What are the Red Sox Going to do?

The Boston Red Sox have already let Victor Martinez sign with the Detroit Tigers. While most fans and media are up in arms, remember one thing. While the Red Sox have not been good with free agency throughout the years, they have known when to let players go. Pedro Martinez. Manny Rameriz. Nomar Garciaparra. Jason Bay. Victor Martinez?

 The Red Sox have confidence in Jarrod Saltalamacchia to be their everyday catcher, and I am starting to warm up to the idea. Bring back Jason Varitek to back him up, and then they also have prospect Ryan Lavarnway waiting in the wings. But even though they have some catching options, no one is going to live up to Martinez’s bat.

 That’s where free agents and trades come in. The Red Sox were in on Justin Upton, but scoffed when asked for both Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Bard. They have always been conected to Jayson Werth, and I have always thought that was the best option for this Boston team. Adrian Gonzalez, also linked to the Red Sox, I believe will be a Red Sox at somepoint. Just not this season. Boston is not going to sell their farm system for a player who will be a free agent next season. This season, they should go for a Paul Konerko/Lance Berkman type of player. Berkman may be the best fit. He will only get a 1/2 year deal for not too much, and can still be productive.

 Then the case for Konerko, who I also like a lot. The problem here is years. The Red Sox can not give him too many years if they want Gonzalez, and they also have prospect Anthony Rizzo ready after this season. And then you have that other guy, Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis is willing to play third base, which helps the Red Sox immensly.

 What will their roster look like out of training camp? If I had to predict it today, this is what it would be.

SP- Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka

RP- Daniel Bard, Jonathan Papelbon, Hideki Okajima, Taylor Buchholz, Scott Downs, Jason Rice, Felix Doubront, Andrew Miller

IF- Dustin Pedroia, Lance Berkman, Kevin Youkilis, Marco Scutaro, Jed Lowrie, David Ortiz

OF- JD Drew, Jayson Werth, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Cameron, Daniel Nava

 

Does not look too bad. Remember, they also have Ryan Kalish and Josh Reddick who could be up at certain points. For the pitching side of that, Junichi Tazawa could be up as well.

 

Yesterday in Baseball: Justin Upton, Derek Jeter, Boston Red Sox

* Justin Upton talks heated up in the GM meetings, with conculded yesterday. The team we heard the most were the Boston Red Sox, but according to Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman, the Arizona Diamondbacks are looking for Daniel Bard and Jacoby Ellsbury. The Red Sox are unlikely to part with those two, when they can sign Jayson Werth for just money.

 Other teams interested are the Yankees, Rockies, Padres, Dodgers and Rays.

 

* Derek Jeter was reportedly offered a 3 year $42 mm contract by the Yankees. If I were him, I would jump on that. But according to sources, Jeter is looking for at least a four year deal, and maybe up to six.

 

* The Tigers began talks with Adam Dunn yesterday, and even thought reports origanlly indicated they were deep into talks, they were just preliminary. The Tigers are also known to be targeting Adrian Beltre, Victor Martinez and Manny Rameriz. It is possible they could sign Martinez and Dunn

 

Rumor Roundup….

The Rockies are interested in both Upton and Gavin Floyd and Kevin Millwood

Jonathan Papelbon is unlikely to be traded

Rangers, White Sox, Blue Jays, Red Sox and Rays interested in Miguel Olivo

Orioles interested in De La Rosa

Josh Willingham getting trade interest

The Weekend in Baseball: Padres, Red Sox,  Marlins

A busy last few days in baseball….

* The Red Sox traded Dustin Richardson to Florida for Andrew Miller. An interesting trade. Boston needs bullpen help and Richardson was supposed to be a candidate next season. However, Richardson did not have the greatest stint in Boston last year. The case with Miller is very different. Miller was the #6 overall pick in 2005 by Detroit, and traded to Florida for Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera. Boston likes to take chances on pitchers with potential, so maybe a diamond in the rough.

* Florida also traded Cameron Maybin to San Diego for two prospects. This may have been to make room for Mike Stanton long term in the outfield, and the fact Maybin really needed a change of scenery. I wonder how this affects a possible Adrian Gonzalez to Boston trade, as Jacoby Ellsbury was always rumored to be a centerpiece in that deal. With Maybin now, does that change the picture for San Diego?

