2009 Offseason: Winter Meetings underway
December 8, 2008 3 Comments
Theo Epstein and his cohort have arrived in Las Vegas, and are taking part in the GM Winter Meetings for the next three days. Is there something big in the works? All the signs point to a pretty big free agent signing, and I suspect it will be a young starting pitcher.
As usual, the front office has spouted its usual rhetoric of taking a wait and see attitude (aka read and react). The Red Sox will sign anyone if they come at a bargain price relative to the value they have assigned to them in an area of need. There is no need, and there will be no bargain for Teixeira, so I just don’t see that signing. Infield Chatter has also taken my side on not signing Mark Teixeira.
Both Jason Varitek and Paul Byrd turned down salary arbitration, which means that whoever signs one of them will net the Red Sox compensatory draft picks. With overall interest already questionable, the suitors for Jason Varitek are diminishing daily. The Detroit Tigers hve dropped out, electing instead to trade for Gerald Laird as their new starter. However, agent Scott Boras remains ever optimistic.