Enough rumors going around to fill a blog, so here's a roundup of the Sox- and Yanks-related ones. Use this thread to post additional rumors or action and to comment on these:
- The Red Sox may be willing to give up their first-round pick for Scott Downs, but not Grant Balfour. Downs has been awesome since 2007, and he's a lefty, and the Sox were rumored to be trying to acquire him at the trade deadline this year. It makes sense to get him, especially since the Sox will have five high draft picks anyway. The Sox are also interested in Matt Guerrier, Brian Fuentes and Koji Uehara. Epstein made clear yesterday his No. 1 priority for the team going forward is the bullpen.
- Nevertheless, the Sox have also reportedly expressed interest in Magglio Ordonez as one of those complementary right-handed bats Theo mentioned.
- The Yankees will offer six, but not seven, years for Cliff Lee — at this point, anyway. But Rosenthal says there's a team that plans to make a seven-year offer to Lee. Would anyone be surprised if it was the Nationals? Buster Olney says nope. What do the Yanks do if they lose out on Lee? Or will they allow that to happen, even if it requires an insane, seven-year deal to a pitcher who will turn 33 near the end of the first year of his contract?