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John Tomase
February 20, 2019 - 9:16 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Eduardo Rodriguez was being circumspect. At his introductory press conference of the spring, Red Sox ace Chris Sale mentioned that Rodriguez was working on a new pitch that had everyone excited. Fellow starter Rick Porcello seemed involved on a back field. Pitching coach Dana...
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Rob Bradford
February 19, 2019 - 2:14 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The first sign of potential trouble came when Ryan Brasier had to postpone his scheduled appearance on the Mut & Callahan Show Tuesday morning. And then when the show participants -- Mike Mutnansky, Chris Curtis and John Tomase -- ran into the Red Sox reliever at the Fort...
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Rob Bradford
February 19, 2019 - 1:56 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mookie Betts said at least season's All-Star Game he would be paying attention to the contracts garnered by both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. For good reason. Whatever those two superstars ended up with would help set the bar for when Betts became eligible for free agency...
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Manny Machado
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Scott McLaughlin
February 19, 2019 - 1:03 pm
Finally, one of baseball's two big-name free agents has a new home. According to multiple reports , Manny Machado has agreed to a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres. The deal, which is the largest for a free agent in the history of American sports, reportedly has an opt-out the 26...
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Rob Bradford
February 19, 2019 - 10:42 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Just about a year ago Eduardo Nunez could barely walk. At least that's what the Red Sox' infielder remembers. On Feb. 16, 2018, Nunez went through a workout with the Red Sox, who were trying to determine if Nunez's right knee was sound enough to warrant a contract. In the team's...
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Alex Reimer
February 19, 2019 - 10:33 am
Red Sox pitchers can say they love their fans, but their opposition to the pitch clock shows their words are nothing more than lip service. It is selfish behavior to expect people to wait 25.2 seconds between pitches, which is the average time it took Red Sox pitchers to throw the ball last season...
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Rob Bradford
February 19, 2019 - 8:11 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Before Jackie Bradley Jr. left the premises to spend the rest of Monday with his wife and young daughter he took one second to sum up spring training's first full workout. "Today," he told WEEI.com, "was a good day." The impetus for Bradley Jr.'s optimism stemmed from the...
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Tom Werner (left) and John Henry
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John Tomase
February 18, 2019 - 3:16 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- John Henry long ago declared that pitchers in their 30s represent bad investments, and the numbers largely support this hypothesis. But there are always exceptions, and Henry believes Jon Lester was one of them. In a discussion about the merits of signing ace Chris Sale to an...
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Red Sox chairman Tom Werner
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Alex Reimer
February 18, 2019 - 12:09 pm
Red Sox chairman Tom Werner acknowledged Monday on “Mut & Callahan” there are tensions between the owners and players heading into MLB’s upcoming collective bargaining negotiations. One of the biggest issues is the maddening stagnation of the free agency market, which is the reason why Bryce...
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Red Sox chairman Tom Werner
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Ryan Hannable
February 18, 2019 - 10:07 am
It's become clear in recent years MLB has an issue when it comes to pace of play. Games are averaging over three hours, which is quite a long time considering there are 162 regular-season games. There have been some initiatives discussed to speed up the game, including a pitch clock and making a...
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