Michael Felger says Cole Hamels is the final piece of the 2015 Red Sox' puzzle and they need to make the deal for him, even if it means parting with Mookie Betts.
Even though one A.L. talent evaluator believes the Phillies are motivated to trade Cole Hamels before the start of the season, the Red Sox are willing to hold out for their price.
MLB's new speed-up rules continue to be the talk of Red Sox camp, where David Ortiz again expresses his displeasure with the changes, this time to John Farrell.
4yThe 27-year-old catcher has agreed to a deal with the New York Yankees. The Red Sox never offered him more than a minor-league deal.
4yThe free agent left-hander stuns the baseball world by rejecting bigger offers from New York and Texas and returning to Philadelphia, where he played in 2009.
4yThe Phillies called the Red Sox Monday in an attempt to move Blanton and his remaining 17 million in salary, but Boston's interest was limited at best.
4yThe Yankees haven't been rejected by a prime offseason target since Greg Maddux in 1992-93.
4yRed Sox team adviser Bill James has done studies which show players like Carl Crawford, with speed as a central skill but who also hit effectively, usually age well.
4yCarl Crawford still isn't sure where he'll hit in Boston's lineup, but he gives the Sox plenty of options.
4ySean McAdam has the chronology of the negotiations, starting this summer when the Sox set their sights on the free-agent left fielder.