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Sam Kennedy suggests Red Sox could have made significant deadline trade

Sam Kennedy suggests Red Sox could have made significant deadline trade

The MLB trade deadline came and went Wednesday afternoon without the Boston Red Sox making a single move.

But the Red Sox certainly had needs to address, especially in the back end of the bullpen, which owns the worst save percentage in baseball.

So, why didn't they take action? According to Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy, Boston's inactivity was a conscious decision, as there apparently were deals they declined to pursue further.

"Yesterday at the deadline, there were lots of proposals flying around going back and forth and phones going crazy," Kennedy told WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show" on Thursday.

"But at the end of the day, we, the Red Sox, were not willing to part with some of the pieces that we think are long-term pieces of the Red Sox."

Kennedy also suggested Boston was at least preliminarily involved in talks that included its big-league players -- one of which may have been Andrew Benintendi, who was rumored to be a desired target of the New York Mets in a trade for closer Edwin Diaz.

"There were some discussions that involved major league players and really rattling cages and shifting things around," Kennedy said.

As Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told the media following Wednesday's deadline, though, the team apparently was hesitant to part with young players or prospects for a short-term rental -- even if that rental could have filled an obvious need.

"I commend Dave," Kennedy said. "Sometimes the best moves you make are the ones that you don't. Rafael Devers could have gone many, many times over the last two or three years.

"... We totally recognize that (the lack of moves) can be disappointing and frustrating. But the message that it sends to our fans is, we believe in this group. ... We feel like we have a chance to be right in there, and when you get into the postseason tournament, anything can happen."

The Red Sox enter Thursday 2.5 games out of the second American League Wild Card spot and 10 games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East, so if they want to prove Kennedy right, they should probably start now.

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Why Red Sox cited Spygate in response to sign-stealing scandal lawsuit

Why Red Sox cited Spygate in response to sign-stealing scandal lawsuit

New England fans may never escape Spygate. But this time, they have their baseball team to blame for bringing it back into the spotlight.

The Boston Red Sox referenced a New York Jets fan's 2010 lawsuit against the Patriots over New England's videotaping scandal while responding to lawsuits they face from daily fantasy sports players in the wake of MLB's sign-stealing scandal, according to The Athletic's Daniel Kaplan.

Here's the text of the Red Sox' response to one of those lawsuits, per Kaplan:

In Mayer v. Belichick, 605 F.3d 223, 230 (3d Cir. 2010), a class action brought by an aggrieved New York Jets season ticket holder against the New England Patriots and the NFL based on the Patriots’ surreptitious use of videotape to capture their opponents’ signals, the court concluded that the plaintiff class did not have a cognizable legal interest in disclosure of anything about the methods of game play, even where they were in violation of NFL rules.

Translation: Fans can't sue teams based on alleged cheating, which is what the Third Circuit Court of Appeals argued in 2010 while dismissing that Jets fan's lawsuit.

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A handful of daily fantasy sports players have sued the Astros, Major League Baseball and the Red Sox, arguing that Houston and Boston's sign-stealing operations corrupted DFS games and created a non-level playing field.

The Astros already have been punished and universally condemned for an elaborate 2017 sign-stealing system that involved video monitors and trash cans. The 2018 Red Sox are currently under investigation for allegedly using video replay to illegally steal signs, although it appears they'll receive a much lighter discipline than Houston.

As for legal action? It sounds like the Astros, MLB and Red Sox have their best lawyers on the case: All three entities referenced Spygate in their responses, per Kaplan.

How Mookie Betts impressed new Dodgers teammates with team meeting speech

How Mookie Betts impressed new Dodgers teammates with team meeting speech

The Boston Red Sox lost an MVP-caliber talent in outfielder Mookie Betts.

But they also lost a strong leader in the clubhouse.

Just ask the Los Angeles Dodgers, whom Betts addressed for the first time in a recent team meeting after his trade from Boston earlier this month.

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According to Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, Betts' speech to the clubhouse was reminiscent of Kirk Gibson, who chewed out his Los Angeles teammates and demanded a new level of excellence when he joined the team as a free agent in 1988.

Except Betts delivered his message without putting anyone on blast.

"When you stand up in front of the team on the first day and essentially call everyone out, says he wants to hold everyone accountable for their effort -- not just in the game, but in the workouts -- that’s like, all right, you learn what he’s about really fast,” said Turner said Sunday of Betts, via MLB.com's Ken Gurkick

"Same principle [as Gibson’s speech], just not critical of us. This was him saying this before he knew anybody. Just signs of leadership, it jumps out at you."

Betts' passion surprised Turner, who took the 27-year-old outfielder for the quiet type.

"Just kind of assumed he was a quiet guy who goes about his business," Turner said. "Then Day One, you realize you were way off. He was proactive, let’s get in front of this -- Day One is as urgent as Game 7 of the World Series. It was awesome, actually."

Dodgers utility man Enrique Hernandez used the same adjective after hearing Betts' speech.

"It was awesome," Hernandez told Gurkick. "It was, 'this is how I play the game,' and I respected the heck out of him for that."

Betts had made strides as a leader in Boston since David Ortiz retired in 2016, setting an example with his play but also holding his teammates accountable. The Dodgers will need that accountability this season as they attempt to live up to massive expectations as clear World Series favorites.

As for Betts' work on the field, he went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly Sunday in his Dodgers spring training debut.