* The Padres have been talking with the Brewers about prospect infielder Brett Lawrie. What is Milwaukee interested in that San Diego has? Probably not Gonzalez, seeing they already have Prince Fielder. You could also say Heath Bell, but Milwaukee seems comfortable with John Axford. Now you think of starting pitching. Who could the Padres give up for Lawrie. Clayton Richard? Keep your eyes on this.

* The Blue Jays are the favorites for Dan Uggla. First thought is why, seeing they have Aaron Hill. But then you think they may move him to third base as they consider non tendering Edwin Encarnacion. It would make sense for Toronto, but they would certainly have to give up some pitching, for Florida preferably bullpen. They’ve already acquired three young relievers this week, and Toronto has plenty of them. That would be an interesting infield for Toronto with Uggla, Yunel Escobar and Aaron Hill.

Trade Canidates

We looked at every free agent on the market. Now how about some Trade Canidates? While I am not going to make any predictions, here are some players you could see traded.

Zack Greinke   Kansas City

Marco Scutaro  Boston

Matt Garza       Tampa Bay

James Sheilds  Tampa Bay

Mitch Moreland  Texas

Edwin Encarnacion  Toronto

Carlos Beltran       New York Mets

Mark Reynolds       Arizona

Kevin Kouzmanoff   Oakland

Daisuke Matsuzaka  Boston

Kousuke Fukudome  Chicago Cubs

Alex Gordon            Kansas City

Colby Rasmus        St.Louis

Josh Bell               Baltimore

Andy LaRouch      Pittsburgh

 

Leave more ideas in the comments.

 

Free Agent Tracker and Predictions

Here will be a list of every free agent. I will update it when anyone signs, but here are also my predicitions.

