Hot Stove 2010: The shortstop situation, more on Halladay, Sox acquire Hulett
November 29, 2009 7 Comments
The Toronto Blue Jays signed Alex Gonzalez this week to a one-year deal for $2.75M. They also hold a $2.5M option for 2011. The Sox reportedly had offered one year and $3M, but they weren’t ready to sign Gonzalez without checking out their other options at the upcoming Winter Meetings, so they lost him. This is one case in which Boston’s circumspection hurt them. Some see Marco Scutaro as the only remaining viable option on the free agent market, but he’s 34 and coming off of a career year (he has mentioned Boston as one of his top choices). Don’t be surprised if the Sox try to get a younger shortstop via trade rather than give an overpriced three-year deal to Scutaro and a first-round pick to Toronto.
We’ve been talking about Roy Halladay here on the site, but it’s starting to look like this deal will not get done. The hangup? Jays GM Anthopolous seems to be keying on top prospect Casey Kelly, who Theo Epstein really, really doesn’t want to trade. Supposedly the Blue Jays also want to trade Halladay by the Winter Meetings. There is also a rumor suggesting that Toronto ideally wants a Major League-ready arm and bat in return for the ace.
The Sox swung a minor deal for infielder Tug Hulett this week, promising cash or a PTBNL back to the Royals. The 26-year old Hulett has shown good on-base skills at Triple-A, and figures to provide middle infield depth a la Nick Green and Gil Velasquez last year.
Speaking of ex-Sox, Jeff Bailey has gotten a write-up as a potential value signing for some team this year. Good luck to him. Also, with the Indians looking flush with catching prospects, Kelly Shoppach might be available. Not that I’m suggesting anything.
Those of you intrigued by Marlins starter Josh Johnson, it seems unlikely that they will trade him this offseason. His salary is so low for a pitcher of his talent that it makes little sense to deal him before his first arbitration year. We’ll check back on him in July.