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Red Sox reach agreement with Dennys Reyes

02.05.11 at 2:44 pm ET
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According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox have reached an agreement on a minor league deal with left-handed pitcher Dennys Reyes. The deal calls for Reyes to make $900,000 if he makes the major league team, with performance bonuses that could push the value of the deal as high as $1.4 million.

Reyes had a 3.55 ERA for the Cardinals in 59 appearances last year. For more on the southpaw, click here.

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Report: Red Sox close to deal with LHP Dennys Reyes

02.04.11 at 10:04 pm ET
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According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com (via twitter), the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with left-handed reliever Dennys Reyes on a minor league deal. Reyes reportedly had agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Phillies earlier in the offseason, but that deal did not get finalized.

Reyes, who turns 34 in April, has recorded 50 or more appearances in each of the last five years, amassing a 2.63 ERA in stops with the Twins and Cardinals. In 2010, he made 59 appearances for St. Louis with a 3.55 ERA. In his career, Reyes has held lefties to a .238 average and .669 OPS. In 2010, however, he suffered an odd reversal of his splits, holding righties to a .177 mark with a .481 OPS, while lefties hit .307/.862 against him.

Reyes would be one of several left-handers whom the Sox have signed to minor league deals this offseason, including Rich Hill, Andrew Miller, Randy Williams and Lenny DiNardo. Of those four signees, Hill, Miller and Williams all have spring training invites to big league camp with the Sox. The Sox also signed Hideki Okajima to a major league deal, and left-hander Felix Doubront will also be considered for a spot in the bullpen.

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Remembering the Red Sox’ pursuit of Andy Pettitte

02.04.11 at 6:11 pm ET
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It was an offer that could have changed history.

It was weeks removed from the 2003 postseason, and the Red Sox were trying to recover from the crushing end of their 2003 season. That the Yankees had lost to the Marlins in the World Series was little consolation to a Sox team that had come within five agonizing outs of finally escaping the yoke of their divisional oppressors, only to suffer an infamous defeat in Game 7 of the ALCS that would soon lead to the firing of Grady Little and an effort to bolster the Sox roster for the following year.

Andy Pettitte had played a part in the Sox’ demise that postseason. The left-hander, as part of a spectacular postseason in which he went 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in five starts, had shut down the Sox in Game 2 of the ALCS, helping to restore order for the Yankees after the Sox had won Game 1. Though Pettitte claimed a no-decision in Game 6 of the series (a Sox win), the 31-year-old had established himself as one of the most important members of the Yankees, and one of the best southpaws in the game.

Pettitte was a free agent at an opportune moment. He had gone 21-8, made all his starts (33), achieved a 4.08 ERA while punching out a career-high 180 and finished sixth in the AL Cy Young race. The Yankees wanted to retain him, but the Red Sox were desperate to find a front-of-the-rotation complement to help them make a run at the Yankees. Read the rest of this entry »

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Futures at Fenway lineup announced

02.04.11 at 12:32 pm ET
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The Red Sox announced the lineup for this year’s Futures at Fenway minor league doubleheader. This year, the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox will face the Syracuse Chiefs, and the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs will battle the Binghamton Mets.

Following is the press release from the Red Sox.

2011 FUTURES AT FENWAY PRESENTED BY XFINITY TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

Sixth Annual Minor League Doubleheader will feature Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox and Double-A Portland Sea Dogs; Fans who purchased tickets to the 2010 Futures at Fenway rain-shortened doubleheader will have a special pre-sale opportunity

BOSTON, MA ‘€” The Boston Red Sox announced details today for the sixth annual Futures at Fenway presented by Xfinity minor league doubleheader that is scheduled for Saturday, August 20 at Fenway Park. Similar to the five previous events, family-friendly ticket and concession prices along with kid-friendly activities will highlight this day of minor league fun at America’€™s Most Beloved Ballpark.

After a one year absence, the Red Sox Double-A affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs will return to take part in the 2011 Futures at Fenway.  They will be joined by the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston’€™s Triple-A affiliate in the International League.  Portland will face off against the Binghamton Mets (Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets Organization) in the first game at 1:05 p.m. while Pawtucket will battle the Syracuse Chiefs (Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals Organization) in the second game of the doubleheader.

Kids attending the event will be selected randomly throughout the day to participate in a number of exciting activities including mascot races and other on-field activities. Additionally, youngsters will be able to get autographs from the players during autograph sessions scheduled on the Big Concourse.

Tickets will be available for fans to sit in ballpark locations many have never before had the chance to enjoy, such as the Green Monster Seats, on the Right Field Roof Deck, in the Dugout Seats, and EMC Club and State Street Pavilion. For the fifth consecutive year, prices will start as low as $5 (for Bleacher seats) and range up to just $30 (for Green Monster Seats, Dugout Seats, the EMC Club and the State Street Pavilion Club). In addition, discounted concession items will be available for fans attending Futures at Fenway.

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Dustin Pedroia is adding to his list (courtesy New Balance)

02.04.11 at 11:13 am ET
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Here is another Dustin Pedroia video, this one coming from our landlords at New Balance. Theme: Don’t doubt on the Pedroia.

An inside look at Athletes’ Performance, where athletes go to become better athletes

02.03.11 at 2:24 pm ET
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Ever wonder what that Athletes’ Performance facility is, exactly? Well, thanks to Framingham’s own Eric Dannenberg, a performance specialist at the Phoenix-based AP, (along with WEEI.com video mastermind Colin MacDonald), we offer a glimpse as to where the likes of Ryan Kalish and Jacoby Ellsbury worked out this offseason:

Red Sox will have four of top 40 picks in 2011 draft

02.02.11 at 8:49 pm ET
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Yes, the fact that Felipe Lopez signed a minor league deal with the Rays was a disappointment to the Red Sox. Had the infielder signed a major league deal with another club, it would have netted the Sox a sandwich pick in the 2011 draft, offering a handsome return for the minimal investment (roughly $50,000 in regular season salary, plus a $15,000 buyout of a team option for 2011) it made in him for the last eight games of the 2010 season.

Even so, the Red Sox are in tremendous position for the upcoming draft, which is considered to feature one of the top prospect pools in recent memory, rivaling the quality of the outstanding 2005 draft class that netted the Sox Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Jed Lowrie, Michael Bowden and Craig Hansen.

The order of the 2011 major league draft is now settled. As a result of the comings (Carl Crawford, who cost the Sox their first-round pick, No. 24 overall) and goings (Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre each netted the Sox a pair of compensatory draft picks), the Sox will now have four of the top 40 overall picks in the 2011 draft, two in the first round and two in the sandwich round:

1 – No. 19
1 – No. 26
1(s) – No. 36
1(s) – No. 40

The 2011 draft, then, will mark the first time the Sox have four of the first 40 picks since 1982. (For what it’s worth, that was a disappointing draft class for the Sox, who selected Sam Horn (No. 16 overall), Rob Parkins (18), Jeff Ledbetter (26) and Kevin Romine (29).) And while the Red Sox would have loved to have netted an extra pick from Lopez, the fact that both Martinez and Beltre netted first rounders leaves the team in strong shape for the coming draft, in what could be an opportunity for the Sox to reload some of the organizational depth that they lost when trading for Adrian Gonzalez this year.

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