Free Agents
PLAYER POSITION   AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM  Predictions
Rick Ankiel CF 31 Free Agent Atlanta Atlanta
Brad Ausmus C 41 Free Agent LA Dodgers Retire
Rocco Baldelli DH 29 Free Agent Tampa Bay Tampa Bay
Grant Balfour RP 32 Free Agent Tampa Bay Houston
Rod Barajas C 35 Free Agent LA Dodgers Dodgers
Josh Bard C 32 Free Agent Seattle Mariners
Miguel Batista RP 39 Free Agent Washington Orioles
Erik Bedard SP 31 Free Agent Seattle Twins
Joe Beimel RP 33 Free Agent Colorado Rockies
Adrian Beltre 3B 31 Free Agent Boston Angels
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Joaquin Benoit RP 33 Free Agent Tampa Bay Red Sox
Kris Benson SP 36 Free Agent Arizona Nationals
Lance Berkman DH 34 Free Agent NY Yankees Rangers
Henry Blanco C 39 Free Agent NY Mets Mets
Willie Bloomquist RF 32 Free Agent Cincinnati Reds
Geoff Blum SS 37 Free Agent Houston — Arizona
Jeremy Bonderman SP 28 Free Agent Detroit White Sox
Russell Branyan DH 34 Free Agent Seattle Mariners
John Buck C 30 Free Agent Toronto — Florida
Pat Burrell LF 34 Free Agent San Francisco Giants
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Dave Bush SP 31 Free Agent Milwaukee Brewers
Orlando Cabrera SS 36 Free Agent Cincinnati Reds
Miguel Cairo 3B 36 Free Agent Cincinnati Phillies
Jorge Cantu 1B 28 Free Agent Rangers Rays
Chris Capuano RP 32 Free Agent Milwaukee Brewers
Eric Chavez DH 32 Free Agent Oakland Retire
Bruce Chen SP 33 Free Agent Kansas City Marlins
Randy Choate RP 35 Free Agent Tampa Bay Rays
Jose Contreras RP 38 Free Agent Philadelphia —  Philadelphia
Kevin Correia SP 30 Free Agent San Diego Padres
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Craig Counsell SS 40 Free Agent Milwaukee Mariners
Jesse Crain RP 29 Free Agent Minnesota Blue Jays
Carl Crawford LF 29 Free Agent Tampa Bay Angels
Johnny Damon DH 37 Free Agent Detroit Rays
Doug Davis SP 35 Free Agent Milwaukee Brewers
Jorge De LaRosa SP 29 Free Agent Colorado Diamondbacks
Elmer Dessens RP 39 Free Agent NY Mets Mets
Octavio Dotel RP 36 Free Agent Colorado Rockies
Scott Downs RP 34 Free Agent Toronto Red Sox
Justin Duchscherer SP 32 Free Agent Oakland Red Sox
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Adam Dunn 1B 31 Free Agent Washington Cubs
Chad Durbin RP 32 Free Agent Philadelphia Phillies
David Eckstein 2B 35 Free Agent San Diego Padres
Jim Edmonds CF 40 Free Agent Cincinnati Retire
Kelvim Escobar RP 34 Free Agent NY Mets Astros
Kyle Farnsworth RP 34 Free Agent Atlanta Braves
Pedro Feliciano RP 34 Free Agent NY Mets DBacks
Pedro Feliz 3B 35 Free Agent Houston Astros
Randy Flores RP 35 Free Agent Minnesota Twins
Jeff Francis SP 29 Free Agent Colorado Rockies
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Frank Francisco RP 31 Free Agent Texas White Sox
Jason Frasor RP 33 Free Agent Toronto Yankees
Brian Fuentes RP 35 Free Agent Minnesota Athletics
Freddy Garcia SP 34 Free Agent Chicago Sox White Sox
Jon Garland SP 31 Free Agent San Diego Padres
Jason Giambi 1B 39 Free Agent Colorado Retire
Troy Glaus 1B 34 Free Agent Atlanta Indians
Kevin Gregg RP 32 Free Agent Toronto Blue Jays
Vladimir Guerrero DH 35 Free Agent Texas Rangers
Matt Guerrier RP 32 Free Agent Minnesota Red Sox
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Jose Guillen RF 34 Free Agent San Francisco Retire
Cristian Guzman 2B 32 Free Agent Texas Marlins
Jerry Hairston Jr. SS 34 Free Agent San Diego Padres
Bill Hall LF 30 Free Agent Boston Royals
Mike Hampton SP 38 Free Agent Arizona Braves
Aaron Harang SP 32 Free Agent Cincinnati Reds
Willie Harris LF 32 Free Agent Washington Nationals
Brad Hawpe DH 31 Free Agent Tampa Bay Rays
Aaron Heilman RP 31 Free Agent Arizona Orioles
Mark Hendrickson RP 36 Free Agent Baltimore
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Ramon Hernandez C 34 Free Agent Cincinnati Reds
Eric Hinske LF 33 Free Agent Atlanta Rangers
Trevor Hoffman RP 43 Free Agent Milwaukee Retire
Orlando Hudson 2B 32 Free Agent Minnesota Twins
Aubrey Huff 1B 33 Free Agent San Francisco Giants
Cesar Izturis SS 30 Free Agent Baltimore Orioles
Derek Jeter SS 36 Free Agent NY Yankees Yankees
Nick Johnson DH 32 Free Agent NY Yankees Angels
Reed Johnson LF 33 Free Agent LA Dodgers Dodgers
Andruw Jones RF 33 Free Agent Chicago Sox Blue Jays
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Gabe Kapler RF 35 Free Agent Tampa Bay Rays
Austin Kearns LF 30 Free Agent NY Yankees Yankees
