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Sunday, 10 May 2015 03:49

Red Sox News and Notes: Mujica Traded, Craig Optioned, Players-Only Meeting

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Some late news and notes from the Boston Red Sox:

·         Edward Mujica, who was designated for assignment by the club on Thursday, has been traded to the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later or cash considerations.  Mujica had struggled in the Boston bullpen this season, giving up seven runs and 15 hits in 13.2 innings of work for a 4.61 ERA.  He had a 4.03 ERA in 75 appearances for the Sox over the last two seasons, as he was signed to a two-year, $9.5 million contract prior to the 2014 season.  The Sox will have a chance to see Mujica very soon, as the two teams face each other for a three-game series starting on Monday night in Oakland.

·         Allen Craig will be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket prior to Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, and the club will call up Jackie Bradley Jr. to replace Craig on the 25-man roster.  Craig has gotten off to an atrocious start to the season, batting just .146 in limited at-bats this year.  Craig cannot refuse the demotion to the minors, as he only has four years of service time and still has options left.  The team could look to trade Craig, but would probably have to absorb a large chunk of the $25 million left on his contract, which was originally signed by the St. Louis Cardinals.  Bradley Jr., who was the Red Sox' starting center fielder on Opening Day last season, is hitting .343 in Pawtucket this season with an on-base percentage of close to .400.  He could see playing time in either right field or center field, with the potential for Mookie Betts to be shifted over to right field while Shane Victorino is still rehabbing an injury.  Bradley Jr. hit just .198 in 127 games for Boston last season.

·         The Red Sox held a players-only meeting after Saturday afternoon's 7-1 loss to the Blue Jays, with David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia making strong comments to the media following the team's third straight loss.  Ortiz mentioned that the team needs to "keep on fighting all the way until October", and "play the game like it's the first day tomorrow and make sure that different things happen".  He also commented that if anyone is checked out that is going to be an issue soon, which may be a hint of how the locker room is dealing with the team's rough start to the season.  Pedroia was also vocal after the game, noting that you find out more about yourself and your team when they are going through these rough patches.

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Adam Belue

My name is Adam Belue, I'm from Fall River, MA, and I'm a sports fanatic.  I'll watch and write about just about any and every sport, even the fringe ones that aren't really sports like bowling, poker, and ultimate frisbee.  I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and a self-proclaimed New England Patriots hater (and proud of it!)... which makes my job in a sporting goods store quite interesting.  I'm a big fan of the other local teams (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics), along with the Alabama Crimson Tide and college football as a whole.  I may be a bit obsessed (or a lot obsessed) with Taylor Swift, and I've seen her in concert four times so far... some of the best times I've had by the way her concerts are quite the experience!  I'm also a huge tennis fan, and have played the sport for a good majority of my life.  I wish more people watched and appreciated tennis.  I'm currently a part of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox Beat Team on CLNS Radio, and post a weekly fantasy football and college football column during the season.