Player News - Red Sox

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Jeremy Barfield had a two-run double Friday to held the Red Sox top the Twins 4-3.

The 29-year-old Barfield got his eyes fixed, found some extra power and hit 27 homers in just 92 games for Double-A Portland after being signed out of indy ball last May. It'd be quite the story if he could make the majors 10 years after the A's drafted him, but he is a legitimate sleeper in the Red Sox's eyes. He'll open up in Triple-A.
Feb 23 - 4:08 PM

Marco Hernandez recently had a follow-up procedure to remove pins from his surgically-repaired left shoulder.

The additional operation was required because Hernandez was dealing with some discomfort. He will be sidelined for the rest of spring training and will get a late start to the season. Hernandez had been in the running for a utility job.
Feb 23 - 10:08 AM

Chandler Shepherd started and pitched two scoreless innings Thursday as the Red Sox topped Boston College 4-2.

Shepherd earned a spot on Boston's 40-man roster while posting a 68/18 K/BB ratio in 59 2/3 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket last season. The 25-year-old is expected to get his first look as a starter in Triple-A to begin this year. Still, his best hope of turning into a useful major leaguer will be in middle relief.
Feb 22 - 7:25 PM

Blake Swihart tripled, walked twice and knocked in three runs as the Red Sox beat Northeastern 15-2 in seven innings Thursday.

Expected to be tried at a couple of positions this spring, Swihart was an interesting deep sleeper until a week ago. Now that the Red Sox have Eduardo Nunez and J.D. Martinez taking pretty much any non-catcher at-bats that would have been available to Swihart, there's no clear path to significant playing time. Swihart still has to make the team; he's out of options and the Red Sox aren't going to let him get away on waivers. He's set to serve as Christian Vazquez's backup.
Feb 22 - 4:19 PM

Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe notes that the Red Sox's signing of Eduardo Nunez means Blake Swihart will no longer get looks at second and third base.

Boston has its answer again for the super-utility role, and Brock Holt can also serve in that capacity as well. Swihart, 25, will see action in the outfield and at first base this spring, and of course will draw some starts behind the plate. Whether or not he makes the Opening Day roster will likely depend on Boston's decision to carry either three catchers or two. If Swihart can show the kind of offensive promise he flashed just a few years ago, he will make that decision more difficult.
Feb 21 - 5:13 PM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that Joe Kelly is "A-OK" after being hit in the shin by a ball during live batting practice on Wednesday morning.

Kelly underwent an X-ray to confirm that there was no damage, and indeed no issues were revealed. The 29-year-old right-hander is expected to be a key part of the Boston bullpen this season in a mid-relief or setup role.
Feb 21 - 4:09 PM

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Tuesday that Hanley Ramirez is his No. 3 hitter.

Ramirez will shift from DH to first base following the addition of slugger J.D. Martinez, but Cora still envisions him in the middle of the lineup. We already know that Cora plans on going with Mookie Betts out of the leadoff spot and Andrew Benintendi in the No. 2 spot. Martinez will presumably bat cleanup. It's hard to know which version of Hanley will show up this season, but he's saying that his surgically-repaired shoulder feels good. He couldn't ask for a better situation for a rebound.
Feb 20 - 12:54 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that Jackie Bradley is "unlikely" to be traded following the Red Sox' signing of J.D. Martinez.

Martinez might play some in the outfield, but the Red Sox plan to use him mostly as a designated hitter. That will allow them to keep their ultra-talented outfield of Andrew Benintendi, Bradley and Mookie Betts intact. Bradley's name has popped up in trade rumors during the offseason, but Boston has denied ever looking to move him.
Feb 19 - 10:00 PM

Red Sox designated RHP Ben Taylor for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Eduardo Nunez. Taylor held a 5.19 ERA over 14 relief appearances for the Red Sox last season.
Feb 18 - 10:01 AM

Red Sox signed INF/OF Eduardo Nunez to a one-year, $4 million contract with a $4 million player option for 2019.

The buyout for the player option is $2 million, so Nunez is guaranteed at least $6 million and he can also net an additional $2 million in incentives. Nunez batted .313/.341/.460 with 12 homers and 24 steals across 491 plate appearances for the Giants and Red Sox last season. He'll play second base while Dustin Pedroia (knee) recovers and then can shift to a super utility role.
Feb 18 - 9:56 AM

Dustin Pedroia (knee) told reporters Saturday that he feels great and is no longer in any pain.

Pedroia noted that throughout the 2017 season, it hurt to get up and walk around, but that he could tell immediately after his surgery that the issue had been corrected. The Red Sox still plan to take things cautiously with him during spring training, but barring any setbacks there's a chance he could be ready for Opening Day.
Feb 17 - 9:25 AM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the option for 2019 in Eduardo Nunez's new contract with the Red Sox is likely to be a player option.

It makes sense after Nunez took a one-year deal when it seemed like he'd probably get at least a couple years. The contract is not yet official, as the utility player still needs to pass a physical.
Feb 16 - 2:36 PM

Hanley Ramirez said Friday that his surgically-repaired left shoulder is "fantastic" and "ready to go."

Ramirez admitted that his health wouldn't allow him to really throw last season, but he said he's ready for "around 150 ... 158" games at first base this season. He's currently projected as the Red Sox' designated hitter, but that would change if they bring in J.D. Martinez (or possibly someone else). Ramirez also noted that he lost 15 pounds over the winter while following Tom Brady's workout routine.
Feb 16 - 11:08 AM

According to FanRag's Robert Murray, the Red Sox and Eduardo Nunez have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with an option for 2019.

A three-year deal for Nunez seemed likely at the end of the regular season last year, but then he hurt his knee in the postseason and the free agent market collapsed. It benefits the Red Sox, who get a versatile player on a short-term deal. Nunez can start at second base on Opening Day and move into a utility role after Dustin Pedroia returns.
Feb 15 - 6:34 PM

MLB.com's Ian Browne reports that the Red Sox and free agent Eduardo Nunez are talking and could be close to a new deal.

As one of the teams willing to exceed the luxury tax, the Red Sox need to flex some of that financial muscle. Nunez likely would rather have had a clear starting job elsewhere, but the Red Sox can use him to replace Dustin Pedroia (knee) early on and likely will be able to find room for him on a semi-regular basis after Pedroia returns. If the price tag has come down some, the reunion makes a great deal of sense.
Feb 15 - 6:12 PM


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