Betts, Porcello recipients of 2016 Negro League Baseball Museum Legacy Awards

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Betts, Porcello recipients of 2016 Negro League Baseball Museum Legacy Awards

Although he finished second in the AL MVP voting to Mike Trout, Mookie Betts beat out Trout for separate award -- the 2016 Oscar Charleston Legacy award.

Both he and Kris Bryant -- the 2016 NL MVP -- received the awards from the Negro League Museum as the Most Valuable Players in their respective leagues.

Rick Porcello added to his 2016 hardware, taking home the Wilber “Bullet” Rogan Pitcher of the Year, the Legacy Awards’ equivalent to the Cy Young award. Washington’s Max Scherzer took home the top honors in the NL.

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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.

Not so.

 

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

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.