Source: Stanton hasn't ruled out Red Sox, keeping 'completely' open mind

Source: Stanton hasn't ruled out Red Sox, keeping 'completely' open mind

The Red Sox may not be Giancarlo Stanton’s No. 1 choice, but he hasn’t ruled out them or anyone else as a potential destination at this point, a person with knowledge of Stanton’s thinking told NBC Sports Boston on Tuesday. 

The Marlins slugger, a bona fide star, is said to have a “completely” open mind about teams interested to trade for him, and is actively trying to be thoughtful about the process — one he ultimately controls because of a full no-trade clause.

Coming off a 59-homer season, Stanton has been linked to the Red Sox, Giants, Cardinals and Phillies this offseason as the Marlins look to shed the $295 million he could be potentially paid over the next 10 years. 

The Boston Herald reported that it was one source’s understanding that Stanton will not accept a trade to Boston or St. Louis.

It’s only human nature to have preferences, and Stanton does. There’s an industry belief he would love to go to San Francisco, where he’d be close to home. He grew up in Southern California. But, for the right reasons, Stanton can be persuaded to go most anywhere.

The Red Sox may wind up bowing out of the Stanton sweepstakes for other reasons, ultimately, such as the cost in prospects and dollars, rather than Stanton’s preferences.

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Red Sox show interest in Logan Morrison

Red Sox show interest in Logan Morrison

The Red Sox' search for a power bat is off the ground right away.

The Sox are meeting with reps for free-agent first baseman Logan Morrison on Monday at the first day of the general managers meetings in Orlando, a baseball source said. 

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Morrison, entering his age-30 season, is coming off a career-high 38 home runs in 2017 with the Rays. Morrison's battled injuries in his eight years in the majors but played a career-best 149 games in 2017. He slashed .245/.330/.433 with an .868 OPS.

Morrison is a lefthanded hitter, and if the Sox add multiple bats this winter, they'd do well to add at least one lefty. Morrison's 38 long balls tied him with four players for eighth most in the majors, including Edwin Encarnacion.

The Red Sox on Monday are also meeting with reps for free agent Carlos Santana, a source confirmed.

Santana, also a first baseman, is entering his age-32 season and has spent all of his eight-year career with the Indians. He hit 23 home runs in 2017 with an .818 OPS, slashing .259/.363/.455. Santana's a switch hitter.

Red Sox hire ex-Astros coach Craig Bjornson as bullpen coach

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Red Sox hire ex-Astros coach Craig Bjornson as bullpen coach

BOSTON -- The Red Sox plan to bring another staffer from the world champion Astros to coach alongside manager Alex Cora.

According to sources, the new Red Sox bullpen coach will be Craig Bjornson. Bjornson, who was hired by the Astros ahead of the 2014 season, started his coaching career in 1999 with the Vermont Expos. Bjornson pitched in the Astros system from 1991-93, making 81 appearances.

Bjornson, who was widely liked by players, was not going to return to the Astros for the 20l18 season. 

Bullpen coaches aren't usually in the spotlight. But during the World Series, Bjornson had a memorable moment when he immediately confronted a fan who jumped into the Astros' bullpen in Los Angeles.