Sox sign Prior to minor league deal


Sox sign Prior to minor league deal

BOSTON -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington announced Wednesday that the club had signed Mark Prior to a minor league deal.
Prior, 31, has been in Fort Myers at the team's extended spring training program.
"He's looked good,'' said Cherington. "The velocity's been good. He's coming off a groin procedure this winter, so we're going to leave him down there for a while just to build strength before we send him out to a minor league club.''
Prior was once one of the game's most talented young pitchers, the equivalent of Stephen Strasburg a decade ago. Signed for a then-record 10.5 million signing bonus out of USC by the Chicago Cubs, Prior was the second overall pick in 2001.
Two years later, he went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA as the Cubs came with a few innings of winning their first pennant in more than half a century.
But shoulder issues plagued Prior after his second season and he won just 18 games combined for the next three years.
He's since spent time in the minors with San Diego, Texas, and, last year, the New York Yankees, the team which drafted him out of high school -- but didn't sign him -- in 1998.
Prior has continued to be hampered by a series of injuries and has appeared in just 24 games -- all in the minors -- since 2006.

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.