December 5, 2008 3 Comments
With the Winter meetings less than a week away, the Boston front office is humming with activity. Could there be a big move or two in store after this relatively quiet start to the offseason?
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December 2, 2008 Leave a comment
Yesterday was the deadline for teams to offer salary arbitration to their impending free agents. This is important because if the player accepts, the team must go through the arbitration process to hammer out a one-year deal with the player. If he refuses, it means that if/when he signs with another team, the Red Sox will get compensated with draft picks if they are Type A or Type B status.
November 29, 2008 Leave a comment
The Red Sox acquired 25-year old right-hander Wes Littleton from Texas a couple of days ago for two PTBNLs. Littleton throws a sinker in the high 80s as well as a slurve that clocks in around 75 mph, making him tough on right-handed hitters. He has a half-decent changeup that he can mix in against lefties as well.
The good is that Littleton gets around 60% ground balls; but while he’s struck out a good number of hitters at the Triple-A level, but hasn’t been able to replicate that in the Majors. I expect him to provide bullpen depth at Pawtucket, but he could see some significant time, should Justin Masterson stick in the rotation. He was out of minor league options, so they won’t have to give up too much for him.
November 28, 2008 3 Comments
It appears that Junichi Tazawa has indeed agreed to sign with the Red Sox, if you believe these reports out of the Japanese media. He is slated to begin at Double-A Portland next year; let’s hope he develops.
November 21, 2008 Leave a comment
Nick Piecoro reports that the Sox have been poking around about young catcher Miguel Montero. So far, they have not been able to match up on a deal, so to get this done, a three-way deal would be needed. The Dbacks need middle infielders, but the only tradeable piece we have is Julio Lugo, unless we want to trade Jed Lowrie.