The Boston Red Sox have had a rough offseason. The latest news concerning the Red Sox is in relation to the contract that Brock Holt signed with the Milwaukee Brewers. Holt, a team leader who had spent almost all of his major league career with the Red Sox, left the team in free agency, but it wasn’t because he wanted to leave.
Posted: February 21, 2020, 5:15 am
The Boston Red Sox have a tough task trying to replace the elite production Mookie Betts provided at the plate and in the outfield, but David Ortiz is confident the team will eventually plug the holes that losing an MVP-caliber player creates. The Red Sox legend addressed reporters at JetBlue Park on Thursday and touched on a number of subjects, including a question on whether Boston can win without Betts after it traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this month. “They won without me,” Ortiz said, immediately followed by some laughs.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 11:00 pm
The realities of baseball can be harsh, and Boston Red Sox fans have found that out firsthand this offseason. The Red Sox traded their best player, Mookie Betts, and starting pitcher David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for three young players earlier this month. Betts is entering the final year of his contract, and he’s expected to land one of the richest deals in MLB history when his next one is signed.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 10:06 pm
The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired. After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 8:57 pm
According to a report from The Washington Post, the Orioles will play the Mets at the Naval Academy on March 24, just two days before Opening Day. The game will take place at Max Bishop Stadium at 2 p.m. and will be on the Orioles Radio Network and 105.7 The Fan. It will be the first game at the Naval Academy since April 1, 2017, when the Nationals played the Red Sox and just the second since 1987.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 8:51 pm
In the ever-turning Houston Astros cheating saga, attention has now shifted back to Mike Fiers, the former Astros pitcher who blew the whistle on the entire cheating scheme. Without Fiers speaking up about what he saw the Astros do in 2017, there’s a good chance the Astros never would have been disciplined by MLB and none of the daily drama we now find ourselves immersed in would be happening. In Fiers’ case, he’s told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser that he’s received death threats since becoming one of the central figures in what’s become one of the biggest scandals in baseball history.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 7:26 pm
Newly signed Boston Red Sox catcher Jonathan Lucroy had the unfortunate experience of seeing the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing operation firsthand over the last three years. Major League Baseball handed down unprecedented punishments to the Astros in January after completing an investigation on Houston’s in-depth system created to illegally steal signs from opponents. LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 7:12 pm
One can and should read any comments from a Red Sox-associated person who seeks to cast this as smaller potatoes than it is — something we should “chillax” about — as an exercise in damage control. Here, preemptive damage control. Second, it’s probably worth noting that, while Ortiz has been dogged for years about PED rumors, Manfred came to his aid when he retired, making an unusually specific defense of Ortiz’s record on that score.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 6:58 pm
The Boston Red Sox need Martin Perez to be good at his job in 2020. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli spoke glowingly this week of Perez, who spent the 2019 season in Minnesota before the Red Sox signed him to a one-year, $6 million contract in December. LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 2:00 pm
The Boston Red Sox are still anxiously awaiting the results of an MLB investigation into sign-stealing in 2018, part of a scandal that has marred the team and all of baseball the past two months. The scandal has led to the departure of Red Sox manager Alex Cora, and the Houston Astros have been hit with some harsh penalties for a sign-stealing scandal of their own. Cora was a part of Hinch’s staff in 2017 as bench coach when the scheme to use real-time video to steal opponents’ signals began.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 3:55 am
Brock Holt has left the Boston Red Sox, but it certainly doesn’t seem like he wanted to. The super-utility player became a free agent and the Red Sox opted not to re-sign him as they looked to cut costs ahead of the 2020 season. So, Holt, who turns 32 in June, lingered for a while on the free-agent market after seven seasons with the Red Sox before ultimately agreeing to a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 1:23 am
New York Yankees star Giancarlo Stanton said he would have hit more than 80 home runs in 2017 if he knew signs like the Houston Astros. The MLB has been engulfed by a sign-stealing scandal involving the Astros, who were found to have stolen sings of opposition teams en route to winning the 2017 World Series, as well as for part of the 2018 season. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were subsequently fired by Houston in January after they were initially suspended for the entire 2020 campaign by the league, while the Boston Red Sox dismissed manager Alex Cora.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 1:14 am
The Boston Red Sox made an unexpected managerial switch this offseason in the wake of allegations of sign-stealing against Alex Cora during his time with Houston Astros and Red Sox. While moving on from Cora, who helped the team win a World Series in his first year, 2018, wasn’t ideal, the Red Sox had a viable, experienced managerial candidate available to take over for him. Roenicke is a long-time MLB veteran who worked with Mike Scioscia as part of the Los Angeles Angels and later would go onto manage the Milwaukee Brewers.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 9:54 pm
Major League Baseball’s investigation into the 2018 Boston Red Sox for illegally stealing signs remains ongoing, but the club did get the OK from the league when it wanted to hire Ron Roenicke as its next manager. It would’ve been embarrassing for the Red Sox to hire a manager from within and later find out after the investigation was completed that the new boss was involved in wrongdoing. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Wednesday the Red Sox reached out to the MLB to get the all clear on Roenicke before the investigation had concluded.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 9:45 pm
Since retiring and becoming a pitching consultant with the Red Sox, however, Martinez has taken the more genial approach, tooling around camp like a younger Luis Tiant, offering wisdom and encouragement to Red Sox pitchers of all ages and abilities, happy to impart some of the knowledge that made him not just the most feared pitcher of his generation, but a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Martinez is particularly proud of left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who finally harnessed his considerable talent last season en route to a career-high 19 wins and sixth-place finish in the AL Cy Young Award voting. Had the rest of the starting staff stayed healthy, E-Rod’s emergence may have positioned the Red Sox to repeat as World Series champions.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 9:28 pm
Boston Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo likely will make the most profound impact in the 2020 season of any player the team acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Mookie Betts trade, but fans might not see the 23-year-old on the field for a while. Verdugo is dealing with a stress fracture in his back, and as a result, he’s unlikely to be in the Red Sox lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays for the March 26 Opening Day game at Rogers Centre. LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 8:45 pm
Could the Boston Red Sox participate in another blockbuster trade before the 2020 season? We learned Tuesday that the Red Sox and Padres are still discussing a trade involving San Diego outfielder Wil Myers, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. But it’s possible a third team gets involved in a Red Sox-Padres trade, The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported Wednesday.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 4:27 pm
Perhaps Chris Sale’s stock isn’t as low as it appears. The Boston Red Sox left-hander posted a 6-11 record with a 4.40 ERA in 2019 before elbow inflammation ended his season in August. LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 2:10 pm
The new Red Sox outfielder, acquired from the Dodgers in the blockbuster that sent Mookie Betts and David Price to Los Angeles, initially was assigned No. 12, the number of former Boston utility man Brock Holt. LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App. “I looked through the roster, and that was the one that kind of stood out the most to me,” Verdugo said Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Dawn Klemish.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 1:04 pm