Notes: Sox no longer in market for pitcher

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Notes: Sox no longer in market for pitcher

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

BALTIMORE -- After trying for the second time in a week to obtain a pitcher from outside the organization, the Red Sox Wednesday afternoon abandoned their efforts and will go with someone from inside the organization should a play-in game be necessary Thursday at Tropicana Field.

The Sox had been in discussions with the Kansas City Royals concerning veteran lefty Bruce Chen, and at one point early Wednesday afternoon, were close to finalizing a deal. But a breakdown occurred -- believed to be on Kansas City's part -- and when the trade fizzled, the Sox made a decision to halt their search.

Obtaining a pitcher from outside the organization to pitch the most important game of the season would not have been greeted positively in the clubhouse. The new player -- Chen or someone else -- would not have had any real emotional investment in the Sox.

It's unclear who will be the choice to start Thursday, if necessary, though the Red Sox' options are limited and not all appetizing.

The most obvious choice would be John Lackey, who would be pitching on three days' rest. Lackey owns the worst ERA of any American League starter with 150 or more innings, though he had an encouraging outing Sunday night in New York, pitching the Sox into the seventh inning while allowing three runs.

The Sox have some concern that the Rays would run unchecked against Lackey, who isn't quick to the plate.

After Ryan Lavarnway's breakout game Tuesday night (two homers, four RBI), the Sox elected to stay with him in the lineup despite the fact that he had only made one start behind the plate in the big leagues and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (bruised collarbone) was cleared to play.

"Salty could go, but I don't think he's close to 100 percent," said Francona. "But we have a kid who just drove in four runs and caught a pretty good game and (starting pitcher Jon) Lester is OK with (Lavarnway) catching. I think rather than go the other way where Salty starts and we bring the kid in, I think we're better off doing it this way.

"If we have to make a move, Salty's sitting there. But this kid played a pretty good game."

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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.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.