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Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia

After signing his new extension, Chris Sale explains some of the thought process behind it on his end. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

Sale has been here for a few years now, but he’s still somewhat mysterious. Chad Jennings tries to give us a glimpse into who the ace is. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic) ($$)

It would be great if the next move was to extend Mookie Betts, but that’s very unlikely. Even so, trading him would be a mistake. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal) ($$)

We all know there are...

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Red Sox announce final roster cuts for pitchers

Nothing overly surprising in this group.

The biggest question for the Red Sox got its first answer on Saturday, as the Red Sox sent three pitchers down to minor-league camp, leaving them just with the thirteen arms who are going to break camp with the squad on Opening Day in Seattle. First of all, the players optioned were Darwinzon Hernandez, Bobby Poyner and Marcus Walden, with the former being send down to Double-A and the latter two to Triple-A.

Prior to today's game (3/23) vs. PIT,...

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Red Sox will end all extension talks by the start of Opening Day

“Unless something completely unanticipated happened,” Dave Dombrowski figures Boston will end all extension talks by Opening Day, the team president of baseball operations told the media (including Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com).   Most players like to have negotiations wrapped up before the regular season begins, with Dombrowski also citing his preference for a lack of distractions. Xander Bogaerts, Rick Porcello and potentially J.D. Martinez (if he exercises an opt-out clause) are all...

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Red Sox vs. Pirates: Saying goodbye to Florida

The last game down in Florida before the team heads west.

Saturday will mark the final game in Florida for the Red Sox in 2019, at least in spring training action. They’ll obviously be back for games in Tampa Bay. Don’t be pedantic. Anyway, yeah, the team is going to be heading west after Saturday’s contest against the Pirates to finish up spring training against the Cubs out in Arizona before the real games begin in Seattle. For this final game, Nathan Eovaldi is scheduled to take the...

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Scattered Thoughts on the Chris Sale extension

With a full night to ruminate over the deal, here are the thoughts rattling around the ol’ noggin.

In case you missed the big news on Friday, the Red Sox locked up their ace for another five years beyond 2019, agreeing to a five-year, $145 million contract extension with Chris Sale. It’s been a little under 24 hours since news first broke that this deal was at least close to getting done, and so we’ve had some time to sit with the excitement. Here are some scattered thoughts on the...

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OTM Open Thread 3/22: It is Saturday

Happy Saturday everyone. Yours truly is flying out to Arizona today, so expect the Red Sox to pull off some kind of major move while I’m in the sky. The good news for me is that it will be tough to pull off something bigger than the Sale extension from yesterday, though it wouldn’t surprise me if they figured out a way. Anyway, the Red Sox take on the Pirates on Saturday afternoon while the Celtics and Bruins play the Hornets and Panthers, respectively, in the evening. Plus, there is...

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Celebrate the Chris Sale extension in style

Bringing back an old favorite for the new deal

The Red Sox have agreed to a new five-year deal with Chris Sale that will pay the ace $145 million over five seasons and keep the ace in town for the foreseeable future. It’s a huge moment for fans, of course, as the most electrifying pitcher this city has seen since Pedro will take the ball every five days for Boston for a long, long time. The Red Sox may have, perhaps even probably would have, been fine with or without Sale. They’ve...

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Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, Dustin Pedroia, Chase Shugart

Sean McAdam has three takeaways from the Chris Sale extension. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal) ($$)

Now that they have their ace locked up for the next five years, what comes next? (Darren Hartwell; NBC Sports Boston)

In other news, Dustin Pedroia is now eyeing the home opener as his return date. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)

The Red Sox offense is starting to turn it on. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald)

This is a very important story about the Red Sox and the clubhouse’s love of their dogs....

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Red Sox 10, Twins 6: Andrew Benintendi sets the tone early

And Brandon Workman has his best outing of the spring

The Red Sox were supposed to play Friday’s game with Chris Sale on the mound, but after he agreed to his five-year extension he was announced as a healthy scratch. Presumably it was so he could undergo his physical, though as far as I know that was never confirmed. Either way, he didn’t pitch and Dan Runzler took his place. The first two innings weren’t too exciting as far as who was pitching, but the offense continued the roll they...

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Red Sox at Twins Lineups: The last Sale Day of spring

The newly-extended ace makes his final spring start.

It’s a particularly happy Sale Day on this Friday, what with the ace sticking around for five more years and all that.

Although the bullpen is the most intriguing (and not necessarily in a good way) part of the Red Sox roster right now, the rotation is still pretty dang important. The newly-extended Chris Sale, of course, heads that rotation and he’ll be on the mound today. The team’s ace was absolutely lights out in his last...

