Veteran OF Podsednik re-joins Red Sox


Veteran OF Podsednik re-joins Red Sox

CLEVELAND In a surprising move for a team that seems ready for an infusion of youth, the Red Sox have signed outfielder Scott Podsednik to a major league deal and returned Ryan Kalish to the minor leagues.
The Sox traded Podsednik to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with righty reliever Matt Albers in exchange for lefthander Craig Breslow at the July 31 trade deadline, but Podsednik refused to go to the minor leagues and was granted free agency by the D-Backs.
Podsednik, 36, was excellent for the Sox while filling in for injured players. He hit .387 with one homer and seven RBI and .893 OPS in 62 at-bats while filling in as an energy outfielder in Jacoby Ellsbury's absence. Perhaps the move was spurred on by a lower body issue that has nagged at Ellsbury over the past week, but Kalish also hasnt done much with the opportunities given to him this season in Boston.
The young outfielder has hit .203.247.241 in 25 games for the Sox, and hasnt been able to consistently establish himself offensively amid some sporadic playing time in multiple stints in Boston. He was again sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Podsednik gives them a veteran thats accustomed to coming off the bench and maximizing whatever limited playing time can be available with Ellsbury, Carl Crawford and Cody Ross all presumably healthy right now.
Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal was the first to have the report of the Podsednik signing and the demotion of Kalish.

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 


Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.