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Dave Dombrowski on contract negotiations: 'We're not going to do anything once the season starts'

Dave Dombrowski on contract negotiations: 'We're not going to do anything once the season starts'

If the Red Sox hope to get a deal done with one of their impending free agents, they better make it quick.

Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski says that barring anything unexpected, the team does not plan on negotiating contracts once their season gets underway.

The Red Sox have some decisions to make regarding the expiring contracts of Chris Sale, Xander Bogaerts, Rick Porcello, J.D. Martinez (opt-out), and Mookie Betts (2021). Dombrowski has admitted before that the team will be unable to retain them all, and Jon Heyman reported Thursday that nothing has changed on that front.

Sale, Bogaerts, and Betts reportedly have been approached for contract discussions, though no deal appears to be imminent. There hasn't been much buzz surrounding the status of Porcello's expiring contract, and no talks of a possible extension for Martinez either.

Contract extensions have been given out like candy over the last few weeks, with stars Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, Alex Bregman, Paul Goldschmidt, and Blake Snell all agreeing to new deals.

If Dombrowski indeed is closing the door on extension talks past Opening Day, there isn't a whole lot of time left for a deal to get done. The Sox season begins one week from today in Seattle on March 28.

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Mike Yastrzemski fulfills dream, receives standing ovation at Fenway Park

Mike Yastrzemski fulfills dream, receives standing ovation at Fenway Park

Mike Yastrzemski, the grandson of Boston Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski, made his Fenway Park debut Tuesday night as a member of the San Francisco Giants. 

In his first at-bat, the Fenway faithful rose to their feet and gave the younger Yaz a well-deserved standing ovation.

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Playing at Fenway is something he's always dreamed of, and before he took the field, he noted he was looking forward to soaking in and appreciating the experience. 

Although he was excited to take the same field and patrol the same position in left field in front of the Green Monster where his grandfather once played, Yastrzemski noted that being in the stands for the 1999 All-Star Game and Home Run Derby at Fenway were more overwhelming than the thought of actually playing in Boston. 

Playing in such a historic ballpark is memorable to begin with, but Yastrzemski, 29, will be battling some pretty tough expectations throughout the Giants' three-game series at Fenway. It doesn't seem like he'll let that get to him though.

The Andover, Mass., native is putting together a nice rookie season for the Giants with a .265 batting average, 19 home runs, 51 RBI and a .833 OPS. What's more interesting about those stats, though, is that they almost mirror his grandfather's rookie season with Boston -- .266 with 11 homers, 80 RBI and a .721 OPS. 

Before the game, Yastrzemski and his grandfather took a stroll through left. We can only imagine what they talked about -- probably discussing how to play the Monster. 

While the younger Yaz had plenty of family watching him make his Fenway debut. His 80-year-old grandfather left the park before the game began (he said he'd be too nervous to watch in person) but said he'll be back at Fenway for the games Wednesday and Thursday. 

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Red Sox RF Mookie Betts (left foot inflammation) listed as day-to-day

Red Sox RF Mookie Betts (left foot inflammation) listed as day-to-day

It looks like the Boston Red Sox will have to wait a little longer to get Mookie Betts back into the lineup.

The team announced Tuesday the results of Betts' MRI, which showed the star right fielder has inflammation in his left foot. The 2018 AL MVP has been listed as "day-to-day" and his status will be closely monitored. 

Betts already has missed the past three games due to the injury, but with only 13 games remaining, he's hoping to return before the season ends. 

If Betts is able to return to the lineup over the weekend, manager Alex Cora noted that he will be the designated hitter, according to ESPN.

Betts, 26, batting .293 this season with 28 home runs, 78 RBI's and a .918 OPS. He is eligible to become a free agent after the 2020 season.

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