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The latest on Cliff Lee: skepticism of seven-year offers


When last we considered Cliff Lee, we were hearing word that he had two seven-year offers on the table.  The guy reporting that was Jon Heyman.  Since then, many people have voiced their skepticism that there really are two seven-year offers out there. And not just guys like me who consider Heyman to be a fairly untrustworthy source of anonymous offer rumors.  Guys like Ken Davidoff and Joel Sherman — who tend to be more right more often about such matters — are doubting Heyman here.  Worth noting.

But even if the specific rumors of seven-year deals are questionable, there is no question that there are a lot of teams interested in him.  the Washington rumors won’t go away, and now people are saying that Anaheim may be talking to Lee’s agent as well.  Throw in the obvious suspects of New York and Texas, and a bidding war could erupt.

I just don’t believe it will be a bidding war in which seven year offers are thrown around.

Red Sox ask Hanley Ramirez to report 15-20 pounds lighter next spring

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Hanley Ramirez was a complete failure in left field this season in Boston and he batted just .249/.291/.426 while appearing in only 105 games. Ben Cherington, the man that signed him to a four-year, $88 million free agent contract, is no longer with the Red Sox. It’s time for some tough love …

Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo, who just inked a two-year extension to return as John Farrell’s bench coach, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald on Sunday that Hanley has been asked to drop 15-20 pounds over the offseason. There have been similar conversations with Boston’s other free agent failure, Pablo Sandoval.

Ramirez is expected to start at first base for the Red Sox in 2016.

Video: Clayton Kershaw notches his 300th strikeout

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Clayton Kershaw entered Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Padres needing six strikeouts to become the first pitcher in 13 years to whiff 300 batters in a single season.

He did it within the first nine batters of the game, whiffing Yangervis Solarte, Clint Barmes, Austin Hedges, and Travis Jankowski once each and Melvin Upton Jr. on two different occasions.

Here was the milestone matchup against Upton Jr. with two outs in the top of the third …

The last pitchers to reach 300 strikeouts in a season were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. They did so as teammates on the 2002 Diamondbacks.

Kershaw is lined up to face the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS.