FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston expects its new closer to emerge from the current Red Sox roster.
All-Star Craig Kimbrel turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the World Series champions, and the seven-time All-Star remains a free agent.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg on a one-year deal worth $1.75 million on Friday.
Thornburg, who earned $2.05 million this past season, can also earn $400,000 in performance bonuses based on games: $100,000 each for 45, 50, 55 and 60.
He made his Red Sox debut in July and appeared in 25 games. Thornburg had a 5.63 ERA. He sat out the 2017 season after surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome.
BOSTON (AP) — Right-hander Tyler Thornburg and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a $2.05 million, one-year contract that avoided arbitration and matched his 2017 salary.
The 29-year-old missed last season with a right shoulder impingement after the Red Sox acquired him from Milwaukee on Dec. 6. He was 14-9 with a 2.87 ERA in his five-year career with the Brewers.
BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox say reliever Tyler Thornburg will have season-ending right shoulder surgery.
Boston says the right-hander will be treated in St. Louis for thoracic outlet syndrome. The condition results from the compression of nerves or blood vessels between the neck and the armpit.
Thornburg has not pitched for Boston since he was acquired in an offseason trade with the Brewers for Travis Shaw.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers think they could have stability at the infield corners for the first time in a few years with Eric Thames at first and Travis Shaw at third.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Joakim Soria shouldn't have any issue with confidence, not with 202 career saves.
Yet when he returned to Kansas City last season, given a $25 million, three-year deal to serve as the primary setup man for closer Wade Davis, his confidence appeared to be precisely the problem.
A team-by-team look at the American League East entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Boston Red Sox
Manager: John Farrell (fifth season).
2016: 93-69, first place, lost to Cleveland in ALDS.
Training Town: Fort Myers, Florida.
Park: JetBlue Park.
First Workout: Feb. 14/17.
He's Here: LHP Chris Sale, RHP Tyler Thornburg, 1B Mitch Moreland.
BOSTON (AP) — Shortstop Xander Bogaerts agreed to a $4.5 million salary and outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to $3.6 million as seven Boston players avoided arbitration by agreeing to one-year deals with the Red Sox.
Boston also reached agreements with infielder Brock Holt ($1.95 million), catcher Sandy Leon ($1.3 million) and pitchers Joe Kelly ($2.8 million), Robbie Ross Jr. ($1,825,000) and Tyler Thornburg ($2.05 million).
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Boston's Dave Dombrowski walked up to Brian Cashman outside the room where the winter meeting draft was about to start Thursday and gave the Yankees general manager a slap on the back.
"You're so kind to stop by and say hello to us little guys," the New York general manager teased.
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Cubs could use a closer, maybe someone like Wade Davis. Texas needs a center fielder, and most every team wants an extra arm.
So now that Chris Sale got traded, baseball executives are trying to figure out who's next.
Andrew McCutchen is still available, perhaps the Tigers really would deal Miguel Cabrera or Justin Verlander, and Cincinnati speedster Billy Hamilton might be on the move.
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Even before landing Chris Sale, the Boston Red Sox got the man they wanted — a setup man, in fact.
The AL East champions locked down their eighth-inning spot Tuesday, acquiring right-hander Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers in a package that included infielder Travis Shaw.
Relief pitchers have been a main focus across the majors this offseason, and Thornburg was the centerpiece in the first trade at baseball's winter meetings.
DENVER (AP) — Andrew Susac's first homer of the season came on his final swing. Not a bad way to head into the winter.
Not a bad for Milwaukee to wrap up the season, either, as the catcher's two-run drive in the 10th inning lifted the Brewers over the Colorado Rockies 6-4 in the finale Sunday.
"I wanted to do anything to help this team," said Susac, who was acquired from San Francisco on Aug. 1. "It's tough to do when you don't play."
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Carter homered, Ryan Braun delivered a late clutch hit and the Milwaukee Brewers turned their second triple play of the season in a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
Carter hit his 38th home run of the season leading off the second against Anthony DeSclafani (8-4).
