The Red Sox announced that first baseman Mike Napoli underwent successfully surgery to address his sleep apnea on Tuesday morning. The procedure was performed at Mass. General Hospital by Dr.

The Red Sox announced that first baseman Mike Napoli underwent successfully surgery to address his sleep apnea on Tuesday morning. The procedure was performed at Mass. General Hospital by Dr. Leonard Kapan, chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Napoli will stay in the hospital in the immediate aftermath of the procedure but is expected to be released later this week.

‘€œI’€™ve been dealing with sleep apnea for a long time, my whole career,’€ Napoli wrote in a text to WEEI.com last month. ‘€œI’€™ve tried numerous things and none of them worked. Dental mouth piece, CPAP machine, medicines ‘€¦ It’€™s just gotten to the point where I have to get this done.’€

Napoli, who turned 33 last week, hit .248 with a .370 OBP, .419 slugging mark and 17 homers in 119 games in 2014, the first of a two-year, $32 million contract he signed with the Sox as a free agent after the 2013 campaign.

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier

It’s no secret the Red Sox will be very active this offseason in their pursuit of free agents.

Usually the Yankees are as well, but according to a N.Y. Daily News report, the Yankees have no plans to target four free agents the Red Sox could be potentially going after — Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, James Shields and Pablo Sandoval.

The report says the Yankees are interested in bringing back two of their own free agents in pitcher Brandon McCarthy and third baseman Chase Headley. Since they were traded to the Yankees during the season both players cannot be offered a qualifying offer. McCarthy went 7-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 14 starts after being traded to the Yankees from the Diamondbacks, while Headley hit .262 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 58 games after coming over from San Diego.

The reason why the Yankees might be shying away from those four big-names is the $450 million the team spent on Masahiro Tanaka, Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury as free agents last offseason.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona was under contract with the Indians until following the 2016 season, but now he will be around a little longer as the Indians and Francona have agreed to a

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona was under contract with the Indians until following the 2016 season, but now he will be around a little longer as the Indians and Francona have agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2018. The contract also includes club options for 2019 and 2020.

Francona has managed the Indians for two seasons and led them to a 92-70 record in 2013 before falling in the Wild Card play-in game. He did win the 2013 American League Manager of the Year Award. This past season the Indians finished with a 85-77 record, but missed the playoffs. He now has 1,206 career wins, the fourth-most wins among active big league managers.

The Indians are the third team Francona has managed. He spent four years with the Phillies from 1997-2000 before spending eight seasons and winning two World Series titles with the Red Sox from 2004-11.

Here are Francona’s thoughts on the extension:

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Red Sox parted with a pair of utility depth options on Monday, as Carlos Rivero was claimed on waivers by the Mariners and Jona

Jonathan Herrera

Jonathan Herrera

The Red Sox parted with a pair of utility depth options on Monday, as Carlos Rivero was claimed on waivers by the Mariners and Jonathan Herrera (who finished the year on the disabled list due to surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow) was outrighted off the 40-man roster, a move that will make him a free agent as of 5 p.m. on Monday.

Rivero, signed to a minor league deal last offseason, spent the final five weeks of the year in the big leagues. He stepped to the plate just eight times, going 4-for-7 with two doubles and a homer as well as a walk, giving him a career .571/.625/1.286 line with a 1.911 OPS — the highest career OPS in major league history by a player with at least six plate appearances. Though he played just third base in the big leagues, Rivero played shortstop, third and left field in the minors for the Sox with Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket this year.

Herrera was acquired last winter in a deal with the Rockies for left-hander Franklin Morales. He was expected to serve as a utility backup, with the switch-hitter offering the team a left-handed alternative to spell Xander Bogaerts (short), Dustin Pedroia (second) and Will Middlebrooks (third). In sporadic playing time, Herrera hit .233/.307/.289 in 104 plate appearances. With the emergence of Brock Holt, Herrera was optioned to Pawtucket in the summer. He played well in Triple-A, hitting .309/.350/.382 in 13 games, but didn’t play after leaving a game on July 26 due to what proved to be bone chips in his elbow that required season-ending surgery in August.

With the moves, the Sox’ roster stands at 36. The team’s utility depth, most notably at shortstop, is most significantly impacted by the two roster moves. Xander Bogaerts and Holt are joined by Jemile Weeks (who is out of options) as the team’s only shortstops currently on the 40-man roster, though Deven Marrero could certainly be a consideration for the position if either player is injured next year.

Still, given the departures of Rivero and Herrera, the Sox would appear likely to pursue a minor league deal with a veteran who can offer utility depth in Triple-A in 2015 — a profile of a player that the team pursues perennially.

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier

Pablo Sandoval is perhaps the top position player on this year's free agent market. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Two topics are unavoidable when it comes to the subject of Pablo Sandoval's free agency: his talent and his girth. 



After initially deciding not to conduct a private workout for Yasmany Tomas, the Red Sox ended up partaking in an exclusive viewing of the Cuban outfielder, Sunday.

After initially deciding not to conduct a private workout for Yasmany Tomas, the Red Sox ended up partaking in an exclusive viewing of the Cuban outfielder, Sunday.

According to a major league source, the workout — which was held at the Red Sox Academy in the Dominican Republic — was partly executed out of convenience, with Tomas needing a place in the area to continue his workouts.

Following the workout, Tomas’ agent, Jay Alou, tweeted out a photo of his client:

The likelihood of the Red Sox becoming of a major player for the 23-year-old still appears slim. There is some concern in the organization regarding Tomas’ swing-and-miss totals while playing in Cuba, and the right-handed hitter would seem to offer even more duplication for an already crowded outfield.

Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo had high praise for his former Cuban teammate when asked out Tomas’ skill-set in September.

“He’s a really high quality baseball player, and a really good person,” Castillo told WEEI.com through translator Adrian Lorenzo prior to the Red Sox’ series finale against the Pirates. “He’s got a ton of power. For his physique, he actually moves pretty well. He’s pretty quick for a big guy.”

For more on Castillo’s analysis of Tomas, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford