With the Reds in the market for a corner outfielder and armed with a wealth of starting pitchers (Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Alfredo Simon and Mike Leake) who are one year from free agency, Cincinnati has been viewed as a natural potential partner for a Red Sox team with multiple vacancies to fill in its rotation and power-hitting corner outfielder Yoenis Cespedes as a player who can be moved. But according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds GM Walt Jocketty said that his team has not talked to the Red Sox about Cespedes.

Cueto went 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA in 243 2/3 innings in 2014, finishing second to Clayton Kershaw in Cy Young balloting. Latos made just 16 starts in an injury-riddled campaign, going 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA while punching out 6.5 per nine innings and walking 2.3 per nine. Leake went 11-13 with a 3.70 ERA in 33 starts, while Simon, in his first full season as a starter, went 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA, 5.8 strikeouts and 2.6 walks per nine. Cespedes hit .260 with a .301 OBP, .450 slugging mark and 22 homers in 152 games for the Red Sox and A’s.

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier

On a day when the Red Sox announced that they had tendered contracts for the 2015 season to the 28 unsigned players on their 40-man roster, the team said that it had non-tendered corner infielder Juan Francisco, thus making him a free agent.

On a day when the Red Sox announced that they had tendered contracts for the 2015 season to the 28 unsigned players on their 40-man roster, the team said that it had non-tendered corner infielder Juan Francisco, thus making him a free agent. Francisco had been designated for assignment last week to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Pablo Sandoval. By non-tendering Francisco, the Sox have the right to negotiate with him as a free agent. The 27-year-old — listed at a hulking 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds — smashed 16 homers while hitting .220/.291/.456 in 320 plate appearances for the Blue Jays last year, though he also struck out in more than one of every three plate appearances.

 

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier

Dale Scott, a major league umpire for 29 seasons, revealed he was gay and has been married to his partner of 28 years, in an interview with Outsports.com.

Umpire Dale Scott has revealed he's gay in a recent interview. (Rich Pilling/Getty Images)

Umpire Dale Scott has revealed he’s gay in a recent interview. (Rich Pilling/Getty Images)

Dale Scott, a major league umpire for 29 seasons, revealed he was gay and has been married to his partner of 28 years, in an interview with Outsports.com.

“I am extremely grateful that Major League Baseball has always judged me on my work and nothing else,” Scott said to Outsports.com. “And that’s the way it should be.”

Scott had been profiled in an October issue of Referee magazine, a subscription only magazine with a circulation of 45,000, and in the article was a picture of him and his partner on a flight to Austrailia for last year’s 2014 opener between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers that Scott had sent.

“Obviously, when I sent that picture (to the magazine), I knew exactly what it meant,” Scott said. “In a small way, this was opening that door in a publication that wasn’t going to be circulated nationwide. It could be picked up, but it’s not Time magazine. I made that decision to go ahead and do it because I felt it was the right thing to do. I realized that it could open a Pandora’s Box, but this is not a surprise to Major League Baseball, the people I work for. It’s not a surprise to the umpire staff.”

Scott has been an umpire for three World Series‘, as well as three All-Star games.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Ten years after Pedro Martinez left the Red Sox as a free agent, the team is trying to sign Jon Lester off the open market. (Getty Images)History lesson. 



According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Cubs currently have the high bid in for free agent left-hander Jon Lester at six years and $138 million, while the

According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Cubs currently have the high bid in for free agent left-hander Jon Lester at six years and $138 million, while the Red Sox have “suggested at least a willingness to go to $130 million for six years.” Heyman suggests that the Braves made an offer of a lower figure than that for Lester to play close to his Georgia home. He also notes that right-hander Tim Hudson has been involved in the Giants‘ efforts to recruit Lester. Given the number of interested suitors, Heyman suggests that there is a possibility that Lester will end up with a deal in excess of $25 million a year for a total commitment of $150 million or more.

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WEEI

Dick Bresciani, described by team CEO and chairman Larry Lucchino as “the institutional memory” of the Red Sox in a career that spanned more than 40 years with the club, passed away on Saturday night. He was 76.

Bresciani began his career with the Red Sox in 1972 as an assistant public relations director and over his 42-year tenure with the club, realized numerous promotions, first in public relations and public affairs before spending the last dozen years as a VP of publications and archives (2003) and then a club historian in 2009 — the same year that his years-long campaign to get outfielder Jim Rice elected to the Hall of Fame realized a successful conclusion.

Here is the Red Sox’ press release on Bresciani:

Richard (Dick) Bresciani, the longtime Red Sox Vice President who had served the club since 1972, died Saturday night of complications from leukemia.  His devoted wife of 40 years, Joanne Bresciani, informed the club.  He was 76.

Known universally as ‘€œBresh,’€ the native of Hopedale, Massachusetts was a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, the University of Massachusetts Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame.  In 1997, he received Major League Baseball‘s highest honor in Public Relations, the Robert O. Fishel Award.

