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John Tomase
February 26, 2019 - 12:18 pm
Here's a simple question: How much does John Henry make in a year? The simple answer is none of us has any idea. We just know he's a billionaire. Now ask that question of David Price. Oh, that's easy -- $31 million. Or Mookie Betts, who just scored $20 million in arbitration. Or J.D. Martinez, who...
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John Tomase
February 25, 2019 - 1:16 pm
Spring training games have started, but Steven Wright remains on the sidelines. The right-handed reliever, attempting a comeback from the same knee surgery that sidelined Dustin Pedroia for all but three games last year, is slowly working his way back into form. "He's playing catch pretty much,...
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Rob Bradford
February 24, 2019 - 8:02 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- J.D. Martinez can't stand to watch what is going on in baseball. That much is clear. He had a hard time biting his tongue last year when living through baseball's new way of doing things, ultimately landing his free-agent deal on Feb. 26 during spring training. Now that teams...
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Ryan Hannable
February 23, 2019 - 2:49 pm
Craig Kimbrel has yet to sign with a team this offseason, and it appears he's willing to wait even longer. According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic , Kimbrel's asking price has not come down and he would consider sitting out the season if he doesn't get close to his perceived value. Kimbrel...
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John Tomase
February 23, 2019 - 11:49 am
The Red Sox dominated the Yankees in the standings last season, and then in the Division Series, which they won in four games. But anyone expecting 2019 to unfold in similarly satisfying fashion should think again. New York won 100 games last year, and as the two teams prepare to square off in...
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John Tomase
February 21, 2019 - 6:33 pm
One of the first lessons you learn in the press box is that you'll encounter two types of writers: those who accept and encourage you from Day 1, and those who look right through you until you've paid your dues. The latter camp outnumbered the former when I joined the Red Sox beat for real in 1999...
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Alex Reimer
February 21, 2019 - 12:03 pm
Baseball’s glacial free agent market serves as a perfect symbol for the biggest problem that ails America’s former pastime: nothing happens, and when something actually does happen, it takes forever. In a sport where the ball isn’t even put into play 31-percent of the time, roughly two dozen...
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John Tomase
February 21, 2019 - 8:40 am
Here's a tale as old as No, No, Nanette: you can't pay everyone. Even baseball's highest payroll isn't limitless, and Red Sox owner John Henry made it clear on Monday that he won't run the Red Sox as a loss leader. "We have free agency in baseball," Henry said. "We have a lot of young players who...
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Alex Reimer
February 20, 2019 - 1:08 pm
Get ready for more Dennis Eckersley in the NESN broadcast booth this Red Sox season. The animated analyst tweeted Wednesday he's signed a five-year extension with the regional sports network that will put him in the booth for 85 games. It's time to party. Earlier Wednesday, NESN announced its booth...
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