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Rob Bradford joined WEEI.com after serving as a Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Herald and the Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, Mass.). Prior to manning the Red Sox beat, he spent several years at the Lowell Sun. He has written two books: “Chasing Steinbrenner,” following the front offices of the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays through the 2003 season, and “Deep Drive: A Long Journey to Discovering the Champion Within,” which he co-authored with Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell.

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12/10/14 05:28 EST
SAN DIEGO -- They did just enough to do not enough. We get it. There are ways to build a winning rotation that don't involve paying one pitcher $25 million a year for six or seven years. The Red Sox have said that and will keep saying that. They could very well make a shrewd move or two and get that top-of-the-rotation guy (or guys) for a much more manageable rate than the Cubs are paying Jon Lester. That's not really what the wee hours of Wednesday morning were about. When word came down that Lester would be heading to Chicago via a six-year, $155 million deal (with a vesting option for a seventh season), it marked a moment to reflect on exactly what the Red Sox were thinking. And, taking a step back and digesting everything that encompassed the pursuit of the pitcher, it was difficult to view it in any other way but this: The Red Sox just didn't want Lester as much as ownership wanted you to believe they wanted Lester. Credit has to go to the Cubs, first and foremost. They did what it
12/09/14 05:38 EST
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SAN DIEGO -- With the sun offering another perfect Southern California day outside, and a wall of baseball humanity inside, there was one constant at the first day of the winter meetings -- a whole day of guessing as to where Jon Lester was going to end up. Sometime around 5 p.m. a report came out that the Giants and Cubs had gained the pole position, with the Red Sox on the outside looking in unless something changed. That, however, was immediately met with the response from one of Lester's agents, Seth Levinson, who texted that such a notion was "absolutely untrue." The Red Sox were, indeed, still in the hunt, a premise reinforced by manager John Farrell's declaration, saying “I think we’re still confident that we can sign Jon." So by the time the hotel bars began to empty, punctuating Day 1 of the meetings, the guesses regarding Lester's fate weren't all the different from when the day started. They were guesses. This is one the undeniable truth that you can
12/08/14 02:14 EST
SAN DIEGO -- As of Sunday night, when the baseball world started pouring into the winter meetings, anybody milling around the Manchester Grand Hyatt lobby who said they had a definitive read on where Jon Lester was ending up, well, probably was relying on the "Psychic Friends Network" as their primary source. As the weekend progressed, the Lester situation was classified as "fluid" by someone with knowledge of the negotiations, making any sort of prediction regarding where the free agent pitcher might end up a doozy. The only thing that remained a certainty regarding the Lester saga is how the whole thing is unfolding. Once it became a sure thing that the lefty would be hitting the open market, the timeline of his decision-making process was fairly predictable. First there were the approximately six or so teams showing significant interest. Some experienced short flirtations (Toronto, St. Louis and Atlanta). Others offered some surprising staying power (San Francisco).
11/24/14 02:56 EST
"We do keep open the prospect of signing a long-term deal with a free agent, paying a sizable amount of money to attract a star in his prime. We haven't ruled that out. There's just a rebuttable presumption against doing that. But you can rebut it. The circumstances can allow to go ahead and do it." -- Red Sox president Larry Lucchino on WEEI, Feb. 21 Consider it rebutted. Who had Hanley Ramirez agreeing to a five-year deal, nine years to the day he left the Red Sox organization, as the first shoe to drop in Ben Cherington's offseason? Didn't think so. The tidy notion of the Red Sox inking Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester and then sitting out the rest of the offseason just flew out the window. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported late Sunday night that Ramirez was on his way to Boston on Monday to finalize what appears to a be a five-year, $90 million deal. Buckle up. (A source has since confirmed Rosenthal's report.) By the time Monday afternoon rolls around, there could be a healthy



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