|07.30.14 at 3:30 pm ET|
Multiple industry sources confirmed that the Red Sox have agreed to send left-hander Felix Doubront to the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later. The player will be sent to the Sox after the December Rule 5 draft. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (via twitter) first reported the agreement.
Doubront, 26, is 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA, 6.5 strikeouts per nine and 3.9 walks per nine this year. He has expressed his displeasure with his recent move to the bullpen, and after a six-run yield in two-thirds of an inning on Monday, manager John Farrell acknowledged meeting with the left-hander. Though wildly inconsistent in two-plus years in the Red Sox rotation, Doubront showed flashes of considerable potential while punching out 8.5 batters per nine innings with a 4.59 ERA in 2012 and 2013.
|07.30.14 at 1:45 pm ET|
A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: OFF DAY
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 3-2 WIN, 4-1 LOSS VS. READING (PHILLIES)
– Left-hander Henry Owens had an outing where he struggled to command his fastball, resulting in one of his less dominant efforts of the season in Double-A. The 22-year-old tossed just five innings (his second-shortest outing since May) while allowing two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out three, a grind-it-out win that improved Owens to 14-4, arming him with the most wins in the minors and permitting him to set a record for most wins in a season by a Sea Dogs pitcher.
Owens has now spent a full year in Portland, having moved up at the beginning of last August. He has nothing left to prove there: In 26 starts, he’s 17-5 with a 2.44 ERA, 10.2 strikeouts per nine and 3.7 walks per nine. Yet one source indicated that the Sox’ trade for Edwin Escobar — who is slotting into the PawSox rotation — may have slowed down the most immediate plans to move Owens up the ladder to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The 22-year-old feels ready to compete in Pawtucket. He also recognizes that the question of when he moves up represents one for which he does not have an answer.
|07.30.14 at 1:28 pm ET|
ESPN baseball reporter Buster Olney joined Middays with MFB on Wednesday to discuss Jon Lester‘s potential departure and other trade rumors. To listen to the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
Lester’s tenure as a member of the Red Sox appears to be entering its final stages, as the southpaw was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday against the Blue Jays. Olney agreed that it seems like a forgone conclusion that Lester’s days in Boston are numbered.
“In talking with other teams that are talking with the Red Sox, they say they think it’s basically a certainty that Lester’s going to move and their perception is the Red Sox understand they they’re not going to be able to re-sign him, so you put him out in the marketplace, you get return for him,” Olney said. “Clearly, the National League Central is right at the forefront of what the Red Sox are dealing and that vortex works well for them.
“If you’re the St. Louis Cardinals and you’re talking with the Red Sox and you’re trying to get Jon Lester but you’re also trying to keep him away from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The same thing with the Pirates, they’re talking about Lester, they’re trying to push the price up for the Cardinals, and I do think that the Cardinals are probably the frontrunner right now.”
The Cardinals stand as a strong trade partner for the Red Sox, as St. Louis boasts one of the strongest farm systems in baseball, including stud outfielder prospect Oscar Taveras.
“I can tell you this, that [Taveras] is widely viewed with scouts who go in there and watch him play as being a sort of non-Cardinal-type player because of a body language,” Olney said, adding: “Oscar Taveras is someone who can be in, in the eyes of scouts, pouty. He can wear his at-bats in the field if he’s going through a tough time.
“He also has unbelievable power, so the question is, do the Cardinals look at the situation like a Lester, like a David Price and say: ‘Look, down the road, maybe this guy isn’t a great fit for us, so we’ll take advantage of it.’ My guess is because he’s such an elite power hitter that that’s going to be a guy that the Cardinals would want to hang on to him in terms of his value. … They have such a great range of prospects, so do the Pirates, that the Red Sox would be able to look at a long menu of guys.”
|07.30.14 at 12:48 pm ET|
However, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted Wednesday afternoon that both hurlers could be headed elsewhere prior to Thursday afternoon’s trade deadline.
Wrote Rosenthal: Source: “Very good chance” that #RedSox trade Lackey along with Lester.
Rosenthal followed up with another tweet clarifying that he did not mean the pitchers were being packaged in the same deal.
Rosenthal mentioned the Indians and Marlins as being among teams that would be interested in a pitcher like Lackey who is under team control for one more season (and for only $500,000).
|07.30.14 at 12:11 pm ET|
The Cardinals’ interest apparently has stirred the Brewers and Pirates, not only so they can get better but so they can keep him away from a rival. All three teams are within 1 1/2 games of each other atop the division.
