Red Sox, Bay shelve talks… again

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Boston’s contract talks with free-agent-to-be Jason Bay have ended, one week after the Red Sox made a new offer to their left fielder. The decision was termed mutual, and Bay still seems to want to settle in Boston:

“I’d still love to get something done here,” Bay told the Boston
Globe. “I like it here. But that being said, we just basically at this
point right now don’t want it to be an ongoing distraction, like I
said, for both of us coming to the field and answering contract

“So we’re kind of tabling it and there’s a big window at the end of
the year after the season. We can sit down and try to hammer something
out again. But the way things have gone so far, like I said, very
encouraged with that.”

The Red Sox have no one else they’re looking to break into left field,
so they’ll likely make a strong push to re-sign Bay or bring in Matt
Holliday after the season. The latter player might be turning into the
better investment, and while it shouldn’t play a huge role when such
major players are at stake, the Red Sox could potentially improve their
draft status by signing Holliday. They’d lose their first-round pick,
but they’d likely get a similar or better one when Bay signs elsewhere
and they’d pick up a supplemental selection.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.