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07:17 AM ET 08.16 | Red Sox GM Ben Cherington was asked Thursday for a scouting report on first baseman Jose Abreu. Cherington, however, could offer little information on Abreu, who will be eligible for unfettered free agency -- costing the team that acquires him only money rather than a draft pick. Abreu hit .382 with a .535 OBP, .735 slugging mark, 13 homers, 37 walks and 21 strikeouts in 42 games while playing for Cienfuegos in the Cuban Serie Nacional season. "I can't give you much of a scouting report," Cherington said of Abreu. "We just don't know him well enough yet. ... As with any player that comes out of Cuba and has a chance to help us, we'll certainly do the work that we need to do. In a few months, I may be able to answer that question better. But the numbers in Cuba certainly were impressive."

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August 16, 2013  08:05 AM ET
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Do I hear a bidding war?

I'm sure the Red Sox are the ONLY team looking at this guy..........

August 16, 2013  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm sure the Red Sox are the ONLY team looking at this guy..........

It would seem though that most other teams that could afford him already have first basemen locked up to long term contracts.

August 16, 2013  08:43 AM ET

"60 Minutes" has learned that members of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's inner circle in February obtained and leaked documents that implicated Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun as well as his own Yankees teammate, catcher Francisco Cervelli, in the doping scandal that has enveloped Major League Baseball.

The leak came just days after the weekly newspaper Miami New Times published documents in January detailing Rodriguez's pervasive use of performance enhancing drugs.

The handwritten documents of Anthony Bosch, the key witness in Major League Baseball's PED investigation, revealed comprehensive doping regimens that Bosch had engineered for a host of professional athletes. His cooperation with MLB has resulted in the suspension of Rodriguez and 13 other major league players.

Braun and Cervelli's names were redacted in the Miami New Times documents. Members of Rodriguez's camp at the time obtained unredacted versions and leaked them to Yahoo! Sports, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter. The unredacted documents also implicated Baltimore Oriole Danny Valencia, who MLB later investigated and cleared.

In a statement to "60 Minutes," Rodriguez lawyer David Cornwell said, "The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex -- this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game. While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues."

On July 22, Braun accepted a 65-game suspension for the remainder of the 2013 season for taking performance-enhancing drugs. And on Aug. 5, Cervelli, along with 11 other players, accepted a 50-game ban. MLB has suspended Rodriguez for 211 games. He is appealing.

All three of the unredacted documents leaked to Yahoo! Sports list Braun's name. One document shows Braun on a Bosch list along with Rodriguez, Cervelli, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and minor league pitcher Cesar Carrillo, all of whom have been suspended for PEDs.

August 16, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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"60 Minutes" has learned that members of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's inner circle in February obtained and leaked documents that implicated Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun as well as his own Yankees teammate, catcher Francisco Cervelli, in the doping scandal that has enveloped Major League Baseball.The leak came just days after the weekly newspaper Miami New Times published documents in January detailing Rodriguez's pervasive use of performance enhancing drugs.The handwritten documents of Anthony Bosch, the key witness in Major League Baseball's PED investigation, revealed comprehensive doping regimens that Bosch had engineered for a host of professional athletes. His cooperation with MLB has resulted in the suspension of Rodriguez and 13 other major league players.Braun and Cervelli's names were redacted in the Miami New Times documents. Members of Rodriguez's camp at the time obtained unredacted versions and leaked them to Yahoo! Sports, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter. The unredacted documents also implicated Baltimore Oriole Danny Valencia, who MLB later investigated and cleared.In a statement to "60 Minutes," Rodriguez lawyer David Cornwell said, "The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex -- this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game. While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues."On July 22, Braun accepted a 65-game suspension for the remainder of the 2013 season for taking performance-enhancing drugs. And on Aug. 5, Cervelli, along with 11 other players, accepted a 50-game ban. MLB has suspended Rodriguez for 211 games. He is appealing.All three of the unredacted documents leaked to Yahoo! Sports list Braun's name. One document shows Braun on a Bosch list along with Rodriguez, Cervelli, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and minor league pitcher Cesar Carrillo, all of whom have been suspended for PEDs.

