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Curt Schilling’s son accidentally causes bomb squad to respond at Logan Airport 11.22.14 at 2:52 pm ET
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It was an unusual Saturday morning for the Schilling family.

While going through security at Logan Airport Saturday morning, Curt Schilling‘s son said he left a “fake grenade” in his bag. Moments later TSA agents called the bomb squad, but after they arrived and realized the situation, order was restored.

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Join Rob Bradford for Red Sox Hot Stove live chat, starting at noon 11.20.14 at 10:07 am ET
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Join Rob Bradford of WEEI.com for a live chat, starting at noon, to talk all things Red Sox offseason (or anything else that might be on your mind). It’s a great way to warm up for tonight’s “Hot Stove Show” with Bradford, Alex Speier and Mike Mutnansky on WEEI, starting at 7 p.m. So get your question in now …

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Pablo Sandoval arrives in Boston to meet with Red Sox officials 11.17.14 at 5:37 pm ET
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Pablo Sandoval is reportedly in Boston to meet with the Red Sox. (Getty Images)

Pablo Sandoval is reportedly in Boston to meet with the Red Sox. (Getty Images)

The courtship of the Panda is officially underway.

WHDH Sports caught up with free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval at Logan Airport. According to Joe Amorosino of WHDH (via twitter), Sandoval arrived with both brother Michael Sandoval and agent Gustavo Vasquez in anticipation of the 28-year-old’s meeting with Red Sox officials, though the third baseman was initially coy about his intentions.

“I’m on vacation. I just [came to] visit the city,” Sandoval joked to WHDH. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Sandoval later provided a bit more about his enthusiasm to meet with the Red Sox.

“I love being here and the situation,” he told WHDH, nothing that he enjoys a good relationship with DH David Ortiz.

Vasquez said that “around five or six” teams remained interested in Sandoval, while Michael Sandoval suggested that his brother was very much open to any team, including the Red Sox.

“It can be Red Sox, can be any other uniform,” Michael Sandoval told WHDH. “The good part of this is he’ll get a chance to explore his value on the market, see who can really appreciate him and his work.”

The Sox have made little effort to hide their interest in Sandoval, acknowledging that their struggles at third base in 2014 combined with their need for more left-handed lineup balance make the switch-hitting Sandoval an obvious subject of the team’s interest. Vasquez, Sandoval’s agent, recentlly suggested that the third baseman would like a six-year deal, a goal that seemingly is in line with recent free agent history given Sandoval’s relatively young age.

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Report: Giants, Red Sox finalists for Pablo Sandoval 11.12.14 at 9:45 am ET
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According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (via twitter), the market for free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval appears to be down to the Giants and Red Sox. Rosenthal noted that the Red Sox are “weighing other options,” and that “unless [Boston] makes [a] big play,” the Giants — the team with whom Sandoval has spent his entire career and now won World Series, appear to be the favorites.

Sandoval, who turned 28 in August, hit .279 with a .324 OBP, .415 slugging mark, 16 homers and a 111 OPS+ in 2014 while playing a career-high 157 games. He’s considered an above-average defensive third baseman, with the track record of consistent above-average contributions both at the plate and in the field, coupled with the fact that he’s at the beginning of his prime years, making him an early target on the open market. Sandoval’s agent, Gustavo Vasquez, was reportedly meeting with four teams — the Giants, Red Sox, Blue Jays and White Sox — at the GM Meetings in Phoenix.

Report: Red Sox on Cole Hamels’ no-trade list 11.10.14 at 11:19 pm ET
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According to a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (via twitter), the Red Sox are among the teams that Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels has listed among those from whom he has no-trade protection. That “protection” does not rule out the possibility of a trade. Instead, it gives Hamels the right to veto a trade.

Typically, players use the opportunity to apply no-trade protection to extract something of value from teams that would be interested in trading for them. Sometimes that comes in the form of a bonus (as when the Red Sox traded for Mark Kotsay in 2008). In other instances, players will use their no-trade protection either to negotiate an extension (Curt Schilling after the 2003 season). In the case of Hamels, Rosenthal notes (via twitter) that the left-hander likely would want to have his 2019 option for $20 million (with a $6 million buyout) guaranteed.

