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Sweeney: 'I play the game hard, I just did something stupid'

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Sweeney: 'I play the game hard, I just did something stupid'

BOSTON The sight of a pair of boxing gloves at Ryan Sweeneys locker in the home clubhouse at Fenway Park at least proves the Red Sox still have a sense of humor.
Despite the underachieving regular season and the fact that Sweeney busted up his left hand punching a Fenway door in a fit of pique two days ago, his teammates wanted to take the pressure off an embarrassing situation for their affable teammate.The Sox outfielder, on the other hand, has literally lost sleep over the entire situation.
I havent slept in two days. I just messed up. Ive been going over in my head how things could have been different. Ive been sick to my stomach and disgusted with what happened. Ive talked to a lot of guys that have thrown their helmets or thrown their bats, said Sweeney, who is hitting .260.303.373 in 63 games this season for the Sox. I guess I just didnt know how to punch the door. I thought I was okay, but the adrenaline got to me.
The Sox outfielder, who had surgery to put a screw into his broken left hand on Tuesday, confirmed suspicions it was Wednesday nights starting pitching Aaron Cook that introduced the boxing gloves into his locker.
Its pretty funny that Cook is pitching today and he had time to put boxing gloves in here, said Sweeney, who still managed a sheepish smile talking about it. I can tell you that I probably wont be punching anything ever again most likely.
Sweeney said hed be giving the gloves away, but perhaps he could use them after beating himself up for the last few days amid a season thats gone from promising to frustrating.
Bobby Valentine certainly had something sympathy for a player thats been criticized with gusto over the last couple of days for letting Irish temper get the best of him.
Hes one of those guys that knows the difference between right and wrong, said Valentine. A lot of guys know, but he really does. He knows he was wrong and hes really disappointed.
Sweeney wouldnt say he was out for the rest of the season, and said he opted for the screw over the pin because the latter would have kept his hand immobilized for at least 6-8 weeks.
It was the heat of the moment, but trust me when I say that I regret it. Ive let my teammates down not being out there on the field for them, said Sweeney. Its tough to swallow. You want to be out there for your teammates every day, but I did something to mess that up.
I play the game hard. I just did something stupid.
One thing Sweeney wanted to make perfectly clear, however, was that he didnt injure his left hand on purpose. Wild speculation had arisen that Sweeney who was being mentioned in trade talks perhaps injured himself so he wouldnt be dealt somewhere like Cincinnati for a team in need of a left-handed bat.
That was far from the truth, and something Sweeney hadnt even thought of in the aftermath of his injury.
The season started off well, but then I had the concussion thing and the foot thing. I was never able to pick it up after that and frustration has set in. It wasnt just one at bat, said Sweeney. I didnt intentionally do it so I wouldnt get traded. That had nothing to do with it. It was bad timing and I picked the wrong day to do it, I guess.
That didnt even cross my mind. When you go through something like that a scenario like that doesnt even go through your head. I didnt even think about that until somebody said something about it.
It sounds like Sweeney will be thinking about a lot of things over the next couple of months while recuperating from the most embarrassing injury of his career.

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.