6:04pm EST: Theo Epstein doesn’t expect any kind of blockbuster move
before the meetings end, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com. Epstein
– “I don’t think we’ll make a blockbuster between now and (leaving) …
Something small could come up.” Also, talks haven’t progressed with
Jason Bay‘s representatives. Epstein – “Those guys are off doing their
According to Alex, Adrian Gonzalez will likely be a Padre in 2010 –
Bud Black says “Do I anticipate him being with the club in 2010?
The Red Sox reportedly met with Scott Boras, with one item on the menu
being Matt Holliday, however Jason Bay is still the club’s first choice.
Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox are discussing a
deal that would send Mike Lowell to Texas. Who would be coming to
Beantown at this point is suggested to be catching prospect Max
Ramirez. The deal is reported as “not close”, but is starting to heat up. As
expected, Boston’s front office would have to front a bill for a significant majority
of Lowell’s 2010 contract. Mike has also been rumored to be on the block to go
to the Cubs for Milton Bradley, although that seems rather unlikely. So
unlikely, in fact, that Ian Browne has called shenanigans on the idea.
Multiple sources report that the Red Sox have a significant interest in free agent
Adrian Beltre. Because Mike Lowell will probably be traded to a team
such as Texas, a deal for Beltre is not only a real possibility, but almost a
requirement for Boston to keep a strong offense in 2010. However, Beltre’s agent
is Scott Boras, so expect life to be a relative hell in the coming weeks. The Giants
were originally thought of as being potential suitors of Beltre, but in reality they’re
looking for a short-term fix at first base and a center fielder, allowing them to
move Aaron Rowand to the corner infield.
Rob Bradford also reports that the Red Sox have not made any progress on a
Justin Duchscherer deal. They talked last on Sunday night. 11
other teams are reportedly interested in the pitcher. Maybe if the Red Sox sign
him, I’ll learn how to pronounce the Duke of Hurls’s real name properly.
- The Red Sox appear interested in Mike Cameron.
Red Sox were mentioned as forerunners for Rich Harden after he
mentioned he was willing to take a one year incentive-driven deal, but the
Rangers seemingly won the race.
- The Red Sox are not likely interested in Rafael Soriano.
Jayson Stark of ESPN says that the Red Sox have a couple teams they
could trade Mike Lowell to.
Low level interest in bringing back Coco Crisp. If you could sign him with
a clause in his contract stating that he has to get into a brawl every night with the
starting pitcher, I say go for it!
Ramon A. Ramirez claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay. Fabio
Castro signed to a one-year non-guaranteed contract.
Expect the Red Sox brass to be in Houston next week to watch Aroldis
Chapman‘s bullpen session, alongside the Yankees and Angels, at the very
The Winter Meetings have hit the half-way point – one blockbuster three-way trade is
all but signed, sealed, and delivered, and it looks as if the Yankees are going to steal
the show in Indy just like they did in Vegas the year before. The deal involving
Curtis Granderson to the Bronx adds a lot of intrigue to the meetings,
and most likely leaves Red Sox fans hoping for some form of retaliation.
Rewind to this time last year, where the Yankees took center stage by signing the two
biggest arms on the market in C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. That
later led to another Red Sox disappointment when another player went the way of
A-Rod after nearing a deal with Beantown but instead siding with the Yankees when
all was said and done – Mark Texeira. Three big deals for the Yankees, and
nothing to show for the Red Sox’s presence in the off-season accept two gambles in
the form of Brad Penny and John Smoltz. Naturally, the Sox deals
failed while the new Yankees thrived, all the way to a 27th championship. The Sox
eventually added Victor Martinez, but one late addition hardly matches two
quality pitchers and one of the best bats in the league.
Enter 2009. The Yankees add Granderson, while the Red Sox brass are seemingly
sleeping in their deluxe suite, enjoying their World Series dreams. For two teams
that were relatively equal for the majority of the last decade, one big deal for a
decent bat hardly counter-acts 4 huge deals with high-impact players over two
years. The Yankees have quickly changed from a comparative team to the odds-on
favorite – not just for the division, but the World Series – every year. So what are the
Red Sox doing?
Epstein has mentioned on numerous occasions he doesn’t plan on trading away the
future of the franchise for a quick fix or solely to keep up with the Yankees in the
short-term. Casey Kelly and Jose Iglesias are the faces of the future
at Fenway Park. Lars Anderson had a bad year, but he’s looking to be a
perennial first-choice for first base. As for Clay Buchholz, we all know he’s
here and he’s only looking to get better with real experience. Add that to an already
young setup of Pedroia, Ellsbury, Papelbon, Bard, Delcarman, Dice-K and Lester,
and you’re looking at a solid team that plans to stay in tact long after the big signings
of the Yankees go to the wayside. But can the fans handle two years of Yankee
dominance in the East before these prospects so much as show their faces?
The silence of Red Sox management this year at the Winter Meetings could be very
concerning for the ‘Nation – a group of fans that have sold out Fenway over 500
consecutive times. Look for that record to potentially be snapped in 2010 if
something doesn’t happen soon.
The silence, however, could mean that something is in the works. Something
BIG. Could it be a deal for Adrian Gonzalez? Maybe Roy
Halladay is in the mix? Maybe a 4-team deal for both? Maybe talks with
Jason Bay, John Lackey, Rich Harden, and Mike
Gonzalez are further along than Epstein is letting on. Maybe I’m just farting in
Will the Red Sox step up, or will the Yankees continue their dastardly ways by signing
Lackey and/or Holliday? Only time will tell. This time of year when the Yankees pick
up steam and the Red Sox seemingly are running on empty, the time seems to slow
down, and every second breaks the heart. So please, John Henry, Theo Epstein –
do SOMETHING – and do it soon. This heartache is unbearable.