News of Beckett, Gonzalez waiver claims breaks before game

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News of Beckett, Gonzalez waiver claims breaks before game

BOSTON At this time of the season almost every team will put almost every player on its roster through trade waivers. Within 48 hours the team placing a player on waivers will find out if another team has claimed the player or if the player cleared.

If a player clears, the team has until the end of the season to work out a trade for him with any other team.

If a player is claimed, the team placing him on waivers has three options: 1) let him go to the claiming team, 2) try to work out a trade with the claiming team, or 3) pull him back.

The Red Sox learned Friday afternoon that both Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez were claimed by the Dodgers.

CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam was first to report the Beckett news.

The two teams have 48 hours that is, until 1:30 p.m. on Sunday to work out a deal.

As a 10-5 player 10 years of major league service, five with the same team Beckett would have to approve both a waiver claim and a trade

Gonzalez declined to speak about the situation Friday afternoon, saying, Waiver claim? Im not talking about that.

Manager Bobby Valentine had no knowledge of the claim by the Dodgers of Gonzalez.

I dont know. I talked to general manager Ben Cherington this afternoon, Valentine said. There was no mention at all. There wasnt a mention of Disregard it or who do you want There wasnt any conversation so I believe its nothing more than the standard operational . . . a guy gets claimed, its a block, its not a trade and life goes on.

It can be a time of uncertainty, though, for some players as they go through the process.

Theyre all different players, Valentine said. Everyones an individual and they take things differently and when I was playing if someone claimed me, Id be happy as hell because that would be flattering that someone wanted me. In Adrian's case I think its still flattering that if a team wants him, how can they not want him? Hes a great player. Thats the other thing: how can someone not want to claim him?

Every player goes on these waivers during this month. Every player. And the game is if someone really wants someone, they claim him and they try to make a trade and if someone doesnt want him and they dont want the player to go to another team, then theyll claim him and really not try to make a trade and say, Hey, well offer a bag of balls and the conversations over. And the other team who wants them cant get them.

Its gone on forever. The difference now is -- and I know we get blamed a lot in our clubhouse about who can keep a secret -- the problem now is people in baseball can't keep a secret. This stuff is not supposed to be out but obviously someone whos privy to the information, who decides to let that stuff out. I guess its stuff you can't combat but its not right.

It can be an added distraction.

Yeah, someones trying to say, Oh, well make their life a little miserable and let this one out, Valentine said. Ill guarantee 10 guys were claimed in the last week, maybe 20. And have we heard about 20 guys being claimed and going to different teams? Maybe there havent been but you would think that other guys get claimed.

If Valentine addresses it with Gonzalez or any other player, it would be along the lines of letting the player know hes wanted.

Yeah, Ill see Adrian and Ill tell him how much I love him and want him and think that he should be here, Valentine said. And hell look at me and say, Oh, I wonder if thats true. I wonder if theres a trade brewing.' Until the whole thing is over and he is our player forever then its all kind of BS.

Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

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Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games. 

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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.

MLB players' union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

MLB players' union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

NEW YORK - There won't be any wild pitches on intentional walks this season.

The players' association has agreed to Major League Baseball's proposal to have intentional walks without pitches this year.

"It doesn't seem like that big of a deal. I know they're trying to cut out some of the fat. I'm OK with that," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.

While the union has resisted many of MLB's proposed innovations, such as raising the bottom of the strike zone, installing pitch clocks and limiting trips to the mound, players are willing to accept the intentional walk change.

"As part of a broader discussion with other moving pieces, the answer is yes," union head Tony Clark wrote Wednesday in an email to The Associated Press. "There are details, as part of that discussion, that are still being worked through, however."

The union's decision was first reported by ESPN .

"I'm OK with it. You signal. I don't think that's a big deal," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "For the most part, it's not changing the strategy, it's just kind of speeding things up. I'm good with it."

There were 932 intentional walks last year, including 600 in the National League, where batters are walked to bring the pitcher's slot to the plate.

"You don't want to get your pitcher out of a rhythm, and when you do the intentional walk, I think you can take a pitcher out of his rhythm," Girardi said. "I've often wondered why you don't bring in your shortstop and the pitcher stand at short. Let the shortstop walk him. They're used to playing catch more like that than a pitcher is."

Agreement with the union is required for playing rules changes unless MLB gives one year advance notice, in which case it can unilaterally make alterations. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed hope Tuesday that ongoing talks would lead to an agreement on other changes but also said clubs would reserve the right to act unilaterally, consistent with the rule-change provision of the sport's labor contract.

Some changes with video review can be made unilaterally, such as shortening the time to make a challenge.

"I know they were thinking about putting in a 30-second (limit) for managers to make a decision," Francona said. "I actually wish they would. I think it would hustle it up and if we can't tell in 30 seconds, maybe we shouldn't be doing it anyway."