In the leadup to the winter meetings, which begin Sunday in Nashville, the Red Sox made a series of minor transactions Wednesday:
They sold third baseman Danny Valencia to the Orioles. Valencia, 28, was acquired from the Twins on Aug. 5 and hit .143 (4-for-28) for the Sox with 1 home run and 4 RBI. He hit .306 (15-for-49) for the PawSox and hit two homers during the team's run to the Governor's Cup championship.
They sent right-hander Sandy Rosario to the A's for either a player to be named later or cash considerations. Rosario, 27, had been claimed off waivers from the Marlins on Oct. 17 and was designated for assignment on Nov. 20.
They traded right-hander Zach Stewart to the Pirates for a player to be named later. Stewart, 26, acquired from the White Sox in the Kevin Youkilis trade on June 24, was 0-2 with a 22.24 ERA in two starts for Boston. With Pawtucket he was 3-5 with a 3.94 ERA.
Friday's practice participation/injury report for Monday night's Patriots-Ravens game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Crockett Gilmore (thigh)
LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related)
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)
C Jeremy Zuttah (not injury related)
G Alex Lewis (ankle)
G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.