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John Tomase
December 14, 2018 - 4:33 pm
The Red Sox just lost their Dustin Pedroia insurance. Second baseman Ian Kinsler, acquired last summer when it became clear that Pedroia wouldn't be able to contribute to the 2018 season, agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with the Padres, according to The Athletic. Kinsler, 36, won a Gold Glove...
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Adam Ottavino
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John Tomase
December 14, 2018 - 12:25 pm
Joe Kelly is gone, taking his weird mustache and his Jim Buchanan getup and his penchant for postseason dominance to the Dodgers for $25 million. That leaves the Red Sox with a need for another late-inning arm, preferably one with some closing experience, since they're unlikely to retain close...
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Rob Bradford
December 14, 2018 - 9:00 am
The Red Sox had some interest in bringing back Joe Kelly. Just not enough. In his first interview since agreeing to a three-year, $25 million deal with the Dodgers, Joe Kelly appeared on the Bradfo Sho podcast to explain why he chose the Dodgers. Kelly went on to explain that Los Angeles was the...
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Rob Bradford
December 13, 2018 - 9:49 pm
Joe Kelly was clearly enamored by the idea of going to the Dodgers. After meeting with team president Andrew Friedman for almost three hours last Friday, Kelly came away impressed with how Los Angeles viewed the pitcher's evolution, future and predicted role. Dodger Stadium was also just a few...
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Rob Bradford
December 13, 2018 - 9:09 pm
There will be time for the baseball questions. Thursday, however, Mookie Betts was talking bicycles. The reigning American League MVP visited Donelson-Hermitage YMCA in Nashville to hand out free bikes and helmets to some area children. "You always remember your first bike," Betts told The...
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Alex Reimer
December 13, 2018 - 3:14 pm
Tony La Russa insists Harold Baines belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame, contrary to the numbers, precedent and reason. Baines’ longtime manager, who voted for the slugger’s induction as part of the 16-person Today’s Game Committee, got into a shouting match with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on MLB...
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John Tomase
December 13, 2018 - 11:06 am
Red Sox left-hander David Price sounded defiant after winning the World Series and officially exorcising his postseason demons, admonishing reporters that, "I hold all the cards now." But in a podcast with fellow Vanderbilt grad and former NFL wide receiver Earl Bennett , Price expressed a more...
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Jose Canseco
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John Tomase
December 13, 2018 - 10:27 am
Donald Trump's first two years in office have been marked by chaos, but Jose Canseco knows just the man to straighten things out as his new Chief of Staff: Jose Canseco. The former baseball slugger turned admitted steroid user turned amateur boxer turned C-list reality TV star turned political...
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Rob Bradford
December 13, 2018 - 6:57 am
Joe Kelly is moving on. According to a major league source, the reliever has agreed to a three-year deal with the Dodgers in the vicinity of $25 million. The Red Sox, Mets and White Sox were the chief competitors for Kelly's services. Kelly visited with Dodgers president Andrew Friedman for nearly...
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John Tomase
December 12, 2018 - 9:09 pm
Dave Dombrowski doesn't want to hear about any stinking title windows. Addressing reporters at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Dombrowski disagreed with the notion that the Red Sox' title window is closing. "I've never bought that," he said. "I've heard it before. When I was with Detroit I heard...
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