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  • December 8th, 2009

    December 8, 2009:
    Winter Meetings, Day 2….

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:38 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Nothing super spectacular happened as of yet, just some rumblings that there are some super deals in the works–pretty much just like every other year…

    There is a very really possibility that Jason Bay could sign with Seattle, despite the fact that he was very happy in Boston. Rumor has it that he is willing to take less money to play there, as that is where his off-season home is–about 20 minutes from Petco Field to be exact…CRAP…

    Once again, the Sox have signed relief pitcher Scott Atchinson to a contract–back in 2008, they signed him to a minor league deal, and then sold his rights to the Hashin Tigers in Japan. This time, the contract is of the 1-year, non-guaranteed variety, but with club options for 2011 and 2012. In Japan for 2 years, Atchinson worked 194 2/3 innings, walking 20, striking out 81, and compiling a 2.77 ERA.

    In a very good move, Daisuke has chosen the Athletes Performance Institute in Arizona as his off-season workout place, and will be starting there any day now. From Tito: “He went back to Japan for a little bit, but for the most part, he’s been in Boston for the winter. His weight is lower than what it was when the season was over… We just really want him to be good.” This is the 1st year he is not working in Japan until Spring Training starts–and let’s not forget the debacle that was the WBC and his training for that screwing everything up for him here…

    Kason Gabbard is back, having signed a minor league deal with the Sox–Traded to Texas in 2007 for Eric Gagne (Bad move all around…), he was reacquired by the Sox in 2009, and did not do so well. He is hoping for a comeback…

    Casey at the Bat–But not anymore: It appears that Sox top prospect Casey Kelly has decided to lay down his bat (and shortstop glove) and now pitch for the Boston Red Sox. While the Sox always felt that this was the way to go, Casey apparently made this decision on his own. from Theo: “We wanted him to do what to do what was in his heart. You force someone to do something, in a game as difficult as baseball, you’re probably not going to get good results…Casey feels great about his decision. He called me a couple days ago, he spent a lot of time thinking about it, and we spent a lot of time talking to him about it. Ultimately, he did a lot of soul searching and decided that pitching was what he wanted to do, and he sees himself as a pitcher going forward.”

    The 20 year-old’s specific path forward is still unclear, although he will be part of the rookie development program at Fenway in January, after the Sox have a chance to see him in Spring Training, they will then decide which minor league level he should work at…His pitching status for 2009: In 19 starts, he was 7-5 with a 2.08 ERA with A Teams Greenville and Salem…

    I know that Miguel Cabrera is a good hitter–but frankly, that is all he has going for him. The Tigers owe him $126 million for the next 6 years, He is very out of shape (and can get worse at any minutes) and the whole getting drunk the final weekend of the 2009 campaign, when the Tigers needed him most thing. Is that REALLY the type of player we all want playing for the Boston Red Sox? No? Good. So if we can please STOP with the “Miguel Cabrera could be traded to the Sox” nonsense now, that would be super…Thanks….

    While the Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee for Executives and Pioneers did not select any new inductees, the Veteran’s Committee for Managers and Umpires did: Whitey Herzog and Doug Harvey have been selected for induction into the Hall of Fame in July, 2010…

    Looks like Bad Penny! is thisclose to signing a 1/year, $7.5 million contract with St Louis–pending a physical–he really frosts my bananas–he SUCKED out loud for the Sox (7-8 with a 5.61 ERA), and then goes to the Giants and is freaking brilliant (4-1 with a 2.59 ERA)…YUK…

    Finally, Dave Roberts is leaving the broadcast booth–and the Sox, having been hired as a Special Assistant for the Padres…He had a nice quality on-air, both with DO, and TC…he will be missed…

    Coming up: 2 more Days of Winter Deals in Indiana…and we wait….

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