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Manfred, MLB offered Red Sox the opportunity to rescind Pomeranz deal

Manfred, MLB offered Red Sox the opportunity to rescind Pomeranz deal

Commissioner Rob Manfred, visiting Fenway Park to take part in the David Ortiz pre-game ceremony Sunday, addressed the issue of the San Diego Padres' failure to act in good faith in the deal that sent pitcher Drew Pomeranz to the Red Sox in July.

Manfred, who suspended San Diego GM A.J. Preller for 30 days without pay as a result of an investigation, revealed that he offered the Red Sox the opportunity to rescind the deal after the Padres' refusal to follow proper protocol was revealed.

"It's important to understand,'' said Manfred, "that for a very, very long time, there has been a rule in baseball that if something happens with a lack of complete information in baseball with respect to a trade, then the remedy is to rescind the trade.

"We offered, early on, the Red Sox the opportunity to seek rescission of the trade. For good baseball reasons - the biggest one being that we were past the trading deadline -- they elected not to seek rescission. Once that happens, the rule in baseball has always been that we do not reconfigure trades.

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"Why is that? Every institution has limitations. Once a player is moved, (has begun) playing for another franchise, his physical situation may resolve. . . figuring out exactly what happened and when is extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible. And even if you can figure that out, we're not institutionally capable of deciding who would have traded what for what -- even in retrospect. That's why we have the rescission rule in the first place.''

Manfred added that when the offer to rescind the trade was made, the investigation was not yet complete "but we knew enough. . . we thought we could get the rescission done.''

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has steadfastly refused comment since the ruling, though Red Sox chairman Tom Werner has said he was ''disappointed'' with the ruling and added that the Sox deserved some additional compensation.


John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

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John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

John Farrell can add another job to his resume.

The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.

The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.

Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.


Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

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Red Sox minor league team invites Trump, Biden to settle it in ring

In this corner, the challenger out of Scranton, Pa., Joltin' Joe Biden...In the other corner, straight out of Queens, the President of the United States, Dandy Donald J. Trump!

The venue: LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Mass., home of the Red Sox Class-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's The Slasher at LeLacheur!

After the former Vice-President told a crowd at the University of Miami earlier this week of the current President, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him, President Trump fired back on Twitter Thursday morning. 

The Spinners, the Sox' short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, have offered to host a boxing match between the Republican President and Democratic former Vice President on Aug. 17 by the flagpole at LeLacheur. Former light-welterweight champ and Lowell native Micky Ward has agreed to referee.

No word yet if Trump, who'll be 72 by then, or Biden, 75, have accepted the invitation.

The Spinners' press release announcing the invitation says that if the two do accept, "the boxing match will take place regardless of the weather, no matter how stormy it may get."