The Red Sox and Orioles are interested in playing exhibition games in Cuba

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Buster Olney reports that the Red Sox and the Orioles are interested in playing exhibition games in Cuba at some point soon. The Red Sox’ plans are somewhat amorphous and haven’t progressed beyond the discussion stages. The Orioles, who have something of a better “in” with Cuba, would like to do something this spring.

First some exhibition games. Then maybe a series during the regular season. Possibly a minor league team returning to Cuba, even. As Jorge Arangure noted in his first Cuba Diaries installment, such expansion of U.S. business interests into Cuba is inevitable. Re-expansion, I guess, given the history of our two countries. Here’s hoping, however, that everyone treads a bit on the light side with this, so that that which is unique and good about Cuba now is not thrown out with all that which is not so good.

 

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.