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Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton trade ups the ante for the Red Sox

December 10, 2017 08:00:09 PST

(image) A year ago, after the Boston Red Sox pulled off a blockbuster trade for Chris Sale, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman showed his admiration by dubbing them "the Golden State Warriors of baseball." It's time for Red Sox honcho Dave Dombrowski to repay the compliment by calling the Yankees, well, the Yankees. By taking advantage of a new Marlins ownership group -- fronted by Derek Jeter, no less -- that was desperate to move a player who had full control over where he could be traded, the Yankees agreed to a deal to obtain Giancarlo Stanton, the pre-eminent power hitter in the game.

No Babe Ruth of Japan? How about the King Kong of Slug? Breaking down Boston's winter wish list

December 06, 2017 07:30:02 PST

(image) BOSTON -- Five weeks since it began, this offseason has been brought to Boston Red Sox fans everywhere by Debbie Downer. Shohei Ohtani is coming to the United States! But the Babe Ruth of Japan isn't interested in beginning his major league career with the team that gave the actual Babe Ruth his start. Wah-wah. Under the ownership of Derek Jeter, the Miami Marlins are ready to trade Giancarlo Stanton! But baseball's pre-eminent slugger prefers to play on the West Coast and therefore is unlikely to approve a deal to Boston.

Power-starved Red Sox must lure Giancarlo Stanton from Fish

November 22, 2017 08:13:22 PST

(image) BOSTON -- Dave Dombrowski sat behind a desk in a hotel suite at the winter meetings last December, a hot-off-the-presses copy of the new collective bargaining agreement in his hand, and claimed the Red Sox "don't have a driving force to make a big deal." A day later, they traded for Chris Sale. The point here isn't to rail against Dombrowski for being misleading. He hasn't survived 40 years in major league front offices by telegraphing every move.

Why Chris Sale's late-season swoon might make him better next year

November 15, 2017 07:20:44 PST

(image) At about 6:15 p.m. ET, the Baseball Writers' Association of America will announce the winner of the American League Cy Young Award. Spoiler alert: It probably won't be Chris Sale. Imagine that. Three months ago, it bordered on unfathomable that anyone other than Sale would take home the prestigious pitching honor. More than halfway through his first season with the Boston Red Sox after a blockbuster trade last December, the 28-year-old ace left-hander was dominating as much as Pedro Martinez at his peak, striking out batters with historic frequency and putting up so many zeros that linescores looked like LeBron James' paycheck.

Could Giancarlo Stanton land in Boston? Red Sox, flush with cash, will shop for sluggers

November 10, 2017 07:30:49 PST

(image) BOSTON -- After reining in their payroll this year, the Boston Red Sox are poised to make it rain again in the offseason. The Sox still shelled out plenty of money in 2017, maintaining one of the highest-paid rosters in the game. But at ownership's behest, team president Dave Dombrowski brought the payroll in at less than $195 million, thereby avoiding a 50 percent tariff on anything above that competitive-balance threshold. In doing so, the Red Sox reset their tax penalty to 20 percent for next season, when the CBT will rise to $197 million.

Alex Cora's approach gives Red Sox something they need

November 06, 2017 20:25:17 PST

(image) BOSTON -- Cut through all the pomp and the pageantry, the photos and the flashbulbs, the presentation of the No. 28 jersey and the unfurling of the Puerto Rican flag, and here's what we know about Alex Cora as the next manager of the Boston Red Sox. Nothing. We don't know because we can't know. Cora spent one season as the Houston Astros' bench coach, picking up a World Series ring along the way. That, and two years as the manager of a winter-ball team back home in Puerto Rico, represents the extent of Cora's coaching career.

Alex Cora just got the best-worst job in baseball

October 22, 2017 21:23:14 PDT

(image) BOSTON -- Alex Cora's stress level is about to skyrocket. And it isn't because he will coach the Houston Astros in the World Series. To no one's surprise, Cora was hired Sunday to be the next manager of the Boston Red Sox. Good luck. As high-pressure gigs go, this ranks somewhere between air-traffic controller and White House chief of staff. There's a reason why late Boston mayor Tom Menino used to tell people that he wouldn't trade places with Terry Francona.

With Farrell gone, Red Sox are all Dave Dombrowski's mess now

October 12, 2017 08:35:25 PDT

(image) BOSTON -- Eighteen years ago, in his first press gathering as the owner of the Florida Marlins, John Henry held up a placard that read "In Dave We Trust." It was meant to be a visual vote of confidence for Dave Dombrowski, the team's incumbent general manager. If Henry had attended Wednesday's news conference at Fenway Park, he might have felt compelled to dust off the old sign. Dombrowski, now the president of baseball operations for a Boston Red Sox team that is owned by Henry, decided to fire manager John Farrell this week after the Sox were booted in the first round of the playoffs for the second season in a row.

Red Sox's leadership problems go far beyond John Farrell

October 11, 2017 10:21:03 PDT

(image) BOSTON -- Shut down Twitter. Silence the sports-talk airwaves. John Farrell is gone. That's right, New England. The Boston Red Sox finally heard you. It took longer than you would have liked, but owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, president/CEO Sam Kennedy and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski came around. They axed Farrell on Wednesday morning, two days after he managed the Sox to a second consecutive first-round playoff knockout.

David Price saves the Sox in Game 3 win, buys Boston a Game 4

October 08, 2017 18:29:55 PDT

(image) BOSTON -- Five days before this American League Division Series started, amid the euphoria of a sudsy celebration that marked the clinching of the AL East, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry contemplated the postseason impact David Price could make as a relief pitcher. Actually, Henry already had witnessed it firsthand. "It was 2008 when he came in and shut us down from the bullpen," Henry said, referring to Price's role in helping the Tampa Bay Rays vanquish the Red Sox in a seven-game AL Championship Series played almost a decade ago.