11-9-2010: Sox reach out to Werth, Martinez a must sign, Adrian when?
November 9, 2010 1 Comment
According to Gordon Edes, the Red Sox have touched base with agent Scott Boras to express their interest in free agent outfielder Jayson Werth. The massive 6-5, 220 Werth will be 32 next season, and is reportedly seeking a contract approaching that of Matt Holliday’s 7-year, $120M deal (with an option year) last offseason. He is athletic and runs well, so he figures to age a bit better than the average 31-year old. Still, giving a player his age more than 4 years, $72M seems like a mistake. That gap makes me think that Werth will be a hard sign for the Red Sox, who have more pressing needs in the infield anyway. Regardless, they have to keep the door open and see what way the market goes; that’s their modus operandi.
My projections have Werth hitting .258/.346/.467 with a .369 wOBA in Fenway (think roughly Jason Bay with better defense and no knee issues). As a right-handed bat with some power, he looks like a direct replacement for Adrian Beltre in the lineup, but he would walk more, in the Red Sox style of play. Like most top Boras guys, don’t expect Werth to sign anytime soon.
Due to the weakness of the catching market, the staff at BP believe that Victor Martinez is a must-sign for the Red Sox. That would be true, but the Sox have been exploring the trade market for catchers for several years now, so it’s not like they are without any alternatives. However, Martinez is the best offensive one, by far.
Dave Cameron at Fangraphs thinks that the Padres should just trade Adrian Gonzalez now, to maximize their return on their most valuable asset. As a Sox fan, I couldn’t agree more! But I am almost positive that Jed Hoyer will hang on to him until the trading deadline. Trading your only star bat right after nearly winning your division seems like an indefensible move to me.
Paw Sox manager Torey Lovullo has followed John Farrell to Toronto. It’s completely understandable, given their relationship. I just hope we don’t lose too many more good baseball men.