the winter meetings late Monday afternoon, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski explained what he was looking for when dealing from his surplus of starters, and why Miley ended up being the odd man out.

“I’€™d say more guys approached on him but I think we made it clear … first of all, you have [David] Price, who just joined us, and we really didn’€™t have any discussions and we’€™re not open to talking about [Eduardo] Rodriguez,” Dombrowski explained. “And then we just listened to what other people had to say. We really weren’€™t pushing anything. We just figured we’€™d listen. A lot of clubs had interest in Miley, but there was interest in other guys.”

The combination of Miley serving as a proven innings eater, and solid starter, highlighted the lefty’s value. And his relative affordability — making $6 million in 2016 and $8 million in ’17, with a $12 million team option for ’18 — separating him from the other trade candidates.

And when Seattle showed interest in Miley, the pieces started to fit, especially considering what kind of bullpen arm the Mariners were willing to part with in Carson Smith.

Add in that the Red Sox were able to get starting depth, and a possible lefty reliever, in Roenis Elias, and that was all Dombrowski needed to hear.

“We were open, but what we said to people, ideally what we’€™d like to have is a young bullpen arm that could pitch at the big league level for us right now to give us depth and a starting pitcher that gives us more protection, that’€™s either ready to pitch now or real close to pitching,” he said. “We really were able to acquire what we wanted to but if somebody would have come back with an offer that would have helped us in other ways, we’€™re open-minded. We didn’€™t know if we’€™d be able to get this or not.

“Seattle looked like … there were other clubs that had interest, we talked to other people. But Seattle was the one club, it looked like it might fit for us in that regard because a lot of people didn’€™t have that type of depth. [Seattle GM] Jerry [DiPoto] of course knows Miley. Miley pitched well for us, did a nice solid job. We’€™re still solid with left-handers though. And he liked [Jonathan] Aro when he saw our system. We just thought it was a deal that made sense.”

But, make no mistake about it, this deal was about getting Smith, a high-leverage reliever who isn’t arbitration eligible until 2018.

“We like him a lot,” said Dombrowski regarding his new righty reliever. “We’€™re pleased to be able to get him and we think it really gives us another power arm in the bullpen. It gives us a lot more depth from the right-hand side and all of a sudden you’€™re talking about having [Craig] Kimbrel and [Koji] Uehara and [Junichi] Tazawa and Smith, plus other guys from the right side. But those four guys, all at the big league level.

“I think we counted out that we have 86 saves going into the bullpen this year from last year, and that some of that was need because some of the guys filled in at the end of the season. I think we’€™re a lot deeper out there. We like Carson Smith a lot and it gives us a little more depth out there when John [Farrell] wants to rest people, he can move people up a notch. If he wants to rest Kimbrel, he’€™s got Uehara. If he wants to rest Uehara, he’€™s got Tazawa and he’€™s also got Smith. Let him deal with how he wants to use him but we really like what he brings to our staff and we really like the ability to add another power arm out there that’€™s young.”

For more on the trade, click here.

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Red Sox trade Wade Miley, Jonathan Aro to Mariners for Carson Smith, Roenis Elias

12.07.15 at 3:12 pm ET
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Carson Smith

Carson Smith

NASHVILLE — Multiple major league sources have confirmed that the Red Sox have traded pitchers Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro to the Mariners for pitchers Carson Smith and Roenis Elias.

The key piece in the deal for the Red Sox is Smith.

The 26-year-old righty, who isn’t arbitration eligible until 2018, finished last season (his first full campaign in the majors) with 92 strikeouts in 70 innings and a 2.31 ERA.

Smith converted 13 of 18 save opportunities once moved into the closer’s role, limiting opponents to a .194 batting average against. He was particularly tough on righties, who managed just a .169 average against the former eighth-round pick.

While Smith’s velocity dropped a bit as ’15 progressed, he remained getting solid results thanks in part to an above-average slider. He finished 2015 striking out 20 over 12 2/3 innings in September, not allowing a run.

Elias defected from Cuba in 2010, making his major league debut in 2014. That season he made 29 starts for the Mariners, going 10-12 with a 3.85 ERA. In 2015 he made 20 starts, finishing with a 4.14 ERA.

The 27-year-old figures to offer depth in the starting rotation, with the possibility of the Red Sox using the lefty out of the bullpen.

Miley always appeared the most likely of the Red Sox starters to be dealt considering his value and relative palatable salary. The lefty, who went 11-11 with a 4.46 ERA while leading the Sox in innings pitched (193 2/3), is due to make $6 million in 2016, $8.75 million in ’17 and potentially $12 million in ’18 (carrying a team option).

Aro pitched in six games for the Red Sox in 2015, all in relief. He allowed eight runs on 14 hits over 10 1/3 innings.

The deal was first reported by Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.

Source: Red Sox don’t seem likely to move Joe Kelly

12.07.15 at 1:48 pm ET
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Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

NASHVILLE — It’s just the first day of the winter meetings, and there is a lot of buzz about Red Sox starting pitchers.

FoxSports.com reported the Mariners have had discussions with the Red Sox in regard to a possible trade involving either Wade Miley or Clay Buchholz.

MLB.com also surfaced the Rangers interest in Joe Kelly (along Tampa Bay’s Drew Smyly).

According to one major league source familiar with the situation, however, it seems unlikely the Red Sox are motivated to move Kelly. The 27-year-old righty is arbitration-eligible for the first time, having coming off a season which was highlighted by an eight-start run that saw him go 8-0 with a 2.59 ERA.

Miley, conversely, is under team control through 2018, when he can make a maximum of $12 million via team option. The lefty is scheduled to earn $6 million in 2016.

Buchholz’s upside would be intriguing for any team, especially considering he would come with a $13.5 million team option for 2017. But the righty hasn’t pitched since early July, ending his season with a couple of bullpen sessions.

For Kelly’s reaction to the Red Sox’ surplus of starting pitching, click here.

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Report: Red Sox in discussions about moving starting pitcher to Mariners

12.07.15 at 1:41 pm ET
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Wade Miley

Wade Miley

It’s no secret that the Red Sox are looking to unload one of their returning starting pitchers after signing free agent David Price last week. Now, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, we have some information about one of the teams with whom they might be dealing.

It’s the Mariners, and Rosenthal indicated the teams are discussing either Clay Buchholz or Wade Miley.

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has plenty of familiarity with the players as well as the Red Sox front office, as he was a scout for the Sox a decade ago and he had a stint as a senior adviser with the Sox late last season after resigning as Angels GM midseason. He also worked for the Diamondbacks when Miley played in Arizona.

Dipoto has gone on record as saying he wants to upgrade the M’s rotation, and the Red Sox are an obvious place to start considering their surplus of arms.

Buccholz, 31, went 7-7 with a 3.26 ERA in 18 games during an injury-shortened 2015 season. He is set to earn $13 million in 2016, and the team has a $13.5 million option for 2017.

Miley, 29, overcame a 1-4 start to finish 11-11 with a 4.46 ERA in 32 starts in his first season in Boston. The left-hander has two years remaining on his contract — worth $6.1 million next season and $8.9 million the year after — and the Red Sox hold a $12 million option for 2018.

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