BOSTON -- It won't register much -- if at all -- on the baseball trade Richter Scale, but the Red Sox did make another deal Tuesday in addition to acquiring Craig Breslow from Arizona.
Lars Anderson, the one-time phenom whose path to Boston washed out when the Sox picked up Adrian Gonzalez in late 2010, was traded to the Indians for an as-yet-unnamed minor-league pitcher.
Anderson spent most of this season -- indeed, most of the last several seasons -- in Pawtucket, with no chance of advancement as long as Gonzalez was at first base in the majors. He was almost traded to Oakland at last year's deadline, but the Sox backed out of a potential deal for Rich Harden after seeing the right-hander's medical records.
Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.
"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."
No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .
. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.
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.