|Dave Dombrowski: All top free agent pitchers ‘under consideration for us’||11.23.15 at 12:21 pm ET|
Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski isn’t shy about expressing an interest in making some moves to shore up the pitching staff. In an interview with Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette on Sirius XM’s MLB Network Radio, Dombrowski said all the top starters in free agency as well as on the trade market “are under consideration for us.”
“The [free agent] market is probably, as flush as it is … an area that we would pursue more, but I think that you’d feel comfortable that any names out there, you could say we have interest in them and hopefully somebody will have interest in us,” Dombrowski said (via MLBtraderumors.com).
Red Sox ownership has expressed a concern about offering a long-term contract to a pitcher in his 30s, which seemingly would rule out some big names. However, Dombrowski indicated that might be a necessity.
“I don’t think anyone really cherishes giving that long term of a contract to any pitcher in particular, but it’s a situation [where] … if you’re going to participate, you’re most likely going to have to do that,” he said.
|Red Sox pitchers Jean Machi, Alexi Ogando elect to become free agents after being outrighted; Ryan Cook claimed off waivers by Cubs||11.06.15 at 3:39 pm ET|
The Red Sox announced a series of moves Friday, including outrighting pitchers Alexi Ogando and Jean Machi, who elected to become free agents.
Ogando, 32, signed as a free agent last offseason after five years with the Rangers. The right-hander saw action in 64 games this season, going 3-1 with a 3.99 ERA.
Machi, 30, was picked up off waivers from the Giants on July 28 and appeared in 26 games with the Sox, posting a 5.09 ERA.
Outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig was outrighted as well, but he accepted an assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket. The 31-year-old spent most of the season in Pawtucket, trying to regain the stroke that helped him succeed during his previous stint with the Cardinals. In 36 games in the majors this season, Craig batted .152/.239/.203.
Catcher Sandy Leon signed a one-year major league contract for 2016 and also was outrighted and assigned to Pawtucket. The 26-year-old Venezuelan, acquired from the Nationals just before the start of the season to fill a void, hit .184/.238/.202 in 41 games.
Pitcher Ryan Cook was claimed off waivers by the Cubs. The 28-year-old was traded from the Athletics to the Sox at the trade deadline for a player to be named or cash, and he made five relief appearances, allowing 13 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.
The Sox also reinstated five players from the 60-day disabled list: pitchers Clay Buchholz (right elbow strain), Koji Uehara (right wrist nondisplaced distal radius fracture), Anthony Varvaro (right elbow surgery) and Brandon Workman (Tommy John surgery), and catcher Christian Vazquez (Tommy John surgery).
|Charles Steinberg named PawSox president||11.06.15 at 10:50 am ET|
Steinberg has long worked with outgoing Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino, who became chairman of the PawSox last winter.
The PawSox are attempting to relocate, although a plan to move to Providence fell through in September.
“Working at Fenway Park, we have long admired the fans of Rhode Island,” Steinberg said. “The opportunity to help enhance a warm, welcoming, positive experience for families, and especially children, is very attractive. The opportunity to help enhance the PawSox’ community efforts is equally enticing.
“We know we have a staff of loyal, dedicated, knowledgeable people who have given their hearts and souls to the PawSox for years. We look forward to working with them, learning from them and building upon our shared experience.”
Mike Tamburro, who has served as PawSox president for two decades, will remain with the organization as vice chairman.
|Curt Schilling on D&C: Red Sox ‘have to get rid of’ Hanley Ramirez or Pablo Sandoval||11.04.15 at 1:06 pm ET|
ESPN analyst Curt Schilling checked in with with Dennis, Callahan & Minihane show on Wednesday morning to discuss the Red Sox‘ offseason and other MLB news. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
There has been speculation that new Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski will attempt to rid the team of the hefty contracts of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, who arrived in Boston last season as free agents but underperformed as the team struggled to another last-place finish in the American League East.
“I don’t know if they can do that without eating at least 90 percent of the money,” Schilling said. “Because it’s not like you have these hidden flaws that no one else knows about, that you can sneak him out the door and somebody will go, ‘Wow, I didn’t notice that.’ Pablo, the question’s always been around his weight. And I love the guy. He’s a tremendous clubhouse guy — funny, great guy. But this is what everybody was afraid of.
“With Hanley, is anybody surprised by what happened? This was the guy they traded [in 2005]. He didn’t change. They just got an older version of him.”
Schilling said he never supported the acquisitions last year.
“I was a pariah at the winter meetings, because I was the only guy at ESPN that said, ‘I don’t like either one. I don’t like either signing.’ I don’t get the give [$]80 [million], $100 million to a guy — and then find him a position? That seems kind of backwards to me.
