Jered Weaver names son Aden in tribute to late teammate Nick Adenhart

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Angels right-hander Jered Weaver became a father for the first time yesterday, as his wife Kristin gave birth to a baby boy. In a touching tribute, they named him Aden David Weaver.

Adenhart was killed by a drunk driver just hours after he pitched six scoreless innings for the Angels on April 8, 2009. He was just 22 years old. Two of his friends also died in the crash.

Weaver honors Adenhart’s memory before each of his starts by writing the initials “NA” into the dirt on the back of the mound.

Red Sox reportedly listening to offers on Rick Porcello

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Red Sox are “openly listening” to offers for Rick Porcello. He says that the idea is to shed some salary for bullpen help, though just yesterday Dave Dombrowski said he was not planning on spending a lot of money on the bullpen this winter so who friggin’ knows?

Porcello posted a 4.28 ERA in 33 starts this past season. He is owed $21 million in 2019 and will be a free agent this time next year. Seems hard to imagine a deal that makes sense for him, but I suppose anything can happen.