Oh, There Are American Players Available, Too?

J.D. Drew is a free agent. Theo Epstein lists among the Sox’ needs a right fielder. A fit? Possibly.

If the Sox sign Drew, who puts up numbers consistently in line with what trot Nixon did during his peak year, what do they do with Wily Mo Pena? Move him to center, where he’s a better fielder, and trade Crisp? But who could they get for Crisp, considering the injury and poor production? Move Pena to left and trade Manny? Trade Pena and give up the only under-30 slugger above A-ball in their organization?

I like the concept of a Drew signing, but I don’t like the realities involved.

13 comments… add one
  • Wily Mo is a talented player, but he is still a project. I say you sign Drew, keep Crisp in center, keep Manny, and use Pena as fourth outfielder off the bench.

    Nick-YF November 10, 2006, 11:39 am
  • I don’t like Drew. He’s injury-prone as hell. Maybe I’m biased.

    Lar November 10, 2006, 11:41 am
  • How much time has Drew missed the last two seasons?
    What are the stats on “injury-prone” guys in their early 30s? Do guys get more durable or less durable at that point in their career?
    Someone page Will Carroll…

    SF November 10, 2006, 12:27 pm
  • I agree with Nick-YF, as far as keeping Manny, Crisp and using Wily Mo as the 4th outfielder, but I don’t know if Drew is the answer, but if not him, who?
    Prediction: I think we are going to a nice uptick from Crisp next year.

    LocklandSF November 10, 2006, 12:39 pm
  • The problem with keeping WMP as a fourth is that it was pretty clear from this past season that he does much better when given daily work. His offense and defense both declined with the return of Trot and sporadic playing time.
    Given nearly the full middle months of the season, he cut down on his Ks and cut down on the embarrassing outfield mistakes.
    He is still a project, but it seems clear to me that he’s an on-the-job learner (who can hit you 35 home runs WHILE HE’S LEARNING)…

    Paul SF November 10, 2006, 12:48 pm
  • ESPN is reporting that the Boston Red Sox may have topped the bidding for Daisuke Matsuzaka with a 38-45 million dollar bid, this is according to ESPNs Buster Olney who cited a source within MLB.

    TJ November 10, 2006, 1:47 pm
  • If true, this sounds like a ploy to take away the Yankees’ chances at getting him. Do they seriously think that this guy is worth nearly $90M, once you calculate in salary? Seems like the Sox are just buying Matsuzaka a plane ticket back to Seibu.

    SF November 10, 2006, 1:55 pm
  • If the sox had the top bid and fail to sign him in 30 days does the japanese team get to repost him? or wait til next year?

    TJ November 10, 2006, 1:57 pm
  • SF, exactly what I was thinking. One thing I’ve read is that Seibu can pass on the highest bid if they think it’s not good faith. Maybe this explains the wait? But, it would be a clever strategy on the part of the Sox if true.

    Nick-YF November 10, 2006, 1:57 pm
  • TJ, I believe he’d play another year in Japan and then be a free agent next season.

    Nick-YF November 10, 2006, 1:58 pm
  • There’s no reason for Seibu to reject it though, right? As I understand it, if they don’t sign, the result is the same as if they rejected outright..
    It might also screw BoSox for years to come with Asian players, if it’s only to just take away the Yank’s chance.
    Not to mention it’ll only work for this year – he’ll be a free agent next season..

    Lar November 10, 2006, 2:03 pm
  • While we’re at it, since it might be important, does anyone know much about Kei Igawa?

    Lar November 10, 2006, 2:05 pm
  • Keith Foulke declined his option, becomes free agent.

    TJ November 10, 2006, 2:14 pm

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