Was David Ortiz having second thoughts about retirement?

That’s exactly what Dave Dombrowski was wondering upon finding the former Red Sox designated hitter working out at Fenway Park recently.

It was a moment Ortiz revealed in his latest Players’ Tribune post:

David Ortiz

David Ortiz

Was David Ortiz having second thoughts about retirement?

That’s exactly what a Red Sox ‘president’ (either Sam Kennedy or Dave Dombrowski) was wondering upon finding the former Red Sox designated hitter working out at Fenway Park recently.

It was a moment Ortiz revealed in his latest Players’ Tribune post:

I called the clubhouse guys at Fenway at nine and said, “I’m coming over.”

Everybody was gone. It was just me and my trainer alone in the gym at Fenway.

You hearing the Rocky music, right?

“Dun-dun-dun-dun-dun….”

Nah, bro. I started working out and I got tired so fast. The fastest I’ve ever gotten tired. I was dying.

All of a sudden, the president of the Red Sox came in and saw me working out. He was like, “See, this is the stuff that scares me, David.”

I’m like, “No, no, I just don’t want to be sitting at home doing nothing.”

“Do you have something to tell me, David?”

“No, no, no. I’m retired. I swear.”

Nobody believes me. Not even my teammates. On my last night in the clubhouse, after we got eliminated, a lot of them wouldn’t even say goodbye to me. Because they still think I’m going to show up at spring training.

I wish I could. My mind wants to. But my body just can’t do it anymore. For the past four years, it’s been a struggle just to get physically ready to perform. I used to roll up to the ballpark at 2:30 and be ready to go at 7. But for the past few years, I’ve been a noon guy. That’s how long it takes me to get the engine going with all the stretching and massages and treatment.

Getting old sucks.

Ortiz went to reminisce about some of the more memorable moments during his time in Boston, and even one that wasn’t so well-publicized: when he and Pedro Martinez left a 2003 game in Philadelphia, watching extra innings in a restaurant.

To read Ortiz’s entire entry, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

The Baseball Hall of Fame released its ballot for the upcoming election, and a number of Red Sox are among the first-time nominees, including slugging outfielder Manny Ramirez, steady catcher Jason Varitek, and dependable knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

Jason Varitek

Jason Varitek

The Baseball Hall of Fame released its ballot for the upcoming election, and a number of Red Sox are among the first-time nominees, including slugging outfielder Manny Ramirez, steady catcher Jason Varitek, and dependable knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

Ramirez, catcher Pudge Rodriguez, and former MVP Vladimir Guerrero are among the highest-profile newcomers.

There are no fewer than nine former Red Sox nominated for the first time, in addition to the aforementioned trio: shortstop Orlando Cabrera, outfielder Mike Cameron, outfielder J.D. Drew, shortstop Edgar Renteria, infielder Freddy Sanchez, and outfielder Matt Stairs.

Ramirez represents the trickiest candidate of the bunch. His numbers — .312 average, 555 homers — are easily worthy, but he failed a pair of drug tests and is unlikely to attain enshrinement.

Of the players returning to the ballot, Jeff Bagwell (71.6 percent) is the likeliest to get in. Ex-Red Sox Roger Clemens (45.2) and Curt Schilling (52.3) remain a ways away.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

For a second straight offseason, it appears Dave Dombrowski wasn’t steering us down the wrong path.

Dave Dombrowski. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Dave Dombrowski. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

For a second straight offseason, it appears Dave Dombrowski wasn’t steering us down the wrong path.

The Red Sox president of baseball operations proclaimed during the recent GM meetings that his team’s timeline when it came to signing free agents was going to be dictated by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (which expires Dec. 1). The Sox, Dombrowski explained, would have to wait to see what the new CBA stated when it came what level the luxury tax threshold would land at.

As Dombrowski insinuated, it would be preferred by the club if it could avoid going over the newly-defined tax threshold by managing their free agent acquisitions.

According to industry sources, that truly appears to be the Red Sox’ strategy.

Those talking with the Red Sox throughout the first few weeks of the offseason have come away with the feeling that they aren’t going to truly “play” in the free agent market until the new rules are set. Dombrowski is certainly expressing interest to key targets (such as Carlos Beltran), but as of Monday patience was still the priority.

While sources suggest some clubs have joined the Red Sox in their approach, showing some “trepidation” to dive head-first into the market, there has been some movement.

