Links 11-4-2010: Sox hire Young, re-up Ortiz and Atchison, acquire Dlugach, BA prospect rankings

The Sox announced the hiring of Curt Young as their new pitching coach. He’s had a lot of experience working with young pitchers in the Oakland system, and helped them to some good success, even at young ages. Let’s hope that he can work some magic with the veterans here as well. He’s a quality hire by all accounts, and the timing was perfect for us, having just lost John Farrell.

Well, it’s official. As expected, the Red Sox chose to exercise their one-year options on David Ortiz and Scott Atchison, but let utilityman Bill Hall and MI Felipe Lopez go to free agency. While it might be shrewd to save a few million by letting Big Papi go out on the market, it’s not worth saving those millions if he signs with a potential contender like Tampa Bay, who has been looking for a true DH for years. The Sox still have the option of extending him if they so choose later on in the offseason. Atchison is a solid back of the bullpen guy with minor league options, so he was a no-brainer. As for Hall and Lopez, the presence of a healthy Jed Lowrie (knock on wood) makes it unnecessary to pay them big money to back up Dustin Pedroia and Marco Scutaro.

John Tomase does the math and guesses that Boston has perhaps $35-45M to spend on signings and raises this offseason.

In a minor trade, the Sox acquired Detroit minor league SS/3B Brent Dlugach for a PTBNL or cash. The 27-year old is just a depth acquisition for Pawtucket at this point. He is out of options, so he could be one of those fringy here today, gone tomorrow kind of guys.

Baseball America has released their rankings of the top Red Sox prospects, and topping the list is Casey Kelly. Two more of the top 10 are from the 2010 draft class. Jose Iglesias and Ryan Lavarnway were named Arizona Rising Stars after their performances in the AFL. You may not have heard of Juan Carlos Linares, but he’s looking like he could be a late bloomer for us. Meanwhile, catcher Adalberto Ibarra has had to have labrum surgery, but the Sox hope he will be ready by Spring Training.


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