The holdup with Bobby Kielty

The Globe reports that the Red Sox have been continuing talks with Bobby Kielty. Readers of my blog know that I’ve been advocating the acquisition/signing of the outfielder. He is a defensive-minded corner outfielder who can hit lefties pretty well, and a switch-hitter who could provide a bench upgrade over one Wily Mo Pena.
The 31-year old Kielty was released on July 31st by the Oakland Athletics, and remains unsigned. I think he would like to come to Boston and have a shot at a championship. But Kielty is likely waiting for guaranteed playing time, not a minor-league deal. He is good enough and experienced enough to demand that.

But in order to accommodate him, the Red Sox would like have to waive Pena, because the non-waiver trade deadline is already past, and Pena has no minor-league options. It is thought that several teams would make a waiver claim on the power hitter, including the Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals, meaning we’d have to give him away for free. A potential 30-35 HR guy. For nothing.

But I say that the championship run this year is more important. That’s just part of the cost of baseball. Short of Pena going on the DL, I don’t think there’s much else we can do. Pull the trigger, Theo.

In other news, Curt Schilling‘s return for the DL will necessitate Javier Lopez going down to Pawtucket. Even though he has pitched well, Lopez is one of the few players on the Sox with any minor league options left.


5 Responses to The holdup with Bobby Kielty

  1. Pat says:

    Just wanted to say I enjoy reading your blog. I appreciate your insight. Keep up the good work.

    Also, who do you think is going to the playoffs in the AL? I’m sorry to say I think the Yanks will be there.

  2. donchoi says:

    Hi Pat, thanks for reading, and also for your encouraging words.

    The Angels from the West, and Boston from the East. The Yankees are definitely not out yet, but I’ll take a flyer and say that Cleveland and Detroit will make it on the strength of their starting pitching and offense. New York doesn’t have the pitching to sustain this run they’re on. The Tigers have hit a rough patch and lost 9 of 10 since the sweep by the Angels, but they are not as bad they look right now.

  3. donchoi says:

    The Boston Herald adds that the Yankees, Cubs, Diamondbacks and Astros have all shown interest in Kielty.

    Clearly the Red Sox have the best playoff chances, and he does have some family in New England. But the Red Sox and Yankees are requesting that he spend some time at triple-A, which could pose a slight problem.

    Brady Clark also quit recently, because of frustration with the Sox chasing after Kielty.

  4. bleedred says:

    Yes, I agree that something needs to be done for that OF slot, and Pena needs to go. We gave up Bronson Arroyo for this guy, and while I was very sad to see him go, I really dont think either player is what this team needs, and this isn’t critizism of Epstien for making the trade.

    If Pena clears wavers, correct me if I’m wrong, doesn’t the other team take on Pena’s contract. It’s better than releasing him because we no longer have to pay him. Yes I think we could have gotten something for him, but that trading deadline has passed and Pena doesn’t fit with this clubs current needs.

  5. donchoi says:

    The waiver system works like this: Once a player is placed on waivers, he can be claimed by any team. The team with the worst record gets the player, and takes on the remainder of his salary (about $600k for Pena at this point). Of course, the Sox could choose to pull Pena back and keep him, or they could try to complete a waiver trade before the transfer takes place. All player(s) involved that are on a 40-man roster would also need to clear waivers before that trade could be completed.

    Wily Mo Pena was a calculated risk, and he didn’t pay off. That’s probably my biggest regret, is that we lost a decent player and a great guy in Bronson Arroyo. But you’re right, Arroyo wouldn’t have been more than a Kyle Snyder/Julian Tavarez type on this staff. He’d have filled in where Kason Gabbard did in July.

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