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02/13/2012 - 5:01pm
Sources: Sox never made offer to Cespedes

According to major league sources, the Red Sox never made a foral offer to outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before the free agent signed a four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics. The team did remain in talks with the 26-year-old's representatives throughout his free agency, and Cespedes was brought into the team's academy in the Dominican Republic for a workout in front of team officials in November, but the Sox were only interested in a deal that would have been at a lower average annual value than what materialized; as such, there was never an apparent fit between the Sox and the highly regarded talent from Cuba.

Cespedes is tied for the all-time single-season home run record in Cuba and has what is described as enormous raw power. Still, given the challenge of adapting to a more advanced professional league, the Sox felt that he would require some time in the...

02/13/2012 - 1:42pm
Bruins recall Bodnarchuk from Providence
By: DJ Bean

Two days after sending Steven Kampfer to Providence, the Bruins recalled defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk with plans to bring him as an extra defenseman on their upcoming six-game road trip.

Kampfer has been up with the Bruins for the majority of the season but had played in only 10 NHL contests prior to his demotion. Experience is the biggest thing the B's see as missing from the 23-year-old's game, so they hope an extended stay in the AHL serves him well.

"We sent Kampfer down so he could play," coach Claude Julien said after Monday's practice at TD Garden. "It's been a long year for him, and we've been fortunate enough to not have any real injuries back there. When you sit around that long, you lose a lot of your game, so we've got to get him back playing, just like we did with Jordan Caron. ... Having done that, we're heading on a big road trip and we needed a defenseman back up. I think Bodnarchuk's done a pretty good job with us...

02/13/2012 - 12:48pm
Cherington: Don't expect any major moves

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking to WEEI.com while leaving the Vinoy Hotel and Resort Monday morning, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said that he feels there won't be any significant transactions prior to pitchers and catchers reporting Sunday.

"I wouldn't expect any major moves between now and Sunday," Cherington said. "We're still working on some stuff. Certainly the spring training roster is mostly what it's going to be."

While Cherington wouldn't talk about any specific players, a major league source said that there still is no traction in regard to talks between the Red Sox and free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt.

The settlement with David Ortiz on a one-year, $14.575 million deal Tuesday -- avoiding a 2 p.m. arbitration case at the hotel -- does not alter the Red Sox' payroll plans, with organizational budgets usually being formed with the midpoint of any arbitration hearing serving as the number to be planned for...

02/13/2012 - 11:39am
Sox, Ortiz agree to $14.575 million deal

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- According to an industry source, the Red Sox and David Ortiz averted a potential salary arbitration hearing by agreeing to a one-year deal for 2012 worth $14.575 million. The agreement represents the midpoint between the salary being offered by the Sox ($12.65 million) and the number being sought by Ortiz ($16.5 milion). News of the agreement was first reported by Buster Olney of ESPN (via twitter).

The agreement comes just a few hours before the two parties were scheduled to present arguments in an arbitration hearing at 2 p.m. With the agreement, the Sox have now gone 10 straight years without an arbitration hearing.

Ortiz made $12.5 million last year after the Sox exercised a team option for the 2011 season, a year in which he hit .309 with a .398 OBP, a .554 slugging mark, a .953 OPS, 29 homers and 96 RBI. He was named to the...

02/13/2012 - 11:19am
Randy Moss says he's returning to football

Former Patriots receiver Randy Moss announced via a video on Ustream that he plans to return to football after skipping the 2011 season.

"I just want to go to a team and play some football," Moss said on Monday, his 35th birthday, adding: "I said I had a surprise for y'all."

Moss said he retired due to off-field issues, but his family has told him, "It's fine, do whatever you want to do."

Added Moss: "Faith, family and football, that's my M.O., bro. Your boy be back for the upcoming season."

Moss also insisted that money won't be a key issue in where he signs, noting that he gave up $9 million or more to go to the Patriots.

"I just want to get on the best team," he said. "I'm not sitting here really worried about no deal. I think last year, before I retired, yeah, of course you want your money. But at the same time, you just want to play football. Money has never been the...

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