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Red Sox wanted Gio, keep chasing pitching

Posted on: December 23, 2011 6:07 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2011 6:11 pm
 
The Red Sox, who tried hard but came up short in their bid for Gio Gonzalez, are still determined to add pitching this winter, according to sources.

Red Sox management spent Friday regrouping, after the A's chose the Nationals' pitching-heavy offer for Gonzalez over a Red Sox offer that was built around position players. The Red Sox are still involved with the A's on closer Andrew Bailey, and they've talked to free-agent starter Hiroki Kuroda, as well, but they don't appear to be close on those pitchers or any others.

The Red Sox have also had interest in Gavin Floyd, with people in baseball believing that White Sox general manager Ken Williams remains open to trading Floyd, even after signing fellow starter John Danks to a contract extension this week.

For now, the Red Sox can still said to be "in on everybody," as one source put it this week.

The need is obvious, because for now the Red Sox rotation is just three-deep in established big-league starters, with Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz. As of now, Alfredo Aceves and Daniel Bard would be the fourth and fifth starters.

Meanwhile, the Sox still haven't replaced closer Jonathan Papelbon, who left to sign with the Phillies as a free agent.

Gonzalez would have been a solid addition to the rotation, but now he's with the Nationals, instead.

And while the Red Sox continue to preach patience, they also know that they've reached Christmas with their shopping list still full.



Comments

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:19 am
 

Red Sox wanted Gio, keep chasing pitching

According to WEEI, the Red Sux radio analysts, the team has only about $10 million to play with to cover RF, CLOSER, and add a Starter (+ two reserve/role players after arbitration) without paying massive penalties in luxury taxes and losing draft picks.  Lucchino's directive (w/ J. Henry approval) is not to exceed the $178 million payroll so Boston will not add any significant players without subtracting some salary.  The NYY are even worse with the new rules governing draft picks and are already paying huge penalties in luxury taxes.  For them to add a player, the penalty is about $5 million on a $15 million contract making the cost of that player more than $20 million to add a impact player to their roster.  This is the reason they haven't done much in Hot Stove.



Since: Jun 6, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Red Sox wanted Gio, keep chasing pitching

yeah.....we will take Garza as our compensation for letting Theo go....Thank you very much.



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Red Sox wanted Gio, keep chasing pitching

In reply to  I can assure you John Henry is not buying evey soccer player under the sun for Liverpool; howver, is working at trimming the squad and investing with our youth, supplementing the team with a few new faces. The money raised from player sales is reinvested into the new signings anyway.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2011 10:32 am
 

Red Sox wanted Gio, keep chasing pitching

Could you imagine Carlos Zambrano pitching for Boston against the Yankees?
Yeah 1.3 IP 6 H 2BB 1 K  5R   1 Bat broken, 2 water coolers destroyed and Lesters/Becketts/Lackeys Big KFC buckets thrown all over the clubhouse LOL

Merry Christmas everyone!

Its Popeye's Chicken Buckets!!!!! KFC SUCKS!!! Wink



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Red Sox wanted Gio, keep chasing pitching

Lowrie and an outfielder would probably worth for the Braves
Didnt Lowrie go to the Astros?

Here is another thought, maybe after getting stung by Dice-sucK and sLackey maybe the new regime will try and utilize some of the touted minor league system to plug holes..??





Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Red Sox wanted Gio, keep chasing pitching

Could you imagine Carlos Zambrano pitching for Boston against the Yankees?
Yeah 1.3 IP 6 H 2BB 1 K  5R   1 Bat broken, 2 water coolers destroyed and Lesters/Becketts/Lackeys Big KFC buckets thrown all over the clubhouse LOL

Merry Christmas everyone!



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Red Sox wanted Gio, keep chasing pitching

What about Matt Garza? As a Cubs fan, and if Bosox were interested, it would be fun to see what Theo Epstein could pry away from an organization that he is extremely familiar with.

Zambrano would be another possibility. Could you imagine Carlos Zambrano pitching for Boston against the Yankees? ESPN would be foaming at the mouth selling that game.



Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Red Sox wanted Gio, keep chasing pitching

The recent deals made for Gonzalez and Latos have most likely inflated the market for SPs. The Reds in particular overpaid. Both the Yankees and Red Sox know they have strong enough rotations, as is, to compete, and most likely win the division and wild card spots. They can flip a prospect for an SP at or before the trade deadline since the other teams dealing players have no choice but to move an expiring contract or get nothing in return. Not for nothing but the Sox rotation of Beckett, Lester, and Buchholz is really good. Come playoff time your fifth starter is in the bullpen and depending on the schedule your fourth starter makes one start in a long series.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 1:41 am
 

Red Sox wanted Gio, keep chasing pitching

The Sox should go after Jurgens, probably the highest reward pitcher available. The Sox have some extra hitters, which the Braves really could use. A shortstop or an outfielder, or possibly even both would probably help the Braves. Lefties, usually, get bombed in Fenway, so Jurgens would be a great fit. Lowrie and an outfielder would probably worth for the Braves. Just my opinion. Both the Sox and Braves were 2 of the biggest chokers in baseball history, so it is only fitting that they help each other.






Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:06 pm
 

Red Sox wanted Gio, keep chasing pitching

no doubt the boston management is just feeding the media these rumors to make the fans think that they're actually doing something. no way john herny is going over the luxury tax this year, especially after buying every soccer player under the sun for liverpool.


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