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.

Mitch Moreland fancies himself an ideal fit with Red Sox

Mitch Moreland fancies himself an ideal fit with Red Sox

Mitch Moreland put up mediocre numbers and won a Gold Glove in a walk year. For his efforts, he received a one-year, $5.5 million contract on the open market. 

That’s not a lot. Maybe his .233 average stood out to teams more than his 22 homers, but either way it’s somewhat surprising that a one-year deal on low money is the best he could do given the fact that his career average was .258 prior to last year and he’d hit .275 or higher in two of his previous four seasons. 

The contract might not be a major score for Moreland, but he said choosing Boston was. 

“I had a couple options, but really just the whole fact that it’s place that I really wanted to play,” he said of Boston. “Getting an opportunity to come here and be a part of a winning environment, being part of a winning environment and having a chance to go out and play for a championship is huge to me, personally, and this is a great option. 

“What they were able to do last year, you know you were in for a fight when you were playing these guys. It was a gritty group of guys that had a ton of talent. I like to think of myself as that type player, as a gritty type player and hopefully I felt like I could fit in here and move forward and try to help out and make that goal happen of winning a championship. 

“That’s the main goal as far as playing this game for me. I feel like we’ve got a great opportunity here, and that was before the [Chris] Sale news broke, too, you know? So seeing that also, it just shows you that we’re in it. We’re in it and trying to go all out to make that happen. I’m happy to be a part of it.” 

It doesn’t hurt that his batting average is higher at Fenway Park than it is in any other stadium in which he’s had at least 30 at-bats. Moreland has hit .341/.378/.683 with four homers and eight RBI in 41 career at-bats at Fenway. Asked to explain his success in Boston, he noted that “comfortable” was the only word that came to mind. 

So what is the Red Sox’ plan for the former Rangers first baseman? To play him at first against righties and let Hanley Ramirez DH, John Farrell said. 

Farrell did also point to Moreland’s recent work against lefties. Last season was one of two in his career (the other being 2013) in which Moreland had a better average against lefties than against righties. Moreland hit .277/.320/.479 against southpaws last season, with .221/.293/.407 marks against righties.

“Against right-handed starters, Mitch will be the first baseman,” Farrell said. “That gives us the flexibility to DH Hanley in that spot. One thing I also mentioned to Mitch is we’re certainly open to his at-bats growing in number against left-handers, last year was his best year against left-handers in his big league career.

"With Mitch, getting everyday at-bats against right-handed starters at first base and Hanley moving to the DH slot, that alignment, we also have the ability against quality left-handers, where Hanley would go back to first base and then we’ve got the ability to rotate some guys through the DH slot. 

Added Farrell: “His strengths as a player are many, but we feel this is a very good fit in a number of ways, and positionally first and foremost.” 

Red Sox make Mitch Moreland signing official

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Red Sox make Mitch Moreland signing official

The Red Sox officially announced the signing of first baseman Mitch Moreland Thursday. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the team designated left-handed pitcher Williams Jerez for assignment. 

Moreland has played his entire career with the Rangers, winning a Gold Glove at first base last season. He hit .233/.298/.422 with 22 homers and 60 RBI for the Rangers last season before becoming a free agent. He has a career batting average of .254, with a career-high 23 homers in both the 2013 and 2015 seasons. 

A second-round pick of the Red Sox in the 2011 draft, Jerez started his professional career as an outfielder before being moved to pitcher.