Friday, December 3, 2010

News and Notes

1. The Red Sox picked up Brandon Duckworth, 34, a right-handed pitcher who last pitched in the Majors in 2008 with the Royals. This is probably just organizational depth. Not anything to be excited about.

2. The Red Sox non-tendered Hideki Okajima, Taylor Buchholz, and Andrew Miller. Presumably this is to free up space on the 40 man roster and then try to re-sign these players to lesser or even minor league contracts. Miller surprises me because they just traded for him. I really want to see Okajima back because I like him quite a bit, but I will not be disappointed if he leaves.

3. Other interesting players who were non-tendered: Russell Martin (C, Dodgers), Bobby Jenks (RP, White Sox), J.P. Howell (RP, Rays), Chien-Ming Wang (P, Nationals), George Sherrill (RP, Dodgers), Jack Cust (DH, Athletics).

4. I have been thinking about possible trade targets if the Red Sox cannot re-sign Adrian Beltre and I wonder if San Francisco is so down on Pablo Sandoval that they might consider moving him. If Boston could get him to be motivated to keep his weight in line, this could be a solid pickup.

5. Please Boston, sign Carl Crawford and move Ellsbury back to center.

6. It was rumored that Boston attempted to sign Mariano Rivera this week. I do not know if that is true, but it would not surprise me.

7. The Red Sox signed Nate Spears, Santo Luis, and Jason Bergmann. Spears and Luis were both in the Red Sox minor league system last year, so this does not really qualify as particularly noteworthy. Bergmann has been in Washington's bullpen for the last six years and is potentially a name to watch for a bullpen slot next year.

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