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Red Sox's Austin Maddox: Sent outright to Triple-A
Maddox (shoulder) was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Maddox will lose his place on the 40-man roster to make room for other prospects who needed protecting from the Rule 5 draft. He underwent surgery on his right rotator cuff near the end of September and is slated to miss the entire 2019 season while rehabbing.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Added to 40-man roster
Hernandez's contract was selected from Double-A Portland on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
This was expected, as the well-regarded prospect needed to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. Hernandez flashed his upside in 2018, posting a combined 3.53 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 11.3 K/9 across 107 innings with Portland and High-A Salem. Despite the southpaw's electric stuff, his command issues (5.0 career BB/9) could ultimately land him in the bullpen long term.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Josh Taylor: Moved to 40-man roster
Taylor was added to the 40-man roster by the Red Sox on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Taylor is one of six Boston prospects who will be protected from the Rule 5 draft following this latest move. He posted a 2-5 record with a 3.79 ERA and 37 strikeouts over 33 relief appearances (35.2 innings) with Double-A Portland in 2018 and should be in line to begin the 2019 campaign with Pawtucket.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Travis Lakins: Contract purchased
Lakins was added to the 40-man roster by Boston on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Lakins is now protected from the Rule 5 draft. He made it to Triple-A Pawtucket a season ago, where he made 10 relief appearances and recorded a 1.65 ERA along with 15 strikeouts through 16 frames.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Michael Chavis: Protected from Rule 5 draft
Chavis had his contract selected from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
As expected, Chavis was added to the Red Sox's 40-man roster in order to protect the top prospect from the Rule 5 draft. The 23-year-old appeared in just 46 games between Pawtucket and Double-A Portland in 2018 thanks to a suspension, but he held his own at both stops, hitting a combined .298/.381/.538 with nine homers. He'll likely head back to Triple-A to start the 2019 season, though he should be in line for a promotion if he continues to impress on the farm.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Denyi Reyes: Joins 40-man roster
Reyes was selected to the 40-man roster Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Reyes was one of six prospects added to the 40-man roster that will now be protected from the Rule 5 draft. He spent time with both Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem last season, posting a 1.97 ERA with 145 punchouts over 155 frames. Reyes has shown plenty of promise thorugh his first three years of minor-league ball and figures to start the 2019 campaign with at Double-A.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Domingo Tapia: Inks minors deal with Boston
Tapia signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
It's unclear if the deal includes an invitation to spring training, but either way, Tapia seems more likely to serve as organizational bullpen depth in 2019. The 27-year-old, who has yet to reach the majors, spent the majority of the 2018 campaign with Triple-A Louisville, posting a 3.43 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 45:26 K:BB across 63 innings.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Colten Brewer: Dealt to Boston
Brewer was traded from the Padres to the Red Sox in exchange for infielder Esteban Quiroz on Tuesday, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.
The Padres needed space on their 40-man roster for brighter prospects, so they dealt Brewer in order to clear things up a bit. The 26-year-old struggled in his first taste of the majors, allowing six runs on 15 hits in 9.2 innings of work. However, he did show potential at Triple-A, producing a 3.75 ERA and 63:15 K:BB in 48 frames with El Paso. Brewer figures to compete for a bullpen role with the Red Sox, though he'll need to improve against big-league hitters during spring training to have a chance of sticking on the active roster.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Marco Hernandez: Unlikely to begin 2019 in majors
Hernandez (shoulder) isn't expected to begin the 2019 season with the Red Sox, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
Hernandez underwent shoulder surgery in July -- his third shoulder surgery in less than 14 months. It's unclear if the injury will prevent him from breaking camp with the big club, or if the Red Sox are simply content with Brock Holt, Eduardo Nunez and Tzu-Wei Lin as their reserve infielders.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Won't require surgery
President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Pedroia (knee) will not need surgery this offseason, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Instead, Pedroia -- who was limited to just three games in 2018 due to lingering left knee inflammation -- will continue rehabbing through the middle of December before ramping up his activities from there. The veteran second baseman is expected to start running in January, and if all goes well, the hope if that he'll be ready for the start of the 2019 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Will work as catcher in spring
The Red Sox intend to have Swihart work primarily as a catcher in spring training, though he'll continue to take reps at other positions during the offseason, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
With Christian Vazquez and Sandy Leon entering the 2018 season as the Red Sox's top two backstops, the Red Sox groomed the switch-hitting Swihart for a utility role in an attempt to maximize his opportunities. With the exception of Dustin Pedroia (knee), Boston generally enjoyed good health from most of its core contributors, resulting in Swihart making only 207 plate appearances. The lack of consistent playing time likely had a negative impact on Swihart's performance at the dish, with the 26-year-old managing a lowly .229/.285/.328 line (64 wRC+). That was still better offensive production than either Vazquez or Leon offered, so Swihart could get the chance to factor into the timeshare behind the plate more frequently if his defense is up to par. That has always been the main concern for Swihart, however, so if he fails to show improvement in that regard in spring, a long-awaited trade elsewhere could finally materialize.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Steve Pearce: Returns to Boston
Pearce signed a one-year, $6.25 million contract with Boston on Friday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
It shouldn't come as any surprise that the Red Sox wanted Pearce back in the fold after he claimed World Series MVP honors for his role in the Fall Classic. Pearce was a valuable contributor for Boston after coming over in a trade from Toronto in late June, and finished the regular season with a slash line of .284/.378/.512, recording 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 76 games. He figures to serve as a platoon partner to Mitch Moreland next season, so look for Pearce in the lineup when a southpaw opposes the Red Sox.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Mookie Betts: Named AL MVP
Betts was named the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player on Thursday.
The awards keep piling up for Betts, who was also honored with a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger for his stellar 2018 campaign. The 26-year-old was incredible across the board for the World Series champs, joining the 30-30 club (32 homers, 30 stolen bases) while leading the majors in batting average (.346), slugging percentage (.640) and runs scored (129). Betts has solidified himself as one of the bonafide five-tool superstars in the league.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Juan Centeno: Signs MiLB deal with Boston
Centeno signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Centeno had a brief stint with the Rangers early in 2018 but spent the bulk of the season with Triple-A Round Rock, accruing a .234/.291/.307 slash line. Christian Vasquez, Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart are all under team control in 2019, likely leaving Centeno to provide catching depth should he remain in the organization through the season.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Steven Wright: Has procedure on knee
Wright underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Monday and is expected to be ready to pitch for the 2019 season, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Wright picked up a knee injury during the first game of the ALDS against New York, and he didn't appear for the rest of the postseason. He'll have nearly the entire offseason to recover from the procedure and should enter spring training as a strong candidate to win a spot in the starting rotation.... See More ... See Less
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