Sox, Cubs to hold press conferences Tuesday


Sox, Cubs to hold press conferences Tuesday

After weeks of its happening . . . wait, not yet . . . OK now, its happening . . . well, wait a second now . . . there will finally be official press conferences Tuesday for Theo Epstein as the new president of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs, and Ben Cherington as the executive vice-presidentgeneral manager of the Red Sox.

That was a process though, huh?

The Cubs will hold a press conference at 12 p.m. EST at Wrigley Field, with the Sox holding theirs at 3:00 p.m. EST at Fenway Park.

Epstein, who thanked fans with a full-page ad in the Boston Globe on Sunday and wrote a Farewell, Red Sox Nation op-ed piece in the same newspaper on Tuesday, was hired as GM of the Red Sox at the end of the 2002 season. In his time as GM of the Sox, Epstein helped bring two World Series championships to Boston.

Epstein visited Wrigley Field Monday to meet his new staff, which will include former Padres GM Jed Hoyer, once the Red Sox assistant GM under Theo Epstein.

Ben Cherington and Jed Hoyer were co-general managers of the Red Sox during Epsteins brief absence from the position after the conclusion of the 2005 season.

Comcast SportsNet New England will air both press conferences live.

Red Sox calling up top prospect Rafael Devers


Red Sox calling up top prospect Rafael Devers

The Boston Red Sox have promoted Rafael Devers from Triple-A Pawtucket, manager John Farrell announced Sunday.

Devers will play his first game on Tuesday.

The third baseman has spent his 2017 season and Portland (AA) and Pawtucket (AAA). With the Pawsox, Devers had a .324 batting average in 34 at-bats. He had 11 hits, one double, two homers and four RBIs.

The Sox have been unsettled at third base during the 2017 season, and released third baseman Pablo Sandoval Wedneday. Devin Marrero, Tzu-Wei Lin and Brock Holt have rotated at third base throughout the season. However, the Sox optioned Lin to Pawtucket last week.

More to come...

Reports: Stanton off trade block; Dodgers, Yankees in on Darvish


Reports: Stanton off trade block; Dodgers, Yankees in on Darvish

With eight days to go before the MLB trade deadline, the Miami Marlins say Giancarlo Stanton won't be on the move, while the Texans Rangers are reportedly fielding offers for ace Yu Darvish.

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill told reporters Sunday that with new ownership on the way in Miami, he has no intention of dealing Giancarlo Stanton - the slugger who carries with him a 13-year, $325 contract he signed in 2015. He also said Christian Yelich, Justin Bour, J.T. Realmuto, Marcell Ozuna or Dan Straily won't be dealt. 

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As for Darvish, Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOXSports reports the Dodgers are showing "strong interest" in the Rangers ace. The Yankees are in on him as well, according to Jon Heyman of