Links 12-01-2009: Halladay, John Henry, Pedroia at short?

Toronto ace Roy Halladay wants to avoid a mid-season media circus, so he has said that he will veto any trade that the Blue Jays want to make after Spring Training begins. If GM Alex Anthopolous can’t use the threat of moving Doc at the trade deadline as leverage in any winter deal, that may undermine their bargaining power somewhat. But don’t get too excited, for as David Pinto points out, this verbal statement is not binding at all.

Sox majority owner John Henry made some waves this week when he recommended an overhaul of the MLB revenue sharing system. Basically he thinks that there are several low-revenue teams that show a lack of motivation to improve, while enjoying some of the highest profit margins in the Majors. It is true that there are some teams out there who just won’t sign any significant free agents year after year, but I think his comments just come off as sour grapes from a franchise paying a lot of luxury tax. Also, guess who his proposed plan would tax most heavily? Yep, you got it – the Yankees.

The Red Sox reportedly asked Dustin Pedroia if he’d be willing to play shortstop if they couldn’t find a suitable solution, and not only is he willing to do it, he’s excited about it. Pedroia was a shortstop in college, and played quite a bit there in the minor leagues. Scouts have questioned his range and athleticism there, but we all know what happens when you tell Pedey he can’t do something, right?

Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi point out that signing Matt Holliday over Jason Bay has an additional perk: an extra sandwich draft pick, which in the past was used to draft the likes of Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz. Having an extra one of those around in a few years could be quite valuable. So even if you don’t accept the fact that Holliday is the better player, there’s an incentive to pay a bit more to sign him over Bay.

The Red Sox have hired Cleveland minor league manager Torey Lovullo to take over the helm of the Pawtucket Red Sox. The 44-year old Lovullo has eight years’ experience managing at the Triple-A level for the Indians. Scouting Director Mike Hazen can vouch for Lovullo, and there’s no doubt pitching coach John Farrell had some say in this hiring. Minor league field coordinator Rob Leary was also promoted to Major League assistant this week.

The Los Angeles Angels voted as a team to include the estate of the late Nick Adenhart with a full playoff share; that’s over $138,000 going to his family. I think we can agree, that is much classier than pouring beer on his jersey.


2 Responses to Links 12-01-2009: Halladay, John Henry, Pedroia at short?

  1. Pat says:

    Moving Pedey to short would be like having Derek Jeter at short. I think I could accept that.

  2. Jeff Carini says:

    Let’s go get Uggla.

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