The long, strange winding road that is the Red Sox 2012 season took another weird turn today as it's been reported that Major League Baseball is investigating leaks about Boston's waiver wire activity.
According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, the league is investigating the unusually high number of reports regarding Red Sox waiver wire activity during the month of August. The report also notes, however, that the Red Sox are not under suspicion for leaking the information.
There were a number of reports last month about different Red Sox players being placed on waivers. It is common practice for teams to put many players through waivers after the non-waiver trade deadline in late July. Reason being, even if a player is claimed by another team, the waiving team has two days to work out a trade with the claiming team, or the player can be pulled back off of waivers.
If it was found that a team had leaked waiver wire information, by MLB rule, that team would be subject to fines.
Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.
Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020.
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration.
Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.