Links 1-22-2010: More on Bay, prospects news, Hazen interview
January 22, 2010 1 Comment
More and more details continue to be revealed regarding the negotiations between the Red Sox and Jason Bay from last season. Bay confirmed that Boston was wary of signing him because of concerns about his knees. Bay insisted he was healthy, but the Sox medical team didn’t agree, which led to the rift in contract talks. Good luck in New York, Jason, and thanks for the 1.5 great seasons here.
News from the rookie program: He may be slightly built (he’s still just 20 years old), but Jose Iglesias has really impressed his fellow prospects so far with his slick defensive play. Peter Abraham met the guys in the Rookie Program, and gives his thoughts on some of the players.
John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com has a pretty lengthy interview with Mike Hazen, farm director for the Red Sox. Not terribly revealing, but worth a read.
It looks like Jeremy Hermida will sign fairly soon, probably for about $3.4M. Read further down in the article and you’ll find how Jonathan Papelbon motivated himself for this year – he watched that blown save in the playoffs over and over and over again this offseason. I’m not sure how helpful something like that is, but then Paps is a strange beast.
The Sox signed 34-year old RHP Chad Paronto to a minor league contract, and he’ll provide more relief depth at Pawtucket this year.