Ortiz wins Edgar Martinez Award


Ortiz wins Edgar Martinez Award

Major League Baseball has announced that Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has won the 2011 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award.

Ortiz hit .309 this season with 29 home runs and 96 RBI in 146 games for the Red Sox.

This marks the sixth time Ortiz has won the award in his career surpassing Edgar Martinez, for whom the award was named after in 2004.

Former Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez finished second in voting with Kansas City's Billy Butler finishing third.

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.