Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox are reportedly close to reaching a deal with pitcher Ryan Dempster. The 35-year-old pitcher has reportedly been seeking a three-year deal the entire offseason.
Boston made a move to strengthen their bullpen, agreeing to terms with reliever Koji Uehara. The right-hander did not record a decision in 37 games last season for the Rangers.
The Red Sox have made their first big splash off the offseason. According to reports, Boston and free agent Mike Napoli have agreed on a three-year, $39 million deal.
The mysterious Josh Hamilton market gets murkier by the day. Folks around the game are wondering where the market is for easily the most talented player available as a free agent.
The Red Sox, Brewers and Angels are all pursuing free agent pitcher Ryan Dempster, according to a report. Dempster had a good 2012 season, but struggled after moving to Texas.
Dave Magadan has been hired to replace Scott Coolbaugh as the Texas Rangers hitting coach, only weeks after the team collapsed down the stretch and lost the AL West title.
Josh Hamilton had three hits, a homer and four RBIs for Texas, which couldn’t hold a 9-5 edge before pulling out its sixth win in eight games.
Ryan Dempster rebounded from a rough debut with Texas, and the Rangers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Yu Darvish struck out the first two batters he faced Monday night, but struggled the rest of the way, allowing a career-high 11 hits in a 9-2 loss to the Red Sox.
The Rangers view deals for both Cliff Lee and Josh Beckett as “long shots” at the moment, sources suggest.
The Red Sox have called at least the Rangers and Braves to gauge interest in pitcher Josh Beckett. His reputation and attitude will have to be considered by any interested team.
Derek Holland struck out seven batters as the Rangers took advantage of wild throws by Josh Beckett in a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night.