Pawtucket has been the home of the Red Sox’ Triple-A affiliate since 1973. There have, over the years, been some threats that that might change, but they’ve amounted to nothing. Until now. Get read to welcome the Worcester Red Sox. From the Boston Globe:
[T]he Pawtucket Red Sox said Friday that they had signed a deal to move to Worcester, ending an era for the minor league affiliate in Rhode Island that dates back to 1973.
PawSox chairman Larry Lucchino said the team signed a letter of intent with the city to build a nearly $90 million, 10,000-seat stadium that would be open for baseball in 2021.
I just assumed “Worcester Red Sox.” The article says that Lucchino is considering the “Wooster WooSox” as a nickname. I’ll leave it to those of you with a vested interest in Red Sox minor leagues teams to weigh in on that.
And yes, the stadium will be paid for with tax dollars and other public funds, because of course it will be.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.