Signing Manny tops Red Sox's free-agent moves

Slugger won two rings, hit 274 HRs in nearly eight seasons with Boston

Signing Manny tops Red Sox's free-agent moves

Before bidding adieu to the Hot Stove season, we asked our 30 beat reporters to look back at their club's past and answer the following question: Who is the best free-agent signing in the team's history?

We narrowed the choices with the following parameters: The signings had to be multiyear contracts, to exclude fluky one-year deals and to focus on players who got real commitments. And contract extensions don't count. Only instances when every team in the league had a chance to bid on the player were allowed, including international free agents who received Major League contracts.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Jim Callis

Devers named MLB Pipeline's Top 3B prospect

Red Sox's Devers king of hot corner, Reds' Senzel, Blue Jays' Vlad Jr. follow

Devers named MLB Pipeline's Top 3B prospect

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Third base is definitely an offensive position. MLBPipeline's Top 10 Third Base Prospects list starts with two of the game's top power prospects (the Red Sox's Rafael Devers, the Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr.) and two of the best pure hitters in the Minors (the Reds' Nick Senzel, the Giants' Christian Arroyo).

Continue Reading

Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pomeranz past last season's elbow woes

Red Sox lefty feeling great, ready to compete for rotation spot

Pomeranz past last season's elbow woes

The first thing Drew Pomeranz did when last season ended was try to fix the nagging pain in his left elbow. Fortunately, surgery was not deemed necessary. Instead, he got a stem cell shot.

"I'm ready to go," Pomeranz said from the Red Sox Winter Weekend event in Connecticut. "It just promotes healing, I guess. It just uses your own stem cells, your bone marrow and just kind of adds some help to whatever area it's injected with blood flow."

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Thrill beyond thrills': Sox legends recount HOF call

Boggs, Eckersley, Martinez, Rice and Fisk talk Cooperstown at Winter Weekend

'Thrill beyond thrills': Sox legends recount HOF call

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- Put five Hall of Famers who all played for the Red Sox on a stage together, and you're going to get some great stories.

The captivating "Call to the Hall" panel was a clear highlight of the festivities at Red Sox Winter Weekend.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sale 'blown away' by Red Sox fans' welcome

Ace lefty makes first appearance with new team at Winter Weekend convention

Sale 'blown away' by Red Sox fans' welcome

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- Chris Sale figured he probably had to win some games for his new team before the knowledgeable and passionate Red Sox fans treated him like one of their own. It turns out he was wrong.

The lefty has spent the last two days at the team's annual Winter Weekend convention at Foxwoods somewhat amazed by the most enthusiastic welcome wagon he's ever seen.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baseball world mourns Ventura, Marte

Baseball world mourns Ventura, Marte

The baseball world mourned the unexpected deaths of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and third baseman Andy Marte on Sunday.

Ventura, 25, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Marte, 33, also died in a separate car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic.

Continue Reading

Jesse Sanchez has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rick rolls: Porcello taking whirlwind in stride

AL Cy Young Award winner welcomes growing acclaim in typical low-key fashion

Rick rolls: Porcello taking whirlwind in stride

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- For Rick Porcello, a whirlwind Saturday started at the Red Sox Winter Weekend, a festive event that gives fans a chance to have up-close interactions with their favorite players. It will finish at the New York Baseball Writers Dinner, where Porcello will formally receive his American League Cy Young Award trophy.

These are exciting times for the right-hander, who had a coming-of-age season after several years of grinding away.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox brass to talk future role with Big Papi

Legendary slugger to join front office in tour of Dominican academy

Red Sox brass to talk future role with Big Papi

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- When the Red Sox meet with David Ortiz next week to tour their academy in the Dominican Republic, they will also talk to the retired slugger about his potential role going forward with the club.

Despite some of the playful chatter that has developed on social media in recent weeks, designated hitter doesn't figure to be part of that discussion.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sale tries on new jersey for Red Sox fans

Sale tries on new jersey for Red Sox fans

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- Wearing a Red Sox jersey for the first time and making his first public appearance on behalf of his new team, Chris Sale was greeted by a room full of roars from the roughly 2,500 fans gathered in the Grand Theater of Foxwoods Resort and Casino.

The event was the kickoff of the third annual Red Sox Winter Weekend, and Sale was the last player introduced on Friday, setting off a standing ovation.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox owners like what the future holds

Red Sox owners like what the future holds

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- If you looked at a bar graph illustrating the success of the Red Sox over the last five seasons, you'd see a line that sways wildly from the bottom to the top and back again.

Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner are both confident that the club's recently topsy-turvy ways are going to give way to perennial success.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Betts named Red Sox MVP, strives to improve

Outfielder unfazed by increased expectations

Betts named Red Sox MVP, strives to improve

BOSTON -- After an emphatic breakout season in which he finished second to Mike Trout in the race for the American League's Most Valuable Player, Mookie Betts could be under a microscope in 2017.

And this is where his low-key, hard-working demeanor serves him best.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Tracy Ringolsby

Q&A: Engle reflects on childhood with Ted Williams

Former player, current scout learned from 'Splendid Splinter'

Q&A: Engle reflects on childhood with Ted Williams

Dave Engle had a childhood most kids can only dream about: He grew up hanging around with Ted Williams, a longtime friend of Engle's dad.

In fact, Engle's father ran Williams' summer hitting school in Massachusetts, and Engle always went along. A former big league player with the Twins, Tigers, Expos and Brewers, and a current scout with the Orioles, Engle has plenty of memories of the "Splendid Splinter," who had a tough-guy exterior in public, but not in private.

Continue Reading

Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tito, Theo receive warm welcome in return to Boston

Former Sox manager and GM appear at writers awards dinner

Tito, Theo receive warm welcome in return to Boston

BOSTON -- For Terry Francona and Theo Epstein, Thursday was a night of recognition and reminiscing, but also a happy homecoming.

They were at the Boston Baseball Writers Awards Dinner on behalf of the Indians and Cubs, the two teams who staged an epic World Series less than three months ago.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tiant honored to receive Emil Fuchs Award

Tiant honored to receive Emil Fuchs Award

BOSTON -- Former Red Sox great Luis Tiant was thrilled to receive the prestigious Emil Fuchs Award at Thursday night's Boston Baseball Writers Dinner, given annually to someone who exhibits long and meritorious service to the game.

"It's nice, it's a good thing," said Tiant. "At least people still remember me and remember what I did all those years. I know what I've had to do with my life and I'm lucky. I'm lucky I played all those years. God gave me the opportunity to play. What more can you ask? You can't ask for more than that."

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

E-Rod out for Classic after minor knee injury

E-Rod out for Classic after minor knee injury

BOSTON -- Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez won't pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic due to a minor right knee injury he sustained in winter ball last month.

"Given what transpired in his last start in Venezuela, we'd like to hold him out," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We need to determine that physically, there are no issues or questions about his knee."

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Travis makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

Dodgers' Bellinger ranks first, Pirates' Bell, Mets' Smith follow once again

Travis makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

No position in the big leagues places a greater premium on power than first base, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that MLBPipeline's list of the Top 10 first-base prospects is loaded with sluggers. Four of them have plus pop, led by Cody Bellinger's 65 grade on the 20-80 scouting scale, and the rest all have average or better power. Meanwhile, the top four first basemen all ranked among the top six a year ago, while Bellinger and Casey Gillaspie leaped into the top half of the list.

Continue Reading

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Schilling sees slight dip in Hall of Fame votes

Right-hander listed on 45 percent of ballots in fifth year

Schilling sees slight dip in Hall of Fame votes

Curt Schilling, a big-game righty who had dominant stints for the Phillies, D-backs and Red Sox, saw his Hall of Fame support dip slightly in his fifth year on the ballot.

With 199 votes, Schilling was listed on 45 percent of the ballots by eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. A player needs 75 percent of the votes to become a Hall of Famer. Schilling finished with the 10th-most votes on this year's ballot.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Clemens gains Hall of Fame support

Clemens gains Hall of Fame support

BOSTON -- Of the several Hall of Fame candidates who played for the Red Sox, Roger Clemens received the most support in this year's vote. The Rocket was listed on 54.1 percent of the ballots, with 239 votes.

This was easily the best showing for Clemens of the five years he's been on the ballot, and a sign that he is gaining momentum to join baseball's most prestigious club someday.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Castillo, Craig joining Red Sox's spring camp

Prospects Devers, Travis also among non-roster invitees

Castillo, Craig joining Red Sox's spring camp

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have added nine non-roster invitees to the Spring Training roster, including outfielders Rusney Castillo and Allen Craig, and highly touted prospects Rafael Devers and Sam Travis.

This will be the first Major League Spring Training for Devers, a 20-year-old third baseman ranked second among Red Sox prospects by MLB Pipeline.com. A left-handed hitter with raw power, Devers has the Red Sox excited about his potential. Travis, a first baseman, is ranked as the club's No. 4 prospect.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Remy signs multiyear deal to remain in NESN booth

Red Sox color analyst Jerry Remy has agreed to a multiyear contract to continue in that role for NESN, the club's television home.

