Lowe interested in returning to Red Sox

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Lowe interested in returning to Red Sox

Derek Lowe would apparently like to return to the Red Sox. Whether the Red Sox want him to return is something still under discussion.
Lowe was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians Tuesday and is home in Fort Myers, Fla., working out and trying to stay ready.
The Indians have 10 days to either release Lowe, place him on waivers or trade him.
Given that Lowe has a 15 million salary for 2012, he's due approximately 5 million for the final two months. That makes it highly unlikely that they'll be able to deal him elsewhere without picking up the majority of the remaining money and it makes it almost certain that he'll clear waivers, since anyone putting in a claim would be responsible for the full 5 million.
Lowe has said that he would love to return to Boston, where he spent the best years of his career, from 1997 through 2004 before leaving as a free agent to pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
If Lowe were to clear waivers, he would become a free agent, with the Sox his team of choice. Should he clear, the Sox would be able to sign him for the pro-rated mininum of about 150,000 for the remainder of the season.
A baseball source indicated that the Sox were going over scouting reports on Lowe to determine. The source said the Sox would only be interested if the veteran righty were made affordable to them.

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, according to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California. 

 

Sandoval: I got lazy after signing big contract with Red Sox

Sandoval: I got lazy after signing big contract with Red Sox

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."