Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from moonslav59. Show moonslav59's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

    • One club with interest in Jacoby Ellsbury says that agent Scott Boras has set Carl Crawford's $142MM contract as a benchmark in discussions, Heyman writes.  One rival GM who isn't in on Ellsbury argued that Crawford was better and more durable at the time of his deal.
     
  2. You have chosen to ignore posts from 2004Idiot. Show 2004Idiot's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread


    Mark Feinsand/NYDN

    The Carlos Beltran market is developing fast and furious: NYY, TEX, BOS, KC, CLE and SEA all interested. Interesting all are AL teams.

     
  3. You have chosen to ignore posts from 2004Idiot. Show 2004Idiot's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread


    Nick Cafardo   

    The Rangers are hot after Brian McCann, but a few GM's are thinking the Rangers still have interest in Jacoby Ellsbury

     
  4. You have chosen to ignore posts from 2004Idiot. Show 2004Idiot's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

     

    Gordon Edes - ESPNBoston.com, Red Sox Reporter it's already clear, even at this early stage, that Stephen Drew will not be returning to Sox. He'll get a better deal elsewhere.
     
  5. You have chosen to ignore posts from 2004Idiot. Show 2004Idiot's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread


    Pete Abraham - Boston Globe, Red Sox Beat Writer

    Cherington said Pedroia had the less complicated ligament surgery on his thumb. No issues expected.
     
  6. You have chosen to ignore posts from 2004Idiot. Show 2004Idiot's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread


    Gordon Edes - ESPNBoston.com, Red Sox Reporter

    Sox would like to re-sign Ellsbury, but not at CC levels
     
  7. You have chosen to ignore posts from 2004Idiot. Show 2004Idiot's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread


    Jon Morosi - FoxSports.com, National Baseball Writer

    Scott Boras said interest in free agent Jacoby Ellsbury is "far more than normal for elite players."
     
  8. You have chosen to ignore posts from 2004Idiot. Show 2004Idiot's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread


    Jenny Dell - NESN, Red Sox Beat Reporter

    Great news! Dustin Pedroia underwent successful surgery to repair UCL in left thumb.Was performed this morning by Dr. Sheridan in AZ
     
  9. You have chosen to ignore posts from 2004Idiot. Show 2004Idiot's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread


    Nick Cafardo - Boston Globe, National Baseball Writer

    Ben Cherington said there's interest from other teams on Boston's starting pitchers. The Red Sox have six starters for five spots
     
  10. You have chosen to ignore posts from moonslav59. Show moonslav59's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

    Red Sox Offer Saltalamacchia Two-Year Deal By  Charlie Wilmoth [November 13 at 6:47pm CST]

    The Red Sox have offered catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia a two-year deal, but that doesn't mean they aren't pursuing other catching options, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes. The team has also spoken to Brian McCannCarlos Ruiz and A.J. Pierzynski. (ESPN's Buster Olneywrote Wednesday morning that the Red Sox had made offers to several catchers, including Saltalamacchia.)

    Heyman writes that the Red Sox's offer to Saltalamacchia may have been for less than $10MM per season. Saltalamacchia likely would not find that offer particularly attractive --MLBTR's Tim Dierkes predicted, for example, that Saltalamacchia would received a four-year, $36MM deal. Saltalamacchia hit .273/.338/.466 in a strong season for Boston in 2013, and he's still just 28.

    Heyman adds that the Red Sox have not recently spoken to free agent first baseman Mike Napoli. They are, however, still interested in retaining him.

     
  11. You have chosen to ignore posts from Ice-Cream. Show Ice-Cream's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

    In response to 2004Idiot's comment:
    [QUOTE]

     

    Gordon Edes - ESPNBoston.com, Red Sox Reporter it's already clear, even at this early stage, that Stephen Drew will not be returning to Sox. He'll get a better deal elsewhere.[/QUOTE]

    We all look forward to the draft pick the Red Sox get in return.    Laughing

     
  12. You have chosen to ignore posts from slasher9. Show slasher9's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

    A baseball source said Tuesday that shortstop Stephen Drew will not return to the Red Sox because there are a number of teams willing to make multiyear offers for his services beyond anything Boston would do. Agent Scott Boras said he has talked with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington about Drew and his other free-agent client with Boston ties, Jacoby Ellsbury, but contended there is a high volume of interest in both players.

    Of Drew, Boras said, "Obviously, if you want to win, and you want a middle-of-the-diamond player -- and a lot of really, really good teams need upgrades in the middle of the diamond -- he's got a very active, very large market."

    The departure of Drew would leave the Red Sox in need of infield depth on the left side, Cherington acknowledged. On paper, the Red Sox would start the season with rookie Xander Bogaerts at shortstop and Will Middlebrooks at third base.

    As for Ellsbury, Boras dismissed the seven-year, $142 million deal that Carl Crawford signed with Boston in 2010 as a comparative, calling it an "old contract."

    "For any elite player, the number of premium players at that level who get to free agency now are rare," Boras said, responding to a question of how much interest there is in Ellsbury. "Teams recognize that. I think they view those players as difference-makers and getting players that are top-five offense, top-five defense at their positions, and they're young, are a real opportunity for a franchise."

    The Red Sox remain one of those teams -- Boras said he spoke with Cherington -- but if the agent is truly intent on landing a bigger deal than Crawford got from Boston in 2010, it's hard to envision the Red Sox remaining in the bidding for long.

     
  13. You have chosen to ignore posts from slasher9. Show slasher9's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

    Jayson Stark was on Philly sports radio yesterday afternoon and reported that Boston's primary target at C is Ruiz and Ruiz will end up signing with Boston.

     
  14. You have chosen to ignore posts from RedSoxDOrtiz. Show RedSoxDOrtiz's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

    In response to slasher9's comment:
    [QUOTE]

    Jayson Stark was on Philly sports radio yesterday afternoon and reported that Boston's primary target at C is Ruiz and Ruiz will end up signing with Boston.

    [/QUOTE]


    I absolutely love the idea of brining in Ruiz so we have two catchers who are very good defensively.  I think the Sox are thinking smart and short term as to avoid getting caught up with crippling long term albatross contracts that cripple organizations.  Ruiz fits the mold of a Red Sox style of hitter who gets on base at a very good clip.  I think he could split time 50/50 with Ross going into next year while they try to get the feet wet with our minor league options.

     
  15. You have chosen to ignore posts from slasher9. Show slasher9's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

    Chooch worries me.  He's a known user.  and since getting caught his offensive numbers are attrocious.  Yes, defensively he is a plus catcher.  but offensively you cannot count on him for any production.  his numbers were anemic this past season and saw his OBP drop to .320 and OPS of .688.  to top it off he hit a whopping 5 dingers playing half his games in a little league park. 

    If we get him on the cheap on a STC and do not expect ANYTHING from him offensively then he is your man.

     
  16. You have chosen to ignore posts from notin. Show notin's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

    In response to slasher9's comment:
    [QUOTE]

    Chooch worries me.  He's a known user.  and since getting caught his offensive numbers are attrocious.  Yes, defensively he is a plus catcher.  but offensively you cannot count on him for any production.  his numbers were anemic this past season and saw his OBP drop to .320 and OPS of .688.  to top it off he hit a whopping 5 dingers playing half his games in a little league park. 

    If we get him on the cheap on a STC and do not expect ANYTHING from him offensively then he is your man.

    [/QUOTE]

    His suspension was for Adderol, which, while not allowed by MLB, is not considered a "performance enhancer"  in the class of an andro or HGH variety.  I am sure it helped him somewhat, but even MLB does not feel it is the same.  Hence his suspension wad only 25 games and not the customary 50 for a first time offender...

     
  17. You have chosen to ignore posts from Iceman4. Show Iceman4's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

    Red Sox viewing OF Chris Young as fallback

    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that the Red Sox are viewing free agent Chris Young as a fallback option.

    The Red Sox want to re-sign Jacoby Ellsbury, but the free agent center fielder is likely to command one of the richest contracts on the open market this winter and could ultimately be priced out of Boston's range. Young, 30, batted .200/.280/.379 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 107 games this year for Oakland. He'd be capable of better numbers in a more hitter-friendly home park

     

     
  18. You have chosen to ignore posts from 2004Idiot. Show 2004Idiot's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

     ESPNBoston.com - News and Updates

    Stephen Drew won't return to Boston Red Sox
     
  19. You have chosen to ignore posts from J-BAY. Show J-BAY's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

    Pete Abraham @PeteAbe 1h

    #RedSox have not given up on Ellsbury but aren't hopeful. "Long shot," one team official said today.

     

     
  20. You have chosen to ignore posts from GoUconn13. Show GoUconn13's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

    In response to moonslav59's comment:
    [QUOTE]

    • One club with interest in Jacoby Ellsbury says that agent Scott Boras has set Carl Crawford's $142MM contract as a benchmark in discussions, Heyman writes.  One rival GM who isn't in on Ellsbury argued that Crawford was better and more durable at the time of his deal.

    [/QUOTE]

    Sound like the Cubs which that is the only team I can think of

     
  21. You have chosen to ignore posts from moonslav59. Show moonslav59's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

    The Phillies might be willing to trade outfielder Domonic BrownKen Rosenthal of FOX Sports writes. Such a move would create an opportunity for them to add another free agent outfielder to pair with Marlon Byrd. Rosenthal cites Brown's poor defense as one reason the Phillies might want to deal him.

     

    Less needed to get him than Stanton.

    I doubt we have an OF like this though, so we'd have to trade Nava:

    LF: Brown (Gomes)

    CF: Victorino/JBJ

    RF: Nava/Gomes (Vict)

     
  22. You have chosen to ignore posts from J-BAY. Show J-BAY's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

    Pete Abraham @PeteAbe 27m

    Pedroia tied for 7th in MVP voting. David Ortiz 10th. Ellsbury, Uehara and Victorino also received votes. #redsox

     
  23. You have chosen to ignore posts from MadMc1944. Show MadMc1944's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

    My lineup for 2014:

    Victorino

    Pedroia

    Ortiz

    Beltran

    Loney

    McCann

    Xander

    Nava

    WMB

     
  24. You have chosen to ignore posts from moonslav59. Show moonslav59's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

    In response to MadMc1944's comment:
    [QUOTE]

    My lineup for 2014:

    Victorino

    Pedroia

    Ortiz

    Beltran

    Loney

    McCann

    Xander

    Nava

    WMB

    [/QUOTE]

    That's over the luxury limit unless we trade a big salary.

     
  25. You have chosen to ignore posts from moonslav59. Show moonslav59's posts

    Re: Hot Stove League Discussion Thread

    CS% lovers will like this...

     

    Reds Likely To Move Ryan Hanigan By  Steve Adams [November 15 at 7:42am CST]

    NOV. 15: Hanigan "is going to be traded," tweets Olney. Multiple teams are interested in Hanigan, and the Reds feel they can get a good prospect in exchange, Olney adds.

    NOV. 8: The Reds have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent Brayan Pena, giving them three catchers on their 40-man roster: Pena, Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Hanigan. It appears that Hanigan is the odd man out, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears from a source that Hanigan is likely to be moved (Twitter link). ESPN's Buster Olney tweets that the Rays and Yankees, two teams with question marks at catcher this offseason, have liked Hanigan in the past.

    Hanigan, 33, struggled through the worst season of his career in 2013, batting just .198/.306/.261 and tying a career-low with two home runs. MLBTR contributor Matt Swartzprojects Hanigan to earn $2.3MM through arbitration this offseason, which should be a cheap enough sum for interested parties to take on. The main culprit in Hanigan's poor season appears to have been a .216 batting average on balls in play. That number figures to trend back toward his career mark of .283, especially when considering that Hanigan's batted-ball profile didn't radically change in 2013. In fact, Hanigan's 21.5 percent line-drive rate was actually a slight increase over his 2012 mark (21.2 percent) and is right in line with his career mark (21.9 percent).

    Hanigan has long been known as a patient hitter that is tough to strike out, as evidenced by a career 12 percent walk rate and 10.1 percent strikeout rate. Detractors may point to the lofty walk rate as a product of him batting eighth in an NL lineup so often (one spot in front of the pitcher), but Hanigan's career walk rate in more than 300 plate appearances out of the seventh slot in the order is higher than his walk rate in 1,110+ PAs in the eighth slot.

     

    Hanigan also carries a reputation as a solid defensive backstop, having led the league in caught-stealing percentage in 2013 (45 percent) and 2012 (48 percent). His 40 percent career mark is about 12 percentage points higher than the league average, which tends to be around 28 percent. He's also known as one of the best in the business in terms of pitch-framing -- an art he discussed at length with Ben Lindbergh for a Grantland piece back in May.

     

Share