Links 12-10-2009: Rule 5, Sox trade for Bonser, LF progress, Boras BS
December 10, 2009 1 Comment
The Red Sox lost two prospects through today’s Rule 5 draft. 3B Jorge Jimenez went to the Marlins via the Astros with the 8th pick, and LHP Andrew Zerpa went to the Dodgers via the Rays at number 15. Neither player is projected to be of much use, but you never know what they might turn out to be. Regardless, I think we needed the room on the 40-man roster because:
The Red Sox traded a PTBNL to the Twins for RHP Boof Bonser today. It is likely to be a single-A or double-AA player that goes to Minnesota. The 27-year old showed some promise early, but has been unable to make the Twins’ rotation and struggled in recent years. He throws in the low 90s and also has a pretty good slurvy slider and a curveball. Bonser gives up gopher balls with regularity, which has led to unimpressive ERAs. Still, he’s managed a decent 7.28 K/9 and a respectable 2.87 BB/9, mostly as a starter (4.60 FIP). As a reliever and swingman just entering arbitration, he’s of value to the Sox. Rebuilding that bullpen gets easier by adding a free, somewhat legitimate Major League arm.
Jason Bay continues to talk with the Angels and Mariners, and the Mets may be back in on Bay, after hearing the numbers being thrown around are not as crazy as they expected at first. Things are stuck at four years, and the Sox do have concerns about Bay over that time period. Since nothing is happening with either Bay or Matt Holliday right now, the Sox have been kicking the tires on Mike Cameron as well. Contrary to what Joe McDonald thinks, Cameron would sign as a CF, which would push Jacoby Ellsbury to LF; he would be an excellent fielder there, a la Carl Crawford.
Scott Boras is just ridiculous. In comments made yesterday, he equated the offense of his client, Adrian Beltre, with Bay (yes, the same Beltre who hit .265/.304/.379 last year with 8 HR). His justification is looking at Beltre’s road split versus Bay’s road split, but that kind of comparison is laughable. Beltre is a 3-4 win player by WAR, but nost of that value comes from his fielding, not his hitting. He’s accrued a grand total of 9.6 runs above average over the past three years, compared with 33.7 runs for Jason Bay from 2009 alone.