Links 7-27-2010: Sox addressing bullpen and catcher, Lowell, Ellsbury, and random stuff


Rumors are flying. The Sox were pursuing Scott Downs, but then the Jays wanted Jose Iglesias. Still sane, Theo Epstein said no. That’s just fine, says Brian MacPherson, because Downs might add only one win to the team anyways. Daniel Bard even suggests that we might not need to add an arm; ah, the ignorance of youth.

Then there were rumors that the Red Sox were actually trying to trade one of their relievers, rumored to be Manny Delcarmen or Ramon Ramirez. I think we’d be alright without either one, but you’d better have something else lined up besides Michael Bowden and Robert Manuel. That proposed deal would have brought veteran catcher Rod Barajas, who the Sox have liked in the past, to be our backup catcher; however it doesn’t seem like it’s still in play.

We’ve got Victor Martinez back, but catcher is far from settled at this point. The brass would definitely like to see someone in there with some experience who can play defense and hit some more than Kevin Cash as Jason Varitek insurance.

On the infield front, it seems that whatever interest teams had in Mike Lowell is dwindling. They’d rather pursue Jorge Cantu instead.

Jacoby Ellsbury has officially started playing again, and could be in Pawtucket by week’s end. Now that’s some good news.

Unlike previous seasons, the Red Sox have been very efficient at scoring the baserunners they get on this season. Our high team ISO probably explains a lot of that.

Jeremy Greenhouse, one of my favorite saberist reads, throws some cold water on the idea that umps might get more generous with strikes when they want to get it over with and go home.

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