11 December 2009
The longer this takes to get done the more I wonder if it actually will...
Brian Mac Pherson, One If By Land - Brian discusses Mike Lowell's drop in value after the hip surgery and what Adrian Beltre and Casey Kotchman bring to the table, namely defense. Can the Red compete wit ha "run prevention" roster?
Peter Abraham, Extra Bases - Abraham reminds us that the Red Sox were third in run differential last season and the top five teams in this category made the playoffs.
Dodgers +169 Yankees +162 Red Sox +136 Angels +122 Phillies +111The Sox pulled this off despite getting mediocre defense from the 2009 squad thanks to solid pitching and an offense that was better on paper than it appeared to be while watching: .352 OBP (2nd in MLB), .270 BA (6th), 872 R (3rd), 212 HR (4th).
Jon Heyman, SI.com - Heyman tweeted yesterday that Jason Bay received an offer from the Mets for 4 years and $65 million. This is the first offer we've heard of since Bay rejected the Red Sox' offer of 4 years and $60 million.
It will be interesting to see if this sparks other teams like the Mariners or Angels to make an offer. If they do, Bay's price tag could jump from $60M to $70M over the weekend.
This is what Bay's agent Joe Urban and Matt Holliday's agent Scott Boras have been waiting for... now we wait and see how high the Red Sox are willing to go and how patient everyone involved can be. Get your poker faces ready!
Other tid bits...
Matthew Pouliot, Circling the Bases - Rich Harden is officially a Ranger and could earn as much as $20M over the next two years.
Tim Daloisio, Fire Brand of the AL - Tim thinks that even the worst case scenario for 2010 (non Bay, no Halladay, no nothin') could still be an upgrade in the 2009 season and from a certain perspective, this "bridge year" thing isn't so bad... maybe.
Eric Ortiz, NESN.com - Ortiz agrees and but it looks like he wrote this article with his rose-colored glasses on.
It's fun to watch the emotional roller coaster that Red Sox Nation and the media have been on over the past two weeks. First we saw excitement, centered around all the potential deals that would come this winter. The new saw frustration when Marco Scutaro proved to be Theo's biggest move of the week. Then anger, when the Yankees got creative and snatched up Granderson while Theo added Boof and Fabio. Now... with the articles above, it seems that acceptance is starting to creep into the hearts of RSN.
But you know we're just at the bottom of a loopty-loop right now and if Bay signs with the Mets or the Yankees add Lackey, we'll go right back to anger and frustration.
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