2009-11-17 Links: Minor league free agents, Adrian Gonzalez, Hermida
November 18, 2009 Leave a comment
The Red Sox lost a number of players to minor league free agency this week. These players are no longer a part of the organization, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of them come back:
P Devern Hansack, P Charlie Zink, P Jose Vadequano, SS Angel Chavez, SS Iggy Suarez, P Dave McKae, 2B Travis Denker, P Jarod Plummer, P Derrick Loop, OF Brad Correll
The Red Sox also lost a number of players when they were taken off the 40-man roster and they opted for free agency:
RP Takashi Saito, RP Javier Lopez, 2B Nick Green, C George Kottaras, 1B/OF Jeff Bailey, 2B Gil Velasquez, RP Marcus McBeth, RP Billy Traber, RP Enrique Gonzalez
No one expected Saito to return, but the loss of lefties Lopez and Traber means that we have to sign at least one lefty reliever this offseason. There are a number of quality major league free agents available, and names like Casey Fossum and Chris Capuano are available as minor league free agents.
Peter Abraham writes that Adrian Gonzalez’ contract is so good for the next two years, the Padres have no reason to trade him away. He’s partly right. The Padres are under no illusions that they can win it all this year or next, or that they can keep Gonzalez long term. It’s not that they won’t trade him, but that it would really take a killer offer to blow them away.
The Marlins’ hitting coach, Jim Presley, voices his confidence that Jeremy Hermida is capable of much more than his numbers show. The last few years have been due to nagging injuries, and his power potential has yet to be tapped, according to Presley. Let’s hope he’s right.