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  1. Clay Buchholz is healthy, aiming for 200-inning season

    Feb 16, 2012, 3:07 AM EDT

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    Some good news for Red Sox fans: Clay Buchholz is healthy, and he’s feeling so good that he’s hoping to top 200 innings for the first time in his career. The right-hander, an All-Star in 2010, pitched only 82 2/3 innings in 2011 and missed more than half the season with a back injury. Boston…

  2. Bobby Valentine isn’t exactly going to rule with an iron fist

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:53 AM EDT

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    Given how the Red Sox fell apart late last season under the light touch of nice-guy manager Terry Francona, it would be natural to assume that Bobby Valentine would come in wearing steel-toed boots, ready to stomp on any player who even thinks about calling Colonel Sanders. That assumption would be wrong. From the sound…

  3. Red Sox finalize one-year deal with Hideki Okajima

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:57 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Last week Hideki Okajima was said to be close to re-signing with the Red Sox and now Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the two sides have finalized a one-year contract worth $1.75 million in guaranteed money and another $550,000 in potential incentives. Boston non-tendered Okajima last month rather than pay what likely would have…

  4. Mike Cameron willing to accept fourth outfielder role in Boston

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Alex Speier of WEEI.com has a good article about Mike Cameron, who was signed to be the Red Sox’s starting center fielder last offseason and is now slated to be their fourth outfielder following an injury wrecked season and the Carl Crawford signing. General manager Theo Epstein called Cameron before the Crawford deal was official…

  5. Red Sox claim Max Ramirez off waivers from Rangers

    Jan 5, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

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    Last year at this time the Red Sox and Rangers were close to a deal that would have sent Mike Lowell (and some salary relief) to Texas for minor leaguer Max Ramirez, but the trade was nixed because Lowell needed thumb surgery in addition to his hip problems. Lowell ended up staying in Boston and…

  6. Red Sox close to re-signing reliever Hideki Okajima

    Dec 31, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Non-tendered by the Red Sox three weeks ago Hideki Okajima is close to returning to Boston, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Cafardo reports that Okajima is on the verge of agreeing to a one-year contract, presumably for less than the $3.5 million or so the Red Sox likely would have owed him…

  7. Rangers’ interest in Adrian Beltre may be “to drive up the price” for rival Angels

    Dec 30, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

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    Now that the A’s have reportedly pulled themselves out of the bidding for Adrian Beltre the Angels are the presumed front-runners for the free agent third baseman, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com speculates that the Rangers will remain in the mix “long enough to drive up the price at the expense of the Angels.” There…

  8. Red Sox looking at southpaw Rich Hill as a bullpen option

    Dec 28, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Rich Hill posted incredible strikeout totals in the minors while coming up through the Cubs’ system and had a 3.92 ERA with 183 strikeouts in 195 innings in his first full season as a starter in 2007. Unfortunately because of injuries and prolonged bouts of wildness that stands as Hill’s only full season as a…

  9. Bobby Jenks’ contract with Red Sox includes incentives for games finished

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    General manager Theo Epstein has made it very clear that Jonathan Papelbon remains the Red Sox’s closer, but it’s worth noting that Bobby Jenks’ new two-year, $12 million deal with Boston includes $1 million in incentives each season based on games finished. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Jenks can earn $200,000 for each of…

  10. Mariano Rivera on reported talks with Red Sox: “It was real”

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Mariano Rivera has confirmed reports that he had talks with the Red Sox prior to re-signing with the Yankees for $30 million over two years, saying: “It was real.” Rivera didn’t verify reports that his agent actually initiated contact with Boston, but made it pretty clear that he viewed the Red Sox as a legitimate…

  11. Red Sox “discussing a possible deal” with Dan Wheeler

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    After losing out on several of their reported top bullpen targets the Red Sox “are discussing a possible deal” with Dan Wheeler, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Keeping the ball in the ballpark has been Wheeler’s weakness, with 28 homers allowed in 172 innings over the past three seasons, but he still…

  12. Red Sox “getting closer” to signing reliever Matt Albers

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Peter Gammons reported yesterday that the Red Sox had agreed to a contract with Matt Albers, while “a source familiar with the negotiations” told Alex Speier of WEEI.com that the deal is “getting closer” but “not done yet.” Albers was non-tendered earlier this month by the Orioles, who didn’t want to keep him despite a…

