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Dennis Eckersley responds to David Price as feud continues

Dennis Eckersley responds to David Price as feud continues

David Price resurfaced his feud with Dennis Eckersley Wednesday, which he followed up with a dreadful start against the Orioles Friday night. Price claimed the feud with Eckersley had nothing to do with the rough start, but the situation has become impossible to ignore.

In a story by Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe, Eckersley said he can't go anywhere without somebody mentioning it to him. 

He’s my new Kirk Gibson. Everywhere I go, people are asking me about David Price, telling me what he said about me. For years, I carried the Gibson thing around. Everyone was droppin’ a Gibson on me. Now I got this. I don’t get it.

Eckersley is referencing the iconic home run Kirk Gibson hit off of him in the 1988 World Series between the Dodgers and Athletics. Gibson was pinch-hitting for the Dodgers in the 9th inning of Game 1 and hit a walk-off homer despite injuries to both of his legs. 

Eckersley has lived with that moment for over three decades now, so he's probably hoping this feud with Price doesn't last anywhere near that long. 

Speaking of Price's start against the Orioles, his first start since calling Eckersley's comments in a profile "trash," the lefty gave up eight hits, two home runs and six earned runs to one of the worst teams in baseball. 

Price has been Boston's best pitcher this season, so it would be a real shame to let something as silly as Eck's comments in a story, which weren't anything to get worked up about, derail his season and hurt the Red Sox' chances of sneaking into the playoffs. 

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Report: Brian Bannister leaving Red Sox to join Giants

Report: Brian Bannister leaving Red Sox to join Giants

After five seasons in Boston, Brian Bannister is taking his talents elsewhere.

The former Red Sox vice president of pitching development will join the San Francisco Giants, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

Bannister was initially hired by the Red Sox as a scout in 2015. Later that year he was promoted to director of pitching analysis and development by then-Sox GM Dave Dombrowski.

In 2016, Bannister became Boston's assistant pitching coach and VP of pitching development. He was removed from the coaching staff but kept the latter title following the 2019 season.

Bannister spent five years as an MLB pitcher with the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals before pursuing a scouting/coaching career.

UPDATE (7:30 p.m. ET): Bannister confirmed his Boston exit Wednesday night in a pair of tweets thanking the Red Sox organization.

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Chaim Bloom: Red Sox 'exploring all options' with Mookie Betts

Chaim Bloom: Red Sox 'exploring all options' with Mookie Betts

Chaim Bloom continues to take the safe approach when it comes to conversations about Mookie Betts' future in Boston.

Bloom was asked on "NESN After Hours" about Betts' contract situation with the superstar right fielder set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. According to the Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer, who was hired in October, all options remain on the table.

“Well, I mean, you’re talking about, as you said, one of the great players in the game,” Bloom said. “We are thrilled to have him, and I know this organization prior to my arrival was happy to have him. Now we have to figure out how we go forward. I think where we are as an organization, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t explore all of our options. But we do that recognizing we have a very good team and one of the best players in the game and we’re going to handle the situation accordingly.”

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This kind of answer from Bloom is predictable, but it's telling that a possible trade involving the 2018 American League MVP hasn't been ruled out.

Boston has been adamant about its goal to cut payroll before the new campaign, and parting ways with Betts certainly would help accomplish that. If there's no indication Betts is willing to commit beyond 2020, trading him for a haul of prospects does make sense. Still, as Bloom acknowledges, Betts is one of the best players on the planet and the organization should aim to lock him up long-term.

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