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Report: Braves, Brewers final suitors for Craig Kimbrel

It appears that closer Craig Kimbrel may be inching closer to finding a home for the 2019 season. According to David O’Brien of The Athletic, the Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves are the main suitors for Kimbrel barring an unexpected late contender. The Brewers had been thought to be the frontrunner, and may have a glaring need due to a potential health issue in the back of their bullpen. Kimbrel knows the Braves well, having been drafted and developed by the organization while playing...

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Chris Sale agrees to five-year extension with Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox have locked up ace starter Chris Sale on a five-year contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. It was previously noted by ESPN’s Jeff Passan that the deal was expected to be worth $150 million over five seasons. Now that this is completed, Sale will boast the sixth-highest average annual salary among starting pitchers in Major League Baseball. A seven-time All-Star, the soon-to-be 30-year-old Sale is coming off a 2018 campaign that saw him pitch to a 12-4...

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Chris Sale and Red Sox close to extension

It’s happening!

It’s been extension season all around baseball the last week or two, but the Red Sox have been sitting out. It seems that’s about to change. According to Alex Speier, the Red Sox are close to a deal with Chris Sale to keep their ace in Boston.

Breaking: LHP Chris Sale and the Red Sox are close to an agreement on a contract extension https://t.co/YjJhMXbmQe

— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) March 22, 2019

Jeff Passan says the deal will be worth around $150 million over...

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Red Sox, Chris Sale close to contract extension

The Red Sox and ace Chris Sale are closing in on an extension agreement that’ll keep Sale in Boston “for years to come,” Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports. The left-hander is represented by Jet Sports Management. The extension, if finalized, is expected to land in the range of $150M over a five-year term, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan (Twitter link). Earlier this spring, both Sale and the Red Sox expressed mutual interest in working out a long-term arrangement that’d keep the...

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Report: Chris Sale, Red Sox closing in on extension

The Boston Red Sox confirmed earlier this offseason that they have had conversations with Chris Sale about a contract extension, and the team is reportedly close to a new deal with the left-hander. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Sale and the Red Sox are on the verge of agreeing to an extension. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the deal is expected to be worth around $150 million over five years. Sale is entering the final season of a team-friendly contract he signed with the...

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Previewing the American League

A quick look at the ten AL teams not in the East.

With only a little more than a week left until Opening Day for most teams (and only a couple days away from Opening Day for the Mariners and A’s) it’s time to really start looking forward to the coming season. With that in mind, we’ll spend this week looking at the rest of the competition in the division, going in reverse order of last year’s standings. Then, on Friday we’ll take a broader look at the rest of the American League....

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Looking at where we stand with the Red Sox bullpen

Alex Cora gave an update on Friday.

Opening Day is not less than a week away, but we still aren’t sure what the Red Sox bullpen is going to look like. The rest of the roster is more or less clear — the catching situation isn’t settled yet, though Sandy León has been brought up in trade talks — but the biggest weakness on the roster is also the most incomplete as spring training comes to a close. Prior to Thursday’s game, Alex Cora discussed the battle for bullpen spots and kind of...

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OTM Open Thread 3/22: It is Friday

Happy Friday everyone. The full version of OOTP comes out today if you’re into that sort of thing. There is also college basketball on all day yet again as the first round of the NCAA tournament finishes up. The Red Sox also continue their march through spring with their third straight night game, taking on the Twins at 6:05 PM ET. That’s all I got today. Use this space to discuss whatever you’d like. As always, just be nice to each other.

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Red Sox Top Prospect Voting: Can Denyi Reyes prove the scouts wrong?

The reports are not nearly as exciting as the numbers, and this will be a big year for the Red Sox righty.

For the second straight vote, it was something of a runaway as we continue to get towards the end of our top prospect ranking. After our last spot was taken by a young, international position player we move on to a slightly older and more experienced international pitcher. Grabbing 11 of 27 (41 percent) votes, Denyi Reyes grabs the seventeenth spot on our community top prospects...

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MLB Roundup 3/22: Extension season continues

And an all-time great says goodbye.

Two more big-name extensions

Extension season continues to roll along as some players seem afraid of the free agency process and are signing on to under-market deals to guarantee money now while it’s offered. One such player is Blake Snell, who to be fair only had one season of free agency bought out. Still, it was a bit of a shock after the Rays insulted the 2018 Cy Young winner with a tiny raise in pre-arbitration salary, a move that led Snell have...

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