The Boston Red Sox are nearing a seven-year contract extension with shortstop Xander Bogaerts worth $132 million, sources tell Jeff Passan of ESPN.
More to come.
https://www.thescore.com/mlb/news/1747567Report: Red Sox nearing 7-year, $132M extension with BogaertsJason Wilson20m agoBillie Weiss/Boston Red Sox / Getty Images Sport / GettyThe Boston Red Sox are nearing a seven-year contract extension with shortstop Xander Bogaerts worth $132 million, sources tell Jeff Passan of ESPN.More to come.
Maybe should have had the starters actually pitch some innings in spring training.
F Me In The Brain said:
I thought he said that he prepared the same way last spring, when they won the WS and pitched very well?
Koji Uehara has officially retired from professional baseball.
The longtime star reliever announced his decision at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday. He'd been pitching for the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball this season, but hadn't been called up to the first team.
"I want to end my 21-year baseball career today," Uehara said, according to The Japan Times. "There is a part of me that wants to play on, but I decided from the beginning (of the season) that this is my last."
Uehara, 44, began his pro career with the Giants in 1999 before eventually moving to Major League Baseball in 2009 as a member of the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles used him as a starter that season, but he converted to the bullpen the following year.
The right-hander had a season for the ages in 2013, when he joined the Boston Red Soxen route to the World Series championship. That year, Uehara recorded 21 saves while posting a 1.09 ERA, a 0.57 WHIP and a 12.2 K/9 rate over 74 1/3 innings. He finished seventh in American League Cy Young Award voting.
He was heavily relied upon in the 2013 postseason as well, earning ALCS MVP honors for his performance against the Detroit Tigers after throwing six scoreless innings in five games. He was also on the mound when the Red Sox finished off the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
Before returning to Japan, Uehara played nine MLB seasons with the Orioles, Red Sox, Texas Rangers, and Chicago Cubs. He finished with a career ERA of 2.66 to go alongside a 0.89 WHIP.
Dustin Pedroia may never play professional baseball again.
The Boston Red Sox announced Pedroia was being transferred to the 60-day injured list Monday because of a setback with his surgically repaired left knee. In the afternoon, the veteran second baseman held a press conference where he said his status as a baseball player was unclear.
"I'm not sure," he replied when asked if he thought he could play again, according to WEEI's Rob Bradford. He added, "I'm at a point right now where I need some time. That's what my status is."
"My knee will never heal," Pedroia explained further, according to MassLive's Chris Cotillo. "We're taking the time right now to find out if I can play again."
Pedroia, who said he wouldn't consider another surgery, suffered the setback with his knee while playing in a rehab game at Double-A on Friday.
"The last game I played, the pain was kind of to the point I had to tell the trainer I had to come out. It was a tough day," he said, according to MLB.com's Ian Browne. "Next day, I woke up and it wasn't any better. It's to a point now where my knee is not allowing me to play every day. "
Pedroia will stay with the Red Sox during their upcoming away series against the New York Yankees that ends on June 2 before going home to spend time with his family, Browne added.
The veteran infielder has only appeared in nine games with the Red Sox since the beginning of the 2018 campaign.
Pedroia may never play again...that's been obvious for nearly 2 years now. Just pay him and send him home and end the charade.
RIP Bill Buckner.