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Red Sox Manager Alex Cora Not Ruling Out Closer-By-Committee Approach So, who's going to close games for the Boston Red Sox this season? At this point, it seems highly unlikely that Craig Kimbrel will return. Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said as much Monday morning during a press conference at JetBlue Park.

Here's what John Henry and Tom Werner had to say about the state of the Red Sox Sign up for 108 Stitches and get the best Red Sox content right to your inbox. FORT MYERS, Fla. "Conversations have been had, but I don't really want to get into everything… These are great players. We'd love them to be Red Sox for the rest of their careers,'' Werner said in response to a question about contract talks with Sale and Bogaerts.

Tom Werner: Craig Kimbrel 'Extremely Unlikely' To Return To Red Sox Tom Werner told most Boston Red Sox fans what they already knew Monday. The Red Sox chairman confirmed during a spring-training press conference Craig Kimbrel almost certainly won't re-sign with the team and return as closer in 2019, according to The Boston Herald's Jason Mastrodonato.

J.D. Martinez Opens Up About Red Sox Future: Will Slugger Opt Out Of Contract? The Boston Red Sox have some difficult free agency decisions to make, with Chris Sale, Rick Porcello and Xander Bogaerts among those slated to hit the open market next offseason. Martinez's situation is a bit more complicated. Martinez's first season with the Red Sox couldn't have gone any better.

Chris Sale extension a priority for Red Sox Determined not to repeat the mistake they made with Jon Lester five years ago, Red Sox ownership on Monday voiced a priority to sign ace lefty Chris Sale to a long-term extension. In Spring Training of 2014, Lester was entering his "walk year" and the Red Sox were fresh off a World Series championship.

MLB Pipeline drops their top Red Sox prospect list A familiar name at the top.

Craig Kimbrel unlikely to rejoin Red Sox The Red Sox still haven't named a closer. Craig Kimbrel still hasn't found a home on the free-agent market. However, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner suggests not to read too much into those two independent factors. Chances that the club will re-sign their All-Star closer of the past three seasons?

Will Lessons Learned From Jon Lester Affect Red Sox's Chris Sale Contract Talks? John Henry won't say he's had a shift in his philosophical beliefs, but his spending habits may ultimately suggest otherwise. The Boston Red Sox owner was rather candid Monday when he admitted the club "blew" contract negotiations with Jon Lester back in spring training of 2014.

Pedroia to "be smart," focus on staying on the field There will be plenty to watch as Dustin Pedroia takes the field this spring. The famously hard playing second baseman is back in camp at Fenway South preparing for a real return to action this season. Pedroia appeared in just three games in 2018 after recovering from knee surgery in October 2017.

John Henry Admits Red Sox Blew It With Jon Lester That's not generally how things are supposed to work, and Red Sox principal owner John Henry admitted as much on Monday in Fort Myers. Henry pulled no punches, telling reporters that the Red Sox simply blew it when it came to signing Lester to an extension in the spring training final to the final year on his deal.

Red Sox Spring Training: Celtics coach Brad Stevens visits camp Cora led the Red Sox to their fourth World Series title in the last 15 years, Bill Belichick followed with his sixth Super Bowl victory at the helm of the New England Patriots, and now Stevens' Celtics are competing for the opportunity to hang their NBA-record 18th banner.

Why Red Sox's J.D. Martinez Doubts Designated Hitter Ever Will Win MVP Martinez finished fourth in American League MVP voting in 2018 - behind winner Mookie Betts, Mike Trout and Jose Ramirez - and the Boston Red Sox slugger doubts he'll ever get over the hump if he continues to serve primarily as a designated hitter.

Boston Red Sox and J.D. Martinez opt-out confluence For Martinez, it is five-years at $110 million with an opt-out after the 2019 season. The Price opt-out was affected by his performance so elsewhere would have been a pay cut. For Martinez, the plot line may end differently. Could this deal have been any better for the Red Sox?

John Henry, Tom Werner Live Stream: Watch Red Sox Owners Speak To Media John Henry and Tom Werner are excited as anyone about defense. The Boston Red Sox principle owner and the team's chairman will speak to reporters Monday at JetBlue Park. Their media availability coincides with Boston's first full-squad workout of spring training.

Red Sox 2019 Top 30 Prospects list The Red Sox farm system may be as thin as it has been since the beginning of the millennium, but it has done its job.

Chris Sale, Red Sox have discussed contract extension Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale is entering the final year of a contract that has been one of the best values in all of sports, and he could be the most coveted pitcher on the free agent market at this time next year. The defending champs are trying to prevent it from getting to that point.

Chris Sale, Red Sox have begun discussing extension The Boston Red Sox and ace pitcher Chris Sale have already begun discussing a potential contract extension ahead of his impending free agency next year. Red Sox chairman Tom Werner was on the “Mut & Callahan” show Monday morning when he confirmed the.

One Big Question: Can the shift to relief keep Travis Lakins healthy? It seems like every September there is one prospect with whom the entire Red Sox fandom becomes obsessed with getting a chance in the majors after rosters expand, generally at a position that had been underperforming. At the very least, it's happened in each of the last two years.

Werner: Red Sox, Chris Sale Have Discussed Extension Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said this morning that the team has had "private" talks about a Chris Sale extension. Read more at MLB Trade Rumors.

Red Sox Have Had Extension Talks With Chris Sale, But Striking Deal Not Easy It sure sounds like there's mutual interest between the Boston Red Sox and Chris Sale in regards to a contract extension, but it's a fairly complicated situation. The Red Sox ace is entering the final season of his contract, and both sides now have gone on record with their interest in continuing the relationship.

MLB To Use Pitch Clocks During Spring Training, May Implement For 2019 Regular Season - Major League Baseball is unilaterally starting the use of pitch clocks for spring training games, while brushing off complaints from players about the slow free agent market.

Getting to know all of the non-roster invites in Red Sox camp To help with that, let's quickly run through every non-roster invitee in Red Sox camp this year. Remember, this doesn't include anyone on the 40-man roster, so guys like Michael Chavis and Darwinzon Hernandez will be there but are not NRI's. There will also be players that play in games that aren't technically NRI's.

OTM Open Thread 2/18: It is Monday Some of you further south than me got some snow this morning. Sucks to be you. Not a ton going on tonight. The Bruins do have a huge game against the Sharks tonight, though…

MLB Roundup 2/18: Mike Moustakas heads back to Milwaukee Manfred, the guy who has spent his entire tenure speaking mostly about pace of play issues and everything wrong with the on-field product, can get all the way out of here with any talk of "negativity." There's an idea that baseball is boring from non-baseball fans, and while some of that is just the nature of the game, it doesn't help when the...

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