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  • December 7th, 2007

    December 7, 2007:
    All’s Quiet on the Boston Front…

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:46 pm in Baseball,Red Sox,Signings and Trades Comments (2)

    Not only did the Sox not pick up someone in the Rule 5 Draft (notable Draftee: Lenny DiNardo–got him from the Mets, remember?) The Giants and the Phillies each picked up a pitcher from the Sox organization: left-handed starter Jose Capellan, 21, who went 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 14 starts with Single A Lowell last year; and right-handed reliever Lincoln Holdzkom, who appeared in 30 games in 2007, going 4-1 with a 3.47 ERA, including 12 appearances in Pawtucket, going 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA…

    The rules on the Rule 5: The players are purchased for $50,000, and must stay on the team’s 25-man roster (which often required creativeness, and some DL visits for “shoulder “tendonitis”) for the entire 2008 campaign, or must be offered back to the Sox for $25,000…

    The official word from Theo with regard to the whole Johan Santana thing: “I think both sides agreed just to have an open dialogue going forward…I don’t see any need at this time to put on a deadline or an ultimatum of any kind. I respect the position they’re in. They have a lot of big issues facing them, and we’ll be there to talk.”

    But while all the brouhaha was about Santana–what about…Erik Bedard of the Oreos? He pitched 182 innings in the 2007 campaign, going 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA, in a hitter’s ballpark, on a truly crappy team… And since he flies under the radar so much, he would probably be MUCH cheaper that the $25 million a year/6 years that Santana is expected to go for…Biggest obstacle is Oreo management does not really want to trade him to one of their competitor in the AL East…another is they want the sun, the sky, and moon to make a deal happen…Also is a consideration is that Bedard has already had Tommy John Surgery, ended last season on the DL with an oblique strain, and has never pitched 2007 innings in a season…

    We all knew it was coming. At this point, I am just hoping none of the current and recent Red Sox players are part of the melee that is sure to continue for some time…And so it begins: the 1st two players, Joe Guillen and Jay Gibbons, have been suspended and will miss the 1st 15 days of the 2008 campaign for violation of MLB’s drug policy. Guillen has filed a grievance with the player union. Gibbons will not. But overall, they got off easy. They are being penalized under the 03-04 rules. Current rules are 50 games for 1st offense, 100 for the 2nd and a lifetime ban for the 3rd offense…When the Mitchell report comes out next week, I expect even more players will be reprimanded in some way…

    How bout THIS for an interesting rumor? The Skanks and the Giants have had discussions about trading Hideki Matsui to San Fran…a very good thing!

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! Rumor has it that Eric Gagne may actually ACCEPT the Sox’s offer of arbitration. The only good thing is that is the Sox cannot trade him, they can release him during Spring Training, and they would only be on the hook for 1/6th of his salary. The deadline is today…

    How is this for arrogant? From Coco Crisp’s agent: “Covelli understands the situation…but being in a situation where he would be looking over his shoulder at (Jacoby) Ellsbury would be unacceptable.” Perhaps if you bat wasn’t such a BIG…BLACK…GAPING…HOLE in the lineup, the Sox would not be interested in moving Ellsbury into your position. I reallyREALLY hope the Sox can trade him.

    Tickets on sale tomorrow at 10:00am for 18 games in April and May!!

    2 Responses to “December 7, 2007:
    All’s Quiet on the Boston Front…”

    1. Ted D says:

      Christine, you can rest easy: Gagne declined arbitration. Word is he’s about to sign with the Brewers: I wish him well. At the time the deal was made, it was a good move on Theo’s part: nobody knew Gagne would forget how to pitch.

      No matter how he feels about it now, I think Coco showed a lot of proffessionalism during all the Jacoby excitement last season. He played CF like nobody I’ve ever seen.

      Hope you are well!

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