Source: Red Sox acquire Sale for Moncada, 3 others

RHP Kopech, OF Basabe and RHP Diaz also headed to Chicago in deal

Source: Red Sox acquire Sale for Moncada, 3 others

The Red Sox have agreed to acquire All-Star left-hander Chris Sale from the White Sox for infielder Yoan Moncada, right-hander Michael Kopech and two other prospects, a source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.

MLB Network contributor Ken Rosenthal originally reported the deal. The clubs have not confirmed.

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

Red Sox land Thornburg for Shaw, 2 prospects

Boston sends third baseman, plus Dubon, Pennington to Milwaukee for reliever

Red Sox land Thornburg for Shaw, 2 prospects

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox accomplished their top priority of the offseason on Tuesday morning, acquiring righty setup man Tyler Thornburg in a trade with the Brewers, team president Dave Dombrowski announced.

Travis Shaw, who was Boston's primary third baseman in 2016, will move to Milwaukee in the deal. The Red Sox are also sending two prospects -- shortstop Mauricio Dubon and right-hander Josh Pennington -- as well as a player to be named or cash considerations.

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Red Sox pick up Farrell's 2018 club option

Red Sox pick up Farrell's 2018 club option

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox have once again demonstrated their confidence in manager John Farrell, exercising his option for the 2018 season.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement to the media from his suite on Day 1 of the Winter Meetings on Monday. Farrell also was on hand.

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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 have bevy of stars in next WBC

Red Sox have bevy of stars in next WBC

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox could be well-represented in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts is a confirmed participant for the Netherlands, it was announced Monday. Hanley Ramirez revealed a few days ago that he plans on playing for the Dominican Republic, though an official confirmation has not reached the Red Sox yet.

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Red Sox contribute items to 'Play Ball' auction

Boston fans can bid to watch BP on field, meet Farrell and more

Red Sox contribute items to 'Play Ball' auction

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Red Sox manager John Farrell is forever grateful that he defeated cancer and was able to return for the magical 2016 season, in which his team won 93 games and the American League East title.

But Farrell doesn't lose sight of those who weren't as fortunate, and he's always willing to help put his name toward a worthy cause.

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Papi will be missed -- even by his opponents

Guests at charity golf tournament -- including Jones, Bautista and Stroman -- reflect on Ortiz's impact

Papi will be missed -- even by his opponents

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic -- The reality that David Ortiz won't swing his big bat again is still sinking in for his friends from around the game who have competed against him for so long.

Many of them joined the gregarious slugger this weekend for his ninth annual charity golf tournament, which provided three days of constant laughs and camaraderie.

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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.

Hanley announces plan to play in '17 Classic

Hanley announces plan to play in '17 Classic

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic -- Before trying to get the Red Sox back to the postseason, Hanley Ramirez plans on helping the Dominican Republic defend its championship in the World Baseball Classic.

After experiencing the thrill of playing for the DR's title-winning team three years ago, Ramirez confirmed Friday from David Ortiz's charity golf tournament that he plans on suiting up again for his country.

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Kopech on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

Selected by AFL managers and coaches, the team recognizes 24 players who stood out

Kopech on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

The 2016 Arizona Fall League came to an end on Nov. 19, when the Mesa Solar Sox, powered by a two-homer, 4-for-4 performance from Cubs top prospect Ian Happ, defeated the Surprise Saguaros, 6-1, in the championship game at Scottsdale Stadium.

Since then, MLBPipeline.com has broken down this year's impressive contingent of Fall League participants in different ways, highlighting the circuit's top performers and breakout prospects and even constructing an All-AFL Team.

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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.

Ortiz talks retirement, Sox at charity golf event

Ortiz talks retirement, Sox at charity golf event

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic -- It has been 53 days since David Ortiz swung his bat for the final time in a Major League game. At least at this stage, the slugger is basking in retirement while at the same time staying in-tuned with the game he loves so much.

Sure, it is going to feel strange for Big Papi when his former teammates and friends throughout the game start reporting to Spring Training. In a way, however, it will be liberating.

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Sox don't tender contract to catcher Holaday

Sox don't tender contract to catcher Holaday

BOSTON -- The Red Sox announced Friday that they did not tender a 2017 contract to catcher Bryan Holaday, making Holaday a free agent.

Sandy Leon, Christian Vazquez (out of Minor League options) and Blake Swihart are vying for two spots behind the plate. That didn't leave room for the 29-year-old Holaday, who was acquired from the Rangers on Aug. 5, 2016.

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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.

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

New agreement includes change to home-field advantage in World Series

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball's players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides. 

At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That's how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today's deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Big Papi wins eighth Outstanding DH Award

Red Sox slugger posts huge numbers in final season

Big Papi wins eighth Outstanding DH Award

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, fresh off perhaps the best walk-off season in history, has been voted the winner of the 2016 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award.

