Red Sox News Links, Thursday, December 11, 2008
Winter Meetings, Varitek, Teixeira, Okajima, Jim Rice, Rule V...
Posted 11 December 2008 - 12:01 PM
Nick Cafardo - On Baseball: Good sign for Yankees - Sabathia
Amalie Benjamin - Response team; Sox want to counter move with Teixeira
Dan Shaughnessy - Rice is on deck to get his due - Hall induction
Amalie Benjamin - Boras: Sox made an offer to Varitek
David Lefort - Where the contenders stand on Teixeira
Tony Massarotti - Burnett deciding between Yankees and Braves
Tony Massarotti - Sox say little, so how far will they go?
The Buzz: Lowe on Yankees' radar even if they sign Burnett
Tom Caron - TC with Terry Francona
Maureen Mullen - Happy to be there
Posted 11 December 2008 - 12:13 PM
Michael Silverman and Sean McAdam - Red Sox Notebook: Scott Boras: Jason Varitek has offer to return
Michael Silverman - Red Sox, Angels not alone; Offers from Nationals, Orioles heat up Mark Teixeira derby
Michael Silverman - Baseball: Red Sox can see past Yankees; No longer in NY state of mind
Sean McAdam - Red Sox Beat: Red Sox, Mark Teixeira play high stakes poker; A hand of showdown
Brian Cashman takes shot at jet-setting Red Sox
New beast of the American League East
Francisco Rodriguez’s contract complete
J.J. Putz goes to Mets in 3-team trade with Indians
Posted 11 December 2008 - 01:12 PM
Posted 11 December 2008 - 02:00 PM
Dave Reardon - Boston reliever will try to go the distance
So what to make of Boston Red Sox pitcher Hideki Okajima?
Every year, a celebrity or two runs among the masses. Actress Kelly Hu and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro come to mind as recent examples. But, as far as anyone can recall, never an active pro athlete from another sport. This all-star set-up man is the first.
The marathon is a paradox. The training for it, if done the right way, is good for you. The actual event itself is not (physically, anyway).
Okajima's left arm is worth millions of dollars. But if it's true that a guy throws with his legs, what's the value of those limbs? Should they be risked pounding the potholes of Oahu?
Good questions for the Bosox brass and, of course, Mr. Okajima - if we get the chance. He hadn't arrived by yesterday, perhaps still carbo-loading in a Tsukiji sushi bar with Daisuke.
Pitchers run as much as they throw at work, but this is extreme. It reminds me of Russ Francis, who had it written into his NFL contract that he could skydive and wrestle on the side.
I'm sure Okajima has trained well, planned it all out and will return to the Sox in great shape for spring training, the better for it all.
But, then again ...
Okajima dons race No. 37 on Sunday, same as the one on his Red Sox jersey.
Weren't those the digits of Bill "Spaceman" Lee, another Boston lefty prone to the unconventional?
It's starting to make sense.
Posted 11 December 2008 - 02:15 PM
Kevin Baxter - Angels take a hit in Rule V draft
The Angels left right-handers Darren O'Day, Robert Mosebach and Miguel Gonzalez unprotected and all three were snapped up with O'Day going to the Mets, Mosebach to the Phillies and Gonzalez to the Red Sox.
... Gonzalez, 24, who played at L.A. Mission College, was 8-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 30 games at Double A. Gonzalez is having a monster winter for Mazatlan of the Mexican League, however, where he's 3-1 with a league-best 0.99 ERA in 36 1/3 innings. Opponents are batting just .200 against him.
Posted 11 December 2008 - 02:23 PM
Joe McDonald - Winter meetings, Day 4: It's over
The Rule V draft was just held at the Bellagio Hotel and the Red Sox picked up pitchers Miguel Gonzalez and Miguel Marquez. They did not lose a player in the draft.
Red Sox GM Theo Epstein just met with the Boston writers and discussed the selections, but when he was asked about the buzz that he is close to signing free-agent Mark Teixeira, Epstein again did not get into specifics and spoke in general terms.
"We are still in the middle of the process," he said. "We're not at the end. We're in the middle of the process with a lot of guys."
He did admit that he made three offers to available free-agents. Jason Varitek was one of them. The other two were likely Teixeira and a pitcher.
"There were some other guys we discussed perimeters with. It's kind of a fine line between offers and non-offers," Epstein said.
Gonzalez is a 25-year-old right-hander from the Angels' organization. He missed all of the 2008 season with a knee injury. Boston had three different scouts look at him this winter and all of them were impressed.
"He was pitching really well in Mexico," Epstein said. "Probably better than he had before he went down with a knee injury. He really competes and he's athletic."
The scouting department believes he could be effective out of the bullpen.
"When you have three good scouts who feel that way about somebody then you should take him," explained Epstein. "It's going to be tough to stick with a competitive club, but it was the right thing to do to take him and we'll see what we have in spring training."
Gonzalez primarily has three pitches - fastball, slider, changeup. His fastball is clocked at 92 MPH and he has plus-command.
Posted 11 December 2008 - 02:30 PM
Richard Durrett - Rangers get Vaughan as part of Littleton deal
The Rangers received RHP Beau Vaughan from the Boston Red Sox as part of the Wes Littleton trade. Texas could get another player should Littleton make Boston's roster.
Vaughan was 3-2 with a 2.33 ERA splitting time in Double-A and Triple-A last year. GM Jon Daniels said as of now that Vaughan hasn't been given an invitation yet to big league spring training.