Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington denied a foxsports.com report that the Sox have contacted other teams to gauge interest in left fielder Carl Crawford.
Theres nothing going on with Carl, Cherington told foxsports.com's Ken Rosenthal. Hes our left fielder and were glad to have him back in our lineup.
Rosenthal said sources told him the Sox had contacted the Marlins and Dodgers about Crawford, although another source said there were no talks with L.A.
Crawford, who played his first game of the year Monday after being hampered by wristelbowhamstring problems, is in the second year of a seven-year, 142 million contract.
Boomer Esiason tells Toucher & Rich a story from his early days in Cincinnati when he witnessed Pete Rose overseeing five guys he paid to sign a stack of photographs for fans.
The Red Sox have more or less withdrawn from the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, with Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald noting that much of their reluctance hinges on the likelihood that they’d exceed the new $195 million luxury tax threshold by locking the DH into a lucrative deal. That doesn’t leave them without options, however, and FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that the club could be interested in 29-year-old corner infielder Pedro Alvarez, as well as fellow free agents Mike Napoli and Matt Holliday.
After playing just 10 games at DH from 2010 to 2015, Alvarez suited up as the Orioles’ primary designated hitter and part-time third baseman in 2016. His defense is sub-par, to say the least, but he batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 home runs for Baltimore in 2016.
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