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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who has appeared in just nine games over the last two seasons, is expected to attempt another return to baseball in 2020. (Source: Boston Herald on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Red Sox have some financial complications heading into 2020, and Pedroia's $13.75M cap hit is not exactly new Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom's easier issues. If Pedroia can return to his 2016 form, when he batted .318 and produced 201 hits and 105 runs, then this would be less of an issue and Pedroia would be considered a value. However, the fact that he has not been fully healthy in more than two years makes his contract a paint point.

Category: Rumors

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said Wednesday that the team has not yet had contract negotiations with Mookie Betts this off-season. (Source: Chris Cotillo on tWitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kennedy added that the team would have a discussion with Betts "at the appropriate time". Boston has tried to work out an extension with Betts before but he seems intent on hitting free agency after the 2020 season. There has been a lot of trade talk surrounding the team's best player and we expect it to last for much of the off-season.

J.D. Martinez will not exercise the opt-out in his contract. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Martinez has opt-outs remaining after each of the next two seasons, so it's possible he remains in Boston through the end of the 2022 season. Martinez slashed .304/.383/.557 with 36 home runs, 105 RBI and 98 runs scored across 656 plate appearances last season.

Category: Transactions

Chris Sale (elbow) is expected to be fully healthy come spring training. (Source: Alex Speier on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sale received a PRP injection in his elbow back in August. He will have some follow-up appointments over the off-season but as of now should be good to go for the start of 2020. Sale posted a 4.40 ERA this past season.

Category: Injury Updates

Eduardo Rodriguez allowed three runs on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts across seven innings during a no-decision against the Orioles on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Rodriguez was going for his 20th victory on the last day of the season but came up short. The lefty starter finishes 2019 with a 19-6 record with a 3.81 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 213 strikeouts in 203 1/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps

Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with a walk and a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Orioles by a 9-4 score.

Fantasy Impact: Bogaerts is having the best season of his career at the plate hitting .309 with 33 home runs, 116 RBI, 109 runs scored and four stolen bases. Bogaerts will be one of the top shortstops to come off the board in fantasy drafts next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Jhoulys Chacin allowed four runs on five hits in just 2 2/3 innings to take the loss Saturday against Baltimore. He walked one batter while striking out three.

Fantasy Impact: Chacin did not look good on Saturday giving up three home runs. The veteran pitcher finishes the season with a 3-12 record between the Brewers and the Red Sox with a 6.01 ERA. Chacin will have a hard time finding a starting pitcher job in the offseason.

Category: Game Recaps

Nathan Eovaldi took the loss after giving up three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out three over five innings Friday night against the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Eovaldi finishes up his injury-plagued season with a 2-1 record with a 5.99 ERA and 1.58 WHIP with 70 strikeouts across 67 2/3 innings. Eovaldi should have a spot secured in the rotation for 2020 but needs to remain healthy to be worth owning in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps

Chris Owings went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run on Thursday as the Red Sox lost to the Rangers by a 7-5 score.

Fantasy Impact: Owings has been seeing some playing time with the Red Sox out of contention and resting players. The veteran infielder once again has struggled to hit as he is batting just .140 over 65 games and is not worth owning in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps

Brock Holt went 1-for-4 and scored a run on Thursday as the Red Sox lost to the Rangers by a 7-5 score.

Fantasy Impact: Holt has been sidelined since Saturday due to knee soreness but was able to rejoin the lineup on Thursday. The veteran infielder is hitting .302 with three home runs and 31 RBI over 84 games this season.

Category: Game Recaps

Jackie Bradley went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI Thursday against the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: The home run is the 21st of the season for Bradley who overall has struggled once again at the plate. The veteran outfielder is now hitting .226 with a .319 on-base percentage.

Category: Game Recaps

David Price (wrist) underwent successful surgery to have a cyst removed from his left wrist, Guerin Austin of NESN reports. (Source: Guerin Austin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Price is expected to be ready to go for the start of spring training for the Red Sox. The veteran lefty starter finishes the year with a 7-5 record with a 4.28 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 128 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings.

Category: Injury Updates

Rafael Devers went 2-for-5 with a home run and a double on Wednesday as the Red Sox beat the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Devers has been putting up MVP level numbers this season as he is hitting .310 with 32 home runs, 115 RBI, 127 runs scored and eight stolen bases. The 22-year-old third baseman leads the AL with 352 total bases this year.

Category: Game Recaps

Christian Vazquez made a precautionary exit from Wednesday's game at Texas with left hamstring tightness, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vazquez hit a two-run homer during the top of the third inning but did not retake the field. With the Red Sox out of contention expect the team to be cautious with the veteran catcher the rest of the season.

Category: Injury Updates

Rick Porcello gave up three runs on six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out eight while pitching six innings Wednesday in a victory over the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Porcello finishes out a disappointing 2019 season for fantasy owners. The veteran righty ends up 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 143 strikeouts over 174 1/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps

Heath Hembree (elbow) was activated from the 10-day injured list Monday. (Source: Red Sox on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Elbow inflammation has kept Hembree out of action since the start of August, but he's been cleared to rejoin the Red Sox ahead of Monday's series finale against the Rays after getting through a simulated game with no issues Sunday. The righty owns a 4.06 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 45:18 K:BB across 37 2/3 innings this season.

Category: Injury Updates

Andrew Benintendi (thumb) is not in the lineup Monday against the Rays, Steve Hewitt of the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Steve Hewitt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Benintendi played an inning on defense Sunday, but he still hasn't been cleared for hitting after suffering a thumb contusion on Friday. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on updates. Gorkys Hernandez is starting in left field and batting seventh versus Tampa Bay.

Category: Injury Updates

Manager Alex Cora said he'll try to stay away from high-leverage relievers, including Brandon Workman, after the current series with Tampa Bay ends Monday, Chris Cotillo of reports. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Workman has taken over the closer role for the Red Sox in the second half of the season. Fantasy owners in their last week of the playoffs may want to find another option for saves if they own Workman.

Travis Lakins allowed one hit and one walk with two strikeouts across 1 2/3 innings during a no-decision while serving as an opener against the Rays on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Lakins is 0-1 with a 4.22 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings this season. The 25-year-old righty should get another shot to open this year but will not be worth owning in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps

Mitch Moreland went 1-for-4 with a solo home run as the Red Sox lost to the Rays in extra innings on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Moreland hit a go-ahead solo home run in the 11th inning on Saturday, but the Rays came back to win the game. The 34-year-old is hitting .244 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI and can be left on the waiver wire.

Category: Game Recaps

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