Big Papi extended his own record by winning the award for an eighth time. Martinez won it five times during his impressive career with the Mariners.

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Dombrowski: Top priority is 8th-inning reliever

After Boston can secure bullpen help, then Sox will look to sign bat

Dombrowski: Top priority is 8th-inning reliever

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski revealed Monday that his first priority is to find an eighth-inning setup man, and he won't acquire a bat until that task is accomplished.

After making significant investments in free agents the last two winters, the Red Sox likely aren't going to spend big this Hot Stove season. Instead, they will make every effort to keep the team payroll below the luxury tax threshold of $195 million.

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Porcello's turnaround nets Comeback Award

AL Cy Young winner cites consistency, quality of strikes as reasons for success

Porcello's turnaround nets Comeback Award

BOSTON -- By following the toughest season of his career with his best, Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello earned yet another accolade on Tuesday when he was named the American League's Comeback Player of the Year Award winner.

Porcello emerged into a force in his second season in Boston, posting a 22-4 record and a 3.15 ERA.

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Inbox: What will Red Sox do with Panda?

Beat reporter Ian Browne answers questions from fans

Inbox: What will Red Sox do with Panda?

What do the Red Sox plan to do with Pablo Sandoval? I can't see trading him given the massive contract they gave him.
-- Chris R., Wellesley, Mass.

The plan is to evaluate Sandoval in Spring Training and give him a chance to win his job back. Travis Shaw had a chance to claim third base, but was inconsistent in his first full season. For the second straight year, you should see a full-fledged competition at the hot corner. By all accounts, Sandoval has worked extremely hard during his rehab from left shoulder surgery. By February and March, we will see if there's some payoff. I don't believe the Red Sox will trade Sandoval at this point because his value is low right now.

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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.

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Jonathan Mayo

The Next Big Leaguers: Red Sox Moncada

Five experts weigh in on who will be baseball's next sensation

The Next Big Leaguers: Red Sox Moncada

For a quarter-century, the Arizona Fall League has helped the top Minor League talent in the game get ready for the big leagues. It's done so with remarkable consistency, sending more than 60 percent of its alumni to the highest level.

The AFL has produced 247 players who have earned roster spots in the All-Star Game, including 33 in last year's Midsummer Classic. There have been 16 MVPs (Mike Trout is a two-time winner), seven Cy Young Award winners and 27 Rookies of the Year to come through the league since it started in 1992.

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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.

Former Red Sox pitcher Ferriss dies at 94

Righty still holds the club's rookie records for wins, shutouts and complete games

Former Red Sox pitcher Ferriss dies at 94

Former Red Sox right-hander Dave "Boo" Ferriss, who pitched six seasons in the Major Leagues for Boston from 1945-50, died on Thursday at age 94 at his home in Cleveland, Miss.

Ferriss was an All-Star in 1946 as a 24-year-old, when he helped pitch the Red Sox to the American League pennant. That season, he went 25-6 with a 3.25 ERA -- including 13 straight wins at Fenway Park, tied for the Red Sox's franchise record. He threw a shutout in Game 3 of the World Series against the Cardinals and had a no-decision in Boston's loss in Game 7.

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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.

Porcello's charity endeavor sparks lasting friendship

Team Joseph advocate has built bond with teen fighting muscular dystrophy

Porcello's charity endeavor sparks lasting friendship

BOSTON -- The coming of age for Rick Porcello as a pitcher came this past season, when he was rewarded for his newfound dominance by winning the American League Cy Young Award.

But long before that, Porcello blossomed as someone willing to put his name, his money and, most importantly, his heart into a worthy cause.

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Inbox: Will Red Sox pursue Encarnacion?

Beat reporter Ian Browne answers questions from fans

Inbox: Will Red Sox pursue Encarnacion?

All the talk about not wanting to go after someone like Edwin Encarnacion -- I just don't know why they wouldn't try to add that bat to the lineup.
-- Rick N., South Bend, Ind.

In a vacuum, the Red Sox would love to have a hitter like Encarnacion in their lineup. But I don't believe they are interested in making a four- or five-year investment at this point in a player approaching his mid-30s. Reports have also circulated that the Red Sox would also like to avoid going over the luxury tax if possible. And Encarnacion is a right-handed hitter, and the Sox are more interested in getting a lefty bat (or switch-hitter) at this point.

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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.

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Jim Callis

Boston's Kopech among Top 25 AFL prospects

Boston's Kopech among Top 25 AFL prospects

While the most talented team doesn't always win the championship, it did in the Arizona Fall League. The Mesa Solar Sox wrapped up the East Division crown on the final day of the regular season before rolling to an easy victory in the AFL's one-game playoff for its first title since 2003.

