|Red Sox Hall of Famer Frank Malzone dead at 85||12.30.15 at 6:45 am ET|
Frank Malzone, one of the inaugural members of the Red Sox Hall of Fame and a member of the organization for 68 years, died Tuesday at his home in Needham, the team announced. He was 85.
Malzone played third base for the Sox from 1955-65 and was an eight-time All-Star, two-time team MVP and three-time Gold Glover. After playing one season for the Angels in 1966, he retired with a career line of .274/.315/.399 with 133 home runs and 728 RBIs. The Bronx native then returned to Boston and served as a scout, instructor and executive for the next 57 years.
“We mourn the loss of a man we all came to know as ‘Malzie,’ who was venerated by Red Sox fans not only for his great glove at third base but for his blue-collar dedication to his craft,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said in a statement.
“He played 150 games or more in seven consecutive seasons, and missed just a total of two games in his first four seasons. He brought that same commitment to the many years in which he served the club as a special assistant, and always was a welcome presence at Fenway Park. He will be missed, and we extend our condolences to his family.”
|Dan Shaughnessy headed to Baseball Hall of Fame as winner of Spink Award||12.08.15 at 3:42 pm ET|
Longtime Boston Globe writer Dan Shaughnessy was named winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award on Tuesday, earning him a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He will be presented with the award in Cooperstown, New York, on July 23 during Hall of Fame induction weekend, and included as part of the Hall’s permanent exhibit that honors writers and broadcasters.
Shaughnessy received 185 of the 417 votes cast by the Baseball Writers Association of America to beat out the late Furman Bisher of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Juan Verne, a Spanish syndicated columnist.
“I want to thank the Boston chapter for nominating me, particularly Nick Cafardo,” Shaughnessy said in a story at Boston.com. “It’s a great honor and I have so much regard for those who have won this award in the past. It’s staggering to be included with those names.”
A 1975 graduate of Holy Cross, Shaughnessy joined the Globe in 1981 after stints with newspapers in Baltimore and Washington. He served as the Red Sox beat writer and national baseball writer before settling into his current columnist position.
The Spink Award is named for the longtime publisher of The Sporting News. It has been presented annually since 1962.
|Report: Red Sox in discussions about moving starting pitcher to Mariners||12.07.15 at 1:41 pm ET|
It’s no secret that the Red Sox are looking to unload one of their returning starting pitchers after signing free agent David Price last week. Now, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, we have some information about one of the teams with whom they might be dealing.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has plenty of familiarity with the players as well as the Red Sox front office, as he was a scout for the Sox a decade ago and he had a stint as a senior adviser with the Sox late last season after resigning as Angels GM midseason. He also worked for the Diamondbacks when Miley played in Arizona.
Dipoto has gone on record as saying he wants to upgrade the M’s rotation, and the Red Sox are an obvious place to start considering their surplus of arms.
Buccholz, 31, went 7-7 with a 3.26 ERA in 18 games during an injury-shortened 2015 season. He is set to earn $13 million in 2016, and the team has a $13.5 million option for 2017.
Miley, 29, overcame a 1-4 start to finish 11-11 with a 4.46 ERA in 32 starts in his first season in Boston. The left-hander has two years remaining on his contract — worth $6.1 million next season and $8.9 million the year after — and the Red Sox hold a $12 million option for 2018.
|David Ortiz on David Price rivalry: ‘Leave the past in the past’||12.02.15 at 12:55 pm ET|
When news broke that David Price had agreed to a seven-year deal with the Red Sox, it led to immediate concern among Red Sox Nation about how David Ortiz would react, considering the players’ rocky history over the past three years.
Ortiz alleviated those concerns Wednesday, insisting he’s ready to move on.
“No problems. All that’s in the past,” Ortiz said in an interview with radio station 102.5 FM in the Dominican Republic (via ESPN). “Now he is my partner. When a person joins your cause, you must leave the past in the past.”
In the 2013 postseason, Price objected to Ortiz taking his time to round the bases after a home run. The next time they faced each other, in May 2014 at Fenway Park, Price drilled Ortiz with a first-inning pitch. During a benches-clearing gathering later in the game — following another Sox batter (Mike Carp) being hit — Ortiz animatedly pointed and screamed at Price. After the game Ortiz referred to their dispute as “a war,” implied he would go after Price if he got hit again, and said, “I have no respect for him no more.” Price accused Ortiz of acting like he’s bigger than the game.
Ortiz now apparently is willing to forgive and forget in order to have a chance for another championship in his final season.
“That’s fine. We need pitching, and David Price is a great pitcher and has showed that for years,” Ortiz said. “I hope he will help us. It’s a marquee pitcher, and that’s what we need.”
|Red Sox make official 2-year deal with Chris Young; DFA pitcher Roman Mendez||12.02.15 at 11:07 am ET|
The Red Sox announced Wednesday that they have agreed to a two-year deal with outfielder Chris Young, confirming reports from earlier in the week. In order to make room for Young on the 40-man roster, right-hander Roman Mendez was designated for assignment.
Young reportedly will earn $13 million in Boston after pulling in just $2.5 million last season with the Yankees. Young was a good value for New York, hitting .252/.320/.453 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs in 140 games. In 10 big league seasons with the Diamondbacks, A’s, Mets and Yankees, the 32-year-old righty-hitting Young is batting .235/.314/.429 with 169 home runs and 528 RBIs in 1,243 games.
Mendez, 25, was claimed off waivers from the Rangers in September and appeared in just two innings over three games with the Sox.
|Curt Schilling on D&C: Red Sox might pursue Zack Greinke for 1-2 punch with David Price||12.02.15 at 10:26 am ET|
ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling checked in with Dennis, Callahan & Minihane on Wednesday morning to explain why he supports the Red Sox‘ decision to spend a record amount of money for David Price. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Schilling said it shouldn’t matter that owner John Henry decided to open his wallet and shell out a reported $217 million over seven years for a 30-year-old left-hander.
“This is what makes it different here in the sense that when John Henry wants someone on the team, John Henry gets what he wants. … That’s one of the beauties of being a fan here now. Money is no object when it comes to putting a roster together,” Schilling said.
That said, Schilling echoed the thoughts of many in saying that the Red Sox have to expect that the last couple of years of this deal won’t be a good value.
“I don’t know how good he’s going to be or how serviceable he’s going to be [in the final years of the deal], but you don’t put $30 million onto a guy who’s 11-11 with a [4.20 ERA],” Schilling said. “And that is best-case [scenario]. Because are you fully expecting him to make 33 starts, 34 starts a year for seven consecutive years? I always look at things like this as, OK, one of these years he will not pitch. Right? So, it’s a six-year performance deal for seven years worth of money. Where does the other side of the hill, where does the downside begin — does it begin at 33, does it begin at 36?
“But here’s the thing: That doesn’t matter. Because if they go to the World Series and win, then the amount of money this organization makes off that World Series win pays for this a couple of times over.”
There also has been widespread speculation that Price will opt out of the deal after three years — reportedly an option in his contract — but Schilling doesn’t see that as likely.
Said Schilling: “I don’t think opting out is even remotely possible from the standpoint of, what are you going to do, opt out of a $30.1 million deal to get [$]32 million from somebody else? I think that after the first year he’s going to love it here. I think after the first month he’s going to love it here. Because this is baseball heaven. … There’s very few places like this. And he’s in the family now.”
|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.”
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