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Red Sox non-tender INF Marco Hernandez, LHP Josh Osich

Red Sox non-tender INF Marco Hernandez, LHP Josh Osich

The Boston Red Sox announced Monday they will not tender contracts for 2020 to infielder Marco Hernandez or left-handed pitcher Josh Osich, meaning both players will become free agents.

Hernandez joined the Red Sox in 2014 and made his debut with the team in 2016. The 27-year-old missed almost all of the 2017 and 2018 seasons recovering from left shoulder surgery, then rejoined the club for 61 games in 2019 hitting .250 (37-for-148) with two home runs and 11 RBI.

Osich never appeared in a game for the Red Sox as he was claimed off waivers from the White Sox on Oct. 31, 2019. In 57 games with Chicago, the 31-year-old southpaw pitched 67 2/3 innings while posting a 4.66 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.

Boston tendered contracts to its remaining 27 unsigned players on the major league roster, including center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Hyundai releases Super Bowl commercial featuring David Ortiz, John Krasinski

Hyundai releases Super Bowl commercial featuring David Ortiz, John Krasinski

Hyundai will have a new commercial during Super Bowl LIV, but the car company released the full version of that ad Monday.

The commercial will be very relatable to anyone from Boston. 

The star-studded cast has plenty of Boston ties, including actors Chris Evans and John Krasinski, former "Saturday Night Live" star Rachel Dratch, as well as Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz, who appears at the end of the ad. The commercial focuses on a new feature from Hyundai called "remote smart parking assist", or "smaht pahk," for anyone saying it with a Boston accent.

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Sunday night's Super Bowl matchup in Miami will not include the New England Patriots for the first time since the 2015 season, but that doesn't mean the Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers showdown lacks Pats-related storylines.

Tomase: Sensing real momentum for a Mookie Betts trade

MLB Rumors: Mookie Betts, Red Sox had massive gap in 2019 contract talks

MLB Rumors: Mookie Betts, Red Sox had massive gap in 2019 contract talks

If you ask Lou Merloni, there's a reason the Boston Red Sox are actively looking to trade Mookie Betts before the season begins.

The Red Sox avoided arbitration with Betts settling on a one-year, $27 million contract with the outfielder earlier this month.

But that's after Boston failed on several occasions to sign Betts to a long-term contract before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

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According to Merloni, the two sides weren't even close.

The former Red Sox infielder reported Tuesday on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria" that Boston offered Betts a 10-year, $300 million contract extension following the 2018 season. Betts countered with 12 years and $420 million, according to Merloni, and the deal fell through.

That gap of $120 million marked the third consecutive offseason the Red Sox and Betts were off by roughly $100 million in contract negotiations, citing the eight-year, $200 million offer Betts rejected following the 2017 season and the five-year, $100 million deal he turned down after the 2016 season.

Merloni added he's unsure whether the Red Sox made another offer to Betts this offseason -- but the fact that they're discussing a Betts trade with the likes of the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers should answer that question.

"They can't get it done," Merloni said on WEEI. "They know they can't get it done. When you go to a guy for three years in a row and you're off by almost $100 million -- in one instance over $100 million -- they know they can't sign him."

The 12-year, $420 offer Betts reportedly seeks is in line with recent major league megadeals: Slightly south of Mike Trout's 12-year, $430 million behemoth but north of Bryce Harper's 13-year, $330 million deal.

Boston reportedly was unwilling to shell out that kind of cash for Betts -- and may lose the former American League MVP because of it.