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Report: David Ortiz murder plot may have been hatched from prison

Report: David Ortiz murder plot may have been hatched from prison

It's looking more likely that the shooting of David Ortiz wasn't an isolated act but rather a premeditated plan to murder the Boston Red Sox legend.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic are investigating whether two suspects in the case -- Jose Eduardo Ciprian Lebron and Carlos Rafael Alvarez -- hatched the plot to kill Ortiz from prison, the Boston Globe reported Friday morning.

Per the Globe, authorities are looking into whether Lebron, who's serving time for separate murder charges, played a role in organizing the $7,800 payout sent to the alleged attackers to kill Ortiz.

Police also claim they have evidence that Alvarez, currently on a 20-year sentence for aggravated robbery, contacted some of the suspects arrested in the shooting, per Alvarez's lawyer.

The complicated case already has implicated nine suspects -- including alleged gunman Rolfi Ferreras Cruz -- who were presented in court Thursday and are scheduled to be indicted Friday in connection with the shooting of Ortiz in the D.R. on Sunday night.

Police believe four additional suspects, including the boss of a criminal organization in Reading, Pa., are still at large as they try to determine who ordered the killing of one of the most popular figures in the Dominican.

Ortiz, meanwhile, remains in recovery at Massachusetts General Hospital after two surgeries to repair liver and kidney damage.

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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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