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  • December 3rd, 2010

    December 3, 2010:
    Randomness on the 3rd day of December…

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:27 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Looks like Dustin Pedroia WILL be as good as new. In a radio interview this week, he weighs in on the recovery of the navicular bone he broken when he fowled a ball off his left foot on June 25: “I had my 15th CT scan in the last three months, so I’m glowing. I saw Dr. [George Theodore] today. The CT scan looked great. He said I was 99.9 percent healed, which … that’s the closest to 100 percent we’re going to get. Once January comes, I’ll hit it hard and get ready for the season…My biggest thing this year is to make sure my foot is healthy and make sure my body is healthy and built up…

    As the Winter Meetings loom, the Sox have started the dance, meeting with Carl Crawford and his people this week, and apparently had asked for an audience with Satan to discuss his people, most likely Adrian Beltre and Jason Werth…

    Personally, I would rather Carl Crawford, who looking for an 8 year deal–he has more speed, and would be a great complement to Jacoby Ellsbury–or, if the Sox signed Crawford, they could possibly use Ellsbury as a bargaining chip for Adrian Gonzales…

    And, is anyone surprised that Adrian Beltre declined arbitration this week? And of course, the whole arbitration thing was just a tactic to get a draft pick if he signs elsewhere. I actually dont think that Boras boys are ALLOWED to accept arbitration…If the money isn’t too crazy, I think Beltre will be back with the Sox–obviously, Fenway Park is a much better fit to him than Seattle was… And nice touch, Adrian, mentioning that you would really like to stay with the Sox. He also said that the years are more important than the money. OK then, how about a 50-year contract at $10.00 a year?

    And I am sure it wasn’t a surprise to anyone: The Sox declined to offer Hideki Okajima a contract, which makes him a free agent for this off-season. Now, the Sox could still work out a deal with the left, who made $2.75 million last year, but you can be sure it will be significantly lower, and with tons on incentives. Unfortunately, his effectiveness had been in severe decline, with his ERA being over a full run higher (4.50) in 2010 than it had in past years (3.39)…

    The Sox further reduced their 40 man to 37 by also no-tendering Andrew Miller and Taylor Buchholz, the pitchers they just picked up last month. Again, they could sign them, but I would say it doesn’t look good for them…

    And we finally have a firm date for the start of actual baseball games: February 26th. That is the day the Sox kick off the 2011 campaign with 2 against the college teams Boston College and Northeastern. Ticket prices are the same and go on sale on January 8th. 85 days!

    Talk about a CRAZY contract: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, agreed to a new contract of 10 years/$157.75 million. Yeah, almost $160 million. He will be 36 when this contract is over. And in case you were wondering: In his 4.5 years of major league service to this point, he is a career .290 hitter with 92 homers and 338 RBI’s…Not sure the money is worth it for a guy who averages less than 20 homers a years (he had 27 in 2010…) His is the 8th highest contract in the history of the game…

    Thankfully, it appears that the Sox are at least thinking straight on the catching end of the ball club, resigning Captain Jason Varitek to a 1 year, $2 million contract, with incentives totaling $300,000. I was kinda sweating things when the Sox did not offer him arbitration last week, but I guess they figured they could get him more inexpensively signing him this way. And it’s a good thing too: I heard the Dodgers were looking into him. If the Sox are going to go with Saltalamacchia as the everyday guy they have to, have to HAVE TO have a veteran as the backup–and really, who better than Jason Varitek?

    Finally, The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) now has an iPhone App! It is free, and it’s a way to track all of the comings and goings of all the BBA blogs and their activities. If you are interested, go here. Have a Droid instead? No worries, THAT app will be out soon as well… A great gift for the favorite blogger or baseball lover in your life…

    Coming up: Winter Meetings kick off on Monday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and run through Thursday. If the Sox are going to make any big moves, this could be as good a place as any…

    And, in case you were wondering: 119 days to Opening Day, April 1, 2010…

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