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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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07/31/14 03:00 EST
Few were in the mood to talk. Truth be told, it seemed like few were in the mood to play baseball. What was left of the residue from a 2013 championship season was about to be washed away. "It's tough, there's no other way to put it," said Dustin Pedroia. "To win a World Series and 3 1/2 months later everything is different, or at least talking about being different. ... It's tough." Pedroia, Jonny Gomes, Stephen Drew, David Ross, David Ortiz, Daniel Nava and John Lackey all packed their things for the night and went on their way. Few had words to express what was transpiring, with the likes of Brandon Workman, Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt awkwardly answering questions about the potential dismantling of a team they had little to do with a year ago. After meeting with general manager Ben Cherington and assistant GM Brian O'Halloran, manager John Farrell remained in his office, seemingly counting the minutes before he could finally get through this roster enema. The
07/29/14 02:53 EST
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David Ortiz is hoping. He's not alone in the Red Sox clubhouse. "I don't see that happening. I don't see him getting traded," the Red Sox designated hitter said regarding Jon Lester. "The signing thing, I don't know what the situation is with that, but hopefully they understand that he is very important." Well, there is a chance Lester is still a member of the Red Sox come Thursday night. Then again ... The Red Sox and Lester find themselves in a position with a few days to go before the non-waiver trade deadline few thought was coming, even as recently as a month ago. There is a very real possibility -- a very real possibility -- that the Sox ace could be dealt. It's impossible to ignore the signs. As of Monday night, there were no signs that the Red Sox would be making one last bid at engaging Lester in contract extension talks. While there has still only been one firm offer, both sides have offered enough evidence that there is an understanding of the current comfort
07/25/14 01:43 EST
As of Thursday, the idea of Jon Lester remaining with the Red Sox in 2015 seemed more unlikely than ever. In fact, the merits of dealing the Red Sox ace before the end of this season grows by the day. Why? In short: The Red Sox want Lester to blink, but with an emerging Cy Young candidacy thus far this season, and just three months until the rest of Major League Baseball can negotiate on the same playing field as the Sox, such flinching doesn't seem likely. But before getting into that, let's set the scene. We're sitting here less than one week before the non-waiver trade deadline and the Red Sox' playoff hopes are sunk. They have nine players who will be eligible to become free agents at the end of this season -- Jonny Gomes, Burke Badenhop, Andrew Miller, potentially Craig Breslow (if his option isn't exercised), Stephen Drew, Jake Peavy, David Ross, Koji Uehara and ... Lester. While it is somewhat notable that the Red Sox haven't engaged in contract talks with Uehara, that really isn't
07/23/14 02:48 EST
TORONTO -- Jake Peavy wanted this to work. The Red Sox wanted this to work. And most of those buying tickets to Fenway Park on a regular basis desperately wanted this to work. So what if John Farrell's club has gone 10-20 in his starts since arriving with the club a year ago. Peavy pitching for these Red Sox seemed like it was destined to work. It hasn't, and most likely won't. What Peavy represents is the reason why so many -- including the pitcher himself -- continue to look for that option that keeps him in Boston. He is the guy who shows the kind of emotion you want $16 million-a-year pitchers to show. He is the guy who represented the Red Sox' all-in mentality at last season's non-waiver trade deadline. He is the guy who buys the duck boat and the cigar store indian. Peavy is that guy who represented what the Red Sox were in 2013 and what many want them to be for the remainder of '14. Then there is the reality of these Red Sox. What Peavy truly symbolizes is the Red Sox' impending



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