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John Tomase
February 17, 2019 - 10:15 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- By the old-fashioned numbers, J.D. Martinez deserved legitimate consideration for the MVP award last year. But he knew two letters gave him no chance: D and H. Because he only played part-time in the outfield, Martinez didn't expect to receive serious consideration for the MVP,...
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Rob Bradford
February 17, 2019 - 7:26 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It deja vu for Brad Stevens. Walking throughout the Fenway South compound Sunday, the Celtics coach was struck with his reality a year before when he had also swung by Red Sox spring training. At that time his team was in the midst of losing four of their last six with...
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Darwinzon Hernandez
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John Tomase
February 16, 2019 - 5:30 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- One by one, the most important arms on the Red Sox hit their spots on Saturday at JetBlue Park. Eduardo Rodriguez threw under the watchful eye of Pedro Martinez. Postseason hero Nathan Eovaldi exchanged fist bumps with pitching coach Dana LeVangie. Ace Chris Sale, World Series...
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Rob Bradford
February 16, 2019 - 1:46 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Heath Hembree did alright for himself for the majority of the 2018 season. The reliever appeared in 67 games, going through a run for the majority of the year where Alex Cora designated him as the go-to relief pitcher when it came to coming in with runners on base. He would go...
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Xander Bogaerts grand slam
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John Tomase
February 15, 2019 - 1:09 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- We've been discussing a contract extension for Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts since about 2013, which makes it strange that his impending free agency seems to be catching so many of us by surprise. Bogaerts is entering his final season of Red Sox control and could easily be...
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Rob Bradford
February 15, 2019 - 10:27 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The four names remain on the mind of Red Sox followers: Xander Bogaerts, Chris Sale, Rick Porcello and J.D. Martinez. Each and every one of them will be eligible for free agency at season's end if no contract extensions get done. But there is another. Brock Holt. While it would...
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John Tomase
February 15, 2019 - 10:09 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- If Dustin Pedroia could do it all again, he wouldn't. The Red Sox second baseman, attempting yet another comeback from extensive knee surgery, acknowledged on Friday that he'd make a different choice if confronted with the same options. "No, I wouldn't have done it," Pedroia...
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Rob Bradford
February 15, 2019 - 10:01 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It was a passing mention by Alex Cora when talking about Dustin Pedroia. In one of his daily briefings with the media, the Red Sox manager passed along that Pedroia had not only sent him a video of the second baseman working out near his Arizona home but pointed out that he was...
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John Tomase
February 14, 2019 - 6:50 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mookie Betts won't be a free agent until 2021, and that's probably a good thing, because he has no idea what to make of the current market. With prime-age superstars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado unsigned, and perennial All-Stars like Craig Kimbrel still awaiting contract...
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David Price
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John Tomase
February 14, 2019 - 2:12 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Last October, David Price very famously told us he holds all the cards. On Thursday, he laid them on the table. His decision to stay in Boston rather than opt out of his contract? Pure pragmatism. "You've seen the free agent market?" he said. "It wasn't very hard." His arms-...
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