Mesa had the league's deepest lineup, as evidenced by its seven hitters who rank among the AFL's 20 best prospects below. The Solar Sox had star power with outfielders Eloy Jimenez (Cubs) and Bradley Zimmer (Indians) and second baseman Ian Happ (Cubs), all of whom sit in the 20s on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. They also had emerging talents such as shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang and outfielder Greg Allen, who have been overshadowed in a deep Indians system, and league home run leader Brian Anderson (Marlins No. 4 prospect), who had support for making our list.

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

Manny makes Hall of Fame ballot debut

Prolific hitter known for postseason heroics, offbeat persona

Manny makes Hall of Fame ballot debut

BOSTON -- A hitting machine from the right side of the plate who also happened to be one of the most unforgettable characters of his era, Manny Ramirez is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

The statistics are clearly Cooperstown-worthy. Ramirez had a slash line of .312/.411/.585 over his 19-year career while clubbing 555 homers with 1,831 RBIs. He was also a force in the postseason, helping lead the Red Sox to World Series championships in 2004 and '07 before producing some October heroics for the Dodgers in '08 and '09.

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Varitek, Wakefield on HOF ballot for 1st time

Pair was inducted into Red Sox Hall of Fame last summer

Varitek, Wakefield on HOF ballot for 1st time

BOSTON -- Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield, cornerstone players for the 2004 and '07 World Series-champion Red Sox teams, are on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

A switch-hitting catcher known for his leadership behind the plate and his relentless approach in all facets of the game, Varitek played exclusively for Boston in a career that started in 1997 and ended in 2011.

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Cabrera, Drew get first shots on Hall ballot

Posada, Magglio, Wakefield among those seeking enshrinement in 2017

Cabrera, Drew get first shots on Hall ballot

Soon, members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will cast their ballots for the Hall of Fame's Class of 2017.

Among their choices will be returners who fell just shy of the 75-percent threshold in last year's voting, a group that includes Jeff Bagwell (71.6 percent), Tim Raines (69.8) and Trevor Hoffman (67.3). There also are a few high-profile newcomers. Vladimir Guerrero was a feared hitter with 449 homers and a National League MVP Award, Ivan Rodriguez is third all-time among catchers in wins above replacement (WAR), and Manny Ramirez hit 555 homers but also was suspended twice for his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Papi wins Best Hitter, Player-Fan Interaction

Papi wins Best Hitter, Player-Fan Interaction

BOSTON -- Fittingly, David Ortiz was recognized for on-field dominance and off-field kindness while taking home two Esurance MLB Awards on Friday.

The gregarious slugger, who retired after a brilliant 2016 season, won the coveted Best Hitter Award, beating out a field that included Jose Altuve (Astros), Kris Bryant (Cubs), Daniel Murphy (Nationals) and Mike Trout (Angels).

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Betts finishes 2nd to Trout in AL MVP voting

Betts finishes 2nd to Trout in AL MVP voting

BOSTON -- Mookie Betts put together the finest all-around season by a Red Sox player in recent memory, but it wasn't quite enough for the 24-year-old to land the 2016 American League Most Valuable Player Award.

Betts finished second in the Baseball Writers' Association of America balloting announced Thursday to Angels center fielder Mike Trout, who is considered by many to be the best player in the game.

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Smith makes final HOF bid on BBWAA ballot

Dominant closer held all-time saves record from 1993-2006

Smith makes final HOF bid on BBWAA ballot

CHICAGO -- It's closing time for Lee Smith. This year is the last in which the dominant right-handed pitcher will be eligible for the Hall of Fame through the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot.

Smith, who turns 59 on Dec. 4, finished his 18-year-old career with 478 saves, and he held the Major League record for career saves from 1993-2006. Trevor Hoffman then passed Smith's save total in '06, and finished his career with 601 saves, second only to Mariano Rivera's 652.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Porcello wins AL Cy Young Award

Porcello wins AL Cy Young Award

BOSTON -- Mobbed by a collection of celebrants that included his mom, dad, two brothers, a couple of his best friends and his agent, Rick Porcello reveled in the crowning moment of his breakout season Wednesday night.

The 27-year-old righty was rewarded for his consistent brilliance, landing him the Baseball Writers' Association of America 2016 American League Cy Young Award -- the first for a Red Sox pitcher since Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez in 2000.

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Price donates $2.5 million to Vandy for facility upgrade

Price donates $2.5 million to Vandy for facility upgrade

Less than a year removed from inking the richest contract ever signed by a pitcher, Red Sox starter David Price is giving back.

Price donated $2.5 million as a capstone gift to Vanderbilt to help his former school improve its baseball facilities, the university announced Friday. It's the largest gift toward the project and will help complete the $12 million overhaul.

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