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Price throws off mound for first time since July; Pedroia may be activated soon

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Price throws off mound for first time since July; Pedroia may be activated soon

The Red Sox provided good medical news, and some interesting news regarding tonight's game, to reporters traveling with the team in Toronto:

INJURY NOTES
-- David Price threw a 20-pitch bullpen session, all fastballs, in his first time on a mound since July 22. Manager John Farrell told reporters it still hasn't been determined whether Price will return to the rotation or work out of the bullpen once -- or if -- he's ready to pitch. Even if he is, there may not be enough time for him to build the arm strength to start by the time the postseason begins.

-- Farrell said Dustin Pedroia ran well on the bases and that there's "a real possibility" he'll be activated this weekend in New York.

-- Farrell also said Carson Smith will likely join the Red Sox next Tuesday, the day after the PawSox season ends.

GAME NOTES
-- Both Craig Kimbrel and Addison Reed will be unavailable tonight, as both have worked three consecutive days. Farrell said the Sox would use a bullpen by committee.

Report: Red Sox sign J.D. Martinez

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Report: Red Sox sign J.D. Martinez

UPDATE: ESPN's Pedro Gomez reports J.D. Martinez has signed with the Red Sox.

The deal is reportedly for five years, $110 million with an opt out after two years.

More details as they come available...

 

ORIGINAL STORY: FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox and J.D. Martinez were nearing a deal on Monday evening, a baseball source told NBC Sports Boston.

Multiple sources earlier Monday said the Sox and Martinez were in active negotiation. The industry belief has long been that the Sox are Martinez's most logical landing spot.

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“Other than to say we remain interested, do not have anything else to add,” Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said by email Monday afternoon.

The Red Sox braintrust was together Monday morning and midday at JetBlue Park, with both principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner on hand.

Werner in January confirmed the Sox were in active negotiations with Martinez. On Monday, he deferred questions to Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. 

“I think you should talk to Dave about that,” Werner said. “Obviously there’s no news, but I think you should ask Dave that question."

Werner and Henry both said they were bullish on the Sox if they do not sign Martinez. Werner was asked whether the Sox have an obligation to improve last year’s team with outside help. Without Martinez, the team is virtually identical.

“We have an obligation to try to win the World Series every year,” Werner said. “Sometimes you go in one direction, sometimes you go in another direction. We’re not ceding first place to anybody. Obviously, we have to be better in the playoffs. As John said, we think our approach is better this year and we think we’re going to have if not the highest payroll in baseball, one of the two or three highest payrolls in baseball. We have a great general manager and a great team to figure out how to deploy it and we certainly feel like we’re moving forward.”

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Sources: Red Sox, J.D. Martinez still negotiating Monday

Sources: Red Sox, J.D. Martinez still negotiating Monday

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox and J.D. Martinez remained in negotiation on Monday, sources said.

There was no indication a deal was nearing as of early Monday afternoon, but the sides continue to talk. The industry belief has long been that the Sox are Martinez's most logical landing spot, but a source said there are alternatives.

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The Red Sox braintrust was together Monday morning and midday at JetBlue Park, with both principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner on hand.

Werner in January confirmed the Sox were in active negotiations with Martinez. On Monday, he deferred questions to Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. 

“I think you should talk to Dave about that,” Werner said. “Obviously there’s no news, but I think you should ask Dave that question."

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Werner and Henry both said they were bullish on the Sox if they do not sign Martinez. Werner was asked whether the Sox have an obligation to improve last year’s team with outside help. Right now, the team is virtually identical.

“We have an obligation to try to win the World Series every year,” Werner said. “Sometimes you go in one direction, sometimes you go in another direction. We’re not ceding first place to anybody. Obviously, we have to be better in the playoffs. As John said, we think our approach is better this year and we think we’re going to have if not the highest payroll in baseball, one of the two or three highest payrolls in baseball. We have a great general manager and a great team to figure out how to deploy it and we certainly feel like we’re moving forward.”

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