Bedard signs one-year deal with Pirates

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Bedard signs one-year deal with Pirates

DALLAS Erik Bedard signed a one-year, 4.5 million contract with the Pirates Wednesday. The Sox acquired the left-hander in a three-team deal at the trading deadline, sending three minor leaguers to the Dodgers and another to the Mariners.

With the Sox, Bedard posted a record of 1-2 with a 4.33 ERA in eight starts. His time with the Sox was uneven. He did not go more than six innings in any of his starts, but gave up more than three earned runs just once, a 4-0 loss to the Rangers on Aug. 22. He missed 16 days in September because of a sore knee, returning to face the Orioles on Sept. 20, lasting just 2 23 innings, tying John Danks for a major-league high 51 pitches in one inning in 2011.

The Sox re-signed lefty Andrew Miller Tuesday, but general manager Ben Cherington said they did not consider bringing back Bedard.

We didnt have a lot of substantive conversations with him, Cherington said. We enjoyed our time with Erik. It didnt end up the way he wanted. It didnt end the way we wanted it. Good guy and a talented guy. It seems like he got himself in a good spot.

For two months of Bedards service, the Sox gave up:

Right-hander Juan Rodriguez, who turns 23 next week, and was a combined 3-5 (4.38) between Sox and Dodgers Single-A teams.

Right-hander Stephen Fife, who turned 25 in October and went a combined 14-4 between Sox and Dodgers Double-A teams. The Dodgers added him to their 40-man roster after the season.

Catcher Tim Federowicz, who turned 24 in August, and was considered highly by the Sox for his defense. He hit .277 with eight home runs and 52 RBI in 90 games for Double-A Portland, and .325 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 25 games for the Dodgers Triple-A Albuquerque, throwing out a combined 37 percent (30 of 81) of attempted basestealers.

Outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang, who turns 24 in February, who hit a combined .302 with 18 home runs and 86 RBI between the Sox and Mariners Double-A teams.

Pedroia doesn't have MRI, still listed as day-to-day with ankle/knee soreness

Pedroia doesn't have MRI, still listed as day-to-day with ankle/knee soreness

Three weeks into the season, health has dominated the conversation with the Red Sox. And it’s much more than just the flu.

A scheduled off-day Monday brought something resembling an update for three players worth roughly $63 million in salary.

Dustin Pedroia, Orioles peacemaker, was examined at Massachusetts General Hospital and remains day-to-day because of left ankle and left knee soreness. He did not undergo an MRI, with his condition apparently good enough that the team felt it was unnecessary -- even though the message delivered on Sunday by manager John Farrell was that the Sox wanted to rule everything out.

Pedroia hasn’t played since he was spiked by Manny Machado on Friday in Baltimore.

Pablo Sandoval, at some point Monday, was slated to have an MRI after spraining his right knee Sunday. A further evaluation is to come Tuesday, so his status remains unclear.

David Price, meanwhile, threw a 45-pitch bullpen at Fenway Park on his long journey back from a left elbow strain. There were simulated inning breaks and, naturally, what’s next is still to be seen. Facing hitters shouldn’t be too far away, Farrell has suggested.

Bills decline to match Patriots offer to RB Mike Gillislee

Bills decline to match Patriots offer to RB Mike Gillislee

The Patriots have themselves another "big back" option for 2017. 

The Bills announced that they have opted not to match the restricted free agent offer sheet that New England made to Mike Gillislee last week. That means the 5-foot-11, 219-pounder is now a member of the Patriots. Buffalo had until 4 p.m. on Monday to match.

Gillislee was reportedly extended an offer sheet by the Patriots that is worth $6.4 million and $4 million in the first year. The Bills had the cap space to match the offer, but with LeSean McCoy already atop their depth chart, the price tag may have been too rich for them to choose to hold onto the 26-year-old.

Because Gillislee was given the original-round tender by the Bills, the Patriots will send Buffalo a fifth-round pick as compensation. That gives Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio six picks in this weekend's draft: two thirds, a fourth, a fifth, a sixth and a seventh.

Gillislee joins Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis, James White, Brandon Bolden and DJ Foster on the running back depth chart in New England.