Adam Kennedy 2B 34 Free Agent Washington Pirates
Paul Konerko 1B 34 Free Agent Chicago Sox White Sox
Mark Kotsay DH 34 Free Agent Chicago Sox Orioles
Hiroki Kuroda SP 35 Free Agent LA Dodgers Rockies
Gerald Laird C 30 Free Agent Detroit Rockies
Adam LaRoche 1B 31 Free Agent Arizona Orioles
Jason LaRue C 36 Free Agent St. Louis Retire
Cliff Lee SP 32 Free Agent Texas Rangers
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Derrek Lee 1B 35 Free Agent Atlanta Mets
Mike Lincoln RP 35 Free Agent Cincinnati Reds
Felipe Lopez 3B 30 Free Agent Boston Reds
Rodrigo Lopez SP 34 Free Agent Arizona DBacks
Mike Lowell 1B 36 Free Agent Boston Retire
Julio Lugo 2B 34 Free Agent Baltimore Orioles
Mike MacDougal RP 33 Free Agent St. Louis Cardinals
Ron Mahay RP 39 Free Agent Minnesota Twins
Victor Martinez C 31 Free Agent Boston Tigers
Hideki Matsui DH 36 Free Agent LA Angels Ange;s
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Kevin Mench LF 32 Free Agent Washington Nationals
Aaron Miles 2B 33 Free Agent St. Louis Cardinals
Kevin Millwood SP 35 Free Agent Baltimore Brewers
Brian Moehler RP 38 Free Agent Houston Astros
Chad Moeller C 35 Free Agent NY Yankees Retire
Bengie Molina C 36 Free Agent Texas Rangers
Melvin Mora 3B 38 Free Agent Colorado Cubs
Guillermo Mota RP 37 Free Agent San Francisco Giants
Xavier Nady 1B 31 Free Agent Chicago Cubs Cubs
Will Ohman RP 33 Free Agent Florida Marlins
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Miguel Olivo C 32 Free Agent Toronto Blue Jays
Magglio Ordonez RF 36 Free Agent Detroit Blue Jays
Lyle Overbay 1B 33 Free Agent Toronto DBacks
Vicente Padilla SP 33 Free Agent LA Dodgers Dodgers
Chan Ho Park RP 37 Free Agent Philadelphia Phillies
Corey Patterson LF 31 Free Agent Baltimore Orioles
Carl Pavano SP 34 Free Agent Minnesota Brewers
Jay Payton LF 37 Free Agent Colorado Rockies
Carlos Pena 1B 32 Free Agent Tampa Bay Nationals
Brad Penny SP 32 Free Agent St. Louis Cubs
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Jhonny Peralta SS 28 Free Agent Detroit Tigers
Andy Pettitte SP 38 Free Agent NY Yankees Retire
A.J. Pierzynski C 33 Free Agent Chicago Sox Marlins
Scott Podsednik LF 34 Free Agent LA Dodgers Dodgers
Nick Punto 3B 33 Free Agent Minnesota Twins
J.J. Putz RP 33 Free Agent Chicago Sox White Sox
Chad Qualls RP 32 Free Agent Tampa Bay Rays
Manny Ramirez DH 38 Free Agent Chicago Sox Athletics
Jon Rauch RP 32 Free Agent Minnesota Angels
Edgar Renteria SS 35 Free Agent San Francisco Giants
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Dennys Reyes RP 33 Free Agent St. Louis Cardinals
Arthur Rhodes RP 41 Free Agent Cincinnati Retire
Mariano Rivera RP 40 Free Agent NY Yankees Yankees
J.C. Romero RP 34 Free Agent Philadelphia Phillies
Bobby Seay RP 32 Free Agent Detroit Phillies
Ben Sheets SP 32 Free Agent Oakland Rangers
Scot Shields RP 35 Free Agent LA Angels Angels
Rafael Soriano RP 30 Free Agent Tampa Bay Angels
Jorge Sosa RP 33 Free Agent Florida Marlins
Russ Springer RP 42 Free Agent Cincinnati Retire
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Matt Stairs LF 42 Free Agent San Diego Retire
Jeff Suppan SP 35 Free Agent St. Louis Cardinals
Mike Sweeney 1B 37 Free Agent Philadelphia Phillies
Fernando Tatis 1B 35 Free Agent NY Mets Mets
Miguel Tejada SS 36 Free Agent San Diego Rockies
Marcus Thames DH 33 Free Agent NY Yankees Tigers
Jim Thome DH 40 Free Agent Minnesota Twins
Yorvit Torrealba C 32 Free Agent San Diego Padres
Chad Tracy 3B 30 Free Agent Florida Marlins
Matt Treanor C 34 Free Agent Texas Rangers
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Koji Uehara RP 35 Free Agent Baltimore Orioles
Juan Uribe SS 31 Free Agent San Francisco Giants
Jason Varitek C 38 Free Agent Boston Red Sox
Javier Vazquez SP 34 Free Agent NY Yankees Dodgers
Jeff Weaver RP 34 Free Agent LA Dodgers Retire
Brandon Webb SP 31 Free Agent Arizona Dodgers
Jayson Werth RF 31 Free Agent Philadelphia Red Sox
Jake Westbrook SP 33 Free Agent St. Louis — St. Louis
Dan Wheeler RP 32 Free Agent Tampa Bay Rays
Ty Wigginton 1B 33 Free Agent Baltimore Cardinals
PLAYER POSITION AGE STATUS 2010 TEAM NEW TEAM
Randy Winn RF 36 Free Agent St. Louis Rays
Kerry Wood RP 33 Free Agent NY Yankees Cubs
Chris Woodward 1B 34 Free Agent Seattle Mariners
Jamey Wright RP 35 Free Agent Colorado Rockies
Chris Young SP 31 Free Agent San Diego Padres
Gregg Zaun C 39 Free Agent Milwaukee Rays

