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Red Sox want to keep Mookie Betts, but preparing 'Plan B or Plan C' if he decides to test free agency

Red Sox want to keep Mookie Betts, but preparing 'Plan B or Plan C' if he decides to test free agency

BOSTON -- Trading Mookie Betts is not a foregone conclusion, not for Tom Werner anyway.

The Red Sox team chairman said on Friday that the team has had talks with Betts' agents within the past two weeks and remains hopeful that the reigning American League MVP can be signed to a contract extension.

"We've stated publicly that we would hope he would stay with us the rest of his career," Werner said. "We have made proposals to him in the past and he did want to test free agency, which is his right. And we'll have some conversations with him going forward. But obviously there'll be a point where hopefully we can make a deal or we'll decide at that point what is plan B or plan C, but we haven't gotten to that point and we're very open to continuing discussions with him."

Betts has one year of arbitration eligibility remaining after signing a one-year, $20 million contract to avoid arbitration this season. He's due $28 million-$30 million this winter, but if the red Sox decide he's not interested in staying long term, they'll have to explore moving him.

Werner disputed the notion that Betts wants out.

"No, I think he loves the Boston Red Sox," he said.

Betts, who turns 27 Oct. 7, began the day hitting .294 with 29 homers, 79 RBI, and a 6.9 WAR that ranks sixth in the American League.

"We think he is one of the great players in baseball," Werner said. "Hopefully, there is a meeting of the minds going forward."

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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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