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Red Sox Land Adrian Gonzalez in Most Aggressive Move of Winter So Far — Fenway Park 12/4/10

The Red Sox have pulled off the move of the winter thus far – prying Adrian Gonzalez away from Jed Hoyer (former Red Sox exec) and the San Diego Padres.  This is a HUGE move for Theo & Co., as they have pursued Gonzalez aggressively for the past 2 seasons.  This immediately makes the Red [...]

Red Sox Made Pitch to Mariano Rivera to Replace Jonathan Papelbon – Fenway Park 12/3/10

WOW – this is interesting as multiple sources have confirmed that the Red Sox made a pitch to sign Mariano Rivera away from the NY Yankees to replace Jonathan Papelbon.  The Red Sox offered Rivera a 2-year, $30 million deal that the Yankees ultimately matched to keep Rivera in pinstripes for the rest of his [...]

Red Sox Do Not Expect Adrian Beltre or Felipe Lopez to Accept Arbitration Offers – Fenway Park 11/30/10

The Boston Red Sox do not expect either Adrian Beltre nor Felipe Lopez to accept their arbitration offers before tonight’s deadline.  Because Beltre is a Type A Free Agent, the Red Sox would receive a 1st round pick and a sandwich pick in the upcoming 2011 First-Year Player Draft.  And because Lopez is a Type [...]

Adrian Beltre Finishes 9th in AL MVP Voting; Texas Rangers’ Josh Hamilton Takes MVP Honors — Fenway Park 11/26/10

Red Sox 3rd baseman Adrian Beltre finished 9th in the American League MVP Award voting.  Beltre received one 4th place vote (from Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com), one 5th place vote, three 6th place votes, nine 8th place votes, and six 9th place votes.  Beltre hit .321 with 28 HR’s, 102 RBI’s and 84 runs scored.  [...]

Red Sox Do Not Offer Jason Varitek Arbitration – Fenway Park 11/24/10

The Red Sox did not offer Catcher Jason Varitek salary arbitration before Tuesday night’s deadline.  By not offering Tek arbitration, the Red Sox will not get a “sandwich pick” from another team if that team signs him as a free agent.  On the other hand, it also allows the team to negotiate a more “club-friendly” [...]

Victor Martinez Bolts Beantown for the Motor City – Fenway Park 11/23/10

Victor Martinez is now a Detroit Tiger – he signs a 4-year, $50 million deal with the AL Central Tigers.  This announcement was not a big surprise.  Right from the start, it never seemed like the Red Sox were sold on over-paying for Martinez.  What is surprising, is that the Red Sox actually did make [...]

Red Sox to Offer Salary Arbitration to Adrian Beltre & Victor Martinez? – Fenway Park 11/22/10

Will the Red Sox offer salary arbitration to Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez?  The simple answer is probably yes.  Both players are Type A Free Agents which means that if either signs with another team, the Red Sox would get 2 picks from that team – one pick in the 1st or 2nd round and [...]

Red Sox on the Prowl — Talks with Agents for Adrian Beltre, Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth Underway – Fenway Park 11/18/10

It’s on – sources confirmed that the Red Sox had discussions with the agents for Adrian Beltre, Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth before the end of the GM meetings in Florida this week. In addition, rumors that the Red Sox could make a move to trade for the Arizona Diamondback’s Justin Upton instead of signing [...]

Theo Epstein – Interesting Thoughts on Adrian Beltre, Victor Martinez & the Current Free Agency Climate – Fenway Park 11/12/10

Theo Epstein had some interesting comments on trying to re-sign Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez and how you have to adapt to the new free agency climate.  With teams only having an exclusive 5-day period to re-sign looming free agents after the completion of the MLB post-season (instead of a 15-day period), management has had [...]

Adrian Beltre Declines $10 Million Option to File for Free Agency – Fenway Park November 2010

No surprise here – Adrian Beltre declined his player option to remain with the Red Sox for $10 million in 2011.  The player option increased from $5 million to $10 million on the last day of the season because he accrued 640 at-bats during the 2010 MLB schedule.  After 5 “sub-par” years with the Seattle [...]