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Rosenthal: Red Sox and Orioles 'do not match up' on Machado trade

Rosenthal: Red Sox and Orioles 'do not match up' on Machado trade

As quickly as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and FOX Sports' MLB telecasts heated up the Manny Machado-to-the Red Sox rumors last week, his latest reporting does a lot to dispel them.

In a notes column published Monday (subscription required), Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have contacted the Orioles about the would-be-free-agent infielder, who is thought to be the prize of the July 31 trade deadline, but Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski thinks the teams "likely do not match up on a trade at this time," according to a source.

In other words, the Red Sox really don't have the top minor league prospects the O's would be looking for in a Machado deal. The Sox farm system is ranked 24th in MLB by Baseball America and top hitter Michael Chavis was just suspended for 80-games for PED usage and top pitcher Jay Groome just had Tommy John surgery.

As for including 21-year-old Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers in a Machado deal, as NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich wrote last week, "sources with knowledge of the Red Sox thinking were dismissive of the idea the Sox would move Devers."


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Highlights from the Red Sox' 8-0 spring win over the Rays

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 8-0 spring win over the Rays

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 8, Rays 0

IN BRIEF: Rafael Devers had three RBIs as the Red Sox blanked the Rays in Thursday night's exhibition game.

HIGHLIGHTS:

1st inning

Rafael Devers RBI groundout (1-0 BOS)

3rd inning

Rafael Devers two-run triple (3-0 BOS)

J.D. Martinez RBI double (4-0 BOS)

Brock Holt reaches on error, run scores (5-0 BOS)

Dustin Pedroia RBI single (6-0 BOS)

6th inning

Ryan Fitzgerald two-run double (8-0 BOS)

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vs Twins, Friday, 6:05 p.m., NESN

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Dave Dombrowski on contract negotiations: 'We're not going to do anything once the season starts'

Dave Dombrowski on contract negotiations: 'We're not going to do anything once the season starts'

If the Red Sox hope to get a deal done with one of their impending free agents, they better make it quick.

Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski says that barring anything unexpected, the team does not plan on negotiating contracts once their season gets underway.

The Red Sox have some decisions to make regarding the expiring contracts of Chris Sale, Xander Bogaerts, Rick Porcello, J.D. Martinez (opt-out), and Mookie Betts (2021). Dombrowski has admitted before that the team will be unable to retain them all, and Jon Heyman reported Thursday that nothing has changed on that front.

Sale, Bogaerts, and Betts reportedly have been approached for contract discussions, though no deal appears to be imminent. There hasn't been much buzz surrounding the status of Porcello's expiring contract, and no talks of a possible extension for Martinez either.

Contract extensions have been given out like candy over the last few weeks, with stars Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, Alex Bregman, Paul Goldschmidt, and Blake Snell all agreeing to new deals.

If Dombrowski indeed is closing the door on extension talks past Opening Day, there isn't a whole lot of time left for a deal to get done. The Sox season begins one week from today in Seattle on March 28.

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