|Reports: Jacoby Ellsbury agrees to seven-year deal with Yankees||12.03.13 at 8:56 pm ET|
Jacoby Ellsbury has agreed to a seven-year deal with the Yankees worth $153 million, according to multiple reports. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News was the first to report the terms of the deal.
Ellsbury hit .298/.355/.426 with nine home runs, 53 RBIs, 92 runs and a league-leading 52 steals for the Red Sox this past season. He hit .344 during the playoffs en route to winning his second World Series with the team. Ellsbury’s best season in Boston came in 2011, when he posted a .928 OPS, hit 32 homers, drove in 105 runs and finished second in American League MVP voting.
The Red Sox will get a supplemental first-round pick for Ellsbury.
|John Lackey wins Tony Conigliaro Award for overcoming adversity||12.03.13 at 5:05 pm ET|
John Lackey has been voted the winner of the 24th annual Tony Conigliaro Award, presented to an MLB player “who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage that were trademarks of Tony C.”
After struggling in 2011 and then missing all of 2012 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Lackey put together one of the best seasons of his career in 2013, posting a 3.52 ERA over 29 starts and 189 1/3 innings. Lackey then went 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA in five postseason appearances, including four starts.
The Red Sox began the award in 1990 in memory of Conigliaro, whose promising career was cut short when he was hit in the face by a pitch in 1967, causing a severe eye injury.
Lackey is the third Red Sox player to win the award, joining Bret Saberhagen in 1998 and Jon Lester in 2007.
|Poll: How do you feel about the A.J. Pierzynski signing?||12.03.13 at 12:32 pm ET|
The Red Sox have agreed to a one-year, $8.25 million deal with catcher A.J. Pierzynski, a move that effectively ends the Red Sox tenure of Jarrod Saltalamacchia. At the heart of the decision was the Sox’ preference to sign a starting catcher on a short-term deal of one or two years, rather than fulfilling Saltalamacchia’s desire for a contract of three or more years.
|Buster Olney on Mut & Merloni: Could medical concerns be hindering Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s market?||11.27.13 at 1:06 pm ET|
In his weekly interview on WEEI’s Mut & Merloni show, ESPN’s Buster Olney took stock of the catching market now that free agents such as Brian McCann, Carlos Ruiz and Geovany Soto have signed. Olney suggested that he believed that the Red Sox might pursue a short-term solution such as Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan (who hit .198/.306/.261 last year, but who owns a career line of .262/.359/.343 and is considered a strong defensive presence) based on the desire to keep the door open for the team’s up-and-coming prospects (Christian Vazquez, Blake Swihart) behind the plate.
“I think Ryan Hannigan is an interesting stopgap for the Red Sox. We know that the Tampa Bay Rays have always had a lot of interest before 2013. He was a high on-base percentage guy who was dealing with a wrist injury last year so he wasn’t healthy, didn’t hit. He doesn’t really hit for power. In that regard, he doesn’t really fit the prototype for the Red Sox,” said Olney. “But it feels like it’s kind of a bridge year for their catchers. It feels like if they buy a little time, they can develop those catchers. I think he would be an option.”
Olney suggested that it seemed curious that a market had yet to take shape for free agent Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Given his performance relative to that of other free agents on the market, Olney wondered whether medical issues might be hindering the 28-year-old’s market following a career-best season in which he hit .273/.338/.466 with 14 homers and 40 doubles while playing in 121 regular season games.
“I think the big question about Saltalamacchia — and believe me, you hear a lot of different things about a lot of different guys and I don’t know what’s in Jarrod’s file — but in some cases, some of the intransigence in the market is related to whatever’s in the medical file,” said Olney. “We saw it last winter with Mike Napoli where not only did the Red Sox reduce their file down to one year and $5 million but no other team jumped in based on the same information. With catchers, it’s certainly going to be one of the first things you’re going to look at. It says a lot that you have the Cubs and a number of other teams that are out there potentially looking at catchers, no one’s jumping up.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Daniel Bard’s struggles continue while pitching in Puerto Rico||11.17.13 at 11:08 pm ET|
The Daniel Bard saga has taken another turn for the worse.
Pitching for Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League, the former Red Sox reliever has allowed seven earned runs on nine walks and four wild pitches, hitting three batters while not allowing a hit. In his three appearances, Bard has retired just one of his 13 batters.
According to MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat, Bard seemingly reached rock-bottom during Saturday’s outing. Starting the seventh inning, the righty walked his first two batters, threw a wild pitch and proceeded to walk another to load the bases. Two runs proceeded to come in on a pair of wild pitches, paving the way to two more walks and the end of the pitcher’s night.
Bard didn’t pitch for the Cubs after being claimed off waivers Sept. 4 following the Red Sox designating the reliever for assignment.
The 28-year-old pitched in 16 minor-league games in the Sox’ system in 2013, walking 27 in 15 1/3 innings. As late as August, he was still hoping to return to the majors to help the big-league team (as he told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford).
|Video: Red Sox Championship Parade||11.05.13 at 3:54 pm ET|
The view of the parade route from the WEEI duck boat.
|Dustin Pedroia expects to undergo thumb surgery ‘probably in a couple weeks’||11.01.13 at 4:21 pm ET|
In an appearance on WEEI’s Salk & Holley Friday afternoon, Dustin Pedroia said he expects to have surgery “probably in a couple weeks” to repair a torn thumb ligament he suffered on Opening Day.
Pedroia played with the injury all season. He said it forced him to shorten up his swing and not try to hit home runs as much as he might have in the past.
Pedroia said he still needs to have an MRI performed before the surgery is finalized. He’ll be examined by Dr. Donald Sheridan, the same doctor who performed the surgery on the hamate bone in Pedroia’s wrist after the 2007 season.
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