Lucchino & Cherington on the Hot Stove:

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    Lucchino & Cherington on the Hot Stove:

    Red Sox Notes: Short/Third, Starters, Catchers, Napoli By  Jeff Todd [November 25 at 10:02pm CST]

    Here's the latest out of Beantown, with plenty of information straight from Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and club CEO and president Larry Lucchino:

    • Cherington touched on a range of issues in comments to the media today, as reported by Alex Speier of WEEI.com. Boston feels confident improved production from the left side of its infield with in-house options like Will Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts, says Cherington. But he said the club will look to add "at least somebody on the left side of the infield. Whether that's more in the form of an everyday player or depth, whatever that is, it just depends on how the rest of our offseason unfolds."
    • With an attractive set of starting pitchers under contract, Cherington acknowledged that the team has received interest. "We've had a number of conversations and I think it's no secret, one area we have a little bit of depth in is the rotation," he said, adding that it remains to be seen "what that means for [the Red Sox]" since the club is wary of leaving itself too thin in the event of an unexpected injury. 
    • The club will be "a little choosy, a little selective" about addressing its catching need, said Cherington, given its "pretty strong position long-term with the young catching we have in the organization." 
    • On the overall market, also via Speier, Lucchino sums things up succinctly: "everyone is expecting [the market] will go up because nothing ever goes down and because there's new television money available." While the club would like to keep down its long-term commitments, he says, and "still value[s] the draft picks enormously," he acknowledged that a "diverse portfolio of contracts" will include some that are "longer than you want."
    • Ultimately, according to Lucchino, the Red Sox "are not going to be a stand-pat team."Explaining that he "learned a long time ago that you can't fall in love with your veterans,"Lucchino said that each the club "will have a different personality, composition as well as personality."
    • One free agent that has obviously been tied to Boston is last year's first baseman, Mike Napoli. Opining that a reasonable projected value for Napoli (using various WAR projections and dollars-per-win figures) could reach as high as $80MM total over the next four years, SI.com's Jay Jaffe ultimately settles on predicting an eye-popping four-year, $68MM deal for the slugger.

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    • We just hit on some Red Sox notes, but also within the report of WEEI.com's Alex Speier are some quotes from Sox backstop David Ross, who spoke with former teammate Brian McCann about coming to Boston. McCann expressed to Ross that years were the primary factor in his decision to join the Yankees. It didn't hurt, Ross added, that McCann relishes the idea of swinging into Yankee Stadium's welcoming right field fence.

     



     
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    Re: Lucchino & Cherington on the Hot Stove:

    I have to say, the FA contracts so far this year have been a real shock to me. McCann, Peralta, and now this prediction for Napoli are about 50-60% higher than I would have expected. If Napoli really is going to pull in $68/4, I expect it will be somewhere else.

    Remember last year when "mid-level" FAs like Victorino and Napoli were considered to have recieved pretty aggressive offers--even overpays--at $39/3? Now "mid-level" FAs are setting the floor at $50/4. That seems like a huge jump in the market to me.

     

     
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    Re: Lucchino & Cherington on the Hot Stove:

    I expected all our Free Agents Salaries to go up. When Players win the WS it always goes up.
    I'm sure all the Sox Players who hit Free Agency will give the Sox the final word. Tough decisions to make this Off-Season.
    Maybe tougher than last year, since no one expected much.

     
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    Re: Lucchino & Cherington on the Hot Stove:

    DAD & BILL-806 was there too !!!!!   Guests of BEN C. ..... I was talking with a guy that sounded a lot like how SOFTY writes...... Just saying !!!!

     
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    Re: Lucchino & Cherington on the Hot Stove:

    I think Xander and Middlebrooks will have the laft side covered in 2014 and Pedey at 2b. If Naps is asking for more than 2years with a 3rd vesting opion and more than 13M per, I pass and look at Corey Hart or the like on short years. I would also hand Lavarnway a 1b mit long before I do Middlebrooks. He has a better chance of being a high power, BA and OBP guy, whereas Middle looks to have a high SLG but not so much the other 2.

    Ells at 6/108 ar look elsewhere. Give JBJ a shot with a Davis type BU guy who can cover all OF positions and brings a speed game to the table.

