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New Red Sox starter Andrew Cashner has a 'beard clause' in his contract

New Red Sox starter Andrew Cashner has a 'beard clause' in his contract

Andrew Cashner, who made his second start for the Red Sox on Sunday against his old team in Baltimore, has had a couple of rough starts for Boston but fits right into this pitching staff. Appearance-wise, at least.

The beefy (6-6, 235) right-hander sports one of the most impressive beards in baseball and now, on a staff where nearly all the pitchers have beards, Cashner's stands out.

Christopher Smith of MassLive.com points out that Cashner has "beard clause" in his contract after he regretfully had to lose the chin locks when he was traded from the Padres to the Marlins in 2016 and Miami had a no facial hair policy.

The Sox, as one can tell from their hirsute staff, have so such policy, but Cashner wanted to protect what's been growing for nearly three years when he became a free agent after leaving Miami. He had the clause put in his contract before he signed with Baltimore. 

“I had a beard in my contract,” Cashner told Smith. “That was the only way I would sign with Baltimore. They used to have a no facial hair policy. When I went there, they had a no facial hair policy.”

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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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