Meanwhile, the other standout lefty from the American League East on the market appears less likely to be moved. While the Dodgers and Cardinals are said to remain interested in Rays ace David Price, the Rays’ recent hot streak (they’ve won 11 of their last 12 games) might help keep him in Tampa.
While Lester was scratched from Wednesday’s start, Price tweeted Wednesday morning that he’s planning to suit up for his team’s afternoon game against the Brewers, joking: This is my last start for the Rays….IN JULY!!! been up and been ready!!!
– According to multiple reports, the Phillies are making pitcher Cole Hamels available, but at a steep price.
ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that the Phillies are only willing to pay $10 million of the remaining $90 million-plus on Hamels’ contract.
– The Cubs, who sent Jeff Samardzija to the Athletics earlier this month, plan to be involved in more trade discussions involving some of their players.
“I think we’ll be active,” general manager Jed Hoyer told Chicago Tribune reporter Mark Gonzalez. “It wouldn’t surprise me if we made no moves, but I guess I’d say I’d expect to be active. [Wednesday] is moving day. I’d expect things would be a lot more serious as we move into [Wednesday].”
Gonzalez reports that representatives from the Mets, Giants, Mariners and Dodgers watched Edwin Jackson start Tuesday night’s game. Infielder Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed relievers James Russell and Wesley Wright after other names to watch.
– The Rangers reportedly are willing to pay some of the remaining salary due to outfielder Alex Rios, although the interest appears to be fading. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted that there has been interest from the Indians, Reds, Royals and Giants.
|07.30.14 at 11:02 am ET|
The trade deadline is just one day away. And after another loss Tuesday night, it appears likely the last-place Red Sox will not only be active sellers from now until 4 p.m. Thursday, but some big names could be on the move.
The fire sale began this past weekend when the Sox sent Jake Peavy to the Giants for a pair of pitching prospects. Since then, multiple players within the organization have been involved in trade rumors, including Jon Lester, Andrew Miller, Koji Uehara and a few others.
This certainly isn’t the first time the Red Sox have been active participants in the deadline madness since the turn of the century, for better or worse. The Sox have shown they’re not afraid to make a splash in July to bolster their roster for a playoff push. However, even some of their least notable deals at the time have proven to be the different between a World Series championship and an early exit.
Here are the Red Sox‘ top 10 most significant trade deadline moves since 2000.
10. July 30, 2002: Red Sox receive outfielder Cliff Floyd, send right-handers Seung Song and Sun-Woo Kim to the Expos
The Red Sox were in the midst of a pennant race by July 2002 and bolstered their lineup by trading for Floyd. The slugger was a key bat for the Sox, hitting .316/.374/.561 in 47 games and 171 at-bats. But it wasn’t enough to propel the 93-win Red Sox into the postseason, and Floyd left as a free agent after the season.
9. July 31, 2011: Red Sox receive left-hander Erik Bedard and right-hander Josh Fields, send catcher Tim Federowicz and right-handers Juan Rodriguez and Stephen Fife to the Dodgers
Bedard, who was acquired from the Mariners in a three-team deal, was supposed to be a nice arm to join the rotation and help the Sox in what looked like an inevitable postseason run. But like the Red Sox of September 2011, Bedard failed to replicate past success. The lefty pitched a combined 38 innings over eight starts and finished with a 4.03 ERA before leaving after the season.
8. July 31, 2010: Red Sox receive catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, send first baseman Chris McGuiness, right-hander Roman Mendez and catcher Michael Thomas to the Rangers
With Jason Varitek‘s career nearing an end and Victor Martinez‘s contract expiring, the Sox acquired Saltalamacchia to be their catcher for the upcoming future. The deal proved valuable for the Red Sox as Saltamacchia gave them three strong seasons with over 100 games played and was key in their 2013 World Series run. He hit .273/.338/.466 in 121 games for the Sox last season before signing with the Marlins in the offseason.
|07.30.14 at 8:38 am ET|
“In light of all the uncertainty surrounding Jon Lester, it’s probably in everyone’s best interests that he does not make that start, so Brandon will be recalled,” Farrell said after the Sox’ 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays.
Workman (1-3, 4.13 ERA) was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket on July 8 following an 8-3 loss to the White Sox in which he gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits over seven innings. After looking strong in his first eight starts this season, the righty struggled in his last three, allowing 13 earned runs over 18 innings.
Workman made three starts for Pawtucket following his demotion. He gave up five runs over 16 innings in the three outings. Four of those runs came July 13 in his first start since being sent down.
Wednesday will be Workman’s first career start against the Blue Jays. He tossed three innings of relief against Toronto on Aug. 14, 2013, giving up one run, two hits and two walks to go with four strikeouts.
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