Report: Red Sox discussed dealing Papelbon

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Report: Red Sox discussed dealing Papelbon

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

SI.com reports that the Red Sox considered dealing closer Jonathan Papelbon.

According to the story, Boston discussed moving the four-time All Star with both the A's and White Sox in favor of signing Rafael Soriano to a one-year deal. The pitcher had 45 saves and a 1.73 ERA in 2010 for Tampa Bay.

But on Jan. 13, the Yankees landed Soriano for three years and 35 million.

Papelbon and the Sox avoided arbitration this week by agreeing to a one-year, 12 million deal.

Merloni: Pablo Sandoval is the key to the bottom of Red Sox order

Merloni: Pablo Sandoval is the key to the bottom of Red Sox order

The guys on The Baseball Show discuss Pablo Sandoval lighting it up in spring training and if he could continue that in the regular season.

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Twins box score

Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.