“And Sandoval — you’re literally going to have three first baseman/DHs maybe, going into the season. I don’t think they have a choice. They have to get rid of at least one. And if they can get rid of two, my God, go for it.”
|Ben Cherington to teach class at Columbia University||10.26.15 at 12:42 pm ET|
According to a press release, Cherington will be an executive in residence and “will be instructing a class on the topic of leadership in sports this spring, in the Master of Science in Sports Management degree program.”
The program is directed by Vince Gennaro, who also serves as president of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).
“I’m honored to join the team at Columbia. Vince and his team have built a program that brings students and industry leaders together in the most current and impactful ways,” said Cherington, who has an undergraduate degree from Amherst College and a graduate degree in sports management from UMass-Amherst. “Two of my favorite parts of working in baseball have been to collaborate with outstanding people looking to make a difference, and, to help others grow. I hope sharing my experience can help play a small role in Columbia’s mission to prepare its students for a meaningful and impactful career in the sports industry.”
Said Gennaro: “The addition of Ben to our Columbia program reflects our commitment to building a curriculum that combines the real world experiences of sports industry leaders, with the academic rigor of an Ivy League University. Ben and I will continue to explore additional ways in which he can add value to our students and our program.”
|Curt Schilling on D&C: Cubs ‘could set themselves up to kind of be the Patriots for the next 10, 15 years’||10.14.15 at 9:29 am ET|
ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling checked in with Dennis, Callahan & Minihane on Wednesday to talk about the playoffs and explain his controversial tweet about Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential candidates debate. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
During the Democratic debate, Republican candidate Donald Trump tweeted: Who is winning the debate so far (just last name)?
Responded Schilling: ISIS.
Not surprisingly, the critics went after Schilling for the sarcastic remark, especially considering Schilling’s last ISIS reference on Twitter ended up with him getting suspended by ESPN.
“Somehow people were saying, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe you support ISIS.’ I swear to God,” Schilling said. “I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ I thought it was a joke, but then they started getting liberal and vile, so I figured it wasn’t.”
Added Schilling: “First of all, I didn’t see one minute of the debate. So the answer was going to get that way no matter what. I was watching the game. But I thought, ‘I know who’s up there. And I know what they’re saying. So I know who’s going to win.’ ”
Turning to baseball, Schilling said he’s not cheering against anyone in the postseason out of respect for the challenge they face, but there are teams and players he would like to see advance.
“The matchup I would really like to see in the World Series is Cubs-Blue Jays,” he said. “But I’d like to see the Mets, because I’d love to see that pitching. I’d love to see the Dodgers because I’d like to see [Zack] Greinke and [Clayton] Kershaw if they can do it. There’s a lot of really cool stories now. The Astros. I’m not rooting against them, but I really don’t want to watch the Royals. … In the context of championship-caliber clubs, I think they’re boring. There’s no 40-home run guy. … [The Astros] have I think the best young player in baseball at shortstop. This kid is absolutely breathtakingly good. I love to watch [Jose] Altuve play the game, because I appreciate guys that are built like that and play like that. I like [Dallas] Keuchel. [Collin] McHugh concerns me today that he’s not a swing-and-miss guy and he’s got the [Blue Jays] lineup that never strikes out. But they’re interesting. They’re fun.”
“They’re not done,” Schilling said. “They’re playing on house money for everybody else. But to them, they believe that they should be holding the big trophy at the end. That’s a deadly combination.”
Schilling also noted that team president Theo Epstein has freer reign than when he was in Boston.
“If you look at what’s happened there, I don’t believe the Ricketts family will meddle in baseball ops. You know that’s one of the reasons Theo left here,” Schilling said. “I think they will leave him to his vices and let him do what he’s going to do. And left alone with the people he’s got, now he’s in a market where — and Joe Maddon‘s managing a team where he doesn’t have to maximize value for five years and watch a guy walk. That’s a deadly combination for me. They could set themselves up to kind of be the Patriots for the next 10, 15 years. With that much talent, and the money, new stadium.
“If they win it this year, it’s going to be — Theo Epstein, what does he do next? Does he go to Cleveland? And then win there?”
|Mike Hazen on D&C: ‘I think we’re right around the corner’ from competing for a title||09.25.15 at 10:08 am ET|
Mike Hazen, who on Thursday was promoted to Red Sox senior vice president and general manager, checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning and said he believes the team is not far away from competing for another championship. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Hazen, 39, has been with the organization for a decade, including two World Series titles and two (closing in on three) last-place finishes in the AL East.
“There has been a lot of success. Certainly the last few years are unacceptable and we need to do a better job of what we’re doing at the major league level specifically,” he said. “I think if you look at the farm system — and many consider it to be the No. 1 farm system — you look at the youth on the major league roster, I think there are a lot of good things going on here and I hope that is a reflection of that. Maybe this promotion initially is a reflection of that, because there are a lot of good, hard-working scouts, front-office people, player-development staff that have been here for a long time that have been very successful.”
