Player News - Red Sox

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Mookie Betts was named the 2018 winner of the Heart & Hustle Award on Thursday.

The award is given by the MLB Players Alumni Association, and it's given to the player that showed the most -- you guessed it -- heart and hustle over the season. Betts is going to win a lot of awards this year, as he's already taken home a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger. An MVP next Thursday is very likely.
Nov 8 - 9:06 PM

J.D. Martinez was named a Silver Slugger winner as both an outfielder and a Designated Hitter on Thursday.

Yep. That's allowed. Your other AL winners: C Salvador Perez, 1B Jose Abreu, 2B Jose Altuve, SS Francisco Lindor, 3B Jose Ramirez, with Mookie Betts and Mike Trout the other outfielders. It's not the first time we've had someone nominated for multiple awards, but it is the first time that we've seen someone win both. It's tough to argue, although ignoring Khris Davis and his fantastic season in favor of him winning two is a bit absurd. There weren't many better hitters in baseball, though, and it's fun to see a bit of history made.
Nov 8 - 7:03 PM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that J.D. Martinez is likely to test free agency again after the 2019 season.

Martinez signed a five-year, $110 million dollar contract with the Red Sox before the 2018 season. That contract contains opt-outs, and the first of those opt-outs comes after 2019. The 31-year-old was sensational last year while helping Boston win a world championship, and while there are some injury/defense concerns, it's not hard to believe he'd get more on the open market in 2020.
Nov 8 - 4:37 PM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that Xander Bogaerts is likely to test free agency after the 2019 season.

Bogaerts, 26, will be eligible for free agency for the first time after the 2019 season. The shortstop had a strong 2018 campaign; hitting 23 homers and driving in 103 runs with an .883 OPS over 580 plate appearances. There's always a chance that Bogaerts and the Red Sox could work out a contract extension, but for now, it appears he'll be one of the better options in the 2020 class.
Nov 8 - 4:34 PM

The Phillies have shown interest in free agent Craig Kimbrel, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

The Red Sox made a qualifying offer to Kimbrel, who is likely looking to top the three-year, $52 million deal that Wade Davis got from the Rockies last winter. The Cardinals and Braves are also thought to be interested. The Phillies, though, have more budget flexibility than those teams.
Nov 7 - 2:46 PM

Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports that the Mets are considering pursuing the top free agent relievers on the market.

Martino lists Craig Kimbrel, Adam Ottavino, Zach Britton, Andrew Miller, and David Robertson as examples, but more names are out there, such as former Mets closer Jeurys Familia. Kimbrel would obviously be the most costly name on the market while Miller could be amenable to a one-year deal after an injury-plagued year. Either way, new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen plans to address the team's glaring weakness this winter.
Source: SNY.tv
Nov 6 - 3:44 PM

Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals are among the possible suitors for Craig Kimbrel.

The Red Sox extended a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer to Kimbrel last Friday and are expected to make every effort to keep him, but they are going to have some competition, with the Braves also listed as a potential fit. His agent, David Meter, will likely seek an annual salary in the range of $16 million (Kenley Jansen's contract) to $17.3 million (Wade Davis' record-setting reliever AAV), likely over three or four years.
Nov 6 - 1:57 PM

Mookie Betts, Jose Ramirez and Mike Trout were announced on Monday as finalists for the 2018 American League MVP award.

After finishing in the top-20 in voting each of his first three full seasons, Betts is destined to win his first MVP award this time. He put up a monstrous .346/.438/.640 batting line with 32 home runs, 80 RBI, 30 stolen bases and 129 runs scored while also winning a Gold Glove. The winner will be announced next Thursday.
Nov 5 - 6:49 PM

Alex Cora, Bob Melvin and Kevin Cash were announced on Monday as finalists for the 2018 American League Manager of the Year award.

Normally, a manager that led his team to a 108-win regular season and World Series title would be a clear favorite. However, while Cora might wind up winning, there are cases to be made for Melvin and Cash since much less was expected of their clubs. The winner will be announced next Tuesday.
Nov 5 - 6:26 PM

Red Sox extended a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer to RHP Craig Kimbrel.

Kimbrel will reject the offer and become a free agent. His contract this offseason could rival the three-year, $52 million deal signed last winter by Wade Davis, which is the biggest ever for a reliever.
Nov 2 - 2:49 PM

Red Sox President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters at his season-ending press conference that Chris Sale (shoulder) won't need surgery.

Sale missed time in 2018 with the shoulder injury, but Dombrowski told reporters that he believes that rest will be enough for the ace to be ready to start the 2019 season. He also said that they will be very cautious with their ace -- as they should be -- but right now, he's projected to be ready by opening day without having to go under the knife.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 1 - 8:01 PM

Red Sox sent RHP Justin Haley outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

It clears another spot on the 40-man roster for the Red Sox. The 27-year-old appeared in just four games for Boston in 2018, but did post a 3.80 ERA over 22 starts for Pawtucket. He'll likely see more time in Pawtucket if he doesn't elect free agency.
Nov 1 - 4:19 PM

Tony Renda has elected free agency.

Renda made just one plate appearance for Boston in 2018, but still gets a World Series ring. He'll seek another minor league deal elsewhere.
Nov 1 - 4:17 PM

Red Sox activated RHP Austin Maddox from the 60-day disabled list.

Maddox's activation is a logistical move, as he's expected to miss the entire 2019 season after undergoing surgery on his right rotator cuff in September; a surgery that's expected to keep the right-hander out for 12 months.
Nov 1 - 4:15 PM

Red Sox activated 3B Marco Hernandez from the 60-day disabled list.

Hernandez underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder on July 10, and missed the entire 2018 season. He also had surgery on the same shoulder in 2017. If healthy, he might have a shot to win a bench job, but he'll be fighting an uphill battle; especially with Eduardo Nunez picking up his option for 2019.
Nov 1 - 4:13 PM


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