Red Sox purchase Reyes' contract


Red Sox purchase Reyes' contract

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox announced Saturday afternoon that they have purchased the contract of left-handed reliever Dennys Reyes, clearing the way for Reyes to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster.

To make room on the 40-player roster, the Sox placed pitcher Junichi Tazawa, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, on the 60-day disabled list.

Assuming Tim Wakefield is assured a spot, the Red Sox, with Reyes on board, have six of their seven bullpen slots taken -- Wakefield, Reyes, Dan Wheeler, Bobby Jenks, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon.

That leaves three pitchers -- Hideki Okajima, Alfredo Aceves and Matt Albers -- in competition for the final position.

Both Okajima and Aceves have minor-league options remaining in their contract, meaning they could be sent to Pawtucket. Albers does not; to be sent to the minors, he would have to clear waivers.

Sandoval surgery ‘complicated’ and he'll miss rest of season


Sandoval surgery ‘complicated’ and he'll miss rest of season

As expected. the left shoulder surgery that Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval had Tuesday will keep him out for the rest of the season and Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports it was “complicated.” 


Here's the official announcement from the Red Sox:

The Boston Red Sox announced that third baseman Pablo Sandoval underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder today. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery this morning in Pensacola, FL.

Sandoval is expected to miss the remainder of the 2016 season, and it is anticipated that he will make a full recovery in advance of the 2017 season.

It remains to be seen if we’ve seen the last of Sandoval in a Red Sox uniform, but even after his recovery, as he collects a $17 million salary for this season, there’s still the matter of the final three years of his deal (2017, 2018, 2019) with $54.6 million remaining. Could be hard to find takers for that. 

Red Sox President Sam Kennedy on the "State of the Sox"


Red Sox President Sam Kennedy on the "State of the Sox"

In episode 9 of "The Baseball Show" podcast, Sean McAdam talks with Boston Red Sox Team President Sam Kennedy about a wide range of issues, including the pressure to win this season after two straight last place finishes, the long-term future of Fenway Park, increasing revenue with other events, and changing the schedule early in the season for more games played in better weather.

McAdam also talks about recent MLB suspensions for PED's of Chris Collabello of the Toronto Blue Jays and Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins. Should teams pay a penalty for their players' actions? Are suspensions too long?