Remy, 64, will be entering his 30th year as NESN color analyst for Red Sox games, and he will be part of the network's broadcast team for 115 games each season.

Continue Reading

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fenway to host BC's ALS Awareness Game

Fenway to host BC's ALS Awareness Game

The Boston College baseball team will play its sixth annual ALS Awareness Game at Fenway Park on April 22, the Red Sox announced Wednesday.

The annual game, which features an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup with North Carolina State University this season, is played in honor of former Eagles captain Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in March 2012.

Continue Reading

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prospect Martin embracing chance to develop

Righty comfortable with arm-slot adjustment, looks forward to learning more at Spring Training

Prospect Martin embracing chance to develop

BOSTON -- Through much of his time at Texas A&M, Kyle Martin couldn't make up his mind when it came to his delivery. He would go sidearm. Then he'd go over the top. Then he'd switch it up again. Part of the indecisiveness had to do with moving back and forth between starting and relief.

Once the Red Sox selected Martin in the ninth round of the 2013 Draft, the waffling stopped.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Jonathan Mayo

Groome No. 2 on Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

Hader leaps from No. 6 to top of list, Groome slides into No. 2 spot

Groome No. 2 on Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Exactly half of last year's Top 10 left-handed pitching prospects list graduated off of prospect lists during the 2016 season. The top three -- Julio Urias, Blake Snell and Steven Matz -- all had large impacts, with Urias even pitching in the postseason. Four of the other five are still on the list, including new No. 1 Josh Hader.

Continue Reading

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sox prospects work with students to paint school mural

Sox prospects work with students to paint school mural

BOSTON -- For the Red Sox, Monday's opening of the annual Rookie Development Program included an event that befitted Martin Luther King Day, as players took part in community service.

The venue was Higginson-Lewis K-8 School in Roxbury, Mass., where some of the organization's top prospects worked with Red Sox scholars to paint the cafeteria and murals (the color was Green Monster green) in the halls.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sox avoid arb with Bradley, Bogaerts, 5 others

Sox avoid arb with Bradley, Bogaerts, 5 others

BOSTON -- The Red Sox avoided arbitration by reaching one-year agreements with seven players on Friday, including two All-Stars from last season -- shortstop Xander Bogaerts ($4.5 million, according to a source) and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. ($3.6 million).

The others who avoided arbitration with one-year deals: infielder/outfielder Brock Holt ($1.95 million), catcher Sandy Leon ($1.3 million), righty setup man Joe Kelly ($2.8 million), righty setup man Tyler Thornburg ($2.05 million) and lefty setup man Robbie Ross Jr. ($1.825 million). The club hasn't commented on the salary figures.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Around the Horn: Baby B's to anchor outfield

Mainstays Betts, Bradley to be joined by rookie left fielder Benintendi

Around the Horn: Baby B's to anchor outfield

With the start of Spring Training just a few weeks away, anticipation is building for the 2017 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Red Sox, continuing with the outfield.

Red Sox fans from 40 years ago still flash back to the grace, power, productivity and athleticism of the special trio of Hall of Famer Jim Rice, Fred Lynn and Dwight Evans that roamed the outfield.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fenway to host 3 college football games in 2017

Fenway to host 3 college football games in 2017

College football returns to Fenway Park in November with three games featuring Division I programs from New England.

The University of Connecticut will host Boston College on Nov. 18, Brown University will host Dartmouth College on Nov. 10 and the University of Massachusetts will host the University of Maine on Nov. 11.

Continue Reading

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Around the Horn: Double-play duo a Sox strength

Pedroia-Bogaerts tandem gives Boston certainty in middle infield

Around the Horn: Double-play duo a Sox strength

With the start of Spring Training just a few weeks away, anticipation is building for the 2017 season. MLB.com is going around the horn to break down each area of the Red Sox, continuing with the middle infield.

Production on offense. Steadiness on defense. Intelligence and aggression on the bases. Season-to-season stability.

Continue Reading

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Little change in Red Sox's Minors staff

Little change in Red Sox's Minors staff

The Red Sox announced their 2017 Minor League coaching staffs on Wednesday, returning most of their members from last season.

At Triple-A Pawtucket, Kevin Boles will manage his fourth season. Pitching coach Bob Kipper and hitting coach Rick Gedman will also return, and Bruce Crabbe will continue as an additional coach.

Continue Reading

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.