The Red Sox have banned beer in the clubhouse

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After the Red Sox collapsed in epic fashion down the stretch last season, reports surfaced that Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Jon Lester drank beer, ate fried chicken and played video games in the clubhouse on the days they weren’t pitching.

The Red Sox still won 90 games last season and whether drinking beer in the clubhouse had any real impact on the team missing the playoffs is questionable, but new manager Bobby Valentine is doing his part to nip the issue in the bud. No pun intended, I swear.

Per Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com, the Red Sox have also banned beer on the last leg of plane trips. I guess we can assume fried chicken is fair game, though.

Report: Padres have made offers to both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

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Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.

Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.

The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.

Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.