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Red Sox officially sign top pick Cameron Cannon for $1.3 million

Red Sox officially sign top pick Cameron Cannon for $1.3 million

The Red Sox agreed to terms on a contract with top draft pick Cameron Cannon Saturday for $1.3 million after selecting him 43rd overall in the MLB Draft.

Cannon was a middle infielder for the University of Arizona, hitting .397 in 2019 with eight home runs and 29 doubles. Ranked the 79th overall prospect in the draft, he's known best for his ability to make hard contact consistently with a developing power stroke. 

After the Red Sox selected Cannon in the second round, the Arizona native received praise from one scout, saying he will be a "quick mover" through the Red Sox system thanks to his "polished bat."

Michael Chavis has solidified himself at second base for the Red Sox after Dustin Pedroia went down with another injury, but you can never have enough capable hitters on your big-league roster. Now that Cannon is signed, it's time to see just how fast he can work his way to Fenway Park. 

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Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Yet another former member of the Boston Red Sox has joined the Chicago Cubs.

Former Sox slugger Mike Napoli has joined the Cubs as a quality assurance coach, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Napoli joins fellow 2013 World Series champion David Ross on the Cubs staff. Ross replaced Joe Maddon as Chicago's manager last month.

Ex-Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has served as Cubs president of baseball operations for the last eight years. Former Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie recently interviewed for the Cubs' bullpen coach job.

In three seasons as Boston's DH/first baseman, Napoli hit .242 with 53 home runs.

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Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme was rather elboarate, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora reportedly played a major role in the operation.

Cora was Houston manager A.J. Hinch's right-hand man as the Astros' bench coach in 2017, winning the World Series with the organization. So, quite frankly, it's not surprising that Cora was involved in the matter. 

Major League Baseball now is investigating the Astros organization, as well as anyone involved with the team in 2017 -- A.K.A. Cora and current New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran. Cora was interviewed Wednesday, and the Red Sox are offering the MLB "full cooperation" in the ongoing investigation, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. 

According to our Red Sox Insider John Tomase, the Red Sox really only need to be concerned with the matter if Cora used some of those tactics to lead Boston to a World Series Championship in 2018, and throughout the duration of a rather upsetting 2019 season. 

It remains unknown if Cora will receive any disciplinary action from the league. 

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