Monday, November 24, 2014
the free-agent deal between the Red Sox and Pablo Sandoval is confirmed—pending a physical. No specific word on the exact terms of the contract agreement is—as yet—available. Shea also states that the new deal will be "announced shortly". Stay tuned for further details.
the Red Sox and free-agent lefty Jon Lester are "close" to a deal in the range of $120-$140 million. At this point, there is no specific word on the duration of the proposed contract. Boston is also reportedly in "serious" trade talks with the Philadelphia Phillies for another left-handed starter—Cole Hamels. Stay tuned!!!!
the Red Sox deal with Hanley Ramirez is for four years and $88 million—with a fifth year "vesting option" valued at an additional $22 million. Reports are also confirming that Ramirez will be the Red Sox left-fielder.
deals with both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Reportedly, the Panda deal is for five years and almost $100 million. The Ramirez deal is five years and $90 million. It's unclear where Ramirez would play—but left field is a likely landing spot. If both of these deals are consummated—and every indication is that they will be—it heightens the possibility of more deals to free up the outfield logjam. Boston could package Yoenis Cespedes and some prospects for a front line starter like Cole Hamels. Alternatively, the Red Sox could hold on to their kids and sign more free agents—like Jon Lester and/or James Shields. Stay tuned, sports fans!
the Red Sox will sign former farmhand Hanley Ramirez to a five year, $90 million contract. Reportedly, Ramirez is on his way to Boston this morning. Ramirez. 30, was traded to the Marlins in exchange for Josh Beckett. Presumably, Ramirez would play third base (which he has indicated would be fine with him). However, if Boston also signs Pablo Sandoval, Ramriez would likely move to left field.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
there are six teams involved in the Jon Lester sweepstakes—and he warns us not to count out The Bronx Embalmers. Rosenthal states that while The Pinstriped Posers have denied interest, "the entire sport is bracing for them to snap to attention, as they always do". Of course, no outcome could be worse than The Evil Ones snaring Lester. Stay tuned.
Raimrez is on his way to Boston. It's important to state that no independent confirmation is available on these reports, but it may be that Ben Cherington is tiring of being used as a pawn by The Panda to fetch higher bids from the likes of San Diego.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
The Panda is leaning toward the Red Sox—who reportedly offered five years and $95 million. Expect the Sandoval camp to make a decision by Thanksgiving—or sooner. Stay tuned!
Friday, November 21, 2014
free agent lefty Jon Lester will meet with at least two more teams next week about a new contract. So far, Lester has reportedly met with the Red Sox, Braves and Cubs. It's believed that at least one of the two additional teams is the St. Louis Cardinals—and the 'wild card' fifth team could well be The Evil Empire.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014
they've added four players to their 40-man roster—which is now full. The four are: Sean Coyle (2B), Eduardo Rodriguez (P), Travis Shaw (1B) and Blake Swihart (C). Today was the deadline for such assignments to protect players from the December Rule 5 Draft. If Boston makes any free-agent acquisitions, they will have to make corresponding deletions from the 40-man roster.
multiple MLB executives are now of the view that Jon Lester will be signed by the Chicago Cubs. This is not surprising since the Red Sox floated a second low-ball offer to Lester this week—well below what most consider to be the lefty's true market value. Cubs President Theo Epstein is no doubt eager to stick it to his old nemesis Larry Lucchino by swooping in on Lester. Many, of course, have felt—for some time now—that Wrigley would be Lester's final destination.