Hamels, 30, went 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA, 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.6 walks per nine innings in 2014. The three-time All-Star owns a career 108-83 record with a 3.27 ERA in 1801 1/3 innings. He’s made at least 30 starts in each of the last seven seasons.

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Marc Carig on Hot Stove Show: Low OBP ‘a strike against’ Yoenis Cespedes for Mets 11.07.14 at 9:45 am ET
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Zack Wheeler

Zack Wheeler

In an interview on WEEI’s Hot Stove Show, Mets beat reporter Marc Carig or Newsday described New York’s National League club as being “somewhere in between” as they chart an offseason course, particularly as it pertains to the possibility of dealing starting pitchers.

At a time when Matt Harvey is expected back for the start of next season, the team has a number of high-end talented young pitchers from which to deal — including Rookie of the Year finalist Jacob deGrom (9-6, 2.69, 9.2 Ks/9 in 140 1/3 innings in 2014), right-hander Zack Wheeler (11-11, 3.54, 9.1 Ks/9 in 185 1/3 innings) and top prospect Noah Syndergaard (a 22-year-old with a 3.25 ERA, 10.0 Ks/9 and 2.6 walks per nine in his minor league career, including a 4.60 ERA in the hitter’s paradise of Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014). The team’s pitching inventory also includes less glamorous but nonetheless useful options such as left-hander Jon Niese (9-11 with a 3.40 ERA in 30 starts in 2014, under contract for $16 million total over the next two years with two team options through 2018) and right-hander Bartolo Colon (15-13, 4.09 ERA in 202 1/3 innings in 2014; one year remaining on his two-year, $20 million deal).

“They’ve certainly got some choices. They’re somewhere in between,” explained Carig. “Their two biggest needs are a corner outfielder with power, particularly a right-handed bat. That would be one. And right behind that would be a shortstop. I think any team that could offer one of those things to them becomes of extreme interest. Now it becomes a question of whether the Mets want to put in play their best trade chips. ‘€¦

“They’ve got a really good core of young arms who would make a deal go. We’re taking Noah Syndergaard, their top pitching prospect, Jacob deGrom, who’s probably going to be the Rookie of the Year. It’s those guys where they’ve got to decide, are we going to put that in play? Zack Wheeler had a very good first full season in the major leagues this year. If you start talking about those types of guys, now you’ve got the keys to the kingdom. Now you can make something happen. I don’t think they’ve shown much indication of wanting to do that. So the second level would be some of the veteran pitchers they’ve got. Read the rest of this entry »

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John Fay on Hot Stove Show: Don’t expect Johnny Cueto or Mat Latos to be traded this winter 11.07.14 at 7:09 am ET
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Johnny Cueto

Johnny Cueto

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, in an interview on WEEI’s Hot Stove Show, said that while he can imagine a scenario in which Reds starters Johnny Cueto and/or Mat Latos are dealt prior to the July 31 trade deadline in 2015, he does not expect either pitcher to be dealt this coming offseason.

“I don’t see either one getting traded, Johnny Cueto because he’s coming off such a good year. I think the Reds think their best chance to win is with him. In Mat Latos’ case, he’s had three separate injuries that put him on the disabled list last year, so I don’t think the market for him is as great as it once was,” said Fay. “Now if the Reds struggle out of the gate, and they decide to sell around the trade deadline, you could see one or both of them go, but my guess is that you’ll see them start the season with both of them.

“I think you’ve got to look at the mindset of the owner,” added Fay. “They have the All-Star Game next year. He thinks this is a big chance  to sell some season tickets and to make a run, and they think their best chance is with those guys.”

Cueto went 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA in 243 2/3 innings in 2014. He will be pitching under a $10 million team option in 2015, after which he’ll be eligible for free agency. Latos was limited to just 16 starts with a host of injuries, going 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA, but that snapped a string of four straight years of 30-plus starts for the 26-year-old, who has a 3.27 ERA over the last five years. Latos, like Cueto, will be eligible for free agency after the 2014 season. Read the rest of this entry »

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