It keeps getting nastier, and more weird.

August 16, 2013  08:57 AM ET

Red Sox need a 1st Base guy, and have the salary room to bid. Interesting off-season wait to see what evolves.

August 16, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

"60 Minutes" has learned that members of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's inner circle in February obtained and leaked documents that implicated Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun as well as his own Yankees teammate, catcher Francisco Cervelli, in the doping scandal that has enveloped Major League Baseball.The leak came just days after the weekly newspaper Miami New Times published documents in January detailing Rodriguez's pervasive use of performance enhancing drugs.The handwritten documents of Anthony Bosch, the key witness in Major League Baseball's PED investigation, revealed comprehensive doping regimens that Bosch had engineered for a host of professional athletes. His cooperation with MLB has resulted in the suspension of Rodriguez and 13 other major league players.Braun and Cervelli's names were redacted in the Miami New Times documents. Members of Rodriguez's camp at the time obtained unredacted versions and leaked them to Yahoo! Sports, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter. The unredacted documents also implicated Baltimore Oriole Danny Valencia, who MLB later investigated and cleared.In a statement to "60 Minutes," Rodriguez lawyer David Cornwell said, "The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex -- this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game. While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues."On July 22, Braun accepted a 65-game suspension for the remainder of the 2013 season for taking performance-enhancing drugs. And on Aug. 5, Cervelli, along with 11 other players, accepted a 50-game ban. MLB has suspended Rodriguez for 211 games. He is appealing.All three of the unredacted documents leaked to Yahoo! Sports list Braun's name. One document shows Braun on a Bosch list along with Rodriguez, Cervelli, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera and minor league pitcher Cesar Carrillo, all of whom have been suspended for PEDs.

I don't see how that changes anything. It sounds like they have pretty solid evidence he was doping. Under the CBA, that's 50 games, not 211.

August 16, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I don't see how that changes anything. It sounds like they have pretty solid evidence he was doping. Under the CBA, that's 50 games, not 211.

This is from the same article:

Baseball's collective bargaining agreement requires that any allegations of PED use are to first be dealt with privately before either the Commissioner's office or the Players Association makes any names public. The premature release of a player's name is a direct violation of the collective bargaining agreement.

60 Minutes says they have evidence that these names were released prior to being investigated.

August 16, 2013  09:43 AM ET

Should be rocking tonight at Fenway. Recover from the losses with the motivating factors of the Yankmee???s and Aroid.

August 16, 2013  09:59 AM ET

I doubt Jerry Remmy will be broadcasting the game tonight with his son up for murder

August 16, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I don't see how that changes anything. It sounds like they have pretty solid evidence he was doping. Under the CBA, that's 50 games, not 211.

But IF he was directly involved in the leak - they can drill him for even more....

August 16, 2013  10:08 AM ET

Clem seems pretty determined to make sure ALL of Baseball FN see's that 60 minutes write-up.....

August 16, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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Clem seems pretty determined to make sure ALL of Baseball FN see's that 60 minutes write-up.....

The issue will be - did Afraud O'Roid know. Just because it is his "inner circle" doesn't mean they can prove he was involved. Keeping my own thought private on what I really think.....

August 16, 2013  10:11 AM ET

Is this going to be the TotD?

August 16, 2013  10:12 AM ET

We can talk about the piece of cow dung Marlins owner who has planted any hopes of another team getting a new stadium in the refuse pile....

August 16, 2013  10:12 AM ET

Or the impressive Jose Iglesias's glove and fielding prowess....

August 16, 2013  10:13 AM ET

Or even that McGwire was even worried about the cohesion of the LAD in the early part of the season.

August 16, 2013  10:14 AM ET

Or better yet - the incessant chatter of how unions suck, and corporations suck, and anything else American based "sucks".........


<waits for national pride to raise it's head.....>

August 16, 2013  10:14 AM ET

Or the Million Muslim march....

 
August 16, 2013  10:15 AM ET

Any takers?

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