Reliever Brett Cecil, for instance, just agreed to a four-year, $30.5 million deal with the Cardinals, while outfielder Josh Reddick inked a four-year, $52 million contract to play for the Astros. It should be noted, however, that both clubs wouldn’t be near the luxury tax threshold, with St. Louis hovering around $145 million and Houston in the vicinity of $100 million.

The Red Sox are already committed to a payroll that is up against the current luxury tax threshold of $189 million. Dombrowski has stated the club’s focus this offseason is to find a replacement for David Ortiz, and a reliable eighth-inning relief pitcher.

Dombrowski suggested on the final day of the GM meetings that the relief pitcher may come before the potential designated hitter due to the level of financial commitment to each.

“I don’t know if it’s necessarily going to be a short, immediate type of situation,” said Dombrowski of a commitment to a new DH. “There might have to be some patience involved in that because a lot of guys fit that type of description. I also am not really pushing that as much because of the simple situation, we don’t know what the CBT situation is and the rules we’re playing under in the basic agreement. It’s really hard to push this some of those things until you really know what rules you’re playing under.”

The current CBA runs out Dec. 1, but MLB commissioner Rob Manfred recently stated that he believed both sides were close on getting a new deal done. The New York Times is reporting that the luxury tax threshold is, indeed, set to increase, although it is not known to what levels.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

The Red Sox can only hope the World Baseball Classic doesn't impact Eduardo Rodriguez's preparation for 2017.</p>
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The Red Sox were going to make sure they didn’t lose Kyle Martin or Luis Ysla.

Luis Ysla

Luis Ysla

The Red Sox were going to make sure they didn’t lose Kyle Martin or Luis Ysla.

Both minor-league pitchers were added to the organization’s 40-man roster in order not to expose either to the Rule 5 draft. By making the moves, the Red Sox 40-man roster is maxed out at 40 players.

Here is the release sent out by the team:

Martin, 25, spent the entire 2016 season with the PawSox in his Triple-A debut. He converted each of his six save opportunities and went 3-4 with a 3.38 ERA (25 ER/66.2 IP) and 10.53 strikeouts per nine innings in 36 appearances, all in relief. Opponents were only 10-for-65 (.154) against Martin with runners in scoring position, including 0-for-10 with the bases loaded. In 17 outings from June 20 through the remainder of the season, the right-hander posted a 2.29 ERA (9 ER/35.1 IP) and held opponents to a .207 batting average (25-for-121). Selected by the Red Sox in the ninth round of the 2013 June Draft, Martin has made each of his 120 professional appearances in relief, going 15-12 with 24 saves, a 3.41 ERA (87 ER/229.0 IP), 242 strikeouts, 63 walks, and 19 home runs allowed.

Kyle Martin

Kyle Martin

Ysla, 24, made 39 of his 40 appearances in 2016 with Double-A Portland before finishing his season with a solo outing for the PawSox. He combined to go 2-5 with four saves, a 3.99 ERA (25 ER/56.1 IP), and 62 strikeouts, pitching exclusively out of the bullpen for the first time in his career. From June 1 through the remainder of the season, the Venezuelan native held opponents to a .208 batting average (26-for-125) in 24 appearances between the two clubs. Originally signed by San Francisco as an international free agent in 2012, Ysla was acquired by the Red Sox from the Giants in exchange for Alejandro De Aza on August 31, 2015. He has made four relief appearances for Margarita of the Venezuelan Winter League, his third consecutive season pitching for the club.

BOSTON RED SOX 40-MAN ROSTER (40)

PITCHERS (22): Fernando Abad, Matt Barnes, Clay Buchholz, Roenis Elias, Heath Hembree, Williams Jerez, Brian Johnson, Joe Kelly, Craig Kimbrel, Kyle Martin, Henry Owens, Drew Pomeranz, Rick Porcello, David Price, Noe Ramirez, Eduardo Rodriguez, Robbie Ross Jr., Robby Scott, Carson Smith, Brandon Workman, Steven Wright, Luis Ysla.

CATCHERS (4): Bryan Holaday, Sandy Leon, Blake Swihart, Christian Vazquez.

INFIELDERS (9): Xander Bogaerts, Marco Hernandez, Brock Holt, Deven Marrero, Yoan Moncada, Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, Travis Shaw.

OUTFIELDERS (5): Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Bryce Brentz, Chris Young.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

There is little doubt Rick Porcello would get an invitation to pitch in the World Baseball Classic. When you win the American League Cy Young, as the Red Sox pitcher just did, it is only natural your services would be in demand.