Red Sox could make Yoenis Cespedes available

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From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notebook in the Boston Globe:

Word is spreading that the Red Sox could make Cespedes available. He will earn $10.2 million in the final year of his deal. Cespedes said late in the season that he wasn’t sure whether he’d engage in long-term talks with the Red Sox. Couple that with his desire not to play right field or work on his defense, and that could make him a trade candidate as the Red Sox try to pare their outfield depth and possibly make room for Mookie Betts or add a lefthanded hitter.

Boston has an outfield logjam between Betts, Cespedes, Rusney Castillo, Shane Victorino, Allen Craig, and Daniel Nava, so there’s going to be some kind of deal-making this winter. Cespedes was acquired at the July 31 trade deadline in a blockbuster trade that sent Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the A’s. The 29-year-old batted .269/.296/.423 with five home runs and 33 RBI in 51 games down the stretch for the Red Sox. He should be able to fetch another decent return.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.