Sunday, November 23, 2014
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.
one of eight teams in a good position to snatch up the defector from Fidel Castro's Prison Island. More recently, it's been reported by WEEI.com's Alex Speier that the Red Sox Director of International Scouting attended a workout by Moncanda in Guatemala. His assessment was as follows, "He's in tremendous shape. We'll do our due diligence." Especially if they flub the PandaQuest.
Garicaparra had the team do "shots" to shake off their losing ways. Does this ring any 2004 bells, anyone? Apparently, Jack Daniels sour mash is more effective than agave spirit.
Lester sold his Newton home for $1.85 million yesterday. The Colonial—which is situated on the Charles River—is a 3,300 square foot manse that has its own wine cellar. The Lesters just recently bought a 4,500 square foot home in the Atlanta area. Not good news.
Red Sox minor leaguer Cody Kukuk was arrested in California for an alleged home invasion in his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas. Kukuk, a 21-year old LHP has previously been arrested for driving under the influence. Reportedly, the robbers took an Xbox 360, cell phones, cash and a safe. They also allegedly battered the residents of the apartment and threatened them at gunpoint. Kukuk is rated as the 21st best prospect in the Boston organization, and went 7-7 in 25 starts this year in "A" ball. Stay tuned for some response from the Red Sox. Hey, left-handed pitching isn't that rare.
he Red Sox have offered Jon Lester six years and between $110 and $120 million. That works out to between $18.3 million and $20 million per year for the lefty ace. Most observers of the free agent market (including Lester's ex-teammate Curt Schilling) have pegged Lester's worth at around $140-$150 million. Moreover, there are new reports that The Evil Ones are poised to offer Lester eight years and $200 million—$25 million a year, with a 4-year opt-out. So, the big question is will Lester accept John Henry's "LowBall II' offer? Stay tuned.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
a 90% chance that Pablo Sandoval signs with the Red Sox. The report—from KPIX-TV's Dennis O'Donnell—states that the Giants were never The Panda's first choice and that they are effectively out of the running for the free-agent third baseman. The Blue Jays (where did they come from?) apparently still have a shot at Sandoval—although the confiscatory tax situation north of the border is a serious drawback for Toronto. Finally, the word is that a decision could come very soon.
the Red Sox are actively putting together a contract offer for free-agent 3B Pablo Sandoval. The Panda has been in Boston for the last couple of days—being wined and dined by Sox brass and David Ortiz. The scuttlebutt is that Sandoval is "expecting" a deal better than the 5 years and $90 million the Giants gave to Hunter Pence. It's unclear how the Red Sox offer will be structured—either in terms of length or amount. However, it is clear that Boston is serious about prying The Panda away from San Francisco. We would advise that you start checking eBay SF for used panda heads.