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The Boston Red Sox and manager Alex Cora have parted ways on Tuesday. (Source: Boston Red Sox on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: in a statement released by the Red Sox, “we agreed today that parting ways was the best thing for the organization. I do not want to be a distraction to the Red Sox as they move forward.” Cora, who was a bench coach for the Astros in 2017, played a key role in Houston illegally stealing signs that year. He is also accused of doing the same thing for the Red Sox in 2018. Cora has yet to be penalized from Major League Baseball, but expect the former Red Sox manager’s punishment to be announced soon.

Category: Transactions

Mookie Betts and the Red Sox have agreed to a $27 million deal for 2020, breaking Nolan Arenado's year-old record $26 million for a player in his final year of arbitration eligibility. The club has not yet confirmed the agreement. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Boston was wise to avoid going to an arbitration hearing with Betts. Those hearings can get ugly, and if Boston has any hope of signing Betts long-term, not going through that process would seem to be the right call. This is good news for Betts' 2020 fantasy outlook as he should be safely locked in as a consensus top-5 overall pick.

Category: Transactions

Josh Osich agreed to terms with the Red Sox on a one-year deal worth up to $850,000. (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Osich is a journeyman reliever who found moderate success with the Giants during the 2019 season. He will attempt to claim a spot in the Red Sox bullpen in 2020.

Category: Transactions

Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters Monday that Andrew Benintendi "is in a better place" physically. (Source: Alex Speier on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cora added that Benintendi was stronger/heavier last year but is now going back to the athlete he was in seasons past. The young outfielder could wind up being a popular bounce-back candidate come 2020 fantasy drafts.

Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are "actively" trying to trade Jackie Bradley Jr. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bradley is a free agent after the season and is expected to earn around $11 million in his final year of arbitration. The defense wizard was a target of the Mets until the team turned their attention towards Jake Marisnick.

The Red Sox re-signed infielder Marco Hernandez. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 27-year-old was non-tendered by Boston on Monday but is now back with the team. He'll provide infield insurance for the Red Sox in 2020.

Category: Transactions

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

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

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.

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