  13. Kevin Gregg close to signing $12 million deal with Orioles

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

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    Last week Baltimore reportedly offered Kevin Gregg a two-year, $8 million deal, but apparently that wasn’t enough because according to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com the Orioles have upped their two-year offer to $12 million and Gregg is close to accepting. Gregg racked up 37 saves for the Blue Jays this year for his fourth straight…

  14. Get this: “Mariano Rivera initiated contact with the Red Sox”

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    When the Yankees re-signed Mariano Rivera two weeks ago there were numerous reports that the Red Sox made him a multi-year offer worth as much or more than he ended up accepting from New York. As if that weren’t juicy enough, now Rob Bradford of WEEI.com writes: “According to multiple major league sources, Mariano Rivera’s…

  15. Adrian Gonzalez: “I haven’t signed any contract” with Boston

    Dec 10, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    Various reports following the Red Sox’s trade for Adrian Gonzalez suggested that the two sides had a preliminary agreement in place for a long-term contract extension, but were delaying an official announcement in part to avoid the luxury tax ramifications for 2011. That may still be the case, as the whole point of the maneuvering…

  16. CC Sabathia says Yankees, not Red Sox, are the team to beat

    Dec 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Asked yesterday what the Red Sox adding Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to their lineup does to the AL East picture, CC Sabathia predictably responded that the Yankees remain the team to beat in 2011. You want me to say the Red Sox are the favorites? I mean … I think the Yankees. If you…

  17. Martin in “serious discussions” with Yanks, Red Sox and Jays

    Dec 9, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

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    Russell Martin’s agent said today that the rehabbing catcher is in “serious” talks with the Yankees, Red Sox, and Blue Jays after the Dodgers all but ruled out a return by signing both Rod Barajas and Dioner Navarro. According to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com the Red Sox have made an offer to Martin, who was…

  18. Gammons: Red Sox “continue to talk to Mets” about Beltran

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    While appearing on MLB Network moments ago Peter Gammons revealed that the Red Sox “continue to talk to the Mets” about Carlos Beltran. Here’s more from Gammons, courtesy of transcriber-extraordinaire Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog.com: The relationship between Beltran and the Mets is not great. He’s not going to play in the outfield for 150 games…

  19. Red Sox target Magglio Ordonez in search of right-handed bat

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    After trading for Adrian Gonzalez the Red Sox’s lineup is heavily left-handed and Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that they may try to balance things a bit by signing Magglio Ordonez. Ordonez is 37 years old and missed half the season with an ankle injury, but he hit .303 with an .852 OPS when healthy…

  20. White Sox offered Gordon Beckham in runner-up bid for Adrian Gonzalez

    Dec 6, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Gordon Beckham

    Prior to trading Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox the Padres were said to be fielding offers from several other teams, and now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox finished runner-up with their offer. According to Nightengale they were willing to trade “Gordon Beckham and prospects” for Gonzalez, but the Padres…

  21. Red Sox interested in veteran left-hander Brian Fuentes

    Dec 6, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Last week the Red Sox non-tendered Hideki Okajima and Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that they may look to replace him as the left-handed setup man with Brian Fuentes. Fuentes pitched well for the Twins after coming over in an August 27 trade with the Angels, but Minnesota is not expected to make…

  22. Theo Epstein “very confident” Adrian Gonzalez will agree to long-term deal with Red Sox

    Dec 6, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    Moments ago the Red Sox held a press conference to officially announce the trade sending four prospects to the Padres for Adrian Gonzalez and general manager Theo Epstein told the assembled media that he’s “very confident” the two sides will agree on a long-term contract extension. At various points yesterday it looked like the blockbuster…

  23. A’s pursuing Hideki Matsui after pulling offer to Adrian Beltre

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms various reports that the A’s have pulled their offer to Adrian Beltre and says it was “worth at least $64 million over five years.” For the second offseason in a row the A’s made a strong push for Beltre, only to realize that he viewed them as…

  24. If the Red Sox trade for Adrian Gonzalez, what does that mean for Adrian Beltre?

    Dec 4, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Adrian Beltre has made it clear that he’d prefer to re-sign with the Red Sox following his one-season stop (and MVP-caliber performance) in Boston, saying the following earlier this week: I got used to seeing that park full in the first inning and still full in the ninth inning. I liked that atmosphere. If everything…

  25. Tim Wakefield says 2011 will “probably” be his last season

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Jamie Moyer is undergoing elbow surgery with an eye toward returning in 2012 at age 49, but Tim Wakefield isn’t planning to stick around that long. He’ll be back with the Red Sox in 2011 after going 4-10 with a 5.40 ERA this year, but the 44-year-old knuckleballer told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe…

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