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Red Sox to hire Rays SVP Chaim Bloom as new head of baseball operations
Theo Epstein, Ben Cherington, Dave Dombrowski and now Chaim Bloom. The Red Sox will hire Bloom, the 36-year-old senior vice president of baseball operations with the Tampa Bay Rays, as their next head of baseball operations. The news was first reported by the New York Post on Friday evening. The Red Sox had not announced it officially as of Friday evening and league rules restrict teams from breaking news during the World Series, but an industry source indicated an announcement could occur as soon as this weekend.
that the team has not yet engaged in extension talks with , saying, “I’m sure we’ll have conversations at the appropriate time.”
The time matters based on everything Kennedy and other Red Sox officials have said about the team’s payroll plans this winter.
The Red Sox have said that they want to cut payroll in order to get the team below the Competitive Balance Tax threshold and said that doing so while keeping bothand Mookie Betts would be “difficult.” Martinez just declined to exercise an opt-out clause on his contract, so he’s not goina anywhere. Betts is entering his last year of arbitration where he’ll likely get a substantial raise over and above the $20 million he made in 2019, which would make their payroll plans pretty difficult.
NHL, NHLPA still discussing league's participation in Olympics
As collective bargaining continues to progress between the NHL and NHLPA, one of the major issues still in discussions is the league’s participation in the Olympics. The NHL notably sat out the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the owners’ complaints included the extended break in the league season, the injury risk to star players, and the lack of value in the locale. With the first two arguments unchanging and the next two Games being held in Beijing, China and Milan, Italy, it is unlikely that the NHL Board has changed their stance on Olympic participation.
The only real alternative that would keep the club’s payroll wishes in order would be a long-term deal that is at least somewhat backloaded, thereby reining in 2020 payroll somewhat. To get Betts to agree to such a thing, one would assume, would take some doing which, in turn, would take some time, and as Kennedy said, they haven’t begun discussions yet.
I suppose another alternative is to simply trade Betts — many are speculating that the Sox will at least entertain the idea — but the team would certainly take a massive P.R. hit if they were to trade the best position player they’ve developed in, oh, 50 or 60 years. But hey, if one of the richest sports franchises on Planet Earth is determined to get under the CBT for its own sake, P.R. is obviously not high on their list of priorities.
Chicago teachers' strike enters another week after talks fail
Chicago teachers' strike enters another week after talks failEach side blamed the other for the impasse in the United States' third-largest school district, where the strike began on Oct. 17, and the union, which represents the city's 25,000 teachers, has been without a contract since July 1.
The upcoming state-of-the-art performing arts center from Fenway Sports Group Real Estate (a subsidiary of Fenway Sports Group) previously known as “Fenway Theater” will now be called MGM Music Hall at Fenway, thanks to MGM Resorts International joining the project as a naming rights partner . . . In a press release, MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren said that with Red Sox games inside the park and performances next door at MGM Music Hall, visitors to Lansdowne Street would be able to enjoy “unforgettable experiences on both sides of the world-famous Green Monster.”
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Dayton gunman’s friend expected to plead to unrelated counts .
A friend of the gunman in the deadly Dayton mass shooting is expected to plead guilty to unrelated federal firearms charges. Court documents show 24-year-old Ethan Kollie will be in court Wednesday. No details of his plea agreement have been disclosed.
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