Jose Peraza put the Reds in front with a three-run homer with one out in the fifth off Milwaukee starter Zach Davies.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Carter hit his 37th home run, matching his career high, and Scooter Gennett sliced an opposite-field, two run homer to help the Milwaukee Brewers avoid another sweep at Miller Park by the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 3-1 win Thursday night.
Pittsburgh entered 3 1/2 games back of New York, St. Louis and San Francisco, all tied for the NL wild-card lead.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers faced the Chicago Cubs' best on Sunday and came away with a series victory over the NL Central champions.
Wily Peralta pitched six innings of one-run ball and Milwaukee scored twice against MLB ERA leader Kyle Hendricks while beating the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Sunday.
Tyler Thornburg struck out Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo with two on to earn his 11th save in 16 chances.
CHICAGO (AP) — Scooter Gennett and the Milwaukee Brewers scuttled the Chicago Cubs' plans for a big party.
Gennett broke a seventh-inning tie when he drove in two runs with a pinch-hit double, and the Brewers spoiled the Cubs' first chance to clinch the NL Central title with a 5-4 victory Thursday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A one-run loss to the Milwaukee Brewers left Kolten Wong and the St. Louis Cardinals frustrated.
Ryan Braun hit a solo home run in the ninth inning, leading the Brewers to a 2-1 win Sunday and dropped the Cardinals back in the NL wild-card race. They are a half-game behind the Mets for the second wild-card slot.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — With the Milwaukee Brewers clinging to a one-run lead with one out in the ninth, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo drove a ball to deep center field off closer Tyler Thornburg.
Drifting back, outfielder Keon Broxton timed his leaped and stretched above the wall to make the catch.
Broxton pumped his fist as he landed and Thornburg then got the final out to preserve Milwaukee's 2-1 victory Wednesday night.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jonathan Villar hit two home runs and Keon Broxton robbed Anthony Rizzo of a homer in the ninth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Milwaukee, which took two of three in the series, got its first hit when Villar homered leading off the fourth. Villar homered again off Joe Smith (1-1), the sixth Chicago pitcher, leading off the eighth.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered and Matt Garza pitched into the eighth inning, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-1 victory Wednesday night, ending a six-game losing streak.
Nieuwenhuis belted a three-run homer off Luke Weaver (1-2) in the third inning.
Garza (5-6) turned in his longest outing of the season, giving up one run and three hits in seven-plus innings while walking two and striking out eight.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brewers seemed to make more mistakes than contact Monday night.
Jonathan Villar let in the winning run with a throwing error and Milwaukee set a franchise record for a nine-inning game with 19 strikeouts, allowing the St. Louis Cardinals to escape with a 6-5 victory.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Stephen Piscotty watched Jonathan Villar's throw skid past first base, then sprinted 180 feet to give the St. Louis Cardinals a victory.
Piscotty scored on a throwing error in the ninth inning after Carlos Martinez struck out a career-high 13, leading the Cardinals over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 on Monday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking homer in his return to the lineup, Zach Davies won for the ninth time in 10 decisions and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Davies (9-4) limited the Padres to two runs and six hits over 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander, who struck out four and walked two, won his third straight start.
Tyler Thornburg worked the ninth for his third save, one day after the Brewers traded closer Jeremy...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Milwaukee second baseman Scooter Gennett saw Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison chugging for third leading off the bottom of the ninth in a tie game on Tuesday night and did some quick math.
"In that play, especially with no outs there, we're trying to get that guy out," Gennett said. "A runner on third with no outs is not very good. I took a chance at it."
One that didn't work out for the struggling Brewers. Gennett's relay throw skipped by teammate...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Harrison tripled leading off the bottom of the ninth and scored when the throw from the outfield skipped past Milwaukee third baseman Hernan Perez and out of play to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.
Perez's RBI single off Pittsburgh All-Star closer Mark Melancon with two outs in the ninth tied the game, but the tie was short-lived. Harrison's drive off Tyler Thornburg was just out of the reach of Milwaukee center fielder...