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Report of Houston Astros sign-stealing shows that, apparently, Red Sox weren't only ones stealing signs in 2017

Report of Houston Astros sign-stealing shows that, apparently, Red Sox weren't only ones stealing signs in 2017

Apparently, the Boston Red Sox weren't the only ones stealing signs in 2017. 

The Houston Astros reportedly were stealing signs electronically en route to their World Series Championship victory, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic.

Houston had a camera set up in center field, zeroed in on the opposing team's catcher, feeding signs to a monitor in a walkway between the dugout and clubhouse at Minute Maid Park, per the report. While sitting on massage tables opposite the screen, Astros' employees and players reportedly watched the screen as they tried to determine the signs.

When the person had determined the sign, the pitch expected to be thrown was communicated via a loud banging noise. The banging came off a trash can sitting in the tunnel, and normally meant an off-speed or breaking ball would be thrown.

In simpler terms, the video below describes exactly how the Astros used technology to steal signs -- and it's a pretty elaborate scheme. 

While the Astros are under fire, it's a reminder of how the Red Sox were able to steal signs that same season using Apple watches. Investigators from Major League Baseball determined the Red Sox used the watches to steal signs when playing the New York Yankees and other teams. The Sox admitted to stealing signs and ultimately were fined an undisclosed amount. The two teams met in the best-of-five ALDS that season, with the Astros winning in four games on their way to their first World Series title. The Red Sox would win their playoff rematch in five games in the ALCS in 2018 on their way to a World Series title.

The Athletic report quotes an anonymous major league manager as saying that sign-stealing using advanced technology is "an issue that permeates the whole league" and that MLB has "done a very poor job of policing or discouraging it."

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox agree to contract with lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez

MLB Rumors: Red Sox agree to contract with lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly made another signing in MLB free agency.

After signing infielder Jose Peraza to a one-year deal earlier in the day on Thursday, the Red Sox agreed to terms with Martin Perez, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

And per Rosenthal, the deal with pay Perez $6 million in the first year of his deal.

The signing of the 28-year-old lefthander won't do a lot to inspire Red Sox fans. Perez has a career ERA of 4.72 and posted a 5.12 mark last season with the Twins. That said, he did go 10-7 and averaged a career-high 7.3 K/9, so perhaps the Red Sox see a hidden gem.

Perez, a starter, will likely slot into the back-end of the Red Sox rotation. He'll replace Rick Porcello, who agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the New York Mets at the MLB Winter Meetings.

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MLB rumors: Red Sox, free agent Jose Peraza agree to one-year contract

MLB rumors: Red Sox, free agent Jose Peraza agree to one-year contract

The Boston Red Sox bolstered their infield depth Thursday by agreeing to sign Jose Peraza to a one-year contract worth about $3 million plus incentives, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Peraza made his Major League debut in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers but spent the last four years with the Cincinnati Reds. He batted .239 with six home runs, 33 RBI and a .285 on-base percentage in 141 games during the 2019 season.

His best season came in 2018 when he batted .288 with 14 homers, 58 RBI and a .326 on-base percentage in 157 games for the Reds. All things considered, Peraza is a good buy-low candidate for the Red Sox, who also could help Boston replace Brock Holt if he departs in free agency.

The 25-year-old infielder brings plenty of positional versatility to the Red Sox. Peraza mostly played second base for Cincinnati this past season, but he also saw time at third base, left field and center field.

Peraza drew interest from at least four teams, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

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