Former close Matt Barnes has been assigned the task as the Red Sox roster continues to rotate

Matt Barnes was supposed to be part of the solution. Not only under the former leadership of the Red Sox — who drafted, developed, and won a World Series with him — but even under current baseball catcher Chaim Blum, who just 18 months ago signed Barnes to a two-year extension that included a club option for a third season. Barnes wasn’t necessarily supposed to last another decade, but he was at least supposed to keep working after Tuesday night. Instead, Barnes was set for assignment on Tuesday, all but…

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John Henry, Chaim Bloom booed at an uncomfortable Red Sox Winter Weekend event

SPRINGFIELD, MA — Howls rained down as Red Sox owner John Henry, CEO Sam Kennedy, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and manager Alex Cora took the stage at the Red Sox Winter Weekend at Mass Mutual Center in Springfield Friday night. What the Red Sox had hoped would be a fun event ahead of spring training quickly went off the rails as fans let their frustrations out, frustrated with the team’s direction. It was the first Red Sox Winter Weekend fan event since January 2020, an event that came just…

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BUCKLEY: Chin Bloom comes out of the script with some candor (if not clarity) on the Red Sox’ future

The Red Sox went all out to hold a happy, celebratory press conference Wednesday morning to formalize Rafael Devers’ contract extension. They’ve added a live studio audience by decking out the house with dozens of team employees, from club executives to clubbers, and the estimable Devers has added an exclamation point to the proceedings by promising that nothing, not even an 11-year, $331 million contract extension, will change him as a person. “I want to be the same person I’ve always been, someone who enjoys the game, someone who enjoys…

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Baseball Hall of Fame ballots 2023: The Athletic’s voters reveal their selections

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling no longer dominate the annual conversation around Hall of Fame voting, having collectively fallen off the ballot in their final years of eligibility. But that doesn’t mean everything is suddenly straightforward, especially with this year’s addition of Carlos Beltrán, so inexorably tied to the 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Meanwhile, with those big names gone, candidates like Scott Rolen, Andruw Jones, and Billy Wagner could see the gains made in recent years accelerate. We asked some of The Athletic’s writers who vote for…

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Justin Turner finds familiarity in Boston after nine seasons with the Dodgers

Despite 14 years in the majors, the early part of Justin Turner’s career has been far from stable. After 17 big league games over two seasons with Baltimore, the Orioles designated him for assignment in early 2010 and the Mets claimed him off waivers. A few weeks later, Turner found himself stepping to the plate in his first strikeout for New York as a hitter for … Alex Cora. (Turner walked six pitches off Barry Zito, for what he’s worth, and went on to play three nondescript seasons in New…

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With Nathan Ivaldi joining the Rangers, what does it mean for someone else to move away from the Red Sox?

The holidays are a time for tradition, so Tuesday night the Red Sox gathered around the old fireplace and watched a free agent they really loved signing someone else. It has become the new habit here. This time it was Nathan Ivaldi, the best pitcher still on the market – arguably the best pitcher, period, still on the market – taking Two-year deal with the Rangers. The contract reportedly includes a player entitlement option for the third year, with many incentives… Honestly, what difference does this contract make? He’s going…

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The Year in Strange But True: Judge! Ohtani! And MLB’s 20 most mind-blowing hitting, pitching feats

Hey! I know you’re about to join your friends and loved ones to sing a Champagne-drenched chorus of “Auld Lang Syne.” But first, did you know that the definition of Auld Lang Syne has something to do with “fondly remembering old times”? No kidding. So here’s an idea. Let’s all fondly remember the Strange But True baseball season of 2022. In which … A guy taking his first swing in the big leagues hit a foul ball to his mother. … And another guy got called up and then debuted before he…

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Inside the years-long Red Sox pursuit of Masataka Yoshida: Ferris wheels, data mining and ‘Macho Man’

It started off as a joke. On a warm September day at Rakuten Mobile Park Miyagi, a 23,000-seat stadium in Sendai, Japan, located about 200 miles north of Tokyo, a group from Red Sox baseball operations sat in the stadium, scouting Orix Buffaloes star Masataka Yoshida. It was hard for them to miss the giant Ferris wheel towering over the park behind left field, a feature the club had installed in 2016 to entertain fans. The Red Sox had been scouting Yoshida for the better part of the last four…

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Trevor’s story? Kiki Hernandez? Joey Wendell? The Red Sox is still weighing the shortstop odds

Trevor’s story at shortstop is not a Red Sox dictated result. Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Blum has selected Story as a replacement candidate for Xander Bogaerts, but the various voices in the Red Sox front office continue to debate the merits of their inside options, and they remain hopeful of finding an outside replacement, ideally on the trade market. People involved in the discussions said that one name came up in the trade talks the athleteMarlins player Joey Wendell. The asking price has been high up to this point, but…

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Red Sox gamble on Masataka Yoshida, hoping he’ll be “the best pure hitter since Ichiro (Suzuki)”

BOSTON – Masataka Yoshida’s introductory press conference included all the makings of an off-season signing. The Dell Technologies booth on the third floor of Fenway Park was packed with reporters from both Boston as well as American-based Japanese reporters, as well as several members of the Red Sox front office and analytics staff. Agent Scott Boras, who was at football player Brandon Nemo’s press conference with the Mets in New York earlier Thursday, made the trek north to be in Boston in time to introduce Yoshida. The Red Sox freshman…

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