 

The Weekend in Baseball

We will resume our Hello Offseason series this week. But right now we have a feature here for you called Yesterday in Baseball. We will start off with the entire weekend.

* The New York Yankees have reportedly contacted Cliff Lee’s agent. And why shouldn’t they? They do not have the most comfortable situation with pitching, and I have always been one to believe that if you have the assets use them, and with the Yankees case that is money. They do not really need another big name, unless they fail to sign Lee and feel like they need something. If they do not sign Lee and trade a guy like Curtis Granderson, I can see Carl Crawford as an option.

* The Tigers were able to agree on a 2 year, $11.25 mm deal with infielder Jhonny Peralta. Peralta is expected to be the Tigers shortstop with them also resigning Brandon Inge to play third base.

* The Athletics may have won the bid for Japanese right handed Hisashi Iwakuma. There are rumors that if Oakland can sign him, they might trade him to the Milwaukee Brewers for Casey McGee. Milwaukee could use some pitching, and Oakland a third baseman with the loss of Eric Chavez. But after McGhee’s career year, that is unlikely to happen.

* Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla turned down a four year $48 mm extension, stating he wishes to test the free agent market next season. However, another source says he wanted a five year deal. Uggla seems to be on the trade market every offseason, but this may be the year he is finally traded.

* Other Notes:

Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale will interview for the Mets coaching job… Jamie Moyer’s career may be over with his elbow injury in the dominican winter league….. Edgar Renteria will return for a final season…. Scott Podsednik became a free agent declining his mutual option.

 

Watch The Internet Sport Show baseball edition this afternoon. Also, if you have any recommendations of who you want to see in our Baseball Writer’s Interviews, recommend it in the comments or email me at theinternetsportshow@gmail.com

An Interview with Edward Valtentine

I interviewed Ed Valentine of Pinstripe Alley as a part of our baseball interview series.

 

Do you think Jesus Montero could start at somepoint next season?

Undoubtedly. In fact, a story came out this morning that Montero will be given the opportunity to earn the No. 1 catching job, with Jorge Posada sliding to DH. I think this is the right move. You have to give Montero a chance at the big-league level, and Posada is no longer a viable every day catcher. His defense is terrible, and he keeps getting hurt. Even if Montero’s defense is not good, it can’t be worse than Posada’s, and he is very young so there is potential for improvement.

Should the Yankee pursue Cliff Lee?

Yes! No doubt. You just saw two World Series teams who had dominant pitching, and had the Yankees been able to pull off the Lee trade they would have been there. I am not crazy about giving the guy 5-6 years, but there is no question he is the biggest difference-maker on the market.

What would a reasonable contract be for Jeter?

I really don’t know. The Yankees can’t give the guy a contract to play for the next six years, which he reportedly wants. But, they can’t spurn or embarrass him, either. I have seen the idea floated that the Yankees could sign him to a contract that would keep him in the organization for a certain number of years once he is done playing, and I kind of like that idea.

What other free agents can you see signing in New York?

I am not sure. The Yankees have said they won’t go after Carl Crawford of Jayson Werth. If they fail to get Lee I can see them changing their minds about that choice, though. Otherwise, I really don’t know. Maybe a left-handed reliever, and a veteran backup catcher. That is really about it.
 
What are your thoughts on playoff expansion?

HATE IT! HATE IT! HATE IT! I already hate the fact that there are no real pennant races anymore. The season is already too long. To add more playoff teams would cheapen getting into the playoffs even more, and would mean more awful baseball played in non-baseball weather. You know Bud Selig won’t shorten the regular season, which is what he really should do, anyway.