Links 4-28-2010: Embree called up, Castro down, Sox sign Rosario

Thanks to Clay Buchholz taking advantage of an impatient Blue Jay offense, lefty Fabio Castro was never needed in last night’s game. He was promptly optioned to Pawtucket in order to add Alan Embree. The move gives the Sox three lefties in the pen, but both Hideki Okajima and Embree can be used against RHB as well as PHB, so Terry Francona’s got some options. Embree had to be added to the 40-man roster, so the Sox designated IF Kevin Frandsen this morning as part of the move. Dustin Pedroia goes back to being the shortest player on the roster with Castro’s demotion.

The Red Sox remain active in Latin America, signing 17-year old OF Robert Rosario out of the Dominican Republic. He doesn’t look the part, but he’s got a good set of tools and could always develop in time.

David Ortiz noted that he would like to play 2-3 more years in the Majors, but he’ll have to do better than what he’s doing for that to happen with any team, let alone the Red Sox. He continues to platoon at DH with Mike Lowell.

In the wake of the Ryan Howard extension, Brian MacPherson speculates that the future free agent market for Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez is rapidly contracting. Maybe so, but the Mets are still in need of a first baseman, and unexpected teams can jump into the fray when talents like these are available.

Curt Schilling mirrors some of my thoughts on Josh Beckett’s use of the four-seam and two-seam fastball.


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