Report: The Red Sox are being investigated by MLB for questionable international signings


Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that Major League Baseball is investigating the Red Sox in relation to the team’s 2015-16 international signings, particularly in reference to its signings in Venezuela.

The upshot: the Red Sox had a very small amount of money left in their bonus pool due to previous signings yet were able to come away with a number of high-profile prospects despite spending very little money. The players include Albert Guaimaro, Simon Muzziotti, Antonio Pinero, and Eduardo Torrealba.

Badler recently wrote about how teams routinely circumvent bonus pools. That is done, he said, without MLB not really batting an eye. That an investigation is underway now suggests that something else is afoot.

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.