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  • December 3rd, 2012

    December 3, 2012:
    Kicking off the Winter Meetings…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:33 pm in Baseball,BBA,Random Thoughts,Red Sox,Signings and Trades No Comments

    Well, Ben Cherington had a nice start to the 2012 Winter Meetings, which started today in Nashville, signing C/1B Mike Napoli to a 3-year, $39 million deal. A career .259 hitter, his swing is built for Fenway, where he has hit .307 as a member of the Rangers and the Angels…

    This deal makes things even more interesting behind the dish, as the Sox already have 3 catchers on the roster: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Ryan Lavarnway, and David Ross, and the Sox have no plans to move any of them to 1st base, which mean, more than likely Napoli will be the new 1st baseman… And, which means at least 1 of the catchers is going to get traded…

    The Sox also signed Jonny Gomes to a 2-year, $10 million deal over the weekend. A career .244 hitter, with 136 homers, he is expected to man left field for the 2013 campaign.

    And now, the Sox reallyREALLY need to suck it up and sign Cody Ross, and the whole “sign Nick Swisher” nonsense needs to stop–RIGHT NOW… Ben weighs in on Cody:

    “There’s things we’d like to do and a price you’d like to pay. We’re still working through that, working through the different options and who the right fits are relative to the price it’s going to take to get them…We’ve talked to (Ross), we’ve talked to his agent several times. We’re keeping the door open to dialogue. I’m sure he’s talking to other teams as well. We’ll keep talking and see where things end up.”

    And I know I say this every year–but Ryan Kalish may actually be in the mix this year. No, really. After losing a year recovering from the shoulder and neck surgery he had after the 2011 season, he stayed in Boston after the season to work with strength coach Mike Boyle and therapist Dan Dyrek. Apparently his shoulder is nearly back to normal and the strength has returned. This could be the year…It COULD be…

    And John Farrell has went on the record saying that Franklin Morales will be stretched out in Spring Training as a starter, which, after one of the better pitching performances in 2012 (3-4, with a 3.77 ERA in 9 starts, plus 1 Save and 8 Holds in 38 relief appearances) he deserves the chance to fight for a rotation spot…

    In a move that really shocked no one, Ryan Sweeney was non-tendered on Friday. Maybe it would have happened anyway, as he was on the DL a couple of times in 2012 (just like everyone else on the team) but the fact that he got frustrated and punched a door and broke his hand, ending season, I am sure did not help his cause…

    In addition, pitchers Scott Atchison and Rich Hill, who both did pretty well out of the bullpen last year, we non-tendered as well, making them free agents. But I expect that both of them will be offered Minor League Deals and invitations to Spring Training, so it will all depend on whether or not they get a better deal…

    But what I found interesting of the folks that were tendered (like Jake and Daniel Bard, obvious choices) they chose to offer a contract to Alfredo Aceves. Now, maybe the fact that he was a snothead to Bobby Valentine is in his favor, but I just think he acted unprofessional and not like a good citizen of the Nation–and he is still insisting he “deserves” a spot in the starting rotation–and the last thing the Sox need these days, are bad eggs….

    Speaking of bad eggs, A-Fraud needs hip surgery, and will be out until at least the All-Star Break. And just think, the Skanks have FIVE MORE YEARS–and $114 MILLION on that contract. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha….

    Finally, Fellow BBA‘er Steve From Greatest 21 Days had the opportunity to interview Sox new assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez in August 2011 when he visited the organization’s short-season club in Lowell, Mass. Good read, you can check it out here

    Coming up: The Winter Meetings Continue through Thursday, and I expect a good many interesting deals will happen this week–I just hope a few more of them happen for the Sox…

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