Found November 30, 2012 on
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By agreeing yesterday with B.J. Upton on a five-year, $75.25 million
contract, the Atlanta Braves won the battle for one of the big names in a
market flush with center fielders. Michael Bourn, Angel Pagan and, of
course, Josh Hamilton remain available, and the Braves have left their
NL East rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals, to
duke it out over those options.
From a distance, the Red Sox [team stats] will watch with interest.
For now, at least, there aren’t any signs the Sox have plans to trade Jacoby Ellsbury [stats],
eligible for arbitration once more before becoming a free agent after
next season, at which point he figures to receive offers well in excess
of the contract Upton signed with Atlanta. (Unlike Ellsbury, Upton has
never been an All-Star, to say nothing of an MVP runner-up.) And their
reluctance is multifaceted:
“He’s our center fielder, and there’s been no discussions with regard to
him that I’m aware of,” Lucchino said. “You don’t know whether someone
is going to come to you and make some kind of proposal, but our plan is
to have Jacoby Ellsbury as our center fielder this year going forward.”
Herald: Jacoby Ellsbury set in CF...for now
I would love nothing more than having the Red Sox sign Jacoby Ellsbury to a long term deal for the right price. We all know the "right price" figure is much different in our heads than in the greedy head of Scott Boras.
I have accepted that Ellsbury's time with the Red Sox is growing thin and the likes of Jackie Bradley will help us forget about him. Unless the Sox make a trade or signing, they need Ellsbury in center. There is no one else out there, and no one in the minors that is ready for an everyday spot in the outfield. I mentioned Jackie Bradley, who is highly regarded, but is AT LEAST one season away from a call-up.
We are just embarking on the month of December, which means there is a lot of time for moves to happen. The Sox have been relatively quiet up until this point with any trades or free-agent signings, but don't be surprised if a lot happens in the near future.
Ellsbury will remain the Sox' CF until the surrounding positions in the outfield are filled. When they are, I do hope the Sox won't do anything stupid with him.
On Page 2, Alfredo Aceves won't fit in 2013
If there is a common denominator in the Red Sox [team stats]’ initial offseason pursuits, it’s that character counts.
By re-signing David Ortiz [stats],
the Sox secured a franchise icon who has proven he is able to handle
the distractions that come with playing in a baseball-crazed Northeast
city. Moreover, recently added catcher David Ross and outfielder Jonny
Gomes along with top free agent targets Mike Napoli, Cody Ross and Nick
Swisher have reputations as positive clubhouse influences.
So, where does that leave Alfredo Aceves?
After a season in which the enigmatic right-hander’s displeasure with
his role led to eruptions of insubordination, the Red Sox will tender a
contract to Aceves before tonight’s deadline to make offers to players
eligible for arbitration, a league source told the Herald yesterday.
Indeed, given their acute need for quality pitching, it’s senseless to
simply cast off a 30-year-old with a track record of success, especially
one who made only $1.2 million this year.
Herald: Alfredo Aceves may not fit in plans
Lauber mentioned one thing that Aceves couldn't do in 2012, get along with Bobby V.
Even though he has potential and doesn't make much money (in baseball dollars), I would still like to see him out. Who knows if he can get along with Farrell?
The Sox don't need a bipolar pitcher that could potentially cost the Sox some games. I don't care how much "success" he had with the Red Sox during his past 2 seasons here.
The rest of the links:
CSNNE: Which players will the Red Sox tender offers to? | Herald: Source: Mariano Rivera, Yanks agree to $10 million deal | ESPN Boston: Options abound as winter meetings near | Globe: Does Span trade open some doors for the Sox?
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Jacoby Ellsbury holds significant trade value.
With Ellsbury just a year away from free agency and center field prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. on the rise, there has been speculation that the Red Sox would shop Ellsbury –– the 2011 American League MVP runner up –– this offseason in exchange for a premier pitcher.
Speaking on WEEI radio on Thursday, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino...
The Boston Red Sox had until midnight on Friday to decide who tender contracts to that were under the team's control. As you might have expected, the Red Sox had some tough decisions to make.
GM Ben Cherington decided to not tender contracts to three players. Those three players are Scott Atchison, Rich Hill and Ryan Sweeney.
To me, Hill is the most surprising.
Mass Pike commuters will be treated to a couple of early holiday gifts on Thursday afternoon in Boston. Not only will they avoid a toll, they may get a chance to get some season’s greetings from members of the Red Sox.
Ryan Lavarnway, Mark Melancon, Ryan Kalish and Chris Carpenter will all be at the Allston-Brighton tolls on Thursday afternoon where the Red Sox will pick up the...
Ten days after learning that the Boston Red Sox had agreed to a two-year deal with Jonny Gomes, the team has finally made it official. The holdup was clearing up space on the 40-man roster which happened on Friday night.
Here's the full release from the Red Sox:
The Boston Red Sox today signed veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes to a two-year contract through the 2014 season...
Even after a disappointing, 90-loss season, the Red Sox’ front office is optimistic heading into the 2013 season that they’ll be able to rebuild their squad around a solid core of veterans.
As tickets for games on the Red Sox’ 2013 schedule have been released, Larry Lucchino feels the club’s winning history and talented core of veterans and future stars will keep fans happy...
The Boston Red Sox have a lot of money to spend at this year's winter meetings.
General manager Ben Cherington isn't sure that's the way to go.
Cherington said on Saturday that there is more than one way to rebuild after last year's 93-loss season. The Red Sox have a lot of money to spend after shipping Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett and more than...
Anyone who thought that the Boston Red Sox would sit back and relax this offseason without making a splash following their blockbuster salary dump last season clearly has not been paying attention to how this team operates. Yes, the Red Sox dealt away Kevin Youkilis, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett last season to the Los Angeles Dodgers to clear payroll. But they...
The Red Sox have been doing plenty of good this week, and they wrapped up that tour of goodwill in a big way on Friday paying a visit to some very special people.
Manager John Farrell as well as some players and Wally the Green Monster dropped by the Jimmy Fund and Children’s Hospital in Boston on Friday, as the final leg of the Red Sox Holiday Road Trip.
Pedro Ciriaco, Ryan Kalish...
And so the debate rages on.
The Boston Red Sox put the finishing touches on their coaching staff after hiring Greg Colbrunn as the new hitting coach on Wednesday, and now comes time to fill out the roster
Last season, the team dealt with its fair share of both injuries and ineffectiveness, before finally rebooting to some extent by trading away Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl...
The Red Sox have a history of being big players in free agency. That trend could continue this offseason, as the Sox have plenty of money to spend after their midseason megadeal with the Dodgers.
Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino dropped by WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan on Thursday to discuss the interesting offseason. While the Sox have yet to make a big splash, they’ve...
Christmas time comes but once a year and the only thing hotter than the chestnuts roasting or hot chocolate is the MLB’s hot stove.
The Red Sox are coming off a tough season in 2012 with a last-place finish in the American League East and 93 losses making it a rather forgettable summer. But with the offseason comes new life and a few big-name free agents could change the tune of...
After a disastrous 2012, the Red Sox and new manager John Farrell are looking to improve the team’s roster vastly before the start of 2013. With the re-signing of veteran David Ortiz and the acquisition of several new players, the Sox are off to a good start this offseason but still have a long way to go before Opening Day.
With holes to fill in the starting rotation, as well...
The Red Sox had a lot of issues during their 2012 campaign, but pitching was definitely one of the most significant. The team has since made several moves to turn its starting pitching woes into success, the biggest being the hire of former pitching coach John Farrell as manager.
Farrell, who has a history of working with members of the current staff, presents an opportunity to...
For those of you in the Boston area (or with access to NESN), today is Christmas at Fenway Park, featuring lights, snow, Wally, Ryan Lavarnway, Ben Cherington, raffles, the Enchanted Village Where Everyone is Named “Jimy Williams,” The Nutmeg Gingersnap Singers and possibly a racy version of the nativity performed entirely by Paxton Crawford. Apparently [...]
NESN is getting into the holiday spirit.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET, , NESN will air “Christmas at Fenway” with Tom Caron, Don Orsillo, Jerry Remy and Jamie Erdahl. The special show will air in conjunction with the Red Sox’ Christmas at Fenway event, which will feature all sorts of goodies for fans in attendance.
Current and former Red Sox players will sign...