‘€œBresh was like a father to some members of our Front Office, an attentive uncle to many, and the institutional memory to all,’€ said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino.  ‘€œHe loved the Red Sox with a passion and zeal that reflected Boston and New England.  He was a walking, talking encyclopedia of anecdotes and stories that cannot be replaced.  The Red Sox family has lost a beloved and loyal member, and we offer our deepest sympathies to his beloved Joanne.’€

Bresh joined the Red Sox in 1972 as Assistant Public Relations Director, was promoted to Publicity Director in 1978 and Public Relations Director in 1984.  He was promoted to Vice President of Public Relations in 1987 and Vice President of Public Affairs in 1996.  He became Vice President of Publications and Archives in 2003 and Club Historian in 2009.

He launched the careers of many baseball executives, including Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson; current Red Sox officials Pam Kenn, Debbie Matson, Sarah Narracci, and Ron Burton; Jim Samia of ESPN; Matt Roebuck of the Miami Marlins; and former Chicago Cubs PR head Sharon Pannozzo.

Bresh was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in November 2006 as the non-uniformed personnel selection.  He was also a member of the New England Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame.

Bresh graduated from Hopedale (MA) High School, then UMass-Amherst in 1960 with a degree in journalism.  He was sports editor of The Daily Collegian, and also worked in the Sports Information Department as an undergrad.  He then spent 11 years as Assistant Sports Information Director, and co-founded the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame, in which he was enshrined in 2002.

An active board member of the Cape Cod Baseball League, he was a member of the inaugural class of the Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame in 2001.   He had served as the league’€™s director of public relations and statistics from 1967-71, when the league received full NCAA accreditation and subsequent financial grants from MLB.

Bresh coordinated the selections of the annual national Tony Conigliaro Award recipient and the Red Sox Hall of Fame inductees. He was chairman of the Red Sox Task Force Committee for the 1999 All-Star Game.

Among his many honors, Bresh won the Boston Baseball Writers’€™ Association of America’€™s ‘€œGood Guy’€ Award in 1987, the Western Mass. Jimmy Fund Recognition Award in 1989, the 1989 Brad Jernegan Award from the BoSox Club, and the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Coaches Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1990.  He received UMass’€™s Alumni Award for Professional Excellence in 1994, and an ‘€œAward of Distinction’€ from the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association for ‘€œsignificant contributions to the development of the youth of the community’€ in 1998.  In 2007, he received the Boston Press Photographers Association’s Sports Personality Award.

A member of the Board of Directors of the BoSox Club, the Red Sox official booster club, Bresh had just received their 2014 ‘€œGood Guy Award’€ on November 11.  Unable to attend the luncheon, he was nonetheless aware of and proud of the honor.

Blog Author: 
Alex Speier

Now that the smoke has cleared somewhat after the shock and awe signings of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, it seems like a good time to delve into some of the deal’€™s minutiae.

Here is some clarification as to what the signings (and potential signings) mean for the Red Sox‘€™ draft in 2015:

– The Red Sox first-round pick ‘€“ No. 7 overall — is protected (since it is in the top 10).

– The Giants and Dodgers don’€™t get the Red Sox actual picks after that. (A change with the new CBA.)

– The Red Sox lose their normal second-round pick and the compensation pick they hauled in at the end of the second pick from the A’€™s in the Jon Lester trade.

– The Giants and Dodgers each get a compensation pick after the first round. Those picks are awarded in reverse order of standings of all the teams who lost players who received qualifying offers.

– If the Red Sox sign another player with a qualifying offer attached — such as James Shields, Ervin Santana or Francisco Liriano — they would lost their third-round pick (and so on).

It’s interesting to note that the draft pick acquired in the Lester deal basically gave the Red Sox a freebie when it came to signing a qualifying offer free agent.

Also, now that the cost of signing a Shields, Scherzer, Santana or Liriano would just be a third-rounder, does that change the dynamic in how the Red Sox’ approach those free agents differ from other teams? While teams pursuing Shields likely won’t be discouraged by his qualifying offer existence, both Liriano and Santana could potentially be hit hard by the qualifying offer tag (as Santana experienced go-round before signing a one-year deal in March).

An example how such a chain of events might shape a team’s approach to qualifying offer free agents came last year when the Orioles were willing to sign Nelson Cruz only after committing to Ubaldo Jimenez (sacrificing their first-round pick). The O’s deemed Cruz worthy of sacrificing the value of a second-round pick, which became a reality after the Jimenez signing.

The soon-to-be 32-year-old Santana (211 and 196 innings, respectively, over the past two seasons), and the 31-year-old Liriano (4-0, 1.23 ERA in his last seven starts; 3.38 for the season) both carry uncertainty, and aren’t viewed as top-of-the-rotation options. But they also may represent the kind of starting veteran presences the Red Sox might not be averse investing a few years in.

It should be noted that the remaining free agents with qualifying offers attached are: Liriano, Santana, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson, Shields, and Scherzer. (Nelson Cruz reportedly agreed to a deal with the Mariners Monday.)

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford