Oh, There’s News Going On?

We've been slightly obsessed with the impending election, and it turns out there are some interesting baseball-related things of which to take note:

  • There are lots of reports describing the Red Sox' interest in Mark Teixeira, a player I think should be the Sox' No. 1 priority this offseason. They don't necessarily agree on how deep the Sox' interest is — or, for that matter, how deep the Yankees' interest is, which could affect most dramatically the Sox' chances of landing him.
  • Kevin Youkilis won the Hank Aaron Award as the league's best hitter. I won't say he didn't deserve it, but Alex Rodriguez and Milton Bradley may have raised their eyebrows when the award was announced.
  • Luis Alicea was the only Sox coach let go by Terry Francona — a surprise to him, and a surprise to me, too. The Sox' infield defense has been solid under his watch, particularly that of the kids — Dustin Pedroia and Jed Lowrie.
  • Lowrie, it turns out, played since May with a fractured wrist, which helps explain his increasingly poor numbers as it went on.  
  • From the New York Post, speculation that the Yankees want Manny Ramirez so he can play right field. Although I think this is so much all-natural fertilizer, let me just say: "Please, please, please, please, pleeaaase God let this happen. 
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  • Is Manny in RF such a bad idea for the Yankees? IIRC, right is the smaller field in Yankee Stadium, and he does have a strong and accurate arm when he does get to the ball.

    Jason Seaver October 30, 2008, 1:39 pm
  • Manny in right field would be a hoot! He does have that quick release thing going for him when he does ramble over to the ball. Maybe the plan is to keep Damon in center and utilize Manny as his personal cut-off man? I kid.

    dw (sf) October 30, 2008, 2:06 pm
  • Manny and Girardi; that would be interesting. like oil and vinegar. or maybe fire and nitroglycerin. i’m not sure what the yanks need this offseason. teixeira would be nice, but that still leaves all kinds of issues. news that phil franchise has been getting lit up in the afl is really not so good. probably shoulda made that santana deal last year!

    YF October 30, 2008, 2:27 pm
  • I really dont see how the Sox can sign Tiexeira if doing so is dependent on moving Lowell. I feel that Lowell is basically untradeable as the sox would both need to pick up part of his contract AND convince him to waive is no-trade. While the former may be doable, I dont see how the later can happen. Players put these in their contracts for a reason and I really cant imagine any situation in which Lowell would just waive this without proper financial compensation. We’ll see what happens the sox FO is certainly shown itself to be creative over the years.
    I do believe he should be the yankees top target ahead of starting pitching. The offense sputtered last year and will be 1 year older and missing a few key bats in 09. Teix seems like a perfect fit…

    Sam-YF October 30, 2008, 3:01 pm
  • the sox would both need to pick up part of his contract AND convince him to waive is no-trade
    That’s easy enough, Sam. Tell Lowell that while they appreciate all he’s done for them, they’ve gone in a new direction re: 3b. They want to trade him to a team that can use his talents as a starter, if he’ll let them. If he’d prefer to remain in Boston, they would be happy to use his services as a 1B/3B backup.
    I think, given those choices, that Lowell will waive the clause, which is limited, according to baseball contract Web sites, though I’m not sure how limited.

    Paul SF October 30, 2008, 3:57 pm
  • hasn’t it been the sox policy to not include no-trade clauses? Surprising to hear Lowell may have one.

    dw (sf) October 30, 2008, 4:11 pm
  • I dont think its quite that easy Paul. Its pretty rare to see a player waive a no-trade without compensation. They ask for those clauses for the leverage they provide them. Why have it if you arent gonna use it? Further, unless the trade is made with one of only a few teams it would be a substantial downgrade from the Sox. I dont think Lowell would necessarily just take a trade to mediocre team so he can start.
    Do you think the sox would really sign Teixeria without trading Lowell? If so then maybe but if they feel the must move him I just dont see it happening. Lowell likely has too much leverage.

    Sam-YF October 30, 2008, 4:17 pm
  • Ken Rosenthal said yesterday that Lowell does not have a no trade clause, “Lowell, who is owed $24 million over the next two seasons, does not have a no-trade clause.”

    Lorimer - sf October 30, 2008, 4:17 pm
  • According to Cot’s contract, Lowell has “no-trade protection,” while MLB4U says Lowell has a “limited” no-trade clause.
    There’s no mention of a NTC in the Boston Globe story about his re-signing. So I confess I don’t know. Except that I trust Ken Rosenthal about as far as I can throw the computer when I read another of his poorly written columns.

    Paul SF October 30, 2008, 4:59 pm
  • The Yanks should sign Manny to play center field, and have clown music in the playing background during the inning.

    SoxFan October 30, 2008, 9:28 pm
  • Manny playing centerfield would need a constant Benny Hill soundtrack.

    AndrewYF October 31, 2008, 10:02 am
  • Paul – I read somewhere that the sox position is NTC – one of the reasons (among his other intangibles) they gave V-Tek the “C” (wouldn’t trade the Captain now would they?).
    Good thing you said throw a computer, cause Rosenthal probably weighs less, that guy is small!

    dw (sf) October 31, 2008, 11:18 am
  • and in some other news – the Sox excersized their option, so Wakefield will be back (and I assume then Cash as well)

    dw (sf) October 31, 2008, 12:06 pm
  • the Sox excersized their option, so Wakefield will be back (and I assume then Cash as well)
    This is the worst news I’ve gotten all day. What next, sign Varitek and Timlin again?

    Brad October 31, 2008, 12:19 pm
  • I don’t see how it’s bad news, Brad. Wake’s been league average or better the last eight years, and usually gives you 30 starts. For $4 million, that’s a steal.

    Brownie October 31, 2008, 1:56 pm
  • Anyone have any good costume ideas, the more offensive or funny the better?

    LocklandSF October 31, 2008, 3:30 pm
  • I’m happy to see Wake back. He’s a cheap, reliable #4/5 pitcher, as long as he’s not in the postseason. Not sure why you hate this deal Brad.
    Boras is pitching Jason Varitek as the Tigers’ next catcher. Sad face.

    Atheose October 31, 2008, 4:18 pm
  • Also, backup catcher Mark Wagner is looking good in the AFL. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind seeing Varitek come back with a 2/10 contract.
    Cafardo also thinks that Crisp is definitely getting moved this winter, and likes the idea of Rocco Baldelli or Gabe Kapler as the fourth outfielder. Ahhh, I love the hot stove season.

    Atheose October 31, 2008, 4:27 pm
  • I’m with Jason. Manny could handle RF in the new Stadium (same dimensions as old). And with his arm he’d be an upgrade over Abrue and with the bat too. Manny in Boston wasn’t representative of what he’s still capable of. Not LA either, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him put up a .950 OPS next year. In pinstripes that’s a stomach punch if there ever was one. Add to the fact that he’s the only Sox cap HOFer on both titles. Also won’t help us that his antics would distract the press from A-Rod and provide lineup protection for him. Ask Papi. Ugh.
    Speaking of which I see no reason to trade Lowell even if they sign Tex. Between Lowell and Papi they’d get a full season of at-bats. There’s no guarantee both would stay healthy. And if they’re both healthy, then there’s pop on the bench which they don’t have right now. Besides it’s hard to see how any one would take him, in the off-season without being able to see how he comes back. Or they’d want the Sox to pick up a big chunk of the salary. Keep Lowell. Maybe something by mid-season, especially if Lars shows he’s close.

    Dave SF October 31, 2008, 6:06 pm

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