|12.09.09 at 10:04 am ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — According to sources in the hotel lobby at the Indianpolis Marriott, the Red Sox continue to inquire with teams about their interest in third baseman Mike Lowell. The belief is that the Red Sox might be trying to position themselves to make a run at free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre.
FoxSports.com wrote Tuesday night that the Rangers were at least considering the prospect of acquiring Lowell to play first base and be a designated hitter, although he doesn’t appear to be at top of their list to fill the position. Lowell has played in just four games at first during his professional career, all coming during the 1999 season with Triple A Columbus.
Lowell did tell WEEI.com that he believed he could play first base, and would attempt it if the team asked. ‘I wouldn’t rule it out, absolutely not,’ he said. ‘I’m a realist. If they think that makes us a better defensive team, that’s fine. I don’t have a major problem with that. I would have to work on it. I think Triple A was probably the last time I played first. I played for about three or four games. But that doesn’t mean I think I can’t do it. But I haven’t been asked.’
According to the Seattle Times, the Mariners are ruling out bringing back the 29-year-old Beltre — a Type A free agent who is represented by Scott Boras — back. If they were able to re-sign the third baseman, the belief is Seattle would play newly-acquired Chone Figgins at second base.
|12.09.09 at 9:42 am ET|
Buster Olney is hearing that the Red Sox have expressed interest in Coco Crisp. Crisp, who had surgery on both of his shoulders, told WEEI.com in Kansas City when the Sox were there last season that he fully expected to have a full offseason of workouts and that his ailments wouldn’t be an issue by December.
|12.09.09 at 4:23 am ET|
Brad Penny is officially a Cardinal after passing a physical. The biggest question remaining is what this means for fellow Red Sox bust John Smoltz, who had a 4.26 ERA in seven starts for St. Louis after losing his job in Boston.
|12.09.09 at 2:51 am ET|
Though past years’ winter meetings have kept fans up deep into the night (most notably the Johan Santana talks in 2007), there hasn’t been much news out of Indianapolis as the wee hours of the morning are approached. One interesting bit that is out there regards the Giants, who are apparently interested in Nick Johnson and Adrian Beltre, according to Andrew Baggarly. The Red Sox have been rumored as potential suitors the corner infielders over the last two days.
|12.09.09 at 2:07 am ET|
According to a source familiar with the situation, when talking to the Red Sox about a possible deal for outfielder Curtis Granderson, the Tigers asked for either Clay Buchholz or Jacoby Ellsbury in return. The Sox rejected that proposal. Detroit moved on, and agreed upon a deal Tuesday that would send Granderson to the Yankees, with Max Scherzer, Daniel Schlereth, Austin Jackson, and Phil Coke going to the Tigers, with the Diamondbacks receiving Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy.
|12.09.09 at 1:10 am ET|
It appears Bobby Crosby is headed to the Pirates, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The 2004 A.L. Rookie of the year, who the report notes has hit above .239 just once, will make $1.5 million.
|12.09.09 at 12:09 am ET|
The current offer from the Brewers to Randy Wolf is for three years and $27 million, writes Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal. The Brewers hope to receive an answer from Wolf on Wednesday.
Chone Figgins might not end up being the only infielder the Angels lose this week. A source has given Ed Price reason to believe the team is “exploring trading an infielder.” Price thinks the player on the block could be Maicer Izturis.
The Phillies have reached a deal with Ross Gload, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, who says the deal is for two years. Gload hit .261 with six home runs for Marlins in 2009.
Coco Crisp is interested in playing for the White Sox, as he told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he’s enjoyed playing against them and has “a lot of family to come out and see [him].” Crisp’s first season in Kansas City ended in June when he required shoulder surgery. He was hitting .228 at the time.
|12.08.09 at 8:18 pm ET|
Brian Sabean says that the Bengie Molina ship “has sailed,” writes Andrew Baggarly. The Gians GM also noted that the team won’t go after Johnny Damon and, given how much money catchers will go for because of the Ivan Rodriguez debacle, may have to rush top prospect Buster Posey.
|12.08.09 at 7:11 pm ET|
|12.08.09 at 6:47 pm ET|
Yesterday was probably more productive than today. Today has been more a day of follow-up on ideas from yesterday. We haven’t made a heckuva lot of progress, but we’re still working on it. We’ve got some things lined up for tonight.
(Didn’t meet with Jason Bay’s agent Joe Urbon) We’re continuing to talk
(Timing issue in Bay talks) Timing is important for any club, for any agent. It’s part of the strategy. The longer you wait on anybody, I’m not talking specifically about Bay, but the longer you wait on any one thing the more opportunities go by the board and sometimes you can wait too long, and sometimes you can act too quickly. You have to balance all those interest. But it’s not a particularly acute issue yet in respect to our left field situation.
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