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Red Sox's Dan Schlereth: Signs with Boston
Schlereth inked a minor-league deal with the Red Sox on Monday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Schlereth finished the 2018 season within Seattle's farm system at Triple-A Tacoma. He struggled in 12 appearances, posting a 5.40 ERA with a 9:8 K:BB over 8.1 innings as a reliever. While Schlereth seems unlikely to make the big-league roster, he'll add organizational depth for the Red Sox.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Future in bullpen?
Hernandez will open the 2019 season as a starter, but Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is not ruling out a move to the bullpen, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
Hernandez finished up 2018 as a reliever for Double-A Portland before the Venezuelan native pitched out of the bullpen in the Arizona Fall League. "We're looking at him going into the season more as a starter," Dombrowski said. "I will say that. Now I can't say later on in the year we may not put him in the bullpen. But we like him as a starter." The 22-year-old lefty might move to the bullpen the closer he gets to the majors. Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports there is a strong belief within the organization of that happening.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Set to begin running
Pedroia will begin a running program next week to test out his injured left knee, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. He missed all but three games last season due to the knee but did not require offseason surgery.
Once Pedroia begins running, the Red Sox can get a better indication of the second baseman's chances of being ready, or not being ready, for the start of the regular season. The Red Sox did not pursue any major league second basemen in free agency, acknowledging they couldn't promise playing time to established players. If Pedroia is unable to start the regular season as a full-timer, then expect to see a rotation of Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez holding down the position until Pedroia is capable.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Reaches deal with Red Sox
Barnes agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million contract with Boston on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Barnes made 62 appearances out of the bullpen a season ago, posting a 3.65 ERA and 1.26 WHIP with 96 punchouts over 61.2 frames. He figures to receive plenty of high-leverage opportunities in 2019 and could compete for the closer role if he carries his recent success into spring training.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Brock Holt: Receives raise
Holt agreed to a one-year, $3.575 million deal with the Red Sox, avoiding arbitration, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
This is his final year under team control before hitting the open market. Holt is expected to reprise his utility role, likely spelling Dustin Pedroia at the keystone several times a month, at minimum.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Jackie Bradley: Reaches agreement with Boston
Bradley signed a one-year, $8.55 million contract with the Red Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Bradley saw an increase in his salary from a season ago, going from $6.1 million to $8.55 million following a down season. He hit .234 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI (144 games) compared to batting .245 with 17 homers and 63 RBI in 2017 (133 games), although he did set a new career best with 17 stolen bases last year. The Red Sox have shown their faith in Bradley by offering him a fair raise and managing to avoid a hearing.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts: Agrees to deal with Boston
Bogaerts signed a one-year, $12.0 million contract with the Red Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Bogaerts saw a substantial raise from his $7.05 million salary a season ago, and he earned it by more than doubling his home-run total (10 to 23) and driving in 103 RBI over 136 ballgames. He'll undoubtedly begin the 2019 campaign as the starting shortstop for the defending World Series champions after turning in stellar numbers a year ago.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Sandy Leon: Comes to terms
Leon signed a one-year, $2.475 million deal with the Red Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Leon had an abysmal offensive campaign in 2018 with a .177/.232/.279, and was the worst hitter in the league with a 33 wRC+ (minimum 250 plate appearances). The 29-year-old should remain a part of Boston's catching situation in 2019 with Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart, neither of which performed significantly better offensively last season.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Comes to terms
Rodriguez agreed to a one-year, $4.3 million deal with the Red Sox, avoiding arbitration, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
This is a pretty nice bargain for Boston in the second arbitration year for Rodriguez, who has exhibited No. 3 starter upside when healthy. He has two more years of arbitration before hitting the open market in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Brandon Workman: Reaches deal with Boston
Workman signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract with the Red Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Workman has been a solid bullpen piece for the Red Sox over the last two years with a 3.22 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, though his playoff struggles led him to being left off the roster for the World Series. The 30-year-old should again serve as a middle relief option in Boston.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Mookie Betts: Avoids arbitration with Red Sox
Betts signed a one-year, $20 million contract with the Red Sox on Friday to avoid arbitration, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Fresh off his 2018 MVP campaign, Betts nearly doubles his pay from the $10.5 million deal he signed last season. Given that Betts still has an additional year of arbitration eligibility, the $20 million deal represents an enormous figure as the Red Sox are sure to attempt to iron out an extension with him before he hits free agency. The 26-year-old slashed .346/.438/.640 with 32 home runs and 30 stolen bases and enters 2019 as one of the definitive top players in Major League Baseball.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Inks deal with Boston
Swihart signed a one-year, $910,000 contract with the Red Sox on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Swihart avoids arbitration in the first year he is eligible as he is set to begin 2019 as reserve catcher and utility man. The 26-year-old slashed .229/.285/.328 with three home runs in 207 plate appearances last season. Sandy Leon and Christian Vasquez should head into spring training with a leg up on the starting spot at catcher but had similar offensive struggles last season, which could allow Swihart to factor into the timeshare behind the plate in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Steven Wright: Avoids arbitration
Wright signed a one-year, $1.375 million contract with the Red Sox on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Lingering knee issues coupled with a 15-game suspension limited Wright to just four starts and 16 relief appearances for the Red Sox in 2018. When healthy, the veteran knuckleballer posted a tidy 2.68 ERA across 53.2 innings, though poor walk (11.7 percent) and strikeout (18.8 percent) rates suggest he was a bit lucky (4.37 FIP). Wright underwent a scope on his left knee earlier in the offseason but is expected to be ready to go for spring training. He's set to compete for a back-end rotation spot in camp.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Josh Ockimey: Invited to MLB spring training
Ockimey received an invitation to major-league spring training Thursday.
The first base prospect put up another solid season in 2018, posting a .245/.356/.455 slash line with 20 home runs and 71 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A. Ockimey only spent 27 games at Triple-A, however, and he's much younger than many players in the league, so without a clear path to playing time in Boston, he seems to be ticketed for more time at Pawtucket barring an injury to any of the Red Sox's regulars.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Mike Shawaryn: Heads to MLB spring training
Shawaryn received an invitation to major-league spring training Thursday.
The right-hander reached Triple-A for the first time last season, amassing a 3.93 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in 36 innings at Pawtucket. The 2018 campaign marked the first time he failed to strike out a batter per inning, though he continued to exhibit good control, walking just 38 hitters in 149.1 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. There's not really a hole in Boston's pitching staff for Shawaryn to fill out of spring training, but given his proximity to the majors, there's a decent chance that he comes up to the majors at some point in 2019 to make a spot start or two.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's C.J. Chatham: Lands invite to MLB spring training
Chatham received an invite to major-league spring training Thursday.
The shortstop prospect put together a solid hitting display in the low minors last season, finishing the year with a .314/.350/.389 with three home runs, 52 RBI and 11 stolen bases between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem. He also made contact over 80 percent of the time, but he benefitted from a BABIP in the .370's. Although he's already 24 years old, Chatham still has a bit of development to do in the minors before having a real chance to emerge at the major-league level.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Bobby Dalbec: Lands invite to MLB spring training
Dalbec was invited to major-league spring training Thursday.
The 23-year-old broke out in the power department last year, bashing 32 home runs and 35 doubles in 543 plate appearances between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. He'll now get a chance to strut his stuff in big-league camp during spring training, though it's unlikely he'll break camp with Boston. He only has 124 plate appearances at Double-A to his name and could use some more seasoning against upper-level pitching in order to cut down on the 32.4 percent strikeout rate he posted last season.... See More ... See Less