Links: Early speculation on the Red Sox offseason plan
October 15, 2009 4 Comments
It’s never too early to start speculating about next year. It may seem like Spring Training is an eternity away, but the Sox have to start game-planning now. Should they tangle with Scott Boras again and risk Matt Holliday going to the Yankees or some other team at the last minute? Thinking they had and then not landing Mark Teixeira really left them in the lurch last year.
Despite the presence of four quality arms in this rotation and probably Tim Wakefield as well, the Sox could afford to add at least one veteran arm. Forget Brad Penny and John Smoltz – Epstein has stated that he still believes in utilizing Boston’s medical staff to rehabilitate pitchers, especially. There are a lot of reclamation projects out there this offseason, including Rich Harden.
Several teams have shown interest in Japanese high schooler Yusei Kikuchi, an 18-year old southpaw who already throws 96 mph, and the Sox are slated to meet with him soon. He is an amateur who has not been eligible for the NPB draft, and Japanese baseball has asked that no MLB teams extend an offer until after the Oct 29 draft. His situation is very similar to that of Junichi Tazawa last year. You have to think that Boston’s success with signing talent from Japan gives them an inside track on landing Kikuchi.