Rumor Central

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?

14 comments… add one

  • Since when did the Nats become the Yankees, the team that swoops in and overpays for over-30 players?

    Atheose - SF December 7, 2010, 10:49 am
  • > when did the Nats become the Yankees
    Since they signed on with a new D.C.-based reality show called “Keeping Up With The Snyders.”

    attackgerbil December 7, 2010, 11:57 am
  • …..and just that quickly, the internets are reporting the Nats are out on Cliff Lee. Oh, the hotstove, never a dull moment.

    sam-YF December 7, 2010, 12:00 pm
  • Just sign Lee and Crawford and get it over with already…jeez.

    krueg December 7, 2010, 12:17 pm
  • I think it makes more sense to trade for Upton than it does to sign crawford.
    If they sign Lee, they’re going to have Lee, CC, Hughes, and Burnett locked up anyhow, so why not get rid of two of the “killer B’s” (as you guys call them) and Romine for a better/just as good outfielder?

    Brad December 7, 2010, 4:26 pm
  • Oh for sure…trading for Upton would be epic but from what I read, he is off the table I think. Not to mention, it’s better to grab free agents and keep your prospects I think. Hopefully Montero shows that wisdom in that thinking this year!
    If we could get Lee and Crawford, then trade either Gardner or Swish…I would like to see Granderson stay, plus CC 2.0 and whoever isn’t traded. Maybe get a solid pitcher with the odd man out?

    krueg December 7, 2010, 5:11 pm
  • Did anyone else watch the Jeter presser? He said he was “angry” about the process, but seemed to mean what the media was reporting, not at the Yankees per se.
    Now I’m reading all these writers saying that he shouldn’t be angry at the Yankees or should be angry at the Yankees…but I don’t think that’s what he actually said?
    Thoughts?

    krueg December 7, 2010, 9:34 pm
  • Jeter said he was angry that the dealings were so public; the last time he signed a deal (in 2000) it was quiet until they actually announced the deal. This time the media was speculating on the offer Jeter supposedly wanted, calling him outrageous, etc.
    Jeter has always been a quiet, private person off the field, so I completely understand his anger.

    Atheose - SF December 8, 2010, 7:56 am
  • Jeter is getting paid twice as much to stay in NY as he would be to leave. “Angry” should have been the last thing he threw out there. To be fair, it was HIS AGENT that started the entire media buzz about the contract.
    He doesn’t have a reason to be angry at all. He was asking for an absurd amount of money and years, the Yankees stood their ground, and in the end, everyone got a little closer to what they wanted.
    If I were Hank/Cashman, I would have treated this the same way (sans the actual cave at the end). As soon as the agent made those stupid “confused by the Yankees” comments, I would have put out the “can you believe what this guy is asking for…we hope sensible people understand” rhetoric, and in the end, to anyone other than the blinder wearing fanboys, it worked.
    Jeter should be estatic, not angry. But, I’m sure he’ll get glad in the same panties he got mad in.

    Brad December 8, 2010, 8:16 am
  • From the Boston Globe: [Cafardo]
    heard conflicting reports, but it appears that the Red Sox are at least discussing Beltran for their outfield. The 33-year-old outfielder is owed $18.5 million in 2011, so the Mets would likely have to cover a large part of his salary in order to get a deal done. Ultimately, they could receive more in return if Beltran proves his knee is healthy during the early part of the season.
    To me, this makes more sense than Magglio Ordonez. If the Mets would pay half, and then take Kalish or Ellsbury while eating some of the contract (10M), this is a good deal. Beltran, of all the outfielders available to them now, definitely has the highest impact upside right now if he’s healthy. A healthy Beltran in Fenway hitting between AGon and Ortiz would be amazing to watch.

    Brad December 8, 2010, 8:30 am
  • No, I get that he is angry and why…I meant more the target of that anger. It seemed to me the press was trying to say he was angry at the Yankees specifically for where it all went, but like Brad said it seemed like his agent was the first person to say something…and he was seemingly angry at the press.
    I don’t want to beat a dead horse here.

    krueg December 8, 2010, 9:40 am
  • Cafardo wants to trade Kalish or Ellsbury for Beltran? Seriously? What a terrible idea. The Sox wouldn’t include them in a trade for Adrian freaking Gonzalez. Beltran would be a salary dump for the Mets and, as such, the Sox shouldn’t have to give up something of such significant value. I’d do a Scutaro-for-Beltran trade in a second though.

    Paul SF December 8, 2010, 9:45 am
  • FWWI, I was advocating for Beltran, not trading away Ellsbury or Kalish.
    But, on that issue, Francona just said that Ellsbury is still having back pain near his “broken ribs” that he’s still dealing with, but should be fine by spring trainging.
    Are you kidding me?

    Brad December 8, 2010, 10:39 am
  • That should read: for what it’s worth…not For World War One.

    Brad December 8, 2010, 10:41 am

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