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The Red Sox have a $12.5 million team option on DH David Ortiz, but the left-handed slugger wants a long-term extension. Ortiz recently told WEEI.com: “I’m not comfortable coming back just for one year because it’s going to be the same roller-coaster that I had this year. All the question marks. People still don’t realize [...]

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Red Sox slugger and all-star DH David Ortiz told WEEI.com that he was “not comfortable” returning to the Red Sox on a one-year deal. Boston has a $12.5 million one-year team option it could pick up on Ortiz’s contract. “I’m not comfortable coming back just for one year because it’s going to be the same [...]

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I spoke with home run king Jose Bautista before a Blue Jays-Red Sox game this past September. Bautista hit 54 homers and knocked in 124 runs this past season for the Blue Jays. In his first six years in the major leagues, Bautista never had hit more than 16 home runs in a season. Damien [...]

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The New York Times is reporting that “Jose Guillen, the San Francisco Giants outfielder, was kept off the team’s postseason roster shortly after federal authorities informed Major League Baseball that he was tied to an investigation into shipments of performance-enhancing drugs, according to several lawyers briefed on the matter.” Here is the link to The [...]

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MLB commissioner Bud Selig is considing expanding the playoffs as early as next year. “Selig said a larger postseason might not have to wait for collective bargaining with the players’ association,” according to this AP article. The Associated Press reported earlier this week that MLB’s playoffs could be expanding in two years, New head of the [...]

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Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield became the first Red Sox player ever to win the Roberto Clemente Award yesterday. The Roberto Clemente Award is presented annually to the MLB player who combines a dedication to giving back to the community with outstanding skills on the baseball field, according to a press release. Wakefield is involved [...]

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Approximately 30 percent of Red Sox tickets, all located in three prime infield ticket categories, will have a price increase for the 2011 season, with no single price category increasing by more than $5, according to a press release sent out by the Red Sox earlier this week. Here is a breakdown of the single-game [...]

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The New York Yankees and manager Joe Girardi agreed on a three-year contract worth $9 million, according to the New York Post. “A source said that there is bonuses worth up to $500,000 if the Yankees advance to the ALCS and World Series,” according to the newspaper.

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Ex-Oakland Athletics pitching coach Curt Young interviewed with the Red Sox on Monday for the job as Boston’s new pitching coach, according to The Boston Globe. Here is some of Young’s biography that is posted on Oakland’s official MLB Web site. “Curt Young begins his seventh season as A’s pitching coach, a position he was [...]

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Gordon Parks III made the comment on my previous blog post that the Red Sox should hire catcher Jason Varitek as the new pitching coach. This is not going to happen because Varitek wants to continue to play as I wrote in this article that ran in the Tribune on the final day of the [...]

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