Hazel said he wasn’t sure what would happen after Dombrowski was brought in last month and Ben Cherington stepped down.
“You never know. These things go in many different directions,” Hazen said. “I didn’t know Dave very well at that point in time. And so at that point you just don’t know. You never know how he’s going to assess the situation. Thankfully for us, a lot of us, I think he’s come in and been open-minded to how the front office could be constructed and how, depending on what he needs, what he needs to make the best decisions. Thankfully for a lot of us he took his time through that. It’s been a month, I’ve had the opportunity to work with him now for a month. We just jumped right in on Day 1, just getting after it. Hopefully that connection was started then and has continued to now.”
|Red Sox lineup: David Ortiz returns after leaving Sunday game with sore calf||09.07.15 at 11:48 am ET|
David Ortiz, who left midway through Sunday’s 6-2 victory over the Phillies with a calf strain, is back in the starting lineup Monday as the Red Sox open a three-game series against the Blue Jays in a Labor Day matinee at Fenway Park.
Ortiz has been red hot since the All-Star break, hitting .375 with 16 home runs. He hit his 497th career home run — 200th at Fenway — in the first inning Sunday, but he only lasted one more at-bat before departing to rest his leg.
Here is the lineup for the Red Sox, who will try to get a win for the improving Rick Porcello as they face veteran Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle. For a breakdown of the pitching matchups, chcek the Full Count blog.
Mookie Betts, CF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Travis Shaw, 1B
Rusney Castillo, LF
Brock Holt, 2B
Blake Swihart, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., RF
|Woman sues John Henry for negligence over 2014 foul ball injury at Fenway||08.28.15 at 1:55 pm ET|
Injuries caused by foul balls and bats have become a major issue in baseball this year, especially after the Red Sox had two scary incidents earlier this season that led to fans being hospitalized.
Now a woman who was stuck by a ball last year at Fenway is suing owner John Henry for negligence.
Stephanie Taubin, a 46-year-old from Brookline, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court, The Boston Globe reported in Friday’s editions.
Citing court records, the Globe reports that Taubin said she was in the EMC Club in the area above home plate on June 17, 2014, and protective glass had been removed for renovations, leaving fans at greater risk. She was struck by a foul ball and suffered facial fractures and neurological damage, the complaint states.
She claims to have incurred medical expenses, lost wages and diminished earning capacity.
The Red Sox said in a statement to the Globe that the team “is unaware of the specifics [of the lawsuit] and generally does not comment on pending legal matters. But the safety of Red Sox fans and providing a quality ballpark experience are essential to the Red Sox, and to Mr. Henry, and are goals for which we strive as an organization to deliver.”
In an incident on June 5 of this season, a woman from Paxton seated near the visitors dugout was hit in the face by a piece of a bat that broke during a swing. Tonya Carpenter, 44, suffered sever injuries that required a week-long stay at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and additional treatment at a rehabilitation facility.
On July 10, a Connecticut woman seated on the third-base side was struck in the forehead by a hard-hit foul ball. Stephanie Wapenski, 36, received more than 30 stitches and spent the night in the hospital for examination.
|Report: Pete Rose bet on baseball while playing||06.22.15 at 1:56 pm ET|
Reds legend Pete Rose, who remains banned from baseball for betting on games as a manager, also bet on games during his playing career, according to a report from ESPN’s Outside the Lines.
The program obtained copies of pages from notebook of Rose associate Michael Bertolini documenting Rose’s gambling form March through July of 1986, when Rose was player-manager of the Reds. It indicates that he regularly bet on baseball, including on the Reds on days he was playing — although there was no evidence he bet against his team.
Most of the bets were for $2,000. There also were notations of bets on college and pro basketball, including a $5,500 bet on the Celtics (which was a loser), the biggest bet of any sport.
The notebook was seized from Bertolini during a raid by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in October 1989, about two months after Rose had been declared permanently ineligible by MLB.
Rose admitted in 2004 that he bet on games as a manager — after denying it for 15 years — but he has continued to insist he never bet on games as a player. During an April appearance on Michael Kay’s show on ESPN Radio in New York, Rose said: “Never bet as a player: That’s a fact.”
Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader, has been pushing for reinstatement this year.
Rose’s lawyer, Raymond Genco, issued a statement to ESPN on behalf of Rose, reading: “Since we submitted the application earlier this year, we committed to MLB that we would not comment on specific matters relating to reinstatement. I need to maintain that. To be sure, I’m eager to sit down with [MLB commissioner Rob] Manfred to address my entire history — the good and the bad — and my long personal journey since baseball. That meeting likely will come sometime after the All-Star break. Therefore at this point, it’s not appropriate to comment on any specifics.”
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