|Bobby Valentine closes his eyes and changes pitchers in the seventh.|
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Said another major league official, “The Yankees have five potential Hall of Famers at the top of their order. The Red Sox have guys who don’t even know where the Hall of Fame is.”
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David Ortiz’s agent, Fern Cuza, was at Yankee Stadium to meet with his clients, including Jose Iglesias and Cody Ross. Cuza would not speak on the record but he hopes to get some dialogue going with the Red Sox on a deal for Ortiz very soon.
Ortiz is seeking a two-year deal to finish his career in Boston. The Sox have held off offering him a legitimate two-year deal. They made a low-ball offer last offseason for $18 million when Ortiz wanted $25 million.
Among the reasons Ortiz may get only a one-year offer:
■ His age (he’ll be 37 in November) and the fact that he had a heel issue.
■ He has publicly said he likes Boston and wants to stay. Sometimes that works against a player because the team believes he won’t go anywhere else.
■ If the Sox feel they’re rebuilding — and it sure looks as if they are — why sign a veteran for more than one year?
■ The Sox may be out of the multiple-year/big-money era. Problem is, they have given such contracts to people they shouldn’t and not to the people they should.
■ They may feel his best offer will come from them. Not so sure about that this time.
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The Red Sox are finally taking some action to improve their evaluation of pitchers. They appear close to signing Eddie Bane, a former scouting director for the Angels who helped sign Mike Trout (though it probably didn’t take much scouting to realize he’s good). Bane has been with the Tigers and is considered an excellent evaluator of pitching — an area in which the Red Sox need a lot of help.
The team also may bring in another veteran to help Cherington make evaluations. The Red Sox interviewed Omar Minaya for such a job last season, but it went to Allard Baird. Minaya has been with San Diego but could be set free if the Sox pursue him.
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