2020 Boston Red Sox season

The 2020 Boston Red Sox season will be the 120th season in the team's history, and their 109th season at Fenway Park. The team entered spring training with a new leader in baseball operations, Chaim Bloom, and a new field manager, Ron Roenicke.

2020 Boston Red Sox
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Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)John W. Henry (Fenway Sports Group)
President of Baseball OperationsChaim Bloom (Chief Baseball Officer)
General manager(s)Brian O'Halloran
Manager(s)Ron Roenicke (interim)
Local televisionNESN
Local radioWEEI-FM
Boston Red Sox Radio Network
(Joe Castiglione & rotation of Will Flemming, Sean McDonough, and Lou Merloni)[1]
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On March 12, 2020, MLB announced that because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the start of the regular season would be delayed by at least two weeks in addition to the remainder of spring training being cancelled.[2] Four days later, it was announced that the start of the season would be pushed back indefinitely due to the recommendation made by the CDC to restrict events of more than 50 people for eight weeks.[3]

OffseasonEdit

The team completed its 2019 season with interim executive leadership, as Brian O'Halloran, Eddie Romero, Zack Scott, and Raquel Ferreira oversaw baseball operations following the September 9 dismissal of Dave Dombrowski, president of baseball operations.[4] As the season came to a close, principal owner John W. Henry and chairman Tom Werner stated that they want the team to get its payroll under the Major League Baseball luxury tax threshold.[5] The team's 2019 payroll of $243 million was $37 million over the $206 million threshold, resulting in the team paying $13 million in luxury tax.[5] The 2020 threshold will be $208 million.[5]

October 2019

October 2019Edit

November 2019

November 2019Edit

December 2019

December 2019Edit

January 2020

January 2020Edit

  • On January 2, the team signed catcher Kevin Plawecki, while Sam Travis was designated for assignment.[37] Travis cleared waivers, and was sent outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.[38]
  • On January 7, The Athletic published a report alleging that the 2018 Red Sox broke MLB rules by using a video replay room during regular season games to decipher the signs of opposing catchers, according to three unnamed sources who were with the team that year.[39]
  • On January 10, it was reported that the team reached agreement with multiple arbitration-eligible players for the 2020 season: Matt Barnes, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Heath Hembree, and Brandon Workman.[40]
  • On January 10, the Red Sox acquired pitcher Austin Brice from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league second baseman Angeudis Santos.[37] In a corresponding move, Marco Hernández was designated for assignment; he was sent outright to Pawtucket on January 16.[37]
  • On January 13, MLB's findings regarding the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal were announced, including that Boston manager Alex Cora—who was bench coach for the 2017 Astros—"was the only non-player involved in the subterfuge", raising the possibility that Cora may also face discipline from MLB.[41]
  • On January 14, the Red Sox and Cora mutually agreed to part ways.[42]
  • On January 15, the team traded Sam Travis to the Texas Rangers in exchange for pitcher Jeffrey Springs; to create room on the 40-man roster, Bobby Poyner was designated for assignment.[43]
  • On January 17, the team acquired pitcher Matt Hall from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for minor league catcher Jhon Nuñez.[44] In a corresponding move, Travis Lakins was designated for assignment.[37]
  • On January 21, Lakins was traded to the Chicago Cubs for future considerations, and Poyner was assigned outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.[37]
  • On January 28, the team re-signed Mitch Moreland to a one-year contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, Denyi Reyes was designated for assignment;[37] he was later sent outright to Pawtucket.[45]
February 2020

February 2020Edit

Spring training

March 2020Edit

  • On March 5, the team signed Collin McHugh to a one-year contract; in a corresponding move, Héctor Velázquez was designated for assignment.[53]
  • On March 8, Velázquez was claimed off of waivers by the Baltimore Orioles.[54]
  • On March 12, MLB cancelled remaining spring training games and announced that the start of the regular season would be delayed by at least two weeks, due to the coronavirus pandemic.[55] Four days later, the start of the season was moved back to at least mid-May.[56]
  • On March 19, the team announced that Chris Sale would undergo Tommy John surgery.[57]
  • On March 27, roster moves were frozen until the start of the season, as part of an agreement reached between MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA).[58]
  • On March 30, the team announced that Sale successfully underwent Tommy John surgery in Los Angeles.[59]

Regular seasonEdit

Note that the following schedule dates were set by MLB[60][61] prior to the March 12 announcement delaying the start of the regular season.[55] New schedule dates are TBD.

Season standingsEdit

American League EastEdit

American League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 0 0 -nan 0–0 0–0
Boston Red Sox 0 0 -nan 0–0 0–0
New York Yankees 0 0 -nan 0–0 0–0
Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 -nan 0–0 0–0
Toronto Blue Jays 0 0 -nan 0–0 0–0


American League Wild CardEdit

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Baltimore Orioles 0 0 -nan
Chicago White Sox 0 0 -nan
Houston Astros 0 0 -nan


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Boston Red Sox 0 0 -nan
Cleveland Indians 0 0 -nan
Detroit Tigers 0 0 -nan
Kansas City Royals 0 0 -nan
Los Angeles Angels 0 0 -nan
Minnesota Twins 0 0 -nan
New York Yankees 0 0 -nan
Oakland Athletics 0 0 -nan
Seattle Mariners 0 0 -nan
Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 -nan
Texas Rangers 0 0 -nan
Toronto Blue Jays 0 0 -nan


Record against opponentsEdit

2020 American League Records

Source: AL Standings Head-to-head
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET HOU KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Boston 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Chicago 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Cleveland 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Detroit 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Houston 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Kansas City 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Los Angeles 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Minnesota 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
New York 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Oakland 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Seattle 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Tampa Bay 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Texas 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Toronto 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0

Updated with the results of all games through xxx xx, 2020.


Game logEdit

The following schedule was set by MLB[60] prior to the March 12 announcement delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.[55] This section will be updated once MLB releases a new schedule.

Red Sox Win Red Sox Loss Game Postponed
2020 Boston Red Sox Season Game Log: 0–0 (Home: 0–0; Away: 0–0)

Current rosterEdit

Boston Red Sox 2020 spring training roster
40-man roster Non-roster invitees Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated hitters

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches

60-day injured list


28 active, 12 inactive, 15 non-roster invitees

  7-, 10-, or 15-day injured list
* Not on active roster
Suspended list
Roster, coaches, and NRIs updated March 26, 2020
Transactions Depth Chart
All MLB rosters

Farm systemEdit

Minor league managerial assignments were announced by the Red Sox on January 16, 2020.[62] The only change from the prior season was Sandy Madera, named to manage one of the Dominican Summer League teams.

In March 2020, MLB Pipeline ranked the Red Sox' farm system 25th, in their evaluation of the minor league organizations of all 30 MLB teams.[63]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Billy McMillon
AA Portland Sea Dogs Eastern League Joe Oliver
A-Advanced Salem Red Sox Carolina League Corey Wimberly
A Greenville Drive South Atlantic League Iggy Suarez
A-Short Season Lowell Spinners New York–Penn League Luke Montz
Rookie GCL Red Sox Gulf Coast League Tom Kotchman
Rookie DSL Red Sox 1 Dominican Summer League Ozzie Chavez
Rookie DSL Red Sox 2 Dominican Summer League Sandy Madera

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