First baseman Mike Napoli made it clear after the World Series that he wanted to stay with the Red Sox. He liked his first season in Boston so much that he stuck around for a few weeks after the World Series.
Team officials also wanted Napoli back and on Friday night a two-year, $32 million deal was reached.FULL ENTRY
And you know something? Pedroia doesn’t seem to have any regrets. He’s with the team he wants to be with, he has more money than he’ll ever need, and he’s happy. His reaction to the Cano signing was an indication of that.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum opened its World Series "Autumn Glory" exhibit on Thursday, and the artifacts include many items from the Red Sox' run to the World Series title.
Yahoo!'s Jeff Passan reports the deal is for two years and $9.5 million.FULL ENTRY
Red Sox manager John Farrell called the departure of Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees a jolt after the thrill of winning the World Series.
But it was not unexpected. Ellsbury had steadfastly refused all entreaties to sign an extension with the Red Sox and entered free agency at a time when baseball is awash in revenues. That Ellsbury went to New York was a bit of a surprise. But if not the Yankees, it would have been another team.
A.J. Pierzynski was hired by Fox to provide analysis during the postseason, a position that gave him a close-up view of the Red Sox and their run to the World Series title.
The veteran catcher, who was about to become a free agent, used the opportunity to check out the Sox as possible landing spot. He was impressed with what he saw.
“As a member of the media you learn a lot and you get to see a lot more than you do as a player,” Pierzynski said Wednesday during a conference call.FULL ENTRY
My colleague Nick Cafardo wrote in the paper today that he thought Jacoby Ellsbury would return to the Red Sox.
This topic is one Nick and I have disagreed on over the last few years and we'll have to again. There was more of a chance that Carl Crawford would light the Christmas tree at Faneuil Hall than Ellsbury would come back.FULL ENTRY
A.J. Pierzynski passed his physical and the Red Sox announced his signing to a one-year contract. Terms were not announced, but sources said Pierzynski received $8.25 million.
Red Sox fans have read this story before. A popular and speedy center fielder becomes a free agent and decides to switch sides in baseball's most heated rivalry and sign a big contract with the hated Yankees.
Johnny Damon did it in 2005 and Jacoby Ellsbury followed the same template Tuesday night, agreeing with the Yankees on a seven-year deal worth $153 million, according to major league sources.FULL ENTRY
Jarrod Saltalamacchia has agreed to terms with the Miami Marlins on a three-year deal worth $21 million, according to a major league source. The former Red Sox catcher selected the Marlins over the Minnesota Twins.
Saltalamacchia resides in Wellington, Fla., about 70 miles from Marlins Park.
Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, who had a 3.52 earned run average in 29 regular-season starts, has been voted the winner of the 24th Tony Conigliaro Award. The honor is presented to a major league player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of Tony C.FULL ENTRY
Let's be honest, the public image of new Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is that he's a pain in the butt. He has tangled with teammates and opponents over the course of his 16-year career and built a reputation for being irksome.
Pierzynski throws his helmet, he curses, and he talks trash. He is known to be an avid fan of pro wrestling and he enjoys playing the heel. In the oh-so-sensitive world of baseball, Pierzynski makes waves.
It won't take you long to find YouTube.clips of him brawling or the poll from Men's Journal in 2012 that named him the most hated player in baseball.
But that's a simple-minded approach. The guess is that the Red Sox looked well beyond Google in assessing whether Pierzynski would fit into their clubhouse.FULL ENTRY
The Boston Red Sox announced that “Sox Pax” and single-game tickets for April and May games will go on sale Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. Registration for the chance to attend the 11th annual Christmas at Fenway event begins today.
The Red Sox have agreed to terms with veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski. The one-year deal is worth $8.25 million.
Pierzynski will be playing for his third team in as many years. After spending 2005-2012 with the White Sox, he joined the Texas Rangers last season and hit .272 with a .722 OPS. He had 17 homers and 70 RBIs. Pierzynski started 111 games behind the plate.FULL ENTRY
Two major league sources said Monday night that catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is unlikely to return to the Red Sox.
Saltalamacchia is the top catcher remaining on the free-agent market and is expected to command at least a three-year contract. The Red Sox have held at two years and are prepared to move on.FULL ENTRY
For righthanded reliever Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Kalish, the last few seasons have been marked by long stretches on the disabled list and major surgeries. On Monday night, the Red Sox made them free agents.
The two were not offered contracts by the midnight deadline and are now free to sign with any team, the Red Sox included.FULL ENTRY
The Los Angeles Dodgers have hired former Red Sox star Nomar Garciaparra as an announcer.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Garciaparra would leave ESPN for a new role with the Dodgers.
Garciaparra, 40, is a southern California native and played three seasons for the Dodgers near the end of his 14-year career. Garciaparra was with the Red Sox from 1996-2004.
A few notes while we wait for official word on the Red Sox tender decisions:
• The catching market is growing thinner with the news that Dioner Navarro has signed a two-year, $8 million deal with Toronto. The Red Sox did not have great interest in Navarro.FULL ENTRY
The sixth annual David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic will be Dec. 12-15 in the Dominican Republic. The event supports the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which provides critical pediatric healthcare for children in the Dominican and the Boston area.
Through Dec. 14, there's an online auction with a variety of unique packages and memorabilia including:
• Hitting lessons with Ortiz.
• Tickets to Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit launch party in February in New York.
• Round of golf with NFL Hall Of Famer Lawrence Taylor.
• Dinner at Boston’s Strega Waterfront with actor and comedian Lenny Clark.
• Tickets to Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year” event in December.
• Dinner for eight at celebrity chef Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger in Wellesley.
For a full list of items in the auction visit: www.events.org/ortizauction.
Follow @OrtizClassic on Twitter for all the latest news surrounding the event and the auction.
Monday is the deadline for teams to offer contracts to players eligible for salary arbitration. Any player not tendered a contract would become a free agent.
For the Red Sox, that means decisions on six players, five of them relief pitchers.
Righthander Andrew Bailey will be offered a contract, according to a report by the New York Post on Sunday. That comes as a bit of a surprise. Bailey has a 4.91 earned run average and 1.46 WHIP over parts of two seasons in Boston and has pitched in only 49 games because of various injuries.
Bailey underwent extensive shoulder surgery in July and is not expected to return until midway through the coming season. Based on his service time and previous accomplishments, Bailey would command a contract worth approximately $4.3 million.
General manager Ben Cherington said last month that one of his goals would be to stockpile bullpen arms. The cost of Bailey could be worth his being available in late July.
Lefthander Franklin Morales is another question mark. He has a 5.06 ERA in his last 31 appearances going back to 2012 and has been dealing with an assortment of injuries along with a drop in velocity.
Morales was on the roster for the entirety of the postseason but was not used in the World Series after pitching poorly in the Division Series and ALCS. But Morales, who turns 28 in January, can be retained for less than $2 million.
Righthander Burke Badenhop, first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp, lefthander Andrew Miller and righthander Junichi Tazawa are all expected to be offered contracts. Carp, Miller and Tazawa all played significant roles last season and Badenhop was obtained from the Brewers on Nov. 22.