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Red Sox performing their due diligence with Chris Sale

Red Sox performing their due diligence with Chris Sale

The Red Sox have indeed made the requisite phone calls to the Chicago White Sox, now that the White Sox are sending signals that they are willing to listen to offers on both Chris Sale and Jose Quintana.

But that's a long, long way from something getting done between the two teams.

Jon Heyman of Knuckleball/Fan Rag Sports Network reported Friday that the White Sox are open to offers, and the Red Sox are among a handful of teams to express interest in the two lefty starters.

An industry source confirmed that the Red Sox have reached out on Sale and Quintana, but attributed the interest to the club merely performing their "due diligence.''

The Red Sox would be foolish not to investigate if the White Sox, who had resisted earlier overtures from other clubs. But after a strong start, the White Sox find themselves in fourth place in the A.L. Central, with seven teams ahead of them in the wild card race.

Thus, they're willing to listen. But mostly, they're hoping to be overwhelmed, especially on Sale, whom they control on a highly affordable deal and series of options through the 2019 season.

It's difficult to imagine the Red Sox meeting whatever asking price the White Sox have set for one of the handful of best starting pitchers in the game.

Clearly, any such deal would require the Red Sox to part with multiple top prospects.

Having already given up Anderson Espinoza last week to land Drew Pomeranz, the Sox would have likely have to package three of their best young players.

Pitching is so sought after this summer that the return prices are staggering. The Oakland A's, for instance, insisted on Espinoza for Rich Hill, who is 35 and a free agent at the end of this season.

Assuming that the Sox don't want to give up Yoan Moncada in any deal and that the White Sox would agree to a deal without his inclusion, think: Andrew Benintendi, Michael Kopech and Rafael Devers as the kind of astronomical return the White Sox would be seeking.

And it's not as if the Red Sox are the only team positioned for a move on Sale. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers are playoff contenders in desperate need of an upgrade to their rotations, and with the deep inventory of prospects to make it happen.

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”