Bay and the Sox had a deal in place last summer

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So reports Tony Massarotti in the Globe over the weekend.  Apparently it was derailed by health concerns on the part of the Sox’ medical staff. Specifically, the part of the medical staff — Mike Reinold — who was just promoted to head trainer, which may be part of what is firming up the Sox’ resolve against giving Bay any more than the four years, $60 million they’ve offered.

As of now, the Sox aren’t budging and Bay is “ready to move on.”

If I’m the Sox I let him.  For as good as he is right now, I can’t see the percentage in paying him eight figures in 2014.  Let the Mets take that gamble.

No done deal for Jeter and Jeb: Rob Manfred says two groups still in play for the Marlins

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For all of the headlines about Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush buying the Miami Marlins, this is looking like anything but a done deal. First is the small matter of the billion and a half bucks Jeter and Jeb need to put together. Then there’s the matter of there being another . . . mystery bidder!

That according to commissioner Rob Manfred who says two groups are still bidding to buy the Marlins. He said this morning at the groundbreaking for the Jackie Robinson Museum, adding “There is no agreement in place. We’re working with more than one group . . . there is not a signed document on any topic.”

Despite this, Manfred said that “the timeline is relatively short; it would be measured in days, not months.” So someone is likely to find that billion and a half bucks soon, I reckon.

Red Sox prospect involved in serious auto accident

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Via WEEI.com comes a report that Red Sox minor league pitcher Kevin Steen was critically injured in a car crash on Wednesday night near Fort Myers.

The driver of the other car involved in the accident was killed. Steen is in the hospital in critical condition. It appears as though the other driver veered off the road, overcorrected and then crossed the center line, crashing into Steen’s SUV.

Steen, 20, is a starting pitcher. He was a ninth round pick of the Red Sox in 2014 out of Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He’s played three seasons in the Sox season and was about to begin his fourth.