Let’s start the week with a little rumor-mongering.
Nick Cafardo in his Sunday baseball column mentions the Sox are likely to trade Coco Crisp:
Theo Epstein is bound to receive inquiries on Coco Crisp at this week’s general managers’ meetings in Orlando. The Red Sox are sitting pretty with Jacoby Ellsbury ready to take over, and Crisp is seen as major trade bait, with many teams in need of a center fielder.
Nothing new there. But a couple other paragraphs caught my eye:
In the AL Central, look for the White Sox to dangle pitching – Jose Contreras and/or Jon Garland – to get help in center field, left field, or shortstop …
The A’s might blow it up and rebuild, which would make righthanders Joe Blanton and Dan Haren available
Nearly everyone thinks the Red Sox won’t re-sign Curt Schilling, which would leave the Sox’ starting rotation a bit shallow (unless you’re just superthrilled about the prospect of Julian Tavarez backing up a rotation made 60 percent of rookies and Tim Wakefield). What better to flesh it out with than a 28-year-old, durable righty coming off a season viewed as subpar but was in fact one of the best of his career, or a 27-year-old, also durable righty coming off far and away the best season of his career (and I could be talking about either Oakland starter, couldn’t I)?
Coco Crisp alone isn’t bringing Garland, Haren or Blanton. But if pitching of that caliber is actually made available by teams seeking center fielders, surely his relative youth, cheap contract and Gold Glove-caliber defense could be used as key selling points for a deal that could include one or two mid- to high-tier prospects.
It’s certainly an option worth considering.