|Marlins’ reported deal with Garrett Jones would close another door for Mike Napoli||12.06.13 at 2:47 pm ET|
The Marlins reportedly are close to an agreement with former Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones, putting them in position to trade incumbent Logan Morrison.
The move also would limit the options for Mike Napoli, as the Marlins were said to be one of the teams who had been showing interest in the Red Sox free agent. The Rangers and Red Sox appear to be in the lead for Napoli’s services.
The Marlins on Friday also announced their three-year deal with former Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, worth a reported $21 million.
|Red Sox officially announce signing of A.J. Pierzynski||12.04.13 at 2:32 pm ET|
The Red Sox on Wednesday confirmed the signing of catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year deal and will introduce him to the media in a conference call late Wednesday afternoon.
The 36-year-old Pierzynski has spent 16 seasons in the majors, including 2013 with the Rangers. Prior to that, he spent eight seasons with the White Sox. He also played for the Giants (2004) and Twins (1998-2003).
Owner of a .995 career fielding percentage — ranking him best all-time among catchers with at least 1,000 games behind the plate — Pierzynski led the league and set a Rangers record with a .998 fielding percentage in 2013.
He also is known for his durability, setting a record by catching at least 110 games in each of the last 13 seasons.
Pierzynski is a career .322 hitter in 33 games at Fenway Park (including postseason).
|Report: Red Sox agree to deal with A.J. Pierzynski||12.03.13 at 8:00 am ET|
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a deal with the Red Sox, according to a tweet from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.
A deal with Pierzynski would appear to end the Red Sox’ relationship with Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was not tendered a qualifying offer last month.
Pierzynski, 36, is a 16-year veteran who played for the Rangers last season on a one-year deal, hitting .272/.297/.425 with 17 home runs and 70 RBIs in 134 games. He previously spent eight seasons with the White Sox and also has played for the Giants (2004) and Twins (1998-2003).
A lifetime .283/.322/.428 hitter, Pierzynski is known for his durability and outspoken personality, which has been known to get him in trouble with opposing players.
A two-time All-Star (2002, ’06), the lefty-hitting Pierzynski won a World Series in 2005 with the White Sox.
|Red Sox acquire RHP Burke Badenhop from Brewers||11.22.13 at 1:28 pm ET|
The Red Sox announced Friday that they traded minor league left-handed pitcher Luis Ortega to the Brewers for right-handed reliever Burke Badenhop.
Badenhop, 30, appeared in 63 games in 2013, going 2-3 with a 3.47 ERA. He ranked seventh among National League relievers in fewest walks per nine innings (1.7), allowing 12 walks all season.
Badenhop has played parts of six seasons in the majors, posting an 18-20 record with a 3.98 ERA in 280 games with the Marlins (2008-11), Rays (2012) and Brewers.
Ortega, 20, played for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in rookie ball last season, going 3-3 with a 2.45 ERA in 12 games, including one start. In his two years of pro ball since being signed as an international free agent, Ortega is 9-6 with a 2.25 ERA.
|BBWAA member Asuka Brown on leaving John Farrell, Terry Francona off AL Manager of the Year ballot: ‘My heart says my votes are correct’||11.13.13 at 11:42 am ET|
Asuka Brown of the Japanese wire service Jiji Press, one of two members of the Baseball Writers Association of America who did not include Red Sox manager John Farrell on her ballot for American League Manager of the Year, joined Mut & Merloni on Wednesday to explain her thought process.
Brown tabbed Athletics manager Bob Melvin first, followed by Rays skipper Joe Maddon and Orioles manager Buck Showalter. Brown’s vote for Showalter, last year’s runner-up, was his only top-three vote this year. Melvin, last year’s winner, finished third this year, behind winner Terry Francona and Farrell.
The Seattle-based Brown, who said she has been covering Major League Baseball since 2002 and joined the BBWAA in 2011, indicated Farrell had a stronger lineup and a higher payroll.
“I think Boston had so many premium players like [David] Ortiz, [Dustin] Pedroia. They have enough leadership to manage itself pretty well,” she said. “There’s no doubt Farrell is an outstanding manager in a competitive division. However, my first vote went to Bob Melvin. I highly respect those teams that [succeeded] on very limited budgets. So, my first two votes went to those managers — Melvin and Maddon.”
Added Brown: “Also the payroll was the reason I didn’t choose Boston. I always highly respect those teams with limited budgets. Boston and maybe the New York Yankees, they have I think big payrolls. Probably managers have, if they correctly manage, they have resources, always. That’s why.”
As for the absence of Francona, who won the award, Brown said his team’s record against weaker teams played too big a role in Cleveland’s success.
“My first two votes went to those managers from limited-budget teams. Then I thought that third vote should come from the division which is the toughest division in Major League Baseball,” she said. “The reason why I didn’t vote for Francona was that a number of their wins came from easier teams to beat, or struggling teams. So, that’s why my third vote went to Showalter, who maintained the same level as last season.”
Brown said she does not regret her choices despite the criticism she has been receiving.
“That’s what I thought,” she said. “They should be honored. My heart says my votes are correct.”
The other writer to leave Farrell off her ballot was Christina Kahrl of ESPN.com, who chose Francona first, Melvin second and Maddon third. She explained her vote in an article for the website, using the Red Sox’ big budget as the main reason for the exclusion of Farrell.
|Red Sox GM Ben Cherington named Sporting News Executive of the Year||11.12.13 at 7:17 am ET|
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was named Sporting News Executive of the Year on Monday night for his role in turning around the team.
“Definitely unexpected,” Cherington told reporters at the GM meetings in Orlando. “I consider this to be an award for the organization, not for me. Coming off the year we had in 2012, I also sort of see it as usually an award that goes to an organization that does work over a period of time and not necessarily in one year.”
The award was based on a vote of 31 major league executives prior to the postseason.
Cherington received 15 votes to beat out Pittsburgh’s Neal Huntington (9), Kansas City’s Dayton Moore (4) and Atlanta’s Frank Wren (3).
The Red Sox finished last in the American League East in 2012 but rebounded to win the World Series this year after Cherington replaced Bobby Valentine with John Farrell and made some key free agent acquisitions last offseason.
Now he faces another challenge, with Jacoby Ellsbury heading the list of Red Sox free agents he either needs to re-sign or replace.
“I think by now everyone has forgotten the World Series,” Cherington said, “and it’s on to the offseason work.”
|Mike Napoli reportedly receives offer from Red Sox but plans to shop around||11.08.13 at 12:25 pm ET|
According to a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, first baseman Mike Napoli has received a multi-year offer from the Red Sox but wants to shop around to see what other teams might consider.
Napoli was one of the three players the Red Sox tendered with a one-year $14.1 million qualifying offer, meaning if he signs elsewhere the Red Sox would receiver a draft pick.
Napoli signed a one-year deal with the Sox last offseason, shortening an original three-year, $39 million pact after the team expressed concerns about a degenerative hip condition.
An eight-year MLB veteran, Napoli is a career .259/.357/.502 hitter with 169 home runs and 472 RBIs. In 2013 he hit .259/.360/.482 with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs while amassing a career-high 187 strikeouts as well as a career-high 73 walks.
He went 2-for-13 (.154) in both the ALDS and the World Series, but he hit .300 in the ALCS and ripped a home run off Tigers ace Justin Verlander in Game 3 to give the Red Sox a 1-0 victory. He also homered in the Sox’ 4-3 Game 5 victory, going 3-for-4 in that game.
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