The Mariners lock up King Felix for five more years. You might recall the rumors from the past trade deadline linking the Sox to the young ace. It looks like it isn't meant to happen until, maybe, four or five years from now.
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
Thursday, December 10th, 2009
Max Ramirez that is.
The Mike Lowell era ends as the Sox appear on the verge of moving the veteran for former catching prospect Max Ramirez. Reports say the Sox will pay a significant portion of Lowell's contract. Ramirez was a well regarded prospect just two years ago because of his strong hitting skills. Scouts do not and did not think much of his glove work. Still the fact the Sox could be eating as much as $9 million of Lowell's remaining contract suggests to me that they're high on Ramirez (interesting trend developing here, as the Sox appear to like many players with that very surname these days. Alas, the one they truly want plays with the fishes.) It also suggests the Sox want to clear a roster spot and some money for a corner infield pick up. Most people think the Sox want and will get Adrian Beltre. That would be a very good signing as the Sox were a poor fielding team last year and Beltre is among the best at the hot corner.
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
Cashman said the priorities this offseason were pitching, pitching, pitching…and then left field. So naturally he goes out and gets a center fielder. It appears (pending medicals) that Curtis Granderson is coming to the Bronx. The price is Austin Jackson, Ian Kennedy and Phil Coke.
Now Cashman just has to deal with that pitching, pitching, pitching…and left field.
Oh, those wild and crazy winter meetings…
The biggest rumor from yesterday's first day of the meetings was from FOX Sports, which reported that the Yanks, Diamondbacks and Tigers were discussing a large deal that would have sent Curtis Granderson to New York, Edwin Jackson to Arizona and a slew of prospects to Detroit. The Yanks would give up Ian Kennedy, Austin Jackson and Phil Coke.
Conflicting reports this morning on whether talks are still alive, but am I wrong in thinking that I, as a Red Sox fan, should be rooting for this trade to take place?
Things are quieter on the Red Sox front. The Sox made a couple minor signings, and Casey Kelly has decided to be a pitcher. More rumblings that the Sox would be happy platooning Jeremy Hermida and Josh Willingham, should he be available, in left, which is almost certainly a negotiating ploy.
Then there's this insight from Terry Francona about the Sox' unclear left-field situation:
I'm sure when we head down to Fort Myers we'll have a left fielder. We always do. They're really good about that. We're amazingly consistent in that every year we always have a left fielder, and I'm guessing we're going to have one this year, too.
Jacoby Ellsbury breathes a sigh of relief.
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
From the New York Daily News:
The Red Sox are "putting on a full-court press" to acquire Roy Halladay, according to a source, and are hoping to add the former Cy Young winner to the top of their rotation to go with Josh Beckett and Jon Lester.
"They would love to get it wrapped up before the winter meetings (beginning Dec. 7)," the source said of the Red Sox, who made a big push to deal for Halladay last summer. …
To land Halladay, Boston would likely have to give up Clay Buchholz, the organization's top young pitcher, as well as Casey Kelly, the pitcher/shortstop who signed with the Red Sox in 2008 after being recruited by Tennessee to play quarterback. Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is said to be smitten with Kelly, which could be a sticking point in talks with Toronto if Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos insists on the 20-year-old being included in a deal.
Thursday, August 27th, 2009
There's never a dull, administrative moment in this rivalry! Buster Olney reports:
When the New York Mets and Red Sox worked out a trade for left-handed reliever Billy Wagner earlier this week, Chris Carter, an outfielder-first baseman currently playing for Triple-A Pawtucket, became part of the deal as a player to be named headed to Boston, sources said. In preparation for the deal, the Red Sox placed Carter on waivers, with the intention of moving him on to the Mets.
But the Yankees, sources said, placed a claim on Carter — perhaps to create some 40-man roster discomfort for the Red Sox. In order to complete the Wagner trade, the Red Sox are now pulling Carter back from waivers, and for the rest of the year they must carry him on their 40-man roster.
And Boston may struggle to squeeze bodies onto its 40-man roster in September.
Meanwhile the Yanks are also interested in Brad Penny. The chances of him passing through waivers to the Yanks are slim since a few other teams seem interested. New York sees Penny as an improvement on their current fifth starter
Junichi Tazawa (zing!) Sergio Mitre.
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
It looks like the Sox are going to add a corner bat to their line-up. Theo has worked out another deal with Neal Huntington. This time he gets Adam LaRoche. It's not clear what Boston is giving back, although Clay Buchholz was seen weeping at his locker as he packed his bags (I kid). LaRoche has a good record of heating up in the second half.
Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
Does this mean the Yanks are a smart franchise? Before this most recent trade, Hinske played three seasons on three different teams run by general managers who went to ivy league schools. Boston is considered by many to be the brainiest of front offices, Tampa's management team is filled with sharp thinkers, and many analysts think Neal Huntington is going to turn things around in Pittsburgh. The Yanks give up a couple of prospects to add much-needed depth. Hinske can play the corner outfield and infield positions. I like this move given the plan to rest A-Rod regularly and Damon's recent injury issues. Hopefully, Hinske gets back some of the power he had last year.
Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
The Red Sox announced the signing of John Smoltz and introduced him to the media today. Smoltz offered up the same platitudes and yadayadayadas that most new acquisitions do, but with some humor, citing his unwavering support of the Detroit Lions as a sign of his loyalty.
The Sox and Diamondbacks continue to talk shop about Miguel Montero.
Derek Lowe agreed to a 4/60M contract with the Braves, smartly staying in the National League and dealing a double blow to the Mets, who have now missed out on a chance to bolster their rotation while a division rival improves theirs.
Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
Saturday, December 27th, 2008
ESPN reports that Randy Johnson has signed a 1 year, $8 million contract with the San Francisco Giants. Add him to Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain and that's a formidable front 3. The rest of the team, however, could use some work. Johnson is five games short of 300, and with the lineup SF will field, it might take him some time to reach the milestone. Maybe they should bring back Barry Bo and Jeff Kent; they could use the bats, and it sure would make for an interesting clubhouse—a little bit of Fallujah by the Bay.
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
Reports indicate the Yankee hot-stove spend-a-thon continues with an eight year, $180 million deal for the slugging first baseman. If true, Bombers clearly looking to break in the new stadium with a splash. Acquisition would almost certainly make them presumptive favorites for the World Series title. The NYT calls it a "blow" to the Red Sox. Yanks swept in to close deal after declaring themselves out of the picture.
Friday, December 19th, 2008
"We met with Mr. Teixeira and were very much impressed with him," Henry said. "After hearing about his other offers, however, it seems clear that we are not going to be a factor."
By now we have probably all seen John Henry's statement issued last night at 10:45 on the status of his visit to see a certain free agent. But this hasn't, as far as we've seen, been truly parsed. Let's take a stab at it.
We. Not much to see here. Maybe. Perhaps Henry is referring to those who travelled with him, but perhaps he is referring to the greater "we", as in "all white men" (the Sox have been accused of getting too white, after all), or "Americans", or "rich guys who own hedge funds, baseball teams, and private planes". Or, all three. We (as in "woefully distracted Red Sox bloggers") don't know. Let's move on.
Hmmm. I think this means they sat down with Boras and Teixeira, but part of me thinks it's just another provocation of the Yankees, a sly attempt to focus attention on the Bombers' crosstown rivals. It might even be a jab at the Wilpon's investments with a fraudulent hedge funder. Remains unclear.
"with Mr. Teixeira and were very much impressed with him".
Ass-kissing, pretty clearly. And come on, I know that the New York Times owns part of the Sox but what's with the "Mister" stuff? He's twenty-eight, not a village elder. And if you are going with "Mister", how can you have passed up a chance to truncate and reference "Mr. T"?
"After hearing about his other offers"
No attribution to where he heard about the other offers. We're supposed to assume it was directly from Boras, but there's no reference to the agent being the one who conveyed the information. And really, I wouldn't trust Boras to give me the truth about what kind of pizza he had last night, much less expect him to disclose a competing contract offer. My guess is that Henry "heard" about these offers from Nick Cafardo, who got them from an anonymous assistant to the Assistant GM, who gave him the information in an email typed in pig latin and then encoded in zapf dingbats.
"however, it seems clear that we are not going to be a factor"
Already having touched on the ambiguity of "we", let's go right for the big two-syllable guy at the end: "factor". Oh, and "not". "not a factor". Hmm. One would think of the first dictionary definition, which reads "one of the elements contributing to a particular result or situation". Seems clear enough. But I believe Henry is after something else. Reading further, one sees that "factor" can also be defined as "in biochemistry, any of certain substances necessary to a biochemical or physiological process, esp. those whose exact nature and function are unknown". So, Henry is more likely to be saying that the Sox "are not going to be a certain substance necessary to a biochemical or physiological process". Much, much more ambiguous than what one takes away at first reading and certainly a statement which leaves the Sox' chances for Teixeira hanging out there, not yet quashed. Keep hope alive!
So there you have it. An nod to caucasians, a reference to the Wilpon's financial entanglements with Bernie Madoff, some biochemistry, and a missed opportunity to weave in Clubber Lang. How did everyone miss this?
Thursday, December 18th, 2008
Two GMs who were involved in the Teixera talks both felt the Red Sox had a leg up.
"They have the highest offer on the table", said one of the GMs.
This Teixeira reporting continues to boggle our minds. Under what circumstance would a competing GM know another team's actual bid? We're sure Theo Epstein had been in deep, full disclosure discussions with Andy MacPhail and Brian Cashman. Because Scott Boras told them!? Or, alternatively, their underlings are spending quality time with each other discussing numbers over instant message. Or are we back to the days of collusion? Because to us that's one of the only circumstances under which this kind of information might be freely exchanged between GMs. And Cafardo has a whistleblower on his hand and doesn't even seem to know it.
Why does Cafardo approach this with zero skepticism? How can it be taken at face value that a competing GM knows the actual dollar amount of a major free agent contract offer?
Better question, why are we still reading this stuff?