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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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 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.

Red Sox aim to build around strong core at Meetings

Dombrowski likely in market for DH, setup man

Red Sox aim to build around strong core at Meetings

Which big bat will the Red Sox find to replace David Ortiz? Who is going to pitch the eighth inning?

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and his entire staff will be working overtime to answer those questions at baseball's Winter Meetings, which start on Monday at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside of Washington, D.C.

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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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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.

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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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.

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.

Unlike last winter, Red Sox feeling no urgency

Club in market for new DH with Ortiz's retirement, may seek setup man

Unlike last winter, Red Sox feeling no urgency

Unlike last winter, when the Red Sox struck early and often to upgrade the roster, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is moving at a deliberate pace so far this Hot Stove season.

But that could change by next week's Winter Meetings, when Dombrowski and his crew will try to find a bat to replace retired slugger David Ortiz and a primary setup man to fill the void left by the likely departures of free agents Koji Uehara and Brad Ziegler.

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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

Cabera, Drew get first shots on Hall ballot

Posada, Magglio, Wakefield among those seeking enshrinement in 2017

Cabera, 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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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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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 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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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.

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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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.

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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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red Sox add prospects Martin, Ysla to 40-man

Red Sox add prospects Martin, Ysla to 40-man

BOSTON -- The Red Sox added pitching prospects Kyle Martin and Luis Ysla to their 40-man roster on Friday, protecting them in advance of the Dec. 8 Rule 5 Draft. Boston's 40-man roster is now at 40.

Martin, a right-handed reliever, is No. 28 among Red Sox prospects according to MLBPipeline.com. Ysla, a lefty reliever, is ranked 24th. The Red Sox selected the 25-year-old Martin in the ninth round of the 2013 Draft out of Texas A&M, and he's worked exclusively as a reliever.

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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.

A pitch-by-pitch breakdown of one Porcello inning

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A pitch-by-pitch breakdown of one Porcello inning

In a tightly contested vote, Rick Porcello emerged victorious as the American League's 2016 Cy Young Award winner. Armed with a two-seamer that dips more than '90s rapper Freak Nasty and a squadron of breaking pitches, the Red Sox hurler led the league in wins with 22 and displayed excellent control with a best-in-baseball 5.91 strikeout to walk ratio.

How did he really do it, though? Let's use a single inning from 2016 to examine his dominance. 

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Porcello, family get emotional after Cy Young win

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Porcello, family get emotional after Cy Young win

Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello was a revelation in 2016. In his second season with Boston, he went 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA and threw 223 innings with an American League-best 5.91 strikeout/walk ratio. 

On Wednesday, he was rewarded for his breakout campaign with a AL Cy Young Award.

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Big Papi officially retires from baseball

Big Papi officially retires from baseball

BOSTON -- David Ortiz is now officially retired.

A couple of weeks ago, the Red Sox exercised Ortiz's $17.2 million option for 2017. The basis for that move was simply to prevent the slugger from signing with another team if he were to have a change of heart. At that point, Ortiz hadn't filled out his retirement papers yet.

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Jonathan Mayo

Moncada, Benintendi among early candidates for 2017 ROY

Moncada, Benintendi among early candidates for 2017 ROY

The 2016 Rookie of the Year Award winners were announced on Monday night. One recipient, Corey Seager, was a National League favorite coming into the year, and was a unanimous pick at the end of the season. The other, Michael Fulmer, wasn't even on the American League ROY Award radar at the start of the season, but he ended up with 26 of 30 first-place votes.

A year ago, we took an early look at potential 2016 Rookie of the Year Award candidates. Of the list of 10, three -- all in the NL -- received ROY votes at season's end. Seager and Trea Turner, who finished second in voting, were on the NL list, as was Mets lefty Steven Matz, who received a third-place vote.

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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.

Inbox: Pomeranz, the 'pen and free agency

Beat reporter Ian Browne answers questions from Red Sox fans

Inbox: Pomeranz, the 'pen and free agency

Has there been talk of moving Drew Pomeranz to the bullpen? He was outstanding as a reliever in the postseason but inconsistent as a starter since joining the Red Sox.
-- Nate M., Hilliard, Mass.

Keep in mind that Pomeranz was effective enough as a starter to be an All-Star with the Padres. Without question, the Red Sox didn't see the best of Pomeranz after the trade. Was this due to fatigue, health, adapting to a new environment or perhaps all of the above? I think Boston would like to see what it has in Pomeranz as a starter first before making him a reliever.

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Betts, Pedroia honored for glove work

Mookie named Defensive Player of the Year; teammate top 2B

Betts, Pedroia honored for glove work

BOSTON -- The awards continue to roll in for Mookie Betts and the Red Sox.

Betts, Boston's star right fielder, was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year for the Major Leagues on Friday.

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