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Red Sox say no additional trades imminent 07.26.14 at 6:29 pm ET
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Both Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell said that, in the aftermath of the trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Giants, the team does not anticipate another deal in the immediate future. (That notion of immediacy, of course, is wildly subjective.)

Asked if Peavy signaled another shoe being ready to drop, Farrell disputed the claim.

“I don’€™t know if I’€™d put in that type of description,” said Farrell. “There’€™s nothing imminent, I can tell you that, or even remotely close, to any other deals to be made. But their work and their efforts continue on as everyone in baseball now.”

Cherington said that the team continues to explore whether there might be additional trades, but is not yet at the point of another deal (or deals).

“We’re listening. We’re gathering information as we have been over really the last month or so, and as we get closer to the deadline, it starts to become more clear as to what teams are the most motivated to add in different areas, whether it’s starting pitching or bullpen or position players or whatever. And so we’ll start to get more clarity on exactly what opportunities might be out there for us,” said Cherington. “But we’re not there yet. We’re not closing in on anything yet, but we’re listening and we’ll just see how the rest of the week goes.”

Ben Cherington: Sox trade moves focused on ‘building as quickly as possible for April of 2015′ 07.26.14 at 6:18 pm ET
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Red Sox GM Ben Cherington (AP)

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington (AP)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It’s been a tough time for a Red Sox team and front office that had bold visions of defending their 2013 championship. Just over 100 games into the 2014 season, all parties around the team have been forced to recalibrate their view of the world, to wonder what’s been missing en route to a season-long stumble that has the club nine games under .500 with just five games remaining before Thursday’s traded deadline, in a position where the team must contemplate selling off pieces of the club in hopes of putting itself in a better position for next year.

“It’s not the most fun,” GM Ben Cherington said in a conference call. “I much prefer the alternative.”

Yet the alternative no longer appears a choice. The team dealt right-hander Jake Peavy on Saturday to the Giants in exchange for two prospects. That deal wasn’t necessarily a reflection of a seller’s mentality, as the Sox have thought for weeks that parting with Peavy and turning his rotation spot to the team’s young starters did not necessarily represent a step back in 2014.

“He was a guy we were willing to listen on simply because as we looked at the team, we felt like there was some opportunity and value in giving some innings to one of the younger starters, and we thought that we could be just as competitive as a team in doing that,” said Cherington — who noted that the move to acquire Peavy at last year’s trade deadline was one he would make again without hesitation given the protection he offered to the rotation at a time when Clay Buchholz‘s outlook was uncertain. “And we knew that there would be enough interest in Jake to possibly get something back that we like and would help us down the road. He was one player on the team that we were willing to talk about earlier and it just so happened that it came together this week.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Mike Carp requests trade 07.26.14 at 5:18 pm ET
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Red Sox first baseman/left fielder Mike Carp requested a trade coming out of the All-Star break. Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed that he’s had several conversations with Carp — a key bench contributor in 2013 — about his role.

“We’ve met multiple times coming out of the break and since the break, since we’ve started back up. He wants to play more. I respect that,” said Farrell. “I can respect his desire to get on the field.”

Teams — particularly NL teams — have been scouting Carp as a possible trade deadline addition.

Red Sox lineup: Brock Holt in right, Shane Victorino sits 07.26.14 at 3:21 pm ET
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino will get a day off of the turn of the Tropicana Dome on Saturday, with Brock Holt starting in right field. Stephen Drew is back in the lineup at shortstop as the Red Sox look to even the series against the Rays.

RED SOX LINEUP

Brock Holt, RF

Dustin Pedroia, 2B

David Ortiz, DH

Mike Napoli, 1B

Daniel Nava, LF

Stephen Drew, SS

Xander Bogaerts, 3B

Jackie Bradley Jr., CF

Christian Vazquez, C

John Lackey, RHP

Red Sox minor league roundup: Brian Johnson, Cody Kukuk dominate; Trey Ball breakthrough continues; Feats of Mookie 07.26.14 at 1:03 pm ET
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Left-hander Brian Johnson recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts on Friday. (Greenville Drive/Darrell Snow)

Left-hander Brian Johnson recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts on Friday. (Greenville Drive/Darrell Snow)

A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 10-2 WIN AT SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE (YANKEES)

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– Feats of Mookie: Being Mookie. Mookie Betts went 4-for-5 with a double and walk. The four-hit game was his third of the year and his seventh of the last two years; the contest marked the fifth time that he’s reached base five times in a game. After going 0-for-4 in his first game back in Pawtucket, Betts has a five-game hitting streak in which he’s 10-for-23 with two doubles, a triple and two walks. In 83 minor league games this year, he’s hitting .347 with a .436 OBP and .520 slugging mark.

– Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo had yet another strong performance, tossing six shutout innings in which he allowed three hits (a double and two singles) while walking two and punching out four. In 13 starts since May 15, Ranaudo has been among the most effective starters in the minors, going 9-2 with a 1.58 ERA, 7.0 strikeouts per nine and 2.9 walks per nine while holding opponents to a .186 average and averaging just over six innings a start.

Ranaudo is now at 119 1/3 innings this year. Aside from having gotten hit by a pair of line drives this year, he’s looked the part of a durable rotation member. Though his 2012 season was derailed by groin and then shoulder injuries, that now appears to be something of an outlier in his pro career, which has seen Ranaudo deliver 127 innings in 2011, 140 innings in 2013 and now on a pace to assume perhaps 160 innings this year. Combine that with the fact that his execution and understanding of what he’s doing on the mound continue to take strides forward and you have a pitcher who, even without top-of-the-charts stuff, looks like he has at least a solid likelihood of being a valuable contributor to a team — at least an innings-eating back-end starter, with a possible mid-rotation ceiling — for some time to come. Read the rest of this entry »

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Giants agree to send top-10 prospects Edwin Escobar, Heath Hembree to Sox 07.26.14 at 11:55 am ET
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The Red Sox landed more than just a pair of pitchers with alliterative monikers on Saturday.

According to an industry source, in exchange for right-hander Jake Peavy, the agreed to send a pair of pitchers who ranked among the Giants‘ top 10 prospects in Baseball America’s preseason rankings of the system, albeit both of whom are enduring less-than-spectacular campaigns.

The Sox added 25-year-old right-hander Heath Hembree, who has a 3.89 ERA with 10.5 strikeouts and 3.0 walks per nine innings in 41 Triple-A relief appearances, and 22-year-old Edwin Escobar, who is 3-8 with a 5.11 ERA, 7.8 strikeouts and 3.0 walks per nine innings in 20 starts for Triple-A Fresno. Both were sent by the Sox to Triple-A Pawtucket. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sources: Red Sox agree to deal sending Jake Peavy to Giants for minor leaguers 07.26.14 at 11:22 am ET
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The Red Sox have agreed to a deal sending Jake Peavy to the Giants for prospects. (AP)

The Red Sox have agreed to a deal sending Jake Peavy to the Giants for prospects. (AP)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The first shoe drops.

With the trading deadline five days away, the Red Sox made their first trade of a prospective free agent, sending right-hander Jake Peavy to the Giants. Multiple industry sources confirmed that there was an agreement to send Peavy to San Francisco pending approval from the Commissioner’s Office. The Red Sox will pick up just over half of Peavy’s remaining salary, which had roughly $5 million left.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first reported the completion of the deal; Jen Royle of the Boston Herald first reported on Saturday morning that Peavy was close to being dealt.

In 20 starts this year, Peavy is 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA while averaging roughly 6 1/3 innings per outing. He’s averaging 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings — a solid rate, but his lowest since 2003 — and 3.3 walks per nine (again, his worst rate since 2003). Yet both of those numbers, even as they reflect a declining arsenal, offer a viable baseline for a starter. But he was a frequent victim of the quick strike, as his 20 homers allowed were the most in the American League. A victim of poor run support, Peavy had made 15 straight starts (dating to May 1) without earning a win — the second-longest such streak in Red Sox team history, behind only a 16-game drought endured by Jim Lonborg in 1969.

Still, Peavy delivered six or more innings in 17 of his 20 starts, with 12 quality starts on the year. Particularly if given the opportunity to pitch in a ballpark (and division) that is more hostile to home runs, there’s a chance that he could represent a competent mid- to back-end starter who can help stabilize a rotation — something the Giants (who play in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in the majors) have been seeking while Matt Cain has been dealing with injuries.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, will create an opening in their rotation, giving them an opportunity to evaluate pitchers who appear major league-ready or close to it. Brandon Workman has already been a contributor in Boston’s rotation this year, and both Allen Webster and Anthony Ranaudo have been effective in the Triple-A Pawtucket rotation this year.

The Red Sox, according to multiple sources, are expected to get two upper levels minor league pitchers — one a right-handed reliever, one a left-handed starter — back from the Giants in return.

UPDATE: A source indicated that the Giants have agreed to send Triple-A pitchers Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree to the Sox, pending Commissioner’s Office approval. For a breakdown of the left-handed Escobar and right-handed Hembree — both of whom ranked in Baseball America’s preseason Giants top 10 — click here.

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