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Notes: Lowrie on track to be activated Monday

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Notes: Lowrie on track to be activated Monday

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON The long wait for some new Legend of Jed Lowrie Twitter fodder may soon be over.

The Red Sox shortstop has come through his current rehab stint from a shoulder injury with flying colors, and continued that with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate on Thursday night for Pawtucket in seven innings of work. Lowrie hit a double, drew a walk and knocked in two runs during the 10-inning loss for the PawSox, and is now 3-for-8 in three rehab games.

He looked really good. He hit a double and made a diving play on that shoulder. He did fine. Weve just started pushing him a little bit and we want to make sure hes okay... just getting out there and playing. He hasnt played a lot, so playing him nine innings in three or four days is pushing it. Well give him the weekend, so hes got a chance and we feel better about it too.

Sox manager Terry Francona said that Lowrie will DH tonight for Pawtucket and play shortstop for nine innings on Saturday, and then will get a day of rest on Sunday before potentially rejoining the team for a road trip through Minnesota and Seattle.

Francona confirmed that Lowrie will be activated by the Sox on Monday barring any setbacks with a shoulder that appears to have fully healed.

Hell DH tonight, play shortstop tomorrow, take Sunday off and then hopefully if everything is okay hell go with us and be activated on Monday, said Francona. We just felt like we might have been pushing him a little bit.

The Sox may decide to keep Mike Aviles, Jed Lowrie and Marco Scutaro together as a great deal of middle infield depth with Aviles ability to play some outfield, but one has to wonder if theres a move forthcoming with one of the three when Lowrie gets activated on Monday.

Bobby Jenks also appears to be moving forward from back tightness, and will throw a bullpen session on Sunday at Fenway Park. If all goes well Jenks will travel to the teams Ft. Myers training facility to continue rehabbing the injury and building up arm strength while the team heads on the road.

Hell throw some pens and get into some simulated games before hed head to Pawtucket, said Francona. Well map that out, but the most important thing is that he feels good in the bullpen on Sunday.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

Report: Ex-Red Sox reliever Reed gets deal with Twins

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Report: Ex-Red Sox reliever Reed gets deal with Twins

He was dubbed "Closer B" by Red Sox manager John Farrell when acquired at the trade deadline last summer, now Addison Reed is "Closer B Gone"...to the Twins.

The right-handed reliever, 29, has agreed to a two-year, $16.75 million free-agent deal with Minnesota, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and TheAthletic.com reports. 

Reed began last season with the Mets and had 19 saves and a 2.57 ERA before being traded to the Red Sox, where he had a 3.33 ERA in 29 games (27 innings) without a save as a setup man for Craig Kimbrell.  
 

Red Sox, Mookie Betts far apart on salary and heading toward arbitration

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Red Sox, Mookie Betts far apart on salary and heading toward arbitration

The Red Sox and star right fielder Mookie Betts intend to go to an arbitration hearing in February, and there were signs this was coming even a year ago.

Betts was the only arbitration-eligible player on the Red Sox who did not settle on a contract with the team on Friday, when a deadline arrived for all teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange 2018 salary figures. Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts and Drew Pomeranz were the biggest names to avoid hearings.

Betts filed for a $10.5 million salary and the Red Sox filed at $7.5 million.  Betts and the Red Sox agreed previously that if no figure could be settled on by the Friday deadline, they would proceed to a hearing, assistant general manager Brian O'Halloran said. 

A three-person panel of arbitrators therefore is set to determine what Betts makes in 2018: either the $7.5 million figure the Sox filed or the $10.5 million figure Betts' camp submitted. The arbitrators won't settle on a midpoint for the parties. 

O'Halloran noted to the Globe there are no hard feelings involved.

Nonetheless, such a large gap would seem to provide incentive to settle. The parties technically could still decide to do so, but that would take a change of course from the present plan. The idea was to settle any time before Friday, and they did not. 

Betts is asking for near-record money for a first-year arbitration eligible player. Kris Bryant set the record Friday with a $10.85 million settlement.

The hearings can be difficult for player-team relations because teams have to make the case in front of the player that he is worth less money than he wants.

Betts, 25, hit .264, with 24 homers, 102 RBI, 25 stolen bases and a .803 OPS in 2017, numbers that fell from his American League MVP runner-up performance in 2016, but were nonetheless very strong and coupled with first-rate defense.

This offseason is Betts' first of arbitration eligibility. In the first three years of service time in a players' career, there's no recourse if you don't like the salary a team is offering. Teams can pay players anything at league minimum or above. 

The only option a player has in those first three years is to make a stand on principle: you can force the team to technically "renew" your salary, which notes to everyone that you did not agree to the salary. Betts and his agents did that in 2017 when the Sox paid him $950,000, a very high amount relative to most contract renewals.

Some of the standard thinking behind forcing a team to renew a contract is that if an arbitration case comes up down the road — and one now looms for Betts — it's supposed to show the arbitrators that the player felt even in seasons past, he was underpaid.

Still, the Sox may have effectively combatted that perception by paying Betts almost $1 million on a renewal. Per USA Today, that $950,000 agreement in 2017 was "the second-highest one-year deal ever for a non-arbitration-eligible player with two-plus years of big league service." Mike Trout got $1 million in 2014.