|Winter Meetings live chat with Lou Merloni||12.09.09 at 11:36 am ET|
Join WEEI.com’s Lou Merloni for a live chat as he reports from the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis. The chat will begin at 1 p.m.
|Lobby buzz about Mike Lowell||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.
|Rumor mill at this hour: 9 a.m.||12.09.09 at 9:42 am ET|
The Tigers wanted either Clay Buchholz or Jacoby Ellsbury in exchange for Curtis Granderson. Your thoughts …
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.
The Denver Post is reporting that the Angels are going harder after Roy Halladay than any other club.
Joel Sherman paints the picture of how the Yankees might be lining themselves up for a run at Roy Halladay.
|Tigers Wanted Ellsbury or Buchholz for Granderson||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.
|Theo speaks at Day 2 at the Winter Meetings||12.08.09 at 6:47 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein met with the media in his suite at the Indianapolis Marriott at the winter meetings. Here is what he said:
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.
|Red Sox, Urbon, and Boras update||12.08.09 at 6:46 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — Red Sox GM Theo Epstein has yet to meet with agent Scott Boras during the Winter Meetings. Boras represents outfielder Matt Holliday as well as reliever Mike Gonzalez, both of whom have been of some interest to the Sox. Epstein also didn’t meet with Jason Bay’s agent, Joe Urbon, Tuesday, although they did talk Monday night.
|Red Sox claim the ‘other’ Ramon Ramirez||12.08.09 at 6:13 pm ET|
The Red Sox are lining themselves up to have two pitchers by the name of Ramon Ramirez on their roster.
The Sox claimed Ramon A. Ramirez off release waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays and will be notified if they are awarded the claim Wednesday. Ramirez had been claimed off outright waivers by the Rays after being with the Cincinnati Reds.
The 27-year-old, who like his Red Sox relieving namesake, Ramon Santo Ramirez, throws from the right side, has pitched in 16 games, 11 coming with the Reds in the 2009 season. He started four games for the Reds, finishing last season with a 1-1 records and 2.97 ERA.
Also like the Ramirez currently on the Sox’ roster, Ramon Santo Ramirez is somewhat short in stature for a pitcher, standing at 5-foot-11 and also boasts a changeup as one of his better pitches.
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