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Sale on the latest JBJ spectacular catch: 'What's wrong with that guy?'

Sale on the latest JBJ spectacular catch: 'What's wrong with that guy?'

The catches are becoming routine but that doesn't make them any less spectacular.

"'What's wrong with that guy?'" is what Chris Sale asked third baseman Brock Holt after they watched Jackie Bradley Jr. turn what surely looked like an extra base hit off the bat by the Angels' Yunel Escobar into another highlight-reel grab in the first inning of the Red Sox' 6-2 victory over the Angels in Anaheim on Friday night. 

"I literally, I looked at Brock and said, 'What's wrong with that guy?'" Sale told reporters, including MassLive.com's Jen McCaffrey. "It just seems like once he makes a great catch, it's like, all right, that's the best one. And then he makes another one, and ok, that's the best one now. It just seems like he's always raising the bar. It's fun to watch."

Less than a week after robbing the Yankees' Aaron Judge of a home run with his catch in the triangle at Fenway (below), Bradley explained yet another spectacular catch, this time to NESN's Jahmai Webster.  

“Off the bat, it was well hit,” Bradley Jr. told Webster “Head[ed] towards the gap, I believe he had two strikes on him, so I was playing him toward the opposite field a little bit. I took off, tried to gauge as much as I possibly can, tried to time up my steps to try to make a leap...I wanted to go for it.”

"That's a big-time play by a big-time player," Sale said. 

"I don't know if you expect it, but I guess we're starting to, especially with what they're doing out there," Sale said. "Those guys, all four [outfielder, Bradley, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Chris Young], they work as hard as anybody, and they cover a lot of ground. I've said it before, it feels like we have four outfielders out there sometimes playing in the same game. It definitely doesn't go unnoticed by us as pitchers, and I think our whole team appreciates the effort all the way around."

On Twitter, JBJ's play drew an "Angels In The Outfield" comparison from fellow center fielder Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles.

World Series MVP Pearce returns to Red Sox with 1-year deal

World Series MVP Pearce returns to Red Sox with 1-year deal

World Series MVP Steve Pearce is returning to the Red Sox.

Pearce, 35, who hit three home runs in the World Series, including two in series-clinching Game 5, has agreed to a one-year contract, the Red Sox announced Friday.

The deal is worth $6.25 million, NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich confirms. That's the same salary Pearce made last season in the final year of a two-year deal he signed with Toronto before the 2017 season. 

“We’re thrilled to have Steve back with us for another year as we think he’s a great fit for our club,” Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a team press release. “Obviously, we all saw what kind of impact he can have on the field, especially with the postseason that he had. He also provides good depth and balance from the right side for us.”


Pearce split the regular season between the  Blue Jays and Red Sox, combining to hit .284 (61-for-215) with an .890 OPS, 11 home runs, and 42 RBI in 76 games. 

Pearce started 11 of the Red Sox’ 14 postseason games, all at first base. He reached base via hit or walk in each of his 12 playoff games, batting .289 (11-for-38) with four home runs, 11 RBI, a 1.083 OPS, nine walks and eight strikeouts. After homering in Game 4 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium and adding two home runs in Game 5, Pearce was named the Series MVP. In the Fall Classic, each of his four hits went for extra bases, as he posted a .500 on-base percentage with eight RBI against the Dodgers.

In the regular season, he made 28 starts at first base, 19 at designated hitter, seven in left field, and two in right field. Acquired from Toronto with cash considerations on June 28, Pearce appeared in 50 games with Boston, batting .279 (38-for-136) with a .394 on-base percentage.

Against left-handed pitchers in 2018, Pearce batted .304 (31-for-102) with a .400 on-base percentage and .559 slugging percentage. He hit five of his regular-season home runs against the Yankees, including three on Aug. 2.

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Yankees not afraid to spend big on MLB free agents, says Brian Cashman

Yankees not afraid to spend big on MLB free agents, says Brian Cashman

The time for MLB free agency almost is here, and the New York Yankees are prepared to spend a lot of money, if needed, to improve a team that was eliminated from the 2018 postseason by the rival Boston Red Sox. 

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who is on stranger to signing the best free agents on the market, recently gave some insight into the team's free-agent mindsight.

"I think we're always open-minded to being big or small players," Cashman said, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "I don't think it really matters what we wind up doing, as long as we do well enough that we become the best team in baseball. We're capable of being big-game hunters. We've reset our luxury tax.

"Hal Steinbrenner and the Steinbrenner family have always been massively supportive of this franchise for the fans. We're capable. We'll see if we execute on that level, if this is the winter that we choose to do that, or if we go a different direction. Everything we try to do is in the best interests of the franchise, present and future."

The Yankees' pitching was exposed in the playoffs against the Red Sox. Luis Severino struggled and the bullpen wasn't as formidable as it was during the regular season. Adding a premier starting pitcher should be a prioirty for Cashman and Co., and Hoch notes that indeed is the case.

The top free-agent arms expected to be available are Patrick Corbin, Dallas Keuchel, J.A. Happ, Charlie Morton and Nathan Eovaldi. Corbin could be an ace, but pitching in Arizona is a lot different than the pressure that comes with playing at Yankee Stadium and dealing with the New York media.

The Yankees do need to spend somewhere to overtake a deeper and more talented Red Sox team, and after taking a relatively quiet approach last winter, New York would be wise to open up the checkbook for substantial improvements. 

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