Archive for the ‘Boston Red Sox’ Category

Adrian Gonzalez Extension in the works?

March 15, 2011

John Paul Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting the agent Adrian Gonzalez is set to visit Red Sox camp next week.

Thoughts are a rumored long-term extension could be negotiated at that point.

There has been wide speculation a deal will be signed after opening day so the Red Sox circumvent a luxury tax for 2011.

If Gonzalez would happen to become a free agent after the 2011 season things could get interesting with Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder set to test the free agent market as well.

You have to wonder if three $20 million plus per season first basemen on the market at one time would hurt the market for their services?

From all reports Gonzalez wants to stay with the Red Sox beyond 2011 and a deal seems imminent.

Pujols is of course a one in a generation player that should have no trouble getting a $25 million plus per season long-term deal.

Fielder could be the most interesting of the three. He should be motivated this season knowing whats on the line.


Update for Tuesday February 22, 2011

February 22, 2011

Red Sox plan to sign Adrian Gonzalez to extension

Jose Guillen may retire if he does not sign in next Week!/Royals_Report/status

Red Sox reportedly interested in Chad Durbin!/pgammo/status/4014104

Orlando Cabrera says reports of retirement after 2011 are false

Afternoon Update 2/11/11

February 11, 2011

Buster Olney Reports No Progress in Albert Pujols Negotiations!/Buster_ESPN/status/36120992627

Matt Holiday Reportedly Willing to Defer Salary to Help Keep Albert Pujols in St. Louis

Yankees Considered Getting Carl Pavano and Grant Balfour Via Sign and Trade with Diamondbacks

Johan Santana Starts Throwing, No Timetable for Return

Dustin Pedroia Says His Foot is Fine and he is Ready for Spring Training

Rickie Weeks and Brewers Still Hope to Agree to Contract Extension

Edinson Volquez Reportedly Rejected Four-Year Extension with Reds

Jeremy Guthrie Avoids Arbitration with Orioles, Agrees to 1-Year $5.75 Million Deal

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 Day in Review

February 2, 2011

New York Mets Looked into Trading Carlos Beltran to Angels.

Hong-Chih Kuo Agrees to 1-Year $2.75 Million Contract with Dodgers

Jermaine Dye Says he Won’t Accept Minor League Deal for 2011

Rays Sign Felipe Lopez to Minor League Deal

Yankees Acquire Justin Maxwell from Nationals

Dodgers Sign Merkin Valdez to Minor League Deal

Red Sox Sign 4 Players to Minor League Deals

Astros Sign 4 Players to Minor League Deals


Tuesday, January 25, 2011. Day in Review

January 25, 2011

Derek Jeter to the Outfield in the Future?

Cubs to sign Todd Wellemeyer

Potential Buyer for the Los Angeles Dodgers?

Tigers may Offer Bonderman Minor league Deal

Rays to Invite Tim Beckham to Spring Training

Mike Napoli Traded to Rangers for Frank Francisco

Milton Bradley will be Given Chance to Compete for Starting Job

Orioles Interested in Vladimir Guerrero?

Kevin Slowey Avoids Arbitration with Minnesota Twins

Orioles Interested in Justin Duchscherer?

Red Sox Explored Trade for Jose Bautista.

Astros Wandy Rodriguez to Contract Extension

Red Sox Interested in Brian Fuentes?

December 28, 2010
Jon Heyman just Tweeted that the Red Sox are interested in signing Brian Fuentes.

Fuentes would be a nice addition to the Sox bullpen.

Jenks Can Earn 1 Million Bonus for Closing Games

December 21, 2010

Rob Bradford of the WEEI Full Count Blog reports that Bobby Jenks can earn a bonus of up to 1 million dollars for “closing games”

Not to split hairs but the article does not say saving games. I am operating under the assumption that Jenks would generally be earning saves if he is closing games.

Jenks can earn an additional $200,000 when he reaches 30, 40, 50, 55 and 60 games finished.

This is curious since Theo Epstein plainly stated Jonathan Papelbon was the Red Sox closer for 2011.

Maybe this is merely insurance to compensate Jenks in the event he becomes the Red Sox closer for any reason?

Sounds like the Red Sox bullpen situation could get very interesting in 2011.

Tuesday December 21, 2010 Day In Review

December 21, 2010

Orioles Turn Attention from Adam LaRoche to Derrek Lee

The Yankees Hit with 18 Million Dollars in Luxury Tax Down From 25.7 Million in 2009.

Theo Epstein Reiterates Papelbon is Closer After Finalizing Deal for Bobby Jenks

Angels on Again Off Again Interest in Adrian Beltre.

Brandon Webb is in Texas. Wait Brandon Webb is not in Texas.

Athletics Finalize Deal With Rich Harden. Role as Starter or Bullpen to be Determined

Theo Epstein says Jonathan Papelbon is the Red Sox Closer

December 21, 2010
Ian Browne of is reporting that Theo Epstein has made it clear to Jonathan Papelbon that Papelbon is the Red Sox closer going into 2011. 

There had been speculation when Bobby Jenks was signed last week that Papelbon’s closer job could be in jeopardy.

This is a story that will probably get a lot of attention in spring training and early in the 2011 season. Especially if Papelbon blows a save or two early in the regular season.

Angels Not Out on Adrian Beltre

December 21, 2010
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Angels are not out on Adrian Beltre as earlier reported. But he says they remain far apart in contract talks.

Rosenthal reports Beltre’s Agent Scott Boras is asking for 5 years in the 85-90 million dollar range.

The Angels are reportedly offering a 5 year deal in the 70 million range.

This should be interesting as Angels Owner Arte Moreno has stated he will do what it takes to win. But the Angels have yet to make a big splash in the free agent market this off season after reportedly losing out on Carl Crawford.