Blockbuster deal highlights Meetings for Sox

Boston boosts rotation, 'pen and infield with Sale, Thornburg and Moreland

Blockbuster deal highlights Meetings for Sox

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The 2016 Winter Meetings will go down as an event the Red Sox and their passionate fan base will never forget.

In an epic Tuesday, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski got his setup man by breakfast (Tyler Thornburg), his ace by lunch (Chris Sale) and a left-handed hitter (Mitch Moreland) by dinner.

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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.

Sandoval primed for comeback? Sox optimistic

Sandoval primed for comeback? Sox optimistic

BOSTON -- After the two trades the Red Sox made earlier this week, one thing became clear: Third base is open for Pablo Sandoval, and he has a chance to emerge into one of the comeback stories of 2017.

Travis Shaw was sent to Milwaukee as part of the Tyler Thornburg trade. Yoan Moncada was the centerpiece of the mega-deal that brought Chris Sale to Boston. Those are the two main players Sandoval would have been in competition with to man the hot corner for the Red Sox.

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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.

Gritty Moreland finds new home with Red Sox

First baseman signs one-year deal in Boston and will start vs. right-handed pitching

Gritty Moreland finds new home with Red Sox

BOSTON -- Mitch Moreland is best known for his grit, which will make him a perfect fit for the Red Sox's infield. The team announced the signing of Moreland to a one-year, $5.5 million contract on Thursday.

Through the years, Boston fans have loved the players who display a burning passion on a nightly basis, which means they will likely take to Moreland in short order.

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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 reunite with Rutledge in Rule 5 Draft

Club loses Haley, Tavarez in Major League phase

Red Sox reunite with Rutledge in Rule 5 Draft

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- When the Red Sox couldn't reach a new agreement with Josh Rutledge in November, they granted him his release, and he wound up signing with the Rockies 20 days later. As it turns out, Rutledge wasn't gone from Boston for long.

With the 14th overall pick in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, the Sox selected Rutledge, a right-handed-hitting utility infielder.

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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.

John Glenn served in Korean War alongside Ted Williams

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John Glenn served in Korean War alongside Ted Williams

John Glenn, the first United States astronaut to orbit Earth, passed away on Thursday at the age of 95.

Before becoming a pioneering hero in space exploration (and, later, a U.S. senator), Glenn spent quite a bit of time flying missions in World War II as well as the Korean War -- where none other than Red Sox great Ted Williams served as his wingman.

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Phil Rogers

Red Sox among winners at Winter Meetings

Chicago comes out as biggest winner; Red Sox, Yankees make deals

Red Sox among winners at Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Hey, Rick Hahn. Wipe that smile off your face. You've still got a lot more work to do, not that you need us to tell you.

Hahn headed to the Winter Meetings with seemingly more on his plate than any other executive after last summer declaring the White Sox "mired in mediocrity'' and then standing pat at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. He said he wasn't going to make a move just to make a move, pointing out that a wider group of players could be available in the offseason.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Bauman

A tale of two Sox at Winter Meetings

A tale of two Sox at Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The 2016 Winter Meetings were a tale of two Sox: Red and White.

Working from opposite ends of the talent acquisition spectrum, Boston and Chicago both found remarkable success: The Red Sox trading prospects for established players, the White Sox trading established players for prospects. In the process, Boston established itself as the extremely early favorite for the 2017 American League pennant. The White Sox turned the beginning of a rebuilding project into an impressive haul of prospects that should speed their climb back into contention.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Excited' Sale eager to win ring with Red Sox

Lefty ready to pitch in front of Fenway faithful, likes proximity of camp to home

'Excited' Sale eager to win ring with Red Sox

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The newest Red Sox pitching star won't worry about being called "ace" on a staff that already includes reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and five-time All-Star and 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price.

Instead, Chris Sale is ecstatic to join forces with his new team and put everything he has into trying to win a World Series for the first time in his career.

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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 expect Papi back despite Instagram post

Sox don't expect Papi back despite Instagram post

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Though David Ortiz playfully hinted on Instagram Tuesday night that Boston's acquisition of Chris Sale could change his mind about retirement, the Red Sox don't expect Big Papi to come back.

And even if Ortiz did have a stunning reversal of plans, he wouldn't be permitted to play until June.

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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 getting calls on starting pitchers

Sale addition means club could make deal, but Dombrowski not in a rush

Red Sox getting calls on starting pitchers

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- A day after securing the stud pitcher on the trade market in Chris Sale, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski found a common theme in the phone calls he was receiving from other teams.

"We have had a lot of phone calls on our pitchers today, and different ones," said Dombrowski. "But we're just kind of sitting back at this point and kind of collecting thought processes. But I can't say we're aggressively looking to do something. We're really more digesting what's taking place. I think if we wanted to aggressively make a deal, we could definitely do that."

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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

Red Sox trade 'best farm' title for pennant pole position

Latest Dombrowski deal sends MLB's No. 1 prospect, more young talent to Chicago to land Sale

Red Sox trade 'best farm' title for pennant pole position

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- When Dave Dombrowski took over as the Red Sox's president of baseball operations on Aug. 18, 2015, the organization resided in last place in the American League East, but at the time it could bank on the promise of the game's best farm system.

The Red Sox won the AL East in Dombrowski's first full season on the job, and after he pulled off the biggest blockbuster deal of the Winter Meetings on Tuesday, they're the favorites to win the 2017 AL pennant. But as the big league club's fortunes have risen, Boston's system has headed in the opposite direction -- and those developments aren't unrelated.

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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.

Red Sox acquire Sale for Moncada, 3 others

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

Red Sox acquire Sale for Moncada, 3 others

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox struck for a blockbuster trade that makes an already solid team a potentially fearsome one, acquiring lefty ace Chris Sale from the White Sox on Tuesday for a four-prospect package that includes infielder Yoan Moncada.

Boston also sent highly touted pitching prospect Michael Kopech, outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe and right-hander Victor Diaz to Chicago. Moncada is the top-ranked prospect in the game, according to MLBPipeline.com. The deal marks the first time in at least 25 years that baseball's No. 1 prospect has been traded, based on the rankings done by MLB Pipeline and Baseball America.

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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 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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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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Richard Justice

Boston's deal for Sale tips scale in AL East

Dombrowski's penchant for a splash should have divisional domino effect

Boston's deal for Sale tips scale in AL East

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Boston Red Sox changed the balance of power in the American League East on Tuesday. Suddenly, the rest of the division is on the clock.

First, the big one.

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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.

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Mike Petriello

Red Sox catchers could immediately make Sale look better

No AL pitcher was hurt more by framing than Sale in 2016

Red Sox catchers could immediately make Sale look better

Chris Sale is going to improve an already-dangerous Red Sox roster simply because he's one of the best pitchers in baseball and he'd improve any team significantly. But what if the opposite effect is true, too? What if simply moving to the Red Sox could improve Sale?

Though Fenway Park isn't necessarily the most friendly home for lefty pitching, there's an enormous reason why Sale ought to be happy to be in Boston, and it's not just the presence of elite fielders like Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. behind him, though that certainly helps. It's because the 2016 White Sox catchers were among the poorest pitch-framing groups on record. Simply by getting away from the South Side, and to Boston's more efficient catchers, Sale could look like a more effective pitcher.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Papi says that Sale trade has got him thinking ...

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Papi says that Sale trade has got him thinking ...

No matter how much we wanted him to continue playing and mashing dingers until the end of time, David Ortiz told us on multiple occasions that the 2016 season would be his last. He was adamant about it. He had a farewell tour. He got a surfboard. He probably wants to be a surfer.

But then, after the Red Sox acquired ace Chris Sale from the White Sox on Tuesday -- giving the team one of the best starting rotations in baseball -- Big Papi seemed to be having some second thoughts about this whole no more baseball thing ...

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Winter Meetings interview: Dombrowski, Farrell

THE MODERATOR: Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for joining us. As you know earlier today, the Red Sox acquired left-hander Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for four players: right-handed pitchers Michael Kopech, Victor Diaz, infielder Yoan Moncata and outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe. Here today we have Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and manager John Farrell to take your questions.

Q. Dave, could you talk about how quickly this trade all came together and how hard was it to trade some of the prospects you traded today?
DAVE DOMBROWSKI: Well, I guess you can look at it, at quickness in a couple of ways. At times we've talked about Chris Sale throughout the last couple of years. We really didn't have any ongoing conversations. We had the CBA being negotiated and I think a lot of things were on hold.

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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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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 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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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.