Rumors: Papi, Bailey, Pitching

Here are some rumors from Tuesday’s winter meetings…

Update #3: ESPNBoston.com, through ESPN Deportes, reports that David Ortiz is likely to accept arbitration, which will give him a raise in salary for 2012, but no commitment beyond that for the Sox.

Update #2: A couple of sources have reported that Andrew Miller’s contract is not guaranteed…Thank God.

Update #1: Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com reports via twitter that the Sox have offered Ortiz two-years and $18M. At $9M annual average value, it would represent a pay-cut for Ortiz, who made $12.5M last season. Ortiz is said to be seeking $25M, but his market may be cold, so there is a chance that he would accept arbitration and make around $14M to come back for one year.

  • The Sox are talking with David Ortiz about a two-year deal. I give my analysis of a possible two-year deal here.
  • Relief pitching is certainly an area of need and Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports via Twitter that the Sox will meet with the A’s to discuss Andrew Bailey. I could see one of Kalish/Reddick being involved in a possible deal. Maybe even Jed Lowrie.
  • MLB Network’s John Heyman tweets that the Sox are in on Darren Oliver, but it is likely that he will return to the Rangers.
  • The Sox could still try Daniel Bard as a starter. Bard is confident that he can excel in any role.
  • The Sox may not have the cash to go after a big-name free agent starting pitcher, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t looking at potential trades and the possibility of bringing back Erik Bedard.
  • One of Fire Brand‘s favorite Red Sox writers, Nick Cafardo, tweets that a number of teams have called about Jed Lowrie. I would’t miss Lowrie is the Sox got a decent return for him.

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Charlie first started writing about baseball back in 2008 when he opened Fantasy Baseball 365. Since graduating college with a degree in English, he has spent time coaching baseball as well as working in several minor league front offices. He also writes for The Outside Corner and contributes to Project Prospect and ESPN's Sweet Spot. Writer from August 3, 2010 - May 6, 2012

13 Responses to “Rumors: Papi, Bailey, Pitching” Subscribe

  1. marcos December 6, 2011 at 12:37 PM #

    trades are more exciting than signings

  2. BurnVet December 6, 2011 at 1:40 PM #

    Here's hoping that the RedSox make a couple of trades today….. also Josh Willingham would hit 30+ HRs in Fenway!

    • ChipBuck December 7, 2011 at 8:49 AM #

      I would love to have Willingham on the Red Sox.

  3. marcos December 6, 2011 at 3:37 PM #

    Cherrington is too damn slow or as they like to call it "methodical." Lucchino should take over

    • Charlie Saponara December 6, 2011 at 3:48 PM #

      Well, they resigned Andrew Miller, so, things are picking up! #sarcasm

      • Jim December 6, 2011 at 4:38 PM #

        I can't believe they resigned Miller; I just can't believe he'll ever hack it as a member of the Red Sox rotation or bullpen.

        • Charlie Saponara December 6, 2011 at 5:38 PM #

          I agree, Jim. I guess it's more or less just to have an extra arm around.

  4. Mr Punch December 6, 2011 at 4:31 PM #

    Lowrie's a Stanford guy, could help A's build a South Bay following. And he's healthier than Eric Chavez was.

  5. Charlie Saponara December 6, 2011 at 9:18 PM #

    Miller's contract is reportedly for $1.04M, if you haven't heard already.

  6. hammyofdoom December 6, 2011 at 10:23 PM #

    I dont think its so much "Cherington is being slow" its "Theres not many options for a team with a high payroll, all but one position spot taken up and needing cheap SP and a closer". Really, the Sox dont have the money right now to go get a Wilson type pitcher and they are waiting while the closer market sorts its self out. Patience people, its key

    • ChipBuck December 7, 2011 at 8:52 AM #

      I agree. The two top free agents are first basemen, and we already have an elite first baseman. The remaining top talent isn't all that special–not to mention wildly overpriced. The undervalued moves that the Red Sox will probably look to make this year typically come after the winter meetings.

  7. @Fenwayart December 7, 2011 at 7:51 AM #

    Papi has no other legitimate suitors as he released.
    He will take a low deal.
    And I hope they negotiate with him stronger than the Theo exit fiasco.

    • ChipBuck December 7, 2011 at 8:50 AM #

      Depends. If he accepts arbitration, he could get anywhere from $14-16M on a one year deal. Still, with the DH market being thin for the fourth winter in a row, he may take a 2 year deal worth between $18-22M.