News of Beckett, Gonzalez waiver claims breaks before game

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News of Beckett, Gonzalez waiver claims breaks before game

BOSTON At this time of the season almost every team will put almost every player on its roster through trade waivers. Within 48 hours the team placing a player on waivers will find out if another team has claimed the player or if the player cleared.

If a player clears, the team has until the end of the season to work out a trade for him with any other team.

If a player is claimed, the team placing him on waivers has three options: 1) let him go to the claiming team, 2) try to work out a trade with the claiming team, or 3) pull him back.

The Red Sox learned Friday afternoon that both Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez were claimed by the Dodgers.

CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam was first to report the Beckett news.

The two teams have 48 hours that is, until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday to work out a deal.

As a 10-5 player 10 years of major league service, five with the same team Beckett would have to approve both a waiver claim and a trade

Gonzalez declined to speak about the situation Friday afternoon, saying, Waiver claim? Im not talking about that.

Manager Bobby Valentine had no knowledge of the claim by the Dodgers of Gonzalez.

I dont know. I talked to general manager Ben Cherington this afternoon, Valentine said. There was no mention at all. There wasnt a mention of Disregard it or who do you want There wasnt any conversation so I believe its nothing more than the standard operational . . . a guy gets claimed, its a block, its not a trade and life goes on.

It can be a time of uncertainty, though, for some players as they go through the process.

Theyre all different players, Valentine said. Everyones an individual and they take things differently and when I was playing if someone claimed me, Id be happy as hell because that would be flattering that someone wanted me. In Adrian's case I think its still flattering that if a team wants him, how can they not want him? Hes a great player. Thats the other thing: how can someone not want to claim him?

Every player goes on these waivers during this month. Every player. And the game is if someone really wants someone, they claim him and they try to make a trade and if someone doesnt want him and they dont want the player to go to another team, then theyll claim him and really not try to make a trade and say, Hey, well offer a bag of balls and the conversations over. And the other team who wants them cant get them.

Its gone on forever. The difference now is -- and I know we get blamed a lot in our clubhouse about who can keep a secret -- the problem now is people in baseball can't keep a secret. This stuff is not supposed to be out but obviously someone whos privy to the information, who decides to let that stuff out. I guess its stuff you can't combat but its not right.

It can be an added distraction.

Yeah, someones trying to say, Oh, well make their life a little miserable and let this one out, Valentine said. Ill guarantee 10 guys were claimed in the last week, maybe 20. And have we heard about 20 guys being claimed and going to different teams? Maybe there havent been but you would think that other guys get claimed.

If Valentine addresses it with Gonzalez or any other player, it would be along the lines of letting the player know hes wanted.

Yeah, Ill see Adrian and Ill tell him how much I love him and want him and think that he should be here, Valentine said. And hell look at me and say, Oh, I wonder if thats true. I wonder if theres a trade brewing.' Until the whole thing is over and he is our player forever then its all kind of BS.

Offseason just like any other for Bogaerts

Offseason just like any other for Bogaerts

BOSTON -- At first, 2016 seemed like the “Year of Xander.” It turned out to be the “Year of Mookie,” with Bogaerts dropping off a little as the season progressed.

The Red Sox shortstop saw his average peak at .359 on June 12. At that point he’d played in 61 games, hit eight home runs, 20 doubles and knocked in 44 runs. Although Mookie Betts had six more home runs and three more RBI in that same span, Bogaerts had six more doubles and was hitting 69 points higher.

The two were already locks for the All-Star Game and Bogaerts still had the edge in early MVP talk.

Then things took a turn after the very day Bogaerts saw his average peak.

Over the next 61 games, Bogaerts still managed seven homers, but only had six doubles and 27 RBI, watching his average drop to .307 by the end of that stretch. At first glance, .307 doesn’t seem like an issue, but he dropped 52 points after hitting .253 in that span.

And in his remaining 35 games, Bogaerts only hit .248 -- although he did have six homers.

But throughout it all, Bogaerts never seemed fazed by it. With pitchers and catchers reporting in less than a month, Bogaerts still isn’t worried about the peaks and valleys.

“You go through it as a player, the only one’s who don’t go through that are the ones not playing,” Bogaerts told CSNNE.com before the Boston baseball writers' dinner Thursday. “I just gotta know you’re going to be playing good for sometime, you’re going to be playing bad for sometime.

“Just try to a lot more better times than bad times. It’s just a matter of trusting yourself, trusting your abilities and never doubting yourself. Obviously, you get a lot of doubts when you’re playing bad, but you just be even keeled with whatever situation is presented.”

Bogaerts level head is something often noted by coaches and his teammates, carrying through the days he finds himself lunging left and right for pitches. That’s also carried him through the offseason while maintaining the same preparation from past seasons -- along with putting on some weight.

“I don’t know how much I put on, but I feel strong,” Bogaerts said to CSNNE.com “I mean, I look strong in the mirror.

“Hopefully, I’m in a good position when the season comes because I know I’ll lose [the weight].”

Sandoval’s offseason transformation doesn't guarantee he's Sox starting third baseman

Sandoval’s offseason transformation doesn't guarantee he's Sox starting third baseman

BOSTON - The weight room, as much as Instagram, has been Pablo Sandoval’s home in the offseason leading up to the 2017 season.

His change in diet and routine have clearly led to visible results, at least in terms of appearance. His play is yet to be determined. But his manager and teammates have taken notice.

“Compliments to Pablo,” John Farrell told reporters before Thursday’s BBWAA dinner. “He’s done a great job with the work that he’s put in, the commitment he’s made. He’s reshaped himself, that’s apparent. He knows there’s work to be done to regain an everyday job at third base. So, we’ll see how that unfolds. We’re not looking for him to be someone he’s not been in the past. Return to that level of performance.”

Farrell noted that Brock Holt and Josh Rutledge are the other two players in contention for time at third base and while others, such as prospect Rafael Devers, may get time there in the spring, those are the only three expected to compete for the job.

“The beauty of last spring is that there’s a note of competition in camp,” Farrell said. “And that was born out of third base last year [when Travis Shaw beat out Sandoval at the third base]. That won’t change.”

Sandoval's 2016 season ended after shoulder surgery in April. 

While the manager has to be cautiously optimistic, Sandoval’s teammates can afford to get their hopes up.

“Pablo is definitely going to bounce back,” Xander Bogaerts told CSNNE.com “Especially with the weight he’s lost and the motivation he has to prove a lot of people wrong, to prove the fans wrong.

“He’s been a great player for his whole career. He’s not a bad player based on one year. Playing in Boston the first year is tough, so, hopefully this year he’ll be better.”

Prior to Sandoval’s abysmal 2015, his first season in Boston, when he hit .245 with 47 RBI in 126 games, the 2012 World Series MVP was a career .294 hitter who averaged 15 home runs and 66 RBI a year.

If Bogaerts is right and Sandoval can be that player again, that will be a huge lift in filling in the gap David Ortiz left in Boston’s offense.