Tag:Boston Red Sox
Posted on: March 17, 2010 12:39 pm

Fish looking at Lowell

The Miami Herald reports the Florida Marlins have shown some interest in Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell.

Florida scouts were on hand for Boston's Monday spring training game in which Lowell made his 2010 Grapefruit League debut. The Red Sox have been trying to move Lowell after adding Adrian Beltre in the offseason.

Lowell played for the Marlins from 1999-2005, hitting .272 with 143 homers and 578 RBI. The last four seasons, the South Florida high school product, played for the Red Sox.

Lowell, who won World Series rings with Florida (2003) and Boston (2007), is coming off offseason thumb surgery and is also dealing with a hip issue.
Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:48 am

Indians, Rays, Red Sox looking at Branyan

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting the Indians are in a three-team chase for free agent Russell Branyan, who can play outfield, third base and first base. The other interested teams are believed to be the Rays and Red Sox.

Drafted in the seventh round in 1994, Branyan started his career with the Indians. The left-handed hitter played one game in 1998, followed by 11 games in '99, 67 in 2000, 113 in '01 and 50 in '02 before being dealt to the Cincinnati Reds.

Branyan, 34, had a career year last season, hitting career-bests 31 homers and 76 RBI with a 2.51 batting average in just 116 games with the Seattle Mariners.  A bad back kept him from playing a full season and is likely the reason the Mariners weren't willing to offer a multiyear deal.

The Plain Dealer is also reporting the Indians are looking at free agents Hank Blalock (.234, 25 homers, 66 RBI last year) and Jermaine Dye (.250, 27, 81).

Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:35 am

Dice-K to miss start of spring

John Tomase of the Boston Herald is reporting Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to miss the start of spring camp because of a sore back. However the Red Sox don't expect the right-hander to miss the start of the season,

Matsuzaka was 4-6 with a 5.76 ERA in just 59.1 innings last year. He was 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 2008.

If for some reason Dice-K isn't available at the start of the season, the Red Sox still have right-handers Clay Buchholz (7-4, 4.21 ERA last season) and Tim Wakefield (11-5, 4.58), who are expected to battle for the final spot in the rotation.

Posted on: February 15, 2010 11:00 am

Cuban prospect close to signing

Reports indicate Cuban first-base prospect Jose Julio Ruiz is close to signing with a major league club. Saturday's edition of El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-based newspaper affiliated with the Miami Herald reported on Saturday that negotiations have "intensified."

"By next week, he should be signed already," one of Ruiz's agents, Jorge Luis Toca told El Nuevo Herald. "Perhaps Wednesday we'll announce something."

Toca said the Blue Jays, Rangers, Red Sox Giants and Rockies have shown the most interest in the 6-3, 240-pound prospect. Toca added they are also "waiting on an offer from the Yankees."

Ruiz, who defected last season, has been working out at the Yankees' complex in the Dominican Republic.

The slugger, who turns 26 on March 24, was batting .305 with a .408 on-base percentage and a .467 slugging percentage through 52 games for his National Series team before defecting. He sports a .330 career batting average.

Posted on: February 4, 2010 11:14 am

Update on Adrian Gonzalez

In regards to Adrian Gonzalez, Padres GM Jeff Moorad told the San Diego Union-Tribune , “I’m confident that (General Manager) Jed (Hoyer) and John Boggs will have a discussion at some point about Adrian and his future. While I’d be thrilled to have him part of the organization for the long term, the early signals indicate his cost will be greater than our ability to pay.”

Moorad says keeping Gonzalez is not a matter of means, but a question of priorities. “Availability of resources is not the issue,” he said. “How we choose to deploy our resources is where the focus is.”

However, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald notes that Hoyer had a more positive spin on keeping Gonzalez.

"The team’s position with regard to Adrian has not changed at all,’’ said Hoyer in an e-mail. “We are excited to have him under contract for the next two seasons. He is a great player who fits our city, team, and payroll remarkably well. We have had, and will continue to have, dialogue with Adrian’s representatives about keeping him in San Diego longterm. It is still early in that process and attempting to draw conclusions in the middle of any negotiation is an inexact science.’’

Silverman suggests that Gonzalez would be a perfect fit -- a highly productive left-handed hitting slugger with good defensive skills in the power-challenged lineup.  Red Sox fans will be particularily interested Gonzalez's situation with many thinking the Padres will trade him by the July 31 deadline.

Posted on: February 2, 2010 11:19 am

Phillies, others, looking at Lowry

The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed the Phillies plan to watch Noah Lowry when he auditions for scouts in Arizona. Amaro characterized the team's interest as "moderate" with the Astros, Mets, Rangers and Red Sox also reportedly interested.

Lowry hasn't pitched since 2007 because of a series of arm injuries. Lowry's agent, Damon Lapa, said that although Lowry has not had a setback, they've decided to give the lefty  a little more time in the bullpen before being evaluated.

Posted on: January 6, 2010 11:22 am
Edited on: January 6, 2010 11:25 am

Moves by the Mariners

Seattle Mariners' tidbits:

The agent for Franklin Gutierrez told MLB.com the Mariners are on the verge of a four-year contract extension for $20.5 million with a team option for a fifth year with the center fielder.  "We are really close. We want to get it done this week," the agent said. "Maybe today or tomorrow or in a few hours. We are just waiting on Seattle. It's 90 percent done."

Also, an MLB.com source has confirmed that Casey Kotchman is "close" to being traded to the Mariners.  With Adrian Beltre soon to become an official member of the Red Sox, Kotchman was expendable.

A source told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that Kotcman is "pretty excited" about playing with Seattle.

Posted on: January 5, 2010 11:29 am

Red Sox signing Adrian Beltre

CBSSports.com's Scott Miller reports that the Red Sox are about to sign 3B Adrian Beltre for roughly $9 million.

Read Scott's full blog entry.

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