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MLB Rumors: Could Jose Abreu be a trade deadline target for Red Sox?

MLB Rumors: Could Jose Abreu be a trade deadline target for Red Sox?

The Boston Red Sox will always be a candidate to make a splash at the MLB trade deadline as long as Dave Dombrowski is calling the shots.

And a longtime favorite of Dombrowski's could be on the market this year.

The Red Sox are one of "a few teams" monitoring the availability of Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Forbes' Phil Rogers reported Thursday night.

Dombrowski, who previously worked with the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central, has pursued Abreu before, as Boston reportedly was in "active talks" with Chicago for Abreu during the 2017 offseason and was one of four finalists to sign the slugger before he re-upped with the White Sox in 2016.

The Red Sox also have a need at first base; they're hitting a combined .239 at the position with a subpar .749 OPS, as injuries to Mitch Moreland and Steve Pearce have forced Michael Chavis to platoon at first.

As Rogers notes, the 32-year-old Abreu may not have much appeal as a rental, and it's unclear whether the Red Sox and their depleted farm system would even have enough assets to pull off a deal.

But if they're looking to shake things up at the trade deadline, adding a guy like Abreu who's good for 30 home runs and 100 RBIs a season (he has 21 homers and 66 RBIs through 92 games this year) is certainly enticing.

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Pedro Martinez pays tribute to David Ortiz on anniversary of his Red Sox signing

Pedro Martinez pays tribute to David Ortiz on anniversary of his Red Sox signing

The Boston Red Sox franchise changed forever on this day 17 years ago.

The Sox signed free agent slugger David Ortiz on Jan. 23, 2003. Ortiz had just finished his sixth season with the Minnesota Twins, during which he batted .272 with 20 home runs and 72 RBI. The Twins chose not to keep him, and this colossally foolish decision turned out to be a massive gain for Boston.

Ortiz would go on to lead the Red Sox to three World Series championships, with many clutch hits and memorable moments along the way.

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Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez played a pivotal role in the team adding Ortiz in 2003, and he celebrated the anniversary of Big Papi's signing with a special tweet Thursday.

Ortiz will join Martinez in the Red Sox Hall of Fame later this year. When eligible, he deserves to join Martinez in the Baseball Hall of Fame as well.

Two Red Sox players made Baseball America's top 100 prospects ranking

Report: MLB gave players immunity in exchange for testimonies in sign-stealing scandal

Report: MLB gave players immunity in exchange for testimonies in sign-stealing scandal

While ex-Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were slapped with year-long suspensions and subsequently fired for their roles in the team's sign-stealing scandal, players involved were completely exonerated.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred explained his decision not to penalize the players by calling it “difficult and impractical." But according to The Wall Street Journal, the league and the MLB Players Association agreed to a deal that granted immunity to players in exchange for honest testimony.

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via WSJ:

But there is a simpler explanation for why no players were penalized: The league and the MLB Players Association struck an agreement early in the process that granted immunity in exchange for honest testimony, according to several people familiar with the matter.

The league was quick to make such an offer, these people said, in part because it did not believe it would win subsequent grievances with any players it attempted to discipline ...

The deal is a sign of MLB’s desire for a speedy and conflict-free investigation, the continuing power of the baseball players’ union and the fragile state of the sport’s labor relations. The promise of amnesty allowed the league to interview 23 current and former Astros players during the two-month investigation.

The investigation resulted in the aforementioned suspensions as well as the Astros being fined $5 million and losing their first and second-round draft picks for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Manager Alex Cora mutually agreed to part ways with the Boston Red Sox shortly thereafter, and former Astros player Carlos Beltran stepped down from his new role as New York Mets manager. Cora had been the Astros bench coach and Beltran an Astros player in  2017 and both were mentioned prominently in MLB's report on the scheme.

MLB is in the middle of a separate sign-stealing investigation involving the 2018 Red Sox. Cora is expected to be handed a suspension as long -- if not longer -- than Hinch and Luhnow's once the investigation concludes.