    FA contracts are high, as usual. But there are only a couple guys I would overpay a little in years and $$. Ellsbury being one of those guys. Not Naps though.

    Id also look to trade Peavy. Thanks, but seeya. Id rather Have Dempster at the BOTR. You can count on him for 180IP and 30+ games started. Conxixtent trackk record. Plus, I think you can get a better return for peavy. Dont be surprised if a team wants Lackey and is willing to part with something decent for him.

    Its been a busy Offseason so far. Busier than usual. The winter meeting will have a few surprises for sure.

     

     
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    Re: Lucchino & Cherington on the Hot Stove:

    I like Mike Napoli but not at 4@68. I'm not even interested in Drew. I could see Jake at what Pedey got minus a dollar. Salty if he comes back at 2@10 per is ok but he'll get better offers in terms of years.

     

     
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    Re: Lucchino & Cherington on the Hot Stove:

    In response to southpaw777's comment:
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    I think Xander and Middlebrooks will have the laft side covered in 2014 and Pedey at 2b. If Naps is asking for more than 2years with a 3rd vesting opion and more than 13M per, I pass and look at Corey Hart or the like on short years. I would also hand Lavarnway a 1b mit long before I do Middlebrooks. He has a better chance of being a high power, BA and OBP guy, whereas Middle looks to have a high SLG but not so much the other 2.

    Ells at 6/108 ar look elsewhere. Give JBJ a shot with a Davis type BU guy who can cover all OF positions and brings a speed game to the table.

    FA contracts are high, as usual. But there are only a couple guys I would overpay a little in years and $$. Ellsbury being one of those guys. Not Naps though.

    Id also look to trade Peavy. Thanks, but seeya. Id rather Have Dempster at the BOTR. You can count on him for 180IP and 30+ games started. Conxixtent trackk record. Plus, I think you can get a better return for peavy. Dont be surprised if a team wants Lackey and is willing to part with something decent for him.

    Its been a busy Offseason so far. Busier than usual. The winter meeting will have a few surprises for sure.

     

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    I do believe one of Peavy, Dempster or Lackey will all not be on the team in April, barring injuries.  But, barring an overwhelming offer, I do think all three will be on the team at the beginning of March.   I would not be surprised if the preferecne was tohold on to all 6, just in case of ST injuries.  But if they all do stay healthy, something has to give unless one of them wants to be a heavily-paid middle reliever...

     
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    Re: Lucchino & Cherington on the Hot Stove:

    I agree with Southpaw.  I think this year is the year to give Lava a shot at 1B.  He will start the year in AAA so give him the 1B glove and see how he does.  Lava has 1B bat and he always posted high OBP in the minors.  

     
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    Re: Lucchino & Cherington on the Hot Stove:

    In response to Bill-806's comment:
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    DAD & BILL-806 was there too !!!!!   Guests of BEN C. ..... I was talking with a guy that sounded a lot like how SOFTY writes...... Just saying !!!!

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    My dad always said,  "Son,  it you've got nothing GOOD to say...  don't say anything at all".

    Gibberish,  as per usual.  Thanks for stopping by and padding your post totals.

     
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    Re: Lucchino & Cherington on the Hot Stove:

    In response to MustangBri's comment:
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    In response to Bill-806's comment:
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    DAD & BILL-806 was there too !!!!!   Guests of BEN C. ..... I was talking with a guy that sounded a lot like how SOFTY writes...... Just saying !!!!

    [/QUOTE]


    My dad always said,  "Son,  it you've got nothing GOOD to say...  don't say anything at all".

    Gibberish,  as per usual.  Thanks for stopping by and padding your post totals.

    [/QUOTE]Your very welcome ......  Have a nice THANKSGIVING  !!!


     
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    Re: Lucchino & Cherington on the Hot Stove:

    I do believe one of Peavy, Dempster or Lackey will all not be on the team in April, barring injuries.  But, barring an overwhelming offer, I do think all three will be on the team at the beginning of March.

    We may get a better offer in March as desperation sets in for some GMs, but I think we may not want to